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  • Deadliest Catch Captain Tells Congress He Can’t Fish Because of Shutdown

    10/12/2013 8:00:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/11/2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Senate Democrats hosted Deadliest Catch Captain Keith Colburn on the Hill today to say that he can’t go fishing because of the government shutdown. Colburn was testifying at this afternoon’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the economic impacts of the government shutdown. “This is the first time in my 28 years of fishing that I haven’t been in the Bering Sea in October getting ready to go fish,” Colburn said “Many fishermen and coastal communities are already facing tough times. This unnecessary shutdown may be the tipping point if the situation isn’t resolved soon… I’m a small businessman in a...
  • Great lice debate comes to a head

    09/13/2004 4:39:41 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 32 replies · 1,151+ views
    newscientist.com ^ | 13 September 04 | Rachel Nowak, Melbourne
    Great lice debate comes to a head 17:31 13 September 04 Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues. A new genetic analysis may finally settle the question, and even help when it comes to getting rid of the little parasites, which are staging a comeback in rich countries. Linnaeus named the human louse Pediculus humanus in 1758, but later realised there might be two sorts. Debate has gone on ever since. Those who regard body lice as a separate species point out that they are bigger than head lice and live in clothes rather than...
  • Lice offer clues to origin of clothing

    08/20/2003 3:05:55 PM PDT · by demlosers · 393 replies · 504+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 8/18/2003 | Tim Friend
    <p>Human body lice appear to owe their origin to the invention of clothing, and the types that reside on our bodies appear to have hitchhiked along as modern humans migrated out of Africa about 100,000 years ago.</p> <p>Mark Stoneking and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, made the connection between the origin of clothing and the rise of human body lice by checking so-called molecular clocks found in the cells of all living creatures.</p>
  • Human Evolution: Tale of the Y

    08/10/2008 4:21:37 AM PDT · by Soliton · 58 replies · 73+ views
    newsweek ^ | 8/8/08 | Sharon Begley
    Nothing against fossils, but when it comes to tracing the story of human evolution they’re taking a back seat lately to everything from DNA to lice, and even the DNA of lice. A few years ago scientists compared the DNA of body lice (which are misnamed: they live in clothing, not the human body) to that of head lice, from which they evolved, and concluded that the younger lineage split off from the older no more than 114,000 years ago, as I described in a cover story last year. Since body lice probably arose when a new habitat did, and...
  • Why Humans and Their Fur Parted Ways

    08/19/2003 5:41:06 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 142 replies · 32,635+ views
    The New York Times (Science Times) ^ | August 19, 2003 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Illustration by Michael Rothman Before An Australopithecus, sporting full-bodied fur about four million years ago. After An archaic human walked fur-free about 1.2 million years ago, carrying fire on the savanna ONE of the most distinctive evolutionary changes as humans parted company from their fellow apes was their loss of body hair. But why and when human body hair disappeared, together with the matter of when people first started to wear clothes, are questions that have long lain beyond the reach of archaeology and paleontology. Ingenious solutions to both issues have now been proposed, independently, by two research groups analyzing...
  • Lice From Mummies Provide Clues To Ancient Migrations

    02/06/2008 5:34:40 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 83+ views
    IHT ^ | 2-6-2008 | John Noble Wilford
    Lice from mummies provide clues to ancient migrations By John Noble Wilford Published: February 6, 2008 When two pre-Columbian individuals died 1,000 years ago, arid conditions in the region of what is now Peru naturally mummified their bodies, down to the head lice in their long, braided hair. This was all scientists needed, they reported Wednesday, to extract well-preserved louse DNA and establish that the parasites had accompanied their human hosts in the original peopling of the Americas, probably as early as 15,000 years ago. The DNA matched that of the most common type of louse known to exist worldwide,...
  • Gorillas Gave Humans 'The Crabs'

    03/07/2007 9:48:12 AM PST · by presidio9 · 96 replies · 1,772+ views
    Live Science ^ | 03/07/07 | Charles Q. Choi
    Humans caught pubic lice, aka "the crabs," from gorillas roughly three million years ago, scientists now report. ADVERTISEMENT Rather than close encounters of the intimate kind, researchers explained humans most likely got the lice, which most commonly live in pubic hair, from sleeping in gorilla nests or eating the apes. "It certainly wouldn't have to be what many people are going to immediately assume it might have been, and that is sexual intercourse occurring between humans and gorillas," explained researcher David Reed of the Florida Museum of Natural History. "Instead of something sordid, it could easily have stemmed from an...
  • Pubic Lice Leapt From Gorillas To Early Humans

    03/07/2007 11:22:23 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 653+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-7-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Pubic lice leapt from gorillas to early humans 18:26 07 March 2007 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi A genetic analysis of pubic lice suggests the parasites were transferred between early humans and gorillas about 3.3 million years ago. Researchers say the findings suggest close contact between our ancestors and gorillas. But they claim it is far more likely that early humans caught the lice from sleeping in abandoned gorilla nests than from having sex with gorillas. Pubic lice – also known as crabs – can leave irritating spots on the skin when they feed on the blood of their hosts....
  • Freedom from lice may have led to modern allergies

    04/22/2009 5:32:15 PM PDT · by decimon · 19 replies · 474+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Apr. 22, 2009 | Debora MacKenzie
    Humanity's bug-infested past might be why we have more allergies today (Image: James Gathany/ Center for Disease Control and Prevention, USA) It is well established that intestinal parasites dampen mammalian immune reactions. But in a surprise result, scientists have found that another kind of parasite – the body louse – does too. That means the epidemic of allergic disorders in modern, urban people might be due to our having rid ourselves of lice and worms.
  • Lice hang ancient date on first clothes: Genetic analysis puts origin at 190,000 years ago

    04/23/2010 6:41:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 44 replies · 701+ views
    Science News ^ | May 8th, 2010 | Bruce Bower
    Using DNA to trace the evolutionary split between head and body lice, researchers conclude that body lice first came on the scene approximately 190,000 years ago. And that shift, the scientists propose, followed soon after people first began wearing clothing... sheds light on a poorly understood cultural development that allowed people to settle in northern, cold regions, said Andrew Kitchen of Pennsylvania State University in University Park. Armed with little direct evidence, scientists had previously estimated that clothing originated anywhere from around 1 million to 40,000 years ago. An earlier analysis of mitochondrial DNA from the two modern types of...
  • In Lice, Clues to Human Origin and Attire

    03/07/2007 11:44:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies · 1,272+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 8, 2007 | NICHOLAS WADE
    One of the more embarrassing mysteries of human evolution is that people are host to no fewer than three kinds of louse while most species have just one. Even bleaker for the human reputation, the pubic louse, which gets its dates and residence-swapping opportunities when its hosts are locked in intimate embrace, does not seem to be a true native of the human body. Its closest relative is the gorilla louse. (Don’t even think about it.) Louse specialists now seem at last to have solved the question of how people came by their superabundance of fellow travelers. And in doing...
  • Extinct humans left louse legacy(Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens)

    10/16/2004 3:53:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 28 replies · 1,281+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/06/04 | Paul Rincon
    Extinct humans left louse legacy By Paul Rincon BBC News Online science staff The evolutionary history of head lice is tied very closely to that of their hosts Some head lice infesting people today were probably spread to us thousands of years ago by an extinct species of early human, a genetics study reveals. It shows that when our ancestors left Africa after 100,000 years ago, they made direct contact with tribes of "archaic" peoples, probably in Asia. Lice could have jumped from them on to our ancestors during fights, sex, clothes-sharing or even cannibalism. Details of the research appear...
  • UF study of lice DNA shows humans first wore clothes 170,000 years ago

    01/06/2011 1:54:04 PM PST · by decimon · 53 replies
    University of Florida ^ | January 6, 2011 | Danielle Torrent
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A new University of Florida study following the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, a technology which enabled them to successfully migrate out of Africa. Principal investigator David Reed, associate curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, studies lice in modern humans to better understand human evolution and migration patterns. His latest five-year study used DNA sequencing to calculate when clothing lice first began to diverge genetically from human head lice. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study is available online and...
  • Lice DNA Study Shows Humans First Wore Clothes 170,000 Years Ago

    01/09/2011 9:30:07 AM PST · by Salman · 21 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Jan. 7, 2011 | Science Daily staff writer
    A new University of Florida study following the evolution of lice shows modern humans started wearing clothes about 170,000 years ago, a technology which enabled them to successfully migrate out of Africa. Principal investigator David Reed, associate curator of mammals at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the UF campus, studies lice in modern humans to better understand human evolution and migration patterns. His latest five-year study used DNA sequencing to calculate when clothing lice first began to diverge genetically from human head lice. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study is available online and appears in this...
  • Head and body lice appear to be the same species, genetic study finds (Cooties is Cooties)

    04/09/2012 11:01:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    http://phys.org.com ^ | 04-09-2012 | Provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    A new study offers compelling genetic evidence that head and body lice are the same species. The finding is of special interest because body lice can transmit deadly bacterial diseases, while head lice do not. The study appears in the journal Insect Molecular Biology. Scientists have long debated whether human head and body lice are the same or different species. The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) is a persistent nuisance, clinging to and laying its eggs in the hair, digging its mouthparts into the scalp and feeding on blood several times a day. The body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus) tends...
  • Five shot, one fatally at Crab Festival...only it wasn't a Crab Festival

    05/01/2013 7:58:45 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | April 30, 2013 | Barbara Hijek
    On Saturday deputies responded to reports of shots fired east of the City of Williston large annual gathering of people labeled as "Crab Festival," according to a news release from the Levy County Sheriff's Office. Five people were shot, including a 36-year-old man who died. But it really wasn't a "Crab Festival," even though that's how this annual gathering-- which attracted 10,000 people this year -- is labeled, deputies said.
  • Save The Crab Lice!

    01/18/2013 9:47:27 AM PST · by NonZeroSum · 3 replies
    Transterrestrial Musings ^ | January 18th, 2013 | Rand Simberg
    OK, I decided that I had to take action to prevent this environmental holocaust. So head on over and sign my petition. Let’s see if we can break a hundred thousand.
  • WBZ-TV: If Patriots Win (Boston Mayor) Menino will get crabs

    01/23/2012 1:03:36 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 14 replies · 1+ views
    HowieCarr.us ^ | 1/23/12 | raccoonradio
    Headline seen briefly on WBZ-TV website before it got pulled down: IF PATRIOTS WIN, MENINO WILL GET CRABS
  • Deadliest Catch wins all 4 Emmy's, King Crab moves to Antarctica

    09/12/2011 2:18:42 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies
    huliq ^ | 9-12-11 | Anissa Ford
    Deadliest Catch was nominated this season for four Emmy's. "Deadliest Catch" went up against "Myth Busters" for Outstanding Reality Program and won. "Deadliest Catch" also captured the Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Picture Editing and Outstanding sound mixing. This is great news for fans (and cast members and producers and editors and cameramen) who've been watching the show for a long time. The creative arts industry has affirmed and acknowledged the intelligent and inspiring television that most of its viewers have seen as the show developed into a more intense interpersonal drama from a random story of water cowboys searching...
  • Brady Bunch mom got crabs in affair with NY mayor (Florence Henderson memoirs)

    06/25/2011 2:25:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 139 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2011 | Dean Goodman
    <p>Florence Henderson, the actress who played perky mom Carol Brady in the beloved family sitcom, says she once got crabs after a one-night-stand with career politician John Lindsay, who was the mayor of New York City at the time.</p> <p>Henderson, now 77, recounts in her upcoming memoir that she was cheating on her husband during the 1960s, and gave in to her better judgment when her married and unattractive friend put the moves on her over drinks at the Beverly Hills Hotel.</p>
  • Vending Machine Sells Live Crabs

    05/09/2011 7:57:53 AM PDT · by Clay Moore · 6 replies
    Japan Probe ^ | Japan Probe
    A Japanese reporter in Nanjing shows us a vending machine that sells live Shanghai Hairy Crabs:The inside of the machine is kept at 5 degrees celsius, a temperature cold enough to make the crabs go into a state of hibernation. A sign states that all the crabs in the machine are fresh: if the crab is dead-on-arrival, they promise to give you three free crabs. Converted into yen, the prices for the crabs range between 120 and 600 yen (depending on size). By cutting out the cost of store personnel, the seller can offer the crabs at 30% less than...
  • Deadliest Catch Season 5 (don't call it catchin)

    04/12/2011 6:53:59 PM PDT · by Danae · 31 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 4-12-2011 | Danae
    Hey! For all you Deadliest Catch fans..... I have been struggling for the past year since Captain Phil Harris died, on how to honor him and my dad, who died about4 months or so after Phil did. 2010 was a year of loss, so I decided to do something to create on the first episode of 2011, Season 5 of Deadliest Catch. So, with my favorite Phil Harris Quote, we begin: "You can watch things happen. You can make things happen. Or you can wonder what the f**k just happened. I don't want to be on number 3"
  • 40,000 crabs join slew of animal-death mysteries

    01/06/2011 1:13:26 AM PST · by speciallybland · 41 replies · 1+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | 01/06/2011 | Jenni Dunning
    First, it was birds falling from the sky, then thousands of dead fish washing up on shore. Now, more than 40,000 Velvet swimming crabs have wound up dead on England beaches. The possible reason? Hypothermia. The Thanet shoreline is littered with the crabs, along with dead starfish, lobsters, sponges and anemones. The crabs benefit from warm seas, but when winter hits and snow covers the beaches, they just can’t handle the freezing temperatures, Tony Child, Thanet Coast Project manager, told the Star. “It is a horrendous crash in the population,” he said, adding similar crab deaths happened in the same...
  • Spreadin' the glove: TSA infecting U.S.?

    11/23/2010 7:38:32 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 39 replies
    WND ^ | 11-22-10 | Bob Unruh
    Those latex gloves Transportation Security Administration agents wear while giving airline passengers those infamous full-body pat-downs apparently aren't there for the safety and security of passengers – only the TSA agents. That's the word being discussed on dozens of online forums and postings after it was noted that the agents wear the same gloves to pat down dozens, perhaps hundreds, of passengers, not changing them even though the Centers for Disease Control in its online writings has emphasized the important of clean hands to prevent the exchange of loathsome afflictions. "Herpes via latex glove ... ewwww," wrote one participant on...
  • Savouring Hairy Crabs

    10/31/2010 11:59:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Malaysia Star ^ | Sunday October 31, 2010 | JOHNNI WONG
    You may have heard of the Shanghainese hairy crabs or Chinese mitten crabs, so called because of the furry growth on their pincers and legs, but not many Malaysian diners would be familiar with their exquisite taste. IN Shanghainese cuisine, steamed hairy crabs are a seasonal delicacy to be savoured in autumn and winter, starting around late September. But the best specimens are harvested from two famous lakes – Lake Tai and Lake Yangcheng – in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, from September till December. Due to the relative proximity of the two lakes to Shanghai, the crabs are identified or “branded”...
  • Study: Fiddler crabs exchange sex for survival

    11/04/2009 1:07:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 1,289+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/4/09 | Kristen Gelineau - ap
    SYDNEY – In the world of fiddler crabs, the best form of protection for females is, apparently, having sex with the neighbors, according to an Australian study published Wednesday. Researchers from The Australian National University in Canberra found male fiddler crabs will happily defend a nearby female against intruders — partly because the females will dole out sex in return. "The fact that the neighbor comes over and helps to defend another territorial individual is pretty unusual," said Michael Jennions, who helped conduct the study, the results of which were published in the journal Biology Letters. "This study shows, for...
  • Scientists find fiddler crabs will exchange favours for sex

    11/04/2009 11:26:31 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 36 replies · 2,226+ views
    news ^ | November 05, 2009 | Brian Williams
    SCIENTISTS have found that - just like some people - fiddler crabs will exchange favours for sex. Male crabs will protect a female neighbour but do so partly in exchange for sex. Australian National University researchers Richard Milner, Michael Jennions and Patricia Blackwell in a study published in Biology Letters looked at how female crabs - those without the large claw - go about protecting their territories, The Courier-Mail reports. They found sexual offerings lead to neighbourhood coalitions, where a male crab protected females from homeless males seeking territory. The males' giant claw is the largest weapon relative to body...
  • Chinese mitten crab set to pummel N.J. ecology

    08/24/2009 5:53:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 919+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 08, 2009 | Brian T. Murray
    The patches of dense hair, located near the white-tipped pincers, earned the Chinese mitten crab its deceptively benign name. But there is nothing soft or comforting about these invasive Asian critters, and lately that have taken a sudden shine to New Jersey waters. While long treasured as a culinary delight in their native East Asia, the crabs have become a scourge to most everyone else. In Europe, they have eroded estuaries by burrowing into earthen dams and river banks. In California, the only state where they have gained a major foothold so far, mitten tribes have exploded into a major...
  • Boiling Mad: Crabs Feel Pain

    03/27/2009 10:37:08 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 143 replies · 3,111+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 03/27/09 | Robert Roy Britt
    A favored method of preparing fresh crabs is to simply boil them alive. A longstanding related question: Do they feel pain? Yes, researchers now say. Not only do crabs suffer pain, a new study found, but they retain a memory of it (assuming they aren't already dead on your dinner plate). The scientists say its time for new laws to consider the suffering of all crustaceans. The study involved using wires to deliver shocks to the bellies of hermit crabs, which, being hermits, often take up residence in left-behind mollusc shells. The crabs that were shocked scampered out of their...
  • Invading Chinese Delicacy Crabs 'Should be Eaten' to Stop Them Damaging British Riverbanks

    02/12/2009 1:07:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 629+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12th February 2009
    The species of crab which is wreaking havoc in the Thames could soon be under control - and in our tummies. Scientists have deemed the river's Chinese mitten crab population fit for human consumption. They believe that catching the pest and selling it in restaurants and shops could be a viable way of controlling its numbers. The crab, named for its bristled claws which resemble mittens, has been colonising the Thames and other rivers around England. It burrows into and destroys fragile riverbanks, preys on other species and competes with native animals such as crayfish. The idea of harvesting the...
  • Mexican citizen busted for crabs

    12/09/2008 12:31:37 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 43 replies · 1,285+ views
    Valley Morning Star/AP ^ | December 9, 2008
    McALLEN - Ever on the lookout for drugs, guns and money, customs agents at a Hidalgo County international bridge crossing busted 191 units of an unusual sort of contraband -- hermit crabs. A 49-year-old Mexican citizen from McKinney, Texas, was crossing back into the United States at the Hidalgo Port of Entry when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found a box full of live hermit crabs inside his vehicle and another bag of the crabs in the trunk,..
  • Monster crab with claws the size of a man's hand captured off the British coast

    07/03/2008 5:39:11 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 50 replies · 1,042+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 03rd July 2008 | staff reporter
    It lurked in the wreck of an old battleship 160ft below the surface – a true monster of the deep. Diver Paul Worsley could hardly believe the size of the giant crab he found in Lyme Bay, off the Dorset coast. Careful to avoid its fearsome claws, he managed to get it into a bag and raise it to the surface. For his efforts, he can congratulate himself on capturing what experts believe is the biggest edible crab ever landed. It weighed 17lb and had a shell width of 12in while each of its massive claws was as big as...
  • Stalin's last army: Hordes of gigantic crabs on their way to invade Europe -

    03/30/2008 12:13:53 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 74 replies · 4,634+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | February, 2004 | Julius Strauss
    Stalin's last army: hordes of gigantic crabs on their way to invade Europe - By Julius Strauss in Kirkenes, Northern Norway Millions of giant Pacific crabs, whose ancestors were brought to Europe by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s, are marching south along Norway's coast, devouring everything in their path.The monster crabs, which can weigh up to 25lb and have a claw-span of more than three feet, are proving so resilient that scientists fear they could end up as far south as Gibraltar. Energised by a mysterious population explosion a decade ago, whole armies of the crustaceans - known as the...
  • Snow Crabs by the Millions Invade Barents King Crab Fishery

    02/15/2008 6:48:12 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 22 replies · 554+ views
    The Dutch Harbor Fisherman ^ | February 15, 2008 | The Dutch Harbor Fisherman
    It’s an invasive species problem that Alaska would love to have. Millions of snow crabs are on the march in the Barents Sea, and no one knows how they got there or what to do with them – yet. The Barents Sea, which straddles Norway and Russia, is the same source of all of that jumbo king crab – much of it caught illegally'a0– that wreaked havoc on Alaska’s market for the past couple of years. But unlike king crabs, which were purposely introduced by Russia into those waters in 1966, the opilio (snow) crab is a true invasive species....
  • Stalin's last army: Hordes of giant crabs on their way to invade Europe -

    10/20/2007 6:48:19 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 83 replies · 201+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | February 28, 2004 | Julius Strauss
    Stalin's Last Army: Hordes of gigantic crabs on their way to invade Europe - The Telegraph - UK ^ | February 28, 2004 | Julius Strauss Posted on 02/25/2007 5:02:02 PM PST by UnklGene Stalin's last army: hordes of gigantic crabs on their way to invade Europe - By Julius Strauss in Kirkenes, Northern Norway Millions of giant Pacific crabs, whose ancestors were brought to Europe by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s, are marching south along Norway's coast, devouring everything in their path.The monster crabs, which can weigh up to 25lb and have a claw-span of more than three feet,...
  • Fedexed, Other Illegal Hairy Crabs To Be Destroyed

    09/22/2007 7:24:22 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 22 replies · 340+ views
    The China Post ^ | September 23, 2007 | The China Post
    (TAIPEI, Taiwan) -- The Taipei customs yesterday confiscated three kilograms of hairy crabs illegally imported from China in an express package and will destroy the imports in accordance with the law, according to Cheng Hui-wen, director of the Bureau of Food Sanitation (BFS) under the Cabinet-level Department of Health. The package, imported under the name of "plastic products," bears a product origin of "Yang Cheng Lake," the exact production base of the famous Dazha crabs that are much sought-after by local gourmets, Cheng said. Cheng continued the illegally imported hairy crabs will be destroyed immediately, as they have yet to...
  • Norway fears giant crab invasion

    08/09/2006 7:10:34 AM PDT · by Sax · 30 replies · 611+ views
    BBC News ^ | 8/9/06 | Lars Bevanger
    Environmentalists and fishermen in northern Norway are warning of a Russian invasion of alien crustaceans which are threatening to ruin the local sea fauna. They say the giant red king crab is spreading with alarming speed from Russian waters along the Norwegian coast, destroying everything in its wake. The crab has few natural enemies, and is considered to be an omnivore, digesting everything from cod larvae to other crabs. But it is also a sought-after delicacy. Lars Petter Oeye takes gourmet tourists on fjord crab safaris near the border with Russia, high up in Norway's Arctic north. Here, crabs are...
  • Whole Foods Bans Sale of Live Lobsters (PETA & Food Police gone wild)

    06/16/2006 5:36:29 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 30 replies · 386+ views
    Houston Chronicle (AP) ^ | June 16, 2006, 6:58AM | LIZ AUSTIN
    AUSTIN, Texas — Customers craving fresh crustaceans will have to look beyond Whole Foods Market Inc. after the natural-foods grocery chain decided Thursday to stop selling live lobsters and crabs on the grounds that it's inhumane. The Austin-based grocer spent seven months studying the sale of live lobsters from ship to supermarket aisle, trying to determine whether the creatures suffer along the way. In some stores, they experimented with "lobster condos," filling tanks with stacks of large pipes the critters can crawl inside. And they moved the tanks behind seafood counters and away from children's tapping fingers. Ultimately, Whole Foods...
  • Sinister secret of snail's escape (Flame box crabs!)

    03/22/2006 8:06:03 AM PST · by Sax · 1 replies · 180+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3/22/06 | Richard Black
    Sinister secret of snail's escape By Richard Black Environment Correspondent, BBC News website Right-handed flame box crabs find left-handedness hard to swallow Snails with left-handed shells can have a big advantage in life - predators may find it impossible to eat them. That is the conclusion of research just published in the Royal Society's journal Biology Letters. Scientists from the US examined whelks and cone shells preyed on by the crab Calappa flammea. They found the crab is unable to open left-handed shells because it only has a tool for peeling them on its right claw; so it discards them....
  • A special message from the Department of Troll Control, come and get it!

    01/12/2006 8:39:35 AM PST · by dhls · 6,335 replies · 37,707+ views
    Department of Troll Control | Another Ignorant Troll
    Fellow Americans, there comes a time every mans life when we must give up ourselves before we are worthy to recieve. There comes a time in this war on terror when in order to protect liberty, we have to give it up in the mean time for safty. That's right folks. Today, Americans have forsaken the creator for the creation and have decided that they would value our "civil liberties" than protecting western civilization and rich white people from the tender mercies of radical Islamic terrorists. Selfish liberals insist and whine that Bush has no right to spy on Americans...
  • Warning of Chinese crabs on the march

    02/08/2006 8:02:32 AM PST · by Willie Green · 74 replies · 2,073+ views
    Yorkshire Post Today ^ | 08 February 2006 | Dave Mark
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. THEY are the known as the terminators of the world's waterways,which can devastate entire species of fish and shellfish in a few short months. Now an exotic Chinese crab which preys on British native species is on the verge of taking over the country's major waterways, environmental experts have warned. A study showed invading mitten crabs, which can grow to the size of a dinner plate, could threaten other marine life. Newcastle University researchers have warned there could be a population explosion of the creatures. The study authors predict the mitten...
  • Media (Star) Cindy Sheehan Targets Barbara Bush with Houston Protest

    12/29/2005 10:17:55 AM PST · by kristinn · 123 replies · 3,195+ views
    Thursday, December 29, 2005 | Kristinn
    Anti-American media (hero) Cindy Sheehan is taking her fixation with President Bush to new depths with her announcement that she will hold a President's Day protest in Houston outside the private residence of the parents of President Bush, targeting his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush.Sheehan gave this description of her upcoming media (stunt):For the love of God, can't you make him stop? Recently, it was revealed that George only interacts with four people: Laura, Condi, Karen Hughes and his mom. His mom, the Ice Queen who didn't want her "pretty mind" burdened with the images of flag draped coffins...
  • SICK OF PEOPLE IMPOSING THEIR RELIGOUS BELIEFS ON OTHERS

    12/27/2005 10:42:05 AM PST · by proud republican woman · 569 replies · 16,623+ views
    Freeper | December 27, 2005 | Proud Republican Woman, zotted by Archpriestess Helga, Church of the Viking Kittens
    After reading all of the crap that people have been saying regarding Adult Private Social Clubs, I felt that I had to post an article and give my opinion. I am sick and tired of all the religous groups that are saying that there are drugs, prostitution, minors, non-consenting people, and just immoral people at these clubs! First of all, who do these people think they are to decide what is morally right or wrong for me? I believe that I have a good set of morals. I am a law abiding, tax paying citizen, I work full time and...
  • Canadian court lifts ban on ‘swingers’ clubs (Group Sex OK in Canada!)

    12/21/2005 12:20:39 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 232 replies · 3,223+ views
    MSNBC & Reuters ^ | December 21, 2005
    OTTAWA - Group sex among consenting adults is neither prostitution nor a threat to society, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Wednesday as it lifted a ban on so-called “swingers” clubs. In a ruling that radically changes the way courts determine what poses a threat to the population, the top court threw out the conviction of a Montreal man who ran a club where members could have group sex in a private room behind locked doors.
  • Giant Crabs Colonize Rome's Ancient Ruins

    10/28/2005 3:29:13 PM PDT · by blam · 73 replies · 3,888+ views
    Giant crabs colonise Rome’s ancient ruins By Web Editor. Filed under Generalon October 28th, 2005 (ANSA) - A rare species of crab has taken up residence in one of the city’s most important archaeological sites and is not only thriving but also growing to abnormal proportions. The freshwater crab ‘Potamon fluviatile’ was already known to survive in small numbers in rivers and waterways from Sicily to Tuscany, where it generally grows to a length of about 4 cm. But according to three zoologists at the Roma 3 university, an isolated colony of the crabs is also doing very well in...
  • Berlin readies giant brothel for 2006 World Cup

    07/29/2005 8:28:56 AM PDT · by Rodney King · 23 replies · 759+ views
    Netscape News ^ | today | some guy
    BERLIN, July 29 (Reuters) - A German company is looking to cash in on an expected boom in the sex trade during next year's soccer World Cup with a 60-room brothel a walk away from Berlin's Olympic Stadium, German media reported on Friday. Named after the virgin huntress of Greek mythology, the "Artemis" complex is due to open for business in September with whirlpool, sauna, cinema, buffet restaurant and a staff of 100 prostitutes, mass circulation daily Bild reported. "This is no flash rip-off joint where clients are taken for a ride," a spokesman for the Artemis GmbH investment company...
  • Record Dungeness harvest breaks last year's record

    07/15/2005 9:42:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies · 925+ views
    Oregon Live ^ | 7/14/2005
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With four weeks left in the season, Oregon fishermen have brought in 33.3 million pounds of Dungeness crab, breaking last season's record harvest by about 10 million pounds. "It's off the charts," said Nick Furman, executive director of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission. Furman said the catch will put about $50 million into the pockets of Oregon's commercial fishermen. Spinoffs from harvesting, processing, marketing and other activities could mean $150 million in economic benefits for Oregon, he said. Last season, fishermen netted 23.7 million pounds, breaking a record which had stood for 24 years. To have...
  • Bay firms depend on foreign workers (Crab Pickers)

    06/01/2005 11:26:35 AM PDT · by JZelle · 59 replies · 989+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-1-05 | Jeffrey Sparshott
    Jack Brooks observes the 25 or so women sitting at stainless steel tables, picking lumps of meat out of blue crabs fished from the Chesapeake Bay. There are a handful of Americans and about 18 Mexicans packing up small tubs for sale to restaurants and markets. "We have to have the Mexican workers just to sustain our business. American workers simply are not available," the co-owner of J.M. Clayton Co., a Cambridge, Md., business founded by his great-grandfather in 1890, said last month.
  • Chesapeake Bay crabs status uncertain

    10/12/2004 7:30:19 AM PDT · by cogitator · 49 replies · 922+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 10/12/2004 | Various
    Reports mixed on blue crabs Biologist 'seriously concerned' with the bay's spawning stock; other studies are more hopefulChesapeake Bay blue crabs may be in worse trouble than previously imagined, according to Virginia Institute of Marine Science research into the survival rate of female crabs. But the data collected on crabs in the estuary do not all agree.The institute's study of mature female crabs between November 2001 and October 2002 estimated that only two out of 100 survived the study year. "This is one of the first times I'm seriously, seriously concerned with the spawning stock," said Rom Lipcius, a VIMS...
  • Spider ID Help

    07/04/2004 6:54:02 PM PDT · by steplock · 96 replies · 3,862+ views
    Spadata ^ | 4 Jul 2004
    I need some SPIDER identification help. A few weeks ago, I was bitten by a Brown Recluse (very painful and long lasting effects). One of my dogs was bitten by another spider - and my wife a couple days ago was also bitten - but NOT by another Recluse luckily. Tonight I just found THIS rather large spider sitting at my back door - now dead! Can anyone identify this arachnid? Hot Springs Arkansas area. Thanx! ps. that is 1 inch on the scale.