Most evolutionary biologist have fully rejected the “hopeful monster theory” but it turns out they were wrong to do so.

Most mutations are deleterious, and are quickly weeded out of a population but in some cases not before they briefly cause hideous results that make everyone turn away in horror and disgust. But sometimes a hideous mutation can produce something new and amazing, something novel and wonderful, something never before seen and but which we could never imagine the world doing without. Here is an example:

Original Mutation:

F1 Generation:

F2 Generation:

Case closed.



  1. #1 Oldcola
    April 2, 2011

    Looks much more as parallel evolution to me.

  2. #2 Shawn Smith
    April 2, 2011

    Damn you, Laden! I was blissfully unaware that such a completely inane piece of pop culture existed, and you’ve completely ruined my ignorance! AAAAAUUUUUGGGGHHHH!!

  3. #3 Phillip IV
    April 2, 2011

    Not only a strong argument in favour of the ‘Hopeful Monster’ theory – more than that, the Original Mutation should also finally put paid to the idea that the Universe was created by a benevolent deity. No ‘Intelligent Design’ would allow for anything even remotely like that to come into existence.

  4. #4 Danniel Soares
    April 2, 2011

    It should have been posted yesterday, not because it was friday, but because it was April 1st.

  5. #5 meat robot
    April 2, 2011

    Oh, the Roots! I don’t know wheather to be awed or disappointed. I’ll go with awe.

  6. #6 Joshua Zelinsky
    April 2, 2011

    F2 is awesome. I’m also really impressed that Colbert can sing that well.

  7. #7 P Smith
    April 2, 2011

    “Friday” IS the mutation.

    The Beatles’ “A Day In The Life” is the original.

  8. #8 Richard Chapman
    April 3, 2011

    Ditto, blissfully unaware. I think I feel a cluster headache coming on.

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    April 3, 2011

    P smith, thanks for that link. I had noticed the similarity as well. I wonder if it is intentional or subconscious.

  10. #10 itzac
    April 4, 2011

    For Canadian readers:

    (The Colbert video is only available in the US.)

  11. #11 Mark P
    April 5, 2011

    Did you by any chance see Stephen Colbert on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night show doing a sendup of this song*? It was absolutely terrific.

    *Does it seem to you that the probability of this event occurring is vanishingly small?

  12. #12 Mark P
    April 5, 2011

    Dangit! I missed the last comment prior to mine. But I stand by my statement: it was terrific.