It has been speculated that [the swamp dragons'] habit of exploding violently when angry, excited, frightened or merely plain bored is a developed survival trait to discourage predators. Eat dragons, it proclaims, and you'll have a case of indigestion to which the term "blast radius" will be appropriate.
(Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms).
Friday, April 29, 2005
This is clearly the first stage of an evolutionary leap that will ultimately lead to horrible, deadly creatures, of the sort previously confined to the fever-dreams of Japanese videogame designers: Exploding toads.