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There's a monster in a video game I just got that is explicitly designed after a Glaucus atlanticus (or some similar species that I can't remember) but I haven't found a good picture of it online yet

cool! Clione are also a popular monster basis in Japan-produced games and sometimes combined with glaucus.

Like the “see Urchin” from Dragon Quest!

oosik:

slipstreamborne:

roachpatrolreplied to yourpost:MOTHERFUCKER A SQUIRREL STOLE THE BILL OFF MY DUCK…

"what a weird walnut" that squirrel probably thought.

OK no but here is the best bit THE SQUIRREL TOTALLY KNEW IT WASN’T A WALNUT AND SPECIFICALLY TARGETED IT BECAUSE IT WAS BONE.

Allow me to explain because this is one of my favorite things to come out of forensic taphonomy in the past decade.

Rodents—including squirrels—freaking love chowing down on some dry bone,especially if there’s a ridge or the edge of a socket or whatever that they can fit their mouths around. If they find one that they really enjoy laying around somewhere they can gnaw on it so much that the original shape is almost completely unrecognizable:

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See the holes in the middle there?  That’s where they chewed so far through the cortical bone that they perforated into the medullary/marrow cavity.

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Look at those adorable little tooth marks.

They chew on bone mainly to get at the minerals within it.  Which leads to the next coolest bit:  theyonlylike dry bone.  You can get some incidental tooth marks from rats trying to peel the last slivers of soft tissue from exposed joints and dogs and other scavengers will chew on the ends of fresher bones and crack into the shafts of long bones trying to get at the remaining marrow, but squirrels aren’t interested until the bone has been exposed to the elements for at least a year or even up tothreeyears, if it’s in a shaded location.  Rodent gnawing had been noted on bones for forever, but the realization that rodents avoid chewing on green bone is much more recent (Klippel and Synstelien 2007; great paper if you can access it through academic sources, if not googling rodent gnawing on bone will pull up lots more pictures and explanations), and withthatdiscovery is the implication that you can use rodent gnawing to mark how long remains have been laying out in the open.  No rodent gnawing, either they’ve been protected in some way or they’ve been out there for around 15 months or less. 

So when my squirrel thief scampered off with my duck’s bill he was more likely thinking “Aw sweet, free duck skull!  Aged just the way I like it!”

Ok, but you said “bill”, so I was just imagining that to mean the keratin sheath over the beak. So where that’s protein, that’s way different than stealing it and using it later for the calcium. That makes more sense. Lots of animals do that.

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neilcicierega:

Whoops, that last asker wanted the response private. Deleted but here’s my reply re: me yelling at Jontron

You are missing something! His praise tweet was directly in reply to me calling him out after he RTed and lol’d at a tweet comparing a historical photo of a lynchmob victim to present…

This blue owl has a horrifying secret.

snoozlebee:

idesofmerch:

I used my annual stab at digital painting to do a Master Belch for the Earthbound 20th anniversary!

LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY

snoozlebee:

idesofmerch:

I used my annual stab at digital painting to do a Master Belch for the Earthbound 20th anniversary!

LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY

savagelucy42:

Supernatural writers: Hey we already used the name Lilith, do you guys want to do a mother of monsters plot anyway?

Yeah, sure, man, we can call her Eve even though that makes no theological sense. We only use existing mythology as guidelines anyway, right?

If they’re only gonna draw monster mom names from mythology what happened to Echidna

infinitely-bored:

Some weird skeleton toy i found. Eh

You won but at what cost? (Well, living, it was definitely going to kill you)

Check the twitter for updates too because I may not update it on tumblr forever plus it’s a silly character twitter with occasional clues and hints of “lore” I guess

Aptera fusca looks so much like an oil painting

Aptera fusca looks so much like an oil painting

gamers: “what’s next? They’ll want trans or black protagonists in games?? How will there be room for achievements with all those more kinds of characters!?!!?”

a quick way to make fries mushy is to put them all in a ziploc bag for a bit

OH! Like steaming them! I’ll have to remember.

What gave you the inspiration for using the kidney stones as a base for the "first boss"?

Originally every body part character was going to have a disease that didn’t fit, and it was just going to be a one-off gag that “kidney stones” were more like rats or roaches in the hospital. Then it just…escalated.

One of the few likeable things about Florida is how you see all these weird storks and ibis things and jungle birds in the garbage everywhere. We see all these exotic dinosaurs eating out of dumpsters behind fast food places and first we were like “who’s throwing out all these damn birds” but then like “oh they throw themselves out” and now we always make reference to how they belong in the garbage to the point that we see birds anywhere else and are like “look at those birds who forgot to throw themselves away”

These things, in particular. White Ibis. These are easier to find than pigeons. I could drive to a Wal-Mart right now and see 20 of them bobbing around.

And throwing themselves out

syntheticimagination:

Some transparent Goodras based on different kinds of nudibranchs for you and your nerd blog. (free for noncommercial use)

ottercopter:

gourmetknights:

GameInformer took points off of X and Y’s review score because it ‘still feels like a Pokemon game’

Well what the fuck do they expect it to feel like

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