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Immaculately conceived turkey

December 23, 2014

BBC Science article on parthenogenesis (virgin birth).

I’ve long-known about Komodo (and other reptile) parthenogenesis but didn’t know it occurred in birds:

Perhaps the best understood ‘virgin’ vertebrate is the common domesticated turkey. In the 1800s, reports started appearing of virgin births among chickens. Then researchers started studying similar events among turkeys, finding that these large fowl could lay unfertilised eggs that produced live young.

The baby turkeys were always male, however, which was put down to a quirk of bird genetics in which male sex chromosomes are dominant. Soon a parthenogenetic strain of the domestic turkey was developed in which most males appeared normal and reproduced successfully.

 

World’s most awesomely awesome flag

December 2, 2009

As suggested by Senor Wignall:

awesomeflag

Thinking about it a far more sensible way to do it would be to just take the cool parts of the cool flags and construct an uber-flag .

My 5 minute lunchtime effort is: Eagle eating Snake + Two Headed Eagle + Dragon + Maasai Spears & Shield + Two Snowlions + Man behing beheaded:

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I think if the rules could be bent to allow non-national flags there could be some awesome mashups as provincial flags and royal standards get all the cool stuff. That said if we were to allow them there’s only one flag we’d need:

yaroslavl

It’s a bear holding a freakin waraxe. Thank you Yaroslavl Oblast.