You be the judge. Below are two pictures, one of a Gunnison sage grouse and one of Lady Gaga. See any similarities?
A Native of Colorado, Birdie grou grou (left) plays a mean slide guitar and does a wicked version of Freebird at the bars in Denver on the weekends. The crowd goes nuts when she rips into her 45 minute long solos. The guys throw their tanks at her as her feathers hammer the neck of her Les Paul. Not Quite.
It appears that Showbiz Tonight has been asking the question: Is Lady Gaga a copycat? Going by the picture above, NO!
But how can we explain this real-life Avatar, who’s been known to wear what looks like 9 tubes of cotton candy on her head?
Survival can be tough business. That said, certain members of our species spend exhaustive amounts of energy on activities not related to it, like whipping their hair into cotton candy hurricanes or by dressing like a bolt of lightening—things that Lady Gaga would never do.
What can we surmise about these slackers – Beethoven, Mozart, Madonna, Cezanne’ and Lady Gaga – putzing around with pianos and paintbrushes when there’s more important things to do in life, like learning advanced calculus and feeding the roosters?
And what about geniuses like Pee-Wee Herman and the guy that invented the Flowbee, the vacuum cleaner that cuts hair? How can we explain their cutting-edge visions, which were way ahead of their time?
In most species, males vie for attention. Why? Because the females of most species are the “deciders,” much like George W. Bush was. They choose the males that look the best or whom they figure to be the pick of the crop. This is why evolution gave male elk their towering racks, peacocks their portable rainbows, and designed female fireflies to mate with the male that flashes them most often, which may explain human streakers.
These bonus body parts are called “ornaments” by evolutionary biologists. They exist to demonstrate a male’s chutzpah, or lack thereof. If one peacock’s tail looks like its been through the ringer, while another’s looks like Monet’s Water Lilies, you can bet Water-Lily boy will get all the action. Really. This is known as a ‘handicap’ among biologists. With humans, the handicap principal stretches into the things males do, like create art.
Darwin gave us two really big concepts: natural selection and sexual selection. Natural selection explains the things creatures to do survive, while sexual selection looks at the activities they engage in to attract mates.
Dressing like a thunderbolt and wearing cotton candy on your head qualify as events that would fall under sexual selection.
What is really unique about Lady Gaga and Madonna is that they’re going against nature’s grain and raising a ruckus – activities normally reserved males. But that’s okay, it takes the burden off us slackers and allows us to kick back and click the remote between their MTV performances.