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    • DellwoodBarker
      Reading streakScribe
      3 weeks ago

      An intriguing read about the evolution of anuses.

      Turtles, like sea cucumbers, breathe through their butt. Young dragonflies suck water into theirs, then spew it out to propel themselves forward. Scorpions jettison their posterior when attacked from behind, evading capture but tragically losing their ability to poop (and eventually dying with their abdomen full of excrement). Lacewing larvae incapacitate termite prey with the toxic flatulence they emit from their end—“they literally KO their enemies with death farts,” Ainsley Seago, an entomologist at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, told me.

    • deephdave
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      3 weeks ago

      "Oh, Professor, look! I think I've got an unexpected planet! Oooh, which one's that, Professor?" "It is Uranus, my dear," said Professor Trelawney, peering down at the chart. "Can I look at Uranus, too, Lavender?" said Ron.