Sunday, June 25, 2006
[Humorous and slightly OT] The Tulsa Aquarium Can't Figure Out if Sea Monsters Existed
I was at the Tulsa Aquarium this weekend, and there was a hilarious display I thought I'd post to you all. Apparently, the first half of the display was written by a completely different person than the second half. The first sentence: "Scientists say that sea monsters do not exist." The last sentence: "... actually seeing giant squid which can grow up to 59 feet in length and weigh about a ton."
Now wait... is there anyone who would not consider a 59 foot squid a sea monster? So it seems that scientists are saying that sea monsters do exist. Yet the first sentence insists that they don't.
Anyway, it seems that this is a slight case of chronological snobbery. Is it just too embarassing to agree that some sea monsters really exist and are verified by science? Are we so needing to "intellectualize" things that we can't admit when people in the past are recording real things that we might not have believed had we not seen them ourselves?
1. An imaginary or legendary creature
2. A creature having a strange or frightening appearance.
3. An animal, a plant, or other organism having structural defects or deformities.
4. A very large animal, plant, or object.
5. One who inspires horror or disgust
Apparently, anything that scares you is a monster. I haven't met anyone that wouldn't be terrified of a squid the size of several school buses lined up end-to-end. That doesn't mean he doesn't exist. He is, of course, either blind or crazy.