Scientists however, have a history of doing this sort of thing, and because they’re scientists people all over the world subscribe to the brilliance of their ‘findings.’ (And this is where coconut crabs come in).
Amelia Mary Earhart, an American aviation pioneer and author, disappeared in 1937 over the Pacific Ocean in the general vicinity of Howland Island, which is halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Of course, this island is claimed by the US, and why not. It’s rich in natural resources and sits in a strategic location. No one knew where Ms Earhart was or what happened to her. Yet, years later it’s claimed that she arrived on one of these Islands (the home of coconut crabs). This has caused widespread Internet conjecture that upon arrival, she must have been promptly eaten by one or a few of them.
These crabs as you can see are giant crustaceans. They can crack a coconut open by just squeezing it with their pincers. They’re 3 feet from head to toe and weigh about 40 pounds. When I was a little girl growing up in South America, I had hundreds of run-ins with coconuts, mainly trying to chop them open with machetes. This took me several minutes to achieve, so I for one know how determined coconuts can be.
If poor Amelia had a run-in with one of these, that strong determined woman she proved herself to be, would’ve had it stewing in a pan before you could say ‘curry sauce!’
So, what weird thing have you heard lately?