Thursday, January 22, 2009

* Communication is important. *

Animals all communicate a little differently..

Bees dance when they have found nectar. (The scout bee will dance in the hive, and the dance directs other bees to the location of the nectar.)

Chimpanzees greet each other by touching hands.

Male fiddler crabs wave their giant claw to attract female fiddler crabs.

White-tailed deer show alarm by flicking up their tails.

Dogs stretch their front legs out in front of them and lower their bodies when they want to play.

Elephants show affection by entwining their trunks.

Giraffes press their necks together when they are attracted to each other.

Gorillas stick out their tongues to show anger.

Kangaroos thump their hind legs to warn others of danger.

Prairie dogs bare their teeth and press their mouths together to discover if they are friends or foes.

Whales leap out of the water repeatedly to send messages to other whales.

Swans entwine their long necks both to fight and to court.

Horses rub noses as a sign of affection.

And what do two adult males do to communicate? Let me tell you a story.

The other night Bob and I were getting out of the car to go in the house, when a guy down the street locks his car by pressing his key fob and making his car honk.

Just then Bob does the same thing with our car to lock it. The guy down the street stops walking, looks at us, presses his button and honks the horn once again. Causing Bob to stop, look at him, press our button and honk our horn again.

(By this point I have stopped along with the males and am looking back and forth at them in disbelief. Was this actually happening?)

It was the funniest thing, we were all laughing, but we were so far away from the guy (that we didn't know) it's not like we could have a conversation. So he honks his horn again, then Bob, then him, then Bob. I am laughing and edging towards the house. Then he gives one more honk and goes into his apartment, so Bob hurries and honks our horn once more and goes inside. What do we hear two seconds later? That's right. Honk.

So there you have it. Like geese, human males communicate much the same way. Or at least that's what it seems from my brief studies the other night. Bob says girls communicate in high pitched voices while hugging each other profusely.

(Info on how animals communicate from an excerpt in The End of Stress as We Know It)

5 comments:

katiekimmcdermott said...

This story is SO funny!!! Seriously, I am sitting here at work laughing out loud and practically spitting yogurt all over my desk. Thanks for making me smile! Happy Thursday!

Lindsey Lu said...

THAT IS SO FUNNY...MY SISTER AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS THE OTHER DAY.. IF YOU HAVE A MOTORCYCLE YOU WAVE TO OTHER MOTORCYLES(WATCH YOU WILL START SEEING IT). THEY PUT THE HAND DOWN LIKE A UPSIDE DOWN WAVE.. IT IS MOTORCYCLE CODE..MY SISTER GOT A JEEP AND HER BOYFRIEND HAS A JEEP SHE TOLD ME THEY WERE DRIVING IN HER JEEP AND HER BOYFRIEND WAVES AT A GUY IN ANOTHER JEEP. SHE ASKS HIM IF SHE KNOWS HIM??AND HE SAYS NO.HE LOOKED AT HER AND SAID IT IS A JEEP THING..SO NOW SHE HAS TO DO IT CAUSE SHE HAS A JEEP..SO IF YOUR EVER IN THE OREGON AREA AND ARE IN A JEEP MAKE SURE YOU HONK!!!
sorry about the long comment:)

Drew and Valarie's Family Blog said...

I love that I laugh while reading your blog!!!!

Scott and Lindsey said...

Funny story. It would be cute illustrated. You should make Bob a book.
I feel like I never see you before now that Christmas crazy is over. Sad :(
Let's plan a time for rill and get together. I have an Office DVD game that is super, super fun.

MisterE said...

Very funny. I just hope that it was just the guys honking the horns and not the mating calls of two hondas, because we don't need any more little civics running around if you know what I mean.