Undertoad Wednesday Mar 15 01:00 PM
3/15/2006: Water Bears, the world's toughest animal
Enh. I'm not impressed. Name me one tartigrade that's won the Nobel prize.
Trilby Wednesday Mar 15 01:05 PM
umm...these things live on lichen or moss, right? not on people, right? Right?!
xant Wednesday Mar 15 01:07 PM
Pancake Man Wednesday Mar 15 09:02 PM
Bet he can't survive a lecture by my English teacher...
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Mar 15 09:14 PM
I spent 20 minutes looking at a bunch of sites. The color pictures show them bright red, but they can be orange or green, they have one gonad, they live everywhere and they'll withstand 5700 grays of x-ray radiation. (Five grays would be fatal to a human).
AureliusVin Wednesday Mar 15 09:24 PM
Damn, you think you could get one of these guys at a local pet shop? I'd pay a fine price for a little colony of tartigrades.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Mar 15 09:27 PM
They're free! And they're everywhere.
jojo Wednesday Mar 15 09:30 PM
don't they look all rubbery and squishy like they're filled with stretch armstrong gunk?
wolf Wednesday Mar 15 10:13 PM
Thank you for making them just that little bit more disturbing. Good job.
jojo Wednesday Mar 15 10:26 PM
how come they get to have 7 fingers and we only get 5.
Elspode Thursday Mar 16 12:41 AM
We were given dual gonads as compensation. That, and we aren't quite as fucking ugly as that thing.
Beestie Thursday Mar 16 12:50 AM
Whatever we do, let's not piss them off.
seakdivers Thursday Mar 16 01:44 AM
I'm pretty sure that they feed off of people named Bri.....ooooh wait....
ashke Thursday Mar 16 03:18 AM
Someone must have tried really hard to kill them to
Skunks Thursday Mar 16 03:22 AM
How is it that this is defined as an "animal" instead of some other term that more aptly implies "teeny little critter"? Don't we have terms like "insect" and "bug" and others that more fit that size bracket?
tippy Thursday Mar 16 04:27 AM
its a beastybob!
tw Thursday Mar 16 05:35 AM
Trilby Thursday Mar 16 05:45 AM
I thought God liked the number three. No more, no less.
Happy Monkey Thursday Mar 16 08:05 AM
barefoot serpent Thursday Mar 16 10:49 AM
jinx Thursday Mar 16 11:02 AM
Elspode Thursday Mar 16 11:21 AM
Aren't animals pretty much any living thing that isn't a plant?
Happy Monkey Thursday Mar 16 11:29 AM
jinx Thursday Mar 16 11:29 AM
http://www.sidwell.edu/us/science/vl...arya/Animalia/ Kingdom Animalia Kingdom Animalia is one of four kingdoms in the Domain Eukarya. It is distinct from the other three kingdoms, Plantae, Fungi, and Protista, in several ways. Animalia are multicellular, while most Protista (excepting the multicellular algae, which are plant-like) are unicellular. Heterotrophism separates the animals and fungi from plants, and the lack of cell walls in animal cells makes them distinct from fungi. Animals also possess several other unique features. These include interior digestion of food, possession of a digestive tract where hydrolytic enzymes are secreted and digestion takes place, and special cell junctions in their tissues.
binky Thursday Mar 16 01:56 PM
What a shame these things weren't commonly known in the 1950s-what a cool creature for one of those cheesy sci-fi movies where radiation makes something gigantic!
binky Thursday Mar 16 01:58 PM
tw Thursday Mar 16 04:19 PM
Yes I remember my indoctrination well - including all answers to why bears have seven digits. We only need consult the bible and God's chosen presidents.
capnhowdy Thursday Mar 16 08:57 PM
It looks to me like the top left extremity has eight "fingers". Could be the arthritis medicine.
Kagen4o4 Thursday Mar 16 09:14 PM
what about kryptonite?
jojo Thursday Mar 16 11:50 PM
jojo Thursday Mar 16 11:56 PM
"They are apparently the World's Toughest Animal. You can shoot them into space, take them to the deepest ocean depths and let them go, deprive them of air, water, and food for years and they don't care. Send them into the core of nuclear reactor. They'll be fine."
Crimson Ghost Friday Mar 17 02:06 AM
I've seen some fugly people, and my ex-bosses wife looks something like that.
Uryoces Friday Mar 17 03:13 PM
I for one welcome our tartigrade overlords...
xoxoxoBruce Friday Mar 17 07:59 PM
Hey Uryoces, welcome back.
axlrosen Friday Mar 17 10:34 PM
To me, these things look like a cross between a bear, a pig, a piece of ginger, and Freddy Kreuger.
johningerslev Monday Mar 20 07:36 AM
ok, if you were scared of them before, i went looking for videos.http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/...earvideo2.html
Kitsune Monday Mar 20 09:21 AM
xoxoxoBruce Monday Mar 20 08:36 PM
philgump Tuesday Mar 21 02:37 PM
They think that video makes them look like living sweets, I knew Brit food was bad but really.
philgump Tuesday Mar 21 02:39 PM
You know with all the things they DID try to kill these things did they think of squishing them with a pencil eraser. I bet that does em in.
jojo Tuesday Mar 21 07:56 PM
jojo Tuesday Mar 21 07:58 PM
just don't let them start reciting poetry...
richlevy Tuesday Mar 21 09:44 PM
skysidhe Sunday Apr 9 03:43 AM
So people actually get paid to do those experiments to that poor thing you need a microscope to see??
Not fair all the fun stuff requires a degree of doctor- ish
footfootfoot Saturday May 6 10:44 PM
jinx is so hot when she gets all science teacher-y on us.
But seriously, thanks for the clarification, I somehow forgot all that.
Even MORE SERIOUSLY: Who would win in a cage match? Tartigrade or BSE Prion?
I see a pay per view opportunity for the cellar...
aliasyzy Sunday May 7 10:54 AM
xoxoxoBruce Sunday May 7 11:27 AM
Now you're just trying to scare us.
aliasyzy Monday May 8 08:38 AM
Maybe they are alien embryos from far far universe, waiting for a chance to parasitize and enslave us.
Kagen4o4 Monday May 8 11:32 PM
maybe theyre a little ahead of humans in evolution. considering that just about anything kills us