Doomed

June 1, 2007

I am doomed to live this summer covered in mosquito bites. Just as the ones from this past weekend were getting fully healed up, I went out to the garage in Dollar Bay, and got eaten up by hordes of mosquitoes and black flies as I pulled some tires off old Neons (why a man would race a Neon in the bomber division is beyond me).

Reasons I am not sleeping: sugar intake high, muscle activity low. Internet. Watching Lando as s/he chases the feeder guppies. Researching turtles so Lando can live nice and healthy. Looking up ways to repair my sluggish moped. Going over the new Flock website and the documentation on it (zounds is it better than the current stuff!). Redoing aquarium rocks. Going over economic decision analysis book to learn what I did right and wrong on my exam (hoping for a good grade here…). Putting down a funkyawesome beat in Hydrogen. Messing up some stuff I installed earlier. Studying LOLCode (yes!). Traveling down http://icanhascheezburger.com/ for all my late night humorous cat needs! Reorganizing HDD. Killing the giant spiders that roam the house. Clearing out my inbox. Sanding down the butt-end of my fly-rod so I can get to fixing it this weekend. Making a CO2 reactor for aquarium. Cooking foodstuffs. Eating foodstuffs. Blogging about cooking and eating foodstuffs. Ordering free Irwin utility blades. Getting rent emails out.

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  • Turtles actually shed their shells. Kinda. If you look at a turtle shell it is made up of “scales” called scutes. These scutes will fall off as the turtle grows larger.
  • Most turtles (all?) do not produce their own saliva, and therefore must eat underwater, or partially submerged.
  • A group of turtles is called a bale.
  • Turtle bones are actually “fused” to the shell. You can’t pop the fellow out and get a clean empty shell like you may see in cartoons.
  • A turtle, like snakes and lizards, will shed its skin. However, it doesn’t shed it all at once like a snake would.
  • It is speculated that some turtles (tortoises, actually) don’t ever die of old age, but rather of illness. Scientists are studying the genetic structure of many species so that we can unlock the key to their longevity. I personally believe that turtles can just die of old age, seeing as there have actually been reports of this occurring.
  • For a while my favorite turtle was Donatello, and I still want to learn how to use a bo crazyawesomewell
  • A loggerhead turtle nesting site in North Carolina is next to a U.S. Marine Corps training center, Camp LeJeune. During nesting season, the Marines patrol the beach to protect the mothers as they lay their eggs above the high tide line.

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