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1034030.  Fri Nov 08, 2013 7:20 am Reply with quote

*Gives Spud a bottle of champaign.*

(We really need a like button around here.)

1034123.  Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:40 am Reply with quote

Fien wrote:
An infection with a head louse is called: Pediculosis, but has nothing to do with unhygienic life circumstances (as people often think). It's true that lice can spread faster in groups of people with unhygienic life circumstances, but lice have preference for clean and washed hair.

They have no preference for hair being clean or dirty, as long as it belongs to the right species. Each species of louse is highly specialised for clinging to the hairs of its particular host. If it finds itself on the wrong host, it will soon fall off or be groomed away.

Mammalian lice are primarily blood-suckers. Bird lice bite and chew, and often feed on the bird's feathers or skin rather than blood. The two types have always been classified as two quite separate orders of insects (Anopleura and Mallophaga), but recently it's been proposed that all lice belong to the same order. (See Wikipedia on "Bird louse".)

Infection is the invasion of the body by bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Infestation is invasion by any multicellular parasite, such as lice, worms, etc.

1069584.  Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:44 pm Reply with quote

The infinity symbol is also referred to as a Lemniscate, which is a "figure-eight shaped curves in algebraic geometry".

1071729.  Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:58 pm Reply with quote

Lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere, normally in perpendicular alignment to the wind direction. Lenticular clouds can be separated into altocumulus standing lenticularis (ACSL), stratocumulus standing lenticular (SCSL), and cirrocumulus standing lenticular (CCSL). Due to their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) sightings.

Cloud porn:

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1071742.  Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:30 pm Reply with quote

Nah, it's chemtrails, really

1072329.  Sat May 03, 2014 12:26 pm Reply with quote

Found this while doing a "on this day in history" search through the newspaper archives to make a gift for a friends birthday.

A horrible and striking proof of the seriousness of the LOCUST plague in Algiers has just reached Paris in the news of the death, at the Douar of Sidi-Eral, of M. Kunckel d'Herculais, a French naturalist, who was in Algiers on a mission to discover some means of destroying the locust eggs, and who has been suffocated, almost as if through the vengeance of these insects. On May 17 the heat was so excessive that M. Kunckel sought shelter in the shade of some bushes of shrubbery. He was overtaken by an enormous cloud of locusts, in which he was absolutely submerged, and he apparently struggled in vain to release himself, endeavouring to set fire to the shrubbery. When he was discovered at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon by some Arabs his beard, hair and cravat had been eaten away.
The Times - 19th May 1891

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1072339.  Sat May 03, 2014 1:56 pm Reply with quote

That sounds like something out of an American horror movie or video game. It's sort of awesome that it is possible in real life. (At least according to that article.)

1072362.  Sat May 03, 2014 5:11 pm Reply with quote

Fien wrote:

It's true that lice can spread faster in groups of people with unhygienic life circumstances, but lice have preference for clean and washed hair.

Wait, wasn't this debunked in QI's F season - "Film"? ( around the 37 minute mark) Or is there new evidence to the contrary?

Spud McLaren
1203915.  Mon Sep 05, 2016 3:16 pm Reply with quote

From my quest for unusual instruments:

A man playing the lesiba, an instrument comprising an unbraced mouth-resonated bow with a flattened quill attached to a long string, stretched over a hard stick, acting as the main source of vibration. Holding both hands around the quill, positioned without touching just inside the lips, the player sharply inhales or exhales against it, creating vibration in the string. This "produces a powerful buzzing sound," usually in short notes on a small, limited scale.

[from Wiki

Apparently no other instrument of this type has been found anywhere other than around Lesotho.


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