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(MSNBC)   Scientists confirm that crabs feel pain, especially when you use that burning shampoo   (msnbc.msn.com ) divider line
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2013-01-17 01:47:44 AM  
4 votes:
Old Bay is a natural crab opiate. They feel nothing but peppery bliss.
2013-01-17 02:30:50 AM  
3 votes:
ftfa: Research has also shown naked mole rats may be immune to pain

No, it didn't. It indicated a lack of sensitivity to acid and capsaicin. They evidently still feel pain from things like pinches.
2013-01-17 12:39:15 AM  
3 votes:
Of course they feel pain. Or at the very least, some analogous neural stimulation that would prompt them to move away from a potentially harmful thing

/seems like basic survival instinct to me
//IANAB
2013-01-17 04:09:59 AM  
2 votes:

Abacus9: Smgth: I think I speak for my fellow Marylanders when I say 'Fark crabs girly feelings, they're delicious'. I like to think its the pain that MAKES them delicious. Pain and Old Bay.

/Midly related note, when my aunt lived in Maine, we'd get lobsters and before cooking them, we'd let them loose on the kitchen floor and let her Husky run around scaring the shiatte out of them. I also like to think torture increases the flavor.
//Not that being boiled alive isn't torture.

I never understood the fascination with Old Bay. I tried it a few time, it's alright, but I would never ruin crab with it. Just some butter sauce.


Ok, all you Old Bay heretics (or possibly apostates) outta my thread, I'm threadjacking this mother and banning y'all!

Old Bay does not RUIN a crab, it IMPROVES it.

/I WILL admit that a little goes a long a way and too much is gross.
//Take this thread to Cuba!
2013-01-17 12:53:30 AM  
2 votes:
I'm not a biologist, but that sounds like bullshiat to me.

Learning to avoid sensations that are associated with something dangerous like electricity just means that it's insect brain can detect it and associate it with danger. It doesn't mean that it hurts.

What a waste of research money. They should be trying to discover what makes them so damn tasty.
2013-01-17 12:30:08 AM  
2 votes:
Was watching "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" the other night and they had some seafood place that served soft-shelled crab sandwiches. The thing was still moving when the guy dredged it in flour and dropped it in the deep fryer. Now THAT'S fresh.
2013-01-17 05:15:35 AM  
1 vote:

Smgth: Old Bay does not RUIN a crab, it IMPROVES it.


Works wonders on eggs, too.
2013-01-17 05:09:40 AM  
1 vote:
The flaw in this hypothesis is conflating the sensing of a noxious stimulus and learning to avoid the noxious stimulus with the perception of "pain".

It's like saying "because a hummingbird can taste sugar and will alter its behaviour to seek sugar, sugar must make it "happy"

The former does not necessitate the later, thinking otherwise is anthropomorphising. Pain is a subjective, emotional, conscious-mind thing, which is not rigidly linked to the noxious stimulus. In the human brain, pain activates the limbic system and large swaths of the cortex. Arthropods don't even have a cerebral cortex, and I don't know if they even have a limbic system.

All this shows is that they have analogous lower brain structures that process and relay stimuli to some memory centre, and that they can learn to avoid those stimuli.

Without higher brain structures, this isn't much different than proving that a Roomba can sense bumping into your coffee table and learn to avoid it.


/I'll have mine with garlic butter
2013-01-17 03:39:24 AM  
1 vote:
I think I speak for my fellow Marylanders when I say 'Fark crabs girly feelings, they're delicious'. I like to think its the pain that MAKES them delicious. Pain and Old Bay.

/Midly related note, when my aunt lived in Maine, we'd get lobsters and before cooking them, we'd let them loose on the kitchen floor and let her Husky run around scaring the shiatte out of them. I also like to think torture increases the flavor.
//Not that being boiled alive isn't torture.
2013-01-17 03:33:44 AM  
1 vote:

AverageAmericanGuy: lizaardvark: Although, I suppose if you boiled potatoes until soft in water seasoned with Old Bay, it would vaguely approximate some small subset of the mild stuff.

Holy shiat. What kind of fish/shellfish are you eating that you could approximate it with boiled potatoes?

On the other hand, maybe you've got magic potatoes. Can't rule that out.


Do you have a better idea for imitation completely non-seafood substances? Enlighten us. Whitefish and east-coast crabs usually don't have a lot of texture, and that's a classic seafood seasoning. Best I can come up with, offhand.
2013-01-17 03:01:03 AM  
1 vote:

JRoo: Sea urchins feel a deep sense of malaise.


It goes great with a dollop of mayonnaise.
2013-01-17 01:29:54 AM  
1 vote:
This kills the crab.
 
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