Tuesday, January 2, 2018


Did you ever realize that going to sleep is one of the few things that we have (sort of) a dress rehearsal of just before the real show opens?  Think about it; we put on our costumes (pajamas or nightgowns), take our places on the stage (bed), close our eyes, turn off the light & lie still.  Or some of us set the timer on the TV so it will automatically go off during the first act.  Either way, we are pretending to sleep before we actually fall asleep!!

Do you think that God was just experimenting when He made giraffes?  Or elephants?  Or maybe He had had an extra glass or two of wine with dinner?  How about when He made the duck-billed platypus?  Surely those were just attempts to create new species gone wrong.  

In the case of giraffes, why would any animal need such a long ungainly neck or, for that matter, be so tall?  It doesn't make it any easier for their babies at birth.  How would you like it if your entrance to the world consisted of a six toot fall?


That brings to one of the most beloved of God's creatures; the elephant.  If He thought that the trunk was such a great idea, wouldn't He have made humans with noses that reached down to our bellies?  Can you imagine chefs cooking a great meal or surgeons operating with their noses?  In my personal opinion, hands are much better!! 

Next is the duck-billed platypus. I think God may have some extra parts left over after creating other animals & He thought, "Waste not, want not!!" & threw them together to make the platypus. 

And then there's the snake.  Since so many of us fear and/or detest them, you may wonder why He made so many of them.  I think I know the answer.  It's because they were so easy!!

While we're on the subject of animal oddities, Do other animals (besides humans) show their teeth when they're happy?  Or when they just want to seem menacing?

And why are there words that mean exact the opposite of themselves?  Were the inventors of language too lazy to think of a second word?  Here are some examples & a definition from grammarly.com:

A contronym, often referred to as a Janus word or auto-antonym, is a word that evokes contradictory or reverse meanings depending on the context. Specifically, a contronym is a word with a homonym (another word with the same spelling but different meaning) that is also an antonym (a word with the opposite meaning).
Here are some contronyms that are commonly used as verbs in the English language:
to buckle
Definition 1: to fasten or secure with a buckle (i.e., a device with a frame, hinged pin, and movable tongue, designed to fasten together two loose ends of a belt or strap). Example 1: Our hiking instructors told us to buckle our backpacks to our bodies during rigorous climbs.
Definition 2: to bend, warp, or collapse under pressure. Example 2: I felt my legs buckle as I hiked up the steep mountain with my heavy backpack.
to cleave
Definition 1: to join or adhere closely; cling. Example 1: The shy baby rabbit cleaved to his mother’s body.
Definition 2: to split or divide, especially by cutting. Example 2: The hunter uses a Swiss Army knife to cleave the rabbit’s meat from the bone.
to enjoin
Definition 1: to instruct, prescribe, or command. Example 1: For my sake, our family counselor enjoined my parents to communicate with each other after their divorce.
Definition 2: to prohibit or forbid (especially via an injunction). Example 2: After my parents’ divorce, the court enjoined my abusive mother from contacting me and my father.
to overlook
Definition 1: to monitor or inspect. Example 1: Our teachers overlook our academic progress.
Definition 2: to fail to notice or choose not to emphasize. Example 2: Because they are tired, my teachers often overlook the spelling errors in my homework.
to peruse
Definition 1: to skim or read without attention to detail. Example 1: My mind wanders when I peruse chemistry textbooks because I have no interest in science.
Definition 2: to read or examine in detail. Example 2: To study for the final exam, I sit down in a quiet room to peruse my chemistry notes.
to ravel
Definition 1: to tangle. Example 1: When she is bored, my daughter ravels her hair into huge knots with her hands.
Definition 2: to disentangle threads or fibers. Example 2: My daughter uses tweezers to ravel stubborn knots in her hair.
to sanction
Definition 1: to permit or grant approval. Example 1: In some countries, the government sanctions the ownership of guns by private citizens.
Definition 2: to condemn or penalize. Example 2: In some states, the government imposes sanctions on the ownership of guns by private citizens.
to screen
Definition 1: to protect or conceal. Example 1: Because he did not have a hat or umbrella, he used a newspaper to screen his face from the sun.
Definition 2: to show or broadcast (a movie or TV show). Example 2: The local movie theater will screen the new horror movie tonight.




  1. I believe that when the first platypus (stuffed) was sent back to England, scientists thought it was a hoax. They may have been right.

  2. "peruse: to skim or read without attention to detail"
    That's me. There's just so much that needs reading, I can't take it all in, so it gets a glance and a click away.
    A real book, where I can turn pages and see the end coming, is a different story.

    1. I peruse (to read or examine in detail) all the comments on my posts!!

  3. I'll have to give this one some thought.

  4. I did not know all those facts about the platypus. They are even stranger and more unique than I thought! Ahh! Variety. That is why it is never dull down here. ;)

  5. Sheesh. You would think a giraffe could at least squat when giving birth.

  6. This was so much fun to read about the animals--especially after I just read your otter comment on my blog :) You're so awesome, Fran!
    And that was cool to read about contronyms. I've never heard of that before!!!


  7. Lisa
    8:43 AM (1 hour ago)

    to me
    Lisa has left a new comment on your post "JUST THINKIN'...":

    The Platypus is a reminder that God has a sense of humor.

    1. I don't know why this didn't get posted. Maybe Google has a sense of humor, too!!

  8. I'm really glad that giraffe family is getting an air conditioner. Maybe they can also get a crib, so their future first-born will only have to drop 3 feet instead of six.

    1. Great idea!! Would you like to donate to the cause?

  9. In Phineas and Ferb (animation series well worth a view) have a pet platypus, name Perry. He lives a double life; one as a pet and the other as a secret agent. As strange as the really beastie itself.

    1. I've never heard of it. I'll take a look. It sounds like something I'd like!!

  10. I adopted a baby monkey after I found him on the side of the road next to his mother's lifeless body. The baby didn't know what to do and was sad and crying so I decided to take him with me and help raise him. So I decided to daily post a YouTube video of our baby monkey so everyone can see him. Here's my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYm1jZ-9CFQD1inehrhYcIg

  11. If I were that giraffe I'd also be worried about rain.


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