— FEATURED —
Making sense of the confusing Supreme Court DNA patent ruling
The 'Geisters: spooky, scary novel
Ants and Stars: Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic visit the Sardinia Radio Telescope in Italy
The Snowden Principle
ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING!
— COMICS —
Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, Chuck D and Spectrum City
Tom the Dancing Bug
TOM THE DANCING BUG: Workin' in the Data Mine...
Brain Rot: Alien Abduction
— GUATEMALA SPECIAL SERIES —
Guatemala: Genocide in Our Hemisphere—livestreamed event in D.C. today
Guatemala: Genocide in Our Hemisphere event D.C. May 29 with scholars, survivors; Xeni moderating
Photos: Throughout Latin America, protests demand justice for Guatemala after genocide trial overturned
— RECENTLY —
Carl Hiaasen's Bad Monkey
Atoms for Peace play a surprise intimate show in Los Angeles
Blunders of Genius: interesting errors by Darwin, Pauling, and Einstein
"By His Things Will You Know Him," a short story
Topsy Turvy World: surreal kids' picture book, now out in the USA
Hubsan X4 quadcopters: tiny cheap, powerful copter
Monsters and Legends: kids' monster book now in the USA!
Akissi: kids' comic about a mischievous girl in Cote D'Ivoire [now in the USA!]
A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting, by Guy Delisle
Walking Dead 18: a magnificent villain who makes Hannibal Lecter look like Mr Rogers
— FOLLOW US —
Boing Boing is on Twitter and Facebook. Subscribe to our RSS feed or daily email.
— POLICIES —
Except where indicated, Boing Boing is licensed under a Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing with attribution
— FONTS —
Xeni Jardin at 6:32 am Mon, Mar 18, 2013
I still think one of the most chilling things I have ever seen on a David Attenbrough wildlife programme was when a Komodo dragon attacked and bit a cow and just followed it around for days waiting for an infection to set in and kill it.
Their was a “making of” bit at the end and the cameramen admitted that it was one of the hardest things they ever had to film
Sounds gruesome. I wonder what it is about the Komodo’s biology that allows it to comfortably harbor these bacteria and eat the infected meat without any problems.
Read for yourself:
Bull et all - Deathly Drool: Evolutionary and Ecological Basis of Septic Bacteria in Komodo Dragon Mouths
Unknown to humans until 100 years ago? Unknown to western civilisation surely!
No. Every human that ever saw a Komodo dragon before 1913 was chased down, bitten, and followed unto infectious death. Komerta.
Those that the Komodo didn’t bite were relentlessly hounded online via social media.
I find that any article on this species gets more fun if you simply omit the word “komodo”
I like to imagine that the public got their first awesome glimpse of these baby komodo dragons as they perched peacefully on the naked, ash-covered body of a lithe blonde zookeeper.
They’re known to attack their victims through soft tissue or orifices (testicles, throat, anus) and eat their way through. Not so adorable now, are they?