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Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Animals R Us

 

chimpanzee-animal-picture

 

What makes us perceive similar things so differently?

For instance, two things can be almost identical.  They can be the same size and shape.  They can provide the same benefits, or pose the same dangers.  So why would one thing be cherished, while the other is feared?

Let’s take the DNA of two mammals (see below).  They’re about the same size and shape.  They’re closely related as species.  They both live in cities.  However, we perceive one as a sweet and fuzzy creature, while the other is vermin.

Eastern_Grey_Squirrel

rat

 

Now, let’s look at something much smaller.

These creatures are made of the same substances.  They’re roughly the same shape and texture.  They have the same number of legs.  They are common insects.

Which one would you be willing to hold in your hand?  Which would you run away from screaming?

 

lady-bug

american-cockroach

 

How about creatures that don’t necessarily live in the same environment, but which evolved from the same species?

Here’s an example of two nearly identical animals.  One is a delicacy, served in restaurants.  The other would cause most of us to run away in terror.

 

lobster-photo

scorpion-photo

 

Some people share the similar physical characteristics, too.  Let’s take a look:

 

ringo-starr

arafat

 

 

colin-farrell

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TWW-002265

manson

 

But wait.  I discovered a few more:

 

doyle-brunson

babe_ruth_farewell_photo

 

 

russ-hamilton

bank-robber-joker

 

 

sheldon-adelson

Actor Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge

 

 

britney-spears

milli-vanilli

 

 

Colin-Kaepernick

lottery-winners

 

 

bush

herbert-hoover-signing

 

 

Sarah-Palin

Being-There

 

 

bw-obama

roberto-duran

 

 

keith-richards

Tales-From-The-Crypt-tv

 

 

donald-trump

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Don’t ask me how I ended up here.

I started off writing a column about animals.

 

1 Comment

  1. Sarah Palin and Peter Sellers? Must mean the character from Being There. More like Eva Peron – they dressed in identical little suits.

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