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221398.  Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:18 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
The difference between alligators and crocodiles is that alligators don't shed tears, whereas crocodiles don't either.

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University of Florida researcher has concluded that crocodiles really do bawl while banqueting - but for physiological reasons rather than rascally reptilian remorse.

UF zoologist Kent Vliet observed and videotaped four captive caimans and three alligators, both close relatives of the crocodile, while eating on a spit of dry land at Florida's St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.

He observed that five of the seven animals teared up as they tore into their food, with some of their eyes even frothing and bubbling.

Actually this whole article is good:

The term may have gained wide popularity as a result of a passage in one book, "The Voyage and Travel of Sir John Mandeville," first published in 1400 and read widely


One scientist, working early last century, decided to try to determine if the myth was true by rubbing onion and salt into crocodiles' eyes. Shaner said. When they didn't tear up, he wrongly concluded it was false.

With nice nuggets like that, this could be a goer? Maybe a double-bluff GI?

486464.  Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:55 am Reply with quote

More on crocodile tears:

Patricia Webster would uncontrollably sob every meal time and could not stop until she had finished chewing her food.

The tears are a side effect of a medical condition, known as crocodile tears syndrome, that was ruining her life.

Nerve fibres which should be used for salivation become damaged and regrow into the lacrimal gland, situated under the eye, which control tears.

Consequently sufferers cannot help but cry when they chew and swallow food.

I still think this could be used one day if we're short of gen igs.


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