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Today's bit of wisdom from down under...


In the BBC television series, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", there was a cow/pig/human character that was presented as the "dish of the day." On the BBC television series, this part was played by Peter Davidson (the 5th Doctor from Doctor Who, 1981-1984.) For another bit of trivia, do you know what other BBC Science Fiction programme did Davidson have an embarrassing cameo in, featuring him in a white curly wig and known as "Elmer"? Hint: He needed a "Doozlum Pin" to transport!)

All I could think about while listening to Angry Aussie's VLOG [the YouTube embed about mixing bovine and human DNA to provide stem cells for research (above)] was wondering to myself, where the hell are we going with this stuff???

A quote from the Hitchhiker's Guide script is below:

A large dairy animal approached Zaphod Beeblebrox's table, a large fat meaty quadruped of the bovine type with large watery eyes, small horns and what might almost have been an ingratiating smile on its lips.

"Good evening," it lowed and sat back heavily on its haunches, "I am the main Dish of the Day. May I interest you in parts of my body?" It harrumphed and gurgled a bit, wriggled its hind quarters into a more comfortable position and gazed peacefully at them.

Its gaze was met by looks of startled bewilderment from Arthur and Trillian, a resigned shrug from Ford Prefect and naked hunger from Zaphod Beeblebrox.

"Something off the shoulder perhaps?" suggested the animal, "Braised in a white wine sauce?"

"Er, your shoulder?" said Arthur in a horrified whisper.

"But naturally my shoulder, sir," mooed the animal contentedly, "nobody else's is mine to offer."

Zaphod leapt to his feet and started prodding and feeling the animal's shoulder appreciatively.

"Or the rump is very good," murmured the animal. "I've been exercising it and eating plenty of grain, so there's a lot of good meat there." It gave a mellow grunt, gurgled again and started to chew the cud. It swallowed the cud again.

"Or a casserole of me perhaps?" it added.

"You mean this animal actually wants us to eat it?" whispered Trillian to Ford.

"Me?" said Ford, with a glazed look in his eyes, "I don't mean anything."

"That's absolutely horrible," exclaimed Arthur, "the most revolting thing I've ever heard."

"What's the problem Earthman?" said Zaphod, now transferring his attention to the animal's enormous rump.

"I just don't want to eat an animal that's standing here inviting me to," said Arthur, "it's heartless."

"Better than eating an animal that doesn't want to be eaten," said Zaphod.

"That's not the point," Arthur protested. Then he thought about it for a moment. "Alright," he said, "maybe it is the point. I don't care, I'm not going to think about it now. I'll just ... er ..."

The Universe raged about him in its death throes.

"I think I'll just have a green salad," he muttered.

"May I urge you to consider my liver?" asked the animal, "it must be very rich and tender by now, I've been force-feeding myself for months."

"A green salad," said Arthur emphatically. "A green salad?" said the animal, rolling his eyes disapprovingly at Arthur.

"Are you going to tell me," said Arthur, "that I shouldn't have green salad?"

"Well," said the animal, "I know many vegetables that are very clear on that point. Which is why it was eventually decided to cut through the whole tangled problem and breed an animal that actually wanted to be eaten and was capable of saying so clearly and distinctly. And here I am."

It managed a very slight bow.

"Glass of water please," said Arthur.

"Look," said Zaphod, "we want to eat, we don't want to make a meal of the issues. Four rare steaks please, and hurry. We haven't eaten in five hundred and seventy-six thousand million years."

The animal staggered to its feet. It gave a mellow gurgle.

"A very wise choice, sir, if I may say so. Very good," it said, "I'll just nip off and shoot myself."

He turned and gave a friendly wink to Arthur.

"Don't worry, sir," he said, "I'll be very humane."

It waddled unhurriedly off into the kitchen.

One can't help but wonder if this sort of human/bovine engineering will produce such an animal!

In any case: Logoff, get out and vote! Today's song, Jefferson Airplane - Stop Children, What's That Sound? was used in the 60s as a call to action by the hippies in the United States that stood against the war in Vietnam.

What's our song for being against the war in Iraq?

I'd like to hear your thoughts on it!




Comments

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cowfusior
Nov. 7th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
I *coulda* used a reminder to register. But I'm fairly certain we've seen Maryland's last republican governor for the next decade or so, so I am moot.

As to the song for the day? Silly human. Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers' "If the Shoe Fits," of course. (And that's Gerry Casale from Devo for the uninitiated).
mc4bbs
Nov. 8th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)

I *coulda* used a reminder to register. But I'm fairly certain we've seen Maryland's last republican governor for the next decade or so, so I am moot.


Tsk, tsk, tsk... You didn't vote? I'll slap your willie next time I see you!

As to the song for the day? Silly human. Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers' "If the Shoe Fits," of course. (And that's Gerry Casale from Devo for the uninitiated).


YEAH!!! Cool choices!



frick
Nov. 8th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
Somewhere between Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence and
Jimmy Summerville - Enough is Enough
mc4bbs
Nov. 8th, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)

Both GREAT songs, and appropriate!!!

Are we going to get together for dinner or something when I come to Rochester later this month?

(Anonymous)
Nov. 8th, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
Stop Children, What's That Sound
Chuck,

The name of that song is FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH by
Buffalo Springfield.

Val
mc4bbs
Nov. 8th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Stop Children, What's That Sound

Also a good choice!!

Thanks for replying!

- Chaz

(Anonymous)
Nov. 14th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Stop Children, What's That Sound
http://www.amazon.com/Retrospective-Best-Buffalo-Springfield/dp/B000002IAZ/sr=1-1/qid=1163536877/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/104-9567462-4055929?ie=UTF8&s=music
massachusettsqq
Nov. 10th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Alley tonight ?
I am working in town - are you hitting Alley ?
mc4bbs
Nov. 10th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Alley tonight ?

I will know at 16:00 (1 hour)

massachusettsqq
Nov. 10th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh really --
OK -
you have it on your chaz calendar -- -
and is that GPS implant your dick doctor installed have a fresh battery ??

and you will know in like 60 minutes or 14 minutes -- is that that star trek thing from wrath of kahn where hours will seem like days, no uncoded messages ??

mc4bbs
Nov. 10th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh really --

you have it on your chaz calendar -- -


Where's Chaz has been updated. http://where.chazhome.com/

Dave and I are staying in.

and is that GPS implant your dick doctor installed have a fresh battery ??


I want some of what you're on!!

and you will know in like 60 minutes or 14 minutes -- is that that star trek thing from wrath of kahn where hours will seem like days, no uncoded messages ??


KIRK (into communicator): Kirk to Enterprise.

SPOCK'S VOICE: Spock here.

KIRK: Captain Spock, damage report.

SPOCK'S VOICE: Admiral, if we go by the book, like Lieutenant Saavik, hours could seem like days.

KIRK: I read you, Captain. Let's have it.

SPOCK'S VOICE: The situation is grave, Admiral. We won't have main power for six days. Auxiliary power has temporarily failed. Restoration may be possible in two days. By the book, Admiral.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Scene 119
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