Moth stories are true, as recounted by the storyteller and always in person. Listen to the most recent edition of The Moth Radio Hour, the Moth Podcast, or browse our archive of stories dating back to 1997. You'll hear firsthand accounts of people telling their stories in front of live audiences at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, at local storytelling events around the world, and online at www.themoth.org.
People love a good story. And when you're lucky enough to be able to tell them yourself, why would anyone want to miss out on that opportunity? Whether you're standing up on stage in front of an audience, or sitting down with friends over drinks, stories have the power to bring people together one moment and inspire them with something more than just words alone the next. That's why people have been listening to storytellers for thousands of years going back to Ancient Greece when poets performed on stages for crowds of listeners who wanted to be entertained while also getting an insight into what it means to be human.
In modern society, we no longer need performers who can make us laugh or cry but people still enjoy hearing others' stories. In fact, studies show that people who listen to short stories every day experience benefits such as improved cognitive function, higher self-esteem, and stronger social connections. As an added bonus, stories are also fun!
The moth assumed it had been entangled in the upper branches of an elm. He never did reach the star, but he kept trying night after night, and when he was a very, very old moth, he began to believe he had, and he went around proclaiming it. Then one night an earthworm poked its head out of the ground near the tree and saw the moonlight shining on the star. It was surprised; it had not known there were any stars like that. The worm went back under the ground again, but soon another worm came out. And this time a fox ran by, and then another, until finally a hunter discovered the star. He took it home with him and put it in his sky atlas. From then on, anyone who looked up could see it too.
This story has inspired many artists over the years, most notably Edward Hopper who painted a version of it called "Moth Ball" which is now in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
It also has been used as the basis for several songs including "Starman" by David Bowie and "Walking on the Moon" by Peter Gabriel.
The moth in the narrative was lured to approach the flame because it seemed enticing, but the moth was burned in the end. It should be noted that the moth had already been warned about the potential repercussions of its conduct, but the moth did not listen to its elders. This shows that even if you are aware of the danger of something, you can still find yourself in trouble if you don't listen to other people's warnings.
People tend to make the same mistakes over and over again and this is what caused many ancient civilizations to collapse. If they weren't careful not to destroy themselves first, then they would have no chance of surviving long term.
In today's world, there are still dangers out there that we have not yet discovered or understood about, which is why I believe that we need to keep exploring space and time if we want to live up to our full potential as a species. It may be impossible to prevent everything from causing us harm, but we could possibly protect ourselves against some things by being smart about how we use resources or avoid toxic substances, for example.
It is important to remember that we are all connected in time and space, and whatever happens to one person will eventually come around to affect everyone else. This is why it is vital that we take care of the planet we live on, because if it dies, so will we.
His friends told him that what he was saying wasn't true, but he wouldn't listen to them.
Moth StorySLAMs are open-mic storytelling competitions that take place in 28 locations worldwide. They welcome anyone with a five-minute narrative to tell on the night's subject. Teams of judges chosen from the audience score the 10 highlighted stories. Every StorySLAM produces a StorySLAM winner. The overall winner is determined by how well their story did relative to all other entries.
The first StorySLAM was held in 2004. It was created by Chris Anderson and Jason Roberts as a way for Web 2.0 companies to publicize themselves. Since then it has become an annual event that attracts thousands of people who want to share one-of-a-kind stories with an audience. There are now two versions of the contest: Moth Radio and Moth TV. These have separate winners but use the same entry process as the original StorySLAM.
In 2007, Charles Fishman published a book about the event called The Moth: How a Group of Ordinary People Created Something Wonderful. The next year, another group held its own version of the event under the name "Moth Grand Slam."
There are now more than 100 Moths around the world each holding their own special events every month of the year.
The Moth Festival was launched in 2009 by Nathan Rabin and Lisa Hanawalt.
The majority of them did! The scientists demonstrated that the memory of avoiding the foul scent as a caterpillar were carried over into the moth stage. While a moth or butterfly may not remember being a caterpillar, it can recall experiences gained as one. This "psyche" or "soul" of the insect carries over to its adult form.
Moths have been shown to avoid toxic substances they encountered as larvae. This means that they retain knowledge of how to protect themselves against future attacks from the same source. For example, if a larva eats certain plants it is likely to develop into a moth that does not eat those plants as an adult. If however, it eats another plant it is more likely to be attracted to it as an adult because that is what the plant gave off when it was at its most poisonous.
Some species of moth will only feed on one type of plant and won't change their diet as an adult. They tend to use their senses of smell and taste to find their food rather than look for specific plants with which to associate themselves.
But not all moths respond to cues produced by their feeding sites as adults. Some species will make random choices about where they build their nests or lay their eggs regardless of whether the location is toxic or not. These moths don't seem to learn from their mistakes.