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    17 KB Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)22:14 No.7430811  
    I'm looking for odd, peculiar facts. I think that all of us could use odd, peculiar facts. They could be used to base entire stories or characters around, or just add a bit of spice to something.

    I'll start off with a few that I've found recently:

    Your thoughts actually exist several seconds before you're consciously aware of them.

    Margaret Bulkley successfully convinced the world that she was a male doctor, going so far as to manage to attend to Napoleon's son, and perform one of the first documented Cesareans.

    Booth assassinating the President was the equivalent of, say, Tom Cruise assassinating the President, in terms of relative popularity and the unexpectedness of the whole thing.

    Small-scale nuclear land mines were once considered during the Cold War.
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!TZikiEEr0tg 01/04/10(Mon)22:15 No.7430823
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    So you're asking for Cosmic Bumfights rumors?
    >> Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)22:17 No.7430871
    >Tom Cruise assassinating the President

    He's a brainwashed member of an evil cult... and he has those dead blue eyes...

    Honestly I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.
    >> Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)22:22 No.7430920

    Nope. These are, at least according to my readings, true.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Bulkley, fer example.

    And Wiki never lies.
    >> Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)22:40 No.7431147
    Doctors in old Rome were often slaves.
    >> Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)23:11 No.7431582
    Plans were once considered, to detonate a nuke on the moon.

    No, I don't know why.
    >> Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)23:18 No.7431682
    >Small-scale nuclear land mines were once considered during the Cold War.

    They had those. Also short range nuclear missiles, nuclear artillery shells, nuclear powered bombers with an open reactor design that just exhausts into the atmosphere but flies for weeks, tank killing dogs, attack dolphins, whale genocide sonar...

    And then you look up MK Ultra.
    >> Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)23:23 No.7431752
    >> Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)23:26 No.7431785
    Dogs can't look up.

    Flies sleep under the blades of grass, to drink the dew in the morning.

    Cheese isn't good for mice, it overheats their blood and makes them constipated. A block of cheese larger then the mouses head will kill it.

    The blue for blue screens was chosen as it was a soothing colour. Originally they were going to be white on a black background, but it was changed to make it less irritating.
    >> Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)23:29 No.7431827
    >> Anonymous 01/04/10(Mon)23:37 No.7431907
    Piggybacking on your mouse factoid: carrots aren't good for pet store-bought rabbits.

    The average human can survive total exposure to outer space for about 90 seconds.

    After an inmate was decapitated, French physician Dr. Gabriel Beaurieux reported the severed head opened its eyes and looked up when Beaurieux called out the subject's name.

    A man in Vietnam exhumed his wife's corpse and kept it in his bed for five years, molding clay over the remains so that it more resembled a woman.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)00:15 No.7432451
    Russian scientists have bred a species of domesticated fox, and a group of super aggressive rats so evil that the scientists wear chainmail gloves when dealing with them.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)00:16 No.7432473
    Russian scientists have bred a species of domesticated fox, and a group of super aggressive rats so evil that the scientists wear chainmail gloves when dealing with them.*

    *What if this group of rats escapes into the sewers? Or something. You only need one pregnant female to get a OH FUCK situation. We don't need super aggressive rats, oh no.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)00:22 No.7432555
    >Dogs can't look up.

    Fucking. Bullshit.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)00:34 No.7432725
    dogs can, it's pigs that can't.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:00 No.7433086
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:02 No.7433104
    Actually, it's whales that can't.

    Except for beluga whales.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:03 No.7433131

    Actually, it's niggers.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:03 No.7433133
    >dogs can't look up

    LIES LIES LIES. I have two dogs. they look up -all the time-.

    hell, I even check their necks every time I hear this rumor. every time, they can still look up.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:08 No.7433199

    Shaun of the Dead reference, morons.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:10 No.7433224
    I know.

    and I hate that reference. it is SO NOT TRUE.

    but they never showed it was not true in the movie. so every showing of dawn of the dead had a pack of over 50 people who thought dogs couldn't look up.

    I've had to correct so many people on this, it's not even funny. it gets worse when they're near my dogs, as they say things like "no, it's all right, they can't see the food I'm holding, dogs can't look up!"

    and then he got his food stolen.

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:15 No.7433288
    Polar bears are predominantly sinstrals.
    When intoxicated, an ant will always fall onto it's left side.
    Beyond humans, dolphins are the only species that has sex for pleasure.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:20 No.7433384

    They were bred that way. The scientists took the most aggressive mice of each population and mated them together. Reintroduce them and natural selection will take over again and those traits will fade.

    By the way, domesticated foxes are ADORABLE.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:21 No.7433411
    >When intoxicated, an ant

    Peculiar fact: there are people that intoxicate ants.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:23 No.7433430
    >Reintroduce them and natural selection will take over again and those traits will fade.

    they said that about the more-aggressive bees.

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:26 No.7433472
    Considering worker ants are all female, I imagine it just takes two martinis and one fucking lonely biologist.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:26 No.7433483
    According to Charles Sweeney, the author of War's End and the only man to fly on both nuclear missions at the end of WW2, mushroom clouds are not the grey/white marshmallows we picture them as.
    They are portrayed that way now because the only footage of atomic detonations was way back in the days of black and white film.
    In fact, a nuclear explosion is more like an oscillating psychedelic rainbow, colors flashing and cycling across the surface of the cloud like a living oil slick in the sky.
    This is the most awesome thing you will learn all day.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:27 No.7433495

    The dolphins thing isn't true. Bonobo monkey roosts are pretty much 24/7 orgies of entertainment. Also, quite a few animal species have observed homosexuality (leaving aside the whiptail lizards that are all-female species, and reproduce through parthenogenesis induced by lesbian humping).
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:28 No.7433500

    Bonobos would like a word with you.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:29 No.7433526

    Bonobos don't have sex for pleasure, they do it to establish hierarchies and vent frustration.
    That said, there are one or two other species besides us and dolphins. I want to say badgers, maybe?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:30 No.7433550
    >vent frustration
    >not pleasurable
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:31 No.7433571
    There are colored photos of cold war nuclear tests.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:32 No.7433589
    Pigs' orgasms can last up to 30 minutes.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:33 No.7433613
    The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:33 No.7433624
    wat? It's not like the only nukes that ever went off were LB and FM. There are plenty of color films of later tests.

    I don't see any oils slick like effect. Just looks like fire.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:34 No.7433631

    You mean the jaw.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:38 No.7433716
    If there were one definitive way to measure strength and not at least three, then yeah, it would be.

    The strongest muscle is really your bra-Google.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)01:40 No.7433758
    But isn't that a series of different muscles rather than just a single one?
    >> Fuuka [TOTALLY NAKED] ★ 01/05/10(Tue)02:00 No.7434096
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    >After an inmate was decapitated, French physician Dr. Gabriel Beaurieux reported the severed head opened its eyes and looked up when Beaurieux called out the subject's name.

    ...Now I'm going to have nightmares.
    >> Shas'o R'myr !!TZikiEEr0tg 01/05/10(Tue)02:02 No.7434130

    The brain survives for 11 seconds after being decapitated. And the clock is ticking.
    >> The Scientist !!ql/rzSIfHCY 01/05/10(Tue)02:06 No.7434216
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    I like this thread, but I know I'm going to have some odd dreams because of it.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)02:30 No.7434592
    Speaking of the brain.

    "Mr. G. got up and vomited; the effort of vomiting pressed out about half a teacupful of the brain, which fell upon the floor."

    Phineas Gage had a iron rod driven through his head and went on to live for about eleven more years with some complications.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)02:31 No.7434620

    Inability to form and keep new memories, right? But could still create and retain muscle memory, involving situations where he had no idea what the hell his body was doing due to newly-formed muscle memory.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)02:33 No.7434640
    >Small-scale nuclear land mines were once considered during the Cold War.

    You forgot to mention that they'd would also be chicken-heated. The plan was called Blue Peacock and, because West German soil can get rather cold after awhile, there was a plan to put live chickens in the heart of the mine, to keep the detonators from freezing while buried.
    >> Reiiama Kotsu 01/05/10(Tue)02:35 No.7434685
    That's because they had to kill several thousand foxes to get the domestic version...

    which coincidentally retained the features of the fox baby, and made it unfit to live in the wild. Dogs have shown a similar pattern of domestication.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)02:40 No.7434750

    Still damn cute. Almost as cute as that pirate eyepatch dog.
    >> Reiiama Kotsu 01/05/10(Tue)02:42 No.7434793
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    I bet we could get a domestic human too... just twenty thousand humans... a couple thousand generations in quick succession to get the gene pool we want, and we can have humans that obey our every whim. Wouldn't that be nice?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)02:59 No.7435042
    Russian scietists once kept a severed dogs head alive past the 2 minuet mark with artificial circulation

    The dogs head would react to light, a hammer being banged onto the table, and would even eat a piece of cheese (promptly falling for the head to the floor once swallowed)
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:03 No.7435094
    see, it's for this reason I'm on 4chan.

    I wouldn't be cut out for science unless I had gore dumps pushed on me constantly, because before I got here, I would never be able to do that to a dog for science.

    now I might.
    >> Leman Russ 01/05/10(Tue)03:07 No.7435160
    Cattle and Deer naturally orient themselves towards the North and South poles.

    This was only recently discovered by using Google Earth.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:11 No.7435211

    I wonder how long they could do it in this day and age.

    Fuck animal rights groups for not letting us do this
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:12 No.7435228
    I find the idea that its okay to experiment on animals but not on humans retarded, since the life of the greatest mestizo is nothing compared to that of the most worthless rat or pigeon.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:13 No.7435233
    the main stumbling blocks are A. proper delivery of oxygen to the blood in a suffeciently advanced artificial lung,

    and B. ensuring there is enough fuel (ATP I believe the chemical was?) for whatever parts are running in the body.

    neither of those was within the scope of the russian program.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:13 No.7435235
    The amazing part is they killed a dog, and brought it back. Lived a normal life after revival.


    This is the type of stuff they let us know about, who knows if they tried this with humans or not.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:14 No.7435239

    Moralfag, let us do research!
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:14 No.7435251
    wow, that is the most obscure racism I've seen today.

    really, half american/native americans? THAT is the minority you think are worse than animals?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:15 No.7435263
    Fine. Grab some death row inmates, illegal immigrants, etc, reduce the surplus population while advancing science. Its using good means towards a good end, therefore this moralfag has no problem with it.
    >> Mr.F 01/05/10(Tue)03:16 No.7435272
    >According to Charles Sweeney, the author of War's End and the only man to fly on both nuclear missions at the end of WW2, mushroom clouds are not the grey/white marshmallows we picture them as.
    They are portrayed that way now because the only footage of atomic detonations was way back in the days of black and white film.

    Wrong. There is plenty of video of test detonations that are in-fact mushroom clouds.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:17 No.7435280

    Yup, they're nearly as bad as chuweros.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:20 No.7435303
    I think we have lost sight of the thread's purpose.

    Here's an odd fact.

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:25 No.7435335
    In the state of Indiana, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:26 No.7435349
    Ok. You first.
    You obviously lack a basic species survival instinct, so feel free to die for science and the good of humanity.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:27 No.7435360
    Humanity is the only natural enemy that humanity faces.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:28 No.7435369
    This isn't an odd fact, but a fuckton of people don't realize that you will overheat and die when exposed to a vaccuum rather than freeze.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:31 No.7435403
    Baboons cannot throw overhand.

    Ravens can learn to open a box and get a tread, and then teach others to do the same.

    There are more stars then grains of sand on the Earth.

    It only takes seven pounds of pressure to rip off an ear.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:32 No.7435408
    I've had a think about it, and the whole "keep head alive nothing else" MIGHT be possible.

    I don't mean fully-functional Futurama heads, but keep a human head technically alive
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:33 No.7435417
    You do not die due to overheating in vacuum exposure.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:34 No.7435423
    Well, it depends how far away you are from the nearest star, at least.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:34 No.7435432
    That was my theory too. I couldn't figure out any fuckin way for someone's heat to drain away in a vacuum.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:34 No.7435433
    true, you die to lack of air.

    but given a supply of air, you may die to hemmoraging, depending on how calm you can be. blood pressure IS a killer sometimes.

    if you can not hemmorage and not suffocate, you will then overheat.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:35 No.7435439
    Tigers are the only species left that actively hunt humans. So humanity and tigers are humanities only enemies.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:36 No.7435453
    >how far from star

    not really. the sun might make you SUPER warm, but you'll still be pretty damn warm as long as you're in vacuum. of course, if you're in a cloud of gas that's far from the sun, you will be so superchilled it's not even funny.

    you need matter nearby for heat to pass into, without that your body heat will just keep accumulating.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:38 No.7435487
    Don't forget overpopulation, disease, and natural disaster.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:48 No.7435568

    Thousands of years? Hardly. Humans can breed at around 13 years of age, and by that time, genetic predispositions can be identified. Foxes had dramatic results after only 8 generations.

    8x13=104 years. By that time, we could breed something very, very interesting.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:52 No.7435600
    Yes, but generally speaking you'll die of asphyxiation and other exposure-related concerns long before your own body heat becomes an issue.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:52 No.7435607
    >Applying the foxes average time elapsed before genetic differentiation to humans

    Oh you.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:55 No.7435628
    yes, but I also wrote this post attesting to that


    I suppose I should consolidate the two posts, but fuck it.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)03:58 No.7435658
    You sir just developed the most awesome weapon ever...and it's so covert. Just slip a few into the country you hate and bam.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)04:15 No.7435809
    rolled 2, 5, 6 = 13

    So we could pull a Kerensky, right now?

    Sign me up.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)04:20 No.7435843
    exposure to what? It's a vacuum
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)04:21 No.7435847
    rolled 1, 2, 5 = 8

    Exposure to NOTHING, cosmic radiation, and sunlight.
    >> Marquis de fenetre 01/05/10(Tue)04:32 No.7435932

    itt people that don't understand all the seriously FUCKING REDICULOOUS amounts of radiation is in space. Not just from the sun but from everything in every direction that released energy at some point in time since time began.

    We are protected by the ozone layer but once in space, if you have nothing between you and all the cosmic radiation you will be a human baked potato in seconds.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)04:34 No.7435956

    yeah, that's not the type of radiation hitting them.

    and seconds aren't the timescale for radiation, unless you're RIGHT NEXT TO a star.

    really, have you researched this at all? it's long term radiation exposure that gets you.
    >> Marquis de fenetre 01/05/10(Tue)04:36 No.7435970
    no I just made all that up on the spot
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)04:41 No.7436020
    /tg/ - You're An Idiot, This Is Why.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)04:50 No.7436089
    Chimpanzees do to I've heard, have sex for fun that is
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)04:53 No.7436115
    My penis is capable of sustained erections!
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)04:57 No.7436155
    THis is >>7431785 here. Stupid people deserve it.

    Also, people with green eyes can't see dogs.

    Why is it that dogs are the centre of so many not-facts?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)04:58 No.7436164
    Bio degradable plastic bags don't, they just kinda fall apart into tinier hunks of plastic which clog krills intestines
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)04:59 No.7436172
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    The blue glow around a "swimming pool" nuclear reactor is called Cherenkov radiation. It is caused by the radioactive particles exceeding the speed of light in the medium in which they are suspended.

    If you see Cherenkov radiation anywhere other than the bottom of a swimming pool reactor, you are fucking DEAD.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)05:05 No.7436209
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    rolled 1, 3, 3 = 7



    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)05:06 No.7436226
    Radiation in space can vary widely, and acute exposure is possible and unexpected. That said, it can kill you just as dead as chronic radiation exposure, though chronic exposure is scarier because it takes longer for you to die, rather than going *hurk*hurk*hurk*blegh*
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)05:17 No.7436336
    I blame the cat-people, stupid good for nothings want dogs to look bad
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)05:34 No.7436465
    Bunnies have to eat their poop to get the nutrients
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)05:38 No.7436501
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    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:00 No.7436645
    >The blue glow around a "swimming pool" nuclear reactor is called Cherenkov radiation. It is caused by the radioactive particles exceeding the speed of light in the medium in which they are suspended

    BULLSHIT, not even light can exceed the speed of light, a PARTICAL most definatly isnt., and even if you jsut ment radiation, radiation IS light.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:04 No.7436659
    Fact: In Ventura County, California cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit.

    This means that there must be some way to GET a dog/cat sex permit. I want one, the paper work alone must be hillarious
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:04 No.7436660
    ha ha, retard, when light enters a substance it slows down. This is why refraction occurs. So radiation can exceed the speed of light in water.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:05 No.7436670
    the particles are tral\veling faster than light in WATER learn basic physics moron
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:06 No.7436676

    Nothing can exceed the speed of light in a vacuum, you illiterate dumbfuck. It travels more slowly through other mediums, like water.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:06 No.7436677
    radiation IS light, it cannot exceed the speed of light in water, it can only match it, because whatever speed it goes, by definition, IS the speed of light in water.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:06 No.7436681
    You didn't read the words. It's breaking the speed of light "in the medium." The speed of light, "c," is the speed of light IN A VACUUM, meaning, in nothing. The speed of light is different in different mediums:
    - 225 407 863 m / s for water
    - 123 881 181 m / s for diamond
    - 115 304 792 m / s for lead.
    >> Maus 01/05/10(Tue)06:07 No.7436683
    >Margaret Bulkley successfully convinced the world that she was a male doctor, going so far as to manage to attend to Napoleon's son, and perform one of the first documented Cesareans.

    There was a jazz muscian that did that as well. Even had a wife and 2 kids. Only when she died, did even the group she played with learn about it.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:08 No.7436691
    OMG americans
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:10 No.7436699
    what is the wavelength of radiation that is GREEN?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:10 No.7436700
    >implying lead is transparent
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:11 No.7436704
    >vent frustration
    I see little reason to differentiate these.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)06:12 No.7436709
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    rolled 1, 5, 4 = 10

    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)06:13 No.7436717
    rolled 1, 1, 5 = 7



    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:13 No.7436718
    about 510 nm. because light is radation, radiation is light. From gamma rays to radio waves, its all radiation.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:21 No.7436768
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    Think they do that when in space/extremely high altitude. Like artificial auroras.

    Google "rainbow bombs."
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:23 No.7436781
    I am in fact going to call it that. Ultraviolet, infrared, and supergreen
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:25 No.7436794
    Speaking of "rainbow bombs," there was a bomb that saw a brief period of planning that was known as the "gay bomb," which would result in enemy units being forced to have homolust for one another.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:26 No.7436805
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    what? What kind of monster would try and stop a love so pure, who would want to prevent scenes like pic?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:26 No.7436807
    >In both of the documents, the possibility was canvassed that a strong aphrodisiac could be dropped on enemy troops, ideally one which would also cause "homosexual behavior". The documents described the aphrodisiac weapon as "distasteful but completely non-lethal". The "New Discoveries Needed" section of one of the documents implicitly acknowledges that no such chemicals are actually known. The reports also include many other off-beat ideas, such as spraying enemy troops with bee pheromones and then hiding numerous beehives in the combat area, and a chemical weapon that would give the enemy bad breath.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:28 No.7436814
    none of op's facts are peculiar.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:28 No.7436815
    I don't need a bomb for that :3
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:31 No.7436832
    I wonder what the guy who ordered the gay bomb was like.
    Sir, we completed research on a new rifle sir.
    Good, now make a gay bomb
    But sir, shouldn't we rather invest our resources towards manp-
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)06:35 No.7436844
    rolled 6, 6, 1 = 13

    "Woah, man. Whoah. I just thought of, like, the most, uh... awesome shit."


    "What if, like, we made... a bomb, that, you know, makes you want cock?"

    "I- What?"

    "So, like, you drop this bomb, and everybody just starts, like... fucking? And they don't do anything else. Just... fuck."

    "My God."
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:35 No.7436848
    I dont think it was orderd so much as the guys are R&D were drinkin one night readin up on the muslims.
    "man they dont like fags to much."
    "we should turn them gay"
    "Oh yeah that would be hillarious, write that down"
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:39 No.7436867
    Silly shits have obviously never been to Iraq. I just about lost my lunch at all the continuous gay PDA. Men holding hands with men, hands in each other's pockets, I'd open the bathroom and find like five brown people cuddling inside... yeck.

    This one soldier locked himself in his room with a male interpreter for about an hour and wouldn't respond to knocks on the door. Suddenly the hallway was filled with the scent of shit and jizz.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)06:39 No.7436869
    /tg/ - Radioactive Spacemen
    >> Cogntive !7OCoz9XF0M 01/05/10(Tue)07:16 No.7437104
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)07:42 No.7437296
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    Unusual Sloth facts:

    As much as two-thirds of a well-fed sloth's body-weight consists of the contents of its stomach
    Sloths make competent swimmers
    They go to the ground to urinate and defecate about once a week
    Their claws also provide a further unexpected deterrent to human hunters - when hanging upside-down in a tree they are held in place by the claws themselves and often do not fall down even if shot from below.
    In most conditions, the fur hosts two species of symbiotic cyanobacteria, which provide camouflage. Because of the cyanobacteria, sloth fur is a small ecosystem of its own, hosting many species of non-parasitic insects.
    In most mammals, hairs grow toward the extremities, but because sloths spend so much time with their legs above their bodies, their hairs grow away from the extremities in order to provide protection from the elements while the sloth hangs upside down.
    >> Schrödinger's Cat 01/05/10(Tue)08:48 No.7437760
    >Their claws also provide a further unexpected deterrent to human hunters - when hanging upside-down in a tree they are held in place by the claws themselves and often do not fall down even if shot from below.
    I can just picture, now, a gang of hunters coming along, taking a shot at a sloth then wandering off in disapointment one-by-one-by-one then the last one shoots it's wrist and is crushed under the falling bulk.
    >> Cr9 !PLAN9M8Wsc 01/05/10(Tue)09:22 No.7438073
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    That is always the scariest thing to me. There were these South American guys once that found a Co-60 gamma source -- this thing, keep in mind, is a flattish cylinder roughly the diameter of a CD, maybe 10cm thick. It's shielding around a tiny bead, around the size of a thimble, of cobalt-60, an insanely radioactive isotope of an otherwise boring metal. Usually, this shit is used for medical radiation sourcing. It's stupidly dangerous, and it could kill thousands of people if released willy-nilly.

    They thought the blue glow it emitted was pretty, and smeared the powder on themselves. One gave a bit to his wife.

    To this day the area around their houses is still uninhabitable.

    Take note, boys and girls: if you see something glowing blue, do not poke around. Do not investigate. Do not stand there and think. Run, run as fast as you can, run until you're out of breath and then crawl, because what is behind you may already have claimed your life.

    Good reading for the curious:
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)09:37 No.7438208
    Also, because not all radiation does that, the feeling of sudden pins and needles, plus a metallic taste in the mouth can be a warning sign of extremely high-dose radiation that might not make itself visible.
    >> Mootimus 01/05/10(Tue)10:02 No.7438434
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    War of the Worlds was actually read in the manner of a developing news story over the radio when it first came out and was done so deadpan with no warning. It was done so convincingly that people thought it was real. It caused mass hysteria and suicides until it was debunked in papers.

    When a person dies and is untouched and vacuum sealed, the human body turns into a large block of soap. The process is called saponification.

    After one year of use, about 1/3 of the average pillow's weight is made of dead skin cells.

    The happiness that one feels when one sees someone else get hurt or fail in some way is called schadenfreude.

    There was a recent discovery of a velociraptor with fossilized feathers on it.

    There was a cannon in Europe specifically designed to skip its cannonball across a channel of water to sink ships that came into the harbor. It was successful.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:07 No.7438466
    I have the original radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, it's pretty schwet.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:18 No.7438543
    Just be sure to have the drone's ready for surveillance after we drop that shit like it's hot.
    >> I apologised on 4chan (whilst at work) 01/05/10(Tue)10:23 No.7438586
    >There was a cannon in Europe specifically designed to skip its cannonball across a channel of water to sink ships that came into the harbor. It was successful.

    The designer who came up with the "Dambuster" raids and invented the fabled "bouncing bomb" was the same man that designed the bombers that dropped them.

    Salt Water explodes if enough electricity is passed through it.

    Conversely chlorophyll is a natural insulator

    The smallest county in England is the Isle of Wight. Half the time, when the tide is in, it's actually somewhere else.

    At absolute freezing, everything stops, including physics. Scientists froze an area to -300*C and then shone a laser through it, the laser light travelled at 27mph.

    On the subject of lasers, scientists in California are attempting to find a viable method of creating a nuclear fusion startup with hundreds upon hundred of superlasers.

    OJ Simpson was nearly The Terminator

    The greatest conspiracy theory of all time is Britain's Got Talent.

    Tea should be brewed for around 3 minutes 30 depending on blend, or else you wont get the full taste.

    Lovecraft's hatred of minorities stem from several bad experiences in New York that led to him becoming a shut-in living with his Aunt. Also, he, his mother, his father and his Grandfather all died in the same hospital, all of painful and unpleasant illnesses.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:26 No.7438608
    Meh, staying well clear of it is a good idea, but no need for all that running. If it was that bad you'd be fucked already by the time you figured out that the glow wasn't due to a blue LED or some such.

    All in all, in the general population the fear of radioactivity seldom stands in any sort of proportion to the actual danger.

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:31 No.7438647
    - Infinity is not a set number. You can have an infinite amount of infinities inside another infinity

    - In the middle ages, law in Europe was already quite advanced. The first university of the Latin world was a law university (in Bologna) also, peasants sometimes organized themselves to sue their lieges for ownership of certain lands (sometimes successfully)
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:33 No.7438664
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    >Your thoughts actually exist several seconds before you're consciously aware of them.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:36 No.7438700
    >24 degrees COLDER than absolute zero.
    Don't make me laugh. Scientists haven't even achieved true absolute zero yet. I will admit, though, that matter interactions at that sort of temperature are all sorts of strange. Superliquids, anyone?
    >when the tide is in
    Wait, what? Are you >implying that the Isle of Wight is small enough to be washed over by the tides? Because it isn't, seriously. It may be possible to be driven around in half an hour, but there's permanent dry ground there.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)10:36 No.7438704
    rolled 6, 3, 6 = 15

    Hasn't changed at all. There's a time lag between perception and cognition, and cognition and action too. When you touch something, you don't feel it until the signal is interpreted. When you see something, you don't recognize it until your brain runs the numbers on it. We are always running a second or more behind.
    >> OP 01/05/10(Tue)10:40 No.7438737
    Holy wow. You know another odd, peculiar fact? That this damn thing is still UP.

    And that I just said "Holy wow" IRL after seeing that.

    Oh, and, er...

    When the Mayans would play that one ball game of theirs, they'd sometimes switch out the nine-pound rubber ball for a human head.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)10:45 No.7438780
    rolled 6, 2, 2 = 10

    In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world's nuclear weapons combined.

    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

    The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:48 No.7438809
    Actually, there is absolutely no evidence to support that.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:52 No.7438837
    You know that theory is heavily discredited? All evidence says our conscious mind is, at most, a twentieth of a second behind what's actually happening right the fuck now.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:54 No.7438854
    It wasn't read when it first came out. It was read on the radio long after the original author was dead.

    The number of false 'facts' in this thread disturbs me. I thought /tg/ was smarter than this.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:54 No.7438857
    Well, it does turn up in carvings, but from what I remember those actually depict a game played by Venus. Yes, as in the planet. Who had his head chopped off at the end of the game.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)10:56 No.7438871
    rolled 2, 5, 5 = 12

    Huh. Well, then it's not as bad as I thought.
    >> OP 01/05/10(Tue)10:56 No.7438872

    Thankee, sir. Although it would rapidly get out of control, of course, especially once they figured out how to make more of the little rat-sized AK-47s we'd no doubt give them for some reason, and next thing you know, we're all bowing down to our rat masters.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)10:59 No.7438899

    It's the internet. You get all sorts.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)11:06 No.7438950
    >Beyond humans, dolphins are the only species that has sex for pleasure.

    Bonobos, probably others.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)11:09 No.7438973
    >Beyond humans, dolphins are the only species that has sex for pleasure.


    Yes, the other animals hate having sex and only do it because they get paid.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)11:10 No.7438985
    rolled 5, 2, 1 = 8

    I imagined hooker cats.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)11:12 No.7439006
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    Odd... peculiar facts?

    Quite Interesting facts you might say?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)11:12 No.7439009
    >Beyond humans, dolphins are the only species that has sex for pleasure.

    Humans are so clever that the one unable to feel pleasure while fucking didń't even bother with it and so they haven¨t apassed their genes on.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)11:14 No.7439030
    >they had to kill several thousand foxes to get the domestic version

    You just need to kill one, to domesticate one hundred.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)11:20 No.7439083
    I'm stealing that line for a BBEG.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)11:42 No.7439258
    >>7438700 Scientists haven't even achieved true absolute zero yet

    IIRC he laws of thermodynamics actually forbid it. You can get arbitrarily close given enough effort, but to actually get there would take an infinite amount of time. So if you want to get to exactly 0K, you'll have to stick to systems too small for thermodynamics to be viable, maybe an individual electron or so.

    Then on the other hand, perhaps Heisenberg's principle could eb viewed as a temperature...
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)11:49 No.7439333
    They were planned to be employed as a biological terror weapon against the US. They built in an biological easter egg to kill them when the US would surrender due to EVIL RATS EVERYWHERE OH GOD
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)11:56 No.7439406
    I know there's somewhere on the body that, if you apply 5 lb. of pressure you can die, anyone remember where it is?
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)11:58 No.7439430
    rolled 4, 1, 4 = 9


    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:00 No.7439448
    Bulet ants HURT! There's even a ceremony in a South American tribe where you have to wear a glove filled with bullet ants for a while before you become a man.

    Assassin bugs routinely take on bigger animals and win.

    Cats can have pavlovian reactions too.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:02 No.7439463
    That's partly because radio broadcasting hadn't been invented yet. (Or was at most very experimental.)

    Not the point. Consciousness occurs *after* brain activity. That's fucking terrifying, doesn't matter how much later it is. http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:06 No.7439509

    I mean on the outside of the body (obviously)

    I mostly ask becuase I want to cheat with mage hand
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:07 No.7439521
    The Satere-Mawe people of Brazil use intentional bullet ant stings as part of their initiation rites to become a warrior.[3] The ants are first rendered unconscious by submerging them in a natural sedative and then hundreds of them are woven into a glove made out of leaves (which resembles a large oven mitt), stinger facing inward. When the ants regain consciousness, a boy slips the glove onto his hand. The goal of this initiation rite is to keep the glove on for a full ten minutes. When finished, the boy's hand and part of his arm are temporarily paralyzed because of the ant venom, and he may shake uncontrollably for days. The only "protection" provided is a coating of charcoal on the hands, supposedly to confuse the ants and inhibit their stinging. To fully complete the initiation, however, the boys must go through the ordeal a total of 20 times over the course of several months or even years.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:08 No.7439531
    The pain caused by this insect's sting is purported to be greater than that of any other Hymenopteran, and is ranked as the most painful according to the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. It is described as causing "waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours". It is thought that the ant has evolved this way to ward off any predators who would normally unearth them. In some indigenous communities, to enter manhood, a boy has to endure being stung by the ant 20 times without screaming.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:12 No.7439575

    The reasoning was that it would scare the Soviets by proving the US had what it takes to launch nukes into space.

    This was back when the USSR was winning the space race. Kennedy basically veto'd the nuke idea as fucking retarded and told NASA to work on sending a man to the Moon instead. Took them a decade, but it did end up being preferable to just nuking a chunk of it.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:15 No.7439598
    HOLY SHIT! I, and no one else, have been feeling exactly that every time I passed near a local old power plant and some other very specific locals. Could it be that I am more sensitive to radiation?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:18 No.7439634
    oddly enough the soviets were going to beat america by a few months with a humungous rocket which was the soviets pride. It exploded. From an accident. Just months before the americans were ready. yup...
    no american involvement whatsoever
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:19 No.7439637
    >The greatest conspiracy theory of all time is >Britain's Got Talent.

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:39 No.7439831
    >At absolute freezing, everything stops, including physics. Scientists froze an area to -300*C and then shone a laser through it, the laser light travelled at 27mph.

    haha oh wow

    Absolute zero is -273.15C. To this date, we haven't managed to cool anything to less than -273C, let alone -300C.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:40 No.7439853
    >The average human can survive total exposure to outer space for about 90 seconds.

    You can survive longer than that. Your blood will boil and the surface of your eyes will freeze over because of the pressure difference, but you're only really likely to die from asphyxia. The "cold" won't kill you because there's no heat transfer in a vacuum except via radiation, which is really fucking slow.

    On the other hand, you'd cook to death pretty fast in our solar system due to the Sun's radiation, and objects that have been in space long enough to radiate all their heat away will be at around 0 degrees Kelvin, so touching them is a pretty fucking dumb idea.

    Incidentally, the thermosphere (the topmost layer of the Earth's atmosphere, although there's so little of it it's a near-vacuum) frequently reaches temperatures of 1500-2500 degrees Celsius. Again, because it's so close to a vacuum, you wouldn't actually feel that heat.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:41 No.7439861
    I was told it was polar bears not tigers that were mankind's last natural predator
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:45 No.7439919

    Furthermore, in a vacuum, it is roughly 0K. c is the speed of light in a vacuum. c is 299,792,458 m/s.

    I'll let you figure out how it isn't possible for light to travel at 27 miles per hour at absolute zero.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:45 No.7439922
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    Ok this is odd...
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:48 No.7439966
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    >in a vacuum, it is roughly 0K
    It's 0K here too pal!
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:53 No.7440015
    1322: Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford was fatally speared through the anus by a pikeman hiding under the bridge during the Battle of Boroughbridge.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:54 No.7440022
    Hungarian knight Gregor Baci survived a lance through the eye.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:55 No.7440028
    >Commenting on poster implying we reached absolute zero

    Very true - infact it's one of the most basic laws of physics, the third law of thermodynamics, that states that it's technically IMPOSSIBLE to get to absolute zero. The best we can achieve is infinitesimally close.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)12:55 No.7440030
    "[The 4th Earl of] Hereford led the fight on the bridge, but he and his men were caught in the arrow fire. Then one of de Harclay's pikemen, concealed beneath the bridge, thrust upwards between the planks and skewered the Earl of Hereford through the anus, twisting the head of the iron pike into his intestines. His dying screams turned the advance into a panic."'
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:00 No.7440072

    man phazon just got 100x cooler
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:07 No.7440125
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    The plastic bits on the end of your shoelaces are called Aglets. Their true purpose is sinister.

    On a more serious note, the word Daimon refers to a guardian supernatural force, whilst Angelos means 'A messenger'.
    Socrates mentions a few times he has a Daimon watching over him, and if memory serves he calls it 'inquitive' at times.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:08 No.7440134
    Well, there is the fact that the Russians were never really concerned about "testing" or "safety", or any of that sort of thing.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:19 No.7440264
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:22 No.7440297
    1959: In the Dyatlov Pass incident, nine ski hikers in the Ural Mountains abandoned their camp in the middle of the night in apparent terror, some clad only in their underwear despite sub-zero weather. Six of the hikers died of hypothermia and three by unexplained fatal injuries. Though the corpses showed no signs of struggle, one victim had a fatal skull fracture, two had major chest fractures (comparable in force to a car accident), and one was missing her tongue. The victims' clothing also contained high levels of radiation. Soviet investigators determined only that "a compelling unknown force" had caused the deaths, barring entry to the area for years thereafter.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:23 No.7440313
    I remember reading how that actually happened, and it's totally lame when someone explains just what went down.

    For everyone's sake, I shall not share that.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:26 No.7440340
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:32 No.7440409
    Do it, Anon. It'll be better than the usual "OMFG UFOs" anyway.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:34 No.7440424
    >in a vacuum, it is roughly 0K.
    Heat exists only in matter
    vacuum is the absence of matter
    I'll let you figure out why vacuum can't have a temperature on your own
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:38 No.7440464
    1978: Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian dissident, was assassinated in London with a specially modified umbrella that fired a metal pellet with a small cavity full of ricin into his calf.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:39 No.7440472
    dem KGB, man, dem fukkin' KGB
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:41 No.7440492
    WWII wackiness: Germans trained dogs by placing meat under tanks, and getting the dogs to find it (they got to eat the meat as a reward). The idea was that they would strap bombs to the dogs backs, and they would detonate them when they ran under Soviet tanks. Unfortunately, they used GERMAN tanks to train the dogs, so the dogs ran under the German tanks instead and blew them up.

    The Americans trained dolphins to seek out mines and submarines. The minute they sent the dolphins out on their 1st mission, however, the dolphins fled back into the wild.

    The Americans also experimented with weaponizing bats, by planting napalm bombs on them, and dropping them over Japanese towns at dawn, the plan being that the bats would seek out the eaves of Japanese homes, so that they could detonate the napalm, burning down the Japanese towns. Unfortunately, the bats instead decided that the American aircraft carriers were a better place to roost and flew there instead.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:42 No.7440499
    >1979: Robert Williams, a worker at a Ford Motor Co. plant, was the first known human to be killed by a robot,[93] after the arm of a one-ton factory robot hit him in the head.

    It has already started...31 years ago.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)13:43 No.7440514
    rolled 1, 2, 6 = 9

    It was just pissed. There's no revolution, no conspiracy.

    Go back to your unconsciousness alcove.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:45 No.7440533
    Please do it, the wikipedia article is fucking huge.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:51 No.7440585

    Well there is a meridian point in acupuncture about your solar plexus I believe that if you put a needle in incorrectly it will cause instantaneous death.

    Or you can be Kenshiro.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:52 No.7440594
    Berzerk was the first video game known to have been involved in the death of a player. In January 1981, 19-year-old Jeff Dailey died of a heart attack soon after posting a score of 16,660 on Berzerk.[8] In October of the following year, Peter Burkowski made the Berzerk top-ten list twice in fifteen minutes, just a few seconds before also dying of a heart attack at the age of 18.[9]

    A Cracked.com article entitled "The 10 Most Terrifying Video Game Enemies of All Time" listed Evil Otto as number one, citing the two deaths attributed to the game and remarking that "[H]e is possibly the only video game enemy in history to kill players in real-life" and "Evil Otto watched them die ... with a smile on his face."[10]
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)13:52 No.7440596
    rolled 3, 3, 6 = 12

    Visions of a sewing needle assassin.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:54 No.7440610

    Better than killing a guy with a teacup, I suppose.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:56 No.7440630
    We would highly appreciate it if you did not spam your shitty clones all over www.ànoñtálk.com. Thank you.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:56 No.7440637
    that depends... is the teacup intact afterwards?
    imagine if you will, the GENTLEMAN ASSASSIN! he'll kill you with his teacup and use your blood as sweetener in his tea
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)13:57 No.7440642
    rolled 2, 2, 1 = 5

    Better for the victim, at least.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)13:57 No.7440648
    >citing cracked.com
    Oh, Wikipedia. You always manage to find new ways to disappoint me.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)14:01 No.7440698
    rolled 6, 5, 2 = 13

    Doctrine: It Are Fact ensures that within five years, Wikipedia will reference only sources available on the Internet, which themselves reference Wikipedia.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:03 No.7440716
    >1981: Kenji Urada, a Japanese factory worker was killed by a malfunctioning robot he was working on at a Kawasaki plant in Japan. The robot's arm pushed him into a grinding machine, killing him.

    The plot thickens.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:07 No.7440763

    cracked.com is wrong, it wasn't a fucking avalanche.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:08 No.7440776
    Did I say it was Cracked? No? Then kindly get stuffed.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:09 No.7440795
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    "x is wrong, because I say so. I offer no proof or reason, despite the fact that x did, and you should believe me."
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:16 No.7440865
    War of the Worlds was published in 1898, first broadcast Halloween 1937.
    H.G. Wells died 13 August 1946.
    Your point is invalid.
    >> NuBlackAnon !!z6ldXGL61Wm 01/05/10(Tue)14:16 No.7440871
    They have some color to them
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:20 No.7440907
    I have dumped a bunch of those about animals and some plants on /an/ a while ago. Reposting can't hurt I guess.

    If cicada nymphs rise to surface earlier than they're ready to metamorphose, they make chimney structures on top of their usual escape holes. This often happens when temperatures are higher than usual. Adult periodical cicadas lack proper defense mechanisms against predators, they simply emerge in such ridiculous numbers that nothing can eat all of them. Their advent is followed by population booms of their predators.

    Essentially mobile guillotines, trap-jaw ants have mandibles that snap with one of the record speeds of the animal kingdom, about 60m/s, faster than mantis shrimps. The ants use those jaws to not only kill their prey and cut it in sizeable chunks, but also to catapult themselves to escape a threat, or throw out intruders from their nests. Using this motion, the ant can fly for about 40 centimeters, and a colony can synchronize their jumps to confuse predators.

    The mandibles can be closed slower if the ant deems it necessary, such as during care of larvae.

    Rosy apple aphids usually are wingless critters, only when infected with a DNA virus do they gain the ability to fly. While the virus severely cripples the aphid's reproductive ability, flight is equally vital for the aphid's (and the virus') dispersal, and the infected aphids produce a number of non-infected offspring to colonize other plants. Aphids mostly reproduce by parthenogenesis and, to my knowledge, produce males/winged females (without the virus for other species) depending on the time of the year.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:21 No.7440920
    Certain wasps also literally have a virus encoded in their genome. Normally, if a wasp egg is placed in a caterpillar, the caterpillar's immune system will recognize and destroy the egg. However, the wasp injects a virus into the caterpillar alongside her egg, which effectively disables the caterpillar's immune response and allows the wasp larva to develop in peace (as peaceful as eating your host from within can be, anyway. ) Ichneumon wasps, in addition to their symbiotic, inbuilt virus, boast metal-laced ovipositors and mandibles with which they drill into wood and lay their eggs on woodboring grubs within. They tap tree trunks with their antennae to hear if there's a grub underneath. A far less subtle hunter, wasps of genus Philanthus molest the bees they caught until they vomit up all the honey they have stored. The adult wasp eats this honey, and the stung bee is left as food for her larvae.

    Beetles of genus Cyphochilus are a white brighter than than paper and milk teeth, thanks to the light-reflecting properties of its five micrometer thick scales, apparently made out of randomly arranged filaments that scatter light. We may soon see commercial applications of a similar arrangement of synthetic material.

    Scientists in Japan have inserted genes of the spider Nephila clavata into silkworm. The result is a stronger, softer and more durable silk incorporating 10% spider webbing protein. A manufacturer in Japan has plans to release spider silk socks.

    Namib Desert beetle has an unique way of solving the water scarcity problem common to all deserts. Sacrificing its ability to fly in the process, the beetle uses its fused forewings, featuring hydrophilic peaks on a hydrophobic base, to collect enough water to drink from the air. Yet another beetle that inspired modern technology, the same pattern in the insect's wings is now researched as a way to collect water.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:23 No.7440932
    I'm pretty sure it was the Russians who did the tank dogs first.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:23 No.7440939
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    Relative of the blister beetle, the spanish fly (actually a beetle) is a wonderful all-purpose animal that can be used to make an aphrodisiac, an undetectable poison or a stinkbomb, depending on the dose and added chemicals. Rather easy to find, the beetle's defensive chemical operates by damaging the nutbladder, resulting in painful urination, blood in urine and a broken penis engine. Used in small doses, however, it can allow for a permanently erect penis and indeed was historically used for this purpose.

    Relatives of antlions, Nemopteridae are hummingbirds amongst insects, with their hindwings so highly elongated that their pupa is specifically modified for them to fit.

    But the giraffe-necked weevil (pictured) triumphs over them all when it comes to looking stupid. Only the male has this neck, which apparently assists in building a cover for the eggs, done by rolling a leaf over on itself. Made easier by having a long neck to pull the leaf, I suppose.

    Certain other weevils don't show the same courtesy, featuring large, spiky dicks with which they mutilate the female's genital tract so severely that she cannot really mate with anything else. Well, at least they're no bed bugs.
    >> Cr9 !PLAN9M8Wsc 01/05/10(Tue)14:24 No.7440953
    Just for those interested, super slow-mo videos of these ants doing crazy-ass jumps:

    I highly recommend them. They're fucking Evel Knievel on steroids, with six legs, and black.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:25 No.7440954

    In a monumental display of acting, moths of genus Brenthia successfully fool jumping spiders into thinking they're one of them. Guess they'll next start imitating humans.

    Caterpillar of the large blue butterfly attracts ants with pheromones, sounds and honeydew (a nice name for what essentially is sugary insect pee. ) Once brought to the nest, the caterpillar continues to produce honeydew, but eats the larvae and eggs of the host ant in return. Closely related alcon large blue has similar caterpillars, except they don't even produce honeydew, relying on pheromones to deceive their hosts. The ants notice something's amiss when the adult butterfly emerges and they try to attack, but the adult is covered with loosely attached scales and slips out of their jaws.But justice is served in the form of the wasp Ichneumon eumerus, which can hear the sounds made by the caterpillar to attract the ants (the secreted pheromones are apparently short-range, the wasp relies on sound - quite unusual. ) The wasp tracks the caterpillar down in ant nests, releasing its own chaff pheromone that makes ants attack each other. It then finds the caterpillar and lays its eggs within, and the caterpillar is eventually eaten alive.

    Another inhabitant of ant nests is the ants' guest beetle, a bombardier beetle characterized by large, bizarre antennae which the ants use as handles to guide the beetle into their nests, where it (surprise! ) feeds on the eggs and larvae.

    When angered, milkweed locusts produce toxic foam from near their legs, their bright colors warning any would-be predators against their horrid taste. They aren't the only insect to do this, most famously spittle bug nymphs produce a similar foul-tasting, foamy substance.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:26 No.7440967
    Several lepidopterans can produce sounds, the cracker butterfly amongst them. Their distinctive sound is produced by their forewings clapping together, and is used as a warning sign to predators and rival males, as well as during courtship rituals. Death's head hawkmoth can also produce something of a scream by emitting air from its proboscis. This species frequently attacks hives to feed on honey, mimicking bee pheromones to remain undetected. Some foul-tasting moths also produce clicks to warn bats, similar to bright colors of other foul-tasting species (and their mimics. )

    An even rarer form of "vivipary" is shown by Strepsipterans and gall midges. The former has its article on Bogleech, so I'll just direct you there. I didn't even know the female didn't have a genital pore. I thought the male just didn't use it during entry.


    Gall midges are generally the same with a few main differences: One, the mother is sometimes a fellow larva - many species are paedogenetic, that is, the infantile forms are fertile. Second, the larvae eat their mother alive (in addition to feeding on her tissues first, as with Strepsipterans. The future of the eggs is even determined by the hemolymph they are swimming in! ) before escaping. A number of different larvae can be produced from this paedogenetic larva, one kind develops into adult females, one is identical to her mother, one remains as a larva but produces only males, and a fourth type either produces males or the initial fertile larvae. Unfortunately, the last difference is lack of the neck penetration featured in Strepsipterans, hence why the larvae eat their mother - there's no conveniently located neck hole drilled by their father in their case.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:26 No.7440970
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    I still have art from the /tg/ thread where we talk about the bat bombs.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)14:27 No.7440975
    rolled 2, 3, 4 = 9

    >broken penis engine

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:27 No.7440979
    Very few insects are truly viviparous, members of genus Diploptera being the only example in cockroaches. The eggs feed off of the "milk" internally secreted from the mother. More well-known for the diseases they carry, tsetse fly is another insect that bears young live. They likewise have a specialized "milk" gland with which to feed their eggs.

    Parthenogenesis in aphids is well-known, but there's a rarer variant of it seen only in certain insects. Called gynogenesis, the sperm is required for reproduction in this case, but only to "activate" the egg - no genetic material from the sperm is used. An example is the all-female Ptinus clavipes mobilis subspecies, which needs to mate with a P. clavipes male to reproduce.

    Termites of genus Mastotermes are amongst the closest to cockroaches, and even lack workers in their colonies. The tasks to be done by workers are instead accomplished by older nymphs.On the other side of the cockroach/termite boundary there is Cryptocercus, with the parents caring for their offspring until death. I should also note that male cockroaches have a pheromone gland on their backs that the female licks during mating, since that sounds hot.

    Webspinners are small, elegant insects with wingless females spinning silk (from the bases of their legs, if I recall. Also, male, female and larvae can all spin silk. ) to coat their tunnels as they dig them, making a drilling motion while digging. The male is winged, but has quite odd wings - it can "inflate" and "deflate" them. When the insect folds its wings, the veins running across them cannot get enough blood, and the wing becomes very flexible, allowing the male to make its way across tunnels.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:29 No.7441005
    The following species are all spiders.

    Amongst the oddest-looking spiders is Archaeidae, pelican or assassin spiders. Their elongated "necks" apparently allow them to better catch fellow spiders, upon which they prey.

    Gasteracantha mammosa relies on its speed and hard armor to capture insects in addition to webbing, preferring to bite prey to death instead of wrapping it in web and dragging it along. Its armor makes it immune to stingers of bees, which it captures with ease.

    Apparently fed up with walking through the desert, Araneus rota can roll itself into a wheel to move through sand dunes, fast enough to escape most would-be predators.

    Males of Tidarren genus of spiders rip off one of their pedipalps before maturing, because the pedipalps are so large that the male can't walk properly otherwise. As with other spiders, Tidarren mates by drawing sperm within the pedipalp and injecting it to the female. Unlike many spiders, the female rips off the remaining pedipalp at this point and eats the male while the disembodied pedipalp continues to pump sperm.

    While the diving bell spider is perhaps the only one truly adapted to aquatic life, others like intertidal spiders patch up barnacles or sea shells with their webs to survive the high tide underwater. Even land-dwelling spiders are known to water-proof their lairs, which allows them to survive floods. Most can also bring a bubble of air alongside them on the tip of their abdomen while diving, as such it is very hard to drown even terrestial spiders.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:31 No.7441029
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    Parasites now. Picture is Ascaris, or so it appears to be.

    Angiostrongylus cantonensis normally infects rats, but when in a human host through paratenic invertebrates (prawns, crabs and such other seafood) the worms, lost in a host they cannot mature in, migrate to the central nervous system, literally swimming in the cerebrospinal fluid. This is the prime cause of eosiniphilic meningitis and has dire consequences, ending with death if not treated in time. The worms can also enter the eye, where they may cause blindness.

    Found in a quarter of our population, Ascaris lumbricoides is the most common macroparasite in humans. While generally harmless, they may grow to prodigious sizes in great numbers (about 400 worms in one person, and an individual worm can grow to about 50cm length), blocking the intestine in a tangled mess of dead worms. They may also attempt to escape through the mouth or anus when disturbed (ie. by anesthetics. )

    Dioctophyme renale is called giant kidney worm for obvious reasons, reaching sizes of about a meter and able to demolish the kidney of the host so efficiently that all is left after the worm's death is a hollowed-out cavity. Sometimes it also breaks the kidney and wanders on to other body cavities. It usually prefers the right kidney, and the host obviously dies should both kidneys be affected. Rather rare in humans, its natural host is mustelids, but it can infect freshwater fish as paratenic hosts and pass on to humans. It is more common around Europe.

    Loa loa also has a rather explanative name, this time it is the eye worm. The worm does not live exclusively in the eye, merely slithering below the host's skin and occassionally passing through the eyes, which takes a few minutes of great pain. The death of the worm may also cause abscesses and itchy swellings may form wherever it passes through, and it may cause orchitis while passing through the testicles, but the animal is otherwise quite harmless.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:31 No.7441030

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:31 No.7441042
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:33 No.7441064
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    Picture is D. renale in kidney.

    Lumping together the best parts of tapeworm infection and cancer, tapeworms of genus Echinococcus, obtained by interaction with dogs or other canines, multiply rapidly within their intermediate hosts to build up cysts that can reach a diameter of about 50cm. Those can form anywhere within the body - including the brain, heart or lungs. Should a large cyst burst - which can happen by, say, falling down on the cyst, the host almost certainly dies from the septic shock.

    After getting ingested by a human and mating within, female guinea worms burrow deep into the poor soul's connective tissue. When the larvae within are developed, the worm -up to 120cm long and as thick as a noodle- surfaces, makes a small blister on the skin, and rears its head portion from it. This causes such great pain that the sensation is described as the infected part being on fire. This horrible pain can be alleviated somewhat by putting the wound in water, which is precisely what the worm wants - once submerged, the larvae escape from the head portion of the worm into the water, sometimes blowing their mother's head with them.

    The worms seek parts most likely to be connected with water (that is, the feet), but other locations can also happen - see picture. The worm can also fail to locate the skin, where it just dies on the spot it was lodged on and you're left with a meter-long worm in your body to calcify.

    I really should write a helminth article on Cracked sometime. Next few posts will be pictures of patients. I also have a game about helminth parasites, though it's somewhat fearmongering. It had nice images though.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)14:33 No.7441068
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    rolled 6, 4, 6 = 16

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:33 No.7441071
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    Loa loa in eye.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:34 No.7441076
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    Hydatid cyst in brain.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:35 No.7441081
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    Guinea worm in scrotum. The reason those are my favorite animals. They're going extinct though. Pity.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:36 No.7441091
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    Guinea worm extraction process. It is exactly what it looks like - wrapping a meter-long worm around a stick. The treatment may take as long as a month, or so I hear.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)14:37 No.7441101
    rolled 1, 3, 5 = 9

    Mother of God.

    I am going to do something about this. I am going to modify one of these species, and internalize them. They will be Tier Omega of my immune system: Worm-Hunters. The Macro-Offensive unit. When faced with contamination on a multicellular scale, they feed.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:37 No.7441112
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    Harlequin shrimps feed exclusively on starfish, often taking down ones several times larger than them. Once a starfish is located by its smell, the shrimp injects a toxin into it with its front legs, paralyzing the echinoderm. It then turns the starfish upside down and begins feasting on its tube-feet underneath, while the starfish is still alive. They consume the starfish in its entirety, but that may take perhaps a week, and apparently preferring fresh food, some even feed the captive starfish so it doesn't die while the shrimp pair (for those often work as husband and wife) rips off its arms one by one and eats them. The pair is loyal to each other, the animals demonstrate monogamy and egg care.

    Crinoids shit with a long tube near their mouth, and in the deep abyssal plains they inhabit food is scarce. So scarce that some animals, especially sea snails, evolved to feed on shit, eggs and semen of sea lilies, the latter two obviously not to the sea lily's liking. In fact, one idea is that the long anal tube of modern sea lilies was evolved to deter any would-be gamete eaters - the latter gave no quarter and merely gained the ability to drill right into the excretion tube.

    Gastropods aren't the only ones to find sea lily shit a delicacy, however. The fossil starfish Onychaster flexillis apparently also prefers to tangle itself on a sea lily and feed on the sweet feces and excrement.

    While starfish are known for being slow yet unstoppable tanks of the deep, some snails have taken to parasitizing them, even discarding their shells for some to better invade starfish tissues. This pulsating lump (pictured) is one such snail, the letters on the figures surely mean something but I sure don't want to find whichever paper I took it from and see what. While hosts for a variety of commensals and parasites, echinoderms rarely do the reverse, only examples I know being the shit-eating starfish above and a sea cucumber that lives on anglerfish.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)14:38 No.7441122
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    rolled 4, 5, 1 = 10

    >The reason those are my favorite animals

    Against my better judgment, I'll ask for an explanation.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:38 No.7441123
    Most sponges are filter feeders, but Asbestopluma hypogea is able to trap small prey with hooks-tipped filaments, not unlike fungi that do the same to nematodes and other small animals. Lacking a stomach, the sponge's cells migrate on the captured prey to digest it slowly over several days.

    Bdelloids are a class of rotifers that are, much like Touhou characters, composed entirely of females. Researchers thought they reproduced solely by parthenogenesis, but apparently that's not messed up enough. Now, pure parthenogenesis doesn't really fly in animal kingdom, because it fucks your gene pool something fierce and you go extinct before you know what hit you.

    In harsh conditions, those animals rapidly dehydrate themselves and become cysts. The odd part is when the stars are right again and the bdelloids come out of their cysts - they patch their own DNA with whatever else is around. Matthew Meselson of Harvard describes the process as lesbian necrophilia, and the rotifers can even incorporate DNA of an entirely different species.

    While many cnidarians die soon after mating, Turritopsis nutricula returns to polyp form after reaching sexual maturity, fulfilling 4chan's most desired ideal (being a young girl, that is. ) All specimens observed repeatedly undergo this process, making the creature biologically immortal.

    King's lomatia offers another method of immortality. Apparently the result of a careless Noah of the plant kingdom, all known king's lomatia plants are genetically identical as their ancestor was a sterile triploid that could only clone itself with vegetative reproduction, and clone itself it did - the ancestor shrub lived at least 43,600 years, with a possibility of up to 135,000 years.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:39 No.7441130

    Once again, the insect world proves itself both intriguing and fucking terrifying at the same time.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:40 No.7441142
    Perhaps due to a confused retrovirus, sea slug Elysia chlorotica acquired genes required for chloroplast maintenance. While many species feeding on algae can extract and utilize their chloroplasts, the organelles die sooner or later since they cannot survive without support from the nucleus. With its improved genome, however, E. chlorotica can keep its stolen chloroplasts working for months.

    On the other hand Cryptosporidium, a parasite of the digestive tract that can also infect humans, conquered its mitochondria completely. This protozoan's mitochondria seem to lack DNA, all elements required for the management of it apparently having passed to the nuclear genome.

    Wolbachia is a genus of bacteria that inflicts just about everything (except vertebrates) , possibly being the most common parasites on Earth. Now, you see, those fellows are heraditary parasites - they are present in the eggs of females and thus pass on the next generation. There's a problem, though, sperm doesn't have enough space for the parasite to enter, so the parasites in a male are struck there. Their solution?

    Turn the male into a female, fully capable of reproduction, so that he (now she) can pass can pass on her little intracellular parasites. Wolbachia is bonded so tightly to its hosts that the latter cannot mate if the parasites of the male and female don't match.

    Someone over on /jp/ drew a Wolbachia-tan a while ago, but unfortunately I have since lost the picture.

    Symbiotes of Mastotermes mentioned above, Mixotricha paradoxa is merely the "head" of a protozoan Voltron - it uses its own flagella only to steer while myriad of Treponema spirochetes bacteria provide the push, two other kinds of bacteria layer the cell and an endosymbiotic bacteria acts as mitochondria, bringing the symbiote total to four.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:41 No.7441155
    Anoura fistulata, the tube-lipped nectar bat, uses a specialized tongue 150% the size of its body to lick nectar from even the hardest-to-reach flowers. Its tongue is so long that the base is in the ribcage.

    Parasitic on fellow plants, Rhizanthella orchids spend their entire life cycles underground, and may even be pollinated underground by termites. Completely lacking leaves and roots, only when it flowers does a small portion of the flower break the surface, and even then the flower may live contently without ever seeing light.

    Apparently not content with their aquatic realm, Ommastrephid squids frequently glide over the waters, perhaps to escape predators, perhaps because they are aware that flying squids would be awesome.

    With claws specialized to grab anemones, boxer crabs frequently pick up the stinging cnidarians and use them as a form of defense. Since their claws are usually busy holding anemones, boxer crabs are adept at using their second pair of legs to rip apart chunks of food.

    In China, there's the legend of a very poisonous bird called the zhen, or the chin. So toxic was this critter that wherever it flew over, plants died and rivers became undrinkable for decades, not unlike a basilisk's poison. The chin bird's poison was said to be used in assassination attempts, and eventually chin poison came to be mean any potent poison commonly used in assassinations.

    While living nowhere near China nor utilizing a deadly toxin like the zhen-bird, there are some poisonous birds, with numbness-causing toxins spread over their wings. Blue-capped ifrita and hooded pitohui are two such birds.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:42 No.7441173
    Lacking the stinger-tipped, bent "tails" of their cousins, pseudoscorpions have taken the logical step and placed their venom glands on their claws, a fact that makes me glad that they're tiny. They can also spin silk, usually doing so to build small "igloos" in which they can safely moult.

    Marine isopod Paracerceis sculpta males have three distinct forms - alpha males are strong and aggressive, and keep many females together in a harem, located inside a sponge. The other two have developed methods to hijack the alpha's females - the gamma male is a fast swimmer and can avoid the alpha while the beta imitates female behavior and stays in the harem right under the alpha's nose.

    It is not known how their immobile sperm finds the female's eggs, but after getting fertilized, the mouthless female devotes all her energy to the eggs contained in her body while her own organs and muscles degrade to feed them, the eggs essentially eating their mother from within. Soon after the juveniles are released, the female dies.

    Armed with a single flagellum and (presumably) spiral power, members of the bacterial genus Bdellovibrio drill into much larger bacteria (E. coli, for example) with amazing speeds (exceeding 100 times their body length per second) and reproduce within them, bursting out from their host when ready. I rather enjoy describing them as Xenomorphs crossed with the Flash.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)14:43 No.7441185
    rolled 1, 6, 1 = 8





    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:44 No.7441189
    itt a bunch of highschoolers post things they don't understand that they heard in physics class once and then everyone else "haha oh wow"s
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:45 No.7441200
    With multiple copies of its genome and very rapid DNA repair mechanisms, Deinococcus radiodurans is amongst the most radioresistant organism known. Its DNA repair mechanism is so strong that even when the cells are essentially dead with DNA split in hundreds of places, the enzymes can patch the cell up and bring it back from the brink of death. And then there's this:

    >In 2003, U.S. scientists demonstrated that D. radiodurans could be used as a means of information storage that might survive a nuclear catastrophe. They translated the song It's a Small World into a series of DNA segments 150 base pairs long, inserted these into the bacteria, and were able to retrieve them without errors 100 bacterial generations later.

    Because you know, the only thing safer than Skynet is Skynet coded inside an invisible bacterium that can survive nukes with ease and come back from the dead.

    Cycliophora have around six known "genders", including one of which sole job is seeking females emerging from their mother and copulating with them, which they accomplish easily because of their massive dongs by which they are identified. Another sex has the sole job of transporting offspring from one place to another, said offspring tear their way out of them after that is done. They also shit their brains out on a regular basis, because if your life was that grimdark you'd do that too.

    I can't really be assed to write out all the (incredibly horrific and/or hot depending on how familiar you are to /d/) details, so read them here.

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:46 No.7441212
    A rather recent discovery, Desulforudis audaxviator has been living three kilometers under the ground for millions of years, never in contact with any other species. Adapted to its warm, subterranean environment, contact with oxygen kills it. It is the only known organism that is alone in its ecosystem, relying on its own enzymes to bind inorganic compounds and the effects of radioactive decay on surrounding chemicals to provide energy.

    Conopid flies are bee mimics, which isn't all that unusual, but they benefit from hymenopterans in more ways than one. You see, the female conopid fly has something that acts as an organic can opener on its abdomen. While in flight, the fly finds a bee or wasp, pries its abdomen open with this modified organ and deposits its eggs within. Some even follow army ants, waiting for them to flush out bees so they can attack.

    The subfamily Stylogastrinae is somewhat different, in that the egg itself is shaped somewhat like a harpoon, with a rigid barbed tip, and the egg is forcibly jabbed into the host in a manner that would make /d/ proud.

    Phew, done. Even copy/pasting took a while! I also have the thread on /an/ saved, in case you want to read each entry seperately.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:46 No.7441213
    >perhaps because they are aware that flying squids would be awesome.

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:48 No.7441232
    ...but not in the way you'd expect.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:50 No.7441259
    >> Cr9 !PLAN9M8Wsc 01/05/10(Tue)14:52 No.7441280
    Aaaughgg fucking nature you are so creepy
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)14:56 No.7441319
    ITT: even more reasons to never leave your house again.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)14:56 No.7441320
    rolled 1, 1, 4 = 6

    A HeLa cell (also Hela or hela cell) is an immortal cell line used in scientific research. The cell line was derived from cervical cancer cells taken from Henrietta Lacks, who died from her cancer on October 4, 1951. The remarkable durability of this cell line is illustrated by its contamination of many other cell lines used in research.

    HeLa cells are termed "immortal" in that they can divide an unlimited number of times in a laboratory cell culture plate as long as fundamental cell survival conditions are met (i.e. being maintained and sustained in a suitable environment). There are many strains of HeLa cells as they continue to evolve by being grown in cell cultures, but all HeLa cells are descended from the same tumor cells removed from Ms. Lacks. It has been estimated that the total number of HeLa cells that have been propagated in cell culture far exceeds the total number of cells that were in Henrietta Lacks' body.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)15:03 No.7441396
    rolled 4, 6, 5 = 15

    With a constant supply of nutrients, and an environment conducive to natural growth, a HeLa cell group will replicate without end.

    You could literally grow a tumor of any size with these things. You could one day eat meat harvested from a HeLa artificial muscle bank. You could receive a transplant from a HeLa organ tree. You could drive a car coated with HeLa plate, a living armor that repairs itself naturally. There. Is. No. Limit.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:05 No.7441421
    Uh dude, pretty much every cell line is immortalized, including the non-tumor ones. That cell line is nothing special really. They kind of die real fast if they aren't immortalized. And even they they're pretty damn fragile.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)15:07 No.7441450
    rolled 1, 1, 5 = 7

    Eh. I was having fun building a setting. But reality has to Kool-Aid man through my hopes and dreams...
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:16 No.7441563
    Mother of GOD.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:19 No.7441583
    I have been reading this thread, and only this thread for over an hour.

    What the fuck.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:25 No.7441655
    O god, all that stuff about parasites, and I have a cyst that needs to be drained and I am ffffffff-ing so hard
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:25 No.7441662
    If anyone needs proof that a benevolent God does not exist, they only need to look at the insect and bacteria kingdoms.

    There may be no God.
    Or there may be an evil God.
    But you can be fucking sure there is not a benevolent God.
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)15:27 No.7441684
    rolled 1, 5, 1 = 7

    My money's on God is Tripping Balls.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:32 No.7441750
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    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:37 No.7441801
    I detect some luelinks up in this bitch.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:42 No.7441874

    Thread captured. Couldn't include on image, file's too large. The whole addition is some other cool animals I like but don't have much to say about them (plume moths, lobster moths, puss moths... ) and individual images, really.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:44 No.7441907
    Why aren't there any more fantasy creatures/races/biologists/spells based on insects anyway? They're awesome!
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:46 No.7441932

    Because casters already have control over the world, the planes, and the rules of reality itself already?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:53 No.7442055
    >HeLa plate

    FUCK that. I inject nutrient rich solutions into forms and then let mold have at it for months, afterwards I have a light, strong, biodegradable, and optionally poisonous/nutritious material.
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:54 No.7442061
    because what they have is creepy enough without being real...
    no need to introduce real things or your players will suffer from insomnia
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:55 No.7442074
    my players just never go to swamps. ever.

    every time they do, there are no great monsters. well, there might be, but they don't last to reach them.

    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)15:55 No.7442085
    >FUCK that
    >fuck that
    >fuck HeLa
    HeLa fleshlights
    /tg/, I'm scared... hold me...
    >> ★ Subprocessor DM 01/05/10(Tue)16:01 No.7442178
    rolled 3, 4, 1 = 8

    I don't want to hold you, because...



    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)16:11 No.7442338

    >*Rolls for random encounter*
    "What do we encounter?"
    "Ok. We rest for the night"
    >"As you go to pee during night watch, you feel an intense burning in your urethra. It appears a fish is lodged there and is using poisonous bone barbs to keep it in place."
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)16:38 No.7442739
    why... wont.. you... help... meee?
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)16:52 No.7442935
    >> Anonymous 01/05/10(Tue)17:25 No.7443485
    Using a Bose-Einstein condensate of Sodium, light has been slowed to 20-30 meters per second. Would be all sorts of awesome to race your car's headlights and win.

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