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I cannot beLIEVE the Daily Mail would do a feature on highway strikes by muntjac deer without mentioning the lurid fact that these adorable critters HAVE GINORMOUS HORRIBLE SLAVERING FANGS. Well, the males do.

Seriously, are there any other herbivores with huge pointy canines? I mean, other than that other Chinese deer with the pointy teeth? It’s a male aggression thing, like horns. I mean, they don’t roam the countryside tearing the throats out of unsuspecting hikers.

Muntjacs are an import. They got away from a wildlife park in 1925 and, like so many accidental imports, they’re loving the temperate climate of England. Multiplying like bunnies (which are also imports, by the way).

Also, Wikipedia tells me “The Indian Muntjac is the mammal with the lowest recorded chromosome number: The male has a diploid number of 7, the female only 6 chromosomes.”

Okay, I just threw that last bit in to get Oceania’s motor running.


Comment from Mitchell
Time: October 19, 2011, 12:05 am

Fanged…deer? That ain’t right. No that ain’t right at all. Definite down-twinkles on this concept.

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: October 19, 2011, 12:36 am

Well, I wouldn’t mind them if they tasted good. Makes the hunt that more exciting. What with the threat of being eaten by a semi-cuddly critter and all.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 19, 2011, 12:37 am

They’re adorable as long as they keep their mouths shut.

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: October 19, 2011, 12:44 am

Looks like an Pronghorn Antelope skull with some bullshit fang tossed in where the canine tooth would be. Purty, but truly bullshit……


Kinda like Al Gore’s Science!!!!!


I am thinking I might change my Dead Pool to Larry Hagman.

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 19, 2011, 1:18 am

Yup! Those cells are rather interesting. There are a few papers on them.

But if you live in the USA – you should watch this video from Saint Louis: http://australiancannonball.com/2011/10/18/2-76-mrhr-fukushima-rainfall-in-saint-louis-missouri-on-101711/

Your chromosomes are getting damaged. There are no protests. Nothing in your media. Nothing …

Comment from JeffS
Time: October 19, 2011, 1:38 am

My brother lives on an island in Puget Sound, which is overrun by ancient hippies and deer. The deer swam across the bay countless generations ago, and stayed because of the lack of predators. They’re smaller in size because they eat the vegetation down to the nubbin, and they’re dumber than a box of lefties. Anyone with a garden is forced to put up high fences to avoid feeding these critters any more than they deserve. So these muntjac deer are all too familiar to me.

The hippies, now, they came across on the ferry, back when no one wanted to live out on the islands. Land was cheap, the cops few, their welfare checks went much further, and so they thrived. Eventually, they bought land, aged, became affluent politicians, and invited fellow hippies to immigrate. Now you can’t walk five steps without suppressing the urge to punch one out.

The problem being, there is a hunting season for the deer, but none for the hippies. Pity, that.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: October 19, 2011, 1:56 am

Soooo…are the lefties up in arms about the poor deer being killed? Kind of like the Berkeley looks who were living in a grove of oak trees a few years ago to protest the old growth trees from being cut down to build a new teamhouse. Except that the trees had been planted by the university early mid 20th century, errr, right. Old growth.

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 19, 2011, 2:00 am

Hippies? The RSA killed most of them here – although I see a few more about these days. Foreign imports.

Mind, look at this 9/11 foto: “The young people in Mr Hoepker’s photo aren’t necessarily callous. They’re just American.”


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 19, 2011, 2:03 am

Flash, I get more annual exposure than that just living in Colorado and driving in the mountains on a regular basis….

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: October 19, 2011, 2:12 am

Well, Scubafreak, it is good to see the true troll restored to us. Some of us were beginning to fear he had been taken over by. . .sane people. OK, relatively sane people. Such a joy to see that he is still with us and unadulterated.

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 19, 2011, 2:38 am

Scube? Do you actively imbide fission fragments in Colorado? You are confusing the local background and altitude with fallout … and bio-availability.

I doooo have a foto somewhere of deer antler stem cells that we were growing little antlers on the heads of F20 rats …

Comment from Arron Burr
Time: October 19, 2011, 3:25 am

Muntjac recipe or GTFO.

Comment from ooGcM taobmaetS
Time: October 19, 2011, 3:27 am

Screw deer antlers. Can you grow big target rings on the backs of Libtards?

And make ’em bright orange too, there’s a good chap.

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 19, 2011, 4:25 am

I could make you a live transmissible viral vaccine that upregulates interesting things … in your protesting population.

Vasopressin Receptor 1A target is referred as the ‘Altruistic gene’ whilst Vasopressin Receptor 1B is involved in pituitary ACTH release and polymorphisms are involved in behavioral traits – such as fear ….

Or if it screws up they could all come down outbreaks of psycosis and or with nephrogenic diabetes insipidus …

Comment from Deborah
Time: October 19, 2011, 11:36 am

We are over run with deer where I live, but none of them have fangs, thank goodness. I tell those fawns (about a dozen this year, at my place) that there’s not much difference between them and cabrito, but they pay no attention. They may as well belong to the Queen.

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: October 19, 2011, 11:46 am

Arron Burr> Muntjac recipe or GTFO.

Muntjac Stew with elderberry wine — (includes two other recipes too!)

Damn. Now I’m hungry.

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: October 19, 2011, 12:23 pm

Oceania 0238Z: Well, yes, as a matter of fact. The Rockies are an uplift of ancient shield granitics, lousy with fissionables and fission fragments. When water and a few other elements moderate the neutrons, the result is the same stuff that comes out of a nuclear reactor. There isn’t much of it in any one area — I know of only one place where a sustained fission reaction has occurred naturally, and it ain’t in Colorado — but there’s a lot of rock in Scubafreak’s vicinity. And multi-MEV cosmic rays are “bioavailable” more or less by definition.

We have a lot of worse problems than a little strontium-90 raising the background, and who knows — our distant descendants might enjoy having extra limbs or variant sex organs. The effect is likely to be swamped by the ultimate results of your research anyway.


Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: October 19, 2011, 12:24 pm

MMmmmm. Muntjac Livers and onions…

Comment from rustbucket
Time: October 19, 2011, 12:52 pm

McGoo, is dat you? We misses you badly, you know?

Comment from steve
Time: October 19, 2011, 3:09 pm

…dumber than a box of lefties…

JeffS had put me in mind of a fun afternoon’s activity for the minions…

There is a “Murder of Crows”, a “Gaggle of Geese”, a “School of Fish” an “Exhaltation of Skylarks”, etc. etc.

Is there a similar accepted term for lefties? Hippies?

A “Cambridge of Lefties”? a “Malodor of Hippies”?

Please twinkle your response….

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 19, 2011, 4:10 pm

Muntjac venison is supposedly pretty good. I should eat more venison. It’s generally low-fat, dense-grained and tasty as all get-out. Goes well with redcurrant sauce, by all accounts.

In the Isle of Wight they have a breeding population of wallabies that escaped from the Robin Hood wildlife sanctuary. The climate is mild enough for them to winter successfully. You occasionally see one lolloping along by the side of the road. I was a huge fan of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo when I was a kid and wanted a wallaby as a pet (plus Liza Goddard was on the show which stirred the pre-adolescent juices I did not know I had.) Apparently if given lots of love and attention they make fantastic pets.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: October 19, 2011, 4:23 pm

A wad of hippies?

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: October 19, 2011, 4:37 pm

Oceania, the high alpha count indicates his sample is heavily contaminated with uranium decay daughters, something that isn’t terribly uncommon in the western US. In fact, the Curies extracted radium (one of those daughters, along with radon and polonium) from ores mined in Colorado.

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: October 19, 2011, 4:42 pm

I always thought it was a drum circle of hippies. Or is that simply the level at which they become dangerous?

Comment from Oldcat
Time: October 19, 2011, 4:55 pm

If you have a nice pretty granite rock fireplace and you are getting plenty of radiation for free.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: October 19, 2011, 6:00 pm

Yeah, I think I have Liza Goddard to possibly thank for my heterosexuality. It was touch and go for a while. Especially during that time when I used to like playing with Care Bears.

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: October 19, 2011, 8:22 pm

Geez, two posts on one thread, I’m getting chatty or something.

Stoaty: I found this picture and it made me think of Mapp.

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: October 19, 2011, 8:25 pm

Perhaps a great, great, bird-aunt?

Comment from Sven in Colorado
Time: October 19, 2011, 8:25 pm

I no longer hunt in the mountains. Too many crazy loons with too much money and attitudes. They hire expensive guides with pack horses and mules. Guides set up small villages of wall tentss where gourmet meals and fully stocked bars are the norm. These guides use teams of wranglers to “scout” for big mule deer and elk. In truth,
these well trained wranglers herd the critters into places where the high paying clients have to do very little foot work to harvest a world class buck or bull.

Public land hunting is a joke. Private land hunting, unless you know the rancher, can cost double the price of a tag to gain access.

We hunt plains deer and antelope out east. There, its nearly all private land and a knock on a farmhouse door, a smile and a polite query will usually get you permission to work the open prairie, cut corn, milo, winter wheat or sunflower fields. The critters taste better since they feed in the same fields…much to the consternation of the farmers.

Oh, and Ric is right on about these here mountains…full of radioactive rock in all ages of decay.

The critters

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 19, 2011, 8:49 pm

That’s a great picture, Argentium. But that poor bird looks *sad*. Mapp, she looks *pissed*. Here, let me illustrate by way of a baby picture:

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: October 19, 2011, 9:00 pm

Well, Oceania is proof positive that an extra chromosome here or there isn’t really harmful.

Comment from mojo
Time: October 19, 2011, 9:28 pm

Likely used for stripping leaves off branches, as well as defense.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: October 19, 2011, 10:25 pm

Stark Dickflüssig: Hunh. Define “harmful.” Although I suppose, as the cheerleader-in-the-forefront of the celebration of the return of the unadulterated (and presumaably unprobed) Oceania by the aliens, I shouldn’t be so negative.

Comment from Goober
Time: October 19, 2011, 10:47 pm

When Oceania writes this stuff, does anyone else picture Dr. Mafesto (sp?) from South Park? You know, the one with the miniature clone sidekick and the animals with multiple asses?

Why would one possibly want to create mice with antlers?

Comment from Mono The Elderish
Time: October 19, 2011, 11:36 pm

Pfft. Dumb question. To create jackalopes. Eventually. Everyone knows that, Sheesh.

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 20, 2011, 2:01 am

You mean the ones with four arses?

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 20, 2011, 2:09 am

Google Goy Goats. For some reason, they have really upset the religious people in the USA. We do stuff that is Quiet, and would drive most Americans batty.
There are a few hybrid deer research programmes here also, as that can be big business.

Growing antlers on murines? Why not? F20’s have a limited immune response to xenografting of stem cells – hence are perfect. Antlers can grow inches a day … they are like no other tissue. Hence have been researched to death ….

Sven. That was from a clean surface that had rainfall on it, which was then wiped for testing. Fukushima.

Comment from Jeff Gauch
Time: October 20, 2011, 4:30 pm

For frak’s sake Oceania, are you thick? Significant alpha indicates decay products, not fission products. Not Fukushima.

Furthermore, a clean surface? I’ve taken large area wipes of deckplates that were cleaner than that paper towel.

And another thing, large area wipes (which is basically what this guy did) can only be used to rule out contamination. They’re concentrators, so just because the wipe is contaminated doesn’t mean the surface is above limits.

Radcon isn’t terribly hard, but it’s a bit more involved than simply waving a Geiger counter around and listening to the clicks.

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 21, 2011, 1:34 am

Used to work nukes/outages in US …. health physics – your call Jeff … but you can be assured I know what I’m talking about.

Now ALTOGETHER – can we say ‘Fukushima Fallout’?

Comment from unkawill
Time: October 21, 2011, 3:14 am

The definitive term, I believe, is “A Gathering
of Imbeciles”

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 21, 2011, 10:57 am

You got that right tovarish


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