Thursday, September 21, 2006
Just for Giggles
- I didn't do squat to my hair this morning. Just wasn't in the mood. I took the blow dryer to it to give it some "pouf" and figured if that didn't do the trick, I'd just go the ponytail route. It was okay; no ponytail. I always get a giggle out of not having to do something.
- Plump blue smilies make me giggle. You?
- If a man yells "Do... (blah-blah-blah)" and there's no woman around to hear (and snicker), does he make any sound?
- 3 Billy Idol songs in a row on the radio coming home this afternoon. Had me rocking in my seat. I wasn't giggling, but the driver in the next lane was. He's probably got no rhythm. Could have been jealous. His loss. That makes me giggle.
- I spent a few minutes comparing one piece of bad porn to another, older piece of bad porn. Yup. Yup. I see definite similarities. The Bullshit Barometer tells me it's either one author or a duo joined at the hip. And I don't mean that in any pornographic sense. Or maybe I do. With these people, you just never know. That was worth a couple of giggles.
- Scientists have found (discovered in 2000 in Ethiopia) a nearly complete, 3-million-year-old skeleton of a 3-year-old female from the "ape-man" species represented by "Lucy;" species, Australopithecus afarensis.
Scientists believe afarensis walked upright on two feet, but there is dissension about whether it had an ape-like agility to climb and swing from trees.
Such a climbing ability would require such features as long arms; afarensis had arms that dangled to just above the knees. Climbing ability, or an evolutionary leftover?
While there are distinct human characteristics, the upper body structure indicates a more ape-like species:
* The shoulder blades more resemble a gorilla than modern man.
* The neck appears short and thick like an ape.
* The inner-ear organ of balance is more ape-like than human.
* The fingers are decidedly curved, possibly indicating climbing ability.
* The fossil finds revealed what is only the second hyoid bone to be recovered from any human ancestor. The tiny bone which attaches to the tongue muscles is markedly chimp-like in the skeleton, but still suggestive of some type of language ability.
I'm not sure they'll ever be able to tell from a few ancient bones whether that long-dead 3-year-old swung from trees, but it's a nice story. Made me smile.
And now for your giggles, we present today's lineup of Words Gone Wild. Define, please; I'm too tired.
a prude and proper service - I think that it would be neither prudent nor proper for me to tackle this bad boy.