Me: "Hey, wait a minute!"
Me: "They can't."
She: "They who can't what?" [clearly confused]
Me: "Deer. And antelope. Ya know, play. They can't play. At least with one another."
She: "Colleen, what the hell are you talking about?"
Me: "Antelope! There are no antelope in North America."
She: "What? Yes there are!"
Me: "No, there aren't. They're indigenous to Africa and Eurasia."
She: "Well, why would the put them in the song if they didn't roam with deer and buffalo?"
Me: "I don't know, but I know that no deer or buffalo ever played with an antelope in the United States. Unless, like, they were all in a poorly organized zoo."
She: "I'm sure there are antelope in America."
Me: "Have you ever seen one?"
She: "Yes! Near where I live!"
Me: "Dude, you live in Jersey."
She: "Oh, yeah. They were at a safari park."
Me: "Let's Google it!"
**** fifteen minutes later ****
Me: "Ah-HA! I was right! There are no antelope in America!"
Other Colleague Standing in Doorway: "What are you two going on about?"
She: "Antelope! Ya know, where the deer and the antelope play?"
Other Colleague: "Do they?"
She: "Do they what?"
Other Colleague: "Play. Do they play?"
Me: [deep sigh] "NO! There are no antelope in America!"
Other Colleague: [ blink blink ] "What about pronghorn antelope?"
Me: [ blink ]
She: [ blink ]
Me: [ Googling furiously ] "AH-HA! Pronghorn antelope are NOT REAL ANTELOPE!"
Other Colleague: "Well what the hell are they?"
Me: [ putting on nerd hat ] "They are antilocapra americana; literally: the antelope goat, unrelated to any species of true antelope."
She & Other Colleague: [peer over my shoulder]
Me: [continuing to be annoyingly nerdly]: "They are the only surviving member of the Antilocapridae family, dating back to the Pleistocene era. Also, they are the second fastest land mammal in the world."
She: [ blink ]
Other Colleague: [ blink ]
She: "Hon...you need to date more."
Friday, March 7, 2008
Where the deer and the antelope...hey, wait just a minute!
I was in the office today doing office-y things and my colleague, who shares the office space, started singing "Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play..." and I was humming along for some reason and then I sat straight up in my chair.