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Monday, May 28, 2007

Goooooo Hooooommmmee!

Megan: Dude, were you in Sacramento this weekend?

Chris: Yeah, I went back to Berkeley on the 4 o'clock train.

Megan: I went up to Sac on the noon train. Hey! Did you see the whales?

Chris: YEAH! They were right by the bridge!

Megan: YEAH! They were there this morning, too.

Chris:
I didn't actually see the whales, but I saw where the whales were.

Megan: Did you think we should have gone to all that trouble to herd them downstream?

Chris:
Well sure, I guess.

Megan: But maybe they went up the river for a reason, and we should have left them to it.

Chris: I don't know. I don't think they have reasons. They aren't that bright. Whales are basically descended from cows.

Megan: Oh...

Chris: They aren't all smart, like dolphins, who are descended from... from...

Megan: From people!

Chris: RIGHT!

7 Comments:

Blogger Noel said...

I can't believe I'm the first person to point out that whales, being carnivores, have at best a pretty distant relationship to cows.

I turned to the great Internets to check my facts, and found this interesting page on the origins on whales: http://www.talkorigins.org/features/whales/ As a bonus it refutes kooky creationists! Go Science!

Word verification: hvoac. Clearly an anagram of havoc, Google too is concerned with the disruptive power of Science on the dark lands of ignorance.

2:25 AM  
Blogger jens said...

Have you considered doing a regular blog to update people on the newest developments in biology?

There is so much ignorance that needs to be dispelled!

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to point out that dolphins are whales. Learned that in Florida...

-=richard=-

5:37 AM  
Blogger bobvis said...

How do each species rate on the knowing-whether-I-should-be-upstream intelligence scale? That may not be perfectly tied to whatever general intelligence we attribute to dolphins and not to whales.

I wonder if a modern day Moby Dick with a super-intelligent whale would capture the public.

6:12 AM  
Blogger LizardBreath said...

Even better, I wonder if a modern day superintelligent Moby Dick would capture cruise ships full of the public and make them catch fish for it.

6:46 AM  
Anonymous bryn said...

What if the whales are really smart about upstream/downstreamness because they use some magnetic ability relative to the earth's magnetic pole, but some dastardly sonar experiment messed with their inner ears and thus they were confused? :)

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Dagon said...

The whales had a very good reason to go upstream, but it was pretty quantitative, so it was easiest to just move them back.

10:01 AM  

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