Good tidings and well-wishes! Mark W. Mancini here, as always!
(If anyone’s curious about the title, I watched the original ‘Batman’ movie with Adam West the other night.)
A few weeks ago, I went on a dig supervised by Dr. Hungerbuehler with my good friends Donny, Eddy and Steve among (many) others in a Redonda formation site outside of town. Though the sheer volume of fossil remains we uncovered within a mere five days certainly kept us busy, I decided to make things a little more interesting by instigating a paleo/geo-themed pun war which raged on throughout the week (criminally-bad jokes run in my family). I’ve attatched a few dispatches from this epic saga below, but before I continue I should note that all of these were ad-libbed. And for everyone out there who knows the good doctor, imagine him cringing and releasing an agonized grunt upon hearing these.
Without further ado, I present a sampling of our efforts (Warning! Several of these are very nerdy and their utilization may be hazardous to your health. Proceed with caution!):
-We crater to your every desire!
-Question: What do you call a small clast of rock with completely unknown origins? Answer: A pebble without a cause!!
–Shale we continue?
-Did you hear about the editor working on the latest “Ice Age” film? I hear that he really spliced-a-scene!
-Did you know that the American Literature Society has decided to create a series of poetic tributes to every single letter of the english language in sequence? This week, they’re releasing the g-ode!
-You know, I’m growing kind of attatched to this mudstone…I guess you could say that I’m a little sedimental!
–Donny: “All we’re finding at this site is teeth!” Me: “That’s what I expected, tooth be told.”
-I once found the fossilized remains of the posterior end of a small decapod crustacean. I called it a shrimp rock-tail.
-I hear that the NRA is sponsoring an ammunition convention this evening. They’re calling it an ammo-night!
-If you’re a volcanology student, can you graduate magma cum laude?
I’ll stop it right there before I loose the respect of the paleo blogosphere at large. If anybody can come up with some geology puns of their own, feel free to post them in the comments section!