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Friday, June 6, 2008

Should I Change Name to The Other 99%?

Emmett Duffy sings the praises of Dung Beetles in his latest post. He quotes Newsweek:

“If Earth’s species are a living library, then polar bears and other cuddly mammals are the best-selling beach reads. Everything else is the volumes of history and literature and other scholarship, written in the alphabet of DNA: 99 percent of all animals are invertebrates. To understand the history and the majesty of life requires reading, and thus preserving, those volumes.”
Yeah for even more insignificance of those-with-spines!


  1. Maybe change the banner to the 5 slashed out and the in a marker look.

    Or just keep it there and we'll all just know... you know sort of wink, wink, nudge, nudge sort of thing.

  2. This is doing my nut in. Spineless used to be a favourite insult (usually applied in blistering but unread invective aimed politicians) but now I can't use that. Parasite, too. Parasites are bloody marvels of evolution and a highly specialized, sucessful organisms (and yes, I know, invertebrates). Gah. I'm off to try and separate a mate from a banjo he never plays.

  3. Maybe if you include plants in the count, it comes back down to 95%(?) So it's all good.

  4. At this rate it'll be 100% in a couple days, so you should change it to "You're Spineless, You Just Don't Know it Yet."


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