Monday, August 2, 2010

What's in a name?

This is bullshit.

I apologize for my profanity. I try to keep my posts free of off color words, just to keep some level of professionalism on here, but after this news today, I can't contain my frustration with science any longer.

Apparently, scientists John Scannella and Jack Horner, are saying the Triceratops never existed and was just a juvenile version of the Torosaurus. That's all well and good, and I can understand someone a long time ago making a mistake. My problem isn't that the two species are actually the same. My problem is that they changed the name of the wrong damn dinosaur.

Rename the Torosaurus to Triceratops, not the other way around. I know you have your scientific reasons for calling it Torosaurus, but who cares. No one gives a damn about Torosaurus. The popular name that everyone knows is Triceratops, so keep that name. Take an official vote somewhere. It's not hard.

"What should we call this dinosaur?
A) Torosaurus
B) Triceratops"

Let the public decide. Guess which one would win?

Spell check doesn't even identify Torosaurus as a word... but it recognizes Triceratops. That should be all the proof you need, Science.

The reasons this irritates me so much, is that it isn't the first time this has happened. My favorite dinosaur as a child was the Brontosaurus. That long neck, so majestic and peaceful. Such an iconic dinosaur that was featured in Baby, Land Before Time, and as Sinclair Oil's mascot.

But then Science came along and said to me personally, "Hey you stupid kid. You know all those stuffed Brontosaurus dolls, and Brontosaurus action figures you have littering your room? Well... the Brontosaurus is as fake as Santa Claus."

That's right, the Brontosaurus is actually Apatosaurus. So again, scientists could have just as easily reclassified Apatosaurus as Brontosaurus as that was the popular name and the name nearly everyone was familiar with, but no they went with the much lesser name Apatosaurus.

I say we take these names back. Don't let science tell us what to call our favorite dinosaurs. If it has a long neck, it's a Brontosaurus. If it has three horns, it's a damned Triceratops. And while we are at it, Pluto is still a planet.

This is why no one likes you Science, you kill childhoods.