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November 25, 2014

Your Inner Feather

Bird embryos starts out featherless.
But in their skin, they develop lots of tiny blobs of cells known as placodes in which cells are switching on genes in a distinctive pattern. At first, the cells in the placodes multiply quickly. Then they start grow into shafts, which then split open to form feathers. Depending on the bird, and on the spot on the bird’s body where it grows, the feather may split into a downy plume, or into a paddle-shaped flight feather, or into an ornamental tail feather.
– Phenomena: The Loom

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 25, 2014 9:45 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

Your Say

My uncle Louie Lozko, we all called him "Letsgo Lozko", he raised bantam chickens. he told me one time that he had been approached by "some big city mook, wore suit like he had paper asshole" who asked him for information on the feathering of Bantam chickens.

"How much you pay, dis ting?" asked Letsgo.

"Er, nothing" replied the mook.

"Der ain't no such ting as free lunch" retorted Letsgo.
"You go now and I tell you as for bantam chickens, dose little sumbitches living descendants of velociraptors. I vouldn't be messing with 'em."

I didn't think he had such a good command of the English language.

"Vink good as nod" was his final whole sentence of the day. You see, since he worked among chickens all day long he had taught them to respond to monosyllabic utterances.

Whoops, drifting real good, better tell you about his talking dog another time. Now, where's dem, I mean them oars?

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 25, 2014 11:07 AM

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