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Thread: C.O.W. - #087: Razor Fly
May 26th, 2007 #1
C.O.W. - #087: Razor Fly
Saturday, 02nd June 2007
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note: The deadline won't be EXACTLY after a week...it can last up to 24 hours more, i am human and have to work also, you know
Post your creature for this week!
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thnx to electric goat for that inspiring topic
- The creature must be a fly!!! Housefly, Firefly, Dragonfly, Bee...everything is ok as long as it is a flying insect which isn't too far away from the term of a fly
- Include the razor aspect in a cognizable form. Sharp, deadly, dangerous, not necessarily made of metal, actually try to avoid making it of metal imho....because fireflies don't have flames for example....so razor should only be the name for something which reminds of a razor or its function...
May 26th, 2007 #3
Interesting topic. One state away from me, a massive plague of cicadas called Brood XIII is about to rise from underground, threatening to drown out cell phone conversations and even one large Chicago music festival (which they postponed) with their shrill calls. I guess one cicada can emit up to 90 decibels of shreek.
I'm kind of sad their kind doesn't reach very far into Minnesota. I'm sure their few weeks in the sun is really something to behold and hear.
There are 15 such broods in the middle of the US, all of which lay dormant for 17 years (on rotating cycles)...They emerge, molt, eat, mate and then go back underground... they don't bite or sting, but maybe I can use them as a basis for my concept... a secret brood SIXTEEN... maybe developed as a weapon by the government... maybe just a mutant brood that emerges and isn't so harmless after all...
Very cool topic...current portfolio:
May 26th, 2007 #4
hmm... interesting.. not many ways to go.. but ill give it some thought this time hehe
May 26th, 2007 #5
Awesome to have you back Fozz~!~
This one will be harder then the last few we've had...*googles insects*~Try always to [ i m p r o v e. ]
May 26th, 2007 #6
Another swarming insect is the Mayfly. Up by lake Erie they get them in mass during the summer time, and each of them lives for only 1 day. their dead bodies coat the roads and their slippery innards make driving difficult- so they city brings out snow plows!
May 26th, 2007 #7
Down here in Florida we have what are called Love Bugs who swarm twice a year. Here.
They're currently covering my car They go splat onto it leaving various disgusting white marks while you're driving that are nearly impossible to clean off. They're season is almost done now though...~Try always to [ i m p r o v e. ]
May 26th, 2007 #8
I feel like making an emo fly
this all should be fun
May 26th, 2007 #9
first time doing the COW thing .. so imma take it easy and start simple
These flies are attracted by the smell of blood, just like sharks, when the prey is wounded, many others will follow the scent of blood and join the chase. They swoop down on the prey at high speed and perform a dipping motion with their abdomen razors, which results in a deep cut causing severe bleeding. Each cut bleeds and weakens the prey, while adding more flies to the chase. At the end there would only be an exhausted prey covered by thousands of moving green shapes while its flesh is slowly being torn away.
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May 26th, 2007 #10
Great to have you back Fozz. We were all a little worried about ya. Hope your trip was cool.
Ok, this has been a long time coming. Finally finished college and so now I can do the things I've been missing out on such as COW. So without further ado, let's get some ideas flowing with a brainstorm.
First, the fly aspect. As Fozzy stated, the creature has to have a resemblance to some form of winged insect that is similar in morphology to the common housefly. That means you should probably avoid things like butterflies, moths, beetles, dragonflies, etc. Proper flies fall under the order Diptera (meaning two wings). There are two suborders under Diptera. The first is Nematocera. This group includes mosquitoes, crane flies, black flies, gnats, and midges. The second suborder is Brachycera. This group includes hunch-back flies, robberflies, bee-flies, snipeflies, windowflies, soldierflies, horseflies, stiletto flies, awl-flies, wood-soldierflies, etc. Brachycera includes a massive number of species and the ones I've listed here cover only a few. However Wikipedia has alot of information, so that would be a good place to start. In order for it to classify as a fly however, it has two have two certain characteristics. Two pairs of wings, as mentioned above and two halteres. Halteres are small nobby protrusions that are rapidly flapped to main balance.
Ok, well that covers the more scientific portion of things. Flies have such a huge number of species that all you really need to do is a little image hunting and the creature will almost design itself to a degree. The second portion however is the aspect of the razor. A razor of course is simply a thin, sharpened blade. In this case it doesnt matter about the shape or size as long as it fits believably within the creatures morphology. Dont create a fly that has huge razor protruding from its head. It wouldnt be able to use it and it would be unable to fly. You have to consider things like weight and aerodynamics in this case. The creature must retain the quick flight movement and maneuverability associated with flies. Also consider why does this insect have razor-like appendages or protrusions. How does it use them? Does the insect naturally occur in a swarm much like mosquitoes? Because of the razors is the swarm able to kill much larger creatures than you would imagine an insect could kill? Perhaps they are like flying pirhana. Quickly flying in a stripping the flesh from much larger organisms very quickly. Or perhaps the razors are used in battles between males of the species to decide mating hierarchy. Maybe the term razor refers to the shape of the insect. It might have a very thin body structure that resembles a blade. Also keep in mind that any razor structure should be organic in make-up. Like the Fozz said, avoid metal. Thankfully insects have hard outer shells and so razor composed of chitin or some other organic hard substance would be fairly plausible.
Well that about covers it. Hope this helped and provided a jumping off point for someone. Brainstorm complete. Nexus out.
May 26th, 2007 #11
YEAH...and in Sweden we have mosquitos... and sometimes there are more then five of them visible at once... Now, that's a sight for bards to sing of. Itch... You see, that's why I always ask American tourists why the hell they've come to Sweden. Name any one thing, and you guys got more of it, and in bigger versions... (that includes the bad stuff, I fear...)
May 26th, 2007 #12
Atheists. We don't have more atheists in the US, and all of yours are bigger than the ones we have.
(calls travel agent, books flight.)current portfolio:
May 26th, 2007 #13
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" The Razor Fly spends most of it's time sifting through various scrap yards, collecting bits of aluminum and other soft metals in which it uses it's acidic saliva to melt down and form a very fashionable but deadly helmet, fully equiped with a set of sharp and deadly razors for which the species aquired it's name. The only thing more spectacular then to witness a rare Razor Fly, is to behold two Razor Flys whose paths have crossed, for a fight to a death ensues and only one Razor Fly may emerge victorious, the other left for death.
The Razor Fly is in truth, not a fly at all, but a species similar to that of the Damsel Fly. Due to the species' unsual desire to collect metal and continually expand the razors on it's helmet, the common Razor Fly lives no longer then a few months, most often dieing from severe battles with other Razor Flys or the fact that partial metals are digested as it creates it's helmet. "
Never thought I'd finish this ~
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May 26th, 2007 #14
hehe, again the information unit strikes
When seeing your post and reading it i imagine this flying brain in the anime series "Captain Future", dunno if it is known out there, but in Germany it was the number one animation series of my childhood
May 26th, 2007 #15
MJ: Hehe... Perhaps, if you mean percentage of the population, but not in actual people. Heading over to Sweden during my vacation to see some atheists... I hear they're quite big this time of year. (No don't go there... haven't you heard? About the razor-flies?)
Actually Michael, rethink the plain-ticket. I'm off to Glenwood Springs, Colorado in a few weeks. Perhaps I can bring you some atheists for your fancy? It's a cheaper flight...
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