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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted October 20, 2004 09:40      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ok so I was looking at CNN.com (Big suprise) and came across this Story And in this story they want to kill off evil prarie dogs. But it mentions that they have a natural preditor the really cool Black footed Ferret. Maybe an idea for the AY2K comic [Wink]

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Icon 11 posted October 20, 2004 14:27      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
They could try and mate them with lemmings..?

Its just a suggestion [Razz] [crazy]

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Icon 1 posted October 21, 2004 18:46      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmm, I remember having read somewhere that the lemming syndrome is actually an urban legend. Sheep do the follow-blindly thing quite frequently, right, Spungo?

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Icon 1 posted October 21, 2004 19:07      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Hmm, I remember having read somewhere that the lemming syndrome is actually an urban legend. Sheep do the follow-blindly thing quite frequently, right, Spungo?

I'm not Spungo (well, unless he's one of the collective), but having first hand experience with sheep, they do just follow what all the others are doing.

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Icon 1 posted October 21, 2004 21:05      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Hmm, I remember having read somewhere that the lemming syndrome is actually an urban legend. Sheep do the follow-blindly thing quite frequently, right, Spungo?

I read a thing about this recently, it's a myth, but one arising from an interesting predator/prey thing.

Basically, lemmings are the main prey for critter X (I disremember what) which has a relatively slow (compared to lemmings) reproductive cycle.

So, when lemming numbers are on the increase, the number of predators lags behind, allowing a huge increase in the number of lemmings.

Eventually, the number of predators increases to match the vastly increased food supply, and the population of lemmings crashes, leading humans to observe that all the lemmings have gone away, and giving rise to the 'cliff' legend.

With most of their food supply gone, the population of predators crashes, which allows the few remaining lemmings to start increasing their numbers...... (repeat for i=1 to infinity)

Given the above, you'd expect both lemmings and the predators are incredibly in-bred, as they pass through a population bottle-neck every few years. Sure enough, both species are very uniform genetically.

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Icon 1 posted October 22, 2004 08:41      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
Basically, lemmings are the main prey for critter X (I disremember what) which has a relatively slow (compared to lemmings) reproductive cycle.

The particular animal you disremember is the stoat.

{edit: hmm ubb doesn't want to embed the url for some reason} http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=stoats&btnI=I'm+Feeling+Lucky
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quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Hmm, I remember having read somewhere that the lemming syndrome is actually an urban legend. Sheep do the follow-blindly thing quite frequently, right, Spungo?

I read a thing about this recently, it's a myth, but one arising from an interesting predator/prey thing.

Basically, lemmings are the main prey for critter X (I disremember what) which has a relatively slow (compared to lemmings) reproductive cycle.

So, when lemming numbers are on the increase, the number of predators lags behind, allowing a huge increase in the number of lemmings.

Eventually, the number of predators increases to match the vastly increased food supply, and the population of lemmings crashes, leading humans to observe that all the lemmings have gone away, and giving rise to the 'cliff' legend.

With most of their food supply gone, the population of predators crashes, which allows the few remaining lemmings to start increasing their numbers...... (repeat for i=1 to infinity)

Given the above, you'd expect both lemmings and the predators are incredibly in-bred, as they pass through a population bottle-neck every few years. Sure enough, both species are very

uniform genetically.

This was very interesting. I felt like I was in an economics class learning about the laws of supply and demand. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted November 26, 2004 03:52      Profile for Frost     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Techno Talking Ferrets anyone?

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Icon 1 posted November 26, 2004 05:10      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
The particular animal you disremember is the stoat.
Whats the difference between a weasel and a stoat?


A weasel is weasally wecognised, but a stoat's stoatally different.

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Am I the only one here with an urge to hurt you? [shake head]

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Icon 1 posted December 02, 2004 03:48      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Stop badgering him !

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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted December 02, 2004 05:58      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'm still itching to find out what happens in AY2K. And I'm not trying to weasel another comic out of the fantabulous duo.

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Icon 7 posted December 02, 2004 08:59      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
All I can say is we'll try our best to get another AY2K episode soon. In a perfect world that's all we'd do all day... instead we have to burrow under a ton of other tasks. [Razz]
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Mac D
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Icon 1 posted December 02, 2004 09:19      Profile for Mac D     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
All I can say is we'll try our best to get another AY2K episode soon. In a perfect world that's all we'd do all day... instead we have to burrow under a ton of other tasks. [Razz]

I bet people here would be willing to volenteer. I don't do much at work any way.

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Icon 1 posted December 02, 2004 10:33      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
All I can say is we'll try our best to get another AY2K episode soon. In a perfect world that's all we'd do all day... instead we have to burrow under a ton of other tasks. [Razz]

You should stop being dogged about being buried under mounds of work. I'm sure you'll tunnel your way out soon. So everyone should stop their barking. [Big Grin]
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Will you guys stop rabbiting on about AY2k ?

(or have I just confused you all with a bit of down-under slang?)

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