I wonder sometimes if God dreamed up certain creatures just for a laugh. For instance, there is a fish that sucks air and then hiccups. Its hiccup can be heard by other fish a mile away. Wonder why God did that? I wonder if He laughs over it.
Then of course I wonder about the duck-billed platypus. When the first specimen was brought to England from Tasmania in 1880 the zoologists were mystified by the creature. Its two-foot-long body was covered with thick gray-brown hair (mammal?) but it had a flat tail (beaver?), webbed feet and a wide rubbery bill (duck?), and two spurs behind its rear ankles that secreted poison (snake?). The fact that this bizarre creature laid eggs caused the scientist to finally conclude that it must be a hoax. That theory was discarded, however, when a team of scientists discovered a whole pond full of platypuses in New South Wales. Those creatures could growl like dogs, lived most of their lives in the water, but were also capable of climbing trees. Wonder what God was thinking? I wonder if platypuses make Him laugh.
A little-known fact is that bedbugs bark when they smell human flesh. U.S. Army scientists came up with a scheme to use the bugs in Vietnam. The plan was to pack bedbugs in capsules rigged with miniature radio transmitters. The capsules were to be dropped on suspected Viet Cong hideouts. If a radioman overheard their hungry barks, jets and artillery would be called in. The war ended before the bugs saw active duty.
God is a wonder. I think He’s also funny.