Posted 05 July 2011 - 12:09 PM
I can recall one summer in 1987, the mosquito's were so bad that you did not dare go outside at/after dusk. I noticed, very quickly, that mosquito's were somehow getting in my apartment. I had one of those wooden framed adjustable window screens that you could fit into any window and it would slide to fit any size window frame. There was a tiny opening not much larger than the head of a straight pin. They were entering through there at an alarming rate. Maybe 2 second intervals? So, I put a piece of tape over it.
You could hear the humming sound they make. It was so loud, I could hardly believe it. When I held a flashlight up to the window, it was completely coated with live mosquito's.
My question is, how do small wild animals like birds, or even farm animals, survive that kind of onslaught for weeks, sometimes even months?
Posted 06 July 2011 - 10:57 AM
I was10 and my brother was 9. It was summer time. My mom didn't pay the electric bill so we were playing the card game, crazy 8's, by candlelight.
We only had the one candle so it was pretty close to us but off to the side, when a fly (a common everyday house fly) came buzzing around between us. We both kind of sat back in our chairs and waited for it to get out of the way and then it happened. The fly passed/flew over the candle flame. We heard a loud, POP and the fly was gone! It left no carcass, no guts or legs. It literally disappeared right before our eyes!
We looked at each other with the expression of "Did you see that?" Then our faces lit up and we simultaneously said, "COOL!" We got up and started hunting for flies but, it was too dark to find a live one. We did find a dead carcass on the windowsill and used tweezers to hold it over the flame but nothing happened. We decided to wait until morning and capture a live one.
The next day we captured about a dozen flies and put them in a jar. We went into the bathroom because it was a really small room so it would be easier to control the flies. We tried everything we could think of to recreate the previous night but, to no avail. Nothing worked. We could not get it to happen again.
What do you think caused that one fly to explode like it did?
Posted 09 July 2011 - 12:08 PM
I think you saw/heard a flash of flame as the insect flew *through* the flame and out the other side (as it would have done by inertia alone) It would have been almost impossible to notice the dark singed body continuing through the flash. Our brains are wired to notice sudden light/sound.
There's no way the candle flame transmitted any appreciable heat beyond say, 100 microns deep in the brief time it was in the flame. You know this yourself, because you have surely surely passed your hand/finger through a flame.
Posted 18 July 2011 - 04:15 PM
They live in savannah, and they are unusual animals eh?
(luv the way they stand up so thin N tall) - and they're quick!
Posted 23 July 2011 - 03:14 PM
I think I read "Can Animals Think? in Time magazine in the 90s (I've certainly read many similarly titled articles), but I vaguely recall that only a few anecdotal points really impressed me, even though I was in a waiting room, and I always make a point of exploring the unfamiliar magazines there with an anthropologist's sense of wonder, or hope for a serendipitous insight (I'm a big believer in the need for random inputs to seed innovation)
So I suggest putting on your sense of wonder glasses before reading that article -- or perhaps listening to some of the many audio essay (radio shows, etc.) that my Google search for Fu Manchu orangutan ranked highly. Our deep caveman instinct for tales around the campfire -- echoed in the brain center where we construct the verbalized "real-time" narrative of our own experience (which I have elsewhere described) can often awake a sense of wonder that a dry reading of an article fails to, unless we allow ourselves to be immersed, as in a novel.
Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:57 AM
Posted 01 November 2011 - 03:08 PM
Just think of them as a cute little spider bomb that will go off if your surfing speed drops below 50. As in the movie "Speed". Who didn't like the movie "Speed"?
--- Orpheus "The above is, of course, almost entirely false"
Posted 01 November 2011 - 04:34 PM
Excuse me. I have to go surf the net.
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