Silly Poll: Scary Creatures

SteelyKid has a fever, and can’t go to day care, so I’m staying home with her. This pretty much rules out significant serious blogging, so here’s a poll to keep you amused:

Choose only one.


  1. #1 Tim Eisele
    October 14, 2009

    I have to say, sharks are not very frightening to me, because it is so easy to not be where they are. And a shark with a laser, well, I’d expect that if the laser was powerful enough to be dangerous, the shark would likely get electrocuted by the power supply.

    On the other hand, we have bears. They raid our bird feeders sometimes. And a laser would make it easier for them to blow off the latches on the doors . . .

  2. #2 Thony C.
    October 14, 2009

    Physicists with small, ill children and nothing better to do with their time.

  3. #3 marciepooh
    October 14, 2009

    Bear? Bears are sweet.

  4. #4 Chad Orzel
    October 14, 2009

    Bears aren’t sweet! They’re godless killing machines!

  5. #5 Uncle Al
    October 14, 2009

    Canthariasis. Get all snuggly with your inner beetle.

  6. #6 Clay B
    October 14, 2009

    Sharks are scarier than bears, because you don’t see them coming.

  7. #7 Pam
    October 14, 2009

    I must say that I find the idea of a laser-wielding bear absolutely terrifying.

  8. #8 6EQUJ5
    October 14, 2009

    Russian bears with rocket-propelled grenades and night-vision goggles.

  9. #9 CCPhysicist
    October 14, 2009

    I want to see a picture of a bear in a bird feeder.

    And I thought pigeons were a nuisance!

  10. #10 Eric Lund
    October 14, 2009

    As Tim #1 says, it’s easy to not be where the sharks are: just don’t go swimming in the ocean. Bears are out there: there have been confirmed bear sightings within a mile of my house (I live near the center of my admittedly not very large town), and I have seen grizzlies in the wild (from a safe distance, with a river in between).

    I don’t find bears with lasers any more terrifying than bears without lasers. Bears tend to live in the woods, so there are many opaque objects you can hide behind. If the bear gets close enough that he doesn’t need to use lasers, you’ve got problems.

  11. #11 Lauren Uroff
    October 14, 2009

    Bears with Lasers for the scary! There was an article in yesterday’s LA Times about bears in Yosemite choosing minivans as their snack-vehicle of choice.

    As the driver of a minivan who likes to go to Yosemite, bears are scary. A bear with a laser could get into my van so very fast that it becomes even scarier.

    But, luckily for me, Kodi, the Chief Dog at the Scalzi compound, has a laser herself and will protect us all from the bears.

  12. #12 rob
    October 14, 2009

    sharks WFLB are much worse. much much worse.

  13. #13 tcmJOE
    October 14, 2009

    Any animal from Australia. Seriously, those creatures redefine nasty and poisonous.

  14. #14 abb3w
    October 14, 2009

    Cue the “Bear Cavalry” and “Penguin Army” pictures….

  15. #15 Borat
    October 14, 2009

    Bears in icecream vans!

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