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post Jun 15 2012, 02:02 PM
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QUOTE (JTaylor @ Jun 15 2012, 05:11 PM) *
After reading several posts by our friend Yash, I no longer wonder why most of the doctors here in the US are from India.( In case anyone is wondering, that is meant as a compliment smile.gif )
I think Yash and Nihilist1 need to play a game of hangman! biggrin.gif

Ben, I hope your arm is better!


Thanks JTaylor biggrin.gif And, which post are you talking about ???

I am one of those few 17-year olds who are actually interested in medical science. smile.gif

Most others in India are interested in engineering or MBA, or even better, Engineering + MBA, this combination works a lot and I hate those who do this. I mean what is the point of MBA if you're an engineer.

Others who try getting into a Medical college are exceptionally hard working, and to be very honest, I am not hard working at all.
Therefore, I am most probably not going into a Medical College this year.

(PS - By hardworking I mean those who mug up everything without UNDERSTANDING, only a small % are those who are intelligent and hardworking,)

QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Jun 15 2012, 05:33 PM) *
Nope. I do manage to have a lot of knowledge stored in my brain about insects, though. I have quite a few books as well. It was actually the first thing I was ever interested in without anyone else influencing me. I used to take a little plastic aquarium with me to school and I would collect insects. My first real memory is probably what started this. We had a project in Grade 1 where we captured caterpillars and we nurtured them until the metamorphosed into White-Lined Sphiinx Moths.

http://www.calflora.net/butterflies/whitel...sphinxmoth.html

One of my favourite activities that aren't related to music is going to the Los Angeles natural History Museum. They have an entire floor dedicated to insects. on this floor there is an "Insect Zoo" with over 30,000 different species and they have a total of about 80,000 species of dead insects on display.


Nice to hear that.

QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Jun 15 2012, 05:33 PM) *
Fun Fact -- If you were to take everything that is classifiable by Biology, every fourth item would be a beetle. Here is an example:

Human, rose, bear, stag beetle, salmon, dog, cat, hercules beetle

There really are that many different types of beetles


I know that, I studied Animal classification in a little detail in High School. smile.gif

QUOTE (WeePee @ Jun 15 2012, 05:47 PM) *
Hey Ben did you get bitten before doing MAB lesson ? If so catch one of those bastards and send here tongue.gif

Otherwise this topic is very interesting. cool.gif


Send it to me too tongue.gif biggrin.gif


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post Jun 15 2012, 04:08 PM
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QUOTE (WeePee @ Jun 15 2012, 01:17 PM) *
Hey Ben did you get bitten before doing MAB lesson ? If so catch one of those bastards and send here tongue.gif

Otherwise this topic is very interesting. cool.gif


No, otherwise I would have bottled it and studied it ! laugh.gif laugh.gif


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post Jun 15 2012, 04:47 PM
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Hey Ben if it makes you feel any better I had exactly the same last weekend, one on each side of my abdomen and I'm in the UK too. Must have been mossies or midges cos it happened outside after dark

Definitely the last time I run naked round my garden at night rolleyes.gif

They felt like two golf balls the day after and very hot & itchy. My arm even felt numb and tingly at one point, which my family thought was hilarious. I thanked them for their support.
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post Jun 15 2012, 06:02 PM
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I know how you feel man, I got nailed on the arm by a hornet yesterday, and it hurt a lot. I'm just glad i'm not allergic to them. We have horseflies here in my part of the USA as well, and I hate getting bit by them, they hurt a lot. Why can't they just stick to horses and not bother guitarists? tongue.gif


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post Jun 15 2012, 06:04 PM
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QUOTE (Marcost @ Jun 15 2012, 04:47 PM) *
Hey Ben if it makes you feel any better I had exactly the same last weekend, one on each side of my abdomen and I'm in the UK too. Must have been mossies or midges cos it happened outside after dark

Definitely the last time I run naked round my garden at night rolleyes.gif

They felt like two golf balls the day after and very hot & itchy. My arm even felt numb and tingly at one point, which my family thought was hilarious. I thanked them for their support.


Yeah, I've caught loads of midgie or mozzy bites on my legs but this one was the only one that swelled up and did the red line thing.

I woke up this morning and the red line had practically dissappeared ! Not bad for a bit of vinegar biggrin.gif

QUOTE (casinostrat @ Jun 15 2012, 06:02 PM) *
Why can't they just stick to horses and not bother guitarists? tongue.gif


I know. They're really insensitive !!! mad.gif

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post Jun 16 2012, 07:44 PM
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About 16 years ago, when my folks built the mountain house, there was a lot of left over wood about and I remember helping my grandfather collect it so we could store it somewhere in the yard, all in one place.

Now imagine the horror, when turning a big plank, we discovered a HUGE nest of these insects:



The saying goes, that they enter your ear and you go deaf..dunno if it's true, but they were also in the house that time, not many but I found 1-3 each day.

Well, little Cosmin took a deo spray, a lighter ...and justice was done!

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post Jun 16 2012, 08:23 PM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jun 16 2012, 07:44 PM) *
About 16 years ago, when my folks built the mountain house, there was a lot of left over wood about and I remember helping my grandfather collect it so we could store it somewhere in the yard, all in one place.

Now imagine the horror, when turning a big plank, we discovered a HUGE nest of these insects:



The saying goes, that they enter your ear and you go deaf..dunno if it's true, but they were also in the house that time, not many but I found 1-3 each day.

Well, little Cosmin took a deo spray, a lighter ...and justice was done!


Earwigs !! Yeah, they're a bit freaky looking !!


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post Jun 21 2012, 10:47 PM
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Yep - UC Davis is about an hour - 2 hours from my house.
I've heard horror stories about people getting bitten by recluse spiders. Gads. I fear stacked wood-piles for that reason.

QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Jun 15 2012, 01:46 AM) *
Entomology is somewhat of a specialty of mine. Yes Yash, insects in hotter cliamtes are more brutal. Which is why Indian insects are so much more dangerous than British ones. You Indians even have to deal with Tsetse Flies, which are one of the few insects I would kill with fire.

We actually had a Brown Recluse in my house that laid eggs. I caught her and put her in a terrarium with her eggs and let them hatch. Soon after, I put them outside and they all left. It was a great couple of weeks documenting that.

We actually have the two best entomology schools in the world here in California. One of them is UC Davis, which is closer to SirJamsalot, and the other is UC Riverside, which is about fifteen minutes from my house. It was a big struggle for me in secondary school to decide whether or not I wanted to study music or Entomology. I decided to make insects my hobby, but I love insects SO MUCH. I love nature more than anything really.

I am... odd.

Here is an awesome article I read last month that does display some more 'terrifying' insects from the UK in a non-threatening way. Wood ants, or Formica, as they are formally known, even have slaves. They are practically a race of super ants that could dominate all the other species if they had the initiative.

http://www.redfunnel.co.uk/my-isle-of-wigh...gs/ant-science/



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post Jun 22 2012, 12:53 AM
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QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ Jun 21 2012, 09:47 PM) *
Yep - UC Davis is about an hour - 2 hours from my house.
I've heard horror stories about people getting bitten by recluse spiders. Gads. I fear stacked wood-piles for that reason.


I found another one last night. She fell into the web of a wolf spider and managed to break free. I honestly thought they were going to fight each other, but she must not have been that hungry. Needless to say, I caught her and put her outside.

My dad wants me to kill them, but I can't bring myself to do it. laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif


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Anyone else disappointed Ben didn't turn into HorseFlyman?


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QUOTE (PosterBoy @ Jun 22 2012, 08:24 AM) *
Anyone else disappointed Ben didn't turn into HorseFlyman?


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 22 2012, 07:30 AM) *
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Well that's not very nice !

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At least you didn't turn into Jeff Goldblum either(Did you ever see 'The Fly' films?)


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I can't kill them either smile.gif I have a good number of spiders hanging through my yard and around the house, but i never bother them and neither do they. When I accidentally find one inside the house, I usually put him outside where he/ she belongs smile.gif


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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Jun 22 2012, 08:37 AM) *
At least you didn't turn into Jeff Goldblum either(Did you ever see 'The Fly' films?)


I remember them but no, haven't seen them. Maybe bits of the first one but not a whole film.

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I can't kill them either smile.gif I have a good number of spiders hanging through my yard and around the house, but i never bother them and neither do they. When I accidentally find one inside the house, I usually put him outside where he/ she belongs smile.gif


I don't kill spiders either. I just like them and their spidery vibe. I'll transfer them to a more appropriate location or just leave them alone. smile.gif

If they are dangerous though, then that's a different matter.


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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jun 22 2012, 08:08 AM) *
I don't kill spiders either. I just like them and their spidery vibe. I'll transfer them to a more appropriate location or just leave them alone. smile.gif

If they are dangerous though, then that's a different matter.


This sums up my thinking on this pretty well. I try not to kill spiders, bees, snakes, or anything like that. I hate to see anything die. But if
they are dangerous and in a position to hurt me or someone else, that's different.



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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Jun 22 2012, 09:55 PM) *
This sums up my thinking on this pretty well. I try not to kill spiders, bees, snakes, or anything like that. I hate to see anything die. But if
they are dangerous and in a position to hurt me or someone else, that's different.


People usually get themselves in those positions, in my country at least - at the place where my folks have the mountain house, people kill snakes just because they can. So if they see a snake resting in the sun, they think that they should go and kill it. People are stupid most of the times, especially uneducated ones...


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I personally hate getting bitten by insects. I've been bitten today by a big ugly flying spider ( It looked like that laugh.gif ) , and I had an allergic reaction.

I personally kill spiders, I have a big arachnophobia, and 2 year ago, I couldn't even move when I saw one. Now I try to keep my calm, relax, and kill them. Maybe that later on, if I can lose my phobia, I'll maybe put them outside. smile.gif
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jun 23 2012, 12:27 PM) *
People usually get themselves in those positions, in my country at least - at the place where my folks have the mountain house, people kill snakes just because they can. So if they see a snake resting in the sun, they think that they should go and kill it. People are stupid most of the times, especially uneducated ones...


ohmy.gif Uneducated people in Europe ??? I thought you had a kind of 95-100 % literacy rate wink.gif


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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jun 23 2012, 06:57 AM) *
People usually get themselves in those positions, in my country at least - at the place where my folks have the mountain house, people kill snakes just because they can. So if they see a snake resting in the sun, they think that they should go and kill it. People are stupid most of the times, especially uneducated ones...


Same way in my country also man, sadly I have seen people kill stuff just for the "fun" of it. mad.gif Guess stupidity is worldwide.


On a more positive note, I managed to rescue a hummingbird that was trapped in a garage the other day, First time I ever held one in my hand, wish I had got some pics.


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QUOTE (casinostrat @ Jun 23 2012, 07:40 PM) *
On a more positive note, I managed to rescue a hummingbird that was trapped in a garage the other day, First time I ever held one in my hand, wish I had got some pics.


Well done ! That must have been a cool experience smile.gif


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