How to Consider a Differing Opinion (rerun)

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Reader Comments (24)

Oh shit, something else to be afraid of in the ocean.

March 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKate

My first question for your reddit AMA is have manatees actually killed anybody?

March 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commenternvn

Remember, manatees are completely harmless. Even if their name is suspiciously similar to "maneaters". And don't be worried by the fact that everybody says they're quiet and keep to themselves. After all, it's not like it's only serial killers that get described that way, ha ha. Ha. Ha...

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterInnominate

@nvn - Just because we can't prove they've killed people doesn't mean they haven't; it just means they're good at destroying evidence and intimidating witnesses.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterHappyGuy

Big, dumb, slow-moving hulks with visible scars describes the *strippers* in Montana.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEJ

That last panel made me chuckle.

Ever considered the Manatee was trying to invite you to a romantic dinner?

Or maybe your first dinner date with Missy has a new and sinister meaning in a replay...

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterWow

This one is so so good.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStevostin

>> My first question for your reddit AMA is have manatees actually killed anybody? <<

As far as I know, they haven't killed anybody and left alive any witnesses....

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRichy B

My first question for your reddit AMA is have manatees actually killed anybody?
There have been no living human witnesses to any manatee attack. This... this is supposed to reassure us. It really doesn't.

Oh, and Bermuda Triangle? It just so happens to overlap with the West Indian Manatee's range.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMallich

Sounds like my wife and Rick could talk for hours about the dangers of the sea. I seriously gave her a fright once by coming up behind her and saying, "Land shark!"

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGryphonBrokewing

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water...

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPrattle Assassin

nvn - they haven't left any witnesses.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterajm

In the last panel I read Missy's last statement as "I was.." Totally changed the joke, but still funny.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Manatees don't have to kill you. They just drain away your will to live with their absolute don't-give-a-f**k-ness.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Walters

WikiPedia divides opinion here: "Manatees are large, fully aquatic, mostly hilarious marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBaza

a lot of the dialogue reads like a haiku.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteralex

This is nothing but shameless scaremongering. The fact is, manatees only maul and kill those who deserve it. So before swimming with manatees, ask yourself: "Do I deserve it?"

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

Laughing out loud! (ps I surf every day and the ocean even in general is not like this at all).
Hilarious stuff!

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergg

Nvn, nobody...that we know of!

March 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

Manatees are not macho -- they just can't move fast enough to avoid boats when they are surfacing for air. They're big, gentle, interesting-looking, harmless, officially endangered, and amazingly and entertainingly flatulent. There's nothing not to love.

March 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

So do strip club bouncers also collide with boats and eat lettuce?

March 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterµ

µ: Yes. Speaking from personal experience of knowing one, he's very fit and eats lots of salads. As for the boat collisions, he's completely incapable of swimming in a straight line. I once witnessed him run into a docked jet-ski.

March 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterArriay

I hope this will be an ongoing theme - Rick is terrified of absolutely all animals, no matter how harmless. As far as I'm aware, no-one has ever been killed by a three-toed sloth (or indeed a two-toed sloth), but you can't trust a beast named after one of the Seven Deadly Sins! Would you feel happy locked in a room with something called a wrath? Or indeed a lust?

And what about limpets? They seem inoffensive enough, but presumably they don't call those lethal sabotage weapons "limpet mines" for nothing. It's probably best not to tell him that the duck-pilled platypus really is concealing its true nature behind a ludicrously harmless appearance, and can stab you with claws that inject poison... Yes, really! Google it if you don't believe me.

March 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCount Otto Black

Scott, your Reddit link says that it's been deleted.

Weird, I looked just now, and it's there. But it says it was added 6 minutes ago. Let's blame a glitch in the Matrix. ~Missy

March 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

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