Monthly Archives: July 2010

What Is The Best Dinosaur?

Here’s a video for all those who mistakenly think that any animal’s name ending with the suffix -saur refers to a dinosaur. It’s humor for all us mesozoic-loving nerds. Comedian Dan Telfer confronts the controversial issue of the what the best dinosaur is. His arguments are sound.  And his belittling of the audience is righteous.  However, I humbly doubt his pronunciation of deinonychus. It’s pronounced di-non-i-kus, not dino-nik-us. Who’s the king of paleo-jeopardy now, Telfer?

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Starfish Anus, Sea-Star Butt

During a hectic visit to the California Academy Of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, I took this picture of my sister petting a starfish –excuse me, a sea star. (The Steinhart Aquarium –the aquatic section of the Academy– exhibits a tide pool where animals are available for gentle handling.)  Only later in the day did I inform my sister that she had been fondling the sea-star’s anus.  She asked my why I hadn’t informed her at the time.  I suppose I just assumed everyone knows basic sea-star anatomy –that the anus is dorsally located, at the center of the disc. She wasn’t too perturbed. No harm done.  But a good reason not to forget the hand sanitizer.  And it does go to show that invertebrates are not given their due.

Just an afterthought, but I think Starfish Anus would be an excellent name for a rock band.

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