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Posted 03 June 2020 - 05:13 PM

I was hoping for "blood from faucets" as the next plague, but this will do.

Personal note: "Giant Toxic Toads" would make a great hard metal, head banging, death rock band name.


Giant toxic toads come out in South Florida as heavy rains set the perfect mood for breeding



“Who can I call to get rid of these monsters??? I’m dying over here and I have 3 dogs!”
The distressed plea for help was posted late last month by Ohilda Gilbert, a real estate agent, on a Facebook group of South Florida moms. A photo of a fat, warty cane toad next to a pool pump illustrated her post and fired up a conversation with over 200 comments about the dreaded amphibians.
The yellowish brown cane toads, also known as bufo, marine or giant toads, are making an appearance in South Florida after the recent heavy rains stirred them up from their burrows and gave them plenty of water to breed in. If summer turns out to be wetter than normal, as forecasts are predicting, tadpoles will have better chances of survival, potentially creating a population boom for the largest toad found in Florida — a big concern for many dog owners.


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"I can't go out because of the virus" sounds whiny and boring. I'm going with:
"I've sworn an oath of solitude until the pestilence is purged from the lands."
Sounds more valiant and heroic AND, as a bonus, people might think you're carrying a sword.

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 05:29 PM

Humph. Why did I expect this to be about the Trump entourage going to his golf course in Florida?

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 05:36 PM

View Postandydp, on 03 June 2020 - 05:13 PM, said:

^^^ Actual headline from the Miami Herald

I was hoping for "blood from faucets" as the next plague, but this will do.

Personal note: "Giant Toxic Toads" would make a great hard metal, head banging, death rock band name.

Agreed on both counts.
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Posted 03 June 2020 - 07:17 PM

Could somebody with better knowledge of the Bible remind me which plague this is?
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Posted 03 June 2020 - 07:40 PM

View PostLFC, on 03 June 2020 - 07:17 PM, said:

Could somebody with better knowledge of the Bible remind me which plague this is?

It's the second plague that God set on the Egyptians:



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The 10 plagues in the book of Exodus

01 Blood
The waters were turned to blood – the fish in the river died and the Egyptians couldn’t drink the foul water.

02 Frogs
Frogs swarmed forth, covering every inch of land and entering houses and bedrooms.

03 Lice
All over Egypt, bugs crawled forth from the dust to cover the land.

04 Wild animals
Hordes of wild animals destroyed everything in their path.

05 Pestilence
A fatal pestilence killed most of the domestic animals of the Egyptians.

06 Boils
The Pharaoh, his servants, the Egyptians and even their animals developed painful boils all over their bodies.

07 Fiery hail
Hail struck down all the crops in the fields and shattered every tree.

08 Locusts
The locusts covered the face of the land and swallowed up every crop and all the fruits of the trees.

09 Darkness
A thick darkness over the land of Egypt, so total that the Egyptians had to feel their way around.

10 Death of the first-born
All firstborn Egyptian sons (and firstborn cattle) died. Israelites marked lamb's blood above their door and were passed over.



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Posted 04 June 2020 - 01:00 AM

If you had the task of ordering these plagues in ascending order, mild to harsh, gradually turning up the volume to 11, would this be your choice? I agree with the last three; keep shock and awe as the ultimate deterrent. And water pollution? Relatively mild, but sharp enough to engage the attention at the start of the campaign. I can't decide whether the beasties are in principle more or less alarming than the medical disorders.
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Posted 24 June 2020 - 03:11 PM

Not sure if this goes under the "pestilence" or the "Lice" Plague Category.

I think "Swimming Taratulas" would make a great name for a country rock, punk, fusion group

There Are Swimming Tarantulas In Texas And It’s Terrifying

BY TIMOTHY ROBERTS
Have you enjoyed spending time outdoors while the weather was warm this year? Perhaps you are the type of person who likes jumping in the swimming pool or maybe even going to a state park and swimming in the lake.

If you happen to fall into that category, we have something to share with you and it’s not pretty.


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"I can't go out because of the virus" sounds whiny and boring. I'm going with:
"I've sworn an oath of solitude until the pestilence is purged from the lands."
Sounds more valiant and heroic AND, as a bonus, people might think you're carrying a sword.

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 05:34 PM

God hardening Donald Trump's heart seems kind of superfluous, though.
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Posted 24 June 2020 - 06:20 PM

What's the problem with tarantulas? Some of my favorite arachnids, actually. Pretty well-behaved, don't make messes, mind their own business, and sorta cute.
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Posted 24 June 2020 - 07:32 PM

 D. C. Sessions, on 24 June 2020 - 06:20 PM, said:

Pretty well-behaved, don't make messes, mind their own business

Which maybe explains why they're cast as the villains in movies/TV? Easier to work with on set?
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Posted 24 June 2020 - 07:58 PM

 Rich T Bikkies, on 04 June 2020 - 01:00 AM, said:

If you had the task of ordering these plagues in ascending order, mild to harsh, gradually turning up the volume to 11, would this be your choice? I agree with the last three; keep shock and awe as the ultimate deterrent. And water pollution? Relatively mild, but sharp enough to engage the attention at the start of the campaign. I can't decide whether the beasties are in principle more or less alarming than the medical disorders.

We're too used to food security. Not so our ancestors -- not even close.
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Posted 25 June 2020 - 10:51 AM

View Postbaw1064, on 24 June 2020 - 07:32 PM, said:

Which maybe explains why they're cast as the villains in movies/TV? Easier to work with on set?

You might remember the old Get Smart episode where Kaos tried to kill a Prince with a tarantula. Max looked exactly like the Prince and ended up being the target. As it climbed up him he had 99 bring him a mirror to lure it away and a jar to catch it but the jar was filled with horseradish, which killed the poor thing instantly. The prince heard the ruckus and asked...

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King of Caronia : What is that terrible smell?

99 : Eh, horseradish.

King of Caronia : Horseradish? Smells more like a tarantula.

I was probably about 8 years old when I first saw that. It's still a quotable line in my family.
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Posted 01 July 2020 - 07:40 AM

I lost my place. What number is the pestilence plague ?

Mystery larvae disrupt quiet Sylvania street

SYLVANIA, Ohio (WTVG) - A disgusting sight caught the attention of people who live in Sylvania this morning. The only evidence left over from this morning's strange phenomenon on Victoria Ct. are some brown patches in the street. And neighbors say that after what they saw this morning, they're treating their own lawns.




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"I can't go out because of the virus" sounds whiny and boring. I'm going with:
"I've sworn an oath of solitude until the pestilence is purged from the lands."
Sounds more valiant and heroic AND, as a bonus, people might think you're carrying a sword.

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Posted 01 July 2020 - 03:38 PM

Locusts...they look hummingbird sized! Lots of photos.

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Posted 01 July 2020 - 04:23 PM

Anybody here live where the cicadas are coming out his year? I would have been, but for having moved to Seattle. Can't say I'm really missing it, though.
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Posted 01 July 2020 - 05:22 PM

 golden_valley, on 01 July 2020 - 03:38 PM, said:

Locusts...they look hummingbird sized! Lots of photos.

Time to harvest these for food! Dry them out and save them for later.
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Posted 01 July 2020 - 05:25 PM

 baw1064, on 01 July 2020 - 04:23 PM, said:

Anybody here live where the cicadas are coming out his year? I would have been, but for having moved to Seattle. Can't say I'm really missing it, though.

People can check when they might expect an eruption here. Note that soil disturbed and turned over since the past cycle will likely have few to none. And there are always stragglers. I found a single fresh casing (technical term exuviae) from a periodic cicada at my house this year. They're easy to ID since they're a lot smaller than the annual cicadas we get regularly.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 01 July 2020 - 06:17 PM

 LFC, on 01 July 2020 - 05:25 PM, said:

People can check when they might expect an eruption here. Note that soil disturbed and turned over since the past cycle will likely have few to none. And there are always stragglers. I found a single fresh casing (technical term exuviae) from a periodic cicada at my house this year. They're easy to ID since they're a lot smaller than the annual cicadas we get regularly.

Completely down the geekdom rabbit hole (or cicada burrow), but there's an interesting analogy I thought of (but have never seen written anywhere) between periodic cicadas synching to the same hatching year in a given location and mode-locking a laser to produce ultrashort pulses. Obviously the two phenomena happen on very different time scales (by about 17 orders of magnitude!)
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Posted 01 July 2020 - 06:20 PM

Let's see... Plagues, check, locusts, check, dust bowls, check, police states, check. Am I missing anything?

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Posted 01 July 2020 - 09:11 PM

 AnBr, on 01 July 2020 - 06:20 PM, said:

Let's see... Plagues, check, locusts, check, dust bowls, check, police states, check. Am I missing anything?

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