Oh noes! Robin Ince broke his Charles Darwin mug!

by Matthew Cobb

Earlier on today, UK comedian Robin Ince tweeted:

“Damn, broke my Charles Darwin mug. years of tiny errors to get it like that, now destroyed. Oh life”

Here’s a picture of Robin’s mug, before The Accident (of which he has remained mysteriously silent):

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Not all evolutionary change is “very gradual” (tell that to the dinosaurs that did not survive the asteroid impact that late November Tuesday afternoon 65 million years ago, which was, of course, curiously like the unspecified accident that befell Robin’s mug), but most of it is.

For those of you who don’t know of Robin, amongst other things he is co-presenter of the excellent BBC Radio 4 science-based comedy programme The Infinite Monkey Cage, along with my University of Manchester colleague Professor Brian Cox. There are 18 episodes of this Sony Award winning programme available for you all to listen to. Highly recommended for anybody with a funny bone.

(I admit it, I was on the last series, and will be on the next. Despite this, it is still very funny.)

Robin has a great blog (NOT a website) just down the wordpress corridor.

Here’s Robin’s take on creationism and “intelligent design” from a few years back:

25 Comments

  1. Posted September 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    One wonders what beverage should be drunk from a Darwin cup….

    b&

    • Dermot C
      Posted September 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      Whiskey; eau-de-vie; the water of life. Sorry, Ben. You cross ’em over, and I’ll nod ’em in.

      • Posted September 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

        I’ll drink to that!

        …but I’ll assume that Scotch isn’t permitted…?

        b&

        • Dermot C
          Posted September 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

          It’s Freedah neet (Geordie pronunciation) and I’m on the bitter again; we must stop meeting like this, Ben! Slaínte.

          • Posted September 28, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

            Damned foreigners…never can understand a word the lot of ’em are saying. Why can’t they speak real English like we do here in America where we invented the language?

            Oh…Hi!…um…I didn’t type that out loud, did I?

            Cheers!

            b&

    • haymanj
      Posted October 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

      The beverage should be ‘bitter, weak, thoroughly fermented Indian Ale’ (Medication prescribed for Charles by his physician father, Robert Darwin)

      • Posted October 3, 2012 at 7:52 am | Permalink

        Curious. Would this be what’s today known as IPA? If so, I’ll drink to that…though I’ve no clue what ails it’s supposed to cure you of….

        b&

        • Dermot C
          Posted October 3, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

          Yup, IPA is India Pale ale, a type of bitter, and, from memory, it’s the descendant of Indian ales, some connection
          with the Raj and British colonialism from 200 years ago. One of my modest quenchers at the week’s end.

          • Posted October 3, 2012 at 9:43 am | Permalink

            Well, then. The Tour de Fat comes to Tempe this Saturday. If New Belgium has one of their IPAs on tap, I’ll be sure to have one.

            Cheers!

            b&

  2. Grania Spingies
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    I saw him live in Copenhagen, he’s really funny just as a comedian. And The Infinite Monkey Cage is brilliant, Geek Paradise.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted September 29, 2012 at 4:10 am | Permalink

      Ditto in Dundee. Great jokes about Schrödinger’s cat, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle etc.

  3. marycanada FCD
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Very funny…thanks for the link

    • Dawn Oz
      Posted September 29, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

      Hubby and I just loved it – will add to my collection.

  4. CJ
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    love the infinite monkey cage. best science podcast ever!

    • Dermot C
      Posted September 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

      Dunno if you’re British, CJ, but BBC Radio 4 also does ‘The Material World’ – half-hour slot with up-to-date scientific break-throughs, Thursdays 4.30 p.m.. Undertandandable, even for science illiterates like me, more ‘scientistic’ than …Monkey Cage’s entertainment agenda.

      I hope the Americans and all foreigners can get it on the BBC i-player; I recommend it. Don’t take my word for it; I’m sure Dawkins et al. would second my promotion.

      • Dawn Oz
        Posted September 29, 2012 at 12:05 am | Permalink

        I podcast it in Australia!

    • Marella
      Posted September 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      +1

      • Dermot C
        Posted September 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

        Blimey, Marella just spotted your gravatar. Goya, eh? I saw loads of his paintings in the Prado in Madrid. They were great. Have you been there? The late paintings were brahma.

        Like Rothko, only 150 years before their time; have you seen the dog peering over the dark lines? No idea of the title, but wonderfully mysterious, frightening, alienating.

        Proto-modern, from early nineteenth century medievalist Spain of all places; much like how modernist literature was born in colonised backward semi-feudal, Catholic Ireland in the form of Joyce.

  5. Notagod
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh their God! And he didn’t even have a chance to remove all the packing tape before it broke.

    • Sastra
      Posted September 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

      Yes, I noticed that too. I suspect this is a photo of the mug after it broke. The handle appears to be taped back on.

      That’s not going to work …

      • Notagod
        Posted September 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

        But that would be contrary to Dr. Cobb’s observation:

        Here’s a picture of Robin’s mug, before The Accident (of which he has remained mysteriously silent)

        The fact that the handle appears to be broken must be an optically delusional enhancement rendered by special request upon submission of additional fees as per an optional agreement. I suppose, or some other such noumenon.

  6. Mark Joseph
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Not sure when I’d get a chance to post this, what with Jerry on the move, but I think anyone here with an interest in what Jesus & Mo’s author would say about Sophisticated Theology™ will be amused by today’s cartoon:
    http://www.jesusandmo.net/2012/09/28/dust2/

  7. Graham
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Robin Ince organises something called “Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People” each year as a nice winter-solstice entertainment, at the Bloomsbury Theatre London. Profits in aid of the Rationalist Association, publishers of the British “New Humanist” magazine. http://newhumanist.org.uk/1917/nine-lessons-and-carols-for-godless-people

    Tickets on sale now. They go VERY fast!

  8. JohnnieCanuck
    Posted September 30, 2012 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    “Years of tiny errors to get it like that”.

    Puts me in mind of a theory by a famously bearded fellow…

    On the other hand, most every one of those errors perpetrated on the mug was destructive, reducing its fitness for its intended purpose. This of course is predicted by the 2nd Law of Dynamic Thermals, based on observations of the movements of whitener Clouds In My Coffee.

    On the other other hand, this is the sort of thing you might expect to find in a junk yard, the way it’s all cobbled together.

  9. haymanj
    Posted October 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    If I could have a postal address I will send him a new Darwin mug. I have a photo of this but alas cannot attach.


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