21 November 2007

AP and a heck of a big scorpion

That's the headline, now let's look at the details.
British scientists have stumbled across a fossilized claw, part of an ancient sea scorpion, that is of such large proportion it would make the entire creature the biggest bug ever.
The ancient sea scorpion, at 2.5 meters (8 feet) in length, was bigger than the average man is tall.

That is definitely impressive. Yes, swatting it maybe detrimental to one's health.
The study, published online Tuesday in the Royal Society's journal Biology Letters, means that before this sea scorpion became extinct it was much longer than today's average man is tall.
What is that obsession of AP with an average man is unclear. That average man, of less than 1.8 meters, probably wouldn't want to mess with that scorpion in any case. The other comparison, though, had more impact on me:
How big? Bigger than you, and at 8 feet long as big as some Smart cars.
I always had that thing about Smart cars. Uhu...