Plait v. Zimmer

It’s an interesting edition of Bloggingheads: the always pleasant Carl Zimmer in a dialog with hyper-enthusiastic Phil Plait. If I ever do one of these things with Phil, I’m going to have to send him a horse tranquilizer to swallow first, just so I can keep up.


  1. says

    I wonder what sort of toxic cephalopod PZ is most closely related to? Blue-ringed octopus perhaps?

    My vote is for Pfeffer’s Flamboyant Cuttlefish. It’s fabulous.

    I dunno if PZ would want to have either method for delivering the toxin into Phil though. *cough*

  2. mikecbraun says

    I think the PZ of the wild animal kingdom would have a just-for-show defense mechanism, because underneath the rough exterior, he’s a real puppy dog. I’m thinking his neck flaps would extend and turn beet red and he’d hiss. That would teach his opponents to let him finish and not interrupt.

  3. Adnan Y. says

    “I’m going to have to send him a horse tranquilizer to swallow first…”

    …Yeah, but you’d do that to him, anyway… O_O

  4. LisaJ says

    So funny, poor Carl hardly got to speak at all. I loved that part around 33 minutes where he just decided to talk right over Phil, that made me laugh.

  5. Wes says

    Here’s my imitation of Carl.

    …mmm hmmm…
    …mmm hmmm…
    …mmm hmmm…


    Still an interesting interview, though.

  6. says

    Thank goodness that Carl didn’t get to do too much talking. C’mon, Carl, it’s not that tricky. Stop saying “uh, uh, uh” between every two or three words.