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fletchinder said:Hey you're the only person I can think of to ask this so here goes: When my mother was a kid she saw something on a nature show about a Wildebeest with a brain parasite that caused it to walk in circles. I am unable to find anything on this via google so I was wondering if you had come across such a thing
Ah, you’re probably thinking of Parelaphostrongylus tenuis, aka Brain Worm! I suspect the wildebeest was in a zoo or at least somewhere in...
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The word solid comes straight from the Latin word solidus, thought to be related to both the Latin salvus meaining health or safe and the Ancient Greek word holos meaning whole or complete. The English from comes in the 14th century via the old French word solide. While the five regular solids are named for Plato, rock carvings suggest that multiple civilisations knew of the solids and their properities at least 1,000 years before Plato.