Thursday, April 18, 2013

Happy National Velociraptor Awareness Day!

Happy National Velociraptor Awareness Day! - As I meander about, I find that people are very aware of the threat posed by zombies, and most are prepared to do battle with a zombie horde. Few. however, appear to be similarly aware of the threat posed by velociraptors, and most are ill-prepared to deal with a velociraptor swarm.

The American Society for Velociraptor Attack Prevention is an excellent resource for information regarding velociraptors and methodologies for dealing with them.

Here is a brief overview of information available from the ASVA: Know the Enemy

  • The velociraptor is a bipedal carnivore with a long, stiffened tail and can be distinguished from other dromaeosaurids by its long and low skull, with an upturned snout. It bores a relatively large, sickle-shaped claw, typical of dromaeosaurid and troodontid dinosaurs. This enlarged claw, up to 67 millimeters (2.6 in) long around its outer edge, is a predatory device, used to tear into the prey, delivering a fatal blow.
  • Velociraptors are often found on tropical islands, converted to millionaire amusement parks, but are commonly being sighted in the Pacific Northwest. Of the essential facts you should know about velociraptors:

  • Velociraptors hunt in packs, and are known to form an equilateral triangle around their prey. Velociraptors can accelerate 4 m/s2, with a top speed of 25 m/s on open terrain, 10 m/s while wounded, and 10 m/s in indoor laboratories.

  • Velociraptors can open doors, but are slowed by them. They can open an initial door in approximately 5 minutes, and will take half that time for each subsequent door.

  • Velociraptors do not know fear.