Definitions worthy of "The Devil’s Dictionary"

In a moment of inspiration worthy of Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary, blogger The Sixth International offers new definitions of persecution and witnessing.

Bierce wrote: Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.”

Sixth International writes:

  • Persecution: a professor of religious studies characterising ‘intelligent design’ creationism as mythology rather than science and, in an email to a private listserv, saying something mildly rude about fundamentalists.
  • Witnessing for Christ: beating the professor in question to the point of hospitalisation.

That recalls a statement by a young man who had escorted his rape-victim girlfriend to an abortion clinic: Sidewalk counselling means spitting on us and hitting us with the butt ends of their signs.”

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Mystery mammal photographed in Borneo

New Scientist magazine writer Shaoni Bhattacharya reports:

A mysterious red furry creature, captured on film in the dense forests of Borneo, could be a new species of carnivore.

The mammal, which is slightly larger than a domestic cat, has dark red fur and a long, bushy tail. It was snapped twice at night by a camera trap….

Its general shape – with a possibly pointed snout, small ears, and large powerful hind legs – suggests it is a meat-eater. It has some similarities with martens or civets and could belong to these groups, or it may belong to an entirely new group.

For more, see Mystery mammal discovered in Borneo’s forests.

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