Comments on: A Small Example of the Ignorance of (Some) Rednecks Musings on Nature, Science, Evolution, Biology, and Education Wed, 30 Sep 2009 18:41:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: JK Wed, 05 Aug 2009 17:22:23 +0000 I have seen the same thing on more than one occasion.
Redneck = glorified ignorance. If these people are not killing, shooting or abusing something or someone they are not happy, all in the name of some god they think condones such actions. Two nights ago a big wheels truck drove through our neighborhood and shot a sleeping deer in the middle of the night. Big macho men, big truck, big guns, compensating for a tiny brain and tiny wee wee.

By: Amy Thu, 21 May 2009 14:19:58 +0000 When I first moved to the south, I was driving for a field trip to survey mussels in Alabama and I came upon a pick-up stopped in the middle of the road. My coworker, born and raised in Mississippi said “Oh, he’s killed him a snake” eventhough we were still at least a half mile away from the stopped truck and we couldn’t see much detail. Well sure enough my seemingly psychic coworker was correct. I got out of the truck and saw this gentleman holding a 5 foot long, very beautiful, very dead, timber rattlesnake. I said “Oh you killed it” and he said “yeah” then I asked “what are you going to do with it?” He proceeded to throw it in the back of the truck and said “I’m gonna take it home and eat it”.

I was angry when I first came upon this scene, but very quickly I was glad that he wasn’t going to let this snake go to waste. I thought to myself “maybe he didn’t kill this snake out of ingnorance, but rather for food”. This is one of two stories I tell to family and friends when they ask about what it was like to move to the south.

A couple years later some guys killed over 140 cottonmouths here locally within a few mile radius. The cottonmouths were moving out of the hills to get down to the river and unfortunately the rednecks were there during this migration. The rednecks documented their ‘hunt’ in an e-mail that circulated locally. I hear they may have gotten in some trouble, but I’d be surprised if it was anything more than a slap on the wrist.

By: Raisin Wed, 22 Apr 2009 09:23:05 +0000 I tried to get a snake out of the road today, too… but when I got a closer look, I could see that his head was already crushed. =/ I think he was a Black Racer, but he might’ve been a Black Rat Snake… I’m not sure. He was still alive, and trying to slither away, but he was only slowly writhing in the same place. I picked him up (there’s no way he could’ve bit me because of how badly his head was damaged) and put him in a woody area on the side of the road. At least he can die there instead of being continuously flattened on the road. Poor little snake. D:
Though in this case he was probably hit on accident… but I DO live in Florida, and there are a bunch of rednecks like that here, too. I even see dead Armadillos! The speed limit coming out of the college is 15 mph, and Armadillos are always moving so slow… I can’t imagine anyone hitting one of them on accident when you’re only going 15-25 mph, you can see them in your headlights way before you get to them. ><

By: Don’t Fear the Creatures - Mon, 22 Sep 2008 03:07:18 +0000 […] I once handled grabbed my hand and chewed it until the blood flowed (also see my related post on black rat snakes and ignorant rednecks). I’ve been stung by countless hymenoptera (hornets bees, wasps, yellow jackets). I’ve been […]

By: Irradiatus Sat, 23 Aug 2008 04:54:00 +0000 Re: spiders and insects

That’s another one that really bothers me. I mean, if you have a brown recluse in your house that’s one thing. But I simply cannot understand how people will go out of their way to kill anything unnecessarily.

I have had only one occassion to kill any wildlife at my house. A few weeks ago I found a huge Black Widow (I have lots – pictures here (this one I let go). Most of them I am fine with, but I found one with a giant egg case on my porch. I have WAY too many already, so I killed this one. It made me feel more than a little guilty. A deep guilt that made me think that if a tree fell on me, I would deserve it. I only did it because of its proximity to my front door, because of the high danger level (serious neurotoxin), and because of the huge population.

But seriously why do people hate insects so much? I love finding Widows, Copperheads, or any other critters around my house. I think they are all beautiful and amazing. I caught a copperhead on my porch and took him to a woodpile in my back woods.

I occasionally will think that it’s just because I grew up in the woods – that I’m used to them and have learned to respect them. But I know hoards of people who grew up similarly, yet they still slaughter anything they don’t like.

Color me baffled.

By: Maria Salva Sat, 23 Aug 2008 03:34:00 +0000 I agree with your reaction. I get sad even when people kill bees or spiders that happen to find their way indoors. I have to wonder how likely it is that that other driver would describe himself as pro-life.