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Be Careful Out There

It’s that time of year again, Spring, when the bull alligators thoughts… uh, actually, when bull ‘gators stop thinking with their brains and control is passed to the other end of their spines. MSNBC reports that a ‘gator came to the door of a Volusia County home.

If they pick up the scent of a female, they will head directly for it, no matter what is in their way. They will go through screens and end up in people’s houses when they would normally avoid people whenever possible. You learn to just stay out of their way and don’t expect anything that is even a reasonable facsimile of rational thought from ‘gators at this time of year.

They have a lot in common with college students on Spring Break.

6 comments

1 Badtux { 04.21.10 at 5:52 pm }

“Rational thought” and ‘gators is a contradiction in terms in the first place. They are dinosaur-brains, dumber than dumb. They operate pretty much entirely by instinct, with no thought allowed, sorta like tea baggers now that I think about it…

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2 Bryan { 04.21.10 at 9:15 pm }

Gators are generally OK as long as people leave them alone. Every problem we’ve had here goes back to gators that some fool has been feeding. I don’t know what it takes to convince people at having a gator associate meals with people is not a recipe for survival.

It is generally glass doors that confuse them, They don’t understand why they can’t go forward to their goal, whatever that may be.

3 Badtux { 04.22.10 at 12:36 am }

Gators basically operate on the principle of, “if it smells like a female, go mate with it” and “if it moves, try to eat it.” A glass door neither smells like a female nor moves, thus it doesn’t really exist in an alligator’s world view. And yeah, tossing food at gaters is a bad idea, because it keeps them around humans, and humans have this odd habit of, well, moving at just the right pace to trigger the gator’s “oh, food!” instinct. Which is not all that bright. I’m talkin’ about the feller throwin’ the food, we already established the not-that-brightness of the gator ;).

Yeah, Louisiana has plenty of gators too :).

4 Bryan { 04.22.10 at 11:01 am }

Yep, just like college students on Spring Break – think with with their brain stem.

5 Badtux { 04.22.10 at 11:36 am }

Or teabaggers. But that one is already established by the Pulitzer Prize committee :).
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6 Bryan { 04.22.10 at 2:12 pm }

The teabaggers wouldn’t be quite so pathetic if fewer of them were drawing on their Social Security and Medicare benefits. Listening to a guy rail against the government while living in Section 8 subsidized housing because he draws Social Security disability payments just pegs the irony/hypocrisy meter.