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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 30 02:16 PM

March 31, 2008: Abrus

Quote:
Abrus seed pod: "one of the components of this seed is one of the most toxic substances in nature. If it reach the blood, a few micrograms (1/1000000 g) is enough to die. It is similar to ricin (from castor oil plant) used to kill a soviet spy in London by an umbrella.


OK, let's see a recipe for this one.


skysidhe  Sunday Mar 30 02:41 PM

'They'll' ( the feds ) be knocking on your door now!



Cicero  Sunday Mar 30 04:05 PM

Heh. I just like the photo.



Sundae  Sunday Mar 30 04:07 PM

Very Maori.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Mar 30 04:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cicero View Post
Heh. I just like the photo.
Yeah, me too.


corydodt  Sunday Mar 30 04:30 PM

This plant has evolved to say, "Do not fuck with my seeds."



spudcon  Sunday Mar 30 04:34 PM

I know, I know, but I couldn't resist.



SPUCK  Monday Mar 31 04:51 AM

I never get how 1/1000000 g of something can kill you! What is that, one atom per 100 million cells??



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 31 05:39 AM

From Wiki

Quote:
The toxin present in Abrus precatorius is a close relative to ricin called abrin. It is a dimer consisting of two protein subunits, termed A and B. The B chain facillitates abrin's entry into a cell by bonding to certain transport proteins on cell membranes, which then transport the toxin into the cell. Once inside the cell, the A chain prevents protein synthesis by inactivating the 26S subunit of the ribosome. One molecule of abrin will inactivate up to 1,500 ribosomes per second. Symptoms are identical to those of ricin, except that the fatal dose of ricin is approximately 75 times greater than the fatal dose of abrin. Abrin can kill with a circulating amount of less than 3 μg (micrograms).

The seeds of Abrus precatorius are much valued in native jewelry for their bright coloration. The third of the bean with the hilum (attachment scar) is black, while the rest is bright red, suggesting a ladybug. Jewelry-making with jequirity seeds is dangerous, and there have been cases of death by a finger-prick while boring the seeds for beadwork. However, it has long been a symbol of love in China.



Electrophile  Monday Mar 31 05:59 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
I never get how 1/1000000 g of something can kill you! What is that, one atom per 100 million cells??
Assuming 100 trillion cells are in your body, one micrograms of albin is about 500 molecules per cell. And because it's an enzyme, it is not used up when it stops the ribosome. So once inside a cell, one molecule could kill that cell.


Gravdigr  Monday Mar 31 07:11 AM

Yikes.



rupip  Monday Mar 31 11:05 AM

god - allah - zeus - jehova - brahman- evolution ... whathever it is
- she or he or it is definitly the greatest designer ever !

I also love the design of poisonous frogs or snails.



monster  Monday Mar 31 02:08 PM

It's so cute. I want one.



toranokaze  Monday Mar 31 02:28 PM

Hallucinogenics frogs are some of the best pets one could have.



Sheldonrs  Monday Mar 31 03:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Just what I thought...Love=Death.


BigV  Monday Mar 31 04:47 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Nature's original version of Mr Yuk


Cicero  Monday Mar 31 05:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Just what I thought...Love=Death.
Can you say Bindeez love you long time?

~snip~However, it has long been a symbol of love in China. ~snippy~


monster  Monday Mar 31 09:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by toranokaze View Post
Hallucinogenics frogs are some of the best pets one could have.

Plants make the best pets. Well, maybe after rocks.


SPUCK  Friday Apr 4 06:46 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Electrophile View Post
Assuming 100 trillion cells are in your body, one micrograms of albin is about 500 molecules per cell. And because it's an enzyme, it is not used up when it stops the ribosome. So once inside a cell, one molecule could kill that cell.
Thanks makes more sense now. Like Flourocarbons in the Ozone layer.

Thanks too Bruce for the poison info.


HungLikeJesus  Friday Apr 4 10:51 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
Thanks makes more sense now. Like Flourocarbons in the Ozone layer.
Quote:
Flourocarbons in the ozone layer
First the water and the wildlife go
Pretty soon there's not a creature stirring
'Cept the robots at the dynamo

And its worse when i try to remember
When i think about then and now
I'd rather see it on the news at eleven
Sit back and watch it run straight down

Run straight down
Run straight down
I can see it with my eyes closed
Run straight down.



monster  Sunday Sep 13 07:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
It's so cute. I want one.
I has an Abrus. I maded it


DanaC  Sunday Sep 13 07:26 PM

lol that's fucking brilliant!



monster  Sunday Sep 13 07:30 PM

ty. I am happy.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Sep 13 08:57 PM

Looks good, nice job.



TheMercenary  Sunday Sep 13 10:36 PM

Damm, and I thought this was about French Airplanes that were behind production.



Flint  Sunday Sep 13 10:41 PM

That's very cool, monster. You're like Giger O'Keeffe, all makin' crazy vagina-faced aliens.



jinx  Sunday Sep 13 10:54 PM

Yeah, what flint said...



monster  Sunday Sep 13 10:58 PM

yeah, I wondered how long..... I noticed the similarity on the first day I worked on it, which frankly made it feel a little weird as I smoothed the edges and formed the "tail" bit.



SPUCK  Monday Sep 14 03:24 AM

Well, all I can say is that isn't like any vagina I've come across..



Clodfobble  Monday Sep 14 09:14 AM

Well SPUCK, maybe that's your problem--it's supposed to be in, not across.



monster  Monday Sep 14 09:54 AM

Say, isn't Spuck a euphemism for a masturabatory ejaculation? that might explain it.

(If it isn't it should be... nothing personal against SPUCK the dwellar, it just sounds like a good name for that....)



spudcon  Monday Sep 14 09:56 AM

I gotta say, that's a great job of photoshopping, but I'm with Spuck. I think vaginas are much cuter than that.



monster  Monday Sep 14 09:57 AM

Photoshopping?



glatt  Monday Sep 14 10:00 AM

monster, that's fantastic! Great job.



monster  Monday Sep 14 10:02 AM

thank you I'm still all happy about it, I have it on the wall where I can see it from here



Spexxvet  Monday Sep 14 03:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
...the "tail" bit.
That's called the "taint".


lumberjim  Monday Sep 14 03:29 PM

It's ceramic, monster?

do the eyes come out? is it about 5" across?

oh, and what Flint said.



monster  Monday Sep 14 05:14 PM

It is ceramic. one eye might come out if you tried really hard, but they're built in. but still loose. I posted more details in the ceramics thread, but had to post here too because this IOTD inspired me it's more like 12" across.



kerosene  Wednesday Sep 16 10:24 AM

I love that, monster. Seems like you could use it to serve tortilla chips to guests or something....and then they would look down and realize they were being poisoned!



monster  Wednesday Sep 16 11:12 AM

thanks ...say, 'bout time we saw some more of your stuff on here, eh?



Pico and ME  Wednesday Sep 16 12:41 PM

How did you make the eye built-in but still loose?

Fantastic job, btw.



monster  Wednesday Sep 16 10:16 PM

I put the eye in, then worked the pod closed around it while the clay way still wet. the eyes were leather-hard by then, the sockets wetter. I had to drill holes in the back of the eyes so they wouldn't explode.



Pie  Wednesday Sep 16 10:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
I had to drill holes in the back of the eyes so they wouldn't explode.
That's a great line to take out of context. Looks great, Monnie!


Shawnee123  Thursday Sep 17 12:05 AM

I'm in awe. That is wonderful! You are so clever.



monster  Thursday Sep 17 07:59 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pie View Post
That's a great line to take out of context.

yeah i thought so too -tagline maybe? user title. had to shorten it a little, though

thanks all


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