PvM posted Entry 2654 on October 19, 2006 11:06 PM.
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In a shocking development news sources have revealed that a Panda cub has bitten of part of a visitor’s thumb.

The rumors are that the Panda’s actions were an act of revenge for the actions of a drunk Chinese tourist who had bitten a Panda.

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Comment #140498

Posted by Jedidiah Palosaari on October 20, 2006 12:07 AM (e)

Talk about going to any length to publicize a website!

Comment #140511

Posted by sparc on October 20, 2006 12:44 AM (e)

Re-write the textbooks: this is the true origin of the panda’s thumb. It was neither designed nor did it evolve, it just has been stolen.

Comment #140519

Posted by Philip Bruce Heywood on October 20, 2006 1:07 AM (e)

Get that piece of thumb at all costs. I’ll start the ball rolling with $100. What about the Chinaman. Did he get away with the Panda’s Thumb? I’ll put down $200.

Comment #140526

Posted by Nick (Matzke) on October 20, 2006 1:32 AM (e)

Send that woman a Binky the Polar Bear T-shirt.

Maybe the pandas will begin to regress to their carnivore ancestry now…

Comment #140587

Posted by Dunc on October 20, 2006 3:41 AM (e)

Old and Busted:   The Panda’s Thumb

New Hotness: Prof Steve Steve’s fark.com imitation

Comment #140626

Posted by Michael Hopkins on October 20, 2006 8:20 AM (e)

Dunc wrote:

Old and Busted: The Panda’s Thumb

New Hotness: Prof Steve Steve’s fark.com imitation

O RLY?

I don’t buy it until Steve Steve stands like that squirrel or annouces that “It’s a trap”.

Comment #140638

Posted by Michael Suttkus, II on October 20, 2006 8:44 AM (e)

sparc wrote:

Re-write the textbooks: this is the true origin of the panda’s thumb. It was neither designed nor did it evolve, it just has been stolen.

There are some nudibranchs that steal nematocysts from the anemones they eat, so swiping anatomy from another species isn’t really that unusual. Makes perfect sense!

Comment #140660

Posted by Skip Evans on October 20, 2006 9:28 AM (e)

Drunk Chinese guys are always trying to hug stuff. It never turns out well.

Comment #140709

Posted by secondclass on October 20, 2006 12:19 PM (e)

The rumors are that the Panda’s actions were an act of revenge for the actions of a drunk Chinese tourist who had bitten a Panda.

Actually, it was in retaliation for the whuppin’ that pandas took from Salvador et al. at Cornell.

Comment #140731

Posted by ivy privy on October 20, 2006 1:59 PM (e)

Actually, it was in retaliation for the whuppin’ that pandas took from Salvador et al. at Cornell.

Odd, I was there an my impressions differ greatly.

Comment #140747

Posted by Markus on October 20, 2006 2:31 PM (e)

Is this how the Panda got it’s thumb?

Comment #140748

Posted by GvlGeologist, FCD on October 20, 2006 2:34 PM (e)

OT, but right at this moment, Science Friday on NPR has a segment on how DNA can be used to convince people that evolution exists, and discusses a book that makes that statement. I’ll try to report on it.

Comment #140754

Posted by GvlGeologist, FCD on October 20, 2006 3:20 PM (e)

A bit more info on the NPR Science Friday program:
They interviewed Sean B. Carrol (sp?), a professor of genetics from UWisc-Madison, who wrote a book called, “The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the ultimate forensic record of evolution”. His thesis is that evolution can be convincingly argued by looking at the DNA record in our genetic history. He also interestingly argued that S.J.Gould’s contingency concept isn’t necessarily true, that the same mutations would arise (because, for instance, he said that the sickle cell mutation has arisen at least 3 separate times) even if we rewound time and allowed evolution to proceed again.

I’m not a biologist, so I can’t comment on the reliability of the the arguments presented, but it was interesting. Anyone else heard of this book or heard the broadcast?

Sorry if this is too off topic, but I don’t know where else to post it.

Comment #140756

Posted by Henry J on October 20, 2006 3:28 PM (e)

Re “that the same mutations would arise”

Depending I suppose on the type of mutation and the number of individuals carrying the allele that’s to be mutated?

I figure a specific base pair change would occur a number of times every billion copies of that allele, but other types of mutations are rarer than that, and if it would take a mutation to an already rare allele that’s another matter.

Comment #140775

Posted by Stuart Weinstein on October 20, 2006 4:56 PM (e)

“The rumors are that the Panda’s actions were an act of revenge for the actions of a drunk Chinese tourist who had bitten a Panda.”

Are you sure that was a Chinese tourist?

I thought it was an Australian tourist.

Comment #140782

Posted by secondclass on October 20, 2006 5:23 PM (e)

ivy privy wrote:

Odd, I was there an my impressions differ greatly.

Are you questioning Salvador’s assessment? Next you’ll be telling me that Sal didn’t splatter PvM’s guts all over the floor either.

Comment #140926

Posted by Sir_Toejam on October 21, 2006 5:36 AM (e)

projection is an interesting phenomenon, eh secondclass?

Comment #141018

Posted by Bill Gascoyne on October 21, 2006 11:42 AM (e)

a Panda cub has bitten of part of a visitor’s thumb.

Just a nit: “of part of” should be “off part of”.

Comment #141021

Posted by Torbjörn Larsson on October 21, 2006 12:40 PM (e)

Gu Gu bites chinese, chinese bites Gu Gu: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5364058.stm .

Comment #141182

Posted by sparc on October 22, 2006 4:59 AM (e)

According to the link on Ed Brayton’s blog the victim was neither Australian nor Chinese but was an

American visitor who was feeding the animal,[…] (a) 50-year-old woman, identified only as Lisa

who

had registered in the Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Sichuan province as a volunteer, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Comment #141183

Posted by Dunc on October 22, 2006 5:02 AM (e)

See, what did I tell you?

Fark.com:

Yahoo Scary Pandas at it again, this time biting off part of woman’s thumb (23)