Aug 08 2011

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: The pressure to perform

My wife sent me this photo, and was intrigued. The water boatman sings through its penis, and sings very loudly — 105 decibels from an animal that’s only a few millimeters long (no word on the length of its penis). I have received subtle signals that I am…inadequate. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I get an implant of one of those mini-iPods? Or perhaps even an iPod Touch?

(via National Geographic)

(Also on Sb)


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  1. 1
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    Ehehe… He’s kinda cute :3

  2. 2

    I guess when you’re that tiny, you need to carry a big…song.

  3. 3
    Kevin, Youhao Huo Mao

    Some of the other critters on the NatGeo page are really cool. Like the snapping shrimp… holy crap.

  4. 4
    richard howland-bolton

    Go the whole hog: an iPad 2 will always impress

  5. 5

    Even better is an iPod touch that when stroked becomes an iPad2
    Whoahhh baby!

  6. 6

    Maybe a pair of Klipschorns?

  7. 7

    …further I don’t think anyone EVER wants to walk onto your lab PZ to hear you whistling a tune only to see you lips not moving…..and just a cheeky smile!

  8. 8

    Cool! I wonder if it’s related to the waterbugs that swam in my family’s pool as a kid – I was always fascinated by those things (and my dad could never get rid of them entirely!).

    It looks like, from the picture, that they might swim with the same motion. Too bad I don’t remember what my waterbug was…wasn’t particularly research minded at 8 years old. :)

  9. 9
    Pierce R. Butler

    Just don’t get an iPod Nano.

    Meanwhile, I’d like to hear just how such a feature evolved – either the tentative evo-devo version or the anthropomorphized just-so story would gratify…

  10. 10

    “…..I have received subtle signals that I am…inadequate…..”

    I suggest getting the Mrs. her own iPnone/iPod with an OhMiBod attachment. No need for the OMB iPhone APP download – high-bass Gregorian Chants will do nicely.
    Are not all males superfluous anyway?


  11. 11
    Glen Davidson

    It’s…intelligent design. God’s plan to have happy singing penises. Adam had one before the Fall, you know, and God’s, well, you know…

    Glen Davidson

  12. 12
    RahXephon, un féminist nucléaire

    NatGeo will allow, even promote, singing penises, but we can’t say fuck over there? Hypocrites!

  13. 13
    Three Ninjas

    I sing through my penis, at least metaphorically.

  14. 14
    Michael S

    The future is digital streaming!
    Install something that you can connect to a computer for more versatile playlists. (Preferably a wireless connection)

  15. 15

    Don’t do it! I got an 8-track implant back in the day and all it’s done is keep people out of my bedroom.

  16. 16
    Luc Londe

    More like a “myPod Touch.”

  17. 17

    If you’re going to get anything implanted in there for the benefit of your wife, make sure it has a vibrate function. You can thank me later! XD

    No Gods, No Masters

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