Science!: Science Goes to WonderCon

Science!: Science Goes to WonderCon

The visit to WonderCon wasn't quite the respite from science that I was expecting.

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interesting read. Kinda of disappointed that it wasn't your usual column, but still...interesting.

Am I going to have to be the one to point out that riding into the sunset with either Spike or Angel wouldn't end well...

Interesting column as always, I never cease to learn something! Every day is a school day, huh?

Ugh, I hate ants...

After seeing a Discovery Channel special on "killer ants", I don't want to have anything to do with the little bastards...

megalomania:
Am I going to have to be the one to point out that riding into the sunset with either Spike or Angel wouldn't end well...

Interesting column as always, I never cease to learn something! Every day is a school day, huh?

No, but it would be hilarious.

Lauren, what part of Texas are you from?

How about riding off into the darkness (so the vamps don't glitter too much) on a squid?

Kuliani:
How about riding off into the darkness (so the vamps don't glitter too much) on a squid?

HERETIC!!!!! None shall mention the sparkly foulness and not know the brutal touch of a Nuclear reactor!

Irridium:
Ugh, I hate ants...

After seeing a Discovery Channel special on "killer ants", I don't want to have anything to do with the little bastards...

I like ants, I like everything about them. I like the ants that capture other insects and force them in to slavery, Slavemaker ants I think they're called. And they say ants aren't intelligent.

Many a day I will sit idle with my bare feet near an ant's nest and let them nibble on my toes.

Kuliani:
How about riding off into the darkness (so the vamps don't glitter too much) on a squid?

How about an octopus? One of those ones that uses shells for cover perhaps?

randommaster:
Lauren, what part of Texas are you from?

The part with ants, obviously.:)

Kuliani:
How about riding off into the darkness (so the vamps don't glitter too much)

Why do you want us to hurt you? We have sporks, and they're quite pokey. Such shall be the fate of all who mention the sparkly vampires!

Kuliani:
on a squid?

I like that better than a unicorn. No virgin requirement, and won't vanish in a puff of logic if you throw too much Science! at it.

Irridium:
Ugh, I hate ants...

After seeing a Discovery Channel special on "killer ants", I don't want to have anything to do with the little bastards...

Ah...I thinkl I know which one your on about...I can never look at an ant, no matter how few ever again without wanting to run away like a little girl...

Ants.... my nemesis's. I do hate them so. Especially jumping jacks. Little bastards.

Formica Archonis:

randommaster:
Lauren, what part of Texas are you from?

The part with ants, obviously.:)

What an amazing coincidence, I live in that part of Texas, too.

Jaredin:

Irridium:
Ugh, I hate ants...

After seeing a Discovery Channel special on "killer ants", I don't want to have anything to do with the little bastards...

Ah...I thinkl I know which one your on about...I can never look at an ant, no matter how few ever again without wanting to run away like a little girl...

Nature specials are always fun because they make you believe that everything on the planet is out to kill you. If we're to go by nature specials, rain forests will kill you if you look at them funny.

What about those zombifying ants that infiltrate the colony of another ant and hypnotize them so they think it's their queen? Maybe I'm mistaking it with that fly that eats the ants' brain and forces it to be eaten by a bird. Nature is wonderful!

I was going to say that a bunch of males fighting each other to get to a single female is not my idea of an orgy, but I'm pretty sure that if I actually tried to set up an orgy it would be like that, with luck even.

well, I got my ant info for the day...

randommaster:

Formica Archonis:

randommaster:
Lauren, what part of Texas are you from?

The part with ants, obviously.:)

What an amazing coincidence, I live in that part of Texas, too.

:) I imagine everyone in Texas does.

Random ant trivia: Fire ant venom and black pepper both contain a piperidine loop in their chemical structure. Of course, so does the active chemical in hemlock, so maybe I'm reading too much into this.

Really random ant trivia: Yeah, my username is based on the binomial nomenclature for some ants. Very long story.

randommaster:
Nature specials are always fun because they make you believe that everything on the planet is out to kill you. If we're to go by nature specials, rain forests will kill you if you look at them funny.

Yeah. Let's burn the bastards down! Oh, wait....

Oh, one thing I've noticed about this thread is that it's keeping remarkably above board and scientific. Let's fix that, shall we?

I've been surprised there was no references to Doctor Who (Yay, another fan!), which would lead to Torchwood, which would lead to episode Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, which would lead to James Marsters and John Barrowman and.... Yeah.... If Lauren gets James and a unicorn, I get John and a sports car.

(John Barrowman: Increasing men's Kinsey scale numbers internationally since 2005.)

Formica Archonis:

randommaster:
Nature specials are always fun because they make you believe that everything on the planet is out to kill you. If we're to go by nature specials, rain forests will kill you if you look at them funny.

Yeah. Let's burn the bastards down! Oh, wait....

I'm pretty sure that would end badly as there would undoubtedly be some obscure fern that explodes into a cloud of deadly nerve gas when burned. I imagine it would be safer to swim in lava or something.

Awesome story. Its liek em with video games, where ever i go, SOMEONE, will stop me and take about video games.. I should stop wearing ZP & gaming merc stuff.
Also, i met James Masters & Eliza Dushku with my sister. We were big buffy fans. Got a signed photo of Eliza because my sister has the same tatoo Faith had in the series.

P.s - Best celeb to meet for photo ops is Jimym Carr by far!
"Everyone get together, don't forget the gang signs if we want to look cool!"

A certain type bulldog ant can kill a man in 15 minutes with their venom/toxin/whatever. They grip onto the skin and sting repeatedly as to ensure maximum venom ownage.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecia_forficata
Aren't you glad you don't live in Australia? Please have sympathy for me.

We brazilians apologize for the fire ants, anacondas and other invasive species. We are currently suffering with giant african snails, somekind of razor weed, "witches broom", boars, god awful native politicians among other stuff.

Curiosity, the fire ants here are called "lava-pés" which means "foot cleaners".

Zeeky_Santos:
A certain type bulldog ant can kill a man in 15 minutes with their venom/toxin/whatever. They grip onto the skin and sting repeatedly as to ensure maximum venom ownage.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecia_forficata
Aren't you glad you don't live in Australia? Please have sympathy for me.

OK, Australia is just terrifying. Irukandi, blue ringed octopus...too many tiny things that can kill you.

Formica Archonis:

randommaster:
Nature specials are always fun because they make you believe that everything on the planet is out to kill you. If we're to go by nature specials, rain forests will kill you if you look at them funny.

Yeah. Let's burn the bastards down! Oh, wait....

Aw man. You are so screwed now. The rain forests totally heard that.

Also, yes, completely terrified of Australia.

Zeeky_Santos:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecia_forficata
Aren't you glad you don't live in Australia? Please have sympathy for me.

I do. (Have sympathy, not live in Australia.)

Though I never understood why a country with giant blue earthworms, a truckload of venomous snakes, anaphylaxis-causing ants, a silly and harmless-looking duck-billed critter that's hiding venomous spurs, and sharks had to invent drop bears to scare the tourists. Who would look over the millions of avenues of death your island/continent nation provides naturally and say "You know what this place needs? Mutant killer teddy bears!" ?

that is weird and my teacher for biology always said he would talk about science with other people at parties,I thought he was joking!

into a vampire-filled sunset

i love this imagery, mainly due to the fire and dust i imagine would be there!

Science. Serious business. It's always nice to have science on your side. :)

 

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