Thursday, January 6, 2011

Not Exactly A Recipe For An Educational Evening

We were loaned a nature DVD to watch with the boys.
(Can you guess where this is going already?)

Since we don't have a TV, we took it up to my parents',
to watch on their big HD flat screen...
and because it's fun to see them.

Oh, it was fun all right.  It was hilarious.
We might have been able to get past the narrator's goggle-eyed worship at the altar of Darwin,
or the sight of a very sincere middle-aged woman seriously believing she could
sing the "song" of the humpback whale.
(I hope she met the fellow later in the show who sings hoots like a Siamang gibbon.)

But when the narrator decided to challenge a bird for territory, using recorded bird calls,
the living room descended into hysterical chaos.

Because when you combine three boys with a very animated Brit exclaiming,
He's saying, "I'm a Great Tit and this is my patch!"
guffawing hilarity is what you'll get.

For what it's worth, this is a Great Tit.

And oh boy.  Whaddaya bet my traffic goes up.  Sheesh.


leah said...

Well, you might get a different type of reader after this post, ROFL! Have you ever seen the Planet Earth series? I think Disney did an abridged version of those documentaries, too- they have a lot of amazing footage (I haven't seen them in a long time, though, so I'm not sure about the appropriateness for young children).

Herding Grasshoppers said...


Yes, we have Planet Earth, and Blue Planet and we enjoy them both, in spite of their evolutionary bias. Amazing photography!

But the video last night was just over the top. ;D


Ann said...

Oh how I needed that laugh!!!!! I love reading and watching things with an evolutionary bias with my girls because they start laughing and poking holes in it (and sometimes seriously asking questions about how it all jives, which I love, too). But, I don't think we've ever seen or read anything quite that funny!

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Very funny. I worked with middle school boys recently and quickly realized I should not say, "nut" for any reason!

Ruby said...

My boys are 11 and 13 and I know exactly what you mean ladies!
Plus some of those nature documentaries are just too corny!You are shameless Julie. You will post anything to hike up your ratings!

Q said...

HA HA! Oh . . . yup, there goes the neighborhood . . .

The dB family said...

Lol! What a hoot! Here's to great (educational) entertainment!


Anonymous said...

Oh wow this is funny. Nature videos are great fodder for little boys. I get the same kind of reaction from the word "ball" now. snickers snorts laughter. (which makes me laugh under my breath) Boys are good.