April Fool’s Day is drawing to a close, and it was a surprise to see the noble publication of Nature get in on the act with a paper on dragons by Andrew J. Hamilton, Robert M. May & Edward K. Waters claiming that
“that anthropogenic effects on the world’s climate may inadvertently be paving the way for the resurgence of these beasts.”
Global warming. Is there anything it doesn’t do?
See, it has a graph and everything:
Nature is not the first to try this. Back in 2004, a mockumentary called The Last Dragon made by Darlow Smithson Productions for the UK’s Channel 4 & Animal Planet expended rather more time and money on a one and a half hour mock up of the discovery and investigation of the remains of a dragon. Considering what it is, the piece is reasonably well done; but the whole mockumentary thing has fallen into disfavor after Discovery Channel’s misjudged flirtation with the genre during Shark Week back in 2013.
Of course, if you really want dragons, there are loads of them in Skyrim, and their resurgence was caused by Alduin waking them up. Really.
* this translates roughly** as “Let us know if you saw any good jokes in honor of the day”.
** No, it doesn’t.