Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Snail News

From AP, one of my favorites, a story about snails:


SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah researchers have harvested a substance from the venom of a cone snail that shows promise in treating some human pain.

So, good news, but the question remains, why did it take so long to find this out? Maybe because since the dawn of time, no creature has been made who can’t outrun a snail. “Oh, a snail! Run, run! Don’t let him bite you,” And really, who would have guessed snails had venom? All these years and I never suspected they had fangs. So I suppose some food scientist was under a tree, taking a break from discovering that some foods are greasy, and a snail snuck up on him. One bite and it’s, “Oh, that’s better. Hey Bob, my back feels better than it has in years, you gotta try this.”

OK, so I know, they’re sea snails. And hey, just so you know, blogger-google is being evil again. The publish page just won’t come up. So if you’re not reading this.... that’s why. Also, if you're reading this for the sixth time, it may be that it did come back up, and is publishing every earlier failed attempt. Yup, blogspot is like a box of chocolates. Oh, and really, if you see the same post six times in a row, I don't expect you to read each one. Just read the first three or so.

.....later...... Oh, man, this is water torture. Thank you blogspot..

And if this is the only post I get up this week, I should recommend the Murtha video:
Would you buy a used car from this man?
Funnier than a chubby kid dancing around with a broom-stick light saber.

1 comments:

George said...

Uh. This is a cone snail. Sea creature. Highly venomous to humans. Not because they hunt humans, though.

http://grimwade.biochem.unimelb.edu.au/cone/index1.html

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