We are ALL Dr. Babooner
Dear Dr. Babooner,
I’m not a bad person, but I’ve had trouble in my life that has everything to do with the inappropriate places where my arms, and to be more exact, my hands, wind up.
I won’t go into too much detail here, but it has been brought to the attention of law enforcement by several people (shopkeepers, women I’ve known, and women I haven’t known), that my mitts tend to violate certain legal and ethical boundaries.
Usually I say something like “I didn’t realize I was doing it. That hand has a mind of its own!”
And usually that explanation is rejected as just so much bunk.
But now, there’s scientific evidence that the octopus has smart arms that really do work independently of the central brain!
Dr. Babooner, this news gives me hope. If mind-of-their-own appendages can be a real thing for hideous deep-sea creatures, isn’t there a possibility that I suffer from the same condition?
I’d like to start an emotional support group for people with Octo-digititis, a term I just made up to describe those whose fingers are autonomous and unprincipled. I know this might be a tough sell, but if you were to sign on as an adviser, it might give us the heft we need to be taken seriously as an afflicted community.
Would you consider it? Name your price. Given enough time and the opportunity, I’m pretty sure I could get my hands on whatever it takes to convince you to join our cause.
I told ” Groper Lightfingers” that Dr. Babooner does not lend her “heft” to any cause, especially not one which is simply a glorified excuse for poor behavior. Blaming the newly revealed mechanics of octopus locomotion for your trouble is an insult to cephalopods everywhere. Octopi are social creatures with “smart” arms, while your out-of-control extremities are clearly anti-social and exceedingly dumb.
But that’s just one opinion. What do YOU think, Dr. Babooner?