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Old 8th January 2019, 10:43 AM   #1
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A gene found only in humans and active in the cerebral cortex can enlarge the ferret

... neocortex.


Rather interesting. I wonder if a chimp brain would be similarly affected?

The human brain owes its characteristic wrinkled appearance to its outer layer, the cerebral cortex. During human evolution, the neocortex, the evolutionarily youngest part of the cerebral cortex, expanded dramatically and had to fold into wrinkles to fit inside the restricted space of the skull. The human neocortex supports advanced cognitive skills such as reasoning and language. But how did the human neocortex become so big?

https://m.medicalxpress.com/news/201...x-enlarge.html

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Old 8th January 2019, 10:49 AM   #2
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"Enlarge the ferret". Is this a euphemism?
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Old 8th January 2019, 01:27 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by MikeG View Post
"Enlarge the ferret". Is this a euphemism?


Lesson being - never let a ferret near your cerebral cortex. There could be a B movie horror in this. Brain eating ferrets. Growing to the size of cows. Rampaging through the streets of Yorkshire. Yorkshiremen refusing to put them down their trousers any more.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferret-legging
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Old 8th January 2019, 02:06 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Steve001 View Post
... neocortex.


Rather interesting. I wonder if a chimp brain would be similarly affected?
Hmmm... Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
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Old 8th January 2019, 02:57 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by MikeG View Post
"Enlarge the ferret". Is this a euphemism?
Goddamn it, that's the only reason I clicked on this thread.
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Old 8th January 2019, 08:10 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by MikeG View Post
"Enlarge the ferret". Is this a euphemism?

The more familiar version is "Pop goes the weasel."
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Old 8th January 2019, 09:02 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by MikeG View Post
"Enlarge the ferret". Is this a euphemism?
Its meaning is similar to "Juice the piglet".
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Its meaning is similar to "Juice the piglet".
Obligatory reference to dicksing one's own potatoes
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Old 8th January 2019, 09:35 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Its meaning is similar to "Juice the piglet".
No, one must "enlarge the ferret" before one can "juice the piglet."
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And the piglet must consent to a juicing.
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Old 15th January 2019, 04:05 PM   #12
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Gee, I can see where that could go wrong... Smart ferrets! Great!

In fact the negative consequences of altering weasels has been anticipated in a grad B (or lower) horror film:

"Weasels Rip My Flesh" (also the title of an unrelated and very good Zappa and Mother's of Invention record album)

But my favorite related grade B film does not involve weasels but shrews.
"Attack of the Killer Shrews"

Maybe these experiments can be extended to shrews?
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Originally Posted by Giordano View Post
Gee, I can see where that could go wrong... Smart ferrets! Great!

In fact the negative consequences of altering weasels has been anticipated in a grad B (or lower) horror film:

"Weasels Rip My Flesh" (also the title of an unrelated and very good Zappa and Mother's of Invention record album)

But my favorite related grade B film does not involve weasels but shrews.
"Attack of the Killer Shrews"

Maybe these experiments can be extended to shrews?
I thought that “Weasels Ripped My Flesh” was a cover blurb for a story in an old pulp magazine.

If it is a movie too I want to be aware of it!

ETA: WOW! IMDB has the budget at “$400 (estimated)”
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