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Postby Risottia » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:06 am

Nazis in Space wrote:
Risottia wrote:I know, but that's just a bit sad - and clearly bound for extinction if some stupid humans didn't think that masturbating pandas is a good way to spend some time...
Common, but completely bullshit myth.

Pandas in captivity aren't much into sex.

Pandas in the wild have no such issues, they bang with the best of 'em.

They're getting killed off via habitat destruction, not lack of sex.

Of course, since the media in general wrote about 'No-Sex Pandas' without the addendum of 'In Captivity', a bunch of hurr durr nature is retarded conservation is for fags!' faggots proceeded to propagate the 'Pandas would go extinct if not for humans masturbating them! See how stupid environmentalism is?!'.

And you fell for it.

Congrats.


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Postby Nazis in Space » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:18 am

No.

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Postby Lazssia » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:24 am

All I can say is, fuck you nature.

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Postby Simon Cowell of the RR » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:01 am

Now if only there was a quasi-human equivalent.

Besides lawyers.
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Postby AiliailiA » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:18 am

Truth is stranger than fiction. Nature doesn't care if it freaks you out!
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Postby Distruzio » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:45 am

Awww... what fun are zombies without bath salts? Nature can suck it.
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Postby AiliailiA » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:57 am

If I were a crab and physically incapable of seeing or touching my own "egg sack" I wouldn't think too hard about just what the hell it is that's growing down there. I'd just keep scuttling around and eating whatever I could catch. Catching stuff with those big claws and eating it ... pretty good life really.

What else is there to do? Scrape your own gonads off on a nice sharp rock because they don't "feel right"? Gonna be infertile either way ...
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Postby Samuraikoku » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:12 am

Could be worse.

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Postby Xeng He » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:53 am

Risottia wrote:
Turan Federasyonu wrote:Just it doesnt exist

Once you know it you cannot unknow it... unless... do you want some brain bleach?



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Postby Old Tyrannia » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:54 am

Samuraikoku wrote:Could be worse.


Awww, c'mon, Samuraikoku. The 40K references are getting old.
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Postby Tlaceceyaya » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:58 am

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Divair wrote:What doesn't?

evolution

Is this a hoax, then?
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Postby Ad Nihilo » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:05 am

Tlaceceyaya wrote:
Turan Federasyonu wrote:evolution

Is this a hoax, then?


Of course... the vistas you see when you look through the lens of a microscope are spontaneously produced by God every time to test your faith, you Godless hippy!

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Postby Tlaceceyaya » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:10 pm

Ad Nihilo wrote:
Tlaceceyaya wrote:Is this a hoax, then?


Of course... the vistas you see when you look through the lens of a microscope are spontaneously produced by God every time to test your faith, you Godless hippy!

Don't you mean Satan, as in accordance with the satan is a dick theory of fossilization?
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Postby Xathranaar » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:22 pm

Jewcrew wrote:
Nazis in Space wrote:Common, but completely bullshit myth.

Pandas in captivity aren't much into sex.

Pandas in the wild have no such issues, they bang with the best of 'em.

They're getting killed off via habitat destruction, not lack of sex.

Of course, since the media in general wrote about 'No-Sex Pandas' without the addendum of 'In Captivity', a bunch of hurr durr nature is retarded conservation is for fags!' faggots proceeded to propagate the 'Pandas would go extinct if not for humans masturbating them! See how stupid environmentalism is?!'.

And you fell for it.

Congrats.


I think anyone with half a brain realize that this is only an 'in captivity' issue. I did not for one moment think that pandas in the wild did not reproduce. If they didn't, they would have died out before even becoming a distinct species. So calm down and have a soda.

Edit: The far more impressive argument against the continued existence of the Panda is that it is a carnivore that eats bamboo. It should be quite obvious that, evolutionarily, it is destined for failure.

Not at all.

Many birds eat plants, and they're all descended from carnivores.

In case you haven't noticed birds are thriving.
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Postby Tsa-la-gi Nation » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:51 pm

Vareiln wrote:Welcome to the wonderful world of parasites.

The human equivalent would be the divorce lawyer.

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Postby Samuraikoku » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:52 pm

Old Tyrannia wrote:
Samuraikoku wrote:Could be worse.


Awww, c'mon, Samuraikoku. The 40K references are getting old.


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Postby Norstal » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:55 pm

Yes TMI that's how science works. Behold, biology. It does shit and it will fuck you up.

Which is why I'm looking into minoring in it and taking it up as my main field in graduate school. >:3

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Old Tyrannia wrote:Awww, c'mon, Samuraikoku. The 40K references are getting old.


Only in death does duty end.

Let me correct him a bit.

The 40k references are getting annoying and you should tone it down a little, just as I don't post Puella Magi references everywhere.
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Postby Norstal » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:56 pm

Lazssia wrote:All I can say is, fuck you nature.

Indeed. That's why we need more biologists. To study it. And find a way to destroy it.
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Postby Pope Joan » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:07 pm

National geographic just had an article on Yartsa Gunbu, a fungus which digests and takes over worms from the inside. When half grown they are so valuable on the Chinese market that their price is more per ounce than gold.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmw5g ... o1_500.jpg

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The name translates as "summer grass winter worm", and it is a treasure trove for the Nepalese peasants. http://grossawesome.tumblr.com/post/658 ... -as-yartsa
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Postby Manahakatouki » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:07 pm

Norstal wrote:
Lazssia wrote:All I can say is, fuck you nature.

Indeed. That's why we need more biologists. To study it. And find a way to destroy it.


I make a conscious habit of destroying every bit of nature in my anti-bio habitat...

Houseplants and flies are first on the agenda...
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Postby Divair » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:08 pm

Pope Joan wrote:National geographic just had an article on Yartsa Gunbu, a fungus which digests and takes over worms from the inside. When half grown they are so valuable on the Chinese market that their price is more per ounce than gold.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmw5g ... o1_500.jpg

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The name translates as "summer grass winter worm", and it is a treasure trove for the Nepalese peasants. http://grossawesome.tumblr.com/post/658 ... -as-yartsa

What. The. Fuck.

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Postby Wikkiwallana » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:20 pm

Norstal wrote:
Lazssia wrote:All I can say is, fuck you nature.

Indeed. That's why we need more biologists. To study it. And find a way to destroy it.

Sulfuric acid does a decent job. Or if you prefer to kill it with fire, chlorine trifluoride.
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Postby Wikkiwallana » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:23 pm

Divair wrote:
Pope Joan wrote:National geographic just had an article on Yartsa Gunbu, a fungus which digests and takes over worms from the inside. When half grown they are so valuable on the Chinese market that their price is more per ounce than gold.

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmw5g ... o1_500.jpg

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The name translates as "summer grass winter worm", and it is a treasure trove for the Nepalese peasants. http://grossawesome.tumblr.com/post/658 ... -as-yartsa

What. The. Fuck.

Chinese Traditional Medicine is basically one big game of "I dare you to eat that".
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Postby Pope Joan » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:33 pm

Wikkiwallana wrote:
Divair wrote:What. The. Fuck.

Chinese Traditional Medicine is basically one big game of "I dare you to eat that".


Great observation. Nature makes grossness because it loves Chinese medicine.

http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/shari ... -china.jpg

http://www.natural-environment.com/imag ... market.jpg

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Postby Grenartia » Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:04 pm

Vareiln wrote:
Miss Defied wrote:Let me guess, you are going to turn this into a case for creationism, right?
You should just come right out with it and say so in your OP.
There's lots of crazy stuff in the world. The very existence of viruses and what they do is practically unfathomable when you think about it.
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What's even worse is that Cordyceps fungi. And then there's hookworms and tapeworms... And botflies...


And lets not forget the brain eating amoeba, which can survive water temperatures of up to 42 C (about 107.6 F), is found in many freshwater sources (including all freshwater sources in the state of Texas, though no specimens have been found in a saltwater environment, and it is important to note that while infections from tap water have been documented, contaminated tap water is an extremely rare occurence, due to the amoeba's sensitivity to chlorine), has a fatality rate of about 98% (for comparison, the mortality rates for anthrax (which can survive even more extreme conditions) are: 92% (historical mortality rate for respiratory infections, though with timely treatment, the modern mortality rate is about 45%, though the fatality rate is 97% regardless of treatment when it progresses to the fulminant phase), 25-60% for gastrointestinal infection (the rarest type of anthrax infection), and 20% for cutaneous infection), and has no unusual initial symptoms (compared to other more common and less deadly diseases), save for a change in taste and smell (as the disease usually starts in the nasal region after exposure to infected freshwater). Death usually occurs 7-14 days after infection, and there is no known effective treatment. Since 1998, there have been about 33 documented deaths from the infection, with 32 of those occurring between 2001 and 2010.

The organism prefers warm temperatures, and we are constantly exposed to it. Apparently, the main reason infections are so rare is due to the fact that infected water must go really far up your nose in order for it to contact with the olfactory nerve.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_am ... cephalitis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain-eating_amoeba
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthrax

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Well in that case, by "it" do you mean rhizocephala? It went to that much trouble because it figured out how to maximize it's own ability to survive and thrive by doing the least amount of work possible. So it evolved to create this complex method of living off of another creature much to the detriment of said creature. We have something similar in the human species as well. They're called "derivatives traders."

The great thing is, that now that the parasite is so dependent upon said crab, it will probably start evolving to find ways to help the thing survive longer and be more resistant to predators. Eventually, the two may become symbiotic.


When one recalls that there are 3 forms of lice that are dependent on human blood (so much so that if humans disappeared entirely, they'd all be extinct within 3 days), its not unreasonable to guess that lice may try to take a similar route with us.

And, given how much bacteria are in the human intestines, such a symbiosis may have already developed.[/Gren's speculation, not necessarily backed up by fact]

According to wiki, before birth, the intestinal tracts of fetuses are sterile, but immediately after birth, due to the omnipresence of bacteria, an infant will be colonized by many different species of bacteria through various interactions with the mother. Without those bacteria species, we could not digest many things we consume (mainly milk and certain carbohydrates), meaning we'd have to eat more food than if we did have them. In addition, they may outcompete certain harmful species, and provide a sort of training to the infant immune system, thus providing a double immune system benefit.

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