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Wonder what sort of transport could be called after the Scottish Midge?
in view of this information, and this is addressed especially to you Dave as an SF fan, did you ever read Brian Aldiss's wonderful Helliconia trilogy? The alien species was the phagors, whose legs were hinged forward, as I remember!Paolo wrote:animist wrote:this has made me realise I don't really know what the difference between elbow and knee is for a tetrapod - could you explain please, Paolo?Alan H wrote:The obvious difference is the kneecap (patella), but there may be more to it than that.sandymere wrote:Both hinge joints, a little move movement in the elbow, some muscle, tendon etc differences but not really a great deal of variance in comparison to say the hip joint.Great responses all, so I don't think I need to say much more! The one obvious visible difference I will mention, without getting bogged down with the anatomy, is that knees allow the lower section of the hind limb to hinge backwards, whilst the elbow allows the lower section of the forelimb to hinge forwards.Dave B wrote:Trouble is lots of animals have ankles that look like they are half way up the leg, gurt long metatarsals, and the foot is actually only the toes. Makes lit look like the knees bends backwards until you realise that is the ankle!
Blimey, that feels like a long time ago now! (Er, 28 years from the first it seems . . .) Where those the ones whose "milt" ran from their noses? I always wondered what that meant! I only know "milt" from fish sperm, otherwise known as "soft roe" for those who might have eaten it. Lovely on warm buttered toast!animist wrote:in view of this information, and this is addressed especially to you Dave as an SF fan, did you ever read Brian Aldiss's wonderful Helliconia trilogy? The alien species was the phagors, whose legs were hinged forward, as I remember!
Wassup, thundril, an interesting fact you did not wish to know then?thundril wrote:Oh Yukk!Dave B wrote:[
I only know "milt" from fish sperm, otherwise known as "soft roe" for those who might have eaten it. Lovely on warm buttered toast!
Fish eggs are known as "hard roe" in the food trade. All but caviare that is - gotta keep the mystique and the price up (revoltingly salty to my palate!)animist wrote:but isn't caviare fairly revolting when you think about it? We are so conditioned to accept and reject certain foodstuffs - and other things!
Interesting thing about asparagus (I grow quite a lot) No that's not the interesting thing.Dave
Talking about posherizing things: it seems that asparagus was called "sparrow grass" in the vernacular but when it went upmarket they changed the name to something posher sounding.
There are dips and bumps on the large scale anyway, Alan, mainly from the rollers of the office chair rolling over that same couple of square feet -but they do not really show because they don't throw "shadows". The small round holes caused by the feet do have shadows and can't be missed.Alan C. wrote:Not to put a dampener on your heroic effort Dave but wont you get even larger (hardboard shaped) indentations in your carpet?