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February 6th, 2008

Severe weather kills 27+ in Arkansas, KY, and TN [Feb. 6th, 2008|03:56 am]


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This happened Tuesday night. It's interesting how the reporters say "Severe Weather". IT WAS A GOD DAMN TORNADO. That's a bit more than severe weather. It was moving cars and flattening houses, so it had to be at least an F4.

Edit: In the less than fifteen minutes I posted this, the death count went up to 32 52 54.
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The Orchid and the Wasp [Feb. 6th, 2008|02:16 pm]


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A large number of plants are polinated by insects and the Chiloglottis trapeziformis is no exception. Most plants manage this by offering something to the insect - nutrient rich pollen or sweet nectar usually. Chiloglottis trapeziformis on the other hand offers what every living thing wants - sex. It imitates the pheremones of a receptive female wasp and when the male wasp attempts to mate with this irrestibily smelling flower the orchid promptly pastes a wad of pollen to it's head and it leaves, unfulfilled. Usually it will be tempted by another decieving orchid and thus, pollen is transferred.

This relationship borders on parisitism. The wasp is duped into transferring pollen from flower to flower, but gets nothing in return.

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Says it all. [Feb. 6th, 2008|09:12 pm]



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