Further travels, to Cincinnati & beyond!

I’m planning to attend the 2017 Midwest Zebrafish Meeting in mid-June, which is, unfortunately, being held in Cincinnati. It’s only unfortunate because I’ll be tempted to make a side-trip to…Ken Ham’s goddamn Ark Park. There’s an excellent overview by Dan Phelps of what I can expect to see. I’ll also leave $40 poorer.


Just looking at that makes my brain poorer.


  1. John Harshman says

    You have to admire a sign that refutes its own premise. Note the end of the white-on-green bit to the right: “…marine fossils are found throughout the record.” Somehow they think that pointing out a huge flaw in their own claim gets rid of that flaw.

  2. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    There are a lot of great single-malt bourbons on the Kentucky side of the border. You might want a shot or two beforehand.

  3. johnlee says

    I’ll prove that what Ken Ham says is true in two short sentences:

    The Bible is the Word of God. We know this because He says so in the Bible.

    You University dudes can be so dumb sometimes.

  4. Alex the Pretty Good says

    I’m Always fascinated by how this model predicts that flowering mangrove Trees Run faster and climb higher than Giant ferns, Meganeura and Ichthyostega.

  5. annetaylor says

    Skip the creepy ark nonsense. If you get free time and the weather’s good, try looking for the USS Sachem’s ruins on the Taylor Creek tributary to the Ohio River. It’s 25 miles downstream of Cincinnati and across the channel (and lost in the weeds from Lawrenceburg, IN.) It has a storied history under many names as a private yacht, a wartime ship in WWI and WWII, a sight seeing boat in NYC, it appears in a Madonna video, etc. It’s been abandoned since 1983 or so.

    I’ve only seen photos of it, but it reminds me of the artificial reefs we sink in the ocean: it’s been colonized by some beautiful flora and likely some varieties of fauna as well.


  6. kenbakermn says

    Be strong, PZ. Your sacrifice will serve the greater good. And second that single malt bourbon comment above.

  7. robro says

    I hope to go to Kentucky next year for the eclipse. I’m sure I can resist both the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum.

  8. petemoulton says

    I don’t think they’ll let you back into the creation museum again after your embarrassing (to them) scene with that ceratopsian, PZ.

  9. Tethys says

    *blink* It’s just so much wrong crammed into one picture. The marine creatures in my local bedrock are trilobites, shelled cephalopods, recepticulites, sessile echinoderms with bilateral asymmetry, etc… They have some of the same anatomy of modern organisms, but their basic body plan is wildly different. Several of them defy even a basic plant or animal classification. Calcifying microbial life made algal mat grounds, and is the dominant reef building organism, an type of ecosystem that disappeared right around the time that life colonized land.
    Ice age critters are occasionally found buried in the glacial till under the soils, but we are entirely lacking in dinosaurs or any terrestrial fossils. I suppose a picture of glaciers, ground sloths and giant beavers isn’t quite as exciting at T-rex and pterosaurs, but the facts of fossils and geology are simply far more interesting than this just so story.

  10. evodevo says

    Great to hear you’ll be in our area. What #11 said. The museums at the Terminal are a much better use of time than anything Ham has come up with lOl … AND there’s a great art museum in Eden Park … and if you like early American history, there’s a rendezvous over in Friendship, Indiana.