The Journey of Digestive System

WARNING! This is your sqeamish-alert. Fascinating and Disgusting have combined to form Awesomeness, but you should be sure you won't be grossed out before you hit play.

Sometimes nature is awesome and gross at the same time


This article in Discover Magazine tells about scientists who discovered that sometimes after a snail is eaten by a bird, it ends up being pooped out alive!  That is very gross, and very awesome, at the same time.  From the article: 
Imagine if you ate an animal and then later saw it smiling back at you, unscathed, from the toilet bowl.  Something similar happens to birds that eat snails, since new research shows the snails can survive passage through the bird's digestive tract. 
One completely unscathed snail even gave birth to juveniles after plopping out from the journey in bird waste. 
The study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Biogeography, demonstrates how predation in some cases isn't all bad for the prey. It's long been known that many seeds consumed by birds survive digestion and get a good start at growth after being spread on the ground in bird waste. Since the seed is surrounded by fertilizer, the process is akin to nature's farming. 
Now this latest research shows how at least some mollusks benefit from a similar series of events.
For the study, led by researcher Shinichiro Wada of Tohoku University, over 174 land snails (Tornatellides boeningi) were fed to two bird species that have a taste for escargot: the Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus) and the brown-eared bulbul (Hypsipetes amaurotis).
"14.3 percent and 16.4 percent of the snails, respectively, passed through the gut alive," the researchers wrote, adding that one snail also gave birth after what must have been quite a weird trip.


See?  If you study science, you can get paid for stuff like this when you grow up!


http://news.discovery.com/animals/snails-eaten-by-birds-survive-in-poo.html#mkcpgn=rssnws1 

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From Nerd Approved, via Reddit

Now a Yellow Lobster!!

First a blue one, now yellow!




The staff at the Wegmans grocery store in Pittsford, NY, hit the lottery earlier this week -- well, the seafood lottery at least -- when they discovered an incredibly rare yellow lobster among the other clawed crustaceans in its Monday delivery.
According to Buffalo.com, lobsters with the genetic mutation that gives them the yellow-orange tint are only found in around one in 30 million lobsters.
Though the store could probably have fetched a nice price for the yellow fellow, it opted to donate the lobster to the nearby Aquarium of Niagara.




Balanced Breakfast

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If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
                                                              
                                                                                           ~John Wooden

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The Man in the Arena

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

                                                                                                ~Theodore Roosevelt 


Read this often, and learn to live it, and you will never be disappointed in yourself.

Name That Firework

Here’s a mini-lesson on fireworks (from Mental Floss) — try to spot them at whatever fireworks display you attend this Fourth of July weekend.

1. Peony


peony

This one is apparently the most common, so your chances of spotting it in the skies this weekend are pretty good. It’s “a spherical break of colored stars.”

2. Chrysanthemum


mum

This is a variation of the Peony – the difference is that the stars leave a visible trail of sparks. To me, this looks like a fiber optic ball or those balls that you put your hand on to attract the current to at science museums and the life.

3. Willow


willow

I love this one! It’s a lot like the Peony and its variations (the Chrysanthemum and the Dahlia), but it leaves trails of silver or gold stars that produce a weeping willow-ish outline.

4. Horsetail


waterfall

It’s a compact little burst that falls down down, well, like a horsetail. You might also hear this one referred to as a Waterfall Shell.

5. Fish


fish

The shell bursts and then you see little squiggles of light squirming away from the main burst. The effect looks like fish swimming away.

6. Spider


spider

This one is fast-burning and bursts very hard, which makes the stars shoot out straight and flat. Basically, the look like lots of spider legs.

7. Palm


palm

This one produces an effect that looks like a palm tree when it bursts (go figure). Some even have a thick tail that looks like a trunk.

8. Crossette


cross

Take lots of tic-tac-toe boards and cross them over each other haphazardly. That’s kind of what the crossette looks like. It’s usually accompanied by a loud crackling noise.

9. Kamuro


kamuro

Named after a Japanese hairstyle, this one has a dense burst that leaves a glittery trail.

10. Rings


rings

I like these because they can be arranged to look like atoms, which is very mental_floss-y. But typically you see rings within rings, like the ones in the picture.


from mental_floss