Why PZ needs to get cracking on his book


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Yeah- I completely understand why he would turn into an octopus, but I don't understand why his location would shift to interplanetary space.

Realism in comix, please.

By Christian Burnham (not verified) on 06 Sep 2007 #permalink


I think the more important question is, why aren't you in space?

I have this book, see, that will have a deep and profound impact on your life...

And if it were PZ who was the bearded guy in the comic, he'd be smiling when he saw his nifty new tentacles.

To Ian #1: It didn't really happen. It's only a comic.

Clearly the moral of that cartoon is, "Don't touch the Necronomicon!".

Hey PZ -- are you going to write about Moray Eel jaws? It has no bearing on the Necronomicon -- just Aliens, sorry.

Now that's funny.Perfect.

By S. Fisher (not verified) on 06 Sep 2007 #permalink

I was trying to figure out if the Mormon star Kolob was visible through his window.

This book changed PZ's life, it tought him that in his next life, he wil become the first cephalopod to discover the existence of Saturn.

By negentropyeater (not verified) on 06 Sep 2007 #permalink

"Change" is talked about in our country as if "change" is inherently good. Imprecise language usage. No wonder communications are fraugt with misunderstandings. Probably half the "changes" that we experience are undesirable changes. Sour milk poured from the bottle onto my morning oatmeal comes to mind. Then there are those more devastating undesirable changes, too, that we experience daily. Yet people use "change" as if it's a good thing. Grrrrr.

By dieselrain (not verified) on 06 Sep 2007 #permalink

Boy, he's really screwed up--he only has five legs!!!

It's way funnier that his window shows outer space.

Dieselrain, where are you that you can still get milk in bottles?

Brownian, I don't know where Dieselrain is, but here in the Chicago area not only can you get milk in bottles, but you can get them delivered to your home.

May be after reading the great science book he is now realizing what he is (an animal -- symbolized by the octupus) and where he is (the universe). You see, I would think the un-scientific types (read religious types) pretend like they are not animals but above animals in this sweet little home (earth - whic of course occupies 99% of their universe with the rest being hell and heaven).

Well at least I tried to explain it...


That moray eel article is a great find, how so very cool! Figure 4 is *awesome*. It really does make you think of Aliens!

#15 llewelly. You can't see it but he is "nigh unto Kolob". (Thirty years a Mormon but now a happier and wiser atheist.)

By Nebularry (not verified) on 06 Sep 2007 #permalink

Nate: "Boy, he's really screwed up--he only has five legs!!!"

Yeah, holy crap! I thought they only had arms!


I don't know about the rest of you chaps, but I am in space. Aren't you?

By Willo the Wisp (not verified) on 06 Sep 2007 #permalink

Almost Douglas Adams style humor, visually demonstrated.

Funny, when I first read it I didn't notice that he wound up in space and thought it was hilarious that he turned into a penta-pus. I think it'd be funnier without the outer space effects but I suppose when might wonder what he's saying "What the..." to when he's not looking at himself.

Speaking of Kafka-esque this one is depressingly unkafka-esque in its realism.

Nate #18:

Boy, he's really screwed up--he only has five legs!!!

Obviously the other five legs are under the covers. He's not an octopus...

He's a spider!

By John Squire (not verified) on 06 Sep 2007 #permalink

John Squire (#34):
If he has 10 legs, he's either a squid or solifugid .

My reading of the comic's last panel is he took the stupid book, cracked it to see what the hell was supposedly so life changing about it, and found himself the part of a strange universe of cephalopeople floating through space. Ya know, Zorastrian perspective on the universe vs. Hinduism vs. Raelianism vs. et al ad nauseum.

By BlueIndependent (not verified) on 06 Sep 2007 #permalink

Iain Banks: "If I ever get rich - you know, Hollywood rich - I'm going to start an atheist version of the Jehovah's Witnesses. We'll knock on people's doors and ask them [saccharine American accent] 'Good afternoon, sir, have you let Jesus into your life?' [back to Scottish] and when they say 'Er, no, I haven't' we'll say 'Good man! Here, have these atheist tracts'. And we'll go around leaving copies of 'The Origin of Species' in hotel bedrooms."

I knew a guy who made a serious offer to a motel to put a copy of "The Origin of Species" in every room. They declined, the bastards.