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DragonGirl
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(05-20-2017, 04:20 AM)
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Why? Because who doesn't love discussing Australia?

AUSTRALIA HAS A PARASITE believed to be the largest in the world, a tree whose greedy roots stab victims up to 110m away. The Christmas tree (Nuytsia floribunda) has blades for slicing into the roots of plants to steal their sap. The blades are sharp enough to draw blood on human lips. They cause power failures when the tree attacks buried cables by mistake. Telephone lines get cut as well.

Link to full article.

Forget the spiders and snakes and drop bears. It's the trees that'll get you.
ShadowSwordmaster
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(05-20-2017, 04:20 AM)
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That is scary on so many levels.
Burt
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(05-20-2017, 04:21 AM)
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Juneau Joe
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(05-20-2017, 04:21 AM)
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To kill one, you need a stake made out of meat.
George Oscar Bluth II
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(05-20-2017, 04:22 AM)
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Turned into the tree from The Evil Dead.
Skittles
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(05-20-2017, 04:23 AM)
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So the trees cut your feet so you cant run from the impending drop bear?
bigJP
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(05-20-2017, 04:24 AM)
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Just build a fence around Australia
Bronx-Man
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(05-20-2017, 04:24 AM)
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Did the entire continent of Austraila just get dumped with a vat of radioactive waste one day or what
ChubbyHuggs
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(05-20-2017, 04:25 AM)
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Another reason not to go to Australia.
wedca
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Sometimes when I drive home in thick fog I think, "I might die tonight," and I feel really alive in that moment. Living in Australia would give me that feeling a lot so I think it would be pretty cool.
Dracula's Nether Region
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(05-20-2017, 04:25 AM)
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So it goes after cable/root shaped objects? How can humanity use this to our advantage? Can it attack my neighbors drainage systems?
Lautaro
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(05-20-2017, 04:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by Juneau Joe

To kill one, you need a stake made out of meat.

So... fuck them?
Soul_Pie
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(05-20-2017, 04:27 AM)
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Whomping willow irl
water_wendi
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(05-20-2017, 04:30 AM)
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Originally Posted by Juneau Joe

To kill one, you need a stake made out of meat.

You mean a steak?
EVIL
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(05-20-2017, 04:31 AM)
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Originally Posted by Lautaro

So... fuck them?

lastplayed
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(05-20-2017, 04:31 AM)
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The blades are sharp enough to draw blood on human lips.

That's strangely specific. Not the tongue? Or between your toes?
water_wendi
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(05-20-2017, 04:33 AM)
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Originally Posted by lastplayed

That's strangely specific. Not the tongue? Or between your toes?

Skin is thinner there.
Mohonky
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(05-20-2017, 04:34 AM)
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Still not as fucked as Gympie Gympie Bush


https://youtu.be/8HOIQjILUBg
lastplayed
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(05-20-2017, 04:34 AM)
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Originally Posted by water_wendi

Skin is thinner there.

What about your eyeball?
Altairax15
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(05-20-2017, 04:53 AM)
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so it slowly pierces other trees roots and can cut you a bit on your lips (they tested this?)

and people are comparing this to spiders and snakes?
DragonGirl
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(05-20-2017, 04:55 AM)
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Originally Posted by Altairax15

so it slowly pierces other trees roots and can cut you a bit on your lips?

and people are comparing this to spiders and snakes?

You must be new to the running jokes. No one is comparing the tree to spiders and snakes. It's just an interesting parasitic plant.
Stinkles
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(05-20-2017, 04:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by Bronx-Man

Did the entire continent of Austraila just get dumped with a vat of radioactive waste one day or what

I think I read a story about how its isolation and tectonic and tidal stability meant it got wonky specialization. Not many major mammalian predators, highly competitive insect species etc. same thing happened to Madagascar but it made everything cute instead of just poisonous.
Maximo
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(05-20-2017, 04:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by Skittles

So the trees cut your feet so you cant run from the impending drop bear?

The bones and bloody mess left behind then slowly soaks into the ground to feed the tree.
Altairax15
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(05-20-2017, 05:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by DragonGirl

You must be new to the running jokes. No one is comparing the tree to spiders and snakes. It's just an interesting parasitic plant.

Originally Posted by ChubbyHuggs

Another reason not to go to Australia.

Originally Posted by bigJP

Just build a fence around Australia

Originally Posted by ShadowSwordmaster

That is scary on so many levels.

Originally Posted by Dubbedinenglish

Okay people, Australia is literally telling you not to be there.

its really not a scary thing, its interesting
but I guess memes

what you really gotta watch out for are meth heads, they went 37 years with nobody dying to spiders
Last edited by Altairax15; 05-20-2017 at 05:04 AM.
halfbeast
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(05-20-2017, 05:04 AM)
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Originally Posted by Mohonky

Still not as fucked as Gympie Gympie Bush


https://youtu.be/8HOIQjILUBg

can someone send this video to Ridley Scott? it's showing a man wearing a mask while touching some plant. and he's on earth!
Admiral Woofington
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(05-20-2017, 05:04 AM)
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New Zealanders have Swear Wolves

Australians have vampire trees.
DragonGirl
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(05-20-2017, 05:07 AM)
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Originally Posted by Admiral Woofington

New Zealanders have Swear Wolves

Australians have vampire trees.

And to be fair, we (Americans) have Beach Apples. Which can actually kill you.
Last edited by DragonGirl; 05-20-2017 at 05:16 AM.
earvcunanan
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(05-20-2017, 05:08 AM)
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So what else can kill you in Australia
Dark_castle
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(05-20-2017, 05:10 AM)
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I live in Australia. I'm never leaving my house again.
Poeton
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(05-20-2017, 05:10 AM)
As always, stay safe Australia.
the_batman
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(05-20-2017, 05:11 AM)
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Australia was a mistake.

Did the radiation from japan go downwind towards them or something
Admiral Woofington
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(05-20-2017, 05:12 AM)
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Originally Posted by earvcunanan

So what else can kill you in Australia

AlStrong
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(05-20-2017, 05:15 AM)
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hm...
Maximo
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(05-20-2017, 05:18 AM)
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Originally Posted by Mohonky

Still not as fucked as Gympie Gympie Bush


https://youtu.be/8HOIQjILUBg

I never knew this shit existed....thought it was a parody at first.
titiklabingapat
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(05-20-2017, 05:19 AM)
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Originally Posted by bigJP

Just build a fence around Australia

The trees will attack the fence.
SwiftDeath
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(05-20-2017, 05:19 AM)
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Australia, not even once
Parallax
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(05-20-2017, 05:42 AM)
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Originally Posted by Stinkles

I think I read a story about how its isolation and tectonic and tidal stability meant it got wonky specialization. Not many major mammalian predators, highly competitive insect species etc. same thing happened to Madagascar but it made everything cute instead of just poisonous.

Which is why it's funny to me that with all the unique predators, rabbits are an invasive species with no capable predators
Bishop89
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(05-20-2017, 05:43 AM)
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Just everyday survival for us Aussies
Altairax15
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(05-20-2017, 05:46 AM)
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Originally Posted by Bishop89

Just everyday survival for us Aussies

my sister had a knife brandished at her on a tram in Melbourne
id be more worried about crazy old women than anything
Fritz
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(05-20-2017, 06:25 AM)
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Meanwhile New Zealnd's Christmas tree



Just beautiful
Rhaknar
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(05-20-2017, 06:35 AM)
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Why is Australia so evil? Was Lucifer Australian or something? I bet he was.
Snagret
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(05-20-2017, 06:37 AM)
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It draws blood from....your lips?
Strimei
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(05-20-2017, 06:39 AM)
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I know its common to make fun of how absurdly lethal damn near everything from Australia seems to be, but god damn does it continue to showcase some weird shit.
Altairax15
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Originally Posted by Strimei

I know its common to make fun of how absurdly lethal damn near everything from Australia seems to be, but god damn does it continue to showcase some weird shit.

it is funny though, in a 10 year period it looked more like this for the top 3
Horse, pony or donkey – 77 deaths
Cow, bull or bovine – 33 deaths
Dog – 27 deaths

send ur dogs to Australia
sirap
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(05-20-2017, 06:46 AM)
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Yo that's the fucking Cthaeh.
hidys
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Originally Posted by Altairax15


send ur dogs to Australia

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Zatoth
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(05-20-2017, 06:50 AM)
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Originally Posted by bigJP

Just build a fence around Australia

That will not help.

iamaustrian
(05-20-2017, 07:25 AM)
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Too bad because it's surely a very nice looking tree.
I wonder if it can grow in central europe? (climate wise; I mean)

While terrifying there are far worse plants out there(like that one tree that rains acid on you).
There's also a theory that the humble blackberry is actually a carnivorous plant which actively "catches" prey and feasts on it's remains.

We have a lovely looking plant here which burns off your skin and leaves a flesh(!) wound for weeks.
I experienced that myself as that bitch grows at my property in the mountains and when I cut it down (it's HUGE) it accidently touched my lower leg.
It felt like someone was amputating my leg with BoTW's flameblade.
I'm not kidding you.
water_wendi
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(05-20-2017, 07:32 AM)
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Originally Posted by iamaustrian

Too bad because it's surely a very nice looking tree.
I wonder if it can grow in central europe? (climate wise; I mean)

While terrifying there are far worse plants out there(like that one tree that rains acid on you).
There's also a theory that the humble blackberry is actually a carnivorous plant which actively "catches" prey and feasts on it's remains.

We have a lovely looking plant here which burns off your skin and leaves a flesh(!) wound for weeks.
I experienced that myself as that bitch grows at my property in the mountains and when I cut it down (it's HUGE) it accidently touched my lower leg.
It felt like someone was amputating my leg with BoTW's flameblade.
I'm not kidding you.

Hogweed?

That carnivorous black berry makes a lot of sense.

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