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I am never, ever, EVER going to the Amazon.

 

 

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That is why I'm for deforestation. Easier to see them and then call in an airstrike on there location. I'm thinking small, radar-guided nuclear missiles with depleted uranium tips. 

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Key words: AMAZON Rainforest.

 

Not the possums we have here.

Not the spiders we have here.

 

No need to....

 

No need to....

 

Worrrrryyyyy.

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that plus Malaria, and Montezuma's revenge are just a few reasons to stay in the states.

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17 minutes ago, Russ E said:

that plus Malaria, and Montezuma's revenge are just a few reasons to stay in the states.

People die of very common things like the Flu in the U.S.,  strep throat, tonsils, crack, meth and opioids, not to mention cheeseburgers, pizza and TV.   We are not as sophisticated and refined as many would like to think.

 

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28 minutes ago, Heartland said:

People die of very common things like the Flu in the U.S.,  strep throat, tonsils, crack, meth and opioids, not to mention cheeseburgers, pizza and TV.   We are not as sophisticated and refined as many would like to think.

 

It gets even worse for us. The US ranks 43rd in life expectancy.

 

We're not as great in health-care as everyone thinks we are. We deride Canada's health system...but they're ranked 18th for life expectancy.

 

https://www.infoplease.com/world/health-and-social-statistics/life-expectancy-countries-0

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33 minutes ago, Heartland said:

People die of very common things like the Flu in the U.S.,  strep throat, tonsils, crack, meth and opioids, not to mention cheeseburgers, pizza and TV.   We are not as sophisticated and refined as many would like to think.

 

Meth,Crack,Opioids,cheeseburgers,Pizza,and TV are first world problems from living in excess.They are things people choose to do.

 I have never had to get a Malaria vaccination in the U.S.  I also don't live in a country, where drinking the tap water is considered hazardous.

I have spent a lot of time south of the border for business and vacations. it is definitely a different world.

 

 

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5 hours ago, Russ E said:

Meth,Crack,Opioids,cheeseburgers,Pizza,and TV are first world problems from living in excess.They are things people choose to do.

 I have never had to get a Malaria vaccination in the U.S.  I also don't live in a country, where drinking the tap water is considered hazardous.

I have spent a lot of time south of the border for business and vacations. it is definitely a different world.

 

 

I don't understand your Malaria analogy, do you get or have you had vaccinations for smallpox, measles, polio, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and Hepatitis B.  Annual Flu shots?    The issue of clean drinking water just came to the forefront  recently in Flint Michigan.   I have spent time in many, many parts of the World in support of my profession.  I agree it is very different but not necessarily worse.  Mexico is probably not the best example of how different of a world we live in.  My last post on the subject, we are probably starting to skirt the realms of a political discussion.

 

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Yeah , not somewhere I will probably ever go. Cant afford it anyway.

I seriosly would rather deal with a snake or be around a gator than I would a big spider. I know most of you would think Im crazy, but its true.

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I seriously would rather deal with a snake or be around a gator than I would a big spider.

 

Not just a big spider - a spider the size of a dinner plate! I generally don't mind spiders, but that kind of freaks me out.

 

I can just imagine what it's like going on a trip with an outdoor guide in the Amazon or in Australia.

 

Guide pointing at something: "That will kill you. And that. And that. And that one..."

 

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I've heard that down in the Amazon the also have large wasps that fly at night and if you shine a light....OH....%$#@.  Nope...too many reasons to just stay here and enjoy the comforts of home.

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3 hours ago, Heartland said:

I don't understand your Malaria analogy, do you get or have you had vaccinations for smallpox, measles, polio, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and Hepatitis B.  Annual Flu shots?    The issue of clean drinking water just came to the forefront  recently in Flint Michigan.   I have spent time in many, many parts of the World in support of my profession.  I agree it is very different but not necessarily worse.  Mexico is probably not the best example of how different of a world we live in.  My last post on the subject, we are probably starting to skirt the realms of a political discussion.

 

Agreed. 

I was not referring to Mexico. The malaria analogy was in regards to the rainforest.

My former employer had companies in Brazil and people would take fishing expeditions into the Amazon. One of my coworkers got malaria. It was a bad deal

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Oh the stories I could tell.  I had a deep fear of spiders so what do I do.......order one out of a magazine along with an iguana for chits and giggles.  I was young and stupid.  Long story short the Mexican Red Legged Tarantula I received lived 17 years and grew bigger than your hand!!  I've got 17 years worth of stories on my "pet".  The Iguana got to be 6 feet long and I ended up giving it to a guy who had an entire room in his house devoted to them.  They ran free in that room.  I had a plexi cage for the iguana (Devo) that was 10 feet long 4 foot deep and 4 foot tall but he roamed the house and went in his cage to do his business.  The tarantula (Natasha) had a 55 gallon aquarium for a home.  Took her out a lot but she was an escape artist as well.  

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11 hours ago, Darren. said:

Not the possums we have here.

Actually, they are.  That looks like a baby possom, or perhaps not a possom at all.  At any rate, when I worked at a tropical fish, lizard, and exotic mammal importer/wholesaler, we had bird eating tarantulas.  They got to be a foot long.  I hated feeding them, as they were very aggressive.  They ate live mice.

 

This is how I'd deal with one, if it got loose:

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1 hour ago, J Francho said:

Actually, they are.  That looks like a baby possom, or perhaps not a possom at all. 

I always thought they were different species. Similar by all accounts, but different.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_opossum

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_opossum

 

https://www.livescience.com/56182-opossum-facts.html

"There are more than 60 species of opossum. The species that many people think of when hearing about this animal is the common opossum, also known as Virginia opossum. However, these are two different species. The common opossum's scientific name is Didelphis marsupialis, and the Virginia opossum's scientific name is Didelphis virginiana."

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My understanding is that they originated in rain forest of South America and that the common possom's range extended into SA.  You're probably right about the different species. That one in the video doesn't look like what we have up here at all, on second look.

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4 minutes ago, J Francho said:

My understanding is that they originated in rain forest of South America and that the common possom's range extended into SA.  You're probably right about the different species. That one in the video doesn't look like what we have up here at all, on second look.

Whatever the case, I'd also burn the house down if that spider got loose, LOL.

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I'd be more worried about Anacondas...

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Just now, NYWayfarer said:

I'd be more worried about Anacondas...

my main concern would be clean underwear.

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13 hours ago, MN Fisher said:

It gets even worse for us. The US ranks 43rd in life expectancy.

 

We're not as great in health-care as everyone thinks we are. We deride Canada's health system...but they're ranked 18th for life expectancy.

 

https://www.infoplease.com/world/health-and-social-statistics/life-expectancy-countries-0

Notice how most every country in the top 10 has a strong tradition of fishing.......

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2 hours ago, Darren. said:

I always thought they were different species. Similar by all accounts, but different.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_opossum

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_opossum

 

https://www.livescience.com/56182-opossum-facts.html

"There are more than 60 species of opossum. The species that many people think of when hearing about this animal is the common opossum, also known as Virginia opossum. However, these are two different species. The common opossum's scientific name is Didelphis marsupialis, and the Virginia opossum's scientific name is Didelphis virginiana."

 

Let's not get too technical here:).

 

It's a freaking arachnid dragging a marsupial. 😨😱

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1 hour ago, Koz said:

 

Let's not get too technical here:).

 

It's a freaking arachnid dragging a marsupial. 😨😱

@J Francho and I are technical like that. :) 

 

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Many of our long time members like to pounce, and pounce quick when I miss some detail.  It's sort of a game.

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1 hour ago, J Francho said:

Many of our long time members like to pounce, and pounce quick when I miss some detail.  It's sort of a game.

 

2 hours ago, Darren. said:

@J Francho and me are technical like that. :) 

 

Like this :P 

 

 

Fixed it for ya. 

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