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Hans Mof
124025.  Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:54 pm Reply with quote

The sting from rare species of irukandji jellyfish can cause prolonged erections. So far the species has been found around the Australian Whitsunday Islands only. The jellyfish is yet to be named and classified. Lisa-Ann Gershwin, researcher at the James Cook University, thinks about naming it 'priapism', after the medical term for prolonged erection.

But being stung by this jellyfish causes other symptoms as well, such as: severe pain, anxiety, paralysis and a potentially fatal rise in blood pressure.

Lisa-Ann Gershwin wrote:
But men should not try to bypass medical research and swim around the Whitsundays seeking to be stung. Irukandji syndrome is something that happens to you that might kill you. Preparing for a date involves not having irukandji syndrome.

 
samivel
124125.  Wed Dec 06, 2006 5:57 am Reply with quote

Imagine getting priapism and paralysis at the same time. Life can be so unfair.

 
Long Haired Hippy
124183.  Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:35 am Reply with quote

samivel wrote:
Imagine getting priapism and paralysis at the same time. Life can be so unfair.


Would it be tasteless to mention it's possible use as a date rape drug? It probably would. So I'll keep quiet on the matter. Besides which the sight of a naked female has much the same affect on many men so it would probably be superfluous.

 
Neotenic
124201.  Wed Dec 06, 2006 9:54 am Reply with quote

I'm actually going to the Whitsundays in March.

I will most definitely be keeping my eye out when I go swimming now.

 
andrewmorris
125538.  Sun Dec 10, 2006 1:55 pm Reply with quote

Any possibility of a humorous name? It always raised a slight smile in an otherwise dull lecture when you came across something of a taxonomic joke.

The plant, Hebe gibby
The snail, Bufonaria borisbeckeri
The fly, Campsicnemius charliechaplini
The mite, Funkotriplogynium iagobadius
The trilobites, Arcticalymene viciousi, A. rotteni, A. jonesi, A. cooki, A. matlocki

Any thoughts on a similarly smirk-worthy name for our anonymous cnidarian?

 
tetsabb
125603.  Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:02 pm Reply with quote

Long Haired Hippy wrote:
Besides which the sight of a naked female has much the same affect on many men so it would probably be superfluous.


I have just read 'The Road to Mars' a scifi comedy by Eric Idle. It includes a remark to the effect that men have two main organs -- the brain and the penis, but unfortunately only enough blood to keep one going at a time......

 
grizzly
125705.  Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:30 am Reply with quote

There was an article in the NS more than a year ago about 2 bugs/beetles (can't remember which) being named after G W Bush and Dick Cheney.

 
Jenny
125942.  Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:07 pm Reply with quote

Slime beetles, I believe.

 
samivel
125946.  Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:36 am Reply with quote

<chuckles>

 
King of Quok
132038.  Sun Jan 07, 2007 12:38 pm Reply with quote

andrewmorris wrote:
Any possibility of a humorous name? It always raised a slight smile in an otherwise dull lecture when you came across something of a taxonomic joke.

The plant, Hebe gibby
The snail, Bufonaria borisbeckeri
The fly, Campsicnemius charliechaplini
The mite, Funkotriplogynium iagobadius
The trilobites, Arcticalymene viciousi, A. rotteni, A. jonesi, A. cooki, A. matlocki

Any thoughts on a similarly smirk-worthy name for our anonymous cnidarian?


Can't help with the cnidarians, but a bit further up the evolutionary scale there's a mollusc called 'Thatcheria mirabilis', the Japanese Wonder Shell, which obviously provoked some amusement amongst conchologists (easily amused) during the 1980s when Maggie was on the throne. If it's at all QI it's because it was only known from a single specimen from its discovery in 1877 until the 1930s. It is a very beautiful shell, found in deep water around Japan and the Phillipines and the name actually comemorates one Charles Thatcher, who brought the shell over from Japan mainly becuase the conchologist who described it, G.F. Angas, had no idea what genus to assign it to, so plucked a name from the ether. This is what it looks like:

 
Jenny
132161.  Sun Jan 07, 2007 9:54 pm Reply with quote

That, despite any association with the late unlamented Baroness (well I know she's not late yet, but you know what I mean) is an extraordinarily beautiful thing.

 
BondiTram
132328.  Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:10 pm Reply with quote

It certainly is but what happened to it in the 1930s? Did someone drop it, and step on it?

And BTW, the Baroness is unlamented by me because she is not late. Couldn't stand the voice but she certainly improved my life at the time, and ever since.

 
samivel
132357.  Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:00 pm Reply with quote

Even when she (finally) is late, I won't be lamenting.

 
King of Quok
132367.  Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:10 pm Reply with quote

BondiTram wrote:
It certainly is but what happened to it in the 1930s? Did someone drop it, and step on it?


Sorry my fault for being unclear! They actually trawled up more of them, since when you can buy them now commercially (I noticed a shop on Brighton prom selling one last week). The original must still be knocking about somewhere.

 
BondiTram
132752.  Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:42 pm Reply with quote

Thank goodness for that! I imagined some terrible tragedy and was already feeling sorry for the unfortunate who had knocked it off/crushed it.

 

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