Young people today… Help them appreciate the Marx Brothers

26 Oct

If true, this is serious crisis. Jerry Coyne Matthew Cobb (see comments, my apologies to both Jerry Coyne and Matthew Cobb)  reports that only 10% of his students have heard of Grouch Marx!

Why Evolution Is True

by Matthew Cobb

I have just finished teaching to the second year Animal Diversity course here at the University of Manchester – I cover the invertebrates. I closed with 10 minutes on my favourite flies, some of which we have featured here with stupendous photos by Stephen Marshall. One of them is the Groucho fly (aka the hedgehog fly):

hedgehog A Hedgehog fly, aka Adejeania – a Peruvian caterpillar parasitoid. Also known as the “Groucho fly”. The “cigar” is a pair of enlarged palps, probably used to detect prey. (c) Stephen Marshall

I realised that I would have to explain *why* it’s called the Groucho fly, as most of the students would never have heard of Groucho Marx. This turned out to be true – fewer than 10% of them knew the moustachioed one. So as part of their general education, I will put an extract of one of the Marx…

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2 Responses to “Young people today… Help them appreciate the Marx Brothers”

  1. whyevolutionistrue October 26, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    The post was written by Matthew Cobb, not me.

    • jecgenovese October 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Sorry for the mistake, I will make the necessary correction!

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