Remember when you were a kid, and you’d flip over a rock just to enjoy being grossed out by all the many-legged photosensitive beasties suddenly scurrying out at you? Miss that skin-crawling thrill of discovery? You’re in luck! Via Negativa has declared September 2 International Rock-Flipping Day.
I have no idea what would happen if every scientist in the world flipped a rock at the same time all around the planet, but I don’t think we want to find out, so you can flip your rock any time on September 2. Paint, photograph, observe, identify, or otherwise document what you uncover:
The point is simply to have fun, and hopefully learn something at the same time. We don’t want to over-determine what that something should be: those of a more scientific frame of mind might focus on i.d.s or ecological interactions, while those of an artistic or poetic bent could go in a different direction entirely. Pictures alone would suffice, of course.
There’s even a flickr pool for uploading your rocky revelations.
And put the rock back, of course. We don’t want a bunch of homeless centipedes, beetles and grubs.