August 2, 2006

Struggling with synonyms (and large animals)...

Over on Instapundit. You can comment here.

21 comments:

Marghlar said...

Love the shots. When I was there a few years back, I stepped outside, and almost had to run back to my car to avoid being trampled. Bison literally standing ten feet away -- ever since, I have heartily approved of candyass animal photography.

But the question is -- is it a gay bison?

Mark the Pundit said...

Yeah, the bison defintely looks like a candyass...

cyberbini said...

Let's see what is going on over at Instapundit - Ahhh, 4 guest bloggers. Let's check out what they have to say:

Michael Totten: Hezbollah & Israel, Democracies and War.

Interesting.

Megan McCardle: Doping Scandals, Venezuela and the Oil Ministry.

Good Stuff.

Brandon Denning: Free Speech and Libertarianism.

I should check out that book.

Ann Althouse: A Buffalo that looks like Lincoln. Detailed discussion about the origin of the word "candyass".

Every class has its clown.

Tibore said...

Okay, unless you can either outrun the bison or the hapless tourist next to you, staying in the car is entirely rational, especially where such a big animal is concerned. Note that in most photosafaris, they make the clients stay near or inside the vehicle when large animals are around.

If the animal weighs anything near my weight or more, I'd be completely happy to be a candyass photographer too. Beats being a Grizzly Man (yeah, I know a bison won't eat you; my point is that both bison and bears outweigh and outfight humans by a large margin).

jeff said...

Synonym: wimp.

Ron said...

That bison, displaced from his job on coinage, is clearly one of those depressed boomer slacker bison the NYT was talking about the other day...

Hey! Bison! Gettajob!

Dale B said...

Bison are unpredictable. They can turn from placid to charging you in a second and with no warning.

A couple years ago I was talking to a park ranger in Custer State Park in SD. Custer is just south of the Black Hills and they have a large Bison population. The ranger said that the previous week a Corvette was parked, along with about 20 other cars, near a large group of Bison with everyone out of their cars taking pictures. One of the bulls decided that there was something he didn't like about the Corvette and proceeded to destroy the car. By the time he was finished with the car, not one body panel was intact. Even the seats were destroyed.

When you're around Bison, staying near the gas pedal with the engine running is a good idea.

bill said...

Bison? Yum! Thanks for the lunch, Ted Turner.

While the bison is excellent, I also recommend the cedar plank salmon. My wife will cut you if you make move towards her squash casserole.

Goesh said...

What a magnificant animal and you are wise to keep the engine running, in gear with your foot on the brake as you take a quick shot of him...he could have perceived your car as a love interest and started putting the moves on it..you never know about buffalo..

Frank Borger said...

A further Dogpile search of "candyass" reveals that it is the name of the latest album by the group "orgy." Ann, I'm not sure you want to be involved with a group like that.

Anyway, with the county-O bridge out, the detour on my way to work goes right by a buffalo farm, no need to drive half-way to the Left coast to see one.

Sanjay said...

Uh, so the bison looks depressed. What would it look like if cheery, exactly? Look, the build of these things is such that to our human eye I can only envision the bison displaying three moods: (1) depressed/jaded, (2) angry (which I hope never to see up close), and (3) sexually aroused (ditto). I guess I can by streching my imagination, see (4) nurturing its young. Don't pick on things that look depressed by nature, man.

tbrosz said...

As others have noted, staying away from wild bison is no more "candyass" than refusing to rappel down into the lion pit at the zoo. My parents spend a lot of time at Custer Park in South Dakota, and see a lot of idiots leave their cars and go right up to these animals, including ones with young. Better to be a "candyass" than a "dead flatass."

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Tibore said...

"...he could have perceived your car as a love interest and started putting the moves on it..you never know about buffalo.."

Oh dear Lord, poor Silvio. The professor would definitely want to trade him for a Porsche or Mercedes after that. That'd definitely be the worst possible "junk in the trunk" you could come up with (*shudder*).

Alan said...

Back to the search for a synonym: wussy.

Maxine Weiss said...

I'm thinking a bison could smash the glass of a car.

I'm thinking that a bison could also outrun a car, depending on the speed.

Pepper spray?

Peace, Maxine

charlotte said...

"Who can take a bison scene,
Sprinkle it with cold sweat?
Cover it in frayed nerves and a fear pheromone or two...
The candyass, the candyass can,
The candyass can 'cause she's a shutter pantywaist,
and makes full frames taste milquetoasty."

I don't mean a word of it-- Ann's photographs are swell and cropping can be a lifesaver. But that word is fun and no picture of John Candy mooning was to be found.

Peter said...

Of course the Bison looks depressed. All Bovine critters do. It comes from being made of meat.

Ann Althouse said...

Catherine: Thanks for the laugh!

About animals looking depressed. i know it's just one more manifestation of candyassitude to worry about whether the animals are depressed, but... I think some animals are depressed. I respect them, man. Any animal that moves to a higher intellectual level is susceptible to depression. So any depressed looking animal is a fellow human being... almost. Who are they, the animals? It's a great mystery!!!!

CCMCornell said...

Mention of beef, "orgy" and Ann's candy ass. The perfect post for a guy :O

Sanjay said...

Hey, I'm not saying, some animals aren't depressed. Some animals _are_ depressed, and I feel really badly for them too. I'm just saying, a bison which is in the gayest, jolliest, root-toot-tootinest mood _ever_ -- a bison, my friends, which is _high on life_ -- still _looks_ depressed.