Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Some Quick Hits for Tuesday

Below are a few items of some interest. I'll probably add to this as the day goes on.


2 comments:

bill said...

The toads, introduced into the sugar cane fields to rid them of cane beetles, have no natural predators in Florida

Wasn't this a Simpson's episode? Oh, yeah:

Skinner: Well, I was wrong. The lizards are a godsend.
Lisa: But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?
Skinner: No problem. We simply release wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.
Lisa: But aren't the snakes even worse?
Skinner: Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.
Lisa: But then we're stuck with gorillas!
Skinner: No, that's the beautiful part. When wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.

Icepick said...

Yeah, this is an example of the 'natural' solution to a problem being worse than the unnatural solution, i.e. pesticides. Another example of both the Law of Unintended Consequences and the Principle of TANSTAAFL.