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03 January 2006 @ 04:49 pm
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Lizard venoms are sophisticated, but they typically come in such small doses that they won't cause you any significant harm. And if you do happen to get bit by a Komodo dragon, you'll be able to be distracted from the effects of its venom by the fact that your arm is missing.
--- Carl Zimmer


There are many things we don't know - here are thirteen of them. (It's a dupe, but it's worth reading if you missed it)

Coconut crabs are frigging huge.

Oklo, Gabon was the site of the world's first naturally occurring fission reactions. These reactions are believed to be no longer possible on Earth, but were quite the happening about 2 billion years ago.
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Wendy: Tonguemaerchen on January 4th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Oklo, Gabon was the site of the world's first naturally occurring fission reactions.

Now, see, if you'd known that when I was trying to solve the bloody Internet puzzle about it (can't remember now if it was the Stone or the spin-off site), it might've saved me the "I've been staring at a glow-in-the-dark fossil for two hours now" headache.
prof_vencireprof_vencire on January 4th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Up to a meter in size. Large enough, certainly, to allow hope for giant wasps.
atelierlune on January 4th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
I saw the picture of the crab, and my first thought was, "Ooh, that must be some good eating."

I'll let myself out, thank you.
beltramgregor on January 4th, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Gnfnrf and I didn't believe that Komodo dragons were poisonous. Then Wiki set me straight on that point. I always attributed it to the microbes from their habit of eating rotting flesh. Apparently that's a problem too.