Monday, March 19, 2007

Futuatin' the countryside

Don't get us wrong here. HEADSUP-L advocates a firm, generalized, nonpartisan disdain for things whose first name is "wiki-" or last name is "-pedia," or both (see discussions elsewhere). And it's not nice to sneak in and draw mustaches on other people's versions of online TRVTH. But a favorite source of amusement of late has been checking in on the edits over at Conservapedia, as in today's version of the entry on "Dinosaurs":

Humans and Dinosaurs Coexisting
There are a number of lines of evidence that point to dinosaurs and man coexisting, namely the Flintstones. For example, explorers have reported seeing a live dinosaur.[9] A thousand people reported seeing a dinosaur-like monster in two sightings around Sayram Lake in Xinjiang according to the Chinese publication, China Today. [10] An expedition which included Charles W. Gilmore, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology with the United States National Museum, examined an ancient pictograph which is claimed to portray dinosaurs and man coexisting.[11][12].

Of course, while people are sneaking around the innards of the entry and adding new bits of evidence all the time, the intro appears to have been relatively stable:

That fine print, for those scoring along at home: The word dinosaur was coined in 1841 by Richard Owen[1], from the Greek for "terrible lizard" (fututor). Dinosaurs were a group of large reptiles that previously lived in abundance on Earth.

Cave, classics skolars! Anybody want to take a swing at that word in parens there after "terrible lizard"? (Hint: It isn't Greek and doesn't appear to have an adjective.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You might disdain the Wikipedia, but it is a remarkably good source for snippets like this.

11:42 AM, March 20, 2007  
Blogger fev said...

Well, yeah. There's that.

11:47 AM, March 20, 2007  

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