Oh my, what is this? This is Stentor. It's a type of benthic ciliate. Benthic means the bottom of a body of water, the muddy floor of a pond, for example. That's where Stentor lives, in the benthic zone. This one was all curled up. Here we can see it opening up again to its "trumpet" form. Though, one might also describe it as looking a little phallic.
“I happen to have watched a lot of movies in my life and suddenly I think maybe that wasn’t such a waste of my time,” —Sally Warring, who films pond scum (above) through a microscope.
“It feels like I'm naked or something without being constantly updated on what’s going on,” —Emma Gingerich, who grew up Amish, on technology.
“I always say to myself: ‘That’s a problem for future Jason,’” —Jason Dela Cruz, a college student, on how he avoids worrying.
(Previous quotes from our sources here)