Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Newly discovered pitcher plant eats rats!

Behold the Nepenthes attenboroughii: a pitcher plant found on the slopes of Mount Victoria in the central highlands of the Philippines.

First spotted by a group of Christian missionaries who were attempting to reach the summit of Mount Victoria in 2000, a team of botanists confirmed the existence of the plant, which has been named in honor of British broadcaster and naturalist Richard Attenborough.

Nepenthes attenboroughii boasts a monstrous-sized maw: big enough to drown and eat prey as big as a rat!

Read more about it here at the BBC's website.

6 comments:

Eric H. Smith said...

Now if we could just find a plant to eat politicians.

Chris Knight said...

It's already big enough to eat a rat! How much bigger does it have to be to eat a politician?! :-)

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, both of you are failed politicians.

Chris Knight said...

I won't speak for myself, but Eric Smith is anything but a politician. He is that rare breed that can only be called a "statesman".

And so far as failed goes, hey: Abe Lincoln lost a ton of elections before he wound up as President :-)

Lee Shelton IV said...

Hmmmm. Chris, are you dropping us a hint about your plans for 2012? ;)

Chris Knight said...

Honestly, Lee... I have no plans to run for office anymore.

That could change 'course. I learned a long time ago to never say you'll never do something, 'cuz more often than not that just means that God is going to steer you into doing it anyway.

But from the bottom of my heart: I am sick to death of politics. Enough so that I don't want to even think about running for anything like school board or anything local, at all.

Besides, I'd rather use what talents I've got to encourage others to think on their own. You don't have to be elected to do that :-)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Newly discovered pitcher plant eats rats!

Behold the Nepenthes attenboroughii: a pitcher plant found on the slopes of Mount Victoria in the central highlands of the Philippines.

First spotted by a group of Christian missionaries who were attempting to reach the summit of Mount Victoria in 2000, a team of botanists confirmed the existence of the plant, which has been named in honor of British broadcaster and naturalist Richard Attenborough.

Nepenthes attenboroughii boasts a monstrous-sized maw: big enough to drown and eat prey as big as a rat!

Read more about it here at the BBC's website.

6 comments:

Eric H. Smith said...

Now if we could just find a plant to eat politicians.

Chris Knight said...

It's already big enough to eat a rat! How much bigger does it have to be to eat a politician?! :-)

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly, both of you are failed politicians.

Chris Knight said...

I won't speak for myself, but Eric Smith is anything but a politician. He is that rare breed that can only be called a "statesman".

And so far as failed goes, hey: Abe Lincoln lost a ton of elections before he wound up as President :-)

Lee Shelton IV said...

Hmmmm. Chris, are you dropping us a hint about your plans for 2012? ;)

Chris Knight said...

Honestly, Lee... I have no plans to run for office anymore.

That could change 'course. I learned a long time ago to never say you'll never do something, 'cuz more often than not that just means that God is going to steer you into doing it anyway.

But from the bottom of my heart: I am sick to death of politics. Enough so that I don't want to even think about running for anything like school board or anything local, at all.

Besides, I'd rather use what talents I've got to encourage others to think on their own. You don't have to be elected to do that :-)