Shame, shame, shame, oh shame on me. I saw the following on John Conway's Philosophica Neopalaeontographica and have become so obsessed with it that, here I am, stealing it. It's not, even, really about tetrapods...
... and the accompanying paper (available as a free pdf) is available here. As John says, the word chicken will never seem the same again. Hang around a bit longer, phorusrhacids next... again...
The paper, is it peer reviewed?
Chicken chicken chicken Chicken chicken chickens? Chicken chicken "chicken" chicken. Chicken! Chicken chicken chicken. C. chicken chicken chicken. Chicken chicken chicken chicken Chickens Chicken. ...Chicken?
nice flow charts!
Well, as we used to say back in the early days of Chomskyan generative grammar (bliss was it to be alive in that dawn, and to be young was very heaven!),
"Oysters oysters oysters eat eat eat."
Since when have chickens not been tetrapods?
John: You're new here, aren't you? Chickens have been tetrapods only since zoologists lost their counting skills.
ZOMGZ =gasp= ROFL =coff= MAO =snort= I can't =wheeze= stand it! Gimme some =choke= oxygen!
=turns blue, passes out=
She's not breathing! I can't find a pulse! Somebody call 911!
.......must.... not..... go...... towards..... the........ chicken....
I'm still not getting a pulse! Gimme the paddles! CLEAR!
noooo....... must.... not..... go...... towards..... the........ fried..... chicken....
Again! Crank it up to 300! CLEAR!
Oh hi, can I have a side of mashed potatoes and gravy and some cole slaw with that? Oh, and make that chicken extra crispy.
I've seen the paper, but never heard the presentation. How did he do that with a straight face? I loved the comment from the guy in the audience, ca.2:30 - "What about the eggs?"
Badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger badger mushroom mushroom.
beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver beaver
(very rude where I come from).
snake a snake, oh it's a snake
Can't watch the video because I'm at work. Is this anything like "Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo."?
Either way, the word "chicken" has lost all meaning for me.
Jenny absolutely insists that it's "snake, snake, african snake". She is so wrong.
Tell Jenny she's wrong, but we still love her. The proof.
Oh, great: my SVP talk is now scooped!! Better withdraw it...
Funding well spent!
BTW badgers is really found here in all its true flashy glory: