Toad in the Hole

October 31, 2005

Monday Odd Ends

One for all you knitters reading here (Hi Kate! Hi Janis!) because, you know, knitted raw chicken hats, boobs, and uteri are such hard acts to follow.

And now for something completely different, yet strangely familiar:

The Editor's Corner, or, Why Everybody Could Benefit from a Decent Liberal Education (Thanks, PZ!)

Science magazine, the distinguished publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; vol. 309, 16 September 2005, p. 1813; RANDOM SAMPLES/ PEOPLE: "Survivors: Weathering Katrina"

For 10 days after Katrina struck, New Orleans, Louisiana, zoo veterinarian Elizabeth Hammond slept in the reptile house and helped the zoo's 1500 animals cope with the disaster. She tended to an injured flamingo, helped evacuate 11 sea lions and otters to Texas due to fears that the zoo's water supply might be contaminated, and assisted in feeding the zoo's skeletal staff as well as its permanent residents.

Any typos are mine. What I'm taking issue with here is not the unnecessary comma after "Louisiana" -- a fine point but one that matters to ease of reading. I'm startled at the gratuitous reference to the physical attributes of the zoo's staff. They hadn't been starving for that long.

Wait, maybe "skeletal" wasn't what the writer meant. Maybe he or she meant "skeleton staff." That would refer to the size of the staff, not the size of the staffers.

A schmittox to page editor Yudhijit Bhattacharjee. Schmittox withdrawn, with both sympathy and empathy, if target has already slapped own forehead when this appeared in print.

Posted at October 31, 2005 04:20 PM