Science reporting on CNN: 'Humans hunted the dildo to extinction'

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Poor CNN anchor Jon Mann. During a segment about global warming, climate change, and how shifting temperatures were placing various species at risk for extinction, a most regrettable blooper.

Mann was speaking to a guest in Tucson about a new study on climate change, led by Professor John Wiens of the University of Arizona. The television host mentioned a species most of us don't think of when recalling creatures who failed to adapt quickly enough.

"Now extinctions, I don't have to tell you, have been a part of the history of the world for millenia," said the CNN anchor. "And man-made extinctions have even happened before."

"I guess we hunted the dildo into extinction," he added, with his face immediately registering that he knew he'd goofed.

"The Dodo, rather. Forgive me, I'm having trouble with my words today."

It could happen to anyone. Live television isn't easy!

The study: "Rates of projected climate change dramatically exceed past rates of climatic-niche evolution among vertebrate species." Ecology Letters 16:1095–1103. Quintero, I., and J. J. Wiens. 2013.

(Thanks, Miles O'Brien)

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  1. Fortunately the dildo continues to thrive in captivity.

  2. It's true, though.

    There are lots and lots of stores that sell rubber dinosaurs as well; but that doesn't make those any less extinct.

  3. They sure do. I have several living in my bedroom right now.

  4. They're making a come-back in some parts.

  5. I think it's safe to say there are plenty of dodos walking the planet as well.

    Just none with wings.

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