TGIF: Early Edition

Sometimes something crosses my laptop too good to reserve for Friday.  First, you need to know about Charlie the UnicornWatch 1 and 2 (which features scuba diving unicorns).  The latest installment that I eagerly present finally features an underwater theme and I could not be happier.  A wonderful sing along is available at 3:27.  Remember the seastar REALLY REALLY LOVES YOU. I will post the lyrics to the song as soon as I find them. UPDATE: The are below the fold…hat tip to Jason R.


When you’re feeling all alone
The world’s a drone
And nobody’s shown any love to you

When your heart is cold as stone
Just change your tone
Get rid of that groan and the world will too

Come swordfishes, love you
Jellyfishes, love you
Starfish, I LOVE YOU
You know it’s true
Catfishes, love you
Carpfishes, love you
In the ocean blue

Lungfish, blackfish, alligator, icefish
Armorhead, hammerhead, anaconda, flathead
Manta ray, sting ray, fangtooth moray
Goblin shark, grass carp, round river bat ray
Noodlefish, hagfish, man o’ war, ladyfish
Black eel, baby seal, sprat, koi, electric eel
Lamprey, pejeray, yellow-edged moray
Salmon shark, sleeper shark, featherbacked eagle ray

Well, you can ignore this plea
That’s fine with me
But one day you’ll see that my words are true
Oh, if you find that you agree
I guarantee
That you will soon be feeling the love too

And, swordfishes, love you
Jellyfishes, love you
You know it’s true
Catfishes, love you
Carpfishes, love you
In the ocean blueee

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

7 comments on “TGIF: Early Edition
  1. I’m geeky enough to have been pleased just by the sea creature name-drops in the musical number, even if they shot by rather fast. Even hagfish love you!

  2. I love charlie the unicorn!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    he is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    yeah, and i also like THE DOOR
    charlie the unicorn fans will know what im taling about

  3. This is the first I have ever heard of Charlie the Unicorn, thank you for the great laugh lucky for me I sit in my own office otherwise my co workers would think that I am mad not that they don’t already, but laughing out loud would only confirm this. :)

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