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Word of the Day, or Dude. Use "exogenesis" next time. [20080731|16:34]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Panspermia, n: the hypothesis that "seeds" of life exist already all over the Universe, that life on Earth may have originated through these "seeds", and that they may deliver or have delivered life to other habitable bodies.

The Icy Satellites section in the Saturn After Cassini book is likely to include this word in the discussion of the biological implications of the chemical composition of Enceladus.

Why do I get the feeling this word was dreamed up by the same people who decided it was a good idea to name one of the spatial parameters of an ellipse the "semi-latus rectum"? Because, you know, that's totally not going to send whole hordes of otherwise serious-minded people into paroxysms of puerile giggling.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2008-07-31 15:57 (UTC)
hehe... sperm... hehe
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-05 09:23 (UTC)
Exactly! You see? Brains dribbling out the ears, immediately.
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[User Picture]From: shamroq
2008-07-31 16:01 (UTC)
Might as well call it Ronjeremization.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-05 09:24 (UTC)
Actually, that flows rather nicely.
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[User Picture]From: angelcityblues
2008-07-31 16:13 (UTC)
*bursts out laughing*

Not at the term. At your delivery of it. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-05 09:24 (UTC)
Why, thank you. Happy to return the favour, after the many times your journal's made me chortle!
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From: tdj
2008-07-31 17:00 (UTC)
Shit. I thought that was the theory that worlds are routinely seeded with life by the issue of a goat-legged flautist demigod.
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[User Picture]From: giles
2008-07-31 17:53 (UTC)
Is he played by Alan Cumming wearing furry trousers in your brain, too?
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From: tdj
2008-07-31 18:44 (UTC)
Well, he is now.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-08-05 09:35 (UTC)
I can't believe I just spent 10 minutes looking for an image of Alan Cumming in furry trousers. I couldn't find one, but here's him as Nightcrawler.



Edited at 2008-08-05 09:38 am (UTC)
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From: tdj
2008-08-06 04:02 (UTC)
Fraulien!
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