Lamont and Dude Consider Life in Pre-dinosaur Antarctica

“Lamont, why are you brandishing that sword? WTF?”

“It’s plastic, Dude. I found it on the beach. Must’ve washed up from a movie set or something up north.”

“I was thinking, Lamont.”

“Good for you.”

“Ha ha, I mean the way the continents slide around the planet and the way magnetic north changes from time to time, and the way they found fossils on Antarctica, it’s all pretty, I don’t know, pretty…”


“Yeah. I mean they named that proto-dinosaur Antarctanax shackletoni after Shackleton, for the love of all that’s, well, humans.”

“Shackleton was a decent guy, Dude. So what’s the problem? This is human language. It’s not going to last forever. There are books in all sorts of old libraries that were written by humans and no living human can read them. Human language in a few thousand years turns all Antarctanax shackletoni, and the humans are still wandering around this planet. Think about it. Naming the creature “Antarctanax” is just as strange. Who’s to say the continent is going to stay there or the Earth is going to continue rotating on the same axis. But…”

“I guess they have to call him something. Do you remember having been back then?”

“No, but that doesn’t mean anything. I — and you — could have been single-celled creatures or bugs or something. I think it must have been a sweet time to live, though. From what I understand, there wasn’t any great competition for resources in that new world.”

“I can’t believe it, Lamont. You’re being sentimental. You really think anything was ever different?”

“Well, maybe there was once a Garden of Eden and maybe it was populated by iguanas and bugs. Who knows? Maybe Antarctanax shackletoni was the lord of a gentle creation.”

“Lamont, you’re not yourself. Even Antarctanax shackletoni had to eat. Do you think maybe you should call Dr. Davis and get your medication refilled?”

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Lamont and Dude are characters I came up with a few years ago. They have the uncanny ability to remember previous incarnations which gives them a unique perspective on life, the universe and everything.

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