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Something Awful's The Bugs Attack Theme of Doctored Photographs

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The Bugs Attack! is the name of the theme for this week of 10/23/2004 on Something Awful (not for kids).

I like these two ant images: #1 and #2.

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StupidVideo: Animal Lover (Funny)

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StupidVideos has a funny commercial of Animal Lover. Audio isn't really required for this one.

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Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature -- Facts on Scientific Names of Organisms

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From my ant message board thread (trying to pick names related to ants for World of Warcraft), Myrmecos mentioned Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature that lists scientific names of organisms are not usually known for their entertainment value. They are indispensable for clarity in communication, but most people skip over them with barely a glance. Mark Isaak, the author, collected those names that are worth a second look.

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Britons Fear Spiders More Than Terrorism

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According to this CNN's story, spiders are more scary than terrorists -- at least according to a survey released on Monday from a thousand Britons.

Terrorism only came second on the list of respondents' top ten fears, according to the survey conducted by RSGB Omnibus for Universal Pictures UK Ltd. The survey was based on telephone interviews of 1,000 aged 16 to 55 across Britain on September 22-26.

Be sure to vote which one you're afraid of more in AQFL's poll. Let's see what AQFL people are afraid of.

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Which one are you more scared of? Spiders or terrorism?

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3 Funny Photographs on Yahoo! News

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Three amusing photographs of the day:

  1. A ball boy watches tennis star Anna Kournikova of Russia at the World Team Tennis Smash Hits event in Irvine, CA, on Monday Oct. 11, 2004.
  2. For the turtles: Animal rights activist mimick turtles as crawl on the beach of Kuta in Bali island during a protest calling for the protection of the local ecosystem.
  3. Comfy shoes: A model presents grass shoes by the ready-to-wear collection.
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Fish are smarter than dogs?

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Fish can learn quicker than dogs according to Ananova's article and Oxford scientists. They dubbed the fish "very capable" after building an aquatic obstacle course. The blind Mexican cave fish tested memorised the challenged in just a few hours. They spotted changes when the university researchers tried to fool them. And the fish still remembered what they had learned several months later. Scientists also revealed their subjects completed complex mental tasks which would baffle pets like hamsters and dogs.

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100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species: 5 of them are ants!

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Myrmecos, on my ant message board, mentions there are five ant species in the 100 of the World's Worst Invasive Alien Species list. Here is what the list is about:

Invasive species have been recognised globally as a major threat to biodiversity (the collected wealth of the world’s species of plants, animals and other organisms) as well as to agriculture and other human interests.

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Guinea Pig Harem Says "Hello Sooty"

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FngSaiYuk sent me a newspaper shot of a guniea pig named Sooty. He had a night to remember after escaping from his pen and tunneling into a cage of 24 females...

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Robot Uses Mouse Whiskers to Get Around

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Mousey would be so proud of his rodent species. New Scientist's story says a robot with real mouse whiskers could represent an important step towards developing simple robots that navigate by mimicking rodents. Such whiskered machines could eventually be used to perform repairs in pipes.

The bristly bot, known as AMouse (Artificial Mouse) was built by researchers from the University of Tokyo in Japan and the University of Zurich in Switzerland. It uses real mouse whiskers because simulations have shown these to be the perfect size and shape for the task, but artificial whiskers will also be developed eventually.

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