Saturday, November 24, 2007

Of mice and elephants.

Those warriors of urban myth deflation, The Mythbusters, have conclusively proved...elephants are scared of mice. Well, at least they did a pretty good job of it, but I wouldn't call it conclusive. While watching the program, I came up with a reason for the elephant's reaction to the mouse....which as the show went on The Mythbusters tested and shot down. I thought the elephant might have been frightened by the movement of the dung heap the mouse was hiding under. Of all the popular myths of modern times, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, do a pretty good job providing evidence supporting one of the strangest. This isn't film of the elephant and mouse (the show just aired), but of Savage and Hyneman discussing the test. I'll post the film of the test if it shows up on You Tube.

Inquiry is fatal to certainty. Will Durant

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