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Posital
451565.  Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:37 pm Reply with quote

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The damage nematodes can cause in humans should not be underestimated, nor should their abundance in the world.


Maybe someone took the latter sentiment to heart - in which case 40x10^541 - just to be on the safe side.

http://www.discoverlife.org/20/q?search=Nematoda

PS: Actually - just thinking about it - why didn't they write 4x10^55?

 
Moosh
451573.  Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:52 pm Reply with quote

Posital wrote:
PS: Actually - just thinking about it - why didn't they write 4x10^55?


In the book they actually wrote 40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

 
Posital
451579.  Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:59 pm Reply with quote

Oh - scientific notation - as if anyone cares over 10^18

 
Flash
451667.  Fri Dec 05, 2008 6:01 pm Reply with quote

I will draw this thread to the attention of the relevant gnome. Watch the space below this one.

 
Jenny
451724.  Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:12 pm Reply with quote

<watches>

Oh.

 
Davini994
451817.  Sat Dec 06, 2008 5:35 am Reply with quote

Are elves referred to as gnomes when they might be wrong? How wonderful if so!

 
Posital
451960.  Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:15 am Reply with quote

Cripes - one minute there was 40x10^54 - and now I haven't seen one in ages.

Bit like buses I spose.

 
Sadurian Mike
452066.  Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:57 pm Reply with quote

Davini994 wrote:
Are elves referred to as gnomes when they might be wrong? How wonderful if so!

I think gnomes do the actual digging and elves flit around take all the credit and looking fey and attractive.

 
bobwilson
452191.  Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:17 pm Reply with quote

so what do the goblins do?

 
Sadurian Mike
452192.  Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:18 pm Reply with quote

bobwilson wrote:
so what do the goblins do?

Make the tea of course.

(Yes, there was a ruder answer which I discretely bypassed).

 
Davini994
452199.  Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:38 pm Reply with quote

Sadurian Mike wrote:
(Yes, there was a ruder answer which I discretely bypassed).


Good lord. Whatever next?

 
bobwilson
452200.  Sat Dec 06, 2008 7:40 pm Reply with quote

Well - he could have discreetly bypassed it which is what one usually does in polite company - I expect that will follow.

 
Posital
452342.  Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:18 am Reply with quote

There was me thinking goblins... are vacuum cleaners.

It had to be said.

 
Moosh
454466.  Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:43 pm Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
I will draw this thread to the attention of the relevant gnome. Watch the space below this one.


I'm sure you're all terribly busy, being elves around Christmas and all, but any word from the Elf in charge of nematode research?

 
Davini994
454779.  Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:54 am Reply with quote

I've just popped in to see how he's doing. Unfortunately he lost count around the 2,000,000,000,000,000,000 mark, and had to start again, hence the delay.

 

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