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A Quote AND a chuckle
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Snagged from a book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall, that I'm reading,
'We are absurdly accustomed to the miracle of a few written signs being able to contain immortal imagery, involutions of thought, new worlds with live people, speaking, weeping, laughing. We take it for granted so simply that in a sense, by the very act of brutish routine acceptance, we undo the work of the ages, the history of the gradual elaboration of poetical description and construction, from the treeman to Browning, from the caveman to Keats. What if we awake one day, all of us, and find ourselves utterly unable to read? I wish you to gasp not only at what you read but at the miracle of its being readable.'
     -Vladimir Nabokov_Pale Fire
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and for everyone, but most especially for spike7451
australia

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OMG _ what is that in the mailbox?

I believe it's a kind of frilled lizard. Well, I know it's a lizard, I'm just not sure if this one is called 'frilled' or 'winged' :) Freaky, right?

Looks like a baby dragon. Whatever it is, I sure as hell wouldn't reach into that mailbox! O_O

Frilled Neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) The frill-necked lizard is the lizard emblem of Australia, and has a distinctive neck frill which it raises when threatened to make itself seem bigger and presumably more frightening. It will also use this prey to display itself during courtship. They're known for the distinctive run they perform on their hind legs when escaping predators which has earned them the name 'bicycle lizard.' They are very territorial and will defend their territory via hissing (displaying a white gape), neck frill displays and rising on their hind legs. The frilled-neck lizard is quite arboreal, spending most of its time in trees. They are quite large, and can sometimes grow up to one metre in length. They consume arthropods, insects and other small vertebrates. It is thought that the frill can also be used as a 'parachute' when jumping off burning trees during a bushfire, and for thermoregulation.

That's fascinating, thanks for the info! I've never heard of these.

They are quite large, and can sometimes grow up to one metre in length.

Haha - holy! I'd run like hell if I encountered one of those (anything non-mammal freaks me out). :D

'Haha - holy! I'd run like hell if I encountered one of those (anything non-mammal freaks me out). :D'
I may not run like hell, but I would certainly give it a w...i...d...e birth :)

Probably a good idea. :D

Uh-huh. From the vid spike7451 posted, though, it looks like they give chase. Then I'd sure run! LOL

A lot of that length is the tail. :D

I agree with the others, thanks for all the info. They are fascinating critters.

Oh my goodness! That would scare the crap out of me. LOL!

But they're so cute. :D

They kind of are - I had to chuckle at the energetic leg action. LOL! Still...

Thanks for the explanation - fascinating! Seeing it run is a trip. ♥

You're most welcome. :)

I'd be so freaked out if I opened my mailbox and came face to face with that creature! LOL

Frilled Neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) The frill-necked lizard is the lizard emblem of Australia, and has a distinctive neck frill which it raises when threatened to make itself seem bigger and presumably more frightening. It will also use this prey to display itself during courtship. They're known for the distinctive run they perform on their hind legs when escaping predators which has earned them the name 'bicycle lizard.' They are very territorial and will defend their territory via hissing (displaying a white gape), neck frill displays and rising on their hind legs. The frilled-neck lizard is quite arboreal, spending most of its time in trees. They are quite large, and can sometimes grow up to one metre in length. They consume arthropods, insects and other small vertebrates. It is thought that the frill can also be used as a 'parachute' when jumping off burning trees during a bushfire, and for thermoregulation.

You can see it run here....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAo09yYOpCU

Edited at 2013-11-08 02:31 pm (UTC)

That is hysterical, probably not the lizard's goal, but still, his gait is just stunning!

Frilled Neck Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) The frill-necked lizard is the lizard emblem of Australia, and has a distinctive neck frill which it raises when threatened to make itself seem bigger and presumably more frightening. It will also use this prey to display itself during courtship. They're known for the distinctive run they perform on their hind legs when escaping predators which has earned them the name 'bicycle lizard.' They are very territorial and will defend their territory via hissing (displaying a white gape), neck frill displays and rising on their hind legs. The frilled-neck lizard is quite arboreal, spending most of its time in trees. They are quite large, and can sometimes grow up to one metre in length. They consume arthropods, insects and other small vertebrates. It is thought that the frill can also be used as a 'parachute' when jumping off burning trees during a bushfire, and for thermoregulation.

I wish you to gasp not only at what you read but at the miracle of its being readable.

Completely agree!

Hahaha - I thought of our friend too when I saw that pic. You beat me in posting it for her. :D

Didn't he hit it right on the head? I read the quote like three times and each time I was more amazed by how will Nabakov expressed his point.

Ya gottta be quick around here, she said, as she blew the smoke away from the barrel of her six-shooter :)

He did. I've always thought language and written language are the greatest and most miraculous inventions the human race has ever come up with. How much would we never know, or get to experience through another's eyes, if there was no written language?

Ya gottta be quick around here, she said, as she blew the smoke away from the barrel of her six-shooter :)

LOL! True, if this were High Noon, I'd be a goner. :)

'LOL! True, if this were High Noon, I'd be a goner. :)'

Would you believe I just watched High Noon, again, last week. One of my favorites movies, definitely my favorite western, and even more so after I learned that John Wayne considered it communistic ;D

It's been ages and ages since I watched that, but I know I have. I was a great fan of westerns as a kid.

OMG! A frilled neck lizard..... I LOVE it. Thank you. :D

What if we awake one day, all of us, and find ourselves utterly unable to read?

... what a horrible thought.

Thank 'I Can Haz Cheeseburgers'. I get their lol cats email every day and with this one, and I wasn't the only one, apparently, I thought of you.:) Did you read the comment made by the first person,

*agrees*

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Silly lizard indeed!! I've found banana slugs in my mailbox but never a lizard :)

I wish you to gasp not only at what you read but at the miracle of its being readable.'

Yes, yes, yes.

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