We already know from SCIENCE that if you trace all of our family trees back far enough, at some point you’ll find a fish which decided it fancied giving dry land a try.
Until recently though, exactly how the hell that ended up happening has remained a mystery.
The polypterus is a fish that is also able to breathe air and walk on land. It looks very similar to our own aquatic ancestors.
Researchers at McGill University in Quebec, Canada raised a group of juvenile polypterus fish out of water for almost a year. They found that the landlocked creatures exhibited significant changes to both their anatomy and behaviour.
Adaptions observed included:
We used the Power Of Imagination to find out!
Ever wondered how you’re going to survive the forthcoming* apocalypse and downfall of society?
How will you charge your almost entirely useless smartphone? Make toast? Heat soup/coffee/tea/lemsip? Ward off irradiated light entertainers who believe themselves to have box based mind powers?
You’re welcome, defecating future apocalypse survivors.
* If television, books, comics, computer games and all else we hold dear haven’t been lying to us.
Unlike Facebook, which was notably embarrassed into expanding their gender options beyond male/female, Twitter has no option to specify gender during sign-up or in your profile (although obviously you can say it in your bio).
Back in 2012 Twitter started to offer advertisers the ability to target by gender, and explained how they were doing this in their blog - as far as we can tell, this is how the numbers in the analytics package are generated.
we’re able to understand gender by taking public signals users offer on Twitter, such as user profile names or the accounts she or he follows
And where we can’t predict gender reliably, we don’t — and those users won’t be targetable through this feature.
Quote from this blog post.
So the number shown in Twitter Analytics is, presumably, only based on the followers where they’ve been able to make what they think is a reliable guess - they also exclude brands and other accounts that don’t represent a single individual.
You can get all the HOT HOT STATS about you and your followers by signing into analytics.twitter.com.
When we saw the claim "you can’t talk dirty in Welsh" we were dubious. We’ve been on the internet long enough to know that - with sex stuff - where there’s a will, there’s generally a way. And invariably there is a will.
As it turns out Welsh language dirty talk is, indeed, more than possible.
It’s clear that you can talk dirty in Welsh. However, Jon Gower isn’t spouting complete malu cachu when he claims there are some difficulties.
Because the language lacks the Anglo-Saxon swears rooted of English, it has been necessary to invent more euphemistic and poetic sounding terms. The only alternatives are sterile anatomical words.