[thechat] Life Is Confusing For Two-Headed Snakes

Madhu Menon webguru at vsnl.net
Sun Jun 15 13:24:14 CDT 2003

Today's random weird link:



Just imagine all the problems you would have if you had two heads. It would 
be as if you had to get one of your brothers or sisters to agree with every 
decision you made—what to wear, what to eat, when to eat, what to watch on 
television, what site to visit on the Internet—all the time, every time.

That's how it is for a snake with two heads. First the two heads have to 
decide they're both hungry at the same time, and then they have to agree to 
pursue the same prey. Then they might fight over which head gets to swallow 
the prey. To make it even more complicated, since snakes operate a good 
deal by smell, if one head catches the scent of prey on the other's head, 
it will attack and try to swallow its second head.

"They also have a great deal of difficulty deciding which direction to go, 
and if they had to respond to an attack quickly they would just not be 
capable of it," said Burghardt.


Those monster movies sure make it seem different, eh? ;)


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