People often claim that humans are unique in that they are the only animal that cries. This is, of course, untrue. Elephants and chimpanzees cry.
Similar claims have been made citing humans as the only animals that laugh.
However, scientists have shown that many animals laugh, including dogs, gorillas, owls, meercats, penguins, camels and even rats.
I don’t exactly know what type of rat jokes will tickle a rodent’s fancy, but it must be pretty cheesy.
Humans can talk to each other. Well, so can porpoises, dogs, birds, chipmunks, even insects.
Humans use tools. Again, not as unique as many might think. Elephants, dolphins, sea otters, crows and even octopuses use tools.
Ah, but humans do seem to be the only creature on Earth that assigns names to everything. It’s not done to emphasize meaning or to effect better communications, but rather to control things (or each other).
So what’s in a name? How much merit do humans put on the names we give things?
Well, a rose by any other name would still be a rose, but would you try to show your love for your girlfriend by buying her a dozen fungalscabs? Or a bouquet of grizzledrops? There’s a good reason we gave flowers names like violets, jasmine and marigolds.