Saturday, October 31, 2009

The greatest show on earth

I'm in the middle of "The Greatest Show on Earth" by Richard Dawkins. Its an irreverent and thoughful look at evolution. I didn't expect to run into Monty Python but there he is, or more accurately, there is Eric Idle. For those of you who don't recognize the name he's the author of such classics as "I'll Bet You They Won't Play This Song on the Radio" and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life". I just have to quote the entirety of his "The Lord God Made Them All" parody because it's too good not to share:

All things dull & ugly
All creatures short and squat
All thing rude and nasty
The Lord God made the lot

Each litte snake that poisons
Each little wasp that stings
He made their brutish venom
He made their horrid wings

All thing sick and cancerous
All evil great and small
All things foul and dangerous
The Lord God made them all

Each nasty little hornet
Each beastly little squid
Who made the spikey urchin?
Who made the sharks? He did!

All thing scabbed and ulcerous
All pox both great and small
Putrid, foul and gangrenous
The Lord God made them all

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