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May 20 2013

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: How ladylike!

It’s the lovely Pink Dragon millipede — it’s bright enough to belong in the girls’ aisle at the toy store.

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It also squirts cyanide at you if you annoy it.

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  1. 1
    Julien Rousseau

    It also squirts cyanide at you if you annoy it.

    Yeah, I was thinking that given how visible it probably either tastes really bad, is toxic or mimics another animal that’s toxic. Toxic it is, then.

  2. 2
    Roger Hyde

    Lovely, if (IMO) creepy image. Question, though: should the “pink is for girls” idea really be any more acceptable than, say, the “science is for boys” one?

  3. 3
    Ibis3, Let's burn some bridges

    @Roger Hyde

    I’m pretty sure PZ was speaking tongue-in-cheek.Though I’m bothered by the misplaced apostrophe. Surely, the toy stores’ pinkwashed aisles are meant for girls.

  4. 4
    Roger Hyde

    @Ibis3
    Mea culpa if true, but in my defense the tongue-in-cheek-ness doesn’t jump off the page. Also, if you take it as “the aisle for girls” doesn’t that make the apostrophe perfectly well-placed? It’s the girls’ aisle, surely!

  5. 5
    ChasCPeterson

    I think there’s also a centipede in that picture.

  6. 6
    Improbable Joe, bearer of the Official SpokesGuitar

    It also squirts cyanide at you if you annoy it.

    Yeah, that happens to me very slightly more than I really deserve.

  7. 7
    Rob

    I’m just glad it grows to 3cm long rather than 3m.

  8. 8
    rq

    Haven’t we seen this before?
    Still impressive, though – I’m still surprised by the brightness of many colours produced by nature, and their ‘unnatural’ look.

  9. 9
    Samantha Vimes

    I would think that if you’ve been reading PZ for even a few days, it would be clear he does not think that pink is for girls, but rather, he is making a commentary on how society assigns pink to girls. Although his actual posts specific to that go back a ways. There was the one about the evo-psyche paper that claimed dolls are pink (with photographic evidence that they are in general more beige). Also, the little girl’s video about there not being anything for girls that wasn’t pink in the whole toy store got embedded in a post here.

  10. 10
    Nick Gotts

    Haven’t we seen this before? – rq

    We have – and the conclusion of discussion then was that there’s two of the beasties in the picture.

  11. 11
    Nick Gotts

    Oh yes and as ChasCPeterson@5 says, the top one does seem to be a centipede (one pair of legs per segment, not two).

  12. 12
    randay

    Once you annoy it and it squirts its cyanide out, is it then good to eat and is it tasty?

  13. 13
    timanthony

    You could at least tell us how to annoy it. Otherwise what’s the value?

  14. 14
    John Morales

    randay, probably tastes of almonds.

  15. 15
    Lars

    and the conclusion of discussion then was that there’s two of the beasties in the picture.

    Why, you’re absolutely right. I saw it, but it didn’t register, probably just because the caption didn’t tell me.

    Oh vey. Teh Internetz is dumbing me down. :~(

  16. 16
    koncorde

    What’s with the abundance of Mormon adverts recently? I can’t see them due to my ad blocker on my computer, so they only become obvious when using another persons computer or tablet. It’s really unseemly.

  17. 17
    Usernames are smart

    @randay (#12), dip it in batter, drop it in hot oil until golden brown, sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, and enjoy with a glass of hot spiced cider!

  18. 18
    Ibis3, Let's burn some bridges

    @Roger Hyde

    Also, if you take it as “the aisle for girls” doesn’t that make the apostrophe perfectly well-placed? It’s the girls’ aisle, surely!

    It’s well-placed now. PZ corrected it. So now the pink aisle is for all the girls (just as God evolutionary biology sexist marketing execs at Toys ‘Я Us intended).

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