Someone told me
It’s all happening at the zoo.
I do believe it,
I do believe it’s true.
Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Whoooa. Mmmmm.
The monkeys stand for honesty,
Giraffes are insincere,
And the elephants are kindly but
Orangutans are skeptical
Of changes in their cages,
And the zookeeper is very fond of rum.
Zebras are reactionaries,
Antelopes are missionaries,
Pigeons plot in secrecy,
And hamsters turn on frequently.
What a gas! You gotta come and see
At the zoo.
At the zoo.
At the zoo. ( Simon and Garfunkel )
If the person beside you resembles a parrot, Charles Le Brun would suggest that that you move. The notion that the face is the mirror to the soul is of enduring quality, and as result, dies hard. Modern science may tell you that human intelligence depends not upon the configuration of a person’s head but upon the convolutions in their brain. You are thoroughly convinced that human behavior is determined by heredity and environment and not by outside appearances.
Yet, at the next Happy Hour or company party, just stumple upon a man who looks like a wart hog, or a girl with a face like a vixen, and you will think that the one is dull, grumpy, and a messy feeder, and the other kind of fun, but not to be trusted. How much stronger was the notion before Freud and Darwin, when it was believed that people’s nature had distinctly beastly and angelic sides, and nearly everyone felt certain, in the earliest days of scientific inquiry, anyhow, that much was to be learned simply by looking hard at the surfaces of things and classifying the results.
Aristotle, for instance, estimated that the look of a man’s nose was an index to his character. Depending on whether it resembled a beak or a snout, or a muzzle it would reveal the impudence of a crow, the insensitivity of a pig, or the magnanimity of a lion; qualities of character Aristotle was certain these creatures possessed.