Monday, February 23, 2009

Bad evolution puns award #1: Cod in the act of evolution

Sure - we are celebrating Darwin this month and through the year. But one negative of evolution in general is that it seems particularly ripe for puns, and bad ones at that. So I am starting a new award here - the Bad Evolution Puns Award. And the first winner is the Boston Globe for their new article "Cod in the act of evolution" by Murray Carpenter.


  1. Did you see the athiest bus slogan generator?

    "There's probably no cod. So stop complaining and eat your sardines". If you can get the link to work you can make your own slogan.

  2. that is excellent Maxine ...

  3. The problem is that the best puns are by definition bad -- it's the groaners that really work best, or as Edgar Allan Poe supposedly said, "The goodness of the true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability."

    On a somewhat related note, I just happen to be reading (okay, listening to) Mark Kurlansky's Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World during my commute. Its not quite John McPhee, but great background to bring to a read of the paper by Darimont, et al. that led to Carpenter's pun.

  4. That cod piece is interesting....

  5. One hundred and fifty years after the publication of Origin, can we really say that Dar-wins?


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