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My mom asked if I was interested in seeing the new movie Amelia this weekend. I said no. Mostly this is due to the fact that I have seen Hilary Swank play so many disturbingly doomed characters, I can hardly look at her without feeling depressed. And I don't have an overwhelming interest in Amelia Earhart either. But this is pretty cool. They may have found evidence of what happened to her. She may have crash landed on a deserted island and been eaten by these guys:

The coconut crab, Birgus latro, is the largest terrestrial arthropod on earth (there are bigger ones that stay in the sea). It can grow up to 3 feet in length and weigh 11 pounds. It can climb trees. It has claws that can snap a broom handle. It has to, because it eats coconuts. This makes the crabs very delicious. Which is one of the reasons why their populations are declining.

This cute British dude has a whole website about them.

Date: 2009-10-26 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Who needs made up monsters when you have something like the coconut crab? Frightening.

That story about Amelia Earhart is fascinating, gruesome and sad. I'm surprised it's taken this long to come out.

Date: 2009-10-27 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Mmm, that does look delicious, haha.

We ought to go to that lobster roll joint sometime - I'm craving crustacean.

Date: 2009-10-27 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
wait, if they eat coconuts, why the hell are they munching on a dead body?!

Date: 2009-10-27 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Er, I don't know the answer to that. There's a chance that even if they didn't eat her, they whisked her bones away to their lairs, for whatever reason coconut crabs have. Apparently they do that.

Date: 2009-10-27 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ha ha, we totally should! Sounds yummy.

Date: 2009-10-27 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
UNDER A CUT MEREDITH FOR THE LOVE OF PETE! I actually screamed when I saw this. Screamed out loud.

Date: 2009-10-27 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, I'm sorry Sarah! I have now put it under a cut; your F-list is safe. :)

Date: 2009-10-27 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Many many thanks!

Date: 2009-10-29 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I adored Amelia Earhart when I was a kid. Those coconut crabs look
scary but I'd love to try eating one some day.


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