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Thread: chat thread 2021: RIP Paul Mooney

  1. #1741
    Quote Originally Posted by stugotz View Post
    This ends your time as a 39 year old, you gave it your all, and we hope to see you in your forties.
    Lol perfect

  2. #1742
    Quote Originally Posted by JuiceCrewAllStar View Post
    "near it's nest" means like 20 feet away so nah

    it's not like I was climbing a tree or something
    They don't nest in trees. Shrubs and reeds at the edges of or in wetlands is their preferred nesting habitat.
    Birds are real.

  3. #1743
    well then if the fucker wants to nest by the bike path then that's on him

  4. #1744
    Quote Originally Posted by JuiceCrewAllStar View Post
    well then if the fucker wants to nest by the bike path then that's on him
    Or on people that use the bike path. If humans were birds they'd be top five worst birds.
    Birds are real.

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    I know we mention them often, but Blue Herons have to be top 5 non-raptor birds. They might be my top 1. Saw 7 massive ones all in the same tree on the golf course this weekend. They've nested in that same tree for years, so I think there's just one big happy family of 12+ that share the ponds on the course.

    birdman, do they eat snakes? I saw one destroy a small bass the other day. Their call/honk is kinda weird though.

  6. #1746
    Great blue herons eat anything they can catch and fit down their throat whole. They would definitely eat a snake.
    Birds are real.

  7. #1747
    Quote Originally Posted by birdman View Post
    Great blue herons eat anything they can catch and fit down their throat whole. They would definitely eat a snake.
    Here is a video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=emB8U-...ature=youtu.be
    Birds are real.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdman View Post
    Great blue herons eat anything they can catch and fit down their throat whole. They would definitely eat a snake.
    The mako’s mom of the bird world.

  9. #1749
    Quote Originally Posted by PhDeac View Post
    The mako’s mom of the bird world.
    Can confirm. Tip o' the cap to you good sir.

  10. #1750
    Quote Originally Posted by bmoneydeac View Post
    what up chat thread. talk of dead and company got me thinking. so not a lot of peeps on here know but right before covid last year my wife and i separated. and it sucked really bad. and then covid hit and then i lost one of my best friends to cancer. and then the dead & company concert i had tickets for got canceled right as i was going through the worst of it all. so now when they announced their new tour and the first stop is raleigh and i'm going to take this girl who i'm seeing who is awesome and i'm vaccinated af now and things are just kinda awesome for me now. vibes.
    Vibes indeed. Sorry to know all you've been dealing with; glad to hear for you it's turned around.
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  11. #1751
    Quote Originally Posted by birdman View Post
    I think divorce has a bad rep. It's perceived as something negative, which it is on the short term, but ultimately divorce can had a major positive impact on people's happiness once the legal and emotional turmoil is over. (Divorce with kids in the picture is more problematic though.) I am glad things are on the incline for you.
    Agreed, and also agreed even when kids are in the picture. Husband left his ex because he didn't want his kids growing up without seeing real love and joy in a grownup relationship. Presence wrought with tension is not better than separate and happy (in my opinion). The huge caveat to this, though, is that the separate homes are still focused on providing love and stability to the kids first and foremost. Creating separation and then loading kids up with concerns over disappointing parents or choosing sides is worse. Keep kids out of grown up conversations, don't bad-mouth the other parent to the kids.
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  12. #1752
    Quote Originally Posted by lbE08 View Post
    Agreed, and also agreed even when kids are in the picture. Husband left his ex because he didn't want his kids growing up without seeing real love and joy in a grownup relationship. Presence wrought with tension is not better than separate and happy (in my opinion). The huge caveat to this, though, is that the separate homes are still focused on providing love and stability to the kids first and foremost. Creating separation and then loading kids up with concerns over disappointing parents or choosing sides is worse. Keep kids out of grown up conversations, don't bad-mouth the other parent to the kids.
    Yeah, to all of this. Divorce with kids makes the healing process more complicated and longer because you have to keep seeing and interacting with your ex for years and years, and you have to be a grown up and put whatever negative feelings you may retain for your ex aside when co-parenting. That's been really hard for me, especially with a kid that has significant mental health issues.
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    Good gawd… A Fungus Is Pushing Cicada Sex Into Hyperdrive And Leaving Them Dismembered


    A fungus called Massospora, which can produce compounds of cathinone — an amphetamine — infects a small number of them and makes them lose control.

    The fungus takes over their bodies, causing them to lose their lower abdomen and genitals. And it pushes their mating into hyperdrive.

    "This is stranger than fiction," Matt Kasson, an associate professor of forest pathology and mycology at West Virginia University, tells NPR's All Things Considered. "To have something that's being manipulated by a fungus, to be hypersexual and to have prolonged stamina and just mate like crazy."

    Kasson, who has been studying Massospora for about five years, says just before the cicadas rise from the ground, the spores of the fungus start to infect the bug. Once it's above ground and starts to shed its skin to become an adult, its butt falls off.

    Then a "white plug of fungus" starts to grow in its place.

    A "white plug of fungus" seen in cicadas infected by Massospora.
    Matt Kasson

    "It looks as if the backside of the cicada is being replaced either by chalk or by like one of those nubby middle school erasers," Kasson says.

    The insects have no idea what's happening. The fungus, however, is "pulling the strings" and making the cicadas want to mate with everyone.

    Males that are infected will continue to mate with females, but they'll also pretend to be females so they can spread the fungus to even more partners.

    "It's sexually transmissible," Kasson tells NPR. "It's a failed mating attempt, of course, because there's no genitalia back there."

    The fungus causes different reactions in different types of cicadas. Periodical cicadas, which take more than a decade between appearances, get sex crazy from cathinone. In yearly cicadas, the fungus makes them instead become hypersexual from psilocybin — the same chemical found in psychedelic mushrooms.

    Kasson estimates Massospora probably infects fewer than 5% of cicadas. And as far as he knows, the bugs are not in any pain.

    "Everybody's having a good time while they're infected," he says. "So I don't imagine there's much pain — maybe a desire to listen to the Grateful Dead or something like that, but no pain."

    And we get…COVID-19.
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  14. #1754
    I love dogs as much as the next person but people who make their dog their #1 personality trait are weird.

  15. #1755
    Quote Originally Posted by TownieDeac View Post
    i have lost three indian colleagues in the last two months to covid

    heartbreaking
    I'm really sorry to hear that. My wife has lost three family members in Peru, including a cousin who was 7+ months pregnant. They managed to save the baby, but I can't imagine the heartbreak they're going through.

  16. #1756
    Chat thread love convo over the years:

    Hoodrat hunting > dating > marriage > kids > divorce > dating

    I'm disappointed we skipped "hoodrat hunting 2.0"

  17. #1757
    Quote Originally Posted by wakephan09 View Post
    Chat thread love convo over the years:

    Hoodrat hunting > dating > marriage > kids > divorce > dating

    I'm disappointed we skipped "hoodrat hunting 2.0"
    sadly, hoodrat hunting 2.0 would get you cancelled by the woke mob

  18. #1758
    Quote Originally Posted by TenaciousKory View Post
    we have so many robins here and they are v cool and i like them

    i have had morning doves land on my home office windowsill and coo a few times while looking at me
    I am not birdman, but those sound like mourning doves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stugotz View Post
    sadly, hoodrat hunting 2.0 would get you cancelled by the woke mob
    Hoodrat hunting 2.0 was probably some clicks on Match or whatever. No disrespect.

  20. #1760
    Quote Originally Posted by wakephan09 View Post
    Chat thread love convo over the years:

    Hoodrat hunting > dating > marriage > kids > divorce > dating

    I'm disappointed we skipped "hoodrat hunting 2.0"
    Tough during COVID

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