Cane toad hitches lift to southern Australia
Toadzilla menaces Melbourne
Australia may be on the verge of total subjugation by cane toads which locals fear have now developed the ability to hitchhike on lorries.
According to The Scotsman, an example of the monster toad turned up in a Melbourne drain - quite some distance from their northern stomping ground where they have, since their ill-advised introduction in 1935 to combat native cane beetles, swelled to 200 million individuals advancing 40km per year.
Indeed, since the 1930s they have marched some 3,000 km from Northern Queensland to threaten Darwin, in the process decimating local fauna including snakes, goanna lizards and quolls (a cat-sized marsupial). Despite Oz's best efforts to stem the tide, it now seems inevitable that Australians will eventually have to bow to their toad masters.
In the meantime, we suggest Down Under's road hauliers might be able to give the Lucky Country a couple more years of freedom by simply not offering lifts to toads. ®
Where IS Darwin ?? 3200 km ??
Somewhere in the Antartica, in the South Pacific (go East pass New Zealand and keep going, the Kiwis are rather particular who they allow on their islands), somewhere in the Southern Indian Ocean, or in the Suluwesi Archipelego ??
I live within Kilometers of where they were released. Your comment on Toadzilla, is accurate enough. The size of local toads have been shrinking over the years, but these remote ones, like the one in Melbourne are huge. It was thought they could not survive the cold and get too far south, that is what the fuss is about.
BTW Darwin is nowhere near 3200KM away from here ;)
re: I know this isnt ./ but
It is of course /.
just the basic to get u started...
i) let me be the first to welcome our new (fill in the blank) overlords. (not masters)
ii) a Beowulf cluster of these... (used in reference to just about anything, but more traditionally when in reference to hardware)
iii) all your base are belong to us... (just fit it in where ever)
iv) a Library of Congress (unit of measurement for mass storage devices)
v) a station wagon hurling down the highway packed with tape drives ( measure of bandwidth)
use the above Ad nauseam interlaced with acronyms like IANA.. L, P, whatever
that pretty much accounts for the majority of /. posts excepts for "that's so gay" and disparaging references to Taco's sexuality.