David Pogue, Neanderthal


21 Responses to “David Pogue, Neanderthal”

  1. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Oh, is that what Mickey Rourke is going for?

  2. Hey! It’s Zathrus from Babylon 5. 

  3. Frank Diekman says:

    A distant ancestor of Louis C. K.?

  4. Philboyd Studge says:

    Neander-Tall, not thall.

    • chenille says:

      When these were found, they were named after the Neander valley. In German at the time, they generally wrote stops with ththal for valley, thier for animal, and so on. So they were called Neanderthals, and that is how the word was brough into English.

      Around the end of the 19th century, German dropped the h, and so today the words are tal, tier, and Neandertal. Should English follow them in making the change? Maybe, but I wouldn’t fault people who stick with the original spelling.

      Either way, anything with two Ls is right out.

      • Philboyd Studge says:

         Indeed, I was correcting the program’s pronunciation, not spelling. It’s like hearing about the golfer “Chy Chy Rodrugweez”.

  5. scottsiegling says:

    Come on, Neanderthals didn’t do Showtunes. Pogue does.

  6. Culturedropout says:

    I resemble that remake…

  7. Preston Sturges says:

    NO!!! I don’t want to buy car insurance!  Now go away!

  8. Preston Sturges says:

    One thing they can’t do is show that Neanderthals had much larger eye sockets than modern humans.

    Also, only in humans are the “whites” of the eyes prominent and we don’t know when that mutation occurred.

    It would have been really creepy if Neanderthals had large eyes with no visible white areas.

  9. Preston Sturges says:

    One time I saw a girl who had Steven Hawking levels of disabilities, but she had huge brow ridges.  I don’t know if her affliction had a specific name, but it’s possible for modern people to have those brow ridges. 

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Except for having a high forehead, I have a pretty Neandertal head.  Long with heavy brow ridges.  Nose with notable saddle and weak chin until the plastic surgeon took care of those traits back in the 1980s.

  10. GawainLavers says:

    Everyone just thought it was Larry Ellison wandering around for the America’s Cup.

  11. I find David Pogue insufferable.

  12. So neanderthals had big wrinkles and bad haircuts?  This was not really fair, they should have made him up to look like a neanderthal dressed and groomed for modernity.  You could give anyone on the street mutton chops and long scraggly hair and big funny wrinkles and he’ll look nearly as odd.

  13. Phill Smith says:

    This fun excursion was rather spoiled by the fact that the makeup itself didn’t seem to be up to much. It is very obviously a prosthetic mask, so no-one really reacts in a “OMG what is that!?” way, just a “oh a guy in a mask, just carry on.” way.

  14. Kludgegrrl says:

    The other thing that would have been striking about seeing a Neanderthal walking amongst Homo Sapiens was the robustness of their physique.  Their bones were bigger, thicker — which suggests (to me at least) that their musculature was also probably bulkier (if only to manage the weight of the bones!).  

    • singingdragon says:

      They were definitely more muscular. There’s not actually much of an inherent difference there, though, it’s mostly about lifestyle. Other Pleistocene humans were also much more robust and muscular than humans of today.

  15. Philboyd Studge says:

    While the hair-plugs look great, I’m still worried about this new season of Arrested Development’s narration.

  16. Mordicai says:


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