PUPPY2000 - if you cleared some space in your inbox we could chat on here. I only give my email to people I know well and trust - in fact I am extra-cautious about people who try to get my email without us getting to know each other first.
As the world's foremost Wiki Booster, YOU, deaddirty, came to mind as soon as I read this paragraph:
'"The Starry Night," Vincent van Gogh's 1889 masterpiece, captures a small village beneath a luminous sky. But the painting's enduring mystery lies in the dark, flame-shaped form in the left foreground. What was van Gogh attempting to convey with these elusive brushstrokes? What might this menacing presence in an otherwise tranquil landscape suggest? For years, there seemed to be no answer. Then we checked Wikipedia. It's a cypress trees.'
River Clegg, Honest Museum Audio Tour
deaddirty, I only just discovered what I should have suspected all along: the word "dodo" is Portuguese for "stupid". It is not right to call a bird stupid just because it was too innocent and ill-equipped to defend itself against murderous humans. I want that bird back! If dodo cloning is a success, then work will begin on the passenger pigeon (which was a surprisingly beautiful bird).