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Friday, February 8, 2013

The horrifying physiological and psychological consequences of being Aquaman

I've always thought Aquaman sucked as a superhero. After all, in order to get away from him, all you have to do is leave the water. But check out this article about the scientific aspects of the problems he has to deal with: penetrating cold, osmotic pressure, the bends, the limited diet, and the constant, unceasing screams of dying marine life.

Aquaman can see the scars left by every trawl, can feel the life being sucked out of the ocean, knows the name of every fish, dolphin, and crab whose life has been taken by our nets and lines. His life is the constant, horrible drone of unspeakable, unstoppable death.

Previously: The horrible truth about Spiderman’s anatomy: what is that sticky white stuff?

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