Making Daddy Proud

The elephant was making a poop and it had no idea that it was risking its life, as Donald Jr. and Eric were on safari.  Donald Jr. told his brother that he had the elephant lined up in his sights and he was going to take the shot.  Eric argued that he saw it first and he should be the one to kill it, but Donald Jr. said, “You just killed 3 giraffes, why do you have to be so greedy?  I feel like a real badass with all of this ammo and taking down the world’s largest land animal is going to be such a thrill.  I think I will take the carcass back to the Republican headquarters and have it stuffed and displayed there, so everyone can know that I am a real killer.”

The hunting guide cautioned Donald Jr. saying, “It may take more than one head shot to kill the beast, and if he doesn’t go down on your second shot, we may have to chase him till he drops.  Elephants seem to know when their end is near, so rather than sticking with the rest of the herd and potentially slowing them down, the elephant will head straight for the elephant graveyard, where it can die in peace.”  Donald Jr. squeezed the trigger and said, “This will be the last poop that this elephant ever makes.  I’m not going to kill him with this shot, as I just want to hurt him bad enough so he knows that he is dying and then we can find the graveyard where all of his ancestors are buried and then I can make a fortune selling the ivory.  My dad will be so proud of me, as in the end, everything comes down to money.”

Written for Paula’s Random Friday Prompt.

Give Me Gimme Shelter

I was homeless, having just been evicted from my apartment because I lost my job and ran out of unemployment benefits, when she said, “Come in, I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”  She had just completed building her bomb shelter, so she warned me that if I came in that I better be prepared to stay.  She was certain that a nuclear explosion was coming, and she was happy that she would not be all alone in her bunker.  She said that she had room for me and all of my belongings, but I had to be prepared to stay for several months.  She had a wind generator installed, so her bomb shelter would have electricity and she had bottled water, packaged foods, emergency medicines, a hand-crank or battery-powered radio, several flashlights, and lots of extra batteries.  Since water would be scarce, she said that we would have to sponge bathe each other.  She had a composting toilet for us to poop in, but she said that it would be my job to empty it daily and place everything in another container to give it enough time to turn into true compost.  That was a dealbreaker for me and I wished her good luck, as I went to live under a bridge.

Written for Paula’s Random Friday Prompt.

Universe of Animals

Venn diagrams were invented by John Venn an English logician and philosopher in 1880, as a way of picturing relationships between different groups of things.  Venn diagrams enable you to organize information visually, so they are useful for seeing the relationships between two or three sets of items.  They can allow you to identify which items have similarities and which ones have differences and that ban be very useful for understanding of the meaning of the boundaries.  Since the mathematical term for “a group of things” is “a set”, Venn diagrams can be used to illustrate both set relationships and logical relationships.  To draw a Venn diagram, you first draw a rectangle which is called your “universe”.  In the context of Venn diagrams, the universe is not “everything”, but “everything you’re dealing with right now”.  If we call our universe “Animals”, everything that is inside of this rectangle belongs to the universe that we have called animals.

Since this would become too complicated if I were to list every type of animal, I am only going to list enough to show you how this works.  We will deal with moles, swans, rabid skunks, geese, worms, horses, Edmontosorum (a genus of hadrosaurid dinosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur), platypuses and because Paula loves cats, I will throw in my adorable cat.  Let’s say we want to classify things according to being a small and furry animal or being a duck-bill animal (an animal that has a beak resembling that of a duck).  We can draw different colored circles, like a purple and a green circle to display our classifications.  Now we’ll fill in, or “populate”, the diagram.  Moles, rabid skunks, platypuses, and a cat are all small and furry category.  Swans, geese, platypuses, and Edmontosorum are all duck-bills.  Worms are small but not furry and horses are furry but not small, and neither is a duck-bill.  However, they are animals, so they fit inside our universe, but outside the circles.  Notice that “platypuses” are listed in both of the circles.  The point of Venn diagrams is that we can show this overlap in set membership by overlapping these circles.  In other words, we really should have drawn the circles overlapped.  Now when we populate the Venn diagram, we’ll only have to write “platypuses” once, in the overlap.  The overlap of the two circles, containing only “platypuses”, is called the “intersection” of the two sets.

Written for Paula’s Random Friday Prompt.