greygirlbeast (greygirlbeast) wrote,

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Addendum: Tom Waits, chimps, and subterranean dwellers.

I've been writing this new story to Tom Waits. Tom Waits and PJ Harvey. Mostly, I've been writing the new story to this song from Waits' Swordfishtrombones (1983):

Rattle Big Black Bones
in the danger zone
there's a rumblin' groan
down below
there's a big dark town
it's a place I've found
there's a world going on
they're alive, they're awake
while the rest of the world is asleep
below the mine shaft roads
it will all unfold
there's a world going on
all the roots hang down
swing from town to town
they are marching around
down under your boots
all the trucks unload
beyond the gopher holes
there's a world going on

Also, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that chimpanzees are more derived than humans, relative to their common ancestor. You can read more here: "Chimps are ahead of humans in the great evolutionary race." Of course, evolution's not actually a "race," and so no one is actually "ahead" of anyone else, and this is going to lead to all sorts of idiotic confusion, but I've learned you can only fairly expect so much of journalists.
Tags: chimps, human evolution, sirenia, tom waits, underground
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