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    Random What The Fuck Mother Nature?

    Polish Ants Live In Dystopian Nightmare


    The wood-ant ‘colony’ described here – although superficially looking like a functioning colony with workers teeming on the surface of the mound – is rather an example of survival of a large amount of workers trapped within a hostile environment in total darkness, with constantly low temperatures and no ample supply of food. The continued survival of the ‘colony’ through the years is dependent on new workers falling in through the ventilation pipe. The supplement of workers more than compensates for the mortality rate of workers such that through the years the bunker workforce has grown to the level of big, mature natural colonies.
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    The link is broken somehow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustrum_Ridcully View Post
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    The link is broken somehow.
    Feexed.

    I had copypastaed the article title rather than the url...
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    Hadouken Fish are real.





    Apparently the fish has eaten a small crustacean that exudes the luminescent substance... probably to alert other crustaceans that there is a predator nearby and to alert larger predators that there is a prey right here, come eat it now.
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    That's a big fuckin' worm.
    Spring spirit-dancer, nimble and thin
    I will leap like Coyote when I go
    Tireless entrancer, lend me your skin
    I will run like the gray wolf when I go

    I will climb the rise at daybreak, I will kiss the sky at noon
    Raise my yearning voice at midnight to my mother in the moon
    I will make the lay of long defeat and draw the chorus slow
    I'll send this message down the wire
    Hope that someone wise is listening
    When I go

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    Show of hands; who else was waiting for it to rear up, hiss at, and then strike the guy filming it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nail bunny View Post
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    Show of hands; who else was waiting for it to rear up, hiss at, and then strike the guy filming it?

    The video I originally wanted to post was even worse, but it was a Facebook group video.

    Yeah, these things are a little bit minor nightmare fodder, and a lotta bit "WTAF, over?!"
    Spring spirit-dancer, nimble and thin
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    Raise my yearning voice at midnight to my mother in the moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
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    Yeah, these things are a little bit minor nightmare fodder, and a lotta bit "WTAF, over?!"
    They are predators... they hunt and eat other worms.
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    "Hello. I am a giant scale worm. I am equal parts alien, nightmare, and FABULOUSLY GOLDEN!

    Pleased tameetcha." golden scale worm.jpg
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    Spring spirit-dancer, nimble and thin
    I will leap like Coyote when I go
    Tireless entrancer, lend me your skin
    I will run like the gray wolf when I go

    I will climb the rise at daybreak, I will kiss the sky at noon
    Raise my yearning voice at midnight to my mother in the moon
    I will make the lay of long defeat and draw the chorus slow
    I'll send this message down the wire
    Hope that someone wise is listening
    When I go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
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    "Hello. I am a giant scale worm. I am equal parts alien, nightmare, and FABULOUSLY GOLDEN!

    Pleased tameetcha." golden scale worm.jpg

    At least a teethed scrotum is something different from a teethed vagina for a change.

    Also, what about having this one in a home aquarium?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Turjan View Post
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    Also, what about having this one in a home aquarium?

    Wow, that's definitely some more alien/nightmare fodder. It would have to be a pretty big goddamn aquarium (video said they get arm-length to 'man-length', which I'm assuming is 6'), but I bet that'd be the most entertainment you'd ever get out of a feeder goldfish.

    Aren't those kinda what the critters in 'Tremors' looked like? I'm guessing they got some inspiration from it. I've only seen bits from the movie, not the whole thing.

    With the giant scale worm I posted, my second thought (after "Whoa. Wtf?") was along the lines of "I wonder if those golden parts are more scale-like or bristle-like, or?? 'Cause I could totally see using those in some costuming/crafts."
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    Remember those videos about ravens/crows I posted? They can fucking plan!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b03389bb172f73

    The new “Planet of the Apes” movie has people imagining what an ape-ruled world with human underlings would really look like, but maybe ravens are the animals we should be keeping an eye on.

    The dazzling intelligence of corvids — the family that includes ravens and crows — is well-documented. Studies have suggested that corvids rival chimps in cognitive self-control. Ravens can imagine being spied on, and crows display puzzle-solving skills comparable to those of apes and human children.

    Research published Friday in the journal Science adds even more evidence to the pile. Scientists from Sweden’s Lund University found that ravens appear to have the ability to plan for the future.

    Cognitive zoologist Mathias Osvath and graduate student Can Kabadayi presented five ravens with a series of puzzles. First, they taught the birds how to get a food treat out of a puzzle box using a specific tool. The ravens also got the opportunity to interact with the puzzle box with no tools, and with objects that would not open it.

    They they presented the birds ― with no puzzle box visible ― an array of options, including the functional tool and a bunch of useless “distractor” objects. The puzzle box was installed 15 minutes later. The birds successfully selected the tool and used it to open the box 86 percent of the time, excluding one particularly resourceful female who figured out a way to open the box all by herself, with no tool.

    A similar experiment involved teaching the ravens to use a token to “barter” with humans for a food reward. (Basically, the ravens gave the token to a person, and the person gave them a treat in return.) Again, the ravens were largely able to correctly select the token for future use when presented with a range of objects.

    The ravens also demonstrated self-control skills: They were willing to forgo a reward in lieu of a better reward they had been trained to know would come 15 minutes later. Researchers presented the birds with a range of objects that included distractor objects, the useful tool or token, and a food treat. The treat was “less valuable” ― it’s not specified what this means, but presumably it was smaller and/or a food that ravens like less ― than the treat that ravens could later obtain by using the tool or token. (In control versions where no tool or token was available, the birds picked the immediate treat 100 percent of the time.)

    Kabadayi told NPR that the birds — like humans — were less likely to delay gratification when they knew it would take longer to get a larger reward.

    “We basically found that the further ahead in the future a reward for ravens, the less value it gets,” he said.

    The researchers note in their paper that the ravens’ performance bore “conspicuous similarities” to the abilities of great apes in similar tasks.

    One major reason all of this is so interesting ― besides the sheer awesomeness of how smart ravens are ― is that it suggests these complex cognitive abilities would have to have evolved independently of the abilities of mammals like apes and humans. That’s because apes and ravens have not shared a common ancestor for around 320 million years, according to NPR.

    For that reason, the scientists wrote that their research “opens up avenues for investigation into the evolutionary principles of cognition and shows what the brains of some birds are capable of.”

    Markus Boeckle, a psychology professor at the University of Cambridge unaffiliated with the study, expressed excitement over the research in an interview with Scientific American, but had some reservations. For instance, he noted that the small sample size of five hand-raised ravens might not be representative of the species as a whole.

    For all we know, he told the site, those birds could be “the Albert Einsteins [of] the raven world.”
    Madness does not always howl. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "Hey, is there room in your head for one more?"

    I is before E except after C, then it's chaos man, mass chaos! Letters coming together into words, but then you go English and they put U's in places that just shouldn't go there... AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

    My sanity left town along time ago and didn't leave a forwarding address. It's not missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirinke View Post
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    Remember those videos about ravens/crows I posted? They can fucking plan!
    Yeah. As I've been saying for years, "It's a good thing crows don't have language, thumbs and another hundred pounds... we'd be fucked."

    Or as I've also said for years, "It's a good thing octopi have no language, are loners, and zero capacity for fire based technology... we'd be fucked."
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    Quote Originally Posted by kirinke View Post
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    Remember those videos about ravens/crows I posted? They can fucking plan!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b03389bb172f73

    Yeah, that one ran across my feed the other day, too. Pretty interesting. This article did as well, indicating that ravens are capable both of abstract thought and attribute their own perceptions to the mind of another.
    Spring spirit-dancer, nimble and thin
    I will leap like Coyote when I go
    Tireless entrancer, lend me your skin
    I will run like the gray wolf when I go

    I will climb the rise at daybreak, I will kiss the sky at noon
    Raise my yearning voice at midnight to my mother in the moon
    I will make the lay of long defeat and draw the chorus slow
    I'll send this message down the wire
    Hope that someone wise is listening
    When I go

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    These caterpillars merge better than a lot of drivers I've seen. But what an odd thing to do*, traveling like that when you're a tasty caterpillar, right?

    WRONG! These guys are toxic as fuck. You don't even have to see or be in contact with them to suffer from their poisonous fuzzy spines. And some of their relatives can kill you with cerebral hemorrhaging from their poison.






    *it struck me as so evolutionarily unsound a practice, I had to go find out what they were and why they do that. Oh look, another internet rabbit hole...hey, there's gotta be something interesting in here, right?



    Edit: Am I the only one who, when reading about how he was testing his hypotheses about how the cats know how to follow each other and he took the skin of one dead one to make a 'fake' cat, instantly thought of Princess Mononoke and the false boars made by the men hiding under their skins?
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    Spring spirit-dancer, nimble and thin
    I will leap like Coyote when I go
    Tireless entrancer, lend me your skin
    I will run like the gray wolf when I go

    I will climb the rise at daybreak, I will kiss the sky at noon
    Raise my yearning voice at midnight to my mother in the moon
    I will make the lay of long defeat and draw the chorus slow
    I'll send this message down the wire
    Hope that someone wise is listening
    When I go

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