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There’s been a spate of amazing animal discoveries recently–the giant rat-eating plants found in the Philippines, a huge woolly rat discovered in a volcanic crater–and now, yet another creature has emerged that could be right out of a sci-fi film. It’s a bizarre creature that survives by eating its hosts’ tongue and then attaching itself inside the mouth.
Photo via BBC
While the isopod, a kind of louse, has been known to exist for a while now, discoveries of live specimens is rare. The BBC reports that “Fishermen near the Minquiers – islands under the jurisdiction of Jersey – found the isopod, a type of louse, inside a weaver fish.” So no, the tongue-eater wasn’t found in that Jersey. The Jersey Shore is still tongue replacing creature-free, if you stateside Northeasterners were worried about the thing ruining your late summer vacationing.
Not that you’d have to be too concerned anyways–the isopod isn’t a threat to humans in the slightest, though it’s reportedly vicious, and can deliver quite a little bite. One of the fishermen who found the creature described it thus: “Really quite large, really quite hideous – if you turn it over its got dozens of these really sharp, nasty claws underneath and I thought ‘that’s a bit of a nasty beast’.” And while it can’t seriously hurt people, it evidently doesn’t like them: “It doesn’t affect humans other than if you do actually come across a live one and try and pick it up – they are quite vicious, they will deliver a good nip.”
Taken from here.
I want this right now!
- Nutella and Pear Pinwheel Scones
- 3 cups of flour
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 tablespoon of milk powder
- A pinch of salt
- 75 grams / 3 oz of butter
- ¼ cup of white sugar
- 50 grams / 2 oz of plain yoghurt
- 1 free range egg, lightly beaten
- ¼ cup of cream
- ¼ cup of milk
- ¾ cup of Nutella or chocolate ganache
- 1 large pear, peeled and grated
- Preheat the oven to 210°C (410°F)
- In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, milk powder and salt. Sift the dry ingredients twice more to ensure they are well mixed. Rub the butter in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Toss through the sugar.
- In another bowl, whisk together the egg, yoghurt, cream and milk. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the liquid mixture. Mix together lightly and quickly to make a soft dough, do not over mix or the scones may be tough. On a lightly floured board or bench carefully roll out the dough to form a rectangle approximately 30 x 40cm.
- Spread the rectangle with a generous amount of Nutella and grate over the pear.
- Taking up the edge closest to you gently roll the dough up to form a tight spiralled log.
- Slice the log into 10 even portions and place on a baking tray leaving room for the scones to spread. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.
- Makes 10
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Like most religious people, Americans are breathtakingly ignorant. We already knew we were ignorant about science and other factual matters, of course—but it turns out we’re equally ignorant about religion! Except for the atheists.
A new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that most religious Americans don’t know shit about their own religions. Sample fun finding: “A majority of Protestants, for instance, couldn’t identify Martin Luther as the driving force behind the Protestant Reformation.” The overall results:
So if you have a question about god, ask an atheist. If you can’t find one, a Jew will do in a pinch. Or a Mormon, I guess.
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