Pun by Theresa Sullivan @TrebahKM
Well, five actually. With the help of a team of excellent and impartial judges, we’ve selected our top taxonomy appreciation puns, just in time for Taxonomist Appreciation Day!* Check in each day this week to see a new winner. And thanks for all the excellent submissions! Our readers are the punniest!
*Taxonomist Appreciation Day (March 19th) is a holiday invented by the renowned ecologist Terry McGlynn to help us pause a moment and thank those people who work to acquaint us with our living world. For more about TAD or Terry, tune in to his excellent blog, Small Pond Science. In addition to inventing our new favorite holiday (which, to make it a true holiday, we at BHR will celebrate with snacks and adult beverages), Terry came up with the TAD slogan/pun, “Our appreciation for taxonomists is beyond description.” Tell your friends!
Pun by Jimmy Ryals (@jpryals on Twitter)
1. “My little heart goes pitter pat just being surrounded by all of you loved ones. Speaking of hearts, did you know smaller animals’ hearts beat faster than larger animals? Well, they do.”
2. “It sounds like that investment banking career is really taking off for you, Mike. Oh, me? I just took up omphaloskepsis.”
No, not the fuzzy ape. That’s gibbon.
Gibbous is when the moon is fuller than half-full.
So we know the moon’s phases result from the relationship between the position of the moon, the earth, and the sun, which always shines on half of the moon, just like it always shines on half the earth.
Think of it this way:
Christina Wang is an aspiring law-student who has no “objection” to making bad puns. She’s a student by day, artist by night, and nerd all the time. She lives in Southern California with her turtle and fish. Follow her on tumblr at planetbob.tumblr.com
Omphaloskepsis is the act of contemplating one’s own navel.
We should all do it!
Because our belly buttons are packed with life! With an average of 67 different types of bacteria living in each one of our belly buttons, each one of us has a unique microbial fingerprint.
That’s omphaloskepsis for you. Time to look on down and start omphaloskepsisizing (not a real word) about the personal jungle you carry with you.
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