Category Archives: humor

Someone wants to write my autobiography

Well cut off my legs and call me “Shorty”! I got the email below from a company asking to write my autobiography. It’s a money-making operation, of course, employing a ghost writer who will make my wonderful and interesting life, and my science, accessible to the public: Dear Dr. Jerry A Coyne, I am Luis, […]

A man and his goose

Reader Luana, who is from Brazil, sent me a video of a tame, bonded goose that her mother found. The goose and its staff are also from Brazil. The video is narrated in Portuguese, but I asked Luana to give me a brief translation, which follows. The most amazing thing to me is that the […]

British parrot disappears, returns four years later speaking Spanish

Nigel, a grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) went missing in California, and came back four years later speaking Spanish. The bird happened to be microchipped, and when a woman found it and had it checked, it was finally returned to its British owner. The Independent tells the tale (click on screenshot): Nigel, a grey African parrot, […]

When sexism is okay

Here’s one of the funnier articles I’ve seen from The Onion, and it’s only just outside the boundaries of reality. It’s surely something that Titania McGrath could have written. The entirety of the article is below: NEW YORK—Decrying the label as “shamelessly sexist,” media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting issued a statement Monday condemning […]

Horsemeat humor

So I got an email from reader Merilee (via one “Ron”) which said the following: In the UK, some supermarkets have admitted that there is horse meat in their home cooked burgers. Even places like Burger King have had to admit that there are “small amounts” of horse meat in their burgers. Tesco is a […]

What’s a Nazi? Jonathan Pie explains

Yes, the word “Nazi” is now used, mostly by unhinged Leftists, to mean “someone whose views I don’t like.” I suppose if there were a word more pejorative than “Nazi”, language would ratchet up to that level (“racist” is below Nazi because Nazis are racist as well as other things). Here mock-newsman Jonathan Pie explains […]

Best Christmas gif and tweet ever

The gif: And the tweet, found by Grania: メリークリスマス!!#christmascard pic.twitter.com/HwnLekDqoy — ウエスP(Wes-P/Mr Uekusa) BGT2018&AGT2018 (@uespiiiiii) December 24, 2018 Have a good dinner!

Misheard song lyrics

Shappi Khorsandi, comedian and previous president of the British Humanists, tweeted some misheard lyrics: I’m in shock. Let’s play the Mondegreen game. I have JUST realised that it’s not ‘Lets hit the B square’ what’s the actual lyric? pic.twitter.com/jMS8DeHNPT — Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) December 20, 2018 I suspect that the lyric she was thinking of, […]

But, but . . . Santa Cruz is real!

I’m used to being called a censor for decrying creationism taught in the public schools, published in scientific journals, or offered as a recreational event on a public school trip. But these critics don’t understand that, since creationism and its gussied-up twin Intelligent Design are seen by the courts as “religion”,  they can’t be taught as […]

The face in the feces: Nature paper hides Trump’s visage in a monkey turd

This paper, online this week in Nature Scientific Reports, got a lot of attention because of a certain image it contained. First, the title (click on screenshot to access the paper): The paper describe a new way to get host DNA (from monkeys, in this case) by isolating it from feces, a method that enables […]