Study Reveals Dolphins Lack Capacity To Mock Celebrity Culture

By Carl Zimmer | May 13, 2010 10:10 am

Here’s a brilliant piece of science-writing satire from the Onion. I find it particularly funny because I’ve been writing a lot recently about the evolution of human uniqueness. It’s so easy to mix up “unique” with “totally awesome.” The conflation flatters my readers, and myself. That’s the sort of self-importance that great satire can deflate so quickly.

[Hat tip, Ed Yong]

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A blog about life, past and future. Written by DISCOVER contributing editor and columnist Carl Zimmer.

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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