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Dragons, The animal planet documentary.

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  1. Carnage-DVS

    Carnage-DVS IncGamers Member

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    Dragons, The animal planet documentary.

    I just caught the last hour of this, but it was pretty interesting. It basically pretended that the dragon existed, and it was a documentary on it. I suggest you people catch it.

    As for me, Dragons have always fascinated me so I was pretty happy with this program.
     
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    cyclotronic IncGamers Member

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    Loved it, the way the ending ties into the discovery was marvelous. Although the dragons use of platinum for fire seemed kind of far fetched. Isnt platinum so valuable because of its rarity?
     
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    pot is valuable due to its rarity yet people burn it.

    damn not being in america. Dragons and the sort fascinate me but damn australia. we might get it out here soon though
     
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    I thought it was valuable because it was too soft to mould into jewellery and needed other chemicals for it to be moulded.

    I think I read that somewhere.
     
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    Kind of far fetched? In a program pretending dragons exist?
     
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    Any theories about their ability to breath fire and fly?
     
  7. Carnage-DVS

    Carnage-DVS IncGamers Member

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    I think their body produced hydrogen, by way of them eating platinum. I know that hydrogen allowed them to fly and breathe fire.
     
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    There be dragons here!

    Platinum is the catalyst that allows them to produce hydrogen. Hydrogen, in addition to being flammable, is also lighter than air. As dragon bones are somewhat hollow (a bit like a bird's, actually), the hydrogen stored in their bodies would allow them to be held aloft for hours on end, provided that they didn't exhaust their stores.

    Didn't you take basic biology class? That's where I learned this.:D
     
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    I missed the program :rant: Completly forgot it was going to be on, damn it!

    So basically platimum is so rare now because the dragons ate it all? They depleted the supply of platinum so much that they all died out?

    Great theory...

    KnightFall
     
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    Lord_Shinnok IncGamers Member

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    My question is can i eat one and what does it taste like? Does it go better with mustard or BBQ sauce? These are the things i need to know if dragons really existed.
     
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    KnightFall IncGamers Member

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    Also due to the lack of virgins that seem to be around these days, what are we going to feed them? :p

    KnightFall
     
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    Necrolestes IncGamers Member

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    No, they're extinct. They tasted like gopher and went better with mustard sauce. There's your answer.
     
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    Thank you Necro, i wouldn't be able to sleep tonight without the answer. I guess ill go eat some endangered animal so i can get a similar rush.
     
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    I missed this program, UGH, I hope I can still catch it.

    I think dragons are real, just not in our dimension.
     
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    All in all, I think they did a fine job in making the Dragon a "believable" animal. As a scientist myself, I believe a great deal of thought went into making the show. Sure it was all for entertainment value, but there is the possibility that Dragons existed just as they were depicted.

    The documentary explored the evolution of the Dragon into an aquatic animal as a means for it to escape the cataclysmic meteor beleived to wipe out the dinosaurs. It also addressed the problem of flight concerning the animal weight versus its wingspan. The production of hydrogen gas from stomach bacteria is possible, just uncommon. The platinum catalyst reaction for fire production is also viable, however a little less believable.

    The fact that many different civilizations all have a Dragon myth despite their isolation from each other is quite interesting and brings about further questions. What is everyones take on this little tidbit?
     
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    They died out cause they were hunted I believe.
     
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    History is written by the victors...or really clever losers.

    From what I read, it was a systematic genocide designed by man to wipe out the dragon menace. Of course, you can't believe everything written in the history books.
     
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    Was it Patrick Stewart who did the narration? It sounded very much like him.
     
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    Yeah, it was him.

    I aboslutly am fasinated by dragons. I origonally bought the Draconomicon just because of the dragon lore.

    Am I the only one who thought the wings of the dragons in the documentery were a little small? I always thought they would close to twice the length of the Dragon. Like this.

    I also thought with the Added lift the bigger wings provide, the Dragon would breathe a form of hydrocarbon that when mixed with another ignite in the presence of air. I remember reading that in the legends that Dragonfire could weaken steel and seem the burn rock.Not to mention a Liquid base fuel is far more deadly that a gas based on is.
     
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    Wing and a prayer

    No, you're not the only one. Even with hollow bones, the wings would have to be bigger to allow for true flight (you could glide with the wings seen in the documentary and achieve short-term flight but no flying around the country-side). That's why the fell beasts (the flying mounts of the Nazgul in the Lord of the Rings movies) had such large wings: they were mathematically calculated out to the proper length to permit flight.
     

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