Monthly Archives: October 2009

Funny Jokes Other humor

Paddy and Mick are walking down a street in London .
Paddy happens to look in one of the shop windows and sees a sign that catches his eye.

The sign said: “Suits £5.00 each, Shirts £2.00 each, Trousers £2.50 per pair”.

Paddy says to his pal, “Mick, look! We could buy a whole lot of dose,
and when we get back to Ireland we could make a fxxxxn’ fortune.
Now when we go into the shop, you be quiet, OK?
Just let me do all the talking, cause if they hear our accent, they might not be nice to us.
I’ll speak in my best English accent.”

“Roight y’are, Paddy, I’ll keep me mouth shut, so I will,” replies Mick.

They go in and Paddy says, “I’ll take 50 suits at £5.00 each, 100 shirts at £2.00 each
and 50 pairs of trousers at £2.50 each. I’ll back up my van and…”

The owner of the shop interrupts. “You’re from Ireland , aren’t you?”

“Well… yes,” says a surprised Paddy. “How der hell d’ y’ know dat?”

The owner replied, “This is a dry cleaners.”


Quirks of Human Anatomy by Dr. Lewis Held, Jr.


Dr. Held's book

Dr. Held's book

With the emergence of the new field of evolutionary developmental biology, we are witnessing a renaissance of Darwin’s insights 150 years after his Origin of Species. Thus far, the exciting findings from ‘evo-devo’ have only been trickling into college courses and into the domain of nonspecialists. With its focus on the human organism, Quirks of Human Anatomy opens the floodgates by stating the arguments of evo-devo in plain English and by offering a cornucopia of interesting case-studies and examples. Its didactic value is enhanced by 24 schematic diagrams [see Figure 1.3 to left] that integrate a host of disparate observations, by its Socratic question-and-answer format, and by its unprecedented compilation of the literature. By framing the ‘hows’ of development in terms of the ‘whys’ of evolution it lets readers probe the deepest questions of biology. Readers will find the book not only educational but also enjoyable, as it revels in the fun of scientific exploration.

Ever since the Middle Ages, anatomy has been a clinical subject. Now, evo-devo is showing how body parts are encoded genetically and how they arose evolutionarily. It is using our genome as a Rosetta Stone to decipher our past. Quirks of Human Anatomy takes the reader back to a time when there were no males or females, no arms or legs as we know them, and only rudimentary eyes. From that perspective our anatomical flaws make sense as the quirky outcomes of our peculiar history.

 Lewis I. Held, Jr. is Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Texas Tech University.