Friday, June 22, 2007
Several 'Splainin's at once
There are four orders of reptiles. Crocodiles get an order, bunched in with your alligators, your camians, the occasional gavial and what have you.
Then we gots the turtles, best known for recording Happy Together.
Then the egghead scientists lump together lizards, snakes and glass lizards, also known as worm lizards, all together in one order. (Note: the worm lizards are as creepy as they look here. Some are eyeless and look like worms, but they are warm blooded and have vertebra and aren't snakes, for some egghead scientist reason.)
And all by his nearly extinct lonesome, we have the tuatara, a very lizard looking critter now found only on a few islands off the coast of New Zealand, 'cause the Maori on the main islands of New Zealand thought that Tuatara McNuggets were just too tasty. Scientists say the tuatara deserves an order of its own because it has different teeth and its hipbone is shaped differently and it might be better classified as a true descendent of the dinosaurs, but the real reason is that the other lizards just don't like tuataras very much.
Added to these fun facts to know and tell is news from yesterday. Vice President Cheney doesn't have to answer to Congress, or so he says, because he's not actually part of the executive branch of government. You know, the one that is headed up by the President.
Some pundits are saying Cheney is declaring himself a fourth branch of government. I think we should look into the possibility that he is declaring himself the fifth order of reptile.
And with that, it's time for the Random 10.
Walk Right Back Everly Brothers
Way Down In The Hole Clarence Fountain & The Blind Boys Of Alabama
Goldfinger Shirley Bassey
Birdhouse In Your Soul They Might Be Giants
You Always Hurt The One You Love The Mills Brothers
Unmarked Helicopters Soul Coughing
True Love Never Runs Smooth Gene Pitney
Strange Ones Supergrass
Take It With Me Anne Sophie Von Otter
Sulky Girl Elvis Costello
Tom Waits, a great favorite here at Lotsa 'Splainin', makes two phantom appearances here this week, as the songwriter of both Way Down In The Hole and Take It With Me.
Elvis Costello not only gets on as a performer, but he is also the producer of the pop album that operatic singer Anne Sophie Von Otter recorded.
Gene Pitney and The Everly Brothers are a gentle reminder that however cool I think I am, I did grow up in the '60s and I was a nerdy white boy from the suburbs.