A Bacterium on a Diatom on an Amphipod

A Bacterium on a Diatom on an Amphipod

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GIF via Joe’s blog at http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post/29945524543/bacterium-diatom-amphipod-gif

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  1. my smartass girlfriend just showed me this and said quote I finally found something smaller than your p#n&s. I said haha that’s fine your sister likes em small. Now I can’t convince her I was only joking. F&ck you Google+!

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  2. This have been mentioned in the Holy Quran [Muslims’ holy book] more than 1420 years ago


    (إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَسْتَحْيِي أَن يَضْرِبَ مَثَلاً مَّا بَعُوضَةً فَمَا فَوْقَهَا فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ فَيَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ مِن رَّبِّهِمْ وَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فَيَقُولُونَ مَاذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِهَذَا مَثَلاً يُضِلُّ بِهِ كَثِيراً وَيَهْدِي بِهِ كَثِيراً وَمَا يُضِلُّ بِهِ إِلاَّ الْفَاسِقِينَ) (آية 26) سورة البقرة


    Indeed, Allah is not timid to present an example – that of an insect and what is smaller than this located on its back. And those who have believed know that it is the truth from their Lord. 

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  3. To those who think this is gross or disgusting – you think that’s bad? You’d be terrified if you saw what lives on and often in us. We’re part smorgasbord and part public transport to an awful lot of livestock & vegetation. Some of what we carry helps protect us, the rest are just freeloaders, but there’s a helluva lot of of ’em.

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  4. Uncle Slacky I dont know what you mean… however on this issue in particular it was mentioned in Quran as well, and it is clear as the sun in mid-day …


    [055:019]  He has let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together:


    [055:020]  Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress:


    [055:021]  Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?


    [055:022]  Out of them come Pearls and Coral.


    If you need further explanation or any question, I’m glad to elaborate more.

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  5. You are a world for other life forms. Bug cells outnumber human cells 10 to 1. They are smaller that human cells and only comprise about 2% of your body weight. All human tissue types are home, no matter where we turn our microscopes, bone, skin, muscle, brain, they are full of life. You are an excellent host, through and through. Congratulations. If you weren’t you’d be dead.

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