first_imgRockers Red Hot Chili Peppers turned heads when they cancelled a scheduled performance at KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, CA last night, citing an emergency hospitalization for Anthony Kiedis. Since then, fans have been hoping for the best with Kiedis, as the band’s founding member has had troubling health issues in he past. This time, it seems that Kiedis is going to make a full recovery.The band just recently posted an update on Kiedis, saying that a serious bout of intestinal flu forced the hospitalization, and that he is “expected to make a full recovery soon.” Unfortunately for fans looking forward to seeing RHCP on Tuesday, May 17th at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, CA, that show has been postponed.You can read the full statement below:Due to Anthony Kiedis’ hospitalization from complications from the intestinal flu on  Saturday evening, the Red Hot Chili Peppers regretfully must postpone their upcoming concert for iHeart Radio on May 17th.  They would like to extend their gratitude to the fans for the outpouring of well wishes.  Anthony is expected to make a full recovery soon.last_img read more

first_imgEarlier this year, outdoor enthusiasts like you rallied to help protect Big Ivy, a section of Pisgah National Forest that’s home to some of the most rare species and old-growth forest in the East. Now, you can explore the ancient forests and cascading creeks of Big Ivy that you have helped defend.Big Ivy has more than 3,000 acres of old growth forests and more than 30 rare and endangered species. Its abundant creeks are home to native brook trout, and its celebrated waterfalls are some of the most scenic and dramatic cascades in the South.Hikes include:Douglas Falls (3 miles, little elevation change): Join Scott Dean in a carpool through the Coleman Boundary and on a short hike out to the beautiful Douglas Falls.Big Butt Trail (3.2 miles, 400′ elevation change): Join Lloyd Raleigh on a hike to explore the higher elevations up Stony Fork Road and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take the Big Butt trail in and out for a 3.2 mile round-trip to Point Misery.Ivy Knob (4-5 miles, 500′ elevation change): Join Edward Schwartzman on a hike up to Ivy Knob via the Forest Service Road and a backcountry trail to Big Ivy.Perkins Road Trail (3 miles, 1000′ elevation change): Join H. David Clark on a hike along Perkins Road Trail, which offers rich cove habitats, old growth forests and many rare plants.Staire Branch (2.5 miles, 1000′ elevation change): Join MountainTrue’s Josh Kelly along the Staire Branch trail, located within a beautiful rich cove..Go here for more details on each trail.last_img read more

first_imgMs. Reed, who works for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, arrived at an elementary school at 5:20 a.m. to begin setting up for the polls opening at 7. She then spent all day working the tabulator, helping people insert their ballot into a machine to be counted before making sure they left with the ubiquitous “I Voted” sticker.She stayed until 9 p.m., leaving upbeat about democracy and her place in it.“I love to make people happy and to see the smiles on these people’s faces, it was really nice,” Ms. Reed said. “I think when you’re smiling and you’ve got that positive energy, it can bounce off of them and make them happy too.”- Advertisement – Even that, Ms. Woodall-Vogg said, was a pretty normal experience.“In previous elections, the police followed me in my car,” she said. “This time it was a matter of how am I going to get there efficiently with a media barrage. It wasn’t out of the ordinary.”- Advertisement – In Michigan, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recruited more than 30,000 election workers to staff the polls and, in Detroit, work around the clock counting the state’s three million absentee ballots.In Detroit, that meant building three teams of 700 to 800 people each who would begin counting ballots when the polls opened on Election Day and work continuously until the job was finished midday Wednesday. In the August primary, with half as many absentee ballots cast, it took Michigan officials two full days after the election to finish counting, Ms. Benson said.Among the new poll workers was Crystal Reed, a 52-year-old from Warren, Mich.- Advertisement – Luke Broadwater, Nick Corasaniti and Jesse McKinley contributed reporting. – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by BrightWire NetworksAlong with the flashlights, batteries, drinking water and gasoline, don’t forget to take care of your business’ computers, servers and network equipment by Friday afternoon ahead of the worst of what The Weather Channel is calling the “Pacific Northwest Storm Parade.”  Two strong storms are expected onshore, with the second wave being the remnants of Typhoon Songda.  Heavy rains and strong winds are likely through the weekend.There are some simple things your business should do in the face of stormy weather to protect your data and your equipment:At the end of the work day, properly save and close your files, close your programs, and shut down your workstations.Confirm that desktop computers are plugged into a surge protector/UPS battery backup.Verify that any routine security patches or updates are completed (especially on servers) that are attached to smart UPS back-up systems, so that if they need to auto-shutdown they can do so quickly and efficiently.Check that data is backed up and that the back-ups were successful, in case any equipment is damaged or destroyed. When was your last backup verification test?Ensure that mission critical backup devices or physical storage are not in locations vulnerable to flooding.“We’re trying do our part on behalf of clients to make sure these precautions are taken,” said Todd Whitley, co-founder of BrightWire Networks in Olympia, “and we recommend that business people take a few minutes on Friday to do the same.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Jay Cook |HAZLET – A nationally recognized hotel chain is looking to expand its brand behind an existing hotel on Route 35, effectively creating a hub of lodging on a roadway with a dearth of available options.At the Aug. 17 Hazlet Township Land Use Board meeting, Holiday Inn unveiled a proposal to build a four-story Holiday Inn Express hotel. It would sit behind the two-story Holiday Inn already established along the highway, across from the Cinemark and Costco shopping center.“This is a rather innocuous use,” said Calisto Bertin, project engineer for the hotel’s application. “It’s just a hotel – not a trucking terminal, not a factory.”But for some residents living on the adjacent Miller Avenue, which is actually within Holmdel Township’s borders, plans for a new hotel are unwelcome.“I think the value of our homes are going to go down,” said Holmdel resident Dean Labarca, a 13-year homeowner on Miller Avenue, after the meeting ended. “The quality of our lives are going to go down.”He was one of about 25 residents from Miller and Orchard avenues in attendance that expressed concern about this development. Earlier in the month, Labarca petitioned the Holmdel Township Committee for help to stop this project. Committee members Deputy Mayor Pat Impreveduto and Committeeman Eric Hinds said they do not like the project.According to the project application, the hotel expansion would be on a 3-acre swath of undeveloped, wooded land behind the existing Holiday Inn hotel and the Hazlet Pharmacy/Casual Male XL next door.An engineering plan for the proposed hotel expansion.The plans call for a four-story, 93-room hotel, covering 13,663 square feet. On the ground level, site plans outline a swimming pool, market, lifestyle lounge and a fitness room.Yomesh Patel, a planner hired on behalf of Holiday Inn applications, said the new hotel would “attract the right type of clients” into Hazlet, considering the Holiday Inn Express would be an “upper-scale hotel.”For Holiday Inn to even consider the new hotel for franchising, Patel said the structure would have to be four stories tall. He cited country-wide consistency and brand recognition as the main reasons why.Pending approval from the Land Use Board, attorney Jeffery Gale said the property owner would split the lots into two – the new space at 3 acres and the existing space at 3.9 acres – and the existing Holiday Inn would be sold and rebranded as a Quality Inn or similar style hotel.Holiday Inn would also be seeking a use variance on the property, oddly enough, as hotel uses are not permitted in that zone on the Route 35 highway in Hazlet. According to public Monmouth County tax records, the standing hotel was built in 1967. Gale said over the years it had been branded as a Ramada Inn and a Sheraton. He said it also is the popular overnight destination for acts performing at the PNC Bank Arts Center.Surrounding the rear of the property and abutting houses on Miller Avenue is a 6-foot-high fence, that at some points provides only a 20-foot buffer for residents from the hotel’s parking lot.And according to Gale, the 20 feet that residents have come to enjoy over the years is actually owned by the hotel. The fence line does not correctly correspond with the actual property line.But regarding where properties begin and end, Gale said, “I’d like to make it clear, because I don’t want to stir up controversy. It is not the applicant’s desire that we make this controversy or to bring it to an issue.”The Holiday Inn on Route 35 South, Hazlet.If the new Holiday Inn Express is ultimately approved, distances from fence lines to the curb inside the development would range from 7 feet to 22 feet.That lack of privacy was brought to issue by board member Vincent Solomeno, who said, “the actual situation we’re facing right now is you’re awfully close to the backs of these homes.”“I’m concerned about that, specifically, and the noise and the light,” he added.Many of Labarca’s neighbors drew on those concerns after the meeting, saying the hotel expansion would have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.“I got three kids that play in the street there every day,” said Brian Hayes, who has lived on Miller Avenue for 14 years. “This is going to increase the traffic and the cars that come down the road and turn around in my driveway.”Concerning the traffic, Hayes said cars leaving the hotel property already turn right onto Miller Avenue, where there is no way to leave the development. “No Outlet,” “Watch Children,” and 25 miles per hour signs pepper the entrance to Miller Avenue.Joe Dimari has lived on Orchard Avenue, another neighborhood behind Miller Avenue, for 28 years. He said a new hotel twice as big as the one already there would make the site significantly louder than it already is.Dimari also brought up the Monmouth County Reliability Project, a pending 230-kV transmission line proposed along NJ Transit the North Jersey Coast Line. Orchard Avenue backs up to the train tracks.“We have the JCP&L project behind us and the Holiday Inn in front,” he said. “This is our quality of life that we’re trying to protect.”Only half of the expert witnesses testified on Aug. 17, so the project was carried to the next meeting, tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Residents are urged to check HazletTwp.org for more information.This article was first published in the Aug. 24-31, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers are off to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Basketball championships after disposing of the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks 69-46 in the Kootenay Zone Final Wednesday at the Hangar. The Bombers took control from the opening tip-off, building up a 44-21 lead en route to the blowout victory.Bjorn Morris led the Bomber attack with 16 points. Josh Matosevic had 15 and Isaiah Kingdon checked in with 14.Matosevic was a one-man wrecking crew in the second quarter when LVR built up its big lead, scoring 11 of his 15 points.The Bombers now advance to the provincial tournament March 5-8 in Langley.last_img

first_imgRon Ellis3883621%$303,180 Doug O’Neill1081010169%$588,286 Corey Nakatani881691218%$793,528 Kent Desormeaux12425221720%$1,389,110 Tiago Pereira85981211%$312,884 Tyler Baze19026202314%$1,441,444 SMITH SEEKS AN UNPRECEDENTED TRIPLE IN BIG ‘CAPBRONZO, HARD ACES WORK FOR SANTA ANITA HANDCAP Brice Blanc3362318%$242,872 Brandon Boulanger956586%$197,436 Martin Garcia9518131219%$1,299,460 COOL HAND SMITH EYES THIRD STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP WIN            Mike Smith has been down this road before. The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden in hundreds of major races throughout his career of more than 33 years, but winning one never grows old nor does the buzz that surrounds it.Still, the native of Roswell, New Mexico, who turns 50 on August 10, manages to keep his emotions under control, both before and during the race. He’ll do that again when he rides prohibitive favorite Shared Belief in next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, a race he will be seeking to win for an unprecedented third straight year, having won it with Game On Dude in 2013 and 2014.Johnny Longden, Corey Nakatani, Bill Shoemaker and Gary Stevens have won the race twice in a row, Shoe on two separate occasions, but no one has achieved the elusive “Triple.”Not even immortals such as Eddie Arcaro, Longden, Shoemaker and George Woolf himself, who won the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap in 1935 aboard the 7-year-old Azucar, were able to win the Big ‘Cap three straight years in 77 previous runnings of the historic race.“I’m excited about it,” Smith said of the Big ‘Cap. “I’m not sure who’s running in it yet, but Shared Belief has proved he can definitely go the mile and a quarter, and given the opportunity, he’s going to be tough to beat. He’s a good horse and he’s proved that, and I think his last race (beating Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7) really proved it.”That endorsement aside, Smith feels we haven’t yet seen the best of Shared Belief.“I think there’s room for him to step up even a little bit more than he’s shown, so we’ll see what happens,” Smith said. “He’s been training really well since, from what I hear, so all systems are go. We’re excited about it.”FINISH LINES: Chilean-bred Bronzo, working in company with the Irish-bred Circling for Neil Drysdale, worked seven furlongs on an unexpectedly rain-free Saturday morning in 1:27.20 for next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. Circling was given 1:28.40 . . . East Coast invader Hard Aces, recently acquired by Hronis Racing for trainer John Sadler, worked six furlongs for the Big ‘Cap under Victor Espinoza in 1:14.40. Espinoza has the Big ‘Cap mount on the 5-year-old Hard Spun horse, winner of the restricted Louisiana Handicap last out at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 17. . . Santa Anita offers two huge guaranteed pools on Big ‘Cap Day, $1 million in the Late Pick 4 and $250,000 in the Pick 6 . . . Brian Beach, agent for Espinoza, the regular rider of Horse of the Year California Chrome, has engaged his rider on Eddie Logan winner Bolo for Carla Gaines in next Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes . . . With Martin Garcia in the saddle, Damascus Stakes winner Chitu, prepping for the Grade II San Carlos Stakes next Saturday, worked five furlongs in company for Bob Baffert in a bullet 58.40, fastest of 69 works at the distance, the average time of which 1:01.20. Stablemate Pimpernel was timed in 58.80. Sky Kingdom also fired a bullet for Baffert, going four furlongs in 47 flat while stablemate Opsec was timed in 47.20 . . . Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. reports Prospect Park came out of his five furlong work yesterday “great” for the San Felipe . . . Next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap will mark a personal milestone for dedicated racing fan Ray Ware, as the Glendora resident will be on hand for his 50th consecutive edition of America’s longest continually run “Hundred Grander.” Ware’s first Big ‘Cap was in 1966, when Lucky Debonair, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, cruised to a one-length victory as the 3-1 favorite . . . Trainer Bob Hess Jr. has the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs penciled in for California Cup Derby winner Mischief Clem . . . The Racetrack Chaplaincy of So Cal, which supports the backstretch workers’ children’s ministry, will hold its charity golf event, “Tee Up Fore Kids Charity Golf Tournament” April 6 at Glendora Country Club. To register, contact Sharla Sanders at 626 733-3815 or via email at [email protected] for a donation form . . . Not only are jockeys Tyler Baze, Kent Desormeaux and Espinoza in a donnybrook for the runner-up spot in wins behind runaway leader Rafael Bejarano in Santa Anita’s jockeys’ standings with 26, 25 and 23, respectively, through Friday, they were bunched in purse earnings, too, at $1,441,444, $1,389,110 and $1,400,408 . . .The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) invite all to an open forum at Santa Anita on March 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Baldwin Conference Room on the third level of the Clubhouse. For more information, call 626 574-6620 or visit www.toconline.com . . . California racing rarity: two Oklahoma-breds, Wildly Excessive and Lust for Life, run in today’s second race. Joseph Talamo15617162611%$1,190,822 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 27) Rafael Bejarano17043252225%$1,896,514 Martin Pedroza1261118179%$519,374 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Philip D’Amato49119722%$512,270 Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Mandella4287719%$418,586 Jeff Bonde2690335%$321,280 Felipe Valdez3877818%$204,698 Richard Baltas46107322%$394,918center_img Bob Baffert671414921%$1,266,198 Victor Espinoza12323241419%$1,400,408 John Sadler829151311%$642,186 Peter Miller1011820818%$1,036,386 Gary Stevens6811111216%$938,820 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Eurton57118819%$550,318 Fernando Perez1221116109%$532,312 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150 A. C. Avila2362326%$156,974 James Cassidy4685917%$304,850 Flavien Prat82109812%$516,536 Edwin Maldonado821151013%$404,386 Mark Casse4385519%$633,598 Mike Smith7415161120%$1,365,091 Mark Glatt4778715%$371,574 -30- Jerry Hollendorfer11222161620%$2,141,878 Drayden Van Dyke13715161811%$822,306 Elvis Trujillo14717171112%$1,044,292 Michael Pender3264319%$162,160last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Italy’s striker Mario Balotelli (C) and Italy’s forward Lorenzo Insigne (L) take part in a training session on May 24, 2018 at Coverciano’s training camp near Florence. © AFP / Carlo BRESSANMILAN, Italy, May 28 – Italy captain Leonardo Bonucci said Sunday be believes that Mario Balotelli has matured as the Nice striker prepares to make his first appearance for the Azzurri in four years.New Italy coach Roberto Mancini will oversee his first game in charge of the four-time world champions against World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia in a friendly on Monday night in Saint Gallen, Switzerland. Mancini has called up 27-year-old Balotelli for three upcoming friendlies after the striker was sidelined by Italy by injury and behavioural problems in recent years.“I’ve found him (Mario) changed compared to the past, matured,” 31-year-old AC Milan defender Bonucci told a press conference ahead of Monday’s game.Balotelli has scored 13 goals in 33 appearances for the Azzurri but has not been selected since Italy’s humiliating group-stage exit from the 2014 World Cup.But he may have to wait until the second friendly against France on June 1 to make his return.“As for Balotelli, we’ll see if he plays or not (against the Saudis). Mario wants to play in front of his fans in Nice. Let’s see if we deploy him immediately or in the second game,” said Mancini.“He’ll be one of the strikers and we hope he can give us something good for the future because he’s still young.”Mancini said that he had not yet decided on the lineup for Monday’s game with the only certainty that AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma would start.“It’s the first game so it’s important to start well, which does not just mean winning,” said Mancini.“The most important thing is that the lads play carefree and that they can have fun, even at the cost of making mistakes.”Bonucci, meanwhile, said he was relishing his role of captain even if he missed the presence of veterans Gianluigi Buffon and Daniele De Rossi.“There’s a strong sense of responsibility, but what surpasses everything is pride. I want to be a true example for the rest of lads,” said Bonucci.Italy play a third friendly against the Netherlands, who also failed to qualify for the World Cup, in Turin on June 4.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgApparently the pain suffered by 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday wasn’t confined to his left knee.Garoppolo is “heartbroken,” 49ers’ general manager John Lynch told Pro Football Talk’s Peter King. “His family’s heartbroken. You can see it in his eyes, in their eyes. It’s tough. Jimmy needs to play, and he wants to play.”The 49ers were waiting Monday morning for an MRI to see if the organization’s worst fears have come true: a torn ACL. “All indications are that it’s …last_img

first_img(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Red hot peppers!  Can evolution “design” anything, especially a chemical bomb a plant uses to be sure its seeds get spread properly?There’s a desert plant in the Middle East that has an ingenious way of dispersing its seeds.  Many plants rely on animals for help, but there’s a problem: the animal helper needs to spread the seed without destroying it.  For instance, many plants surround their seeds by fleshy, delicious fruits, but if the animal munches the seeds, there they go, into oblivion instead of into the soil.Current Biology tells the story of Ochradenus baccatus (“Taily Weed”; see photo in Flowers of Israel), a homely desert shrub that has a “mustard oil bomb” method of attracting animals but protecting its seeds from getting eaten.  It attracts rodents with the delicious fruit, but if they bite into the seeds, a chemical reaction occurs between the fruit juice and the seed juice, and pow! a distasteful, toxic mustard oil bomb goes off in the mouth.  The rodents quickly learn to spit out the seeds rather than eat them.  Fortunately for the plant, the rodents (to avoid getting eaten by their own predators), take the fruits to their rocky habitats, the best places for the seeds to grow.  This provides an especially tight example of commensal mutualism, where both parties benefit equally from their interaction.In the Current Biology review article, K. C. Burns (U. of Wellington) did his best to evolutionize the story while admiring the designs of the plant world.  First, he plagiarized the title of a well known book by Darwin champion Richard Dawkins, headlining his article, “Seed Dispersal: The Blind Bomb-Maker.”  In the attempt, though, he personified evolution too often, starting right in the first paragraph:Seed dispersal sets the stage for everything that happens to a plant during its lifetime — after germination, plants will never again be able to travel across the landscape. Seeds can’t move very far on their own, though, so they rely on wind, water or animals to get the job done. For example, coconuts float on water to reach their destination. Maple seeds fly through the air using auto-rotating wings that operate similarly to helicopter blades. Dandelion seeds use feathery plumes that function like parachutes. Another common mechanism of seed dispersal is to enlist the help of animals. Many plants surround their seeds with fleshy pulp to strike up mutualistic partnerships with fruit-consuming animals, who swallow seeds whole and defecate them intact in new locations. Animal-assisted seed dispersal can be a highly effective means of seed transportation, but it is often fraught with difficulty. In a new study in this issue of Current Biology, Samuni-Blank et al. demonstrate that a desert plant has taken an ingenious step towards solving the problems associated with animal-mediated seed dispersal.Presumably, evolution taught problem-solving skills to the plant.  The plant’s difficulty is simultaneously attracting partners and resisting predators.  Well, red hot peppers!  Chilis found a way, he said: they sneak capsaicin into the fleshy fruit.  In mammals (except for some masochistic humans), the capsaicin sets the mouth on fire and sends the eater running for the cold water faucet. Birds, which are not affected by capsaicin, eat the fruit with the seeds and defecate them unharmed elsewhere via air mail, but rodents learn to leave the chilis alone.Did you know your summer picnics are part of this symbiotic interplay?We can relate to the rodents’ plight. Watermelons (Citrullus lanatus) are filled with large seeds, and most of us spit them out before swallowing the juicy pulp, largely because the seeds have a sour taste. This sour taste is our bodies’ way of telling us that the seeds are defended chemically. By listening to our taste buds and spitting the seeds out, we avoid investing the energy to metabolise these defensive chemicals and avoid any harmful effect they might have after ingestion. However, in the case of O. baccatus, it is the combination of chemicals stored separately in the fruit pulp and in the seeds that creates the chemical deterrent, not just the seeds themselves.Here’s where Burns mixed his metaphors.  He reminded us that human engineers have designed bombs that don’t detonate till two components mix, but then attributed a similar “design” to the unguided processes of evolution.  He first presented the “evolutionary conundrum” for plants needing seed dispersers without attracting seed predators.  He claimed that the Taily Weed and rodent “co-evolved” their mutualistic dance of seed dispersal and feeding.  And then in the case of the chili pepper, he said, “capsaicin triggers receptors located in mammalian mouths that have been designed by evolution to respond to excessive heat.”  Burns never quite bothered to explain how the complex secondary metabolites in the fruit (glucosinolates) and the enzyme (myrosinase) in the seeds that detonates the “mustard oil bomb” evolved by mutation and natural selection in the first place, let alone the complex heat receptors in the mammalian mouth.It’s noteworthy that the main paper Burns was summarizing said nothing about evolution (Samuni-Blank et al., “Intraspecific Directed Deterrence by the Mustard Oil Bomb in a Desert Plant,” Current Biology, Volume 22, Issue 13, 1218-1220, 14 June 2012, 10.1016/j.cub.2012.04.051).  In fact, it begins with a 4-minute video narrated cheerfully by lead author Michal Samuni-Blank (Israel Institute of Technology), who describes, without mentioning evolution once, how her team discovered and tested the “directed deterrence hypothesis” with chemical analysis and good old field work.Let’s have some fun with the phrase, “evolutionary conundrum” (pretending, for the moment, that it is not redundant).  So: Wonders of design happen whenever Evolution, the fairy godmother (identified as Tinker Bell), waves her mutation wand with no goal or purpose in mind.  Our mouth receptors were Designed by Evolution to respond to excessive heat, we just learned.  The capsaicin, on the other hand, was Designed by Evolution to turn these receptors on and signal, “Fire in the hole!”  But then, the brains of weird people were Designed by Evolution to fan the flames and make chilis part of their fine cuisine.  The plant was therefore Designed by Evolution to get these weird people to cultivate even more chilis so that they would spread their selfish genes even further.Watermelon seeds, by contrast, were Designed by Evolution to make humans spit them out.  Humans, in response, were Designed by Evolution to create watermelon seed spitting contests (or was that Evolution designing the watermelon to make the humans do this?).  Evolution designed humans to retaliate by designing seedless watermelons.  (This is known as an evolutionary arms race.)  But if Evolution is such a good Designer, why didn’t Tinker Bell find the mutation to design watermelons with delicious seeds that pass through the human digestive tract?  Oh, we get it; it’s because Evolution designed the human to design toilets and sewer systems, so the seeds would never make it to the soil.  But the watermelon has the last laugh, because Evolution designed the human to realize that without propagation by other means than seeds, their favored watermelons would go extinct.It must be fun to be an evolutionist.  All you need is imagination, and imagination has no limits.  To them, evolutionary imagination is like capsaicin.  Most of us run for the cold water of observable science, but to them, imagination is delicious.  They have lost all feeling.  The fiery heat of imagination is normal; the more the better!For a great 100% Darwin-free documentary on seed dispersal, see the Moody Video Journey of Life (also incorporated as Volume 1 of Wonders of God’s Creation).  You’ll see the examples Burns mentioned and many others: coconut, dandelion, maple seed, and many more – illustrations of little living miracles all around us that can enrich our lives just to learn about.last_img read more