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(Slate)   Animals have soft underbellies because of roadside bombs in Iraq. Or something, I was skimming toward the end there   (slate.com) divider line 41
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2013-12-26 09:25:26 AM
Fat? To keep warm despite touching the ground?

DR
 
2013-12-26 09:43:20 AM
There was the good bit about dinosaurs.
 
2013-12-26 10:17:43 AM
the hell did I just read?
 
2013-12-26 10:56:11 AM
Sex with a porcupine is divine; you just gotta avoid the pricks.
 
2013-12-26 10:56:26 AM
I don't know about other animals but I have a soft white underbelly 'cause I drink too much and don't get out in the sun.
 
2013-12-26 10:57:29 AM
The last band I was in described itself as, "The cutting edge of the soft white underbelly."
 
2013-12-26 10:58:09 AM
Abdomens need to be expandable, for big macs and babies.
 
2013-12-26 10:58:22 AM
Not just because of Iraq, it is because of the air-planes of WW2 as well. You look at the planes that return and amour the hell out of the parts that weren't shot up.
 
2013-12-26 10:58:30 AM
Perfect place to post awwww pictures of soft white underbellies!
lh6.googleusercontent.com
 
2013-12-26 11:02:15 AM
That was interesting, but it just sort of ended without really answering the question.

"Why is the most notorious biological vulnerability on Earth so ubiquitous?"

"[F]or the most part, animals really do expose soft white underbellies to the modern wild."
 
2013-12-26 11:02:29 AM

noitsnot: Abdomens need to be expandable, for big macs and babies.


Yeah, having an extra ribcage around your belly would really hinder long gestation in mammals.
 
2013-12-26 11:08:06 AM
Your momma's so fat and pale she uses her belly as whale shark camoflage.
 
2013-12-26 11:09:23 AM
The best way to stop an Abrams is scratch its soft underbelly and go "whooza cute little tank you are you are"?
 
2013-12-26 11:10:41 AM
Gotta have some place to put your beer.
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/or a very short, flat-headed wife
 
2013-12-26 11:20:14 AM

Prey4reign: Sex with a porcupine is divine; you just gotta avoid the pricks.


That there is the lesbians' motto.
 
2013-12-26 11:21:30 AM
Gastralia --After the discovery of huge reserves in 2017.

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2013-12-26 11:22:01 AM

RevCarter: The last band I was in described itself as, "The cutting edge of the soft white underbelly."


Then they upped the guitar count to five and renamed themselves Blue Oyster Cult
 
2013-12-26 11:25:49 AM

LadySusan: Perfect place to post awwww pictures of soft white underbellies!
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2013-12-26 11:40:05 AM
Question: Why does having a soft white underbelly persist across species despite it being an obvious weakness that is consistently exploited by predators?

Answer: lolidunno ... stream of consciousness ... bad analogy ... it's five o'clock I'm outta here biatches.
 
2013-12-26 11:40:29 AM
And the award for the most random Fark article of the year goes to......
 
2013-12-26 11:41:07 AM
It's to encourage belly-rubs. At least in cats and dogs.
 
2013-12-26 11:42:20 AM
So if it's bird vs. alligator, take bird, right?
 
2013-12-26 11:43:39 AM
I looked through the related slideshow and was surprised by the bit about the median age of fastfood workers being 29.  wtf are they doing there? That is more than a bit old for that kind of work.  Someone needs to tell them to go get an adult job and leave those jobs to teens.
 
2013-12-26 11:49:37 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: It's to encourage belly-rubs. At least in cats and dogs.


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2013-12-26 11:59:24 AM
Or something ,

Odd placement , of a comma.
 
2013-12-26 12:16:33 PM
Did science cure cancer? Must have to research "who cares" sh#t like this.
 
2013-12-26 12:24:45 PM

Ima4nic8or: I looked through the related slideshow and was surprised by the bit about the median age of fastfood workers being 29.  wtf are they doing there? That is more than a bit old for that kind of work.  Someone needs to tell them to go get an adult job and leave those jobs to teens.


How else would they get enough McDonalds to create these soft white bellies? They need those to, like, survive and get belly rubs and stuff, man.
 
2013-12-26 12:31:52 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: It's to encourage belly-rubs. At least in cats and dogs.


Try to belly-rub my cat and you find out that five of its six ends are pointy.  And they all can descend upon your arm like a beartrap.
 
2013-12-26 12:32:51 PM
Need.... eye bleach...

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You know where to set your beer.
 
2013-12-26 12:33:31 PM

Ima4nic8or: I looked through the related slideshow and was surprised by the bit about the median age of fastfood workers being 29.  wtf are they doing there? That is more than a bit old for that kind of work.  Someone needs to tell them to go get an adult job and leave those jobs to teens.


The local fast-food places seem to be staffed by retirees just trying to keep their hands busy.  That sort of thing probably ups the median a bunch.
 
2013-12-26 12:37:16 PM

noitsnot: RevCarter: The last band I was in described itself as, "The cutting edge of the soft white underbelly."

Then they upped the guitar count to five and renamed themselves Blue Oyster Cult



Came for the BOC reference, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-12-26 12:45:25 PM
I think it's a metaphor, like Animal Farm
 
2013-12-26 12:50:31 PM
And not a single mention of fish. There are a few of them with soft white underbellies that aren't so soft and white and they'd probably kill you if they understood your trash talking about them. Halibut isn't one of them, nor does it live on it's belly. It lives on it's side. Likely a weakness however, because they're damn tasty with some butter, lemon & pepper and baked at 400 for 20 minutes.
 
2013-12-26 12:57:39 PM
They need to be expandable. So obvious.

/drtfa
 
2013-12-26 12:59:07 PM

flynn80: Your momma's so fat and pale she uses her belly as whale shark camoflage.


Funny, except tha whale sharks are completely harmless... they're plankton eaters.

Points for originality, though.
 
2013-12-26 12:59:25 PM
Perhaps the birds illustrate why other species lost or never bothered with abdominal bones. Extra bones or armor take a lot of calories and calcium to grow and maintain. It's like the MRAP armored vehicles that the U.S. military used in Iraq.

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2013-12-26 01:07:13 PM

fanbladesaresharp: And not a single mention of fish. There are a few of them with soft white underbellies that aren't so soft and white and they'd probably kill you if they understood your trash talking about them. Halibut isn't one of them, nor does it live on it's belly. It lives on it's side. Likely a weakness however, because they're damn tasty with some butter, lemon & pepper and baked at 400 for 20 minutes.


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The phrase "soft white underbelly" describes the anatomy of a broad spectrum of animals ranging from sharks to amphibians to birds and even some mammals. Why is the most notorious biological vulnerability on Earth so ubiquitous?
 
2013-12-26 01:22:36 PM

noitsnot: RevCarter: The last band I was in described itself as, "The cutting edge of the soft white underbelly."

Then they upped the guitar count to five and renamed themselves Blue Oyster Cult


Is it because I'm old that I expected this post sooner?

/...my ears will melt, and then my eyes...
 
2013-12-26 01:48:00 PM

MBooda: Gotta have some place to put your beer.

/or a very short, flat-headed wife


I've seen guys with roundish pot bellies, but he's got a perfect hemisphere going there.
 
2013-12-26 02:06:48 PM
great read
 
2013-12-26 03:15:17 PM

cyberspacedout: MBooda: Gotta have some place to put your beer.

/or a very short, flat-headed wife

I've seen guys with roundish pot bellies, but he's got a perfect hemisphere going there.


Call it, Pre-natal Kuato.
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