Today in ancient animals

Scientists love looking at dead animals, the deader and older, the better. Some like it because they are morbid, godless homosexuals seeking to find their beloved Devil. Others like it because they get to learn things, like how animals were before we came along and killed them off.

One such fine example is in North Dakota, where an extremely rare fossil has been found: a mummified dinosaur. The mummy, which is oddly enough not wrapped in toilet paper, nor was it found in a temple, is a nearly complete example of a dinosaur and will give paleontologists (godless and warriors alike) the chance to see how these monstrous creatures really looked, with, you know, flesh on them.

However, this blog is still hesitant. The dinosaur is now as hard as rock or even metal. This cannot go well should the dino wake up.

In other news, have you ever wanted to have your very own mastodon? You can’t, of course. They are all dead thanks to a little genocide on the part of our ancestors. You can, however, own a mastodon skeleton if you go to the right garage sale. A hippie San Fransisco resident is selling a mastodon skeleton she has just lying around in her garage. You know how easy it is to acquire junk.

The best news of all is that you don’t have to live in the area to buy it, you just need to have $115,000 and the ability to place a bid on eBay. Happy hunting!

Saturn blows rings around theories, gives them to moon

It’s no secret that Saturn is one wacky and crazy planet. But not so much in the “funny European tourist guy” type of wacky and crazy, but more in the “I’m going to kill you at midnight, and by midnight, I mean right now” type of wacky and crazy. Of course, given its symbolism in East Asian astrology as an icon of death, that’s really not too much of a stretch. Nonetheless, Saturn just got wackier-again. Now it’s got an STD-metaphorically speaking.

After years (eons (millenniums ?) ?), Saturn’s second largest moon, Rhea, may now have gained rings. If confirmed by the Cassini spacecraft, it would the first time a ring system has been found around a moon.

Now, does this mean anything pertinent to our existence? Not really, unless Saturn decides to send Rhea toward us as a whirling dervish of death and destruction. Ultimately though, this just proves that the more we learn about our own solar system, the more we realize we don’t know crap. I know people will probably disagree with me, but I for one am glad that we live in a society that’s willing to devote a lot of time and money to projects that are purely for scientific discovery without any tangible payback other than knowledge … even if most of the time, there’s no payback at all.

The sea is teeming with lethal life

We’ve been covering the dangers of the ocean a lot lately, but there seems to be more happening this time of year in the warmer seas and the cold depths, where animals are designed to withstand such harsh climate.

On this front, we have some shocking news to report: killer jellyfish are real and they seem to be breeding like rabbits. Yes, these things are not only weird looking, they can also kill you with a single sting and they happen to be having something of a baby boom. They are no doubt massing for an all-out assault on our shores. Just remember this: they can’t hurt you on land.

However, animals are not the only ones making moves in the war at sea. Swedish scientists are planning to launch 60 fish in a rocket from Antarctica. It’s nice to see the Swedes finally join us in our fight, and making an entrance with marked creativity. Sure, the scientists say it’s an experiment to figure out motion sickness, but we know better. It’s called sending a message.