post-foo The Thoughts and Sayings Of Baba Doodlius: A Short Mystery

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Short Mystery

Howdy all you thoroughbreds galloping down the home stretch of Truth! Baba Doodlius here, with a Revelation of another Mystery of the Universe!

  • Whaddaya think, is "thoroughbreds" better than "bloodhounds"? Anyway, on to today's Mystery!

There's a story that's been circulating for the past several years about Hobbits. No, I'm not talking about the fictional ones of Middle Earth. Rather, I mean jungle-dwelling, little tiny people - apparently related to humans - who went extinct about 12,000 years ago. The scientific name for these little guys is not actually "Hobbits", but rather Homo floresiensis, named for the Indonesian island of Flores on which the skeletal remains of several of these dudes have been found.

A big "Thank you very much" goes out to the New York Times for letting me use this copyrighted image from their web site, even if they don't technically know they let me use it.

Since this story goes in and out of the media periodically, you may have heard about it from reputable news sources like these:
National Geographic
New Scientist

The gist of the story is, some folks digging on Flores found some skeletons that are similar but not identical to modern humans, but the adults are only 3 feet tall! Pretty cool, finding real 12,000 year-old Hobbit skeletons in Indonesia, eh?

Here's a Flores Hobbit skull next to a modern human skull. Pretty neat, eh?

So you're asking now, "What's the big Mystery? Critters go extinct all the time." Well that's true, but like many scientific stories there is plenty of controvery surrounding the Flores Hobbits.

Some folks claim that the hobbits represent a separate, previously unknown branch of the human family tree. Others think that the Flores researchers have merely unearthed a deformed, diseased pygmy modern human. From a scientific point of view, that's a pretty humongous argument. And let me tell you, I've hung around plenty of scientists and I can say definitively that when they argue you better duck!

Lab fight! Watch out for flying glassware.

Since you humans can't seem to get to the bottom of this whole Hobbit thing, I figured I'd lend a hand with my impressive investigative skills and huge, hyperintelligent brain. No need to thank me, helping humans is what I do!

I flew over to Flores and started poking around the paleo-arechaeological dig sites looking for clues to the Truth behind the Great Hobbit Mystery. While I was out in the nearby jungle, just sitting there minding my own business, I saw a shocking scene, one that completely took me by surprise and solved the Mystery of the Flores Hobbits!

And lucky for me, I happened to have my camera with me. (Don't leave home without it, I always say.)

Here's the picture I took, which, as you can plainly see, shows the actual True Truth of the Flores Hobbits:

The Flores Hobbits are a hoax! Sheep are planting fake hobbit bones all over the island!

Sheep, you say? Where'd the sheep come from? Flores is mostly jungle, and jungle is not exactly a natural habitat for sheep. And why the heck are they planting these bones on Flores?

I wondered the same thing. And since I caught them red hoofed, they agreed to fess up and spill the whole story to me (a sheep may be bigger than a parrot, but they respect the power of Bird Fu.)

So here's the scoop: These sheep are from New Zealand, a country where sheep significantly outnumber humans. Using their "sheer" numbers (hah, ha, a little sheep humor there), they overwhelmed security at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch and stole a pile of early hominid fossils. Then they hopped a boat to Indonesia, disembarked on Flores, spread the fossils around, and notified some local science-type people that there was fame and fortune to be had just by digging in the right places in the jungle! Voila! A new species of "Hobbit" was discovered, all because of a bunch of scheming sheep!

But why would they go through all the trouble?

Puzzled, I asked sheep leader Curly Jack this question.

"You want to know why?" he said. "I'll telly you why. It's because of all the humans' damned "Lord of the Rings" movies! We sheep are sick and bloody tired of humans trodding all over our country filming orcs and ents and elves and bloody HOBBITS! And as if that weren't enough, now all the bloody NERDS in the whole world are comin' here to visit the damned filming sites, like it was some sorta PILGRIMAGE or somethin'! Well we're SICK AND TIRED of it! We figured if somebody found some hobbits somewhere else, they'd bugger off and LEAVE US ALONE!"

Actually, I can't really argue with him on any of that. I mean c'mon, the movies were kinda fun, but is it really necessary to have tours of the locales so people can see "where Helm's Deep and Isengard are"?

So to all you humans I say: by all means, read the books again for the 279th time, go play some "Dungeons and Dragons", and practice speaking Elvish, but for sheep's sake do it at home!


Gorilla Bananas said...

Those hominids were actually kept as pets by the organ-utans. As for the sheep, their theories are woolly...and threadbaah.

The Topiary Cow said...

"...they overwhelmed security at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch and stole a pile of early hominid fossils...hopped a boat to Indonesia, disembarked on Flores, spread the fossils around..."

Topiary Cows, of course, did this years ago. We just didn't get caught by Baba Doodlius.


InnerNinja said...

the diabolical plot of the sheep - exposed! thank you for this latest installment of brilliant investigative journalism. i'm canceling my nat geo subscription... they've obviously lost a step.

your photo of the sheep with the bone in its mouth is both disturbing and highly erotic.

just kidding.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

A sheep with a bone in its mouth? I sense something more sinister than a hatred of nerds.

Sandy Kessler said...

sheep humor hahaah- pictures are hysterical how do you do it ??

odd facts said...

"a sheep may be bigger than a parrot, but they respect the power of Bird Fu." hehehehe
Brilliant as always.

Baba Doodlius said...

Gorilla: "Threadbaah". Bajeebers, do all gorillas make jokes like this or just you?

Cow: Stealth topiary cows? Do you hang out with InnerNinja or something? Moo back atcha!

InnerNinja: I really, truly never even thought of the "bone in mouth" connection until you brought it up.

Squirrel: Well, it's a fossil bone. Does that make a difference in degree of sinisterosity?

Sandy: I have a *fantastic* camera.

Odd Facts: My Bird Fu is the BEST. Oh yes, it is the best!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Good work, my feathered detective! Uh, did you happen to mention to the sheep that now the movie folk be traipsing all over sheep lands to make the movie of The Hobbit? Or, is it the mischievous sheep’s goal to have the movie made in Indonesia?

Poetikat said...

And they say sheep are dumb. Well maybe they are, since they tried to pull the wool over our eyes and you have found them out! Ewe crafty bird.


Marja said...

Oh really, I just visited Canterbury museum and I admit the people there acted very nervous but didn't tell bones were missing.
And about these stupid sheep (sorry sheep) all these tourists are good for our economy which isn't that btilliant at the moment.
So I will have a talk to them.

Baba Doodlius said...

Nick: Oh yeah, the sheep are just *crazy* about The Hobbit movie. I think they're pulling their wool out.

Poetikat: "Ewe crafty bird" - and earlier I got "Threadbaah" from Gorilla. Who knew sheep had such potential for puns?

Marja: I was wondering if you would stop by and read this one! Natrually the museum people didn't tell you that the bones were missing - if you got mugged by sheep would you admit it? And sheep care not for the economy - so long as they have grass to munch on all is good as far as they're concerned.

Linda and her Surroundings said...

Well, it is no wonder that the sheep resort to this sort of behaviour - there is an unsavoury rumour about how sheep have been treated in New Zealand.... Revenge of the baa's.

Dr.John said...

I am so glad I stopped by this morning. I really believed those were hobbit bones and that middle earth was near Indonesia. Thanks for setting the record straight.

AZZITIZZ said...

Yo Doody,

You always have your camera with you? Didn't know feathers had pockets!

Been wondering what all the flashes and clicks were that have been coming from the cage of Paddy my cockatiel!

Best keep my dressing gown on in future!


The Topiary Cow said...

Cow senses a dark conspiracy with Azzitizz's cockatiels and Baba Doo!

The birds! The birds! Aaaargh!


Baba Doodlius said...

Linda: Oooh, don't talk about those "unsavoury rumours" too loud - Marja has been around here lately and she might take exception.

Dr. John: Thanks for stopping by the home of Baba Doodlius. Always glad to inform and entertain!

Azzy: Oh, I always find a place to put the camera. (Don't ask.) And yes, cockatiels are quite the little shutterbugs, so you're right about the household nakedness!

Cow: Dark conspiracy? Naaaah, if there was a conspiracy it would have been Revealed by now by the Great and Powerful Baba Doodlius. Yes, I even Reveal *my own* Secrets!

The Topiaryiest Bunny said...

Bunny wants to know the Secrets of the Great and Powerful Baba Doodlius.

Unless, of course, there's a book out.


Lydia said...

Hello Baba doodlius, How interesting. Hobbits! Wow! Arn't they those little creatures that lived in tree holes? Have a great day!

Baba Doodlius said...

Bunny: No, there's no book out. I have enough trouble typing a blog once or twice a month, nevermind a whole book. Hey, YOU try typing with no hands! I have to hunt and peck! (Ha, ha, a little bird humor there.)

Lydia: Never having been invited into a Hobbit house, I don't know if they live in tree holes or not. I suppose they could, if they wanted to. Thanks for stopping by!

AZZITIZZ said...

Hey Doody,

Pop over to my blog and take a lookie at my latest post, there are a couple of things I need your great and wonderous wisdom on.
Thanks a mil.


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AZZITIZZ said...

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