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    •  "The Blob" (9+ / 0-)

      I remember my college biology professor going over surface area & the impossibility of something like "The Blob" (which, in the movies, resembles something like a giant white blood cell Phagocyte).


      As the size of something gets bigger, volume & surface area increase at much larger rates (i.e. the square cube law), and the requirements for sustenance (air, food, etc.) become much greater. For example, the human small intestines compensate for surface area limitations through villi in the intestine wall, as well as folding (e.g. the small intestine has a surface area of 250 square meters or the size of a tennis court).

    •  I am all for smaller bugz! Will never, ever forget (7+ / 0-)

      my 1st trip to Houston. At a friend of a friends house for a pool party, went to the spare bathroom to change into my suit, turned around and on the wall right in my face was this fucking cockaroach that had to have been 6" long. The scream was epic. Hey, I'm a MI girl! Lots of folks rushed in and I'll never forget being told - oh, it's only a tree roach! Pretty sure my reply had fuck and you in it. Thank the FSM that I had gotten the swimsuit on before I turned around. Otherwise, I probably would have been a streaker.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 09:40:08 PM PST

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      •  Funny now, (2+ / 0-)
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        I'll bet not so much then.

        •  Nope, not funny at all. I had only seen pictures (1+ / 0-)
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          of cockaroches - had never seen one live. And no shit that thing was eye level. I wanna say I was 23 at the time - truly the scream was epic and I'm not prone to histronics. That bastard really freaked me out. If I had entertained any thoughts of moving to TX - that killed it. Fixed that by moving to CA! A few years later, the future DH and I bought a house in Modesto. Right after we move in - cockaroaches! I'm freaking out and washing every single utensil in my kitchen. And talking to the neighbors - oh no, those are Japanese Beetles, not cockaroches! BULLSHIT! The day we pulled up those paver bricks and used the LP gas torchdown gun for a cockaroach massacre was awesome! Turns out they really like paver bricks on sand. Guess what I will never have next to my house again. And it was huge - 12x16 for sure. Lots of habitat.

          if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

          by mrsgoo on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 11:06:10 PM PST

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