Thursday, November 29, 2007

Bathroom Monologue: A Moment for the Duck-Billed Platypus

A moment for the duck-billed platypus. It is a difficult character. Depending on how well you know Greek, they are "Platypi," "Platypai," "Platypuses," or “Platypodi.” Depending on which encyclopedia you open, it is categorically extinct, or it can be found in Australia. It is a mammal, yet it lays eggs. It is a mammal, yet it has no nipples to suckle its young; instead, it sweats a milk-like substance for its duck-billed egg-babies to drink. It is as poisonous as a reptile. It has a tail like a beaver. As you may or may not have heard, it has a bill like a bird. It is the green ketchup, the compassionate conservative, the solar-powered SUV of the wild. Thank you, duck-billed platypus. You convinced me that if God doesn't care about religion, Nature doesn't care about science.

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