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Postby Stephen Day » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:45 pm

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As intimated, it does sound like my married friends.



As somebody who has never been married, I cannot comment on this. :P
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Postby sdsichero » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:53 pm

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Imma gonna die! :smt088

(sticks a feeding tube through hole in the ceiling)
(you're on your own for a bathroom though)

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Postby sdsichero » Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:53 pm

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As somebody who has never been married, I cannot comment on this. :P


Probably would not hear from you again if you were married.

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Postby Stephen Day » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:08 pm

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Probably would not hear from you again if you were married.


If you don't let me out of the damn bomb shelter you may not hear from me again period. :smt011
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Postby sdsichero » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:29 pm

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If you don't let me out of the damn bomb shelter you may not hear from me again period. :smt011


Oh?

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Postby Stephen Day » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:33 pm

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Oh?

Hmn.... Image


Try not to think too long. :smt011
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Postby sdsichero » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:42 pm

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Try not to think too long. :smt011


Hold on, hold on... Can't rush this type of decision...

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Postby Stephen Day » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:14 pm

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Hold on, hold on... Can't rush this type of decision...


Still waiting. :smt011
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Postby Stephen Day » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:21 pm

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Screw this, I'm just going to use the dynamite I have stored in here and blow my way out.
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Screw this, I'm just going to use the dynamite I have stored in here and blow my way out.


(watches the roof cave in releasing the spiders stored above the room)

Oops.

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Postby Stephen Day » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:32 pm

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(watches the roof cave in releasing the spiders stored above the room)

Oops.


*stephen stumbles out of the rubble*

There, that worked

*falls down face first into unconsciousness*
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Postby sdsichero » Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:41 pm

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*stephen stumbles out of the rubble*

There, that worked

*falls down face first into unconsciousness*


(throws an angler fish onto Stephen)

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Secrets to ‘extreme adaptation’ found in Burmese python genome

WASHINGTON – The first full study of a snake’s genome has revealed the Burmese python to be one of the most evolutionarily advanced creatures on Earth, international researchers said Monday.

The findings shed new light on how these Southeast Asian natives have survived and thrived, and may offer new inroads to treating human diseases, said the report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Snakes have basically undergone incredible changes at all levels of their biology, from the physiological to the molecular,” said principal investigator David Pollock.

These changes took place in functionally important ways over the past 5 million to 30 million years, allowing the slithering creatures to adapt like no other, said Pollock, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Of particular interest to scientists is just how the Burmese python — which can grow to 7 meters or larger — is able to eat creatures as large as the snake itself.

Not only can its head and jaw open wide enough to envelop a meal the size of a deer, the snake’s organs supersize themselves and go into overdrive to speedily digest the animal before it rots.

In the space of a day or two, the snake’s heart, small intestine, liver and kidneys increase in size, ranging from a third larger than before to double their pre-feast size.

Once the meal is digested, the organs return to normal.

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Postby sdsichero » Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:35 pm

Bee-ware

Honeybees Can Recognize Individual Human Faces

The ability to tell individual faces apart was long thought to be exclusive to large-brained mammals. But in recent years a number of studies have shown that, in fact, some wasps can facially recognize one another. And honeybees can learn human faces, too. In their article in the December issue of Scientific American, biologists Elizabeth Tibbetts of the University of Michigan and Adrian Dyer of RMIT University in Melbourne describe these findings and what they reveal about the neural requirements for seemingly complex cognitive tasks.

The image depicts how a honeybee sees the features of a human face.

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