Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by David Clapson, Mar 7, 2018.
This poor bugger is a quadriplegic because he swallowed a slug which had roundworm:
From the Mirror.
Wait, I thought snails were safe as long as you 'purged' them? Would that remove the infection?
May I refer readers to this from the bandwidthz wasting thread.
Presumably cooking them is the key point here?
Ah, of course
How much needless death and injury could be avoided if we could somehow abolish drunken male bravado?
You'd think natural selection would have solved this particular problem by now.
only if your thinking simplistic and facile. take the man in question, who was 19 at the time of the slug swallowing, easily old enough to have fathered a child.
Is there a risk of being a father if you swallow a slug or is it just an old wives tale?
Natural selection took the decision there should be more human males born than females so we could enjoy this kind of behaviour without unbalancing the species.
I'm now off to google to get that t-shirt.
An example of the male ‘accident hump’ in illustrat | Open-i
Adolescents and the Risks That Affect Them - The Science of Adolescent Risk-Taking: Workshop Report - NCBI Bookshelf
Agonistic behaviour - Wikipedia
When Violence Pays: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Aggressive Behavior in Animals and Humans
A lot of it comes down to how you define “risk”. From a Darwinian perspective, the risk of not being selected as a mate may outweigh the risk of physical harm at prime reproductive age. Dangerous behaviour can help an individual to compete for resources as well as being a characteristic selected for by females, in much the same way as the otherwise unhelpful peacock tail feathers. Peer rejection is also a bigger risk than physical harm at this age too, since estrangement from the social group will lead to death faster than mere stupidity does. Hence the adolescent susceptibility to peer pressure.
The accident hump linked to at the top is common across mammals generally for all these reasons.
Thank Chemical needs for the original.
When I posted this story I wasn't fearing for the safety of drunk applicants for the Darwin award. We deserve everything we get. My concern was for those toddlers who put everything in their mouth. Rat droppings look very like chocolate.
My mam said they were chocolate raisins!
I hope the ‘I’m a Celebrity...’ producers have thoroughly risk-assessed all those tasks involving eating live creepy crawlies they make the contestants do...
But most toddlers live, generally because of all-seeing parents.
Ah, OK. What I said is incorrect, as a whole lot of toddlers or younger babies do die, but in terms of places with enough clean water and enough food, the toddlers usually manage not to deadify themselves.
Hmm. Were all the contestants of "I'm a Celebrity ..." to die, would anyone miss them? Also, the occasional painful miserable on-camera death might be good for the viewing figures.
The purging thing takes time, days rather than minutes, so I wonder whether this slug was in fact cleaned up in any way or whether the slug happened along and decisions were only made on the grounds of "I dare you".
I have just realised, having read the New fight for Sam Ballard, severely disabled from eating garden slug
story, that the problem now is not what happened to him, but is a fight about payment for health care.
Yep, I know all about eating snails - 4 years now I've been planning to do it
Well, you see, you are obviously putting a bit more thought into it than this lad did. Actually I think you should continue planning for another year, because .. well ... because a "five year plan" sounds better, somehow. Don't want to rush into things.
Seems like it's been over 5 years...! It was just 4 years ago that I decided it needed its own thread.
I still have the small fish tank in my garden that I planned to keep them in. Currently filled with stones, plants and rain/snow
The WHAT IS THAT IN YOUR MOUTH panic is quite unlike any other. Even worse if you are looking after other people's bairns.
The African Land Snails in the village are so big that they must surely qualify as livestock or pets or something. The shop people always get irritated by white people gawping at them. But I always take visitors to see them. It's our local petting zoo. You get a proper bollocking if you pick one up. But they've got no food or water. I've a good mind to call the RSPCA.
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