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Dragon, Unfortunately Tamed

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Dragons were so much cooler before we found out definitively how closely they're related to chickens.

Not that chickens aren't themselves vicious beasts when they think they can get away with it, and I'm truly stretching the meaning of the word "think", but that's another story.

Scientists in Montana (or maybe Minnesota), where hobbies are hard to come by, are twiddling the genes of chickens to make them express a few vertebrae towards whiplike tails. Scientists across the border in Canada, where they really ought to know better, are working on giving them their teeth back. Or maybe I have that reversed, the tails and teeth parts, who's doing which. I mean, it hardly matters unless you're a scientist. Or a chicken.

Crocodiles and alligators are fearsome. Anacondas and pythons, Komodo dragons--you can see how these encourage the legends. The bones of giants in the earth--these go a long way in the "larger than life" direction. Fuel the fire of the romance of the mighty.

We could never really decide whether they were supposed to have wings. But we gave them flaming breath and the benefit of the doubt.

And that brings us to now, where all the doubt's in the fryer and their wings give us flaming breath, if you follow the recipe made famous in Buffalo, New York.

How the mighty have fallen.


Posted by Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri

5th Aug 2008, 03:11   | tags:


...and here's the breadcrumb trail back to the actual data that inspired this.

You pounce on the phrase I thought was the iffiest. :) Thanks for the vote of confidence!


5th Aug 2008, 15:02

Woo-hoo! A gold star for Poetical Excellence!


5th Aug 2008, 19:04

Dhamaka says:

nice one
.. and the crown?

8th Aug 2008, 18:07


The necklaces and the tiara-thingy are, at least in the picture, representative of the way we romanticize dragons to the point that they're a bit sillified. (The actuality is that my wife hangs her necklaces on this thing as a way of keeping track of them and keeping them largely untangled. I balanced the tiara on top largely to see how long it would stay. The answer's been about a year so far.)


8th Aug 2008, 18:30

Viv says:

I love what your words do with the facts

27th Apr 2009, 02:27

Heh. Hopefully the facts will forgive me someday. :)


28th Apr 2009, 05:17