Feedback is the New Scientist’s comedy page, as I think I’ve mentioned before.  They have an article this week about the Loch Ness Monster, and how it’s being used as an example of dinosaurs still being around by Creationists.

According to Scotland-based newspaper The Herald on 24 June, the ACE [Accelerated Christian Education] textbook Biology 1099 asks “are dinosaurs alive today?” and claims that “scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence” (bit.ly/HeraldNessie). It asks students whether they have heard of the “Loch Ness Monster” in Scotland. “Nessie,” it asserts, “has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses and photographed by others… Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.” (Yes, we know, plesiosaurs weren’t dinosaurs.)

I’m reminded of a book I read not so long ago called Anonymous Rex, by Eric Garcia.  The basic premise is that dinosaurs faked their own extinction and now live among us using latex “human suits” to hide.  The main character is a down on his luck, slightly shady private eye, with a taste for indulging in basil.

If you want to enjoy this book, you need to remember not to ask certain questions, such as “how does a T-Rex fit into a human suit?” or “is that even possible?” (which can apply to several events).

Having said that, if you are willing to leave your disbelief huddled under the duvet like a sick child who doesn’t want to go to school, the book is hilarious.  Noir is not usually my preferred genre, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone.  It has just the right mix of serious and silly to be one of those books that you just can’t put down.

Added to that, it’s not an idea I’ve ever come across before, and a completely new idea is such a rare thing these days that it’s worth it just for that!

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