February 26, 2008

The fisheye view of the Museum of Natural History.

Best seen through the fisheye: T Rex!

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Most disconcerting is this confrontation with ourselves at the Hall of Human Origins (which is featured in the the end of the movie "Election").

Museum of Natural History

Is this really what we are and, if so, is it horrifying or is it wonderful that we figured it out?

Museum of Natural History

33 comments:

Middle Class Guy said...

It is wonderful that we figured it out. It would be more wonderful if we could stop screwing it up.

rhhardin said...

I find it hard to imagine that primitive man didn't have natural history museums. One will be unearthed someday, complete with admission booth.

ricpic said...

We figured out that we need dipilatories?

AllenS said...

The first picture of TRex looks like it's got a stubby cigar hanging out of its mouth, with a light fixture dangling from the stoggie.

The sencod picture should earn a genitalia label.

AllenS said...

second picture

hdhouse said...

After watching the Stiller movie as a night watchman at the MoNH, I can never view the T-Rex again in the same light.

(ps....the clicker fell on the floor and I was too lazy to get out of bed to find it...I didn't watch Museum by choice)

paul a'barge said...

It would be more wonderful if we could stop screwing it up

Good grief, don't you Humans == Bad types ever take a vacation from this relentless pessimism? How about leaving the party if you can't stop bringing the rest of us down?

For crying out loud, if you want to go back to walking the savannas wearing a loin cloth, feeling all good about yourself, please pack a bag and buy a ticket to Africa.

The rest of us are doing just fine with humanity's progress.

By all means feel free to help yourself to a big, hot steaming cup of STFU.

Pogo said...

I am certain my wife thinks that's me, inside and out. She, however, is much more beautiful than that.

Bissage said...

It’s heartening to see primitive man and primitive woman out on a date, strolling along the esplanade, acknowledging the warm smiles of well-wishers so happy to see the blossom of young love!

Hoosier Daddy said...

It is wonderful that we figured it out. It would be more wonderful if we could stop screwing it up.

I'm curious about what part we keep screwing up? Seems every decade brings yet more innovation, better quality of life, technological advances which benefit humanity; I think we're doing pretty darn good. I figure if we'd kept screwing up, we'd never have gotten past the wheel and making a campfire.

Original Mike said...

So obvious, a cave man could figure it out.

Meade said...

No ma'am. Not me.

My original blue eyed fair haired ancestors spontaneously generated somewhere in southern coastal Norway.

Primitive grandfather designed the original AC Cobra and Primitive grandmother was a mermaid.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I'm not sure what it is that we have figured out.

Self awareness? Do animals possess self awareness? I think that some do.

Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge and became aware of their nakedness and tried to cover themselves and were consequently evicted from the Garden of Eden. So is it the moment that we have reached self awareness that we have become human? Is that also when we have lost contact with nature and the rest of the living beings on the Earth with us?

Deep thoughts.

Original Mike said...

Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge and became aware of their nakedness and tried to cover themselves and were consequently evicted from the Garden of Eden.

OK, so maybe we haven't figured it out yet.

(Sorry DBQ. Couldn't resist.)

Pogo said...

Some things we have figured out:
* Less body hair = more attractive.
* Nice clothing covers alot of sins, like Mr Hominid's paunch.
* Think bra Ms. Hominid. On sale now at Lake Victoria's Secret.
* Sit ups for rock hard abs.
* Ditch the savannah for Savannah.
* Coffee, from a mug. Not those stupid paper things. Much better than drinking lukewarm sludge from the local watering hole that contains hippo poo and blood from the last big cat's kill. Plus hair. Eeeew; I mean really.
* Books are fine things.
* The serpent at least served one purpose: genitals are best left covered.
* Speech with actual words is better than oook oook ook all the time.

Ann Althouse said...

It's definitely true that those 2 li'l hominids do not know they are naked.

Bissage said...

Most disconcerting is this confrontation with ourselves . . .

Here’s a confrontation you’ll never have in a museum of natural history!

Well . . . someday . . . who knows?

Bissage said...

BTW, are we ever going to get a fisheye view of the New York Aquarium or did I miss it?

Bissage said...

It's definitely true that those 2 li'l hominids do not know they are naked.

Of course not, they're in love.

Trooper York said...

Well that's nice and all but I can't wait to see the exhibit in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown which is going to feature Mrs. Roger Clemins and Mrs. Jose Canseco's comparing their breast implants. I bet it will be a lot less hairy. At least I hope so.

JackDRipper said...

paul a'barge said...Good grief, don't you Humans == Bad types ever take a vacation from this relentless pessimism?

Four legs good, two legs bad.

if you want to go back to walking the savannas wearing a loin cloth

They should definitely put a loin cloth on Mr. Australopithecus in that museum.

The rest of us are doing just fine with humanity's progress.

No, we are going backward and downward. We need Obama to help us to recapture our progress and reclaim our souls.

Saint Obama save us.

Sigivald said...

That's not so much what we are as what "we" were an exceedingly long time ago.

Not quite the same thing.

Bob said...

The monkey-boy looks to his right: he's a McCain kind of guy.

The monkey-girl looks to her left: she's stirred by the deeply affecting rhetoric of Barack Obama.

Well, great. They canceled each other's votes out.

Original Mike said...

They canceled each other's votes out.

The dead can't vote. (Can they?)

Pogo said...

In Chicago they can.
Early and often.

Original Mike said...

One of my favorite ancedotal examples for voter ID is the woman in Washington state who voted for her dead husband. "But I know how he would have voted" she argued.

Pogo said...

It is important to honor the dead.
Accordingly, I vote for my long-passed Great-Grandfather.

And dang it but the Bull Moose party never seems to get enough oomph behind it. Great Grandma of course didn't have the vote for awhile, so I only cast her vote every other year.

Blake said...

It’s heartening to see primitive man and primitive woman out on a date, strolling along the esplanade, acknowledging the warm smiles of well-wishers so happy to see the blossom of young love!

...and fleeing from skeletonous T Rex....

Middle Class Guy said...

Pogo said...
It is important to honor the dead.
Accordingly, I vote for my long-passed Great-Grandfather.

And dang it but the Bull Moose party never seems to get enough oomph behind it. Great Grandma of course didn't have the vote for awhile, so I only cast her vote every other year.



I live in Chicago. It is a grand tradition that every election day, the dead rise from the grave and vote in large numbers. It has gotten so bad that the cemeteries are complaining about candidates campaigning there.

rhhardin said...

Adam and Eve were cast out of paradise when Eve discovered she could get more stuff by putting flowers in her hair.

Revenant said...

Who makes the rules? Someone else!

Bissage said...

T REX IS IN UR MUSEEM


STALKIN UR HOMNIDS


[Credit goes to Blake.]

nom nom nom nom!!!!

Michael McNeil said...

T. rex (and Velociraptor too) were feathered.