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Terrestrial Hermit Crabs Learning Social Tricks

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the wait-until-they-drive dept.

Science 81

An anonymous reader writes "When it comes to abandoned snail shells that hermit crabs expropriate as mobile homes, size matters, for room to grow, room for eggs, and protection from predators. UC Berkeley evolutionary biologist Mark Laidre found that terrestrial hermit crabs on the Pacific shore of Costa Rica congregate in aggressive swap meets where one crab is forced from a relatively large shell, whereupon the rest trade up (one loser and multiple winners, pretty good odds). The loser gets the smallest shell, which means likely doom. Laidre and his colleagues note that most hermit crabs live in the ocean, where there are usually enough abandoned shells to go around so most can live, well, hermit-like lives without much interaction with fellow crabs. Not so on land, at least in Costa Rica."

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Niggerbuntu (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800155)

Welcome to Niggerbuntu

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It also features the packaging manager ape-ghetto, and the challenging Linux manual pages have been reformatted into the new 'monkey' format, so for example the manual for the shutdown command can be accessed just by typing: 'monkey shut-up -h now mothafukka' instead of 'man shutdown'.

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Free software as in free beer !

Niggerbuntu is an ancient Nigger word, meaning "humanity to monkeys". Niggerbuntu also means "I am what I am because of how apes behave". The Niggerbuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Niggerbuntu to the software world.

The dictator Bokassa described Niggerbuntu in the following way:

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We chose the name Niggerbuntu for this distribution because we think it captures perfectly the spirit of sharing and looting that is at the heart of the open source movement.

Niggerbuntu - Linux for Subhuman Beings.

Re:Niggerbuntu (-1, Redundant)

Cute and Cuddly (2646619) | about 2 years ago | (#41800449)

I would expect administrators to remove this kind of racist rubbish from the site. No wonder the poster did it as anonymous coward. This kind of attitude has no place in civilized society

Re:Niggerbuntu (1)

slackware 3.6 (2524328) | about 2 years ago | (#41800507)

/. never removes anything ever.

Re:Niggerbuntu (2)

dugancent (2616577) | about 2 years ago | (#41800579)

Re:Niggerbuntu (1)

EdIII (1114411) | about 2 years ago | (#41800615)

That does not qualify.

While /. removed the copyrighted material, what it replaced it with was a textbook example of the Streisand effect. Multiple links to the material and organizations that fought against the plaintiff.

Certainly not a victory for those who were seeking censorship in the first place.

Re:Niggerbuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801079)

Was it removed? Yes.

It counts, and it was the lowest point is the history of this site. They caved, nothing more, nothing less.

Re:Niggerbuntu (2)

EdIII (1114411) | about 2 years ago | (#41801791)

Was it removed? NO.

Caved my ass.

Did you see their response to the DMCA takedown request? The copyrighted data in question was removed from the site itself, and a long explanation, that wonderfully explained the DMCA, Scientology, its greatest and most vocal opponent on the Internet at the time, and how to fight against laws like this was put in its place.

The specific data, OT III, was made available in legal ways and even more attention was garnered than before. Streisand effect wonderfully executed.

I would agree with you if the comment was simply removed and /. acted like it never existed. Far from it...

Re:Niggerbuntu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41802855)

Did you see their response to the DMCA takedown request?

Yes... as linked above, they removed content. I'm not sure how you don't understand that. Content that was there... and now is not... QED removed.

Anything is true once you start adding constaints.

I'm the fastest person in the world. If you don't count people who run more than once a week. And aged between 40 and 45. And have brown hair. And has a callus on the right foot. And... and... and...

Re:Niggerbuntu (1)

EdIII (1114411) | about 2 years ago | (#41805281)

You're being pedantic.

Content was not removed. If you delete a file from a directory, and then place a symbolic link to the same file, is the data really gone?

Re:Niggerbuntu (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 2 years ago | (#41800527)

You must be new here.

Welcome to Slashdot - home of provocative thought, fun information, and old memes that have the half-life of commercially-made fruitcake.

Re:Niggerbuntu (0)

Cute and Cuddly (2646619) | about 2 years ago | (#41800913)

I have been reading slashdot for years. Racism is not "provocative thought" nor fun. It is just pathetic

Re:Niggerbuntu (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 2 years ago | (#41800929)

Think "old meme" here...

Re:Niggerbuntu (1, Offtopic)

NFN_NLN (633283) | about 2 years ago | (#41800709)

I would expect administrators to remove this kind of racist rubbish from the site. No wonder the poster did it as anonymous coward. This kind of attitude has no place in civilized society

I concur. I've been hearing about Niggerbuntu for years and to date there is absolutely nothing; not even a beta. There's nothing worse than over-hyped vaporware in my opinion.

Duke Nukem Forever may have been a bust but at least they released it.

Re:Niggerbuntu (2)

donscarletti (569232) | about 2 years ago | (#41801485)

Taking the first step towards pervasive censorship always sounds so benevolent since free speech will always be used in some difficult to endure ways, but I would rather have a website full of racists and trolls than lose that free speech. There are plenty of other websites out there where the powers decide what you can and cannot say, The Escapist is a good example of a heavily policed site where goodthink prevails, but I doubt you'll draw much traction on Slashdot. However I fully support your right to express your belief on this forum.

"Learning" social tricks? (1)

timeOday (582209) | about 2 years ago | (#41800159)

The summary introduces the word "learning" which is not in the article. The behavior is certainly interesting. But is there any evidence it is learned through experience rather than being inherited?

Re:"Learning" social tricks? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800359)

The skills could be learned by an individual through experience and imitation, or by the species through adaptation and natural selection. Hmm... how could researchers tell the difference? I guess if you isolated a bunch from birth and then saw what happened when they were thrown onto the killing grounds, you might be able to confirm innate skills if that turns out to be the case.

Terrestrial Hermit Crab Learning Social Tricks (3, Funny)

moniker127 (1290002) | about 2 years ago | (#41800161)

For a second there, I thought the biology tag said biography, and I got really scared. You don't need to know about my tricks yet.

Occupy Shells (5, Funny)

Beardydog (716221) | about 2 years ago | (#41800167)

What do we want?

SLIGHTLY LARGER SHELLS!

When do we want them?

WHENEVER THREE OR MORE OF US CONGREGATE!!

Re:Occupy Shells (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800261)

WE ARE THE 75+%!

Re:Occupy Shells (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800307)

WE ARE THE BAD STATISTICIANS!

Re:Occupy Shells (2, Interesting)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 2 years ago | (#41800827)

Occupy doesn't work like that. They all get together and via a complex process of hand signals indicate what they like and don't like. Then they break up into smaller committees, and subcommittees, and breakaway groups, each with their own ideas of what ought to be done about a thing. After several months, nothing has been done, the fort has burned down, the police have kicked everyone out of the park, and the only thing they have in common is that they blame the government for their utter inability to organize. It's mostly the 18-25 crowd that populates the meetings... dreamers, not doers.

And like hermit crabs, they're also total dicks to each other -- which is why anyone inspired to go to one of these meetings quickly becomes uninspired by the amount of petty political infighting and bickering.

Re:Occupy Shells (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41805947)

It's further uninspiring that 'rape free zone' is an exception, not the rule, at those gatherings.

Nature imitates the worst of human culture. (1)

Fishchip (1203964) | about 2 years ago | (#41800195)

It's like a reality show, for crabs. 'Win, and you keep your shell. Lose, and you get the SMALLEST SHELL, and everyone else goes up a level. You all ready? OK, GO.'

Re:Nature imitates the worst of human culture?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800479)

Hermit crabs were probably betting their shell long before the human race was even able to walk...
That means we are the one imitating the crabs here...

I, for one, welcome our new Hermit Crab overload!

Re:Nature imitates the worst of human culture. (2)

Penguinisto (415985) | about 2 years ago | (#41800539)

Question is - does the losing crab get even later on, starting a crab inter-familial feud that escalates into crab war?

Only then can they fully appreciate the lows of human nature.

It's class warfare (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800205)

Classic redistribution of wealth.

Re:It's class warfare (2)

moniker127 (1290002) | about 2 years ago | (#41800243)

We all know the big hermit crab didn't work any harder for his shell, he was just in the right place at the right time.

Re:It's class warfare (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 years ago | (#41800313)

Most likely either that, or he banded together with other hermit crabs earlier to kick another one out of it.

Re:It's class warfare (2)

Culture20 (968837) | about 2 years ago | (#41801499)

He didn't build that! A snail did.

Well, I for one, welcome our new Crustacean... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800211)

overlords, and point out as a Slashdot poster, I will be unsuited for their underground salt mines.

Written in today's parlance for today's kids (5, Funny)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#41800271)

Hermit crabs are the animal kingdom’s most dickish neighbors [io9.com]

...sometimes hermit crabs hang out... and they're invariably total assholes to each other.

Re:Written in today's parlance for today's kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41802989)

...sometimes hermit crabs hang out... and they're invariably total assholes to each other.

...and utterly shellfish!

--TrisexualPuppy

Crabs can also be turned into a computer (5, Interesting)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about 2 years ago | (#41800275)

Crabs can also be used as the logic gates to compute certain functions. I kid you not! The Boston Globe [boston.com] had an article about some Japanese researchers who used crabs to design logic gates based on their motion on the beach.

Their swarm computing article (pdf link [complex-systems.com] in the journal Complex Systems) is rather interesting.

Re:Crabs can also be turned into a computer (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800867)

No way! [slashdot.org]

Re:Crabs can also be turned into a computer (1)

girlinatrainingbra (2738457) | about 2 years ago | (#41800933)

Ha ha! Maybe /. is where I originally saw it, or in the Science section of the union-trib. Anyway, good catch to the /. article, the search function here on /. doesn't work so well.

Re:Crabs can also be turned into a computer (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801047)

Slashdot even talked about it [slashdot.org]

Like social security? (2)

Time_Ngler (564671) | about 2 years ago | (#41800297)

Somewhat like social security. Each generation creates a larger shell, only to have the largest one ripped away from them by current retires when social security collapses. At the end of which, the current workforce get the remaining scraps.

Re:Like social security? (2)

Opportunist (166417) | about 2 years ago | (#41800325)

More like the average revolution. Everyone sees how there's some fat crab in a big home so everone bands together, kicks the old boss out and a new boss is installed, who is essentially the same dickhead as the old one.

Re:Like social security? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800677)

Each generation creates a larger shell,

Hermit crabs don't make shells, analogy destroyed.

Re:Like social security? (1)

Time_Ngler (564671) | about 2 years ago | (#41800697)

But they improve and refine them. And they like the already improved and refined shells better.

Re:Like social security? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801671)

No individual was every bankrupted by paying progressive taxes. You have to make up your mind whether taxes are good for the poor, or bad for the poor.

Like government in general (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41802647)

It's the simple, primitive nature of coercion: injustice. Unfortunately it occurs across all levels of life, from the primitive hermit crab to the primitive human being.

Re:Like government in general (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41808471)

And the antidote for coercion is... collaboration. Just like in a working government that represents the will of those supporting it.

Old News (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800371)

Everyone knows if you turn a few 'social' tricks you stand a good chance of getting crabs.

Memories (3, Interesting)

jjp9999 (2180664) | about 2 years ago | (#41800455)

I used to go to Costa Rica during the winters when I was a kid, and I loved watching the hermit crabs. There are TONS of them there. All over the beaches. Crawling in the sand going down to the beach. I actually watched them hijacking shells from each other (although I'd play the good guy and get their shells back sometimes).

Re:Memories (5, Funny)

amanaplanacanalpanam (685672) | about 2 years ago | (#41800593)

You benevolent god you.

Re:Memories (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41803729)

Circumventing natural selection, IMO, is defined as malevolent.

One of the ones he kicked out of a shell actually had a gene that *should* have been passed that would allow them to not go extinct in 53.2 years. Way to go jjp9999...

The Perishers (1)

Kupfernigk (1190345) | about 2 years ago | (#41802871)

This was a pre-Internet, left wing/anarchic/anti-religion British version of Peanuts. I wish I had kept the books...anyway, it featured the Pooliverse. The eyeballs in the sky [theauthent...hers.co.uk]

Had a pleasure to observe it in Costa Rica (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800475)

A stronger crab with a small damaged shell was trying to pry out a weaker one with new shell. He was probably weak from days of siege. I had to apply quite some force to tear them apart. After a brief isolation under toy buckets I set them free and the stronger crab jumped on his prey again, this time literally getting his foot in the door (they use the larger claw as a door).

There is a nice beach restaurant in Samara, Costa Rica, that I can recommend if you want to see them congregate in huge numbers, right on the sandy restaurant floor.

Democracy (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41800643)

Looks like the hermit crabs discovered democracy. :P

Sounds like the new American socialism (2)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 2 years ago | (#41800661)

We are envious of what you have acquired, therefore we'll all team up and seize it.

Re:Sounds like the new American socialism (4, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | about 2 years ago | (#41801035)

American socialism?
That's a great talking point.... Until you look at the numbers.

America's wealthiest have gotten that way by indexing wages to inflation for the last few decades and then collecting the fruits of our enormous economic growth.

It also doesn't hurt that they've been bribing^W lobbying for rules in their favor since the Great Depression kicked off strong reforms.

Seriously, go back and read what the founding fathers had to say and look hard at what they did.
They understood that creating a monied aristocracy was a terrible thing and their taxation policies and ideologies reflected that.

Re:Sounds like the new American socialism (1)

republicancaranalogy (2761931) | about 2 years ago | (#41802101)

I call bullshit. If the founding fathers didn't want us to have money they wouldn't have put there faces on it. It's like in a car: if you press the accelerate button you don't expect the roof to collapse! The standard car analogy works here: the richer you get the more of your money your wife wants and the more she wants to buy jewelry for her kids. I don't know about you but if my wife asked for $10 and then said no I actually need 10,00000 to pay off the banks then I'd tell her to go to hell. That's what these jokers want from us.

Re:Sounds like the new American socialism (1)

L1mewater (557442) | about 2 years ago | (#41802707)

Seriously, go back and read what the founding fathers had to say and look hard at what they did. They understood that creating a monied aristocracy was a terrible thing and their taxation policies and ideologies reflected that.

Weren't the founding fathers mostly wealthy land and slave owners? I don't think I'm seeing your point.

Re:Sounds like the new American socialism (2)

TubeSteak (669689) | about 2 years ago | (#41814113)

Weren't the founding fathers mostly wealthy land and slave owners? I don't think I'm seeing your point.

Yes.
But wealthy landowners != european nobility.
I used the word "aristocracy" for a reason.

Far too many people think they understand what America was intended to be,
yet have never read any of the voluminous papers written by the men who founded the country.

Re:Sounds like the new American socialism (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41802851)

American socialism?
That's a great talking point.... Until you look at the numbers.

America's wealthiest have gotten that way by indexing wages to inflation for the last few decades and then collecting the fruits of our enormous economic growth.

It also doesn't hurt that they've been bribing^W lobbying for rules in their favor since the Great Depression kicked off strong reforms.

Seriously, go back and read what the founding fathers had to say and look hard at what they did.
They understood that creating a monied aristocracy was a terrible thing and their taxation policies and ideologies reflected that.

Ever notice how the wealthiest in the US heavily support Democrats?

While paying less taxes than their secretary? (I'm looking at YOU, Warren Buffet!)

Oh goodie. You get an Obamaphone.

They get tax breaks. And don't forget those wonderful government "loans" to "green energy" companies owned by rich Democrat supports - companies go bankrupt, supporters keep the money.

Sheesh. At least Republican corruption isn't done in way that treats me as too stupid to see it.

Re:Sounds like the new American socialism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801511)

We are envious of you feathering your nest with other people's money so we're taking it back.

FTFY.

Re:Sounds like the new American socialism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801875)

Good old 'merican. Which is hilarious given that you have what you have in large part because you murdered and raped your way to the top and then gave the advantages born of that theft to your kids. You had your moment in the sun, and it was born of the murder of others. Don't complain when a little bit is taken from you, because the other alternative is a return of the gift you gave the people who you took from originally.

Re:Sounds like the new American socialism (1)

Mr. Shotgun (832121) | about 2 years ago | (#41814443)

We are envious of what you have acquired, therefore we'll all team up and seize it.

You complain that it is socialism, yet I see it as the purest form of capitalism. One is able to influence physical force, which is the rawest from of power to gain what they want. John Ghalt would be proud, the lead antagonist was able to gain what they desired though using whatever means they had. Why do you complain about this? Utilizing the masses to gain what they desired has always been a mainstay of capitalism. The crabs are just ahead of the curve and an example of winner take all society. Think twice about what that truly means.

How democratic of them (5, Insightful)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about 2 years ago | (#41800685)

Lets all vote on who gets kicked out of their shell so the rest of society can get an upgrade. That damn 1% doesn't deserve the largest shell.

Re:How democratic of them (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 years ago | (#41802949)

The flaw in this analogy is that shells are not like wealth. Wealth can be divided up, shells cannot. You can share wealth out any way you like, but only one person at a time can inhabit a shell.

Re:How democratic of them (1)

ArsonSmith (13997) | about 2 years ago | (#41806665)

Except they are divided up by size. While an individual shell can't be shared, by re-arranging the shells the crabs now have a redistribution of the wealth. Bumping everyone up and the biggest one out, everyone but one gets an upgrade.

Re:How democratic of them (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41813207)

I didn't realize that the large-shell owning crabs had almost caused a global financial meltdown, necessitating bailouts that effectively socialize risk while keeping profits private. But these crabs must have done that to the global shell market, because that's the only way your analogy to the Occupy movement holds any water.

Wow those crabs sure are complex.

Backwards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801045)

The crabs perfected social tricks millions of years ago. It is WE who lean from them!

Re:Backwards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801103)

How Inconvenient.

The Climate Catastrophe Alarmists as James E. Hansen, Michael E. Mann, Kevin Trenberth and Gavin Schmidt (they are all Gay Homosexuals btw) are will be yet alarmed by the existence of Crabs, when brought to their Imperial Attentions, who predate by millions of years, the Alarmists Warming Tree Ring Temperature Astrology which states that the warming of the Earth and existence of the Earth began about 1850 Christian Years after Christ, Christ being the immutable benchmark by which we and all are judged infidel bless-id be thy name. Ta Ta Ta.

When will the uproarious whining state about 'Franken-Storm Sandy' being the parodical son (transvestite) of the mythical Anthropocene Mann.

Re:Backwards (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41803271)

It's like someone cracked open the parent poster's skull and stirred the contents around with a fork; mostly random and somewhat nauseating. It's strange that people like this somehow manage to operate a PC to the level that they can even post to slashdot; but there seem to be an increassing number. Or is it just a bot?

Musical Chairs (5, Funny)

Pennidren (1211474) | about 2 years ago | (#41801171)

It's like nature's musical chairs... OF DEATH!

What does this have to do with evolution? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801209)

I fail to see how this has anything at all to do with evolution. What controls are in place to determine whether this was previously undiscovered behavior of this species?

things here in CR...... (1)

wolfie_cr (779921) | about 2 years ago | (#41801213)

have been getting rougher and rougher each year, I am not surprised that even the crabs are having a hard time keeping their assets intact............

Cue the lobstrosities (1)

SuperGus (678577) | about 2 years ago | (#41801341)

From Stephen King's Dark Tower series. Dad-a-chack, dum-a-chum!

Re:Cue the lobstrosities (1)

robsku (1381635) | about 2 years ago | (#41845747)

Damn, I was just reading it today - I'm at the point where Roland got the aspirin from Eddie and is feeling better... just yesterday I read the part where the "lobstrosities" (are they called that in the English version? I'm reading the Finnish translation) bit Rolands Fingers off...

I've read it once before though - it's good enough for second read :)

Re:Cue the lobstrosities (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41846111)

Yes good enough for a second read indeed.

What do they call the lobstrosities in Finnish? (Btw lobstrosities is a combination of lobster and monstrosity if that wasn't clear)

Re:Cue the lobstrosities (1)

robsku (1381635) | about 2 years ago | (#41850857)

The Finnish version calls them "rapuolento", which would crudely translate to "crab being" or "crab creature" - though in English it doesn't work the same way as "rapuolento" clearly sounds like it's not exactly a crab but something like a crab...

I guess the word "crab/rapu" was used instead of "lobster/hummeri" because lobsters are not that common in Finland... Or actually maybe because "hummeriolento" would really feel ridiculous to us :p Language differences, I think the lobstrosities is really good one and I can't come up with anything in Finninsh that puts the two words together that nicely (yes, it was clear to me :) ).

Usually I actually prefer to read the original version (that is if it's in Finnish or English - other languages I don't do that well) because, well as we can see here, something always gets lost in the translation :)

Re:Cue the lobstrosities (1)

robsku (1381635) | about 2 years ago | (#41898127)

Have to fix my previous reply here - it was "hummeriolento" (lobster being/creature), not "rapuolento" (rapu=crab).

Good thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41801837)

No mortgages are involved 'cause if there were you can be certain that someone on Wall Street would try to bundle them up and sell them.

Crab pyramid scheme (2)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 2 years ago | (#41802737)

Does the SEC know of this?

They must be socialists... (2)

jemenake (595948) | about 2 years ago | (#41805273)

one crab is forced from a relatively large shell, whereupon the rest trade up (one loser and multiple winners

Reminds me of what's happening in Paris, as the super-rich are fleeing to neighboring countries ahead of the upcoming 75% tax. This is causing the prices of luxury Paris homes to decline in value, allowing the less-affluent to afford them, who then sell their former homes to people further down and... well, you get the idea.

Now, if those crabs were here in the U.S., 99% of the crabs would be stuck in the same size shell for the past 20 years while a couple of crabs had gargantuan shells (as well as many "vacation" shells on a variety of coasts). But at least they'd be creating jobs for the other crabs... by having them clean their spare shells or something. :)

extraterrestrial hermit crabs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#41805335)

When the Capricans force us from our planet and they all trade up, we may end up on Taurus. Either that or we'll all join a Occupy Earth movement... Wasn't there a tv show about that ;^)

I wonder if we could teach humans this trick? (1)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 2 years ago | (#41807297)

It's good that the crabs re-use their natural resources as best as they can.

I saw one of those swap meets in Belize (1)

quixote9 (999874) | about 2 years ago | (#41810923)

Being a crazy biologist, I thought it would be fun to see how hermit crabs react to the availability of an unexpected big Rolls Royce shell. They'd been congregating near the showers, so I put it there. At night there was a seething mass of hermits swapping. Shells are at a premium, and I'd noticed earlier that the smallest one was making do with a discarded toothpaste tube cap. It looked very sad.

Well, the next morning there was no sign of the orgy. No hermit crabs to be seen, no discarded shells, no debris. But in one corner of the shower stall, there was the toothpaste tube cap, no longer needed.

Re:I saw one of those swap meets in Belize (1)

robsku (1381635) | about 2 years ago | (#41850871)

Awwww =)

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