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FRIENDS, hear our happy cry— It’s our 28th wedding
anniversary and also the arrival of new HANDSOME
FAMILY TOUR DATES and A NEW RECORD! Also herein
find important thoughts on SINGING SPIDERS, RAT
JOKERS and a man who heard PEANUTS WHISPER….
At long last our 10th Handsome Family record
will be released September, 16, 2016. PRE-ORDERS
BEGIN JULY 15, 2016. We will let you know the
second the gates are open if you subscribe
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FROM LEAF TO LEAF THEIR LOVE
Scientists have recorded a purring sound
from the male wolf spider. He smells the presence
of a female and sings a seductive song by dragging
a special comb-like organ across whatever surface
he’s on. Leaves seem to work best and amplify the
vibration enough that an air-born sound is carried
to the listening lady spider. Hark! She also
stands on leaves when looking for love— all the
better to hear her suitor’s call. The lovelorn
spider maid hears her man’s call by feeling sound
vibrations run up all her many limbs. How pitiful
two ears are in comparison to such full-body
OH, PITIFUL EARS…
Rats laugh, but we can’t hear their
snickering because it is too high in frequency for
our dull ears. Rats don’t seem concerned that we
don’t hear their jokes. Human scientists feel
differently. With special ultrasonic microphones
we now can hear joyful rats make chirping noises
that are quite distinct from other rat vocalizing.
The gleeful sound most-commonly occurs when two
young rats play together. Scientists discovered
they could induce chirping in rats by gently
tickling them. The tickling causes chirping
especially in young rats and in females. Over time
the tickled rats bonded with the hands that
tickled them and sought those hands out when
offered a choice of human hands to approach. Ah,
to think of the pure love a young rat feels for a
scientist's tickling fingers! What whispering rat
sonnets do our deaf ears still miss? Can the wolf
spider hear the rats laughing? Does the rat know
how humans feel about spiders? Have you ever felt
like the entire world was laughing at you at an
TODAY’S HANDSOME HERO—
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER...
Born into slavery in Missouri in the 1860’s,
he later became a botanist and an inventor.
“All flowers talk to me,” Carver said. “As
do hundreds of little living things in the woods.
I learn what I know by loving and watching
“Be too brave to lie,” Carver advised. “Be
too generous to cheat.”
While Carver did not ‘invent’ peanut butter
(it was already known to indigenous people of the
Americas) he concocted many new peanut recipes
including: peanut mayonnaise, peanut cheese and
peanut coffee. He also came up with peanut
substitutes for asparagus, cocoa, goose, chicken,
oyster, pig and veal. The peanut flowers
themselves, Carver said, whispered to him all the
ways they could be used as well as how the plants
could enrich soil. Oh, to hear a single whisper
from the weeds! Oh, to hear the spiders sing! The
Handsome Family song, “Gravity,” from the album
“Twilight” was inspired by George Washington
Carver (with a splash of Johnny Appleseed).
SSSSSSHHH, FRIENDS and LISTEN!
Hear our rental van approach. Meet us at a show
near you and whisper secrets in our ears.
thoughts on parsley,
wildebeests, pyramid magic and