A fossil of a small sea creature extracted from a 425-million-year-old British rock formation is the oldest unequivocally male fossil known, researchers say. [...] Details revealed include gills, eyes, limbs designed for swimming and the oldest known male organ in the fossil record. It was this last that led researchers to name the new species, Colymbosathon ecplecticos, which is Greek for "amazing swimmer with large penis."
Shortly after that, the waiter came over to take their order. Just before he got to the table, he said something to another waiter in non-English.
|Dad:||What language was that?|
|Waiter:||Um... no, Thai.|
|Dad:||But Thailand is in Taiwan, right?|
|Mom:||They're two different places...|
|Dad:||But they're both in China, right? Or Japan?|
The waiter made some kind of embarrassed noise, presumably hoping he could just get to the taking of the order. At this point, I think dad might have gotten the slightest inkling that he'd just made an ass of himself, so he switched on the full-bore Marketing Weasel charm and started talking to the waiter like he was glad-handing him at a trade show:
|Dad:|| Hey, what was your name again? |
(I loved the "again" -- he'd never been told the guys name and he knew it!)
|Dad:||No no, what's your real name? Your Thai name?|
At this point, we couldn't hold it in any more and burst out laughing.