Pandas v Cyclists : Survival

I was in town earlier when I looked up to see a gaggle of baseball cap, North Face jacket, grey tracksuit bottom and Nike Air Max wearing youths riding bikes that seem to inhabit the place nowadays.  Well, inhabit KFC at least.

They had absolutely no interest whatsoever if the fast moving, heavy metal objects that they were getting in the way of as they did wheelies up a bridge.

At one stage, one of them cycled out on to a roundabout before deciding that he wanted to take the first exit rather than the second.  He just swerved in front of a car causing it to skid to a halt and continued on his way.

Darwin, somewhere, would have been rubbing his hands together at world’s attempts to remove that sort of stupidity from the gene pool.  Darwin’s theory of natural selection through reproductive success is pretty well known.  I know it as bad genes not getting passed on to future generations because their owners won’t live long enough to reproduce.

I saw this cycling stupidity on the same day I heard that the UK’s only female panda, Tian Tian, is believed to be pregnant, according to Edinburgh Zoo.  Apparently it’s the fifth time she has been artificially inseminated and has previously given birth to twins in China.

But here’s the thing… Female pandas ovulate once a year, giving a window of just 36 hours in which they can get pregnant.

I can’t work out how that can possibly be a successful reproductive mechanism! Sounds kinda like someone somewhere doesn’t really like pandas!  They’ve been dealt a pretty rubbish hand when compared those be-bicyled youths.

The chromosome divides, multiply and thrive
And the strong survive, and the strong survive
And a spaceman fucked an ape
Then cut out on the date
And now it’s much too late
The space ship has escaped
Let it go
We’re lacking something good, something good
Is this all for nothing
Good, something good
Boom tick tick and who skipped the long play
Boom tick tick
The chromosome divides, multiply and thrive
And the strong survive, yeah the strong survive
And the grandson of an alien wears his snakeskin boots
And shows his reptile roots
He shows his reptile roots
We’re lacking something, something good
Something good, yeah
Is this all for nothing
Show me the goods, something good
Boom tick tick and who skipped the long play
Who skipped the record and who amped what you say
I want to sing a song that’s my own
I want to be the DJ
We’re lacking something, something good
Something good, yeah
Is this all for nothing
Boom tick tick
Show me the goods, something good
The chromosome divides, multiply and thrive
And the strong survive, yeah the strong survive
The chromosome divides, multiply and thrive
And the strong survive, and the strong survive
And it’s all right, it’s all right, yeah
It’s a long night, a long night
A long night, it’s a long night…
When the plane takes off you’ll know it
When the plane takes off you’ll know it

Darwin by Third Eye Blind

 

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