MAD Magazine number 343, March 1996, has a letter published in their +quot;Letters + Tomat
MAD Magazine number 343, March 1996, has a letter published in
their "Letters & Tomatoes Department" from "Jim Davis" from
Sunnyvale CA." titled "APE MISBEHAVIN.'"
I was always aware that dweebs, geeks, and other members of
the MAD gang were a few cards short of a full deck, but in
issue #340 you outdid yourselves. On page 30. at the last
panel of "When Sesame Street Caves in to the Radical Right,"
we have a Sesame Street character making the statement "...And
by the Commitee to Ban the Teaching of Evolution!" as if this
were some Radical Right idea, when anyone with over a 7th
grade education knows that the theory of evolution has been
totally disproved by modern, objective science. Other than
these minor flaws I enjoyed the magazine as I have for the
past 30 years or so.
The editor reply was:
We stand corrected! After reading your letter, it is now
unclear as to whether all of mankind evolved from apes. Some
appear to be stuck there! For your convenience we are
encclosing a nice, ripe banana! Ooh ohh!"
While funny, the editors of MAD got it wrong; the human
species didn't evolve from apes but had a common ancestor. My
comment to MAD Magazine was:
To: MAD Magazine, Letters & Tomatoes Department
From: Fredric Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org
Good work, guys, gals, and semi-evolved bipeds, for your
wonderful issue number 340 where you expose the Radical
Religious Reich! You can't believe the amount of coverage
the issue recieved on Internet and FidoNet among the various
science and political discussion forums! More: When one of
your knuckle-dragging readers complained about evolution
being scientifically disproven, you rapped his hairy
knuckes good then handed him a banana! LOVE! IT! Except
that you grunts incorrectly stated that the human species
evolved from apes! We didn't! Humans and apes shared a
common ancestor (probably many times, wink, wink, nudge.)
Whack our underdeveloped simian friends, sure, but make
sure you get it right!
By the way: You shoulda knocked out one of Peter Iatauro's
front teeth after he won the Alfred E. Neuman look-alike
contest to complete the picture.
E-Mail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank