Tim Daniels, Grand Rapids, Twitter discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

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In a Twitter Tim Daniels reminds me that there are people who believe the whole universe is flat not just as a timber knowledge mentioned earlier in the hour about flat earth there's but at that Antarctica is a wall and the other planets have landscapes beyond that wall and all have their own ice walls all right and Hey Phil tower giving a shout out to grand rapids tonight along the coast to coast AM radio network standing by is Nick Caruso there's also a it also mention for you Nick on Twitter tonight somebody sent me the covers of of your book to pass this along so thank you and believe it or not is the new one the definitive field guide to earth's slimy creatures talking about possums because I just wouldn't thought they would be you said it's really just the the front and the back at the end of the business tens of apart right yeah yeah so when they feel threatened it's an involuntary response for them to to play dad and it sucks something by you know dropping at the mouth so they secretive extra wine we go live that just rocks out and then they also secrete this follow smelling green secretion from there and I'll glance out I mean who would only eat something right now all the awful life right so this theoretically of a of a fox or you know war for something more in the mood for some possibly come up to it maybe like no thanks that's been dead for awhile for I thought in your book and it was interesting I didn't realize this that that possum females have do wool reproductive tracks and that possum males are will be the way we would describe it bifurcated where they would like a like a plug into a wall into both of those active tracks at the same time is that right yeah and it's one of my favorite next is that people thought that the mail actually Maynard with her nostrils and she needed in your house they should have I guess I couldn't imagine a scenario where their reproductive tract match I believe that's how my mom explained it during the talk but I don't remember my mind went blank it was so tell me what you're sliding ratings like how did you determine slime ratings our service for all of my co author Danny ramie ID and I and we got together and and discuss you know six of the flying is it are they producing this stuff all the time or the just during special scenarios we kind of made a a list of everything and had criteria for how we rank them and it was it was a rather involved process so this was but it was a process between us here as we are we bush ourselves of the slime experts so over a couple of beers well virtual beers she was in the U. K. this is all done online as are all we've we've actually never met each other shot off really yeah we don't we so working on it one day yeah three books and you've never met no so the least you face time or Skype I mean you know each other look like yeah yes guy October Twitter and you know email and all that stuff so so I mean we we made it work there's a romantic comedy in that for somebody out there I'm telling you it so the but unlike the slimy is to creatures may be the ones that most of us don't know about maybe because they're in the deep sea and and the fact is the slime that is produced in nature tends to have a purpose right it means not just they're doing it for sport or it's not that it has an evolutionary purpose right yeah and and most aquatic organisms have some type of blind and help them maneuver through the water more efficiently but then you also have the species like the hagfish that yeah when they when they get threatened they want to protect themselves they're gonna align themselves and everything around them so that they don't get eaten yeah and they do this I've got I've seen the bucket experiment thing where you put a bunch I had fish in a bucket and then agitate them yeah it never gets old it's amazing how much it can expand yeah I saw that on TV you want to live like that as soon as but then they're not the only ones because this summer what's the parchment worm is that what it's called right because that that's like when you're higher rated slime creatures yes so there are a warm there noticed how did you learn there which means they have a lot of hair everyone better but news and there is a lot of different species some of them will create kind of like a new to that and that's how they tracked that's floating by in making defeat everything that gets trapped in there the species that live in the DC that if they get attacked though actually make this file luminescent new case that they have shoot out on the predator and then the predator becomes visible and other things are more likely to use that thing it's a great defense but you know I mean we you like knowledge I'm busy doing the book that humans to a degree you know when we're ill we create various things like snot for example but that's not the norm for us right it's most primates don't they involved out of the slime that was there ever a time in human evolutionary cycle where there is any archaeological suggestion that we were sliding here in the past I don't know the answer to that I would but yeah I would too but after reading your book I'm like well but if the whole idea is to evade or deceive that's an interesting thing that we never develop that other animals do other and other for that matter other you know I mean like marsupials did where they that's how they do but we never didn't seem like we went through that phase other than like a bad cold and you don't eat somebody's at about is like I have a couple well I mean I don't want to eat me wanted exactly but yeah I'm not suggesting you but if you were you would draw the line at somebody who's in in that place and so but I like I like it like how about things that are well the things that are living but we wouldn't they're not by people or anything like season corals and stuff like that yeah so coral and grey temple of a slimy creature that they have a mucous covering on them so specially the species that live and titled areas were gonna you know during low tide they might be exposed so that new kids can help protect them from drying out and if you have seen across a lot of different species that that's fine or mucus or some type of slimy covering can help species prevent water loss and that makes sense but then are there others that use that too is a way of are there any time are there any times that slime is used as not just a defense but an offense yeah yeah one of my favorite star bell that one that they have leaves line can and on their face and it essentially axes like an untethered Jose give you ever turn the hose on full blast and just let go that's what it looks like and they shoot this fly me thinking read on there for a and it just immobilize them completely and I can just you know go to go to town eating eating there immobilized amazing and hippos I was surprised to see hippos listed as a chapter on slimy creatures I wouldn't think of a hippo is slimy shiny but not slimy right yeah this is a great evolutionary adaptation so owner this is like saying you know don't go out Robert half on you after explaining what they do because you might want to go do that sob but hippos this king west that is it helps protect them from infections so they you know it was a very aggressive so it actually helps them in fact in the way but it also helps them prevent UV damage because and so they're both they out in the African sun yeah longer so it's it's pretty incredible and and you know it's not quite like ours it's got a little bit more flying to it which one sounds better this is their sensually secreting sunscreen yeah don't rather have audio and well yeah but then to that so you're saying that even because it you mention their aggressive so when they get in those battles they scrape each other all the time and this is what keeps them from picking up more infections from from from water sources which may or may not be very clean but they're exactly right water spittle bugs there are some insects that no feed off of plant sap and they make and their their their names which is between are the only the adult well actually kind of coop themselves in this phone dot sap and it took a hide them from predators that also doesn't taste good wishes that was a common theme in the book it's amazing how many times we came across instances were the scientists who study the wind was like one minute faces and it takes that yeah well and there's a lot of things even just by the name of spittle bug I would want to taste I don't know why he would go I think I'll taste of spittle plug ins what happens but I wouldn't either but thank you yeah he's also into you know so what are what are the most dangerous of the slimy creatures because like snakes are not slimy which we some people think of them as they are because they're kind of shiny again and they they are they looks you when they move they come to Glen light off of them as though they are but they're not so what's the most dangerous of the slimy assed creatures on on the planet I guess it depends on on who you are the other there are some species the south American leeches that will actually live in the nose and miles of of mammals including US if you happen to go in the water yeah terrible yeah really I think that's actually reaction I have reading any of your entries it's either thanks or you oh my god but so wire why would they be so dangerous the ones that are showing up our nose so just like any other leeches they can they can draw blood from your body and you know if you have open open one those can always get infections as well and so.

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