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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #555 on: September 28, 2007, 04:11:23 PM »
That is awesome!  I wish you guys lived closer so I could come hang out on the set too and hit on cavegirl  :(
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« Reply #556 on: September 28, 2007, 05:02:58 PM »
Now today, as a little bit of a holiday... A perfect Indian summer/early autumn sort of day.  Not a touch of humidity, a cool breeze, warm sun.  It's tea time with some of Peet's best tea... Finished the Lehane novel and moving on to F. Paul Wilson right now, getting ready for chicken in white wine sauce and capers tonight with roasted chestnuts that I pulled off a tree at my weekend job.

I actually feel vaguely relaxed right now...
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« Reply #557 on: September 28, 2007, 05:11:52 PM »
Nice!  It is a beautiful day here as well.  I am going to ride my motorcycle after work, for sure.

I think we are playing poker tonight.  Hopefully I will win some $$$.
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« Reply #558 on: September 28, 2007, 05:16:38 PM »
Ah, a productive evening.  I'm thinking tonight for me will be the Rifftrax version of Revenge of the Sith.  Then polish off a bottle of something.

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #559 on: October 01, 2007, 06:56:14 AM »
There will come a day for every man when he will relish the prospect of eating his own shit. That day has yet to come for me.

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« Reply #560 on: October 02, 2007, 10:43:30 PM »
Useless info!

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Useless Body Parts
What do we need sinuses for, anyway?
By Jocelyn Selim
Photography by Max Aguilera-Hellweg
DISCOVER Vol. 25 No. 06 | June 2004 | Biology & Medicine
 
 
In the first chapter of The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin identified roughly a dozen anatomic traits that he gleefully described as “useless, or nearly useless, and consequently no longer subject to natural selection.” The list included body hair, wisdom teeth, and the coccyx—superfluous features that served as Exhibit A in his argument that humans did not descend from “demigods” but rather from a long line of fur-insulated, plant-chewing creatures that sported tails.
 
Darwin’s catalog of oddities was far from complete—our bodies are littered with parts we don’t need. Some are vanishing leftovers from our prehominid ancestors, such as muscles useful for walking on all fours or hanging from trees that appear in various atrophied forms. Others are by-products of a natural redundancy inherent in human sexual development, including nipples on men and the tiny vestigial sperm ducts lurking behind the ovaries of women. Then there are curiosities that, having outlived their apparent usefulness, linger simply because there’s no real reason to leave: What good or bad is hair on the little toe—or even the little toe itself?
 
Nearly a century and a quarter after Darwin’s death, science still can’t offer a full explanation for why one outdated anatomic trait lingers in the gene pool and another goes. Modern genomics research has revealed that our DNA carries broken genes for things that seem as though they might be useful, like odor receptors for a bloodhound’s sense of smell or enzymes that once enabled us to make our own vitamin C. In a few million years, humans may very well have shed a few more odd features. So look now before they’re gone.
         
                     
VOMERONASAL ORGAN
A tiny pit on each side of the septum is lined with nonfunctioning chemoreceptors. They may be all that remains of a once extensive pheromone-detecting ability.
EXTRINSIC EAR MUSCLES
This trio of muscles most likely made it possible for prehominids to move their ears independently of their heads, as rabbits and dogs do. We still have them, which is why most people can learn to wiggle their ears.
 
WISDOM TEETH
Early humans had to chew a lot of plants to get enough calories to survive, making another row of molars helpful. Only about 5 percent of the population has a healthy set of these third molars.
 
NECK RIB
A set of cervical ribs—possibly leftovers from the age of reptiles—still appear in less than 1 percent of the population. They often cause nerve and artery problems.                      
                                                                                                
 


       
       
      THIRD EYELID
      A common ancestor of birds and mammals may have had a membrane for protecting the eye and sweeping out debris. Humans retain only a tiny fold in the inner corner of the eye.

 
 
 
DARWIN’S POINT
A small folded point of skin toward the top of each ear is occasionally found in modern humans. It may be a remnant of a larger shape that helped focus distant sounds.
 
 
 
SUBCLAVIUS MUSCLE
This small muscle stretching under the shoulder from the first rib to the collarbone would be useful if humans still walked on all fours. Some people have one, some have none, and a few have two.
 
 
PALMARIS MUSCLE
This long, narrow muscle runs from the elbow to the wrist and is missing in 11 percent of modern humans. It may once have been important for hanging and climbing. Surgeons harvest it for reconstructive surgery.
 
 
 
MALE NIPPLES
Lactiferous ducts form well before testosterone causes sex differentiation in a fetus. Men have mammary tissue that can be stimulated to produce milk.
 
 
 
ERECTOR PILI
Bundles of smooth muscle fibers allow animals to puff up their fur for insulation or to intimidate others. Humans retain this ability (goose bumps are the indicator) but have obviously lost most of the fur.
 
 
 APPENDIX
This narrow, muscular tube attached to the large intestine served as a special area to digest cellulose when the human diet consisted more of plant matter than animal protein. It also produces some white blood cells. Annually, more than 300,000 Americans have an appendectomy.
 
 
 
BODY HAIR
Brows help keep sweat from the eyes, and male facial hair may play a role in sexual selection, but apparently most of the hair left on the human body serves no function.
 
 
 
PLANTARIS MUSCLE
Often mistaken for a nerve by freshman medical students, the muscle was useful to other primates for grasping with their feet. It has disappeared altogether in 9 percent of the population.
 
 
THIRTEENTH RIB
Our closest cousins, chimpanzees and gorillas, have an extra set of ribs. Most of us have 12, but 8 percent of adults have the extras.
 
 
 
MALE UTERUS
A remnant of an undeveloped female reproductive organ hangs  off the male prostate gland.
 
 
 
FIFTH TOE
Lesser apes use all their toes for grasping or clinging to branches. Humans need mainly the big toe for balance while walking upright.
 
 

       
      FEMALE VAS DEFERENS
      What might become sperm ducts in males become the epoophoron in females, a cluster of useless dead-end tubules near the ovaries.
       

 
 
PYRAMIDALIS MUSCLE

      More than 20 percent of us lack this tiny, triangular pouchlike muscle that attaches to the pubic bone. It may be a relic from pouched marsupials.
       
       
       
      COCCYX
      These fused vertebrae are all that’s left of the tail that most mammals still use for balance and communication. Our hominid ancestors lost the need for a tail before they began walking upright.

 

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #561 on: October 03, 2007, 04:59:55 AM »
It doesn't explain the sinuses.
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #562 on: October 03, 2007, 07:47:16 AM »
Well...sinuses are pretty useful, I would think.  Isn't it all part of how you keep balance?  And also protection against head trauma, etc...? Or have we declared sinuses useless?  I have a feeling you may know better than I since you dig up old bodies for a living.

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« Reply #563 on: October 03, 2007, 08:07:25 AM »
I only raised the issue because of this:

"Useless Body Parts
What do we need sinuses for, anyway?
By Jocelyn Selim
Photography by Max Aguilera-Hellweg
DISCOVER Vol. 25 No. 06 | June 2004 | Biology & Medicine"
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #564 on: October 03, 2007, 08:10:10 AM »
You know, I didn't even notice that.  She doesn't even mention the sinuses...weird.  I'm going to start using titles like that for everything I write.

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #565 on: October 03, 2007, 09:05:09 AM »
Har har.

That'd be great.

Do tigers purr? Has anybody ever checked?
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #566 on: October 03, 2007, 09:06:33 AM »
Why don't you jump into the tiger pit at the zoo and let us know?

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #567 on: October 03, 2007, 09:38:19 AM »
Why don't I jump into your ass?
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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #568 on: October 03, 2007, 10:27:33 AM »
Oh, yeah, baby, fill me up!

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Re: Post, you knobs...
« Reply #569 on: October 03, 2007, 01:09:54 PM »
Tigers purr, I believe.

Also I have a sinus infection right now, so I'm also pissed that they didn't explain why these fucking things are useless.  The only thing sinuses have ever done for me is clog my head.  I hate them.

But back to purring... I looked it up maybe 6 months ago because I was curious about what it was... the interesting thing is that scientists don't seem to be able to agree on what purring is, what it signifies or even how it's done. 
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