Friday Sprog Blogging: seasonal art projects, and questions they raise.

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?

More like this

With only a few days left in 2007 (and having temporarily fled my children for a cat-free location, so as to give my immune system a chance to recover from cat allergens), this Friday I offer the sprog blogging year in review: January: Sunrise, sunset (Jan. 5), in which the sprogs think about the…
Over at Slate, William Saletan has finished a wonderful series on the distortions and dishonesties of memory. Although our memories always feel true, they're extremely vulnerable to errant suggestions, clever manipulations and the old fashioned needs of storytelling. (The mind, it turns out, cares…
I reported on this survey of people's attitudes towards evolution, in which the US was second to the worst. We beat Turkey. The point was to emphasize the poor shape of US education, but it unfairly made fun of Turkey … imagine, though, how awful it would be to be in their shoes. This week's issue…
SciCurious has written an interesting post about Sigmund Freud's experiments with cocaine. Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was also a pioneer of psychopharmacology; as well as being one of the first to scientifically investigate the properties and effects of cocaine, he also played a key role…

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

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.