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2021-04-20 12:37:31 AM  
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2021-04-20 5:02:36 AM  
Ok, so their plan to deexinct this species is to find a related species and gene-edit it to have the same coloring pattern.

Meh.
 
2021-04-20 5:32:34 AM  
Do you want lepidoptera ? Becasue this is how you get lepidoptera!

\obviously...
 
2021-04-20 5:38:30 AM  
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2021-04-20 5:42:03 AM  
Nothing to worry about, as long as they don't bring back his henchmen
 
2021-04-20 5:59:32 AM  
"Hmmm...is it supposed to be that big?"

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2021-04-20 6:05:07 AM  
No one ever suspects the butterfly.

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2021-04-20 6:41:50 AM  

169th Cousin: [Fark user image image 425x425]


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Sound​_​of_Thunder
"A Sound of Thunder" is often credited as the origin of the term "butterfly effect", a concept of chaos theory in which the flapping of a butterfly's wings in one part of the world could create a hurricane on the opposite side of the globe. The term was actually introduced by meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz in the 1960s. However, Bradbury's concept of how the death of a butterfly in the past could have drastic changes in the future is a representation of the butterfly effect, and used as an example of how to consider chaos theory and the physics of time travel
 
2021-04-20 6:48:14 AM  
I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.
 
2021-04-20 6:59:22 AM  
I hope they engineer them to eat all the carrots.

I hate carrots.
 
2021-04-20 7:13:37 AM  
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2021-04-20 7:19:34 AM  

The Crepes of Wrath: 169th Cousin: [Fark user image image 425x425]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Sound_​of_Thunder
"A Sound of Thunder" is often credited as the origin of the term "butterfly effect", a concept of chaos theory in which the flapping of a butterfly's wings in one part of the world could create a hurricane on the opposite side of the globe. The term was actually introduced by meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz in the 1960s. However, Bradbury's concept of how the death of a butterfly in the past could have drastic changes in the future is a representation of the butterfly effect, and used as an example of how to consider chaos theory and the physics of time travel


"The Sound of Thunder" is a gorgeous story, great writing, plus dinosaurs and time travel.
 
2021-04-20 8:03:05 AM  

wademh: I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.


It's national colostomy awareness day. It would have been rude to use a semicolon there...
 
2021-04-20 8:03:52 AM  
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If only we knew that they spit acid and laid their eggs in the brains of humans
 
2021-04-20 8:06:29 AM  
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2021-04-20 8:06:41 AM  

169th Cousin: [Fark user image 425x425]


Is that a quote from Chaos Theory?  Like, are

wademh: I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.


Grammatically, it's correct.  This is because of a relatively obscure quirk in the language known as the "Vaudeville so".

The sentence would be correct, and sound better to our modern ears, if this 'so' were removed:
Scientists are focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.

However, the addition of the Vaudeville 'so' changes the sentence to one that not only informs but also invites the listener to ask for clarification:
Scientists are so focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.
To which the listener replies, "How focused where they?!"
 
2021-04-20 8:08:37 AM  

Spawn_of_Cthulhu: The Crepes of Wrath: 169th Cousin: [Fark user image image 425x425]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Sound_​of_Thunder
"A Sound of Thunder" is often credited as the origin of the term "butterfly effect", a concept of chaos theory in which the flapping of a butterfly's wings in one part of the world could create a hurricane on the opposite side of the globe. The term was actually introduced by meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz in the 1960s. However, Bradbury's concept of how the death of a butterfly in the past could have drastic changes in the future is a representation of the butterfly effect, and used as an example of how to consider chaos theory and the physics of time travel

"The Sound of Thunder" is a gorgeous story, great writing, plus dinosaurs and time travel.


The Ray Bradbury Theater radio audio drama  was how I first heard it as a kid. Didn't know it was a written work until much later.
 
2021-04-20 8:13:01 AM  
If they only bring back one it won't be an issue.
 
2021-04-20 8:17:04 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: 169th Cousin: [Fark user image 425x425]

Is that a quote from Chaos Theory?  Like, arewademh: I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.

Grammatically, it's correct.  This is because of a relatively obscure quirk in the language known as the "Vaudeville so".

The sentence would be correct, and sound better to our modern ears, if this 'so' were removed:
Scientists are focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.

However, the addition of the Vaudeville 'so' changes the sentence to one that not only informs but also invites the listener to ask for clarification:
Scientists are so focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.
To which the listener replies, "How focused where they?!"


Vaudeville bollocks to that.
 
2021-04-20 8:23:56 AM  
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2021-04-20 8:28:07 AM  
Maybe if this is successful we can bring back the dodo, too.
 
2021-04-20 8:40:22 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: 169th Cousin: [Fark user image 425x425]

Is that a quote from Chaos Theory?  Like, arewademh: I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.

Grammatically, it's correct.  This is because of a relatively obscure quirk in the language known as the "Vaudeville so".

The sentence would be correct, and sound better to our modern ears, if this 'so' were removed:
Scientists are focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.

However, the addition of the Vaudeville 'so' changes the sentence to one that not only informs but also invites the listener to ask for clarification:
Scientists are so focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.
To which the listener replies, "How focused where they?!"


I'd have used the Charleston Comma myself.
 
2021-04-20 8:42:31 AM  

wademh: I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.


When addressing an individual with their name at the end of a sentence, one should always place a comma after the word preceding the name. Example: "There should be a comma there, subby."
 
2021-04-20 8:44:45 AM  

thealgorerhythm: Spawn_of_Cthulhu: The Crepes of Wrath: 169th Cousin: [Fark user image image 425x425]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Sound_​of_Thunder
"A Sound of Thunder" is often credited as the origin of the term "butterfly effect", a concept of chaos theory in which the flapping of a butterfly's wings in one part of the world could create a hurricane on the opposite side of the globe. The term was actually introduced by meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz in the 1960s. However, Bradbury's concept of how the death of a butterfly in the past could have drastic changes in the future is a representation of the butterfly effect, and used as an example of how to consider chaos theory and the physics of time travel

"The Sound of Thunder" is a gorgeous story, great writing, plus dinosaurs and time travel.

The Ray Bradbury Theater radio audio drama  was how I first heard it as a kid. Didn't know it was a written work until much later.


First sci fi story I ever read. Just a kid in 60's. Left an impression on me.
 
2021-04-20 9:02:12 AM  

Spawn_of_Cthulhu: "The Sound of Thunder" is a gorgeous story, great writing, plus dinosaurs and time travel.


It's one of my all-time favorites.  I typically give it a re-read at least once a year.
 
2021-04-20 9:21:32 AM  

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I didn't think that movie was totally awful. It had some great parts. The part where he wakes up without arms and just starts yelling was unintentionally hilarious and still makes me laugh.
 
2021-04-20 9:31:02 AM  
Hurricanes. Hurricanes EVERYWHERE.
 
2021-04-20 9:46:43 AM  

nucal: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: 169th Cousin: [Fark user image 425x425]

Is that a quote from Chaos Theory?  Like, arewademh: I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.

Grammatically, it's correct.  This is because of a relatively obscure quirk in the language known as the "Vaudeville so".

The sentence would be correct, and sound better to our modern ears, if this 'so' were removed:
Scientists are focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.

However, the addition of the Vaudeville 'so' changes the sentence to one that not only informs but also invites the listener to ask for clarification:
Scientists are so focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.
To which the listener replies, "How focused where they?!"

I'd have used the Charleston Comma myself.


Thus proves the Butterfly Effect .
 
2021-04-20 9:49:29 AM  

169th Cousin: nucal: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: 169th Cousin: [Fark user image 425x425]

Is that a quote from Chaos Theory?  Like, arewademh: I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.

Grammatically, it's correct.  This is because of a relatively obscure quirk in the language known as the "Vaudeville so".

The sentence would be correct, and sound better to our modern ears, if this 'so' were removed:
Scientists are focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.

However, the addition of the Vaudeville 'so' changes the sentence to one that not only informs but also invites the listener to ask for clarification:
Scientists are so focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.
To which the listener replies, "How focused where they?!"

I'd have used the Charleston Comma myself.

Thus proves the Butterfly Effect .


He's so Fly
 
2021-04-20 9:50:03 AM  

169th Cousin: 169th Cousin: nucal: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: 169th Cousin: [Fark user image 425x425]

Is that a quote from Chaos Theory?  Like, arewademh: I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.

Grammatically, it's correct.  This is because of a relatively obscure quirk in the language known as the "Vaudeville so".

The sentence would be correct, and sound better to our modern ears, if this 'so' were removed:
Scientists are focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.

However, the addition of the Vaudeville 'so' changes the sentence to one that not only informs but also invites the listener to ask for clarification:
Scientists are so focused on whether they can bring back an extinct butterfly.
To which the listener replies, "How focused where they?!"

I'd have used the Charleston Comma myself.

Thus proves the Butterfly Effect .

He's so Fly


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2021-04-20 10:19:41 AM  

The Crepes of Wrath: Spawn_of_Cthulhu: "The Sound of Thunder" is a gorgeous story, great writing, plus dinosaurs and time travel.

It's one of my all-time favorites.  I typically give it a re-read at least once a year.


After the 2016 election, "A Sound of Thunder" was the first thing that came to my mind-specifically the change in the present caused by the hunter who stepped on a butterfly in the Cretaceous.

"His face was cold. His mouth trembled, asking: "Who-who won the presidential election yesterday?"

The man behind the desk laughed. "You joking? You know damn well. Deutscher, of course! Who else? Not that damn weakling Keith. We've got an iron man now, a man with guts, by God!"
 
2021-04-20 10:32:48 AM  

TastyEloi: After the 2016 election, "A Sound of Thunder" was the first thing that came to my mind-specifically the change in the present caused by the hunter who stepped on a butterfly in the Cretaceous.

"His face was cold. His mouth trembled, asking: "Who-who won the presidential election yesterday?"

The man behind the desk laughed. "You joking? You know damn well. Deutscher, of course! Who else? Not that damn weakling Keith. We've got an iron man now, a man with guts, by God!"


My first thought was Octavia Butler's Earthseed book, The Parable of the Talents.  From the Wiki:

The novel is set against the backdrop of a dystopian United States that has come under the grip of a Christian fundamentalist denomination called "Christian America" led by President Andrew Steele Jarret. Seeking to restore American power and prestige, and using the slogan "Make America Great Again"
 
2021-04-20 10:39:52 AM  

wademh: I'm so concerned about the placement of the period after butterfly in the headline that I can't comment about anything  else. There should be a comma there subby.


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Initial conditions result in slightly different outcomes
 
2021-04-20 12:31:02 PM  
In related news, scientists have sequenced from cave dirt  the DNA of the now-extinct giant short-faced bear (Arctodus simus), one of the largest bears that ever lived, which died off at the end of the last ice age about 11,000 years ago.
 
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2021-04-20 12:41:04 PM  

The Crepes of Wrath: 169th Cousin: [Fark user image image 425x425]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Sound_​of_Thunder
"A Sound of Thunder" is often credited as the origin of the term "butterfly effect", a concept of chaos theory in which the flapping of a butterfly's wings in one part of the world could create a hurricane on the opposite side of the globe. The term was actually introduced by meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz in the 1960s. However, Bradbury's concept of how the death of a butterfly in the past could have drastic changes in the future is a representation of the butterfly effect, and used as an example of how to consider chaos theory and the physics of time travel


It's been a very long time since I read that. IIRC it was about time traveling dinosaur hunters. The tour operators would carefully determine which beasts to target as they would have died soon. They had special paths built to keep from inadvertently crushing a plant or step on a critter. One of the hunters breaks the rules, when they get back to the future some weird details have changed, like the letter e is gone and Donald Trump became president.
 
2021-04-20 2:53:46 PM  
First, it'll be butterflies. Then what?

I read a news story today, that it appears that T-Rex was a pack hunter....
 
2021-04-20 3:35:28 PM  
INITIAL CONDITIONS DON"T CAUSE EFFECTS! They are a description of your starting point.

Words have meanings!
 
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