It turns out that those ubiquitous Vietnamese BBQ places might be harboring a couple of major scientific finds. While checking out the local restaurants, researchers in the Mekong delta discovered that a few of the barbecued snacks were in fact an unknown species of all-female, self-cloning lizard. What sounds like a bizarre science fiction story is in fact an example of parthenogenesis, a process by which animals confronted with extreme environmental conditions learn to self-fertilize.
Wow, that’s a trick.
But the funniest part of the story is that the researchers asked the restaurant owner to set aside some of the lizards until an expert herpetologist could be called in to examine them. After flying in from California and spending two days on a motorcycle to reach the village, the expert discovered that the restaurant owner had gotten drunk and fried up all the lizards for his patrons. Honestly, you couldn’t make this stuff up. Fact is indeed stranger than fiction. Read more about the discovery for yourself at CNN.