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Re: Australia and Wombats
David Ashton   1/20/2016 2:04:09 PM
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@Antedeluvian...sorry...really meant BITE.  Australia has the 9 most venomous spiders in the world IIRC, and snakes are not far behind.  My wife recently got bitten by a thing called  a white-tailed spider and had painful festering sores for a couple of weeks - only now beginning to heal.  We get quite a few around the house in summer.

No vultures, and Koalas and even Wombats can give you good scratch if they are not feeling cuddly. And Kangaroos can kill dogs and rip your stomach out with the claws on their feet. Aussies always advise newcomers to beware of the drop bears - vicious relatives of the Koala that drop on you from trees - but fortunately mythical beasts invented for Aussies' amusement.

Yes, I remember Matabele ants.  I once got nipped by a thing called a bull ant which is the Aussie equivalent.  I won't forget that in a hurry.....

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antedeluvian   1/20/2016 9:07:21 AM
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David

snakes, spiders

Seriously? According to Bill Bryson, IIRC, (who is really funny, but perhaps not the most authoritarian) there is more wildlife in Australia that can kill you than anywhere else, but eat you? I would think Australia was limited to sharks, crocodiles, dingos and carrion eaters (do you have vultures in Oz?). Maybe a very vicious Koala!

I think there was much more back in Africa that would eat you. Ooh- remember Matabele ants? Maybe they wouldn't eat you, but it really felt like it when they nipped you.

 

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David Ashton   1/19/2016 4:16:20 PM
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@Max.... "there's a lot of wildlife that would eat me given half a chance.... "

Especially in Australia.  Crocodiles, snakes, spiders.....but not wombats!

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Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/19/2016 3:38:46 PM
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@David: ...you're not supposed to eat the wildlife... :-)

Why not -- there's a lot of wildlife that would eat me given half a chance LOL

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David Ashton   1/19/2016 2:58:29 PM
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You naughty man you, you're not supposed to eat the wildlife... :-)

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Max The Magnificent   1/19/2016 1:10:47 PM
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@David: Wombats are very cute.

What do they taste like? LOL

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David Ashton   1/16/2016 7:01:21 PM
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@Max....Wombats are very cute.  Almost as cool as the ISS.... and easier to see (well if you're in Australia anyway...)



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Max The Magnificent   1/14/2016 9:59:33 AM
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@Duane: I actually caught a fuzzy picture of the ISS over my house one night.

Way Cool!!!

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David_Ashton_EC   1/14/2016 3:01:59 AM
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What did you use for that Duane...just a long lens or have you got a telescope?

I'd love to be able to see something like that other than a point source.  Sometimes it does seem more than that but given the crappy optics in my cheap binoculars, and my astigmatism and incipient cataracts, I think I am fooling myself....

 

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Duane Benson   1/13/2016 4:40:30 PM
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I actually caught a fuzzy picture of the ISS over my house one night. It is mind blowing to think about everything that's going on out in space these days.



 

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