Heads or Tails – Tip

Skittles has a meme called Heads or Tails this week the theme is Tip or anything that rhymes with tip.

I lived in an old house on Vancouver Island, which originally was a small log cabin but over the years had been extended many times. A small creek ran very close to the house and although this was a nice feature it caused problems with dampness. Really the house was about ready to be demolished, but it was home to myself and my three sons and moving was not an option for us.

There were many things my three boys and I learned to take in our stride during this pThe Persistence of Memory (1931) is one of Dal�'s most famous workseriod in our lives, but there was one thing that was destined to break this particular camel’s back . When I would arrive home from work around one in the morning, I would flick on the kitchen lights and often there would be large banana slugs draped like Salvadore Dali‘s famous work ‘Persistence of Memory‘ over the kitchen counter.

The husband of a good friend offered to replace the counter for me and block the entry off so the wildlife that we were experiencing could not get in. Work in the the kitchen had gone well, the sink was into the piece of counter he had managed to find for me and he had disconnected the S-bend which had some unspeakable guck in it, and he asked me to get rid of it somewhere. Not understanding the mysteries of plumbing I tipped the slime into the kitchen sink. Needless to say it went all over him, I was mortified. He was gracious and saw the funny side. How could I be so dumb, it was a blonde moment!

There’s nothing new under the sun – chemical weapons system

Anemones are not plants but predatory animals with highly poisonous barbed sting arrows, that can be instantly fired from hollow tubes. The sea anemones use these poison darts to attack their prey, defend themselves and fight battles for territory. At the slightest touch these poisonous barbs turn inside out, and the venom filled tube is driven into its prey, causing enormous pain or death.

While all other creatures, including humans, wisely avoid the anemone, the gray sea slug makes the anemone is main source of food. Somehow the sea slug is able to tear apart the anemone and swallow the poisoned darts without triggering the explosion of venom.

While digesting the body of the anemone, the tubes holding the still loaded poisonous darts are not consumed, but are loaded into a series of tiny tubes that extend from the sea slug’s stomach, right through its body, to tips on the spurs on the sea slug’s back. It then stores these deadly poisoned darts, grown by another animal, as its own new missile-firing chemical weapons system. When a predator approaches, the sea slug fires the poisonous dart out of its tentacles to attack its enemy.

How could the sea slug gradually develop such an unusual defense system through gradual mutations over tens of thousands of generations. This symbiotic defensive system involving one animal species, the gray slug, using the complex defensive weaponry of another animal species, the anemone, is extraordinary evidence of God’s intelligent design.

Notes from ‘Creation – Remarkable Evidence of God’s Design’ Grant R. Jeffrey