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How can an insect walk on all "fours"?


Y'know -- Chance raises a good point. According to my exaustive research of three paragraphs of the first Web page that came up when I did a Google search, to be classified as an "insect" a creature must have three body parts, six jointed legs, two antennae, and an exoskeleton.

But I checked Leviticus again, and sure enough, it specifically uses the phrase "all fours." Stupid Leviticus.


Oh yeah -- here's my source for insect info.


The preying mantis walks on all fours, doesn't it?


So, I guess only double-amputee insects are unclean then! Ha!

Which means that when little boys tear the back legs off of grasshoppers, it's not only -cruel-, it's also somehow -tainting-. Odd.


I remember Leviticus having a lot to say about what to do if you find mold in your home. The subjects of last night's "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" would have done well to bone up on their Leviticus. (mold ate their house)
And people laugh at my mold-related paranoia.


Since pork, the other white meat, is a major contributor to our obesity problem, Y*hw*h was just a nagging dietician way ahead of his time.

My son saw a documentary that called shrimp the "cockroaches of the sea". He uses that excuse to not eat any shellfish. I tell him that if cockroaches tasted as good as shrimp fried and drenced in lemon juice, I'd eat them too.


I have to agree with yellojkt's son. I can't eat any shellfish either, especially shrimp. Although I have a whole issue with eating dead things that look the same as they did when they were alive, but that is another post.


"On all fours" is a phrase that drives a lot of Bible people nuts. It may be that it's a colloquialism for a manner of walking like mammals and lizards walk "on all fours", and there's an appeal to that explanation. One of the problems with that is that while the whole issue of rabbits "chewing the cud" could easily be a matter of inadequate translation (in which rumination and coprophagia are both covered by a single phrase in Hebrew) the fact is that the phrase "on all fours" is a very easy one to translate, and literally means just that.

Another interesting note about sea creatures is that there has been an ongoing debate over the kosherness of swordfish, as they are born with scales, but lose them by adulthood.


Animals with four legs do not walk on all four legs simultaneously, but six-legged creatures do.


Swordfish. The answer is actually quite simple, when you catch it, check if it has scales, if yes, chomp it, if no, don't. What can be more simple? You may just find as knowledge increase that the reason the swordfish loses its scales has something to do with a chemical change in its body which is not healthy to ingest for a human?

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