Friday Funny: praying polar bear caption contest

Credit: Ocean View Photography, Jessica Andrews

A Canadian photographer was stunned when she went back through the photos she snapped of a polar bear in her backyard to find it praying in front of a cross.

Jessica Andrews, 22, learned the bear was roaming around the Wesleyville, Newfoundland on an island behind her house from an online alert Wednesday.

Andrews didn’t even notice the photo of the praying bear until she went through the 200 photos after the shoot.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4368188/Polar-bear-caught-praying-cross.html#ixzz4cvclXNNh

Surely, this photo will end up in Al Gore’s slide show, and be used in creative ways by WWF and other rent seeking outfits under the guise of something like “polar bear prays for the Arctic”. But, I thought we might find some other, obviously funny captions from our community of readers.

Have at it!

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Resourceguy
March 31, 2017 11:18 am

GreenPeace and Sierra Club did not approve this message.

SC
Reply to  Resourceguy
March 31, 2017 1:40 pm

Dr. Dave nailed this one first so I felt his post should go up here…

“The truly amazing thing is where this bear was seen… Wesleyville, Newfoundland. Not being an expert on Newfoundland, I did a search of Google Maps to see just where “Wesleyville” is located. I was surprised to find out how far away from the Arctic this place is… its latitude is only slightly higher than the northern tip of Maine!”

Turns out the former seal hunting town is just north of the Provincial capital of St John’s with a population of 200,000. Guess we know what he was praying for! 😉

http://www.all-canada.net/golfing/images/map_newfoundland_a.gif

SC
Reply to  SC
March 31, 2017 2:19 pm

The Canadian government says there are 7.4 million East coast Harp seals which is around 6 times greater than the population of the 1970’s. (Thank you Pamela Anderson).

http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/seal-phoque/seal-species-eng.htm

They like to eat cod, halibut and capelin eating around 4-6 percent of their body weight daily. Since the average seal weight is around 300 pounds we are looking at 15 lbs of fish times 7 million or 105 MILLION POUNDS PER DAY!

Environmental scientists claim that the seals are not responsible for the declining cod stocks. That’s the fault of… wait for it… global warming!

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/10/collapse-new-england-s-iconic-cod-tied-climate-change

SC
Reply to  SC
March 31, 2017 2:25 pm

And 2,000 kilometers or 1,300 miles from the arctic circle.

Malcolm Carter
Reply to  SC
April 1, 2017 12:05 pm

Here is a map of polar bear range from the Canadian government.
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Malcolm Carter
Reply to  SC
April 1, 2017 12:11 pm

Oh Lord let them read the facts and leave us the #%*& alone.

An Inquirer
Reply to  SC
April 2, 2017 7:09 am

Malcom, Thank you for posting the polar bear range map from the Canadian government. That analysis was from 2014. I wonder if there is any update since then?

brians356
Reply to  Resourceguy
March 31, 2017 9:56 pm

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Polar bear? Aren’t they extinct?

March 31, 2017 11:26 am

Dear Bear God . . . please help me find a good tasty human to eat. I’m starving. Amen.

powers2be
Reply to  Janice The American Elder
March 31, 2017 11:32 am

God Bless Pappa Bear, and Momma Bear and thank you lord for that tasty Goldilocks treat.

SC
Reply to  Janice The American Elder
March 31, 2017 1:42 pm

Janice… that’s one fat bear!

Reply to  SC
March 31, 2017 9:19 pm

See how well the power of prayer works!

ATheoK
Reply to  Janice The American Elder
April 1, 2017 3:35 pm

Doesn’t this mean there’s a large torpedo shaped thing underneath? Filled with luscious people and free handouts?

I wonder how one gets them to surface?

powers2be
March 31, 2017 11:35 am

What’s with all this snow already, can’t you warm this place up a bit. Frig it’s cold!

cbone
March 31, 2017 11:40 am

I’m tired of penguins. Send more enviro tourists.

cbone
Reply to  Anthony Watts
March 31, 2017 12:25 pm

That’s the point. It is silly and mocking at the same time!

Anonymoose
Reply to  Anthony Watts
March 31, 2017 12:40 pm

Polar bears are VERY strong swimmers.

Reply to  Anthony Watts
March 31, 2017 2:16 pm

Not after God answers his prayers! 😉

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  cbone
March 31, 2017 3:36 pm

Climate refugee penguins.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Johann Wundersamer
March 31, 2017 4:07 pm

+1

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  Johann Wundersamer
April 4, 2017 8:02 am

AAA, Janice!

gator69
March 31, 2017 11:40 am

Dear God, please get me out of this you forsaken frozen wasteland, and let me roam among those who find me cuddly. Berkeley will do.

Malcolm Bryer
Reply to  gator69
March 31, 2017 10:45 pm

Please Dr Mann can we stop taking pictures now?

March 31, 2017 11:41 am

Has anyone seen Griff, is he up here.

Reply to  ozonebust
March 31, 2017 11:49 am

Burrrrp!

Ljh
March 31, 2017 11:43 am

There’s too much ice! Please send open water!

patrick bols
March 31, 2017 11:44 am

this stake is perfect to mark my territory, maybe I should relieve myself

Cujo
March 31, 2017 11:47 am

“Hmm, I’m sure there was some meat hanging here yesterday.”

charles nelson
Reply to  Cujo
March 31, 2017 5:35 pm

beat me to it!

March 31, 2017 11:48 am

“Bless us o Lord, for these thy gifts, from thy bounty, through Christ, amen”

Ok kids, eat the pink ones.

toorightmate
Reply to  philjourdan
April 2, 2017 3:00 am

The bear is praying for the Greens – “Forgive them Lord. They know not what they do.”

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  toorightmate
April 3, 2017 5:03 am

Greens are an essential part of any diet.

Janice Moore
March 31, 2017 11:50 am

…. and please, please, make Susan Crockford and Jim Steele stop telling the truth about us. Okay. Okay! I KNOW you hate lies, but (whine), just this once? We need, er, I mean, want those Coke deals.


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THIS THREAD IS GRRREAT! So many fun comments above mine. Thank you, Anthony!

Editor
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 31, 2017 12:11 pm

Soft drinks are for kids. We need POLAR BEER commercials… “brewed using the finest Arctic glacier water”.

marty
Reply to  Walter Dnes
March 31, 2017 4:23 pm

So why do we wonder where the sea ice goes! 🙂

NW sage
Reply to  Walter Dnes
March 31, 2017 4:46 pm

It follows the A & B ice!

Leo Smith
Reply to  Walter Dnes
April 1, 2017 1:53 am

Bryan A
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 31, 2017 12:14 pm

Should Coke Deals be Kock Deals

Bryan A
Reply to  Bryan A
March 31, 2017 12:15 pm

DANG AUTOCORRECT
Should Coke Deals be Koch Deals

Edmonton Al
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 31, 2017 4:24 pm

I pray that Coca Cola will stop putting CO2 in their pop as it is causing global warming and all our ice is melting, and we will starve …. boo hoo………..

Bill Snow
March 31, 2017 11:50 am

Dear God, can’t you make then go away and leave me alone?

Thomas Homer
March 31, 2017 11:50 am

I’m looking for organic matter to consume, I need it to survive. You know, the matter containing Carbon that was extracted from CO2 thru photosynthesis.

Nick Werner
March 31, 2017 11:51 am

I’ve never seen one of these before. I wonder if it could be a bear feeder?

AndyG55
March 31, 2017 11:53 am

More likely just using the human worshipping pole as a scratching post , to sharpen his/her nails.

TDBraun
March 31, 2017 11:55 am

“God, save us from well-intentioned humans. Amen.”

Birdynumnum
March 31, 2017 11:56 am

That reminds me – its time to hunt for Easter eggs.

chris moffatt
March 31, 2017 11:56 am

dear bear-doG: please send Bill McKibben and some climatologists up here now; before it ices up and they can’t travel. I’ll be all cuddly, really I will. I promise. And it’ll be a nice change from seals. mmmmm

Birdynumnum
March 31, 2017 12:00 pm

Is this a pole I bear?

TjW
Reply to  Birdynumnum
March 31, 2017 12:08 pm

Obviously, this is Gladly, the cross-eyed bear.

will gray
Reply to  Birdynumnum
April 1, 2017 10:15 am

The winner.

March 31, 2017 12:06 pm

As I stretch up high to pray
I beg you let warm weather stay
Ice and snow and freezing cold
Makes joints all stiff when you are old
Where are the seals to make me fat
Or one big Mann. What’s Up With that?

MattS
Reply to  pstevens2
March 31, 2017 12:45 pm

You get my vote for winner.

greymouser70
Reply to  MattS
March 31, 2017 8:24 pm

+1

James in Perth
Reply to  pstevens2
April 1, 2017 8:23 am

Winner.

Reply to  pstevens2
April 2, 2017 11:21 am

Winner by a mile.

Reply to  pstevens2
April 2, 2017 3:26 pm

+++

Reply to  pstevens2
April 2, 2017 3:30 pm

Rhythm slightly off. Suggest “Makes joints stiff when you are old, Where are seals to make me fat”

Reply to  Don132
April 2, 2017 10:09 pm

Wrong, Don. The rhythm is perfection, this is proper poetry and the best applicant. See p

RHS
March 31, 2017 12:06 pm

Please let us have diminished sea ice for easier seal hunting.

Gary
March 31, 2017 12:07 pm

“… and lead us not into environmental alarmism …”

Tom in Florida
March 31, 2017 12:09 pm

Let’s see, how did that class go? Grab pole, wait for music, wrap legs, hang upside down, collect dollars.

March 31, 2017 12:09 pm

“Resurrection” — what does that mean? And where is my dinner?

jimmy_jimmy
March 31, 2017 12:10 pm

Would it kill you to shine a little sun here and warm this place up a bit ?

Bryan A
March 31, 2017 12:11 pm

Lord,
Can you do something about this Human population problem up here? Every time I turn around there is either a Hunter or a Human with a camera taking my picture.

Lance
March 31, 2017 12:14 pm

“I see the light!!!”

lance
Reply to  Lance
March 31, 2017 12:14 pm

but I wanted a Bud Light…

Designator
Reply to  Lance
March 31, 2017 12:25 pm

Icy the light. Hey, that was mine! Lol

Bryan A
Reply to  Designator
March 31, 2017 2:08 pm

Or
Icy delight

March 31, 2017 12:20 pm

I hear they sometimes dangle people from these things…

Birdynumnum
Reply to  karllembke
April 2, 2017 6:41 pm

Theres nothing up there.
This must be no Manns land

Bill Stoltzfus
March 31, 2017 12:23 pm

Huh…I could have sworn Al Gore was nailed here last time I looked…

Janice Moore
Reply to  Bill Stoltzfus
March 31, 2017 12:26 pm

You mis-remember, Ms. Polar Bear. — That was Al Gore nailing Truth to the cross. Thankfully, God had other plans. 🙂

TRUMP WON!

“God’s amazing grace.” Mike Pence, very early in the morning, November 9, 2016

Dr. Dave
March 31, 2017 12:28 pm

The truly amazing thing is where this bear was seen… Wesleyville, Newfoundland. Not being an expert on Newfoundland, I did a search of Google Maps to see just where “Wesleyville” is located. I was surprised to find out how far away from the Arctic this place is… its latitude is only slightly higher than the northern tip of Maine!

The question to ask is how in the world did that bear get so far south? It couldn’t have caught a ride on an ice flow since the arctic ice is supposedly all gone… sarc/

Duane
Reply to  Dr. Dave
March 31, 2017 1:21 pm

Great catch, Dr. Dave …. if polar bears can live there, they can live about anywhere that’s got cold winters.

I looked up the map of Wesleyville too .. it’s just a short hop over to St. Johns, which is a year around ice free seaport, as I understand, with average daily highs barely below freezing in January and February (around 30-31 deg F). Certainly not “arctic” climate, where all those poor white-furred dears can’t possibly survive except on a humongous ice pack with an occasional small hole in the ice in which to pluck seals out to eat.

Malrob
March 31, 2017 12:33 pm

Just looking for somewhere to hang out at Easter.

heysuess
March 31, 2017 12:33 pm

We all have a cross to bear.

MarkW
Reply to  heysuess
April 3, 2017 1:49 pm

As long as we don’t have a bear to cross.

Latitude
March 31, 2017 12:35 pm

Please Lord…..Al Gore

Jur
March 31, 2017 12:39 pm

“Lord I thank thee for Warming Alarmists. Their gullibility has made our plight a pleasure. We’re more popular and populous than ever. I wouldn’t mind a few for breakfast. Amen.”

Admin
March 31, 2017 12:54 pm

I must give Shia a call. Those /pol/ kiddies will never find it here.

Robin Hewitt
March 31, 2017 1:03 pm

Why isn’t it going round? Where are the dead birds?

Jaakko Kateenkorva
Reply to  Robin Hewitt
April 1, 2017 12:43 am

+1

Auto
Reply to  Robin Hewitt
April 1, 2017 11:40 am

Jaakko underscores you!!
This is +
100 at least . . . . .

Auto – nearly spilling red wine for this one!

urederra
March 31, 2017 1:07 pm

oh great seal provider my name is ʕ•͡ᴥ•ʔ
am I in the naughty or in the nice list?

Birdynumnum
March 31, 2017 1:08 pm

“This is a very positive sign”

Birdynumnum
Reply to  Birdynumnum
March 31, 2017 2:20 pm

But its more than a Bear can Mann.

Reply to  Birdynumnum
April 1, 2017 8:44 am

(Groan)

Trever with an 'e'
March 31, 2017 1:25 pm

Please help! I just dined on Michael Mann…now I can’t get this taste of BS out of my mouth.

Reply to  Trever with an 'e'
April 2, 2017 3:54 pm

++

David A Smith
March 31, 2017 1:33 pm

I know I was told not to stick my tongue to these things buuuut….

Sheri
Reply to  David A Smith
March 31, 2017 5:36 pm

That was my thought, too.

EM
March 31, 2017 1:45 pm

And deliver us from climate researchers

truckulater
March 31, 2017 1:52 pm

The truth will out. Took you a while too.

Editor
March 31, 2017 2:04 pm

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“I heard they taste just like chicken!”

Cam_S
March 31, 2017 2:13 pm

Please God, send me Leonardo DiCaprio.

Bryan A
March 31, 2017 2:20 pm

The times they are a changin. I heard from my great great uncle that his great great uncle saw this before but the snow covered it up and it was lost. Now that the snow is gone again I’ve found it. I guess my ancestors were right.

heysuess
March 31, 2017 2:24 pm

Seriously though, is there ANYTHING in nature that credulous humans won’t anthropomorphize?

Reply to  heysuess
March 31, 2017 2:35 pm

I know, and how about those credulous scientist that see a hockey stick on a graph! (all caps!!!)

Sheri
Reply to  heysuess
March 31, 2017 5:36 pm

No.

Reply to  heysuess
April 2, 2017 4:53 pm

Gullible polar bear lovers are the worst – if you don’t believe me, check out the Facebook page of Polar Bears International. https://www.facebook.com/PolarBearsInternational

These were the people crying and wringing their hands over Al Gore’s polar bear on an iceberg (and any similar images since).

They keep the “save the polar bear” nonsense alive because they don’t think – they FEEL – so of course they would think this bear was “praying.”

And thumbs up to Richard Courtney’s comment below.

John MacDonald
March 31, 2017 2:28 pm

This isn’t the North Pole?
Darn, where did I go wrong?
And where are the polar bear welfare people?
I need a fur seal pup right now!

Del
March 31, 2017 2:28 pm

Hey, a Viking’s Mast.

Mike Ford
March 31, 2017 2:45 pm

That nice lady is taking my picture. If I look cute enough maybe she’ll come closer and I can have dinner.

Thanks! Just like the ol’ Far Side comics.

markl
March 31, 2017 2:48 pm

Thank you for answering my prayers and sending us Trump.

Doug Huggins
March 31, 2017 2:48 pm

Who can that be? Why, we used to sing about him in Sunday School!!
Its Gladlee, the cross-eyed bear!

Martin457
March 31, 2017 3:04 pm

Can I catch a whale with this thing?

Grrr, hmmphh, hmmphh, growl, lick.

Ima Shiver
March 31, 2017 3:17 pm

I swear the sign for Miami Zoo was here!

jesusdidntgiveuponme
March 31, 2017 3:18 pm

I’m unable to be funny with this. To me it’s beautiful! One of God’s magnificent creatures looking up at Him.

The first thought I had was “How great thou art!”

Janice Moore
Reply to  jesusdidntgiveuponme
March 31, 2017 4:29 pm

Aw, JesusDidNotGiveUpOnMe (me, too! 🙂 ), that was so cool. Good for you to be yourself, too.

You deserve a song! (one of my faves by one of my favorite groups)

“Somebody’s Gonna Praise His Name” (Petra)

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Somebody’s gonna praise His name.
Somebody’s gonna call Him Lord.
It’ll either be you and me
or it’s gonna be a rock or tree … .

“Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy.” Psalm 98:8

“‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.'” Luke 19:40.

Ed Zuiderwijk
March 31, 2017 3:30 pm

……. and deliver us from gobal warming ….

Robert of Ottawa
March 31, 2017 4:18 pm

OK A little bit off-color

“Hey, where did that body of Jesus go? I was saving that for a desert”

Sheri
Reply to  Robert of Ottawa
March 31, 2017 5:39 pm

Little out of range, too.

Janice Moore
March 31, 2017 4:34 pm

“Hellllo, dear! I’mnahlateferrdinnerrr! I’m (hic) errrleee for breakfush……. Dear?…… Oh. Dear. Sheeesh done gawnnannn FROZE TO DEATHTHTHTH! (sob)”

wally wharton
March 31, 2017 5:08 pm

“Oh, Lord….If I visit the North Pole will that make me BI-POLAR??”

Sheri
March 31, 2017 5:38 pm

What idiot put this thing here? ( Note: If he were praying, it would be a wind turbine.)

(I have a photo of a “begging bunny”. Yes, that is anthropomorphism, but I KNOW he’s not begging, he just looks like it.)

March 31, 2017 5:44 pm

Lord Jesus, Forgive Me for eating that baby seal.

Steve Fraser
March 31, 2017 5:54 pm

Who took down my flags?

March 31, 2017 6:13 pm

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Reply to  Robert Kernodle
March 31, 2017 6:45 pm

Corrected caption : Father, Forgive Griff for he knows not what he thinks and says!

Cam_S
March 31, 2017 6:19 pm
bamse
March 31, 2017 6:25 pm

Dang, I *knew* it wasn’t the fourth day!

March 31, 2017 7:11 pm

Caption:

“Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz, my friends all drive Porches, I must make Amends.”

with apologies to Janice Joplin’s great lyrics

John

Javert Chip
March 31, 2017 8:28 pm

Caption:

Lord, why is Griff trying to kill me?

March 31, 2017 8:56 pm

“Hmm. Nice pole. I wonder what will happen if I lick it.”

John F. Hultquist
March 31, 2017 9:53 pm

Jerusalem!?
I’ll never trust the GPS route finder again.

Janice Moore
Reply to  John F. Hultquist
April 1, 2017 6:45 am

+1!

March 31, 2017 10:25 pm

“I can’t wait to read all the comments on WhatsUpWithThat if my photograph ever makes it on to their pages”

March 31, 2017 10:31 pm

This cross marks the location of the last sighting of a live polar bear. (Signed: “Griff”)

Janice Moore
Reply to  Luc Ozade (@Luc_Ozade)
April 1, 2017 6:46 am

ANOTHER +1 (I’d better just stop — I really should +1 just about every comment on THIS great thread!)

🙂

Len Pryor
March 31, 2017 10:58 pm

A Polar Bear beseeching his God,
To provide a surplus of cod,
So they’d be the meals
To make a surplus of seals
To maintain his quite ample bod

Not the greatest, but all I can come up with on short notice.

George A
March 31, 2017 11:43 pm

“Lord, please send more arctic researchers. They’re delicious.”

richardscourtney
April 1, 2017 1:09 am

AW:

Please forgive me inserting a serious point into this intentionally humorous thread.

The linked article quotes Jessica Andrews whose camera took the photo. It says,

She told the Toronto Sun:

‘I didn’t notice it when I was taking them, but when I started to go through to edit them, oh my God, I was like, “Holy cr**, he’s praying!”’

‘I was amazed, I mean, beyond amazed.’

Her words reminded me of two things.

Firstly, decades ago when studying theology I was considering writings of the great theologian CS Lewis. He defined humans as being creatures who recognised the existence of divine power, and he wrote

‘If I were given evidence that a chicken prayed then I would agree the chicken is human.

My immediate reaction – that I still have – was a desire to know what that “evidence” could be.

Jessica Andrews says she thinks her photo is evidence that the polar bear prays, but few would agree that it is such evidence (and I don’t).

Secondly, as Jessica Andrews demonstrates, people ‘see’ what they want to ‘see’ when seeking confirmation of their beliefs. She ‘sees’ the polar bear leaning against a cross as being evidence of the bear praying because she WANTS to believe the bear should be treated as having human attributes. And I suspect she would not understand if someone told her that her anthropomorphism is no different from thinking Mickey Mouse is typical of mice. In her own words, what she thinks her photo shows gives her a feeling of wonder (i.e. “I was amazed, I mean, beyond amazed.) and she would not want to lose that feeling.

This feeling is a corruption of religious faith. It is superstition: i.e. it has the emotion of faith but no coherent philosophy to support it. And being purely emotional it is impervious to refuting evidence, logic and/or argument.

Similar superstition is typical of believers in the idea that human activities are causing discernible global climate change. As is demonstrated by e.g. ‘Griff’ and ‘seaice1’ on WUWT. They WANT to believe that idea so their superstitious belief is impervious to any refuting evidence, logic and/or argument.

Richard

Patrick MJD
Reply to  richardscourtney
April 1, 2017 1:15 am

Very well said there sir.

Sheri
Reply to  richardscourtney
April 1, 2017 6:24 am

I have, in the past, been very emphatically informed by a science person that anthropomorphism is acceptable in cases not concerning science. One can call animal groups families and mommies and daddies and kiddies if you are not talking science. Making animals human is only wrong in science discussions. It stands to reason, you can also say they are praying as long as you don’t call it science.

richardscourtney
Reply to  Sheri
April 1, 2017 12:38 pm

Sheri:

You raise an important semantic point. The nature of anthropomorphism has importance.

Human family relationships have animal analogues.
Prayer and e.g. mathematics are examples of human activities which have no known animal analogues.

I did not say that ALL anthropomorphism is improper or inappropriate.
I said of Jessica Andrews claim that the bear was praying,

I suspect she would not understand if someone told her that her anthropomorphism is no different from thinking Mickey Mouse is typical of mice.

Richard

Gloateus
Reply to  Sheri
April 1, 2017 1:03 pm

Richard,

Depends upon what you mean by mathematics. Other primates have rudimentary arithmetic abilities:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/jan/06/timradford2

http://www.livescience.com/2160-monkeys-math-humans.html

Other mammals and birds might as well, even if only counting.

http://www.world-science.net/exclusives/050701_parrotzero1frm.htm

John M. Ware
Reply to  Sheri
April 1, 2017 5:27 pm

Animals lack true speech (i.e., saying something, knowing what it means, and expecting like creatures to understand it) and all the activities deriving therefrom. Likewise, animals do not compose music, perform in ensembles, write novels or plays (or short stories or poems), nor do they learn foreign languages. They do not paint to represent objects or persons. They do not compile histories of families, tribes, kingdoms; they do not form nations or cohesive tribes. They do not use money or other means of exchange, and they do not keep or compile records of incidents or natural events. They do not plant or prepare food in any meaningful way. In short, they are not human, and they are in every intellectual way different from humans.

Reply to  Sheri
April 1, 2017 5:35 pm

“Animals lack true speech”…..Oh thank you John, for a moment I thought that whales were able to talk to one another .

Gloateus
Reply to  Sheri
April 1, 2017 5:40 pm

Steve,

No one doubts that animals communicate with each other in a variety of ways.

Speech however is another matter. Humans are the only animals which put sounds together in flexible ways rather than stereotyped signals.

richardscourtney
Reply to  Sheri
April 2, 2017 12:12 am

Gloateus:

I apologise that I was not clear.

Yes, as you say some animals are observed to conduct simple arithmetic, but I said “mathematics” by which I meant manipulating abstract symbols to investigate abstract concepts (i.e. algebra, trigonometry, etc.).

Please also note that I wrote, “Prayer and e.g. mathematics are examples of human activities which have no known animal analogues.” My inclusion of “e.g.” before one of the examples was intended to imply that my examples were of a type, but I admit that my implication was not clear. I request that you refer to my first post in this subthread and consider my sentence that said, “My immediate reaction – that I still have – was a desire to know what that “evidence” could be”: my implied type of examples were human practices where animal analogues would be difficult to discern.

Language, tool-making and artistic painting are all examples of human practices where animal analogues have been observed.

I hope this clarifies my meaning.

Richard

Reply to  richardscourtney
April 1, 2017 9:32 am

I had no clue that the photographer actually believed the polar bear was praying. Is this true? — she actually believed this?

If yes, then this would be more amazing than her amazement at the image. I thought her amazement was over the chance juxtaposition of a polar bear with a cross and this coincidental association with catastrophic global warming claims.

richardscourtney
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 1, 2017 12:27 pm

Robert Kernodle:

You ask

I had no clue that the photographer actually believed the polar bear was praying. Is this true? — she actually believed this?

All we know is what the Toronto Son claims Jessica Andrews said which is as I quoted.

If you believe the newspaper accurately quoted her words and if you accept that she meant what she said, then you agree she “actually believed the polar bear was praying”.

If you do not agree those two things then you have no reason to accept that she “actually believed the polar bear was praying”.

Richard

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 1, 2017 5:31 pm

I believe the quoted words of the photographer and that the media reported these words correctly. I did not think, however, that the photographer meant these words literally.

richardscourtney
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 1, 2017 11:58 pm

Robert Kernodle:

This is a genuine request for explanation because I honestly do not understand your point.

You say

I believe the quoted words of the photographer and that the media reported these words correctly. I did not think, however, that the photographer meant these words literally.

Please say what you think she meant by those words because I don’t understand how those words can mean other than they say.

Richard

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 2, 2017 6:27 pm

Are we talking abut THESE words: ‘I didn’t notice it when I was taking them, but when I started to go through to edit them, oh my God, I was like, “Holy cr**, he’s praying!”’

‘I was amazed, I mean, beyond amazed.’

Well, she could be struck by the visual appearance and shocked that it looked so much like praying, and she was referring to this appearance, NOT meaning the words seriously, like when you might say, “Holy crap, I caught a picture of a dog laughing”, NOT meaning that you actually believed the dog was laughing, but you were speaking in a surprised tone that reflected the APPEARANCE, rather than the actual belief in the words uttered … LITERALLY.

But, in the case that she DID actually believe what she saw and spoke literally, I’m afraid that I did not present my best effort in jest, and so to redeem myself, I offer this:
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Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 2, 2017 6:29 pm

Richard, I tried to reply, but my comment appears to have been flagged for moderation for some bizarre reason that we all do not understand, since it did not appear after I posted it.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 2, 2017 9:06 pm

Ah, I see my reply now, with the revised pic. I guess I passed the moderation police. (^_^)

MarkW
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
April 3, 2017 1:55 pm

The words could mean what they say directly, or it could be read indirectly as her saying it looks like the bear is praying.
People often use shorthand when speaking.

Leo Smith
April 1, 2017 1:56 am

Southern Cross on the North Pole?

…must stop licking those arctic toads….

April 1, 2017 2:32 am
Sandy In Limousin
Reply to  jaakkokateenkorva
April 1, 2017 3:58 am

Noting the date of publication of that article, it wouldn’t be the first visitor from the far north

http://www.strangehistory.net/2013/02/02/inuit-in-orkney/

Reply to  Sandy In Limousin
April 1, 2017 5:19 am

Thanks Sandy for revealing a gigantesque gap in my history knowledge – had no idea catastrophic anthropogenic global warmingTM forced Finns south already in 1688. At the end of 20th century they skipped directly to Mediterranean and nowadays many seem to prefer Thailand.

Hocus Locus
April 1, 2017 4:17 am

“If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.”
Fudd’s First Law Of Opposition,
as applied to the acquisition of the dangling food cache.

Reply to  Hocus Locus
April 1, 2017 6:09 am

This was my first thought too, but I think it’s too low.

Bloke down the pub
April 1, 2017 4:23 am

‘Dear Lord, If I’m really a polar bear, how come my feet are bloody freezing’?

April 1, 2017 5:38 am

“This must be a tree…!!! growing this far north… oh no… we are doomed…!!!”

Janice Moore
Reply to  Jurgen
April 1, 2017 6:49 am

#(:))

April 1, 2017 6:23 am

“Could have sworn I hung a Greenpeace explorer up there yesterday to eat later – where’d he go?”

April 1, 2017 6:31 am

“Huh – long pig in season already?”

David A Smith
April 1, 2017 7:01 am

Dam it! The wind turbine is frozen solid again!

RobR
April 1, 2017 7:04 am

“The Martyrdom of Mann”. Crucified by Falsehood. Consumed by Facts.

B Leppard
April 1, 2017 7:32 am

That bird up there looks delicious.

Non Nomen
April 1, 2017 8:31 am

What a fat thread beare. Put the animal on a diet of Green peas.

April 1, 2017 8:54 am

“I have the bad feeling I’m near the cross-hairs of a marksman’s rifle.”

Len Pryor
April 1, 2017 8:55 am

Suddenly, in the presence of the strange icon, he felt the urge to stand erect and look at it.

or

Oh $h#t, inedible.

Mickey Reno
April 1, 2017 10:58 am

Where’s the meat?

HotScot
April 1, 2017 2:23 pm

Please Lord, make me a Mann.

April 1, 2017 4:50 pm

Jesus Christ, it’s cold today!

Richards in Vancouver
April 1, 2017 6:34 pm

We all prey in our own way.

Reply to  Richards in Vancouver
April 2, 2017 4:27 pm

Winner!

Anne Smith
April 2, 2017 1:03 pm

Hummmm. Find another one, chalk line the field and we can play Ice Ball!!

thingadonta
April 2, 2017 2:40 pm

Damn no bark, cant scratch my back

Gloateus
April 2, 2017 5:23 pm

Polar bears don’t pray, but worship of bears by humans has an ancient history. Cave bear skulls on altar-like platforms date back tens of thousands of years. It is natural that people would consider bears gods, since in so many environments, they are the most powerful carnivores, possessed of great intelligence, able to walk like men and hard to kill with stone, bone and wooden weapons.

Well into historical times bear worship persisted in a number of cultures:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_worship#Ainu_bear_worship

Ainu rituals are reminiscent of Christian dogma and practice, involving sacrifice and a ritual feast upon the flesh of the victim offered up to cleanse sin and propitiate the spiritual powers.

Gloateus
Reply to  Gloateus
April 2, 2017 5:26 pm

Given their strength, smarts and other-worldly senses, polar bears were arguably the top predator in the Arctic before firearms. In groups, Eskimos, American Indians and indigenous Siberians and Sami could hunt and kill the largely solitary bears, but one on one, it was nolo contendre.

Eugene WR Gallun
April 2, 2017 6:06 pm

A cross to bear

Eugene WR Gallun

Editor
April 3, 2017 9:10 am

I think it’s most humorous to consider the different prayers our saintly brother bear might be offering depending on his denomination:

– Catholic: “Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

– Episcopal: “Reading together from Pg 828 of the book of Common Prayer, let us pray: ‘O gracious Father, who openest thine hand and fillest all things living with plenteousness: Bless the lands and waters, and multiply the harvests of the world…’ ”

– Presbyterian: “…if it’s pleasing to You, grant travel mercies to those heading south to warmer climes during this harsh winter. And if it be in Your Divine Will, please bless those of us hunting seals this week with success and let us remember that regardless of the outcomes of our endeavors, Your Will is perfect and Your grace sufficient for all our needs.”

– Southern Baptist: “And turn the hearts of these wayward seals back You, that we might enjoy a full harvest of willing souls tonight…”

– Pentecostal: “And STRIKE the hearts of these…SINFUL…seals. And lay them DOWN at the feet of YOUR servant. AND TURN these backslidden miscreants OUT of their misery, and BACK INTO the the RIGHTEOUSNESS of TRUE…”

– Ricky Bobby: “Sweet Baby Jesus…wrapped up in swaddling clothes…bless me with many seals today…”

rip

Wallace
April 3, 2017 9:46 am

Forgive those alarmists for they know not what they do.

Birdynumnum
April 4, 2017 1:07 pm

“Looks like there’s a pretty bare easter around here”
“Hope she can make a decent coffee”

Joel Snider
April 5, 2017 4:22 pm

‘They used to hang snacks on these things.’

Cam_S
April 10, 2017 10:35 am

Global warming to blame!
———————————

For Newfoundland kids, ‘stranger-danger’ includes polar bears
Parents are schooling kids in the risks posed by ursine visitors. Good idea, because the bears may soon be arriving in greater numbers

“Since bear sightings in the early winter have been linked to climate change, some parents are more concerned for their future grandchildren. “If this is going to continue, one of the things we’ll have to teach children is to pay attention to news bulletins and things like that, and to avoid conflict with a polar bear,” says Ernest Simms, mayor of St. Anthony’s, Nfld., where a bear was hit by a snow plow last week, while another was spotted near an RV park. Polar bears have always roamed southern Labrador in the spring, but climate change may bring them out earlier in the winter.”

http://www.macleans.ca/society/for-newfoundland-kids-stranger-danger-includes-polar-bears/

markl
Reply to  Cam_S
April 10, 2017 10:49 am

I thought the narrative is that Polar bears would disappear? Are people following the progression of the meme from say 30 years ago? Aren’t they questioning yet? Why not?

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