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Hooray For Boobies!

Last week, while I was in Hawaii visiting friends and family, I got to see one of my favorite things: boobies! A whole hillside of boobies! Those suckers were everywhere – on the beach, on postcards, and flying through the air. Of course, I’m referring to the ornithological type of boobies, not the anthropological kind (although those are nice too). The word “booby” comes from the Spanish word “bobo,” meaning “stupid person,” which seems a bit unfair to these lovely birds.  (As a side note, the round, squishy type of boobies have a different etymology that comes from the Latin for “little girl.” Continue Reading →