The Grumpy Humanist

mix equal parts news, diary, gossip, and grump

Fun with Fundies: Harry Potter edition 6 July, 2007

It’s that time once again. I’m sure you know that we’re just a few weeks away from the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series. Whether you are a fan or not, it’s hard to miss the big cardboard displays at your local bookstore.

Soon, there’ll be throngs of impressionable children getting all hot and bothered over witchcraft.

Harry Potter fans tell it like it is

Yes, indeed. I happen to know a couple of nine-year-olds who converted from Catholicism just because of the Potter books.



My Chimp is smarter than your 5th Grader 5 July, 2007

Filed under: Animals,Anthropology,Chimps,Primatology — feliza @ 9:21 am

According to (a sister site to our friends at a study by Ohio State University has found that so-called “enculturated chimps” have enhanced “cognitive abilities, as measured by their ability to understand how to rake” compared to other chimps.

Yes, you read that right–raking. But it’s actually a really clever experiment. And, anyway, there’s nothing wrong with getting some free yard work out of it. As we all know, chimps love nothing more than landscaping.

Chimp unwinding


What the F#%! is a Zorse? 4 July, 2007

Filed under: Animals,Cute,Horse,Videos,Zebra,Zebroid,Zorse — feliza @ 8:53 am

Half-horse, half-zebra… all awesome.

It seems this interesting little creature “will never be accepted by the┬ázebras in the park, so they’re looking for a male pony” to be her boyfriend. Damn snobbby zebras.


Mein Kat 2 July, 2007

Filed under: Animals,Cats,Cats that Look Like Hitler,Cute,Kitler — feliza @ 8:23 am

My God, this animal is creepy.

Pic courtesy of Cats That Look Like Hitler, a fun and sort of creepy gallery of “kitlers” from around the world.

Though I think this one kind of looks more like John Waters.


Mitt Romney: Dog Lover 29 June, 2007

Filed under: Animal Cruelty,Animals,Dogs,Mitt Romney,Small Dogs — feliza @ 1:34 pm

Today, I was reading Smalldogarific and found an excellent article about an awful incident involving Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, an Irish Setter, and diarrhea.

According to Smalldogarific, it seems that “back in 1983 he placed his Irish Setter, Seamus, in a carrier on the roof of the family car for a 12-hour trip from Boston to Ontario.” Naturally, Seamus reacted to this situation with a so-called “diarrhea attack.”

Mitt Romney describes the experience

Mitt Romney: what a classy guy.

Perhaps some of you might be a little puzzled by my being a fan of a blog about small dogs given my recent open letter to small-breed dog owners.



Awww… 28 June, 2007

Filed under: Animals,Cute,Kitties,Pets — feliza @ 11:14 am

Yes, I’m grumpy, but I’m not made of stone.


Courtesy of muy bueno blog of adorable, Ke Cute.


March of the (scary ass) Penguins

Filed under: Animals,Giant Penguin,Joanna's Diary,Science — feliza @ 9:43 am

Courtesy of the always-interesting Joanna’s Diary, I just found about a newly found species of extinct giant freaking penguin. Joanna even has a rather humorous pic of the penguin’s size compared to say, a member of the House of Parliament–which I will not be swiping, thank you very much, so just go to her blog.


A much less scary pic of the gigantic penguin


Many thanks, Joanna. But I do think I’ll be seeing the giant penguin in my nightmares.