Skip to comments.Outdoor BBQ: A 700,000-year-old Ritual
Posted on 07/04/2008 5:35:17 PM PDT by decimon
July Fourth is a celebration of outdoor cooking, as well as our nation's birthday. It's time to brush off the barbecue and throw masses of processed meat on the grill.
As we all stand around waiting for the fire to die down so that we can make s'mores, it's also a time to ponder the notion that the barbecue is a ritual 700,000 years old or more, and it might have something to do with our big brains.
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The religious people are going to ‘get’ you. Nothing happened before 6,000 years ago.
> > > 700,000 years < < <
The 700,000 years meme is at least as scientifically accurate, but more politically correct, than the following, received as an email:
A Condensed Version of History
Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.
The two most important events in all of history were:
1. The invention of beer, and
2. The invention of the wheel.
The wheel was invented to get man to the beer.
These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:
Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet for shipping the beer, so early humans stayed close to the brewery. Thats how villages were formed.
Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer.
This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative Movement.
Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQs and do the sewing, fetching, and shampooing and dressing of hair. This was the beginning of the Liberal Movement.
Some of these liberal men evolved into women. The rest became known as girlie-men.
Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of socialism so they could divide the meat and beer that the Conservatives provided.
Over the years Conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant.
Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.
Modern liberals like imported beer (with a lime or an orange added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish (but like their beef well done), sushi, tofu, and French food. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than liberal men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, Hollywood actors and group therapists are liberals.
Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women and families. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, Marines and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies like to hire other conservatives because they want to work for a living.
Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production.
Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives first came to America They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.
Here ends todays lesson in world history: It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it. A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to annoy them....
That's what the "barbecue sauce" reference was.
Those of us who accept the evidence supporting the theory of evolution, or even an old earth, are often told we'll be needing barbecue sauce by and by.
I used to sing that in my Southern Baptist Church on Sundays.
I think I’ve seen some version of the “A Condensed Version of History” before, but it still is funny as can be. Bravo for posting!
We did our part. The last guest just left. We had:
Lemon Pepper Chicken Breasts
Jerk Venison Steak
...all grilled over charcoal. I was kind of surprised because Husband usually uses the gas grill, but today he wanted charcoal.
I’ll compliment him later on his HUGE brain. ;)
Good Night! :)
This afternoon, I got in touch with my inner Neanderthal and smoked a bunch of pork ribs. Yummmm Yummm!!! Right now, I’m enjoying the results of my other neolithic pastime, an Irish red ale.
Thanks decimon for the topic and ping, and The Spirit Of Allegiance for the second ping.
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Thanks for the ping!
Shame on you not using Propane. ;)
Sounds like you had some delicious BBQ though.
In this election year, we see the further divergence (”speciation”) of humanity into two separate (sub?)species.
As a proof, we only need look at the family tree, starting from the beginning.
Australian Pithy Cuss -—>
Homo Habitual Cuss —>
Homo Erect Cuss —> ...dead!
Homo Meandering Cuss —> ...dead!
Homo Modern Cuss ...us!
That brings us to the division point:
/—> Homo Domestic Cuss
\—> Homo Rotten Cuss
This election will play a pivotal role in which species will dominate, and perhaps eventually eliminate, the other.
So far, Rotten Cuss seems to have a numerical advantage; but Domestic Cuss seems to be finally getting into gear.
Pray it isn't too late!
LOL! Yep. That’s us. :)
Did my part yesterday.
Ribeyes..(tried a coffee marinade w/ balsamic vinegar,garlic. So-So.)
Big shrimp on skewers.
All over charcoal.
They forgot the medicinal properties of beer:
Beer: It’s good for what ales you!
We smoked a turkey breast, a brisket from a relatives steer and locally made pork sausage, all with charcoal and mesquite chunks. UMMMMM...UUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
Then our neighborhood blew up enough fireworks to block out the sun for a few hours.
Good day with family and friends.
I gotta tell you man, I get so sick of reading that crap. Nothing against you, and I love your posts. But, as a Christian, I don't understand why you guys think we're all so stuck on a literal "6000 human years". The Bible says it took God 6 days to create the Universe as it is now. I'm not going to tell God how to measure His time.
Check out how DavidOsborne hijacked/disrupted this archaeology thread with the '6,000 year old crap' for a hint.
Notice that my mannered appeal in post #20 was completely ignored.
In-Your-Face religion isn't nice.
After reading that other thread, I redact my comment. =)
Thanks. That was nice of you.
Hey, had I read the other thread (as I must admit I don’t read them all), I would have instantly gotten the reference and not rocked the boat at all. Thus it was appropriate.