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Thank you for posting this. It is fascinating to see that such experiments are still running, and to see some of the extremes of performance in otherwise-familiar devices. Neatorama often helps to stretch the mind.
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When he starts to present his thesis, after establishing the setting, the audience stops laughing. I think they suddenly realize that they are not listening to an entertaining speech, but one that drew them in with humor, and then turned it all around with a profound truth.
This is the way a good speech or story often works; by starting with a setting that the listener thinks they already understand, and then revealing the hidden parts that the listener never considered before.
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The one on New Mexico is sad and true. Sam Steel was the name of the first prospective graduate of New Mexico State University, except that he was murdered before he could actually graduate. A street. among other things, is named after him. I like to say that he is a tribute to 'snatching defeat from the jaws of victory'.
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This may also mean that most of the dairy cows around the world are susceptible to some disease in the same way. This level of monoculture of livestock can have devastating effects at times.
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Engaged to Unidentified is a sweet and funny story about a high school girl who suddenly finds she is engaged to a boy from somewhere out in the mountains.

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Yonomori Kobeni is a high school student who leads a pretty normal life... and then the day of her 16th birthday arrives. Despite having very little presence, her fiance, Mitsumine Hakuya shows up suddenly along with her sister-in-law, a little girl named Mitsumine Mashiro. Without any prior explanation, they begin their peculiar life together. Kobeni's older sister, Yonomori Benio, who has has a sister complex and is a bit of a pervert is thrown into the mix and things get even weirder. Kobeni's life is no longer normal.
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Oh we sail the ocean blue, and our saucy ship's a beauty.
We are sober men and true, and attentive to our duty.
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Let's hear three cheers and one cheer more for the well-bred captain of the Pinafore!
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If he got some of the eggnog into his lungs instead of his stomach, he did not technically 'drink' all of it. He used a combination of drinking and inhaling to dispose of the eggnog. I would disqualify him on that technicality.
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http://entoweb.okstate.edu/ddd/insects/horsehairworms.htm
Horsehair worms have a relatively simple life cycle for a parasite. Their larvae form a cyst that sticks to plants. These are eaten by crickets or grasshoppers or similar insects. A mantis might pick one up by eating an infested cricket. Upon ingestion, the cyst releases the larva, which lives inside the insect and matures into an adult worm. It may be eating the internal organs of the host, or perhaps lives on nutrients in the host insect's blood. When mature, the worm somehow causes the host insect to seek out water. I recall a horrible news story about a swarm of crickets that jumped, lemming-like, into a swimming pool, releasing swimming worms en masse. At times, these worms may release themselves from their insect hosts on the smallest hint of free water, such as rain or even a mopped floor.
Oh, you don't have to worry about being infested with horsehair worms. They only infest insect hosts.
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How did it all fit? You may notice that we never see the head of the mantis as the worm is coming out in the jar. Obviously, the long worm was concealed in the glove, and was threaded through the mantis by the person holding it.
(OK, actually the worm was curled up inside the insect. It made room for itself by eating the insect's internal organs as it grew.)
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