by Terri Kammerzell
Truth of Genesis Ministry Partner
This past Monday, June 22, was the 25th annual “World Wide VW Beetle Day,” also known as “Drive Your Beetle to Work Day.” Did you know that the Volkswagen Beetle had a designer? In fact, its designer had a pretty familiar name: Ferdinand Porsche. At the request of Adolf Hitler, Porsche’s directive was to design a car that common people could afford and own: the people’s car (or folks’ wagon).
The Volkswagen Beetle has arguably become one of the most recognized vehicles in all of history. Its first model, the Type 1 made in the 1930s, was meant to be an affordable, mass-produced passenger car for people to drive on Germany’s new roads. The Beetle was originally designed with 25 hp, for a top speed around 62 mph. Over time, engineers upgraded the engine, moved the location of the engine, and added new design features.
Off and on, the VW Beetle was produced for a span of some eighty years, with the final Beetle coming off the factory line in July of 2019. Still, the affinity for the little car carries on. So much so, that on Monday, in the midst of a global pandemic, people around the world who share a common passion and love for the iconic car posted pictures of their own all over social media, and made a point to (safely) drive their little cars, feeling a connection to a worldwide network of like-minded friends.
As Christians, we have a worldwide network of like-minded friends, too! And celebrating the design of little things like the bombardier beetle should be able to connect us in the midst of a global pandemic as well.
How does the bombardier beetle defy evolution?
The beetle has a chemical mixture that creates small explosions to defend itself.
“Bombardier” beetles get their names from the aqueous “bombs” they eject at their predators. They are a member of the family Carabidae, and of the genus Brachinus, which contains 304 species, just in the United States alone. Bombardier beetles are sometimes referred to as dragon-like creatures because of the boiling hot, caustic liquid they fire out at enemies such as birds, frogs, mice, rats, snakes, spiders, toads, and other insects.
The exothermic chemical reaction that happens in this amazing little insect is actually a very sophisticated defense system. The beetle stores two liquids—hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide—in a larger chamber in its abdomen. When the beetle senses danger, it transfers those liquids to a smaller chamber to mix with the enzyme catalase. The liquids rapidly heat, and the oxygen steam released helps create an explosion. The bombardier has a special swivel nozzle in its backside which it uses to release this boiling hot liquid through a twin set of “spray nozzles” located at the tip of the beetle’s abdomen. The beetle never misses and delivers its bombs—often accompanied by an audible popping sound—with pinpoint accuracy and great force, leaving a foul, yellowish residue on its targets, and sometimes even causing seizures in its would-be predators.
This rapid defense system gives the beetle enough time to get away. But isn’t it amazing that it doesn’t get burned in the process? By pulsing the jet 500 times per second, the beetle keeps its rear end cool enough to not get cooked in the process. Why? Because all the parts work together in beautiful harmony. In fact, it would be dangerous or useless to the beetle if any of these parts of the process came together slowly through chance, time, and natural processes. The system had to work right from the start the first time, or the beetle would not have survived. And, as a pretty good rule of thumb, dead animals cannot evolve.
Creation scientists point to the bombardier beetle as an icon for design because, like the VW Beetle, its original design had to be all-functioning from the beginning. And not only they, but also combustion engineers study the bombardier beetle to learn how to build more efficient combustion engines. Just like the Volkswagen Beetle had a well-known designer named Ferdinand Porsche, the bombardier beetle had a well-known Designer named God. Both beetles were built by design.
Don’t just take my word for it! Visit YouFormedMe.com/animals/bombardier.html to read, watch, and listen to supporting research and commentary from scientists, doctors, theologians, and more!
This blog is from a special series of “Creation Fun Facts” by Terri Kammerzell, starting from June 10, 2020. Read the introduction at TruthOfGenesis.com/blogs/building-a-biblical-defense-of-creation.
by Terri Kammerzell
Truth of Genesis Ministry Partner
With Father’s Day coming this Sunday and graduates being honored this month, how about adding one more reason to celebrate: the giraffe! This Sunday happens to be World Giraffe Day. It’s actually an annual event every June 21, chosen specifically to draw attention to the longest-necked animal (currently living) in the world on the longest day (depending on your hemisphere) of the year.
Recently our son had to have blood work done. He says needles and spiders are his greatest fears. Because this was going to be such a challenge for him to get through we offered a reward to look forward to after the task was complete. For over a year he has been wanting to see the 1993 movie "Jurassic Park." It's an intense show so we wanted to wait until he could handle the adventure.
Our son bravely completed his medical work and we watched the movie the same afternoon, to his absolute delight! Since he has grown up hearing about the Creationist viewpoint he knew there would be points in the movie that would contradict what he's been taught. The movie talks about dinosaurs living billions of years ago, before man. The Creationist view says that dinosaurs lived at the same time as the first humans, and were created on Day 6 by God.
When the movie mentioned dinosaurs evolving from birds he knew the opposing theory. Creationists say that dogs are created as dogs, birds are created as birds, and dinosaurs created as dinosaurs. Genetic variability exists in DNA code, and creates species within a "kind," however nothing has ever been proven to evolve from one kind of animal to another.
These aspects of the movie didn't keep us from allowing our son to watch it, however if you are trying to help a young child learn about Creationism (that God created the Earth in six, literal days, with the information He gives us from the Bible being a true account) it's important to point out the differences of philosophy when you come across them. The more you know about both models (Creation and Evolution) the more you will recognize how often the Evolution Model is taught as fact to children through many sources, even a Science Fiction movie, such as Jurassic Park.
If you want to know more about the scientific reasons why evolution is impossible read the book Evolution Impossible or Refuting Evolution or watch the DVD set Rocks Cry Out.