Archive for the ‘Language and animals’ Category

The news for beavers

March 22, 2017

(Sex talk, but mostly academic, analytically inclined. But still, talk about bodyparts and sex acts, so use your judgment.)

First, cowboys and beavers, via the paratactic preconditional

(1) Save a tree, eat a beaver.


parallel to

(2) Save a horse, ride a cowboy.

Then some news about castorid, rather than genital, beavers.


Risible (faux-)commercial name

March 13, 2017

From a posting by Randy Murray to the Facebook page‎ “THE ERRORIST MOVEMENT – Correct grammar, with humour”, where he comments, “apostrophes mean so much”:


At first glance, this ad would seem to fall into four big topic areas on this blog: dubious commercial names; It’s All Grammar; vulgar slang; and phallic play (in particular, word play). To which I add: the conventions on the form of hashtags, e-mail addresses, and web addresses (URLs). But first, I have to tell you that this particular Dick’s Pizza is a fabrication.


Komodo dragon day

March 6, 2017

Today’s Google Doodle is a tribute to the Komodo dragon:

The world’s most amiable-looking Komodo dragon; the actual animals are big, fierce, aggressive carnivores — but for a variety of reasons, they are in fact endangered. And they have been big in my consciousness ever since I first heard Bob and Ray’s routine about Dr. Darryl Dexter (billed as the great expert on the Komodo dragon), back when I was in high school (60 years ago).


VDay pangolins

February 14, 2017

From Benita Bendon Campbell, Google Doodle news. Reported on in The Sun (UK) yesterday:

SCALING NEW HEIGHTS What is a pangolin and how do you play the Google Valentine’s Day 2017 doodle game? All you need to know. Monday’s Google Doodle is one of the most in-depth ones the site has ever created [by Becky Pemberton]

Adorable pangolins for VDay.


ReFo and K-Man

February 9, 2017


They found one another in the
Sexual swamp, where men go to
Drop their civilized masks and
Embrace their
Animal natures,
Copulate like


The carniguin

January 5, 2017

On Facebook, this came from Michael Palmer, who got it from Seth Andrew. (As with many such things, the creators of the image and the text are not identified.)


Whimsical Park

January 2, 2017

From several Facebook friends, a link to this FB group:

Giraffic Park is Northern California’s preeminent rescue service and habitat for giraffes. This page will feature Giraffic Park’s many inhabitants.

Yes, a piece of whimsy, with a silly pun on the name of the movie Jurassic Park — a pun that seems to have been made many times, as part of several different kinds of playfulness (including movies in which giraffes are crossed with tyrannosaurs and then escape from the parks to which they’ve been confined).


It’s beginning to look a lot like Fishmas

December 20, 2016

Today’s Bizarro, combining ice fishing for walleye with an annoying Christmas song (plus the Christmas / Fishmas pun):


(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbol in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there’s just one in this strip — see this Page. The object by the fisherman’s left boot is an auger, for drilling holes in the ice, not a Bizarro symbol.)


The Curious George caper

December 8, 2016

Today’s Bizarro has a man and his monkey hauled in by the cops for questioning:


In case you were unsure of the identities of the simian and his yellow-hatted friend, the little one is wearing a t-shirt that says “Curious George”.

(If you’re puzzled by the odd symbols in the cartoon — Dan Piraro says there are 3 in this strip — see this Page.)


Con Ed and the Ramona St. Squirrel Squad

December 4, 2016

… share a slogan: Dig We Must.

For Consolidated Edison (the NYC energy company), it was a slogan from the 1950s, asserting the company’s need to excavate under city streets to install power and gas lines, to create a better city.

For the squirrels around my Ramona St. condo, it describes their relentless drive to dig in the nice loose soil of my container gardens, to bury the nuts they find in the neighborhood, leaving devastation in their wake.