"There's no such thing as a tree, phylogenetically"
saving this knowledge for the next person who tries to tell me that one should apply scientific distinctions to the natural-language use of "monkey" and "ape"
@earthtopus I had a suspicion this was true but never looked it up
what a nice thing to hear it confirmed
@earthtopus here's my question: is there a brassica tree
@cwebber I have a packet of seeds for those under the name "walking-stick kale" but never had the courage or space to plant them
@earthtopus could you make it a home for a walking-stick bug where you live?
@cwebber I hope so; it would be delicious
@earthtopus But would it be deciduous???
@cwebber https://eukaryotewritesblog.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/whatareplants-1.jpg the very top of this indicates no cabbage trees, at any rate.
@earthtopus We had a bunch of weeds that kept grabbing onto and strangling other plants in our yard
"What could they be", I thought
... wild grapes! Who knew grapes were so *vicious*
@cwebber nature green in thorn and tendrl
@earthtopus This exact issue caused a LOT of heated arguments in my undergrad anthropology lounge. I maintain that "monkey" is not a meaningful term in any way.
@earthtopus Or at least if it has a meaning it's basically "something we don't want to call a close relative like chimps but isn't as freaking weird as a lemur".
@clacke @MrFesser according to this quora answer, one answer is "at least Chinese" https://www.quora.com/Which-languages-have-different-words-for-monkey-and-ape
@earthtopus finally someone says it
@earthtopus “A fish is also a strategy.”
@earthtopus I'm finding it difficult to keep reading because the line
"Why do trees keep happening?"
took me by surprise and I'm still recovering from it.
It's just such a good subheading.
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