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(Mental Floss)   Glow in the dark soldiers in my Civil War? It's more likely than you'd think   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 21
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2012-04-06 02:33:23 PM
Nematodes hunt down insect larvae in the soil or on plant surfaces, burrow into their bodies, and take up residence in their blood vessels. There, they puke up the P. luminescens bacteria living inside them. Upon their release, the bacteria, which are bioluminescent and glow a soft blue

Huh, I've seen this on rotting logs before, but never would have thought it could or would end up on a person...
 
2012-04-06 04:08:48 PM
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2012-04-06 04:18:05 PM

timujin: Huh, I've seen this on rotting logs before, but never would have thought it could or would end up on a person...


You might have seen Foxfire. I don't think that has a human infection blocker plug-in yet.

Actually, either way, this would have been more awesome had technology followed up on this observation.
 
2012-04-06 04:18:20 PM
What a terrific science fair project.
 
2012-04-06 04:22:01 PM

Makh: timujin: Huh, I've seen this on rotting logs before, but never would have thought it could or would end up on a person...

You might have seen Foxfire. I don't think that has a human infection blocker plug-in yet.

Actually, either way, this would have been more awesome had technology followed up on this observation.


hrm... after a quick googling, it appears you might be right, though it was the wood itself that was glowing, not something growing on it.
 
2012-04-06 04:24:20 PM
I'm not saying it was Midichlorians...but it was midichlorians.
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2012-04-06 06:08:21 PM

timujin: wood itself that was glowing, not something growing on it.


Yeah, the rotten trees can often glow. It's pretty cool stuff. But many mushrooms glow to some degree.
 
2012-04-06 06:10:01 PM
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2012-04-06 07:04:19 PM
Pfffft. Historians have known about this since the excavations at the site of the Second Rave of Bull Run.
 
2012-04-06 07:15:26 PM

RoyBatty: What a terrific science fair project.


Good luck convincing someone to let you slather their infected wound with nematodes.
 
2012-04-06 07:42:28 PM

fusillade762: RoyBatty: What a terrific science fair project.

Good luck convincing someone to let you slather their infected wound with nematodes.


Craig's List?
 
2012-04-06 08:04:36 PM
Great premiss for a Silver John the Balladeer story.
 
2012-04-06 08:17:39 PM

Makh: But many mushrooms glow to some degree.


Create a Psilocybin mushroom that glows for easy picking and you got yourself something there.
 
2012-04-06 10:07:28 PM

indarwinsshadow: I'm not saying it was Midichlorians...but it was midichlorians.
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You know what pissed me off about that? if the force is created by microorganisms, it should be possible to influence their level in an individual, by injection or other means. Everyone should be a potential Jedi.

That and the fact that it was farktarded. And what really got me about the prequels is that they were almost good. If George Lucas could have gotten meaningful advice from people who work with him, he could have had a real writer fix the dialogue and remove the dumbass ideas like midichlorians, and do a better job of creating character motivation, while leaving the basic plot, but he's George Lucas, and it's pretty apparent that absolutely everyone around him just kisses his ass and tells him he's a genius 24/7. It's sad in a way.
 
2012-04-06 10:17:20 PM
I think I missed that episode of Doctor Who.
 
2012-04-06 10:26:18 PM
Here's a thought on the Star Wars prequels: the Emperor pays spies to tail numerous individuals, including Padme, in order to discover secrets that can be used to blackmail them into supporting him, and in this way he discovers Padme's affair with Anakin. This could be used to get Anakin kicked out of the Jedi order and would ruin her career, because the Jedi are sort of like Vestal Virgins in Ancient Rome and you aren't supposed to fark them. Instead of approaching her, however, Palpatine targets Anakin, judging him to be morally weaker. Anakin is given a choice between selflessly allowing his life to be ruined for the greater good and pure self-interest. His love for Padme is ultimately the decisive factor; there could even be a scene where Anakin decides to do the right thing and goes to tell Palpatine that and he runs into her on the way, and seeing her changes his mind. He falls to the Dark Side. Would this not be 1000% better than the present plot, where it is assumed that Anakin is simply retarded enough to A) believe his dreams are real and B) believe Palpatine's ridiculous and even poorly presented lies. I mean seriously, WTF?
 
2012-04-06 10:43:08 PM
malaktaus:

Who, in your scenario, is glowing in the dark?
 
2012-04-06 10:47:06 PM

2wolves: malaktaus:

Who, in your scenario, is glowing in the dark?



That's the beauty of it, when the Winter comes, the midi-cholrians freeze to death!
 
2012-04-07 12:11:12 AM

KarmicDisaster: 2wolves: malaktaus:

Who, in your scenario, is glowing in the dark?


That's the beauty of it, when the Winter comes, the midi-cholrians freeze to death!


I so glad I was Subby on this. I think.
 
2012-04-07 05:42:24 AM

malaktaus: Here's a thought on the Star Wars prequels: the Emperor pays spies to tail numerous individuals, including Padme, in order to discover secrets that can be used to blackmail them into supporting him, and in this way he discovers Padme's affair with Anakin. This could be used to get Anakin kicked out of the Jedi order and would ruin her career, because the Jedi are sort of like Vestal Virgins in Ancient Rome and you aren't supposed to fark them. Instead of approaching her, however, Palpatine targets Anakin, judging him to be morally weaker. Anakin is given a choice between selflessly allowing his life to be ruined for the greater good and pure self-interest. His love for Padme is ultimately the decisive factor; there could even be a scene where Anakin decides to do the right thing and goes to tell Palpatine that and he runs into her on the way, and seeing her changes his mind. He falls to the Dark Side. Would this not be 1000% better than the present plot, where it is assumed that Anakin is simply retarded enough to A) believe his dreams are real and B) believe Palpatine's ridiculous and even poorly presented lies. I mean seriously, WTF?


Here's (new window) an interesting video on how Episode I could have been rewritten to make more sense, been more streamlined, develop the characters further, and not completely waste Darth Maul. It's not bad. Plus it eliminates Jar Jar and midichlorians, so bonus.
 
2012-04-08 02:19:46 AM

Schlock: malaktaus: Here's a thought on the Star Wars prequels: the Emperor pays spies to tail numerous individuals, including Padme, in order to discover secrets that can be used to blackmail them into supporting him, and in this way he discovers Padme's affair with Anakin. This could be used to get Anakin kicked out of the Jedi order and would ruin her career, because the Jedi are sort of like Vestal Virgins in Ancient Rome and you aren't supposed to fark them. Instead of approaching her, however, Palpatine targets Anakin, judging him to be morally weaker. Anakin is given a choice between selflessly allowing his life to be ruined for the greater good and pure self-interest. His love for Padme is ultimately the decisive factor; there could even be a scene where Anakin decides to do the right thing and goes to tell Palpatine that and he runs into her on the way, and seeing her changes his mind. He falls to the Dark Side. Would this not be 1000% better than the present plot, where it is assumed that Anakin is simply retarded enough to A) believe his dreams are real and B) believe Palpatine's ridiculous and even poorly presented lies. I mean seriously, WTF?

Here's (new window) an interesting video on how Episode I could have been rewritten to make more sense, been more streamlined, develop the characters further, and not completely waste Darth Maul. It's not bad. Plus it eliminates Jar Jar and midichlorians, so bonus.


See, it would be the coolest thing ever if George Lucas hired a top-notch director with a few good writers to remake the Star Wars movies. All of them, including the original trilogy. But there is no God, so Lucas would never agree to such a plan.
 
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