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Monday, May 20, 2013


This re-run from May 2012
Sharks can smell a drop of blood from a mile away. Dogs can hear sounds that humans cannot. Many animals can see at night as if it were day. Bats can’t see at all yet they can navigate and catch insects with their built in radar.

Naturalists constantly point out these remarkable animal feats as if humans were inferior to these creatures. True, we cannot compete with the rest of the animal world in terms of strength, speed, sense of taste, smell, sight and hearing, but some homo sapiens do have talents which other creatures could never master.

Is there any other creature on God’s green earth that could tie an apron behind their back while speaking on a cell phone tucked under their chin? The Weaver bird is able to construct a complicated nest out of twigs and reeds. Could a Weaver bird take two sticks and a ball of yarn and make a sweater while watching “Toddlers in Tiaras?”

Last Saturday on a bus I witnessed a skill which I have seen before, but for the first time realized how remarkable this ability, common to many female Homo sapiens really was. As I watched, I could hear the voice of Oprah narrating from “Life” in my head.

“The fourteen year old female of the species is troubled by her hair which has grown beyond shoulder length. It gets in her eyes and face and irritates her. Without stopping her constant and incessant communication with a companion, she performs the most remarkable feat. Taking her hands and without looking, she reaches behind her back and she separates her locks into three segments. Incredibly, as our camera captures the action, she begins to weave the segments in and out into a locking pattern resulting in one long thick rope-like structure of hair which no longer bothers her eyes or face. The female does all this in a matter of seconds. This blind weaving skill is remarkable enough but to keep the weave from unfurling she takes a small elastic band and folds it back and around the end of the weave at a speed which only our time action camera can capture. Other Homo sapiens ignore this young female’s action as apparently it is a skill not uncommon to the species.”

Is there another creature on this planet that can change the style of their plumes without looking while simultaneously communicating with another of the same species?

OK, maybe a peacock, or a turkey, or a chameleon, or….still it is a remarkable skill.


  1. Are you just jealous because she still has enough hair to do that?

  2. I am so envious of her. I have long hair and have NEVER been able to do that. Why not? I just dont know what I am doing wrong. I have a doctorate for God's sake! Yeesh...

  3. I was going to say chameleon but you beat me to it.

  4. I am an unremarkable individual of the species. One whose genes will not be passed on. I can barely make my hair presentable while undisturbed, concentrating profoundly with the corner of my tongue hanging out my mouth, in optimal lighting, with two mirrors, a comb, and a brush.

  5. Personally, I'm astounded by people who can plug an electrical cord into a socket when it's dark. That's a skill I never mastered.

  6. Humans really are amazing creatures. My husband can smoke while watering the lawn and talking to the neighbor. :-)

  7. I marvel at the miracle of human beings all the time! Cool post!