The passing of a giant in his field


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To be honest, I hadn’t been following his career in years, but it’s still sad to see that Pac Man has died. I am pleased to learn that at least he has left his body to science.

Comments

  1. says

    So, what sexually dimorphic bone structure indicates this is “Mr.” Pac-Man rather than “Ms.” Pac-Man?

    Or could the rumors of transvestism be true?

  2. says

    I saw something about this a few days ago, but I thought it was a fossil, not the skeleton of the celebrity. I mean, if nothing else, it looks a little big, and we all know there’s been increasing selection pressure toward smaller body size among the male Paciandreae.

    On the other hand, given the pronounced differentiation of the teeth, maybe it’s a hoax.

  3. says

    Oh my. I wasn’t especially close with him personally, but I did spend quite a bit of time with his beloved Ms. Pacman. And I was there when they met, and I witnessed their courtship. Yes, and I cannot forget that time when the stork brought in Jr.

    I will have to send her my condolences.

  4. natural cynic says

    Skull, one vertebra and sacrum/coccyx. With his head so close to his ass, it makes me wonder…

  5. Ichthyic says

    I wonder if that “Ghosthunters” show on sci-fi channel will do a memorial show dedicated to the memory of the original video ghost hunter?

  6. Ken Mareld says

    Will the model be available for Anatomy and Physiology classes. No extra holes behind the eye area? I knew Pac-man was an evolved mammal!

    Ken

  7. says

    Ms. Pacman has eyes.
    Posted by: Louis

    Actually, both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man had eyes. It was only Pac-Man’s avatars that were eyeless.

  8. Ichthyic says

    Actually, both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man had eyes. It was only Pac-Man’s avatars that were eyeless.

    i think that depends on how far back you look.

    the early CGA version of pacman did not have eyes, IIRC. later, as higher resolution versions evolved, eyes appeared.

    now I don’t think these were complex eyes, more like “eye spots”.

    even later, we see pupils and irises appearing.

  9. says

    Then the remains are clearly from the Carter era. Someone needs to excavate Reagan era, Bush I era and Clinton era rock to find some transitional Pac-Man fossils, lest his eyes be called irreducibly complex.

  10. Ichthyic says

    indeed!

    otherwise we’ll end up with some nutter putting together a hackneyed museum where the CGA version of Pac-Man is seen cavorting with ultra-high-res versions of Donkey Kong!!!

  11. says

    Pacman didn’t have teeth! This is a hoax by macro-evilutionists so they can use it (alongside Piltdown Man) to show that Jesus came from a monkey, thus justifying abortion and other social ills.

  12. says

    Besides that, you’ve all missed the point. Prior to the tragic introduction of vector graphics in the virtual world, there was no shedding of neither blood nor ectoplasma on the screen. Thus, Pacman didn’t eat ghosts. Those white dots on the screen are slabs of are vegetabilic lard, nothing else – beneficially and purposefully supplied by the Game Designer.

  13. says

    Pacman didn’t have teeth! This is a hoax by macro-evilutionists so they can use it (alongside Piltdown Man) to show that Jesus came from a monkey, thus justifying abortion and other social ills.

    You’re right! How is it that those teeth are rendered in such detail in Pac-Man remains that don’t have eyes? It’s the Pac-Down Man Hoax! The Darwinists have no shame!

  14. says

    I think we’ve all missed something here that CLEARLY demonstrates thus as a forgery. We all know that, upon death, Pac-Man curled up, shrank, and winked out of existence to the tune of that “weowowowowoo” noise. He left no mortal remains. Therefore, QED, this is a fraud! SCANDAL!!

  15. tony says

    Re: jared
    I agree – obviously a fraud! SFAIR pac-man never lasted long enough to mate – this evilution nonsense is obviouly a darwinian lie – god made each and evey pac-man in his own image as a message to all of us of his bountiful and unchanging nature.

  16. says

    Jared,

    Correction: It’s “weowowowowoo…brink-brink!” And Pac-Man is no mere mortal – popping another quarter guarantees instant resurrection.

    Hmm, no legs. It appears that Pac-Man can only move by sliding around on his butt or his scrotum.

    The latter sounds especially painful.

  17. cyan says

    Response that I’ve found interesting to analyze:
    I immediately feel disgust every time I see this silly photo. The ole’ face muscles try to go into snarl mode & there’s a literal sick-feeling in the abdomen. Immediate extreme fight-or-flight rxn.

    Long-time Pharyngula reader, crusty veteran biologist, yet cannot recall any image eliciting such a visceral, unpleasant response as this one does.

    So, just curious: anyone else’s body reacting so forcefully to this picture?

  18. David Marjanović says

    No extra holes behind the eye area? I knew Pac-man was an evolved mammal!

    There is an eye socket, and it’s continuous with the temporal fenestra. You can see the corner where they meet. It follows that Pacman is a mammalimorph, if not outright a mammal, as its human teeth suggest anyway.

    The human teeth are an exceptional lack of imagination. They ruin the whole impression for me.

  19. David Marjanović says

    No extra holes behind the eye area? I knew Pac-man was an evolved mammal!

    There is an eye socket, and it’s continuous with the temporal fenestra. You can see the corner where they meet. It follows that Pacman is a mammalimorph, if not outright a mammal, as its human teeth suggest anyway.

    The human teeth are an exceptional lack of imagination. They ruin the whole impression for me.

  20. mjfgates says

    Are we certain that this is actually the skeleton of a pac-man? It has considerable similarities to the protagonist from “The Missing Piece”, which did have many pac-manian features, but consumed wedges instead of dots.

  21. Chet says

    Ms. Pacman has eyes.

    Not to mention – legs that won’t quit!

    Hey… she’s on the market now, isn’t she?

  22. Evil Otto says

    Yes.

    She’s “alone in the game room” and “very, very hungry” – need I say more, nudge-nudge, wink-wink?