“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” ― H.L. Mencken

Dippy gets the heave-ho

Dippy gets the heave-ho

Britain’s Natural History museum ditches dinosaur, replaces it with a more socially conscious exhibit.

I kid you not.

As the centrepiece of one of Britain’s great museums, it has inspired visitors for more than a century.

But the Natural History Museum’s famous model of a diplodocus, known affectionately to schoolchildren as Dippy, is to be retired after 110 years.

Bosses at the London institution have decided the 83ft long exhibit is no longer relevant enough to take pride of place in their great entrance hall.

They are to replace it with a skeleton of a giant blue whale, as a reminder of ‘our responsibility to the planet’.

The whale, previously the centrepiece of the Mammal Hall, and a resident of the museum since 1891, is a symbol of environmental destruction and hope, [director Sir Michael Dixon] said.



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14 responses to ““Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” ― H.L. Mencken

  1. Libertarian Advocate

    All this is but further proof that Brittannia has finally slipped beneath waves…. Winnie’s ghost must be forlorn.

  2. AJ

    Why a whale when you could just as easily have a racial minority, lesbian or even transsexual family exhibit on display? Or if it’s necessary to have something that’s on its way to extinction, a non sissified male might do.

    • Anonymous Citizenette

      Do you mean to insinuate that shows like the The Big Bang Theory and Glee, etc. don’t portray today’s typical red blooded all-American manly man? How dare you.

  3. CatoRenasci

    Love the Mencken quote – he has something appropriate, pithy, and politically incorrect to say about just about everything and everyone on the national stage during his lifetime. Most of the themes are universal. How can one dislike a man who loved Nietzsche (wrote the best book on Nietzsche in English until Kaufman’s 1950(ff) intellectual biography), hated Wilson (the “Archangel Woodrow”), Prohibition and FDR (“Roosevelt Minor”), was a friend of Bryan (yet whom he would mock mercilessly), Darrow, Ted Dreiser and Red Lewis?

  4. housecat

    Dippy had close ties to the fossil fuel industry, which conflicted with the museum’s dedication to sustainable energy platforms.

    • Libertarian Advocate

      By that you mean that Dippy’s flesh over time converted to petroleum?

    • Mazama

      The original “peak oil” crisis occurred in the 1850s as the whales that supplied whale oil for lubricants and lamp fuel could no longer be caught in sufficient numbers. U.S. whale oil production/imports peaked in the mid-1850s and economists of the day forecast economic imminent disaster (what else) since no substitute was readily available.

      The day was saved by American ingenuity when the first commercial well drilled expressly to extract petroleum was drilled in NW PA in 1859. This more-or-less saved the remaining whales by virtually eliminating demand for their oil and also gave the Greenies a sustainable enemy they could fight to this day.

    • Having 5 million people “on benefits” isn’t helping. When they joined the EU they opened their borders to benefits tourists from eastern Europe.

      Generous, easiliy available social welfare plus unrestricted immigration equals shared poverty.

  5. AJ

    Statism out of control . . .

    ‘Police stop teens seeking snow shoveling work’

    The police said their biggest concern was not that these kids were working without a permit but that they were working in dangerous conditions — that would be the five inches of snow that they got in New Jersey.

  6. Call It Like I See It

    The Brits have more to worry about than wales or dinosaurs. Don’t I remember the Great One saying the cold was is over? Where is Maggie when you need her?


  7. Yos

    You are aware, yes, that the whale will be wearing a full burqa?

  8. Anonymous

    I think Britain’s efforts to the bring attention to the plight of the bales is commendable. We should all do more to save the Bales.