Museum sign of the week

This, from The Poke (via Matthew Cobb) is said to be from Harvard’s Museum of Natural History. Of course I am investigating the backstory, and will report when I find out.

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Could it have been this one?

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29 Comments

  1. Posted January 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to print that sentence and tape it to the back of my chair at work so that it can be seen if I’m not sitting in the chair.

    • Posted January 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      You should shortly be able to buy the t-shirt, courtesy of my daughter, Bethan.

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      • John Scanlon, FCD
        Posted January 12, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

        I knew a Bethan at school once. North Welsh connection?

        • Posted January 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

          No; just a name my wife liked. My contribution was “Jade”.

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  2. Posted January 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Actually, based solely on the description, I think it might have been this one.

    Cheers,

    b&

    • Marella
      Posted January 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Fuck yeah, that’s terrifying!!

      • Posted January 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        I tried to think of something worse, but had no luck. Maybe somebody else can do better….

        b&

        • Timothy Hughbanks
          Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

          How about this one?

          • starskeptic
            Posted January 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

            Do those two things represent a single phylum?

          • HaggisForBrains
            Posted January 12, 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink

            Or this!

            Just kidding.

          • Marella
            Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

            Crazy crazy eyes.

      • Posted January 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

        I know! What gives with the *clip-on* earrings?! :P

  3. Marella
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Well if I had to choose an expression for an exhibit this wouldn’t be the first one to spring to mind nor the one I would finally choose, but it doesn’t look terrifying to me, or improbable either really. Unless he’s meant to be raising his eyes to the heavens in prayer, that would be silly.

  4. Nick Block
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    It’s a satirical site, kind of like The Onion, so the sign might not be real (awesome if it is, though).

  5. Grania Spingies
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    ;)

  6. Posted January 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Looks like George Bush!

    • John Scanlon, FCD
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink

      Or Ken Ham.

  7. brujofeo
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    He’s saying” “Jesus H. Christ! You’re charging me WHAT for this haircut?!!!”

    • Marella
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      LOL!

    • JohnnieCanuck
      Posted January 11, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Here endeth the thread. Good work.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      Well, this one was definitely the best sign of the bunch.

    • Posted January 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

      Which reminds me of the signs Twycross Zoo put up in April a few years ago. These were in exactly the same format and of the same quality as the ones describing the animals in the compounds, but instead described extinct relatives; e.g., mammoths in the elephant compound. My kids loved it, too.

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  8. Hempenstein
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    In the greenhouse @ Wm&Mary, they predictably had a lot of signs with taxonomic ID’s of the various plants. And then beside an artificial flower someone put up a sign that included Order: Plasticae, Family: Woolworthales… Wish I could remember the rest since Woolworthales probably won’t compute for half of you.

    • Diane G.
      Posted January 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Heh, heh, computes for me, sigh.

      But family should be Woolworthaceae,no?

  9. Posted January 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Now were that a picture of a Denisovan that looked like that liar of liars, Duane Gish, why,it would be even more terrifying than I without my dentures!
    WEIT, can you provide better pictures of Denisovans, Neandertals and Florensis than I have ever seen of the second, so that we can really tell the difference amongst the first two and us?
    Of course, that liar and others don’t accept the evidence from just our own lineage for evolution.

  10. Matt G
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Separated at speciation?

  11. Kent
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    That is Jerry, right?

  12. litchik
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    PDSA, btw, is People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals of the poor. It’s provides charitable care to animals – since they aren’t covered by the NHS.


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