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2014-04-21 03:27:32 PM
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"No sir. I don't like it."
 
2014-04-21 03:38:34 PM
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"It was because of my father that from the ages of seven to fifteen, I thought that my name was Jesus Christ and my brother, Russell, thought that his name was Dammit. 'Dammit, will you stop all that noise?' And, 'Jesus Christ, sit down!' One day, I'm out playing in the rain, and my father yelled, 'Dammit will you get back in here!' I said, 'Dad, I'm Jesus Christ!'"

/First thing I thought of.
 
2014-04-21 03:46:14 PM
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One day I was sitting near a pond. Two ducks happened to swim by, and they had really pretty coloring. I grabbed my phone and said out loud, "Hey guys, mind if I take your picture?" I fumbled the pic though, so I said, "Can you hold just a minute? I need to take another one." Sure enough, the ducks held their position until I got the second picture. Then I said, "Got it! Thanks." They quacked, and then they paddled off to go do whatever they were gonna do.

I didn't realize it but there was a guy behind me who watched the whole thing. His jaw was on the floor. I looked at him and shrugged. "What makes you think animals can't understand English?"

/we humans think we're so special sometimes
 
2014-04-21 04:22:46 PM

Peki: "What makes you think animals can't understand English?"


The fact that many of them lack the area of the brain required to process language? The time the ducks stayed sticking in your mind VS all the times that they didn't doesn't mean anything.
 
2014-04-21 04:31:50 PM

That Guy Jeff: Peki: "What makes you think animals can't understand English?"

The fact that many of them lack the area of the brain required to process language? The time the ducks stayed sticking in your mind VS all the times that they didn't doesn't mean anything.


Oh you and your science and your reason.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-21 04:33:54 PM
There was a story a few years ago about prairie dogs giving humans names.
 
2014-04-21 04:37:10 PM
My cats seem to have names for each other. Boots calls Baby a trilling noise, she calls him Hiss

/ahhh, love...
 
2014-04-21 04:43:07 PM

ZAZ: There was a story a few years ago about prairie dogs giving humans names.


There was a story a while back about parrots that....oh.  Old new, so exciting, etc.


That being said, my birds definitely have different tweets for me and for my wife when we each come in the room.  Not sure how much cognitive understanding goes into it, but they certainly know one person from another.
 
2014-04-21 04:48:09 PM
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2014-04-21 05:59:01 PM

ZAZ: There was a story a few years ago about prairie dogs giving humans names.


Not names as "Bob" or "Dave." Rather can identify them as a human and can give height and color details in the name.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cau_3_AFMbU

3:30 of QI with a bonus of Brian Cox being on the panel.
 
2014-04-21 06:51:17 PM

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"It was because of my father that from the ages of seven to fifteen, I thought that my name was Jesus Christ and my brother, Russell, thought that his name was Dammit. 'Dammit, will you stop all that noise?' And, 'Jesus Christ, sit down!' One day, I'm out playing in the rain, and my father yelled, 'Dammit will you get back in here!' I said, 'Dad, I'm Jesus Christ!'"

/First thing I thought of.



Huey: You both say the word nubian all the time.
Robert"Granddad" Freeman: I do not!
Huey: Riley thought it was his name until he was three.

/first thing I thought of
 
2014-04-21 07:37:23 PM

Dante87336: That Guy Jeff: Peki: "What makes you think animals can't understand English?"

The fact that many of them lack the area of the brain required to process language? The time the ducks stayed sticking in your mind VS all the times that they didn't doesn't mean anything.

Oh you and your science and your reason.


Yeah, fark off!
 
2014-04-21 07:51:21 PM

Dante87336: That Guy Jeff: Peki: "What makes you think animals can't understand English?"

The fact that many of them lack the area of the brain required to process language? The time the ducks stayed sticking in your mind VS all the times that they didn't doesn't mean anything.

Oh you and your science and your reason.


science and reason in a FARK thread? the hell you say!
 
2014-04-21 07:56:44 PM

Weidbrewer: ZAZ: There was a story a few years ago about prairie dogs giving humans names.

There was a story a while back about parrots that....oh.  Old new, so exciting, etc.


That being said, my birds definitely have different tweets for me and for my wife when we each come in the room.  Not sure how much cognitive understanding goes into it, but they certainly know one person from another.


Many birds are quite shockingly intelligent, and can learn language from us and use it in context.

Consciousness is not binary, it's really a matter of degree.
 
Boe
2014-04-21 07:59:06 PM
Slightly off topic, but cool story incoming:

This reminded me of the time many years ago when I went with my step sons to the Berlin Zoo.  I was walking with the younger one, who was probably 9 years old at the time, and we came across the aviary, where I saw that they had a Mynah bird.  My grandmother had a Mynah bird that used to yell my dad's name all the time.  I told my kid, "look, that's a Mynah bird.  They can can talk" which prompted him to walk up to the bird and say hello.  The bird said "hello" and my kid got so excited, like he'd just stumbled on some pure magic.  He asked the bird "how are you?" which elicited no response.  He then asked the bird if he liked living in the zoo.  Again no response.  He said "hello" to the bird once more, to which the bird responded with "hello."  My kid turned to me and said "I think he only speaks German."
 
2014-04-21 11:42:57 PM
 
2014-04-22 01:01:34 AM

The_Philosopher_King: 3:30 of QI with a bonus of Brian Cox being on the panel.


Unsurprisingly, Brian Cox has a parrot name.
 
2014-04-22 11:56:46 AM
I didn't think we were supposed to call out other Farkers in headlines?

/FWC originals...
 
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