Archive for the ‘Evolution’ Category

I like to apply things we’re learning about in class to real-life scenarios: this week, I observed Sam Cassell’s fetus-like characteristics and realized it was a prime example of neoteny.

You’re a dirty fetus.

ne·ot·e·ny (n-tn-)


Retention of juvenile characteristics in the adults of a species, as among certain amphibians.
The attainment of sexual maturity by an organism still in its larval stage.

Listen: Brand New, “Degausser”

Quote: “Ohhh my goodness, that’s so disgusting…his head pops off, the body just stands there for two seconds and then lazily falls to the ground. You know why? There’s no brain to tell the body what to do anymore, because I blew it up with the sniper rifle.” – IGN editor while playing Gears of War


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Hips Don’t Lie

A lot of pop songs on the radio are just about sex, drugs, video games, etc…but every once in a while, a song comes out that actually is trying to make a statement.

Shakira, Shakira

“Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean is one of those songs. You may not have even caught the song’s true meaning in the thousands of times you have probably heard it on the radio, at parties, and blasting out of freshman girls dorm rooms before a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night.

It is a little known fact that Shakira is a dedicated evolutionist, and has studied Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution extensively. The inspiration for the song clearly came from the fact that whales have vestigial hip bones, which is a factor indicating that evolution does in fact occur.

These hips don’t lie.

Wyclef Jean, who is also featured on the track, agrees with the theory of evolution, and supports Shakira throughout the song by yelling “Shakira Shakira!” after the chorus.

Shakira takes the perspective of a whale in the following lyrics: “And I’m on tonight/You know my hips don’t lie/And I’m starting to feel it’s right [theory of evolution]/All the attraction, the tension/Don’t you see baby [Charles Darwin], this is perfection [the theory of evolution].”

Isn’t it obvious?

Listen: New Found Glory, “Oxygen”

Quote: “I’d rather be really sick at Halo.” – Josh’s response to my realization that my instrument of choice is now the lap drums rather than air guitar.

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