24 April 2008

Hans Reiser is a platypus

Poor Hans Reiser. He might be a bit of a dick, but it seems like even his defense attorney dislikes him. According to the SF Chronicle, the attorney compared Reiser to a duck-billed platypus, and suggested that he was “a genetic mistake”. He even illustrated the point with a presentation slide of a platypus and a cuddly stuffed platypus.

But when I read this:

Du Bois said Hans Reiser is the victim of “one of the great screw jobs,” perpetrated by his wife. “It’s easy to screw a platypus,” he said.

…my first thought was that no, it probably isn’t.  A platypus is like a bird–its reproductive organs are in a cloaca. So I don’t think there’s much to screw. Anyone know for sure?

While I’m on the subject of platypus sex, did you know they have 10 sex chromosomes? They’re truly weird creatures. Weirder than computer scientists.

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