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File This Under “Blargity WHAT IS THAT!” September 11, 2009

Filed under: WTF Mate? — Chad L. @ 4:44 pm
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It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do an update due to work and starting school again… but today Warren Ellis brought to my attention something strange enough I had to share it.

First off, did you know fish have tongues? Honestly, I had not thought about it before, but it makes sence as many animals do.

Next, do any of you know what the thing on the right is?

That little bugger is known as Cymothoa exigua aka Tongue eating louse.

See? I was actually getting somewhere with those questions a moment ago.

From Wikipedia (as of 4.33pm on 9-11-09)-

This parasite attaches itself at the base of the spotted rose snapper’s (Lutjanus guttatus) tongue, entering the fish’s mouth through its gills. It then proceeds to extract blood through the claws on its front three pairs of legs. As the parasite grows, less and less blood reaches the tongue, and eventually the organ atrophies from lack of blood. The parasite then replaces the fish’s tongue by attaching its own body to the muscles of the tongue stub. The fish is able to use the parasite just like a normal tongue. It appears that the parasite does not cause any other damage to the host fish. Once C. exigua replaces the tongue, some feed on the host’s blood and many others feed on fish mucus. They do not eat scraps of the fish’s food. This is the only known case of a parasite functionally replacing a host organ.

There are many species of Cymothoa, but only C. exigua is known to consume and replace its host’s tongue.

Yeah, you read that right. It replaces the host’s tongue with itself. Crazy huh?

Oh, an I might as well include the picture that started this off that Warren Ellis posted on his website:

tongue louse

[via Warren Ellis: Your AAA WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT Moment For Today, and also BBC News]


Take Two & Call Me In The Morning July 27, 2009

Filed under: WTF Mate? — Chad L. @ 9:35 am
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Today’s WTF moment in the news comes out of Austria. Appearantly a man in Orlea, southern Romania ended up pretty constipated and took a unique set of steps to deal with it.
Dr Cristina Bontescu, spokeswoman for the local hospital where he turned up at the emergency unit, said: “He was a bit drunk and said he had been eating cherries that had left him badly constipated. He said he had a few drinks to dull the pain and then came up with the idea of poking a hammerhead up his backside in the hope of sorting out the constipation.

“But the hammerhead got stuck and then he came up with the idea of using a second hammerhead in order to try and get out the first – but then he lost the second one as well.”
 The doctors ended up having to surgically remove the hammer heads. It just goes to show that sometimes being anal-retentive really can be a hazzard to your health. [Heavy metal cure for constipation]

First Look At The Plot To The “Asteroids” Movie July 24, 2009

Filed under: WTF Mate? — Chad L. @ 12:35 pm
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Around the start of this month Universal Pictures announced that they were going to be adapting Atari’s classic 1979 video game Asteroids into a full length feature film.
IGN was able to ask producer Lornezo di Bonaventura while he was in London promoting the upcoming G.I. Joe movie, and he had this to say about it:
It’s funny because people say there’s nothing in the game, but that’s not entirely right” he explained. “I was attracted to Asteroids, plain and simple, because I think what it tells you is that there’s going to be this big thing in space.”

“We’ve crafted a really strong, deep mythology for the thing. Without divulging too much about it, it’s two lead characters – two brothers – who have to go through a seminal experience to figure out their relationship, against this huge backdrop.”
But what of the title’s point-and-shoot gameplay? “Well you’d better have some guys in spaceships blowing stuff up” he continued “or else you haven’t honoured the fun of Asteroids.”

File Under WTF Mate

Filed under: WTF Mate? — Chad L. @ 12:10 pm
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Ummm… yeah… Handerpants… Appearantly they have a video up on their webstie as well, but the computer I’m posting this from doesn’t want to play it.  Oh, and “Features” for the Handerpants?
  • Fits Most Hands
  • Breathable Cotton
  • Form Fitting
  • Prevents Chafing
  • Absorbs Sweat
  • Distracts Enemies
  • Non Toxic
  • Great For Jazz Hands
  • Prevents Chafing? Distracts Enemies? Great For Jazz Hands? I can understand distracting your enemies, as soon as they saw you wearing these they wouldn’t be able to stop laughing… but personally, my stock hands work pretty well on their own for the entire jazz hand bit… and I’ve never really had to worry about chafing with my hands…