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slaveplanet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 05:24 AM
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Birthday bash for Darwin's 175-year old turtle

Sydney | November 15, 2005 12:15:06 PM IST


Australia Tuesday threw a birthday party for a giant tortoise called Harriet who at 175 years of age is believed to be the world's oldest creature - and to have been brought from the Galapagos Islands by Darwin himself.

At the birthday bash at the Australia Zoo near Brisbane, a cake was cut to celebrate a long and eventful life lived on three continents that keeper Laura Campbell hoped was far from over.

Harriet hasn't far to go before she beats the longevity record of 188 years set by another Galapagos-born tortoise that until his death was the pride and joy of the King of Tonga.

"We're well and truly hoping that Harriet lives a lot longer than that," Campbell said of the much-loved herbivore that munched away on hibiscus flowers.

more...
http://news.webindia123.com/news/showdetails.asp?id=162...
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pinniped Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 05:35 AM
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1. That's cool. Steinhart Aquarium (CAS) held a Darwin display before...
the whole complex was torn down to make room for a totally new building.
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oscarmitre Donating Member (330 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 06:02 AM
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2. I just hope they kept Steve Irwin away from her
at her age she doesn't need the noise :)

(he owns the zoo)
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 12:21 PM
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7. Why do Australians run around yelling "CRICKEY!"?
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oscarmitre Donating Member (330 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 10:06 PM
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18. Same reason that Americans
keep calling each other "Dude!" We just like to live up to stereotypes ;)
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biggles1 Donating Member (74 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 10:28 PM
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22. PUHLEASE!!......
To suggest that most of us run around uttering "Crikey!" is in the same realm as claiming that Americans all use the Gomer Pyle-ism "Goooollllyyyy!" If it's a stereotype, it's one observed in the absence....(notwithstanding the painful Mr Irwin)!
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 01:17 AM
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26. Sorry
I just like to get a rise out of Australians.

Getting a rise out of Australians is quite fun...
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oscarmitre Donating Member (330 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 03:39 AM
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31. but
not hard to do :)
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obreaslan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 08:35 AM
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3. Just to be fair and balanced...
Shouldn't they also display the 6000 year old dinosaurs that Adam and Eve rode to church? Or some other representation of ID....

:evilgrin:

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dogfacedboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 09:32 AM
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4. In "intelligent design",
is thunder really angels bowling? I gotta know!
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obreaslan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 11:41 AM
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6. Yes, that is God bowling...
and lightening is God taking pictures, and rain is God's plumbing leaking, and the stork brings babies, and oh so many other logical theories that trump physical science.

:)

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 09:03 PM
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15. That's what my mom always told me....
when I was a kid.

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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 05:28 PM
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12. The Devil put the dinosaur bones in the ground!
And don't you forget it!
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wildcat78 Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 09:06 PM
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17. Devonian Mass Extinction Event
The "fundies" have a quick answer for dinosaurs: Noah's flood. But, if you hit them with the Devonian Mass Extinction Event, they get a very puzzled look. Then, when it is explained to them, their house of cards come falling down...

What we witness with the "fundies" is bad religion AND bad science.
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dogfacedboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 08:34 AM
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37. And I Helped !!! n/t
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hallc Donating Member (231 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 11:20 AM
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5. awesome! n/t
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buzzard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 12:26 PM
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8. Here are a few of the giant tortoises, my daughter did a biology
course in the Galapagos I was so jealous. She is in the orange shirt.

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superconnected Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 08:21 PM
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13. Those are cool!
Thanks for the picture!
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 12:51 PM
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9. The author doesn't know the difference between a tortoise and a turtle
Seems more and more common these days.



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oscarmitre Donating Member (330 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 10:08 PM
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19. She was described as a tortoise in the article.
She is a tortoise.

I must have missed something.
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Cronus Protagonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 02:38 AM
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29. The title refers to a "turtle" and the article is about a tortoise
Completly different creatures.
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oscarmitre Donating Member (330 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 03:41 AM
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32. I did miss something! n/t
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 09:29 AM
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34. Modern Murkan Proofreading...
Our Sunday paper had an article about a neighbourhood "banning together" after a tragedy, and today's Campus garbage wrapper had a front page piece on "Harnassing" the Sun's energy...

I'm not the World's Best Speller (just ask the DU spelling Nazis)by a DAMN sight, but I'm better than THAT.
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 03:51 PM
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10. I love how the shape of the front of the shell differs so much
(an apparent adaptation linked to the amount of neck-stretching needed to graze the vegetation, in different habitats)

Perfect!
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 05:19 PM
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11. Happy Birthday Harriet!
:loveya:
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 08:40 PM
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14. It's NOT the world's oldest living thing
The world's oldest single living organism is, I believe, a type of interconnected fungus in the northwestern US, estimated to be several THOUSAND years old.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-03/nrco-hfa...

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 09:06 PM
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16. You mean it's older than Eden?
That can't be possible.

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tinrobot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 10:18 PM
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21. There are also 4000 year old trees in California
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 10:38 PM
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25. No, you are thinking of LARGEST organism!
That fungus is the size of 1600 football feilds,
but only a few thousand years old.

A rare, sterile Tasmanian holly variety ((Lomatia tasmanica))
has produced a single , interconnected clone-colony
at least 43,000 years old.
http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ww0601.htm#oldest
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stop the bleeding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 10:08 PM
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20. I am nominating this - this is awesome
:thumbsup:
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Akoto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 10:32 PM
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23. Picture of Harriet.
Edited on Tue Nov-15-05 10:32 PM by Akoto


Here is Harriet eating some lunch, apparently. She's all about the low-carb. :)
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free_spirit82 Donating Member (125 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 10:34 PM
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24. Go Cindy!!
:patriot:
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 01:19 AM
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27. Australia's got an old turtle. America's got a little turd.


The Little Turd from Crawford, that is.
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 01:32 AM
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28. I was thinking more along the lines of:


But Harriet is much better looking!
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HannibalBarca Donating Member (269 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 10:10 AM
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35. Argh
...Look at that moron, such faux bravado, whats he gonna cut, a twig. I'd imagine he'd need a nap after that, such exertion wears out the almighty terra warrior.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 03:28 AM
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30. WONDERFUL
I have two Tortoises myself not Galapagos but CA Desert Tortoises. One of mine is about 50 yrs old and the other is 35, they are the sweetist critters, very loving. :loveya:
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 08:56 AM
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33. Very cool.
I've got a couple of oldsters myself: a Mississippi mud turtle that I purchased in 1968, she was then a mature adult. Also have a Chiapian Giant Musk turtle that I hatched on 3/15/74.

If only dogs lived so long.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-05 07:02 PM
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36. Yeah
I wish dogs could live that long too. My dog is about 12 now and I know that if I'm lucky I will have him another 5 years but probably not much longer than that. :-(

I inherited the tortoies from a friend who died. Someday I will have to find someone to leave them to cause they live so much longer than people.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-05 09:10 AM
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38. This is at Steve Irwin (Croc Hunter)'s zoo, btw -- Crikey!
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