Adventures in Ethics and Science

Freud would probably say that there are times when a hand-turkey is just a hand-turkey.

Freud, however, isn’t writing this post.


Would this kind of plumage only work on a domesticated bird? (What kind of ecosystem would make such wild feathers an advantage for any bird but one widely recognized to be yucky tasting?)


Are turkeys capable of self-awareness? If so, how does this one feel about the fact that his feet look so much like the fork stuck in his fallen comrade?


Is a hand-turkey whose head is not on the hand’s thumb a mutant strain? Or is the hand-turkey like Mickey Mouse, whose ears stay in the plane of the page whether Mickey is full-face or profile? (Would this mean that there’s a common ancestor Mickey Mouse shares with hand-turkeys that might explain this common trait?)


We’re still trying to figure out the connection between this purportedly alien creature and Thanksgiving. Any hunches?


  1. #1 A
    November 23, 2007

    Somebody’s ovaries just came on line. Eight year old going on nine year old girls, that curious mix of romanticism and gleeful ick.

  2. #2 Bob O'H
    November 24, 2007

    Thanksgiving was first celebrated by aliens, wasn’t it?

    And the plumage – blame sexual selection. And use that as an excuse to look at lots of photos of birds of paradise.


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