The Hyena-Whale

Common belief today among scientists is that a hyena-like, cat-like, or a hippopotamus-like animal evolved into whales.

Now, I don’t know the extent of your knowledge concerning whales, but let me remind you that the largest species of whale, the blue whale, weighs in at 360,000 pounds, measures 100 feet long, has a tongue the weight of an adult African elephant and possesses a heart the size of a compact car.

Already, this isn’t looking good.

Shall we go over all the things that would have to occur for a hyena to become a whale? I think it would be beneficial for everyone.

#1: The hyena would have to develop a dorsal fin.

#2: The bony tail of the hyena would have to change into a cartilaginous fluke.

#3: The hyena’s teeth would have to develop into a huge baleen filter.

#4: The hyena’s hair would have to nearly disappear and be replaced by blubber for insulation through chance mutations in the DNA.

Nope, still not done.

#5: The nostrils would have to move from the tip of the hyena’s nose to the top of the whale’s head, disconnect from the mouth passage, and form a strong muscular flap to close the blowhole.

#6: The hyena’s front legs would have to change into pectoral fins.

Not the end yet, hang in there.

#7: The hyena’s body would have to increase in size from 150 pounds to 360,000.

#8: The hyena’s external ears would have to disappear and then develop to compensate for high-pressure diving to 1,640-feet deep.

Last one…

#9: The hyena’s back legs would have to disappear completely.

This course of events would have to happen completely by accident through a series of random mutations (despite the fact that more often than not mutations in DNA result in sicknesses and defects) and natural selection. Not to mention how many retries and mulligans this would require to get the perfect mix.

In fact, the chances of a hyena becoming a whale is less likely than the chance of winning the national Powerball Lottery every year in a row for the next 200 years. Or throwing 2,000 dice up all at one time and having every single one of them come down on three dots.

For those of you who like your numbers, the odds of a hyena becoming a whale are 1 in every 364 followed by ONE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE ZEROS. You have to be a bloody rocket scientist to even imagine that number.

And this supposedly happened with multiple species and animal types! Apes to humans! Fish to alligators! Single cell organisms to life as we know it today!

The odds are not in evolution’s favor.

 

Source material – Evolution: The Grand Experiment Vol. 1 by Dr. Carl Werner.

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My Chemical Romance

C9H13No3 + C8H11No2 + C10H12N2O + C43H66N12O12S2

That up there is the chemical formula for love, or at least the feeling you get when you’re in it. It can be made in just about any lab, or completely natural when your brain releases it all by itself. Epinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin. Overdose on any of them could result in extreme paranoia, schizophrenia, and insanity. Some call it evolution’s way of continuing the human race, because it totally has a plan for the future as a lifeless, heartless “natural happening”, which is obviously a possible thing.

Or it could be because there’s a God who cares about us and wants us to continue making new life so that we may live to glorify him and get just a small earthly taste of the amazing love he has for us and-

Psh. That’s ridiculous. Disregard the very thought of it.

Sleep

I am one of those people who cannot function like a normal human being if I have not had at least eight hours of shut-eye, yet I love staying up late. Really late. We’re talking 2 a.m. (How do you think I got the brilliant ideas I mentioned earlier?)

As you can tell, this is quite a problem seeing as I will not have the ability to drag my poor bones out of bed at 7 o’clock. When my alarm goes off and my mom comes in to awaken the sleeping fangirl, I simply ignore the world and rest on.

When I finally arise naturally, it’s 9:30 or possibly later. There is always a moment of disbelief as I check the timepiece and notice how late it is. A moment when my brain realizes that this is not the right time. And then comes the wild scramble to get dressed and go on with the day. And the cycle repeats, of course, because I won’t be tired enough to go to bed at 8:00 seeing as I only woke up a few hours ago and therefore am unable to close my eyes.

Occasionally, I will dump myself over the side of the bed and get up at the proper time, but I will feel exceedingly tired for the next week.

But what does sleep deprivation actually do to you?

Well, there are the more noticeable symptoms like fatigue and sleepiness (um, duh) but then there are the ones that slip under the radar or you think are caused by other things such as weight loss or gain, restrictive brain activity, a distinctive loss in cognitive function, diabetes, effects on the healing process, aching muscles, hallucinations, sensitivity to cold, headaches, and a whole lot more.

So just have a cup of coffee and you’re all set, right?

Sadly, no. Caffeine will cause you to be more alert…for a certain amount of time. Then comes the caffeine crash, which will cause you to feel even more tired than you did before you drank the coffee. Caffeine can also cause headaches, heart palpitations, boost blood sugar, and heighten your reactions to everyday stress issues and can develop into serious addictions.

In the end, it turns out that it is best to just get those eight hours of sleep every night.

Science is lots of fun when you feel that it is actually relevant to your life.

The Twelfth Doctor

The Twelfth Doctor

POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR YA’LL WHO HAVEN’T SEEN SEASON 7 OF DOCTOR WHO

I don’t know what to think. I haven’t seen the actor in anything but The Fires of Pompeii from the fourth season of Doctor Who. (Kind of interesting that they chose him even though he’s already been in the show…Freema Agyeman was in Doomsday but she was a companion, not the Doctor himself).

This actor breaks the chain of the Doctor’s getting steadily younger in their regenerations, although I think some of the older fans will be glad of that because it’s a return more to the old ways. I really need to get started on those old episodes. I’m glad it’s still a male, though. If he’s really going to be the last Doctor, they shouldn’t mess it all up right before the end.

I just don’t know what to think about this! I’m STILL grieving over the loss of David Tennant (he’s coming back for 50th SQUEEEEEEEEEE) and Matt Smith was amazing, but I’m undergoing the feeling of nervousness and fear that accompanies the arrival of a new Doctor. I’ve never had to wait before, you see.

I’m really excited to see how Peter Capaldi does in the role of the Doctor. He looks about ready to hop into the TARDIS at any moment.

What do ya’ll (sorry, I just got off the phone with my cousins from Texas) think about the casting for the Twelfth Doctor? Have you seen Peter Capaldi in any other roles? If so, was he a good actor?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go hyperventilate in the corner.