A Very Literal Spin on New Yorker Cartoons

As a bona fide comedy nerd I like to occasionally read The New Yorker to peruse the humorous bits and pieces it offers. While I generally enjoy it, I have to admit that the humor of their cartoons sometimes goes over my head, or right around me, or misses me in some other way. Maybe I’m not smart enough to get them. Very likely.

Either way, for my money, the blog The Monkeys You Ordered is much more satisfying. The site’s simple premise is to take the animated portion of New Yorker cartoons and replace their dry, droll captions with ones that respond to the drawing in extremely literal ways. The result is a pretty funny juxtaposition of absurd images and a very rational voice. Here is a sampling of a few:

Gary likes to sleep in a cradle.

My real problem is that these fish follow me everywhere.

It’s hard to work while parachuting.

(Via Laughing Squid)

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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