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Bitter Sea Light

Echinococcus granulosus is a predators' parasite and its larvaes live in herbivores. The 'bladder' of larvaes in said herbivores can weigh up to 60 kg and contain hundreds to thousands of larvaes.

1/9/2011 . Edited 1/9/2011 #211
Bitter Sea Light

The biggest earthworm lives in Australia. It can be 2.5 metres long.

1/9/2011 #212
Bitter Sea Light

An earthworm on Kalimantan's island lives on trees.

1/9/2011 #213
Bitter Sea Light

The generic name 'Limax' literally means 'slug'. It's also a Latin name for the genus of land slugs.

1/9/2011 #214
Bitter Sea Light

Some bivalves (a class of marine and freshwater mollusks) have eyes, and some of them even have over a hundred eyes.

1/9/2011 . Edited 1/9/2011 #215
Bitter Sea Light

The pearl mussel's name is Margaritana margaritifera.

'Margarita' means 'pearl' in Latin.

1/9/2011 #216
Bitter Sea Light

Dreissena polymorpha has a special gland that enables the bivalve to stick on firm surfaces better. These bivalves are rather troublesome characters when they decide to inhabit the outer layers of ships.

1/9/2011 #217
Bitter Sea Light

After mating (the male sepia inserts a spermatophore into a pouch in the female's mantle) the male sepia dies. The female lays the eggs on the bottom of the sea and guards them until they hatch. When the females have done this, they also die. This whole cycle takes a year.

1/9/2011 . Edited 1/9/2011 #218
Bitter Sea Light

Some species of octopi are very poisonous.

1/9/2011 #219
Bitter Sea Light

Starfish's moving mechanism is quite complex with all those foreign words.

Also, they have five eyes.

1/9/2011 #220
Bitter Sea Light

Starfish start digesting their prey outside their bodies.

1/9/2011 #221
Bitter Sea Light

Male spiders are smaller than female spiders.

1/9/2011 #222
Bitter Sea Light

Argyroneta aquatica is a water spider that carries air into her nest with the help of hairs on her body, and when there is enough air, she lays her eggs. If needed, she is able to refill the nest's air supplies.

1/9/2011 #223
Bitter Sea Light

Insects are able to tell the difference between sour, sweet, bitter, and salty.

1/9/2011 #224
Bitter Sea Light

When mating the male dragonfly grabs a firm hold of the female's neck and holds her in place. She then bends her tail forward and the male is able to insert the sperms into her reproduction tract.

1/9/2011 #225
Bitter Sea Light

There is a fish called butterflyfish.

1/9/2011 #226
SeoulGamer

The snail species Helix aspersa is occasionally kept as a pet, and is one of the varieties that can be eaten.

1/12/2011 #227
SeoulGamer

The chemical Myelin is an electrically insulating substance that covers the axon of the neurons in the brain. It increases the speed at which electrical impulses can travel along the myelinated fibre.

1/12/2011 . Edited 1/12/2011 #228
Rib Eye Steak

Although nobody has really counted them, the number of cells a human body has is estimated to be around 100,000,000,000,000. In other words (or numbers), a hundred billion of cells. Biologists think that we lose 440,000 millions of cells every day, which are immediately replaced by new ones.

1/12/2011 #229
Roy Renard

The most poisonous animal in the world is the Golden Poison Frog: The skin of this little froggy oozes the most potent poison in the world. The toxins contained in one of this amphibians can kill 1500 people.

1/12/2011 #230
Rib Eye Steak

The eyes of the hamsters are not capable of seeing anything beyond 15 centimeters from their actual position.

1/13/2011 #231
Sextuple Covalent Mo2 Bond

Typing the phrase "& hearts" in a forum post results in ♥ . Remove the space.

Weirded me. :D!

1/16/2011 . Edited 1/16/2011 #232
Rib Eye Steak

The human race is more likely to have female offspring because the spermatozoons carrying a "X" chromosome travel faster than the ones carrying a "Y" chromosome; thus, there are more females than males in the world.

1/19/2011 #233
Bitter Sea Light

According to survey data from a condom manufacturer Durex, Americans average 57 minutes of sex per week and about 85 times per year, below the global average of 103 times.

1/23/2011 #234
AutumnWhisperlings
Pulling an all-nighter causes your body to burn an extra 161 calories.
1/23/2011 #235
AutumnWhisperlings
Workers at Ground Zero found an 18th century ship underneath the World Trade Center rubble.
1/23/2011 #236
AutumnWhisperlings

There are tiny letters painted in the eyes of the Mona Lisa.

1/23/2011 #237
Rib Eye Steak

The Japanese scientist, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, states that parents who are physically attractive have 26% more chances to have female offspring than male offspring; therefore, women will gradually become more attractive than men.

"One heritable trait which increases the reproductive success of daughters much more than that of sons is physical attractiveness. I therefore predict that physically attractive parents have a lower-than-expected offspring sex ratio (more daughters). Further, if beautiful parents have more daughters and physical attractiveness is heritable, then, over evolutionary history, women should gradually become more attractive than men. The analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) confirm both of these hypotheses. Very attractive individuals are 26% less likely to have a son, and women are significantly more physically attractive than men in the representative American sample."

1/24/2011 . Edited 1/24/2011 #238
Aron

women are significantly more physically attractive than men in the representative American sample.

In laymen's terms, big fake boobs are better than big fat stomachs.

Besides, "physical attractiveness" is hard to judge in the male sense. Men don't rate other men as attractive - in fact, studies have shown that men rate other men lower when they're in the same picture as a woman - and women are more discerning when it comes to male attractiveness than men are to female attractiveness.

Oh, and an attractive woman's chances of having a boy or girl are still around the same as those for a non-attractive one; women are more likely to give birth to a son when their circumstances are better (and let's face it, being attractive gives you better circumstances!).

1/24/2011 #239
Rib Eye Steak

Oh, and an attractive woman's chances of having a boy or girl are still around the same as those for a non-attractive one; women are more likely to give birth to a son when their circumstances are better (and let's face it, being attractive gives you better circumstances!).

Look at the complete report, by Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa himself.

1/25/2011 #240
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