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  1. birgerjohansson says

    Lymipina @ 5
    Yes. He was a pioneer.
    He passed away not that many years ago, thus neatly escaping the threat from zoonothic pathogens and anti-vaxxers.

  2. wzrd1 says

    What are the tiny projections around the sac? Something to increase surface area for gas/nutrient exchange?

  3. lumipuna says

    Speaking of pretty babies in bubbles,

    Back when FTB had those infamous clickbait ads, one ad illustration that repeatedly showed up on my browser was a bunch of caecilian eggs on wet soil. Or rather, apparently ready to hatch caecilian embryos, bright pink with red ribbonlike external gills, all coiled up inside clear egg membranes. I was just thinking about it, because the same photo has very recently started showing up in The Guardian’s ads. I wish more online ad illustrations were so pretty and innocuous.

    The ad headlines seem to suggest something like “this weird fruit/mysterious weird thing is a miracle health solution”. I thought maybe the caecilian photo is in some stock photo library mislabeled as “weird fruit”, and then gets automatically selected for that purpose. Maybe the labeling was actually originally done by some AI system that was trained to collect photos of very exotic looking fruits. Maybe the results were vetted by some underpaid human to weed out out really obvious/problematic mishaps, but this one slipped through.

    Or perhaps the photo is just labeled generically “mysterious looking thing” and purely intended for hooking people’s curiosity. Caecilians are such hipster animals after all, being so underground that most people haven’t heard of them.

  4. PaulBC says

    lumipuna@8 I mostly remember being admonished not to eat rotten avocados. It wasn’t on FTB but I remember a lot of clickbait ads with a picture of a rotten avocado with the clear message (paraphrasing): If you are eating these, you are doing something horribly wrong and you’re going to die.

    I had to look up caecilian eggs. They are very cool-looking especially the ones that look like marbles. I don’t remember seeing them in clickbait, but I’m not sure I would find it noteworthy.

  5. lumipuna says

    I mostly remember being admonished not to eat rotten avocados. It wasn’t on FTB but I remember a lot of clickbait ads with a picture of a rotten avocado with the clear message (paraphrasing): If you are eating these, you are doing something horribly wrong and you’re going to die.

    I vaguely recall some ads in this genre of “click here to see if you’re unwittingly doing something dangerous”. A less dramatic version of this is bog common in online journalism, and I see it creeping into respectable news sites here in Finland.

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