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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.

Comments

  1. says

    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. Roger Hyde says

    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. Roger Hyde says

    @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!

  4. rq says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. Nick Gotts (formerly KG) says

    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.

  7. Nick Gotts (formerly KG) says

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

  8. randay says

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

  9. timanthony says

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

  10. Lars says

    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. :~(

  11. koncorde says

    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.

  12. Usernames are smart says

    @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!

  13. says

    @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).