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I Learned it in AFCA 06/15/07 – 06/21/07

Posted by thedarwinexception on July 7, 2007


The maximum life spans in the lab agree with data from field observations on Triops survival. In the lab, T. longicaudatus has a maximum lifespan of about 50 days and T. cancriformis a maximum lifespan of about 90 days, with some individuals beginning to die off as soon as two weeks after hatching. Secondarily, some may suffer premature deaths from moulting complications or other reasons.

Dutch researchers are trying to grow pork meat in a laboratory with the goal of feeding millions without the need to raise and slaughter animals.

In 1847, Charles Carroll launched an enterprising business on an island in the Upper Chesapeake Bay: the Great Poplar” Island Black Cat Farm. Carroll (son of Charles Carroll Jr., who built Homewood House on what would become Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus) had heard that there was a market in China for black cat fur, so he offered 25 cents apiece for female black cats. He shipped the cats to Poplar Island, paid a local waterman to deliver fish daily, and let the kitties have the run of the place. All was well until winter arrived. The bay froze, the fish couldn’t be delivered, and the hungry cats made off across the ice to the mainland, thus bringing an end to Carroll’s feline farm.”

When he was building his business, Dr. Scholl carried a real human skeleton foot with him on his sales calls.

Ronco Corp., based in the Simi Valley, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, declaring it has $32.7 million in debts and $13.9 million in assets. [Ron] Popeil, 72, […]is the largest creditor.

Notostracans, primarily Triops longicaudatus, are often sold to children in small packets as eggs as an interesting science project or as a beginner’s kit for their first aquarium. One pours distilled or spring water onto the eggs, and they will hatch out very quickly–often within less than a day. They will also grow at a remarkable pace; growth is actually noticeable from one day to the next until they reach their maximum size of approximately 2 inches, including their caudal appendages. If food is not available in plenty–and sometimes even if it is–they will not hesitate to eat each other.

“A vibrating condom has sparked a fierce debate in India, over whether it is a sex toy – which are banned – or a means of birth control.“Spunbonded Olefin is thermoplastic. It maintains its toughness and flexibility down to -100°F (-73°C)  An unrestrained sheet of Spunbonded Olefin is dimensionally stable up to 270°F (132°C) and will not shrink. Temperatures above 175°F (79°C) should be avoided when processing under tension.”

New research suggests that a compound found in fatty goose and duck liver may be linked to a rare disease called amyloidosis, opening the door to a potential link between the delicacy and a host of other amyloid-related diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to type 2 diabetes.

Former Judge Donald Thompson, imprisoned for allegedly using a penis pump on himself while conducting trials, was denied early release by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Bakshi first turned to rotoscoping because he was refused by 20th Century Fox for a $50,000 budget increase to finish Wizards, and thus had to resort to the rotoscope technique to finish the battle sequences. (This was the same meeting at which George Lucas was also denied a $3 million budget increase to finish Star Wars.)

Hiroshima was a minor supply and logistics base for the Japanese military. The city was a communications center, a storage point, and an assembly area for troops.”

Terrorism is defined by the U.S. Department of Defense as “the unlawful use of — or threatened use of — force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives.”

Turkey Vultures defecate on their own legs to cool off on hot days.

According to the FDIC Web site, the last time a bank failed and another bank did “not_ assume accounts was 14 Feb 04, the Dollar Savings Bank of Newark, N.J. Before that, there were four such failures in 2002.


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If you are a lurker, please support me in e-mail.

Gay tree.

It’s also nice to see a home video of a black man that doesn’t involve police beating the shit out of him.

As the Arab woman mused while looking at family album photos of her deceased young suicide-bomber son, “They blow up so fast…”

I have good looking kids. Thank goodness my wife cheats on me

Let me know if you get a Bag Of Crap.

It is a real let-down to find out that senior management don’t know shit.

If there wasn’t a continent and an ocean in the way, I’d drive over to your house so I could slap you upside the head.

too bad about sharing a name with a genocidal maniac though

Gab, gab, gab.  Give it a rest.

You might try reading the Book of Mormon.  Jesus comes back to Schenectady or some such god-forsaken place.

I won $10 for second prize in a beauty contest, once when I played Monopoly.


I’m not quite sure what this stuff is…. but count me in.

As I get older I get more attached to my own bed and my own bathroom

When my brain is preset to singers, and someone says “Flash version”, I just can’t help but think of Britney Spears.

I had no pets, and I had no shoes.

I don’t care for zombies, though, or any of the walking undead.

I got my information from a Michael Moore movie, so I’m not a credible source.

Reminds me of a girlfriend I use to have… she could squeeze my Jefferson till I’d weep

I don’t like anything heartwarming


I was surprised to find no p0rno. Just mostly V1agra.

Only in AFCA do we argue about a compliment.

this post contains 10% recycled snark

It doesn’t take “big deal” status to be yakked about, in here

The truck giveth, the truck taketh away.

I don’t know if surviving saying it on AFCA counts as a cite.

You cannot escape my remorseless logic!


On balance, I’m not so sure that a whole watermelon was a good substitute for not feeling like cooking.


You really don’t seem to need a scond person to have a conversation, do you?

What happened to the good old days where Apprentices simply made broomsticks dance with abandon?

Did anyone else find that after Jesus dies, it’s prety boring?…

Can I listen in without getting circumsized?

What was your Great Aunt Grace doing teething on your feet?

Where can I find the directory of kindler, gentler, skank?


Ah … my itch is now scratched, and I can enjoy your self-deprecating humor as well.

Geneticists always coin the best monikers.


It’s been a very long time since 1979.

Booze will get you through times of no parrots better than parrots will get you through times of no booze.

It’s a wise man who knows his Coca Cola.

If John Wayne can be cast as Genghis Khan, then anything is possible.

Tap water comes from a tap, or a faucet.  Or a spigot.  Rarely, a cock.


Paul Bunyan and the Blue Stihls

black moor goldfish

Cow Employee Turnover

Perverted Zombies on Crack


The Great Watermelon Travesty


Mary Mary quite contrary
How does your spam folder grow?
With drugs and enlargements and software scams
And Nigerians all in a row.

Give Fleece A Chance

two, one two three four

Ev’rybody’s talking about Black sheep, White sheep, Big sheep, Small
sheep, Wooly sheep, Shorn sheep
This sheep, that sheep,
Sheep sheep sheep

All we are saying is give fleece a chance
All we are saying is give fleece a chance

its goin’ great

Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout Barbary, Corriedale, Merino, Rambouillet,
Dartmoor and Suffolk and Cotswold and Cheviot,
and Soay, Soay

all we are saying is give fleece a chance,
all we are saying is give fleece a chance,

Let me tell you now
Ev’rybody’s talking about
Cameroon sheep, Swedish Fur sheep, Scottish Blackface, White Horned
Heath sheep, Hebridean, Zeeland Milk sheep,
Bluefaced Leicester, Whiteface Woodland
Welsh Mountain sheep,

All we are saying [keep baa-ing] is give fleece a chance
All we are baa-ing is give fleece a chance

Oh Let’s stick to it
Ev’rybody’s talking about
Polish Heath sheep, Sar Mountain, Santa Inês, Schoonebeker, South
Suffolk,  South Devon, South Dorset, South Hampshire,
East Friesian, North Ronaldsay,
West African Dwarf

All we are saying is give fleece a chance
All we are baa-ing is give fleece a chance


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