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‘Dire’ pun of some kind

Scientific American has run an article on dire wolves — which were real, apparently — in honor of the finale of Game of Thrones — in which work of fiction they feature, apparently.

I guess. We haven’t seen a single episode. We started to watch it, got to the dragons and Uncle B noped out hard.

Sword and sorcery. The man really hates it.

I don’t know how SA could possibly run an article on this animal without noting that it obviously had a baculum. How many canine species do?


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 29, 2019, 9:55 pm

Frau Hermelinherrin, according to Romer in Vertebrate Body:

A baculum…is found in all insectivores, bats, rodents, and carnivores, and in all primates except man.

This suggests that canines, being carnivores, have dick bones.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 29, 2019, 10:49 pm

Has a what now?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 29, 2019, 11:42 pm

Re: Game of Thrones. It’s not p0rn, it’s HBO.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 30, 2019, 12:26 am

I’ve watched Game of Thrones all the way through season 7…I was hoping that was the end but nope, they’re airing season 8 now.

It’s very stressful to watch and feels a lot like torture…it has some pretty cool moments though.

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: April 30, 2019, 11:26 am

Can’t see the words dire wolf without this coming to mind. If you know it, you know it.

“When I awoke, the Dire Wolf, six hundred pounds of sin,
Was grinning at my window, all I said was ‘Come on in’.”

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: April 30, 2019, 12:02 pm

Don’t murder me,
I beg of you, don’t murder me,
Pleeeease don’t murder me

We must be of the same vintage…..

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 30, 2019, 3:11 pm

Roald Dahl explains the extinction of the Dire Wolf


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 30, 2019, 3:12 pm


and we wonder where “magic wands” come from.

Phoenix feather in rosewood – suuuurrreeeeeeeeeee they were JK.

50 Shades of Magic Wand more like it.

Oh, and from your last post –
for want of two nails the roof was lost!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 30, 2019, 6:24 pm

Okay, I had to look it up. (Serves me right for being so pedantic to Stoaty in the last post.) A baculum is a penis bone, which humans, despite all junior-high school jokes to the contrary, do not have. Gorillas and chimpanzees do, however. No idea if our ancestors like Homo habilis or the australopithecines did; anyone know?

As for the dire wolf, I had no idea they were in GoT. I’ve only read the first book, and I have only a dim memory of something about wolf pups. But yes, they existed. So did cave lions, Panthera spelaea and Panthera atrox, who were some 10%-25% larger than today’s lions, and existed along with humans until about 13K years ago. (I once told Miss Linda that when my big red Maine Coon mix cat, Arizona, was being difficult, he was having flashbacks to cave lion racial memories. She thought I was making it up.)

Somewhere I ran across an article, perhaps in National Geographic, which suggested that the infamous Tsavo lions (see the film The Ghost and the Darkness) and their modern-day descendants might be of the cave lion family. The lions that live near Tsavo now are comfortably larger than most other African lions, it told us.

Which about cleans me up on dire wolves and cave lions.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 30, 2019, 6:33 pm

Irish Archaeology @irarchaeology
Just left out our May Flowers on the doorstep 🙂 This old Irish custom involves gathering flowers on May Eve (or in some places May Day morning) and leaving them in front of the main threshold. It was believed that this would protect the house from harm or evil #Folklore


Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 30, 2019, 6:59 pm

It was believed that this would protect the house from harm or evil #Folklore

“A dream of parsley foreshadows death to the sick.” I read that when I was about 13, while I had a cold. You can imagine how I worried that I might dream about edible vegetables.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 30, 2019, 10:08 pm

@Wolfus Aurelius – Some years ago I had the pleasure of discovering and reading The Man-Eaters of Tsavo, and Other East African Adventures (1907) by English railway construction overseer John Henry Patterson. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend it.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 30, 2019, 11:12 pm

@Wolfus Aurelius: Stoaty is under a curse.

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