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A Florida beachcomber has discovered what appears to be a huge eyeball washed up on the beach, and experts are stumped as to what kind of sea creature it came from. eye Eye, eye, what's all this then? Local resident Gino Covacci found the giant eyeball washed up at the high-tide mark of Pompano Beach on the southeast tip of …

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i wish i had an eye like that

awesome

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Can't be Sauron, everyone knows his eye is red not blue!

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Alien

He wears contacts.

Its really just a reminder that our Alien overlords also have to watch out that even their big brother is watching over you too.

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Are they very sure it isn't a speaker?

That is all

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Promotional gimmick for Apple's new iBall touch. A pointless device created solely for the purpose of patenting the circle.

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apple gimmick?

you ball touch?

eewww

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pete: you're a bloke and you're saying you DON'T ball touch??

Unfortunately it seems that Apple might be doing it again: getting us to part with our hard-earned for something that we don't really need as there is already a perfectly good (and free in this case) non-electronic method of achieving the same result, i.e. a satisfying ball-scratch.

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Re: apple gimmick?

That's right Pete, you should do more than just touch your balls, you should have a regular check for testicular cancer.

/publicserviceannouncement

we now return you to your regularly scheduled snark.

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Dalek!

That is clearly a Dalek eye... where is the missing rest of the Dalek?

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"That is clearly a Dalek eye... where is the missing rest of the Dalek?"

Relax, Daleks are useless without their eye. More importantly, did it come alone?

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Re: That is clearly a Dalek eye

Don't be silly. Dalek I were from Liverpool

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Re: Dalek!

"Relax, Daleks are useless without their eye. More importantly, did it come alone?"

Hmmm, I'm still not going to risk going near the plunger.

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i'd be more concerned about what gouged it out rather than who it belonged to.

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there is, as Qui-Gon Jinn once said, always a bigger fish...

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Down voted for reminding me

That Lucas never did get around to making those prequels.

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Re: Down voted for reminding me

That Lucas threaten even more of those films. The quality of which is the square root of the one before

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Possibly...

A giant squid verses another giant squid or a whale.

Whales get big suction marks on their sides from such fights. So it's not impossible one got sucked right out. That or wailing operations dropped something overboard.

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Re: Possibly...

"That or wailing operations dropped something overboard."

I bet they howled about that !

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Re: Down voted for reminding me

"The quality of which is the square root of the one before"

Given the 'quality' of the existing three prequels, I'd say that would have to be an imaginary number.

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Evidently came from a Giant Octopus, the attacker was a Mega Shark

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what gouged it

Mega Shark finally killed the Giant Octopus!

or maybe Giant Octopus won...

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Sure it wasn't a shark with a laser?

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that's "frikkin laser"...

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Davros?

Could it be Dalek in origin? Or even a whale?

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verrry fishaye

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I can tell them.

Cut, remove sample of retina, stain, place under microscope. The construction of the retina in squid is very different from that of vertebrates. Doesn't even need any advanced genetic study - any secondary school science technician has access to the equipment and training. If experts are stumped, clearly no expert has examined it in detail.

I imagine someone more knowledgeable about comparative ocular anatomy could identify a mollusc eye without needing to cut it, just by shining a light in and looking around.

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Re: I can tell them.

More likely a case of the question being asked on arrival.

"I found an eyeball, what is it?"

"I don't know, could be a squid, could be a swordfish, we'll need to run s..."

"OMG AN EYE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, GET THE PAPERS QUICKLY!!!"

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Re: I can tell them.

I thought the difference between vertebrate and invertebrate eyes was immediately visible -- aren't all the nerves on the outside of an invertebrate eye, making it non-spherical, whereas our nerves went inside to make a better curve and therefore make the eye socket possible?

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An eye of unknown origin

Took my baby away

An eye of unknown origin

Took my baby away

Swept her up and off my wavelength

Swallowed her up

Like the ocean in a fire

So thick and grey

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Re: I can tell them.

No - our eyes have the nerves on the inside with the rodsnstuff the wrong way round so god can test your faith.

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The problem with losing an eye..

.. is that you need as many eyes as possible to look for it.

I'm not sure how critical eyesight is to something that large, but there is a chance that this animal will eventually show up floating belly up - I suspect removing an eye that size will have involved a serious amount of violence and fighting.

I'd keep an eye out..

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Re: The problem with losing an eye..

Or a Japanese "Research" Vessel

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Just of the Florida Keys

Jack Sprat a local sporty big fish game hunter managed to land a very large fish on his lovely powerboat.

The big fish was deeply annoyed at having been caught and started to flail wildy about on the back of the boat, it's tail actually managed to knock Jack Sprats plastic beer containter into the ocean.

Jack Sprat having seen this shouted angrilly at the big fish "If you don't stop flailing about I am going to poke you in the eye with this boat hook".

No further explanation required.

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Excellent. Now I have something with which to replace the screaming clowns in my nightmares.

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Mystery?

It's clearly Patrick Moore's

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Obvious really...

...there's an island populated with scientist, artists and clairvoyants where they're genetically engineering a bug eyed monster and this is one of the early attempts.

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Re: Obvious really...

upvote for The Watchmen reference..

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Re: Obvious really...

Of course, the graphic novel, not the film!

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R'lyeh

I thought "dead Cthulhu lies dreaming" beneath the Pacific? Florida seems an awfully long way for the eye to drift. Unless it went through the Panama Canal.

Nuke icon because the Great C can survive the blast!

Colin

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Nuke icon because the Great C can survive the blast!

ISTR that someone asked the question; "What happens if you nuke Cthulu?" in a gaming magazine Q&A column once.

The answer given was a detailed working out of the damage inflicted by a decent sized thermonuclear warhead and some calculation to show that it would then take Cthulu about 0.5 seconds to regenerate from it. The result being that about half a second after the dust settles, he's back, as dangerous as ever, extremely pissed off with you and lethally radioactive as a bonus, just in case you weren't quite fucked enough already.

Top tip: Do not try this at home.

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But what if you inscribed a +3 rune of great smiting on the side of the nuke when you trade in your XP from the last session?

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Re: R'lyeh

This invites the question, what would it take to one-hit-kill Cuthulu? If a regular thermonuke isn't enough. Antimatter bomb? De-orbit the moon atop him? Supernova at point-blank?

Might be better to fire up the LHC and tell the operators to configure it for 'black hole.' If we're going down, we're taking him with us.

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Re: R'lyeh

The problem isn't doing the damage, the conventional nuke will vapourise the bugger quite comprehensively. The fly in the ointment is the fact that he's bleedin' immortal and regenerates damage rather rapidly, so killing him outright only has a temporary effect.

The only answer is binding or imprisonment, so you may be on to something with the black hole idea.....

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F'thagn

As if Great Cthulhu would lose an eye to anyone!

however.

startling resemblance

http://news.discovery.com/earth/squid-eye-on-the-lookout-120316.html

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The giant eye

It *never* blinks!

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Or it could be ...

The crabs built it to look back at the Eyeball In The Sky

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Re: Or it could be ...

upvote - but I believe it was "Eyeballs"

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Re: Or it could be ...

...and your memory earns you The Order of the Boot.

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Re: Or it could be ...

Wouldn't the construction of something so massive risk rending the fabric of the pooliverse?

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Re: Or it could be ...

Oh, *kudos*, sir.

Have an inch-thick tomato ketchup sarnie.

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