2 Responses to Potpourri

  1. Anonymous Coward January 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    If I somehow conjured a duck, scaled up to horse-sized, out of thin air, wouldn’t it just stare puzzled at me for a half-second and try to say “Oh no, not again,” at which point its legs snapped like twigs and it collapsed to an agonized mass of muscle and breaking bones until its own weight suffocated it?

    • Alan T. January 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

      Yes. Well, it might be able to breathe, but I’m sure it couldn’t walk or fly.

      See the delightful essay On Being the Right Size by J.B.S. Haldane. One of Haldane’s arguments is summarized in verse here.