Yes, this fish has spines. Yes, this fish releases toxins. No, that’s not the reason why you shouldn’t touch it, though. You’ll know why you shouldn’t touch it when you find out what it has instead of scales.
Your options are to blow or to snort 'n swallow. Unless you prefer to let the snot just sort of dribble out and pool in your philtrum, giving your upper lip a damp, sickly glisten. Which, no – what are you, seven? It's time you learned to get rid of mucus like a well-informed adult.
Occasionally, when you are idly clicking around the web, you strike gold. Sometimes it's a kitten video. Sometimes it's a study about whether or not milk fills you with mucus.
There is no scientific term for boogers, even though these crusty bits of dried mucus are part of one of the body's most efficient cleansing systems. And, despite the fact that many people are compulsive nose-pickers, we don't really know why. Still, there are a lot of booger facts we do know — and here they are.
For years, scientists have marveled at the seafaring abilities of snails like Janthina janthina (pictured above), which produce a biological bubble-wrap that enables them to float just below the water's surface in oceans around the world.