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  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    edited October 6
    Fish-related
    The deep sea bathypelagic bony-eared assfish,[3] has the smallest [brain-to-bodyweight] ratio of all known vertebrates.[4]

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    Platy wrote: »
    Tetrapods are cladistically nested within fish so

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    Platy wrote: »
    Fish-related
    The deep sea bathypelagic bony-eared assfish,[3] has the smallest [brain-to-bodyweight] ratio of all known vertebrates.[4]

    been there

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  • furlionfurlion Riskbreaker Lea MondeRegistered User regular
    Like many other creatures that dwell in the depths of the sea, the bodies of assfish are soft and flabby, and their skeletons are light and reduced. This is likely to have resulted from a lack of food and the high pressures which accompany living at such a depth, making it difficult to generate muscle and bone.[6]

    That's a shame, no one likes a flabby ass.

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  • 3clipse3clipse I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    I don't speak Russian, is that a missile you put a person inside?

  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    edited October 8
    I am afraid that is a nuclear fission bomb

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Well now I gotta know what a limber sparrowhawk would get you, accommodation wise

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    This is what happens when you can't get the nature documentary participants to sign the waiver

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  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    I think there's a German source about what are "acceptable" birds for each social class

    As I remember it, an Emperor should hunt with an eagle, kings should hunt with a gyrfalcon

    A sparrowhawk would be for someone lowly I think

  • PlatyPlaty Registered User regular
    I'm wrong and it's actually an English-language source from 1486, the Emperor threw me off

    Sparrowhawk would be the proper bird for a priest

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  • StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    Platy wrote: »
    I think there's a German source about what are "acceptable" birds for each social class

    As I remember it, an Emperor should hunt with an eagle, kings should hunt with a gyrfalcon

    A sparrowhawk would be for someone lowly I think

    Yeah I was just reading this stuff the other day, it's from the Book of St. Albans (which is also the origin of all of those delightful groups of animals like murder of crows and parliament of owls)

    Sparrowhawks are for priests, apparently

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    The Ars Magica roleplaying game added the acceptable bird for wizards, which is the lammergeier, or bearded vulture:

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    Harry Potter would have been a lot more metal with these buggers delivering mail

    Their diet is mainly bone marrow, and while they feed on carrion like other vultures, they'll also pick up living animals and drop them from a great height

    Also the head colouring is cosmetic, so the different houses could have had colour-coded lammergeiers

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    Just remember the Nemo Effect. Would you rather owls or those as pets?

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  • chr1sh4ll3ttb3chr1sh4ll3ttb3 A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    Well now I gotta know what a limber sparrowhawk would get you, accommodation wise


    You know, you can stay in either of our spare rooms rent-free as long as you want.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    tynic wrote: »
    Well now I gotta know what a limber sparrowhawk would get you, accommodation wise


    You know, you can stay in either of our spare rooms rent-free as long as you want.

    well then what the hell am I going to do with this achy sparrowhawk

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    tynic wrote: »
    Well now I gotta know what a limber sparrowhawk would get you, accommodation wise


    You know, you can stay in either of our spare rooms rent-free as long as you want.

    well then what the hell am I going to do with this achy sparrowhawk

    Gentle massage

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    I was going to say, tynic, that your look would be very much complimented by a sparrowhawk perched on your arm

    But I feel like it would probably be complimented even more by an achy, dare I say even slightly grumpy, Sparrowhawk perched on your shoulder or perhaps nestled on top of your head as you sit and browse the forum

    I think that's quite a pleasing concept

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  • JedocJedoc Bringing the past to life so we can beat it to death with a shovelRegistered User regular
    edited October 9
    I guess I never really thought through the implications of the name "sparrowhawk," but now this thread has me imagining a medieval priest spending his day off hunting sparrows. "Not today, you horrible little fluffballs."

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  • chr1sh4ll3ttb3chr1sh4ll3ttb3 A dagger in the dark is worth a thousand swords in the morningRegistered User regular
    tynic wrote: »
    tynic wrote: »
    Well now I gotta know what a limber sparrowhawk would get you, accommodation wise


    You know, you can stay in either of our spare rooms rent-free as long as you want.

    well then what the hell am I going to do with this achy sparrowhawk

    Teach it to make friends with the owls in the park across the road?

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    Madican wrote: »
    Just remember the Nemo Effect. Would you rather owls or those as pets?

    Definitely those.

  • JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
    Huh, never really thought much about it but apparently the common depiction of the Dodo bird we've all seen is kinda actually bullshit?

    The stuffed Dodo in London is a Frankenstein's monster of plaster and a few other birds designed around a handful of descriptions that had no real evidence to back them up.

    I had just kinda accepted we knew what these things actually looked like but I guess it ended up being one of those weird historical blips that everybody just went with.

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  • StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    I'm not surprised in the least, although yeah, I'd never actually thought about it before now.

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  • knitdanknitdan Registered User regular
    On the one hand it sucks that it never existed but on the other hand if it never existed I sont’t have to feel bad about it going extinct.

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  • MadicanMadican No face Registered User regular
    knitdan wrote: »
    On the one hand it sucks that it never existed but on the other hand if it never existed I sont’t have to feel bad about it going extinct.

    It did exist, it's just it went extinct so fast no one was able to actually record its real appearance.

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  • JuggernutJuggernut Registered User regular
    The Dodo definitely existed we just somehow did an horrendous job of actually documenting it.

    It went out just at the point where science was starting to be a thing and people were interested in cataloging and documenting things but were also really bad at it I guess.

    Like, apparently there are very few, maybe two(?) completeish Dodo skeletons. There's a head and a foot at the Oxford museum. Thats about it.

    A lot of the early illustrations of Dodos seem to fall into that medieval vein of "guy hears a vague description of a giraffe or whatever, draws it and presents it to the public as fact."

    Its just kind of odd. Everybody has "seen" a Dodo but what we all know as the Dodo is not an accurate representation of the real animal.

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  • Indie WinterIndie Winter die Krähe Rudi Hurzlmeier (German, b. 1952)Registered User regular
    so the dodo is basically the victorian version of this medieval clam illustration

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    Mess with the clammo
    You get the whammo

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  • JedocJedoc Bringing the past to life so we can beat it to death with a shovelRegistered User regular
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  • HobnailHobnail Registered User regular
    I dont actually appreciate knowing whats going to kill me ahead of time

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    That twitter account is great

    Anything brutalism related I am 100% there fore

  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited October 18
    Why Does Europe Have Zero Euro Banknotes? 9:25

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  • BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User regular
    fun with microscopes

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  • StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    It's like a good version of the It Follows e-reader

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