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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

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.

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 :)

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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