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Friday, March 10, 2006

Guess What This Is



No hints. I want to see how imaginative you guys are.

UPDATE: First, let me say, the ayes have it -- that is, "ay, look what not having safe sex does to you."

Most of the commenters guessed correctly, that it is a sea "creature". So for the record, the photo above is:

A sea cucumber!

Sea cucumbers are apparently a great dining delicacy in China.

Gosh, I don't know what to say, since the last thing on earth I'd like to put inside my mouth, is that thing above. Ech.

(And if you click on the link, you'll get an even grodier picture on Wikipedia. I don't even want to tell you what that thing resembles...)

But I'm not finished divulging the required info.

It's not just a sea cucumber, but it is the ANUS of a sea cucumber, so perhaps commenter Paul came closest to guessing correctly. He gets a cyber-hug.

Commenter Vergelimbo is disqualified by being overly-qualified to opine. But he does get a cookie!

19 Comments:

  • As a marine biologist presently employed by the Bush government, I can say with all certainty that is an endangered specimen of vulvic coral.
    [species: whorus coralus]

    VL

    By Blogger vergelimbo, at Fri Mar 10, 02:00:00 am GMT-5  

  • Mmm. I was going to say, um, 'a fish?

    Close enough?

    Vergelimbo's answer seem rather more on the mark, but it does spoil the game quite a bit, doesn't it (whine)?

    By Anonymous Napfisk, at Fri Mar 10, 04:22:00 am GMT-5  

  • It looks like something that a warm bath and a soothing cream could help.

    By Blogger Pete, at Fri Mar 10, 07:19:00 am GMT-5  

  • mushroom?

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Fri Mar 10, 07:34:00 am GMT-5  

  • Your great-Aunt Cecilia?

    Hopefully, she won't pinch your cheeks, and ask if you've found a nice boy to settle down with.

    By Blogger I R A Darth Aggie, at Fri Mar 10, 08:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • Some sort of sea creature or my blind date puckering up for a kiss.

    By Blogger Paul, at Fri Mar 10, 09:29:00 am GMT-5  

  • uummm...Newark? Encino?

    By Blogger Ron, at Fri Mar 10, 10:05:00 am GMT-5  

  • Ron, Newark is much smokier!

    Looks like some kind of sea animal, like a coral or a sea urchin.

    Also a heinie close-up, but that would be a naughty thing to say, wouldn't it? LOL

    Whatever it is, from that picture it's bloody hideous!

    By Blogger benning, at Fri Mar 10, 03:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • That looks like an ad for safe sex. That or something that lives at the bottom of the ocean.

    By Blogger Renato, at Fri Mar 10, 07:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Whatever it is, it looks infected, better run to the dermatologist.

    By Blogger XWL, at Fri Mar 10, 09:31:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Right, you guys:

    Now that hopefully you've read my update in the front-page (it's the anus of a sea cucumber), you know now what it is.

    But question:

    Now that you know what it is, how does the news strike you?

    And for those who are curious to know how I got this photo, go to Google Images, input John Bolton, and scroll to around page 4.

    For WHATEVER REASON, best unmentioned perhaps, typing John Bolton brings you to this fine anus shot.

    P.S.: I love cucumbers, but dayum.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Mar 12, 03:10:00 am GMT-5  

  • NB: While it is true that I am a "scientist" employed by the Bush government, like many recent "scientists" called upon by Mr. Bush, I have no actual science training. [QV: Deutsch]
    I lied on my job application, and falsified my cv. In fact, I failed highschool science, and I never even graduated from University!

    So there!

    PS: Thanks for the cookie, Vic!

    By Blogger vergelimbo, at Sun Mar 12, 04:17:00 am GMT-5  

  • NB: While it is true that I am a "scientist" employed by the Bush government, like many recent "scientists" called upon by Mr. Bush, I have no actual science training. [QV: Deutsch]
    I lied on my job application, and falsified my cv. In fact, I failed highschool science, and I never even graduated from University!


    Vergelimbo, I am going to say something very earnestly now.

    You seem to think that this admission throws the "Bush administration" into more disrepute than your own actions.

    I have news for you: it doesn't approach what you have done, if true.

    You have just confessed to being a liar, a cheat, and a thief of a job that you are not qualified to hold down.

    There are many people like you in this world.

    But this isn't like appropriating a pseudonym online, or telling white lies to woo women, or lying about your age.

    What you have done is hurting people, not the least is your integrity as a human being.

    Your employers may reward you for this behaviour, but I don't have to.

    I don't like this self-confessed dishonesty, so off you go.

    Your comments are not welcome on Sundries anymore.

    So there!

    There.

    Good luck in your job,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Mar 12, 11:23:00 am GMT-5  

  • Now that you know what it is, how does the news strike you?

    Nearly strikes me blind is what it does. I'd prefer the front but from what I know, it looks pretty much the same.
    I like this game.

    There are many people like you in this world.....

    What you have done is hurting people, not the least is your integrity as a human being.


    Damn! I like you. A lot!

    By Blogger Paul, at Sun Mar 12, 02:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • The sea cucumber also has a very unusual defense mechanism. Many species use the Cuvierian tubules, which are located in the digestive system of the animal to confuse would be predators. The sea cucumber, when stimulated, will raise the anus, point it in the direction of the stimulation, and contract the body wall to expel the tubules through the anal opening. The Cuvierian tubules are sticky and toxic, and are used to simply confuse the predator. These digestive tubules are lost when the sea cucumber takes this action, and can be re-grown later. In at least two species of holothuroids auto-explosion of the Cuvierian tubules occurs seasonally, but it is not known exactly why.

    That last part is my favorite, seasonal auto-explosions, wouldn't want to be in the water when a bunch of those suckers are doing that all at once.

    (lengthy quote from here)

    And here's video of J-Pop Star Mikitty touching a sea cucumber.

    (I can't explain why I felt compelled to share that clip, or how I came across it in the first place, it's too convoluted and strange for words)

    By Blogger XWL, at Sun Mar 12, 08:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wow!
    Did I miss something? Do you have me confused with someone else? I merely responded to your "guess" contest as creatively as I could, and my follow up was adressed to those like napfisk who suggested I had ruined the contest by answering convincingly close [like in the game Balderdash]and early on...
    I later attempted to discredit myself and my own qualifications as a "scientist" by alluding to Deutsch, who had previously [and in reality] falsified his own credentials.
    Some say sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but it is a quintessential british artform that I admire[eg: Blackadder] and I believed that you would recognize, understand, and enjoy.
    I have no idea what you are talking about when you refer to my "hurting people". Vergelimbo is not a scientist, nor has he ever done anything to "hurt people"...

    I enjoy reading your blog because I think it is very well written and always interesting. Why the vitriol directed towards me? What did I miss?

    In the corner, confused,
    VL

    By Blogger vergelimbo, at Sun Mar 12, 08:31:00 pm GMT-5  

  • enjoy reading your blog because I think it is very well written and always interesting. Why the vitriol directed towards me? What did I miss?

    Everything apparently. After reading this blog for a while, it seems you didn't pick up a lot about me.

    You missed that despite my gentle, ribbing tone with my readers, I am a VERY serious person.

    Generally in life, when you "pretend" you are kidding, you run the risk of the other person not understanding your "satire".

    For me, once I have a suspicion about a person online due to something they did, they cease to exist for me because I HATE mind games.

    I'm sorry. You joked, and it backfired.

    It happens. Good bye.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Mar 13, 12:04:00 am GMT-5  

  • (I can't explain why I felt compelled to share that clip, or how I came across it in the first place, it's too convoluted and strange for words)

    Right now, XWL, I think I need some strange and convoluted explanations...

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Mon Mar 13, 12:07:00 am GMT-5  


  • Right now, XWL, I think I need some strange and convoluted explanations...


    You asked for it. . .

    While researching information about Mikitty, I came across the video I included with my post. I was actually searching for info about the other Mikitty (Miki Ando) for this post. I didn't know that there were two people who had that nickname in Japan so when I googled 'Mikitty' I was surprised to see all those links for the popstar. When one of the links was for video of her touching a sea cucumber, I couldn't not look (I'm weak). And since you happened to post a photo of a sea cucumber this week, I couldn't not include a link to that video (though you don't really get a good look at the sea cucumber, mostly it's just the two women playing rock/paper/scissors and giggling)

    I'm not even sure why someone thought that this moment of her playing 'rock/paper/scissors' with another pop star was significant enough to post to You Tube. As is often said, there's no accounting for taste.

    Was that explanation strange, or convoluted?

    Maybe not, just lengthy and mostly pointless.

    I'll leave that to you and your readers to decide.

    (in my defense, you did ask)

    By Blogger XWL, at Mon Mar 13, 04:08:00 am GMT-5  

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