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Reasons to Use Common Names April 15, 2010

Posted by stuffilikenet in Brilliant words.
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“Well, all of us could make a collective decision to employ Linnaeus’ clunky Genusspecies binomial nomenclature system in everyday conversation. And sure, that would eliminate the problem of misleading animal names. But it almost doubles the number of names to remember. What’s more, the movement would certainly lose steam the first time someone at the beach spotted a large dorsal fin tearing through the water and yelled, ‘Carcharodon carcharias!’ – and then watched in erudite horror as children continued to splash around and their parents avoided eye contact with what they assumed to be a crazy Italian tourist.”

From animalreview.wordpress.com, the animal lover’s response to anything by Will Cuppy.  They continue on:

“Then, of course, the killing would begin.”

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“I strongly support use of the binomial naming system.”

You are in for a really good read.  Go there now.  And don’t get me started on their hilarious use of footnotes.1

1. Just don’t.  I get all bitter when someone else is funnier than I am.

P.S., not to be confused with http://weirdimals.wordpress.com/, although I see how that could happen:

“The pen-tailed tree shrew on the other hand frequents a rather affable tree, the Bertram palm, whose buds harbour a type of yeast. In the bud the nectar and yeast ferments producing an alcoholic beverage. It is not just the pen-tailed tree shrew that has discovered this rainforest pub, in fact seven species of beastie make regular trips to the plant. It is just our little shrew friend who is always there, the animal equivalent of the Pilkington-Smythes and the local pub.

… you would not believe where I woke up this morning…

The tree isn’t daft of course, it doesn’t attract a gaggle of boozy animals to carouse around it and keep it awake all night for nothing, as these little lushes act as pollinators. The bertram palm and the pen-tailed tree shrew have been living this happy relationship for nigh on 55 million years… yes quite… the longest bender in history.”

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