Friday Fluff – November 19th, 2010

By Razib Khan | November 19, 2010 11:58 am

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1. First, a post from the past: From each according to their nature, to each according to their nature.

2. Weird search query of the week: ‘cloning family values.’

3. Comment of the week, in response to Homozygosity runs in the family (or not):

Dude, when your genes are as good as mine, you want them to be homozygous.

4) Cats or dogs? If you answer the latter, I won’t hold it against you.

5) And finally, your weekly fluff fix:
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  • http://ecophysio.fieldofscience.com/ EcoPhysioMichelle

    Cats. Obviously.

    I always try to stick my finger in my cats’ mouth when they yawn like that, but I’m never fast enough.

  • Matt B.

    I’ve stuck my finger in a cat’s mouth when it yawns plenty of times. And it’s funny every time.

    Cats over dogs by a light-year.

  • Sandgroper

    4. Specifically, two dogs – the dingo who was my childhood companion, and a kelpie sheep dog I worked with. They were both so brilliant that I have always felt no other dog could measure up.

    Plus I’m allergic to cats, so it was always out of the question to have one as a pet. But I regard a barn cat as essential if you are storing seed wheat.

  • trajan23

    Dogs all the way.

  • trajan23

    Matt B.: “I’ve stuck my finger in a cat’s mouth when it yawns plenty of times. And it’s funny every time.”
    I would never even think of trying that. Cats have filthy, bacteria ridden mouths. When I was 17, my sister’s cat bit me while I was breaking up a fight between the cat and my dog. The bite was nothing, little more than a pinprick, but I developed cellulitis and had to spend two days in the hospital. The doctor advised me to always go for the dog when attempting to intervene in a dog vs cat fight. Dogs are much, much less likely to bite you, and, if they do bite you, a dog’s mouth is far cleaner.

  • http://entitledtoanopinion.wordpress.com TGGP

    Can a cat go on point for a game bird, or flush it when you’re within range and then retrieve it to you unruffled, even from within heavy cover or in the water? Dogs absolutely.

  • mary

    #7, they can if they want to. I love both and have had both living together. We once had a little buff female kitty who trained a large black labrador to chase away the other house cat by making a little distressed mewing sound.

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I have degrees in biology and biochemistry, a passion for genetics, history, and philosophy, and shrimp is my favorite food. In relation to nationality I'm a American Northwesterner, in politics I'm a reactionary, and as for religion I have none (I'm an atheist). If you want to know more, see the links at http://www.razib.com

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