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Molly Cule
1052024.  Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:03 pm Reply with quote

Laika, and other dogs who went into space wore space suits - obviously if you think about it, but I never had. This one is a particularly interesting looking one:



http://www.retronaut.com/2012/11/dog-space-suits/

 
ConorOberstIsGo
1052939.  Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:29 am Reply with quote

Are Ligers just too mainstream for QI?

I know that they are so large because the size-controlling genetic component is found in the females of one species and the male of the other. I think Tions are regular big cat size....

 
Troux
1053273.  Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:42 am Reply with quote

ConorOberstIsGo wrote:
Are Ligers just too mainstream for QI?

I know that they are so large because the size-controlling genetic component is found in the females of one species and the male of the other. I think Tions are regular big cat size....

"This was on QI before!"

 
ConorOberstIsGo
1053293.  Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:19 pm Reply with quote

Troux wrote:

"This was on QI before!"


Ugh. Probably was.

 
gruff5
1053400.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:30 am Reply with quote

L-animals do not exist (as far as we know) on planet Earth, all are D-animals.

 
ConorOberstIsGo
1053404.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:40 am Reply with quote

gruff5 wrote:
L-animals do not exist (as far as we know) on planet Earth, all are D-animals.


lol wut?

 
gruff5
1053417.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 5:01 am Reply with quote

ConorOberstIsGo wrote:
gruff5 wrote:
L-animals do not exist (as far as we know) on planet Earth, all are D-animals.


lol wut?

I stand corrected. All are L-animals on planet Earth, D-animals do not exist here.

 
julesies
1053527.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:55 am Reply with quote

gruff5 wrote:
I stand corrected. All are L-animals on planet Earth, D-animals do not exist here.

Animals have some D-amino acids, which is pretty cool. D-amino acids are found in cone snail venom, in American funnel-web spider venom, in the skin secretions of some frogs, and in platypus venom. Additionally, in the human brain D-serine acts as a neurotransmitter.

 
gruff5
1053667.  Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:27 pm Reply with quote

Thanks, julesies, I didn't know that.

And well done for spotting my obscure reference :)

 
Celebaelin
1087025.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:23 pm Reply with quote

Biologically active amino acids are L isomers, biologically active sugars are D isomers - so kinda both really.

In deference to julesies new information above there should probably be qualifying 'most's or 'by far the majority's in that sentence.

 
Prof Wind Up Merchant
1093897.  Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:00 am Reply with quote

Lemurs are interesting as they are only found in the wild in Madagascar.

 
gruff5
1093988.  Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:39 am Reply with quote

Platypus was on the box last night. It might be the earliest of all the "mammal" (kind of) species.

 
plinkplonk
1097695.  Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:44 pm Reply with quote

gruff5 wrote:
Platypus was on the box last night. It might be the earliest of all the "mammal" (kind of) species.


Definitely a mammal but the rest aren't all descended from platypuses. Almost by definition non-egg laying mammals are descended from egg laying ones (monotremes). Not sure how old platypuses are.

 
CharliesDragon
1097707.  Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:30 pm Reply with quote

You mean the duckbilled platypus. "Platypus" is really the name of a beetle, which the duckbilled mammal is named after.

 
Prof Wind Up Merchant
1101083.  Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:33 am Reply with quote

I was intrigued about the assertion that only rats apart from us have a sense of humour. I would have thought that other apes apart from us have this ability.

 

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