Thursday, March 04, 2010

Pennsylvania Writers

There must be something in the water in Pennsylvania, or something; newspapers are much more interesting in that state. I follow a column by Mike Argento in the York Daily Record, and his latest column is about scientists and dolphins being really smart. Mike is not all that impressed. Read it for yourself, but as a sample,

Scientists have long believed dolphins were pretty smart, that they perhaps rivaled chimpanzees in intelligence, which, when you think about it, is no great feat. Have you ever seen chimpanzees in the zoo? They fling their feces around and perform acts which cannot be adequately described here and generally, well, let's just say it's like watching C-SPAN when the Senate's in session.

And then there is this,

How dolphins are able to catch fish without access to beer is a mystery that scientists have yet to solve. They crack that one and maybe we'll be able to figure out just how smart dolphins are.

As in, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll sit around in a boat all day drinking beer."

Mike can also be very moving, as is true with many brilliant comedians. Read what he has to say about Joe Stack, the guy who flew his airplane into the IRS building in Austin, and about Stack's victim. Beautifully said.

On the lighter side again, read this column and tell me whether or not he likes curling. I've read it twice, my sides hurt, and I haven't figured out for sure what his opinion of curling is.

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