Wednesday Weisblog: The Geico lizard this ain’t!

Smile for the camera!

Smile for the camera!

A fisherman from Indonesia was just taking a leisurely break, harmlessly searching for sugar-apples in a park on a remote Indonesian island.

As you might expect, there’s more to the story. The fisherman, 32-year-old Muhamad Amwar, wandered into an area that that was restricted. Signs warned of “wild dragons” that prowled the territory.

The simple fact that the area is called “Komodo National Park” should have been another clue.

Sadly, before Anwar found the apples, the Komodo dragons found him. Anwar’s fellow fisherman found him bleeding and unconscious, and he bled to death on the way to a nearby clinic.

Komodo dragons can grow to 10 feet long and can weigh as much as 300 pounds. They possess a bite that is “toxic,”
allowing it to take down prey as large as buffalo. They are voracious eaters who will devour nearly anything. They can kill small animals with one swipe of their powerful tails.

Attacks on humans are rare, but this is the second recorded incident in the last two months.

Next time you see a “Komodo dragon crossing” sign, don’t walk the other way … run!

Before I close today’s blog, I want to tell everyone about a computer virus that is sweeping the country and is scheduled to hit full force on April Fool’s Day (no, this is not a joke). CNN has a nice article on it, and here is the link to it:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/03/24/conficker.computer.worm/index.html

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