Friday, 8 March 2013


Squid are cephalopods of the order Teuthida, which comprises around 300 species. Like all other cephalopods, squid have a distinct head, bilateral symmetry, a mantle, and arms. Squid, like cuttlefish, have eight arms arranged in pairs and two, usually longer, tentacles. Squid are strong swimmers and certain species can "fly" for short distances out of the water.

Squid have differentiated from their ancestral molluscs such that the body plan has been condensed antero-posteriorly and extended dorso-ventrally. What before may have been the foot of the ancestor is modified into a complex set of tentacles and highly developed sense organs, including advanced eyes similar to those of vertebrates? The ancestral shell has been lost, with only an internal gladius, or pen, remaining. The pen is a feather-shaped internal structure that supports the squid's mantle and serves as a site for muscle attachment. It is made of a chitin-like material.

Friday, 11 May 2012


The donkey or ass, Equus africanus asinus, is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years. There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mostly in under-developed countries, where they are used principally as draught or pack animals. Working donkeys are often associated with those living at or below subsistence levels. Small numbers of donkeys are kept for breeding or as pets in developed countries.

Friday, 29 July 2005


I started this blog in order to have an outlet for my thoughts. I realy don't care if anyone reads this but I would welcome anyone that happens to come by. The views expressed here are mine and mine alone. Now for a little abit about me: I love to have a good time and enjoy debating about almost anything (see rules below to the exceptions). I have lived in every part of the country but I currently reside in Minnesota. I am an avid fisherman/hunter and gun enthusiast. I love being outdoors. I served 9 years in the U.S.Navy and I am currently in the National Guard. That is where the name suidgrunt comes from. I am both. It gets really confusing during the annual Army/Navy game to say the least. But I am assured that my team will win since I now favor both. I have very few rules for this site. They are as follows: 1. The opinions on this site are mine and mine alone unless stated otherwise. 2. I know that there are those that offend easily, get over it. I have neither the time or patience for thin skinned folks. I do, however, appreciate constructive debates. 3. I am not always right (don't tell my mother, she thinks that since that she is always right and I am indeed her son, therefore I am always right. Just kidding Mom) so I welcome different points of view. 4. I post when I have the time and inclination to do so. I might post several times a day or once a week. 5. If you agree with abortion, large government, or are against hunting I have nothing to say to you, period. These topics are not up for debate. I will give you my veiwpoint but I will not debate these topics. I stand firm in my beliefs and I do not entertain differing opinions on these topics. 6. NEVER, EVER attack the men and women of our Armed Forces! These men and women stand in harm's way to ensure you have the life you currently have. Never forget that! 7. My wonderful, beautiful wife is known as the Herr Kenraali. It is the rank of general in the Finnish Army. She is half finnish and half Norwegian. I settled on the finnish title cause I like it better than the Norwegian title. I mean have you ever tried to pronouce any of their words? come on now. It gets a little ridiculous. And yes she wears the pants. I am only a figure head, waving to everyone with a smileas I pass by. I have no authority hear what so ever. She is the only person on earth that has this authority. It has worked well for 13 years so why change. That's it. Otherwise feel free to comment on what ever, whenever. SquidGrunt (SG) out SG