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filthy
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Posted - 04/03/2009 :  05:47:26  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Link



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"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

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Kil
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Wow!!!

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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Hawks
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Posted - 04/03/2009 :  07:35:34   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Hawks's Homepage Send Hawks a Private Message  Reply with Quote
F---!!

METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL
It's a small, off-duty czechoslovakian traffic warden!
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Simon
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Posted - 04/03/2009 :  10:39:48   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Simon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's a nice fellow, me liky!

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
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filthy
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Posted - 04/03/2009 :  12:30:29   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Simon

It's a nice fellow, me liky!
It's a splendid fellow! Would that it were smaller so I could keep one in a home fish tank.

I wonder if it's hermaphroditic or parthenogenetic. Gonna have to find some more info on it.




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"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


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filthy
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Posted - 04/03/2009 :  12:44:51   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok, it's related to the blood and sand worms that are used for bait, and can bite like the dickens. Here's the Wiki on it:
Polychaetes are extremely variable in both form and lifestyle and include a few taxa that swim among the plankton. Most burrow or build tubes on the bottom, and some live as commensals. A few are parasitic. The mobile forms or Errantia tend to have well-developed sense organs and jaws, while the Sedentaria (or stationary forms) lack them but may have specialized gills or tentacles used for respiration and deposit or filter feeding, e.g., fanworms.

A few groups have evolved to live in terrestrial environments, like Namanereidinae with many terrestrial species, but are restricted to humid areas. Some have even evolved cutaneous invaginations for aerial gas exchange.


One notable polychaete, the Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana) is endemic to the hydrothermal vents of the Pacific Ocean. Pompeii worms are thought to be the most heat-tolerant complex animals known.

A recently discovered genus Osedax includes the Bone-eating snot flower.
I love the days when I learn something weird.




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

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pleco
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Posted - 04/03/2009 :  13:05:41   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit pleco's Homepage Send pleco a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bone-eating snot flower


This is a joke, isn't it?

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filthy
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Posted - 04/03/2009 :  13:28:45   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by pleco

Bone-eating snot flower


This is a joke, isn't it?
Not at all:



Osedax is a genus of deep-sea siboglinid polychaetes, commonly called zombie or bone-eating worms. Osedax is Latin for "bone-eating", the name alluding to how the worms bore into the bones of whale carcasses to reach enclosed lipids, on which they rely for sustanence. The genus was first discovered in Monterey Bay, California, in February 2002. They were found living in a decaying gray whale in the Monterey Canyon, at a depth of 2,800 m (9,100 feet) using the submarine ROV Tiburon.
I already knew about this one. Amazing animal!




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

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and Crypto-Communist!

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