Saturday, October 22, 2005

Bone-eating snot-flowers

That would be the Osedax mucofloris, literally; bone-eating snot-flower, a new species of whalebone eating deep sea worm discovered by British scientists. But I am intrugued by the possibilities offered by the name.

Politics: "Contribute now and we'll move those bone-eating snot-flowers out of the Congress and into prison where they belong."

Labor / management: "We find the contract offer by those bone-eating snot-flowers insulting." - or - "The bone-eating snot-flowers either accept this final offer or we'll be forced to lock them out."

The movies: "Well, are you bone-eating snot flowers gonna pull them pistols or just whistle Dixie?" - and -
"It means Luca Brazzi sleeps with the bone-eating snot-flowers." - and -
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a bone-eating snot-flower." - and -
"You've just got to ask yourself one question, 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do yuh, bone-eating snot-flower?"

Liberal politicians: "Those bone-eating snot-flowers have never done an honest day's work in their lives."

Conservative politicians: "There you go again, you bone-eating snot-flower."

Supreme Court nominee confirmation hearings:
Sen. Specter: "Do you believe that the Constitution provides a 'right to privacy' for all Americans?"
Harriet Miers: "Bone-eating snot-flowers."
Sen. Sp├Ęcter: "Huh? Ok, then, how do you explain the apparent contradicions in the court's rulings in Massey vs. Furgusen and Harley vs. Davidson?"
Harriet Miers: "Bone-eating snot-flowers, as well."
Sen. Specter: "I have no further questions. I yield to my colleague, the distinguished bone-eating snot-flower from Massachusetts."

Really now, follow the link for a brief education into sea fauna. Do you know what "whale fall" is?

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