The Primate Diaries

Category archives for Humor

1984 Meets the Age of O’Reilly

This, of course, refers to the famous remarks (almost four days old now) in which Richard Dawkins’ suggestion that there be a separation of church and state in public schools was shouted down by O’Reilly’s claim that he was imposing fascism. Poor Winston Smith. When Orwell wrote his novel there was only a three minute…

Sell the Vatican, Feed the World

You know, it could work. Consider the Vatican’s net worth as reported by Paul Velelli in the London Independent:

Chicago Can Still Host the Silly Olympics

Bidding opens soon and I think the chances are good that we could nail this one. Top contenders so far are Azerbaijan and Sierra Leone. Chicago has some issues with government corruption and public safety, which is why it’s currently in third place. The Silly Olympics From Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

What If Star Wars Was Made By Environmentalists?

In fitting in with the recent sightings of conspiracy minded Stormtroopers here at ScienceBlogs I thought I would add my own contribution to the remix. Here Derrick Jensen tells the story of the little known early version of the film before it was optioned to an unknown director named George Lucas (starts off slow, but…

The Audacity of Nope

Buffalo News / Adam Zyglis “As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth.” – William Hazlitt, “On Patronage and Puffing”, 1822

A “Public Option” Would Be Bad

From McClatchy, DC

Monty Python Explains Health Care Reform

I’m sorry, I’m afraid that title’s misleading. This is actually an early video of UnitedHealth CEO Stephen J. Hemsley (whose salary is estimated at $102,000 an hour) discussing his principled stance on why he’s opposed to the public option in US health care reform. Or it could be The Money Song from Monty Python’s Flying…

Primatologists Had it Coming

The Daily Show’s Jon Oliver investigates the question of whether humans are more closely related to orangutans or chimpanzees. The answer shouldn’t surprise you in the slightest (though it will be quite funny). The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Human’s Closest Relative Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor…

Nature vs. Science

Jorge Cham has just posted his latest PhD Comic, this one taking on the rivalry between Nature and Science. Look behind the scenes at how the science publishing industry REALLY works. It’s enough to make you want to publish only in PLoS ONE!

The Science of Monty Python

Monty Python: The scientists of silliness? I’m currently working on a book (scheduled for release sometime in the 2010s) that intends to be an extension of my research in evolutionary anthropology and the history/philosophy of science. In the coming months I may be tempted to write more about it — and could be persuaded to…