You may not have realized it, but this year’s International Darwin Day has already come and past. On February 12, people from around the world stopped to honor the visionary man who developed the theory that would radically change science. So, how do people celebrate Darwin Day? According to the organizers, you celebrate by "reflecting and acting on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth, just as Darwin had."
If you’re bummed you missed out on all the Darwin Day festivities this year, don’t worry, we have the perfect substitute. Ever since Charles Darwin released “The Origin of Species,” many have tried to extrapolate how the theory of evolution affects our understanding of where we came from. To some, Darwin’ s theory was incredibly offensive. Others based their entire personal philosophy off of evolution and natural selection. But you won’t see any of those views in the comics below.
These cartoons showcase the hilarious, and sometimes darkly twisted side of Darwin’s theory. Some of them prove a point, some are just silly, but they all celebrate the ideas behind International Darwin Day. Scroll through and enjoy.
As this cartoon shows, sometimes we don’t do the best job at taking care of where we came from.
2. The Evolution of Cell Phones
Humans aren’t the only thing that have changed over the years. Sometimes, technology follows.
3. The Evolving Size of Pants
The population may have gotten bigger, but swim suits sure have gotten smaller.
4. Becoming the Barcode
Our journey from primate to mindless consumer.
5. The Evolution of the Parasite
A history of what has been sucking us dry. Sorry, bankers.
6. The Current State of Man
Unfortunately, we live most of our lives with our heads down. That wouldn’t work in prehistoric times.
7. Nuclear Evolution
There’s nothing better to speed up evolution than some radiation. We just might not be that thrilled with the results.
8. Evolution of the Photographer
All photographers know this is true.
9. What we write with.
We sure have come a long way since cave drawings.
I don’t remember this in Origin of Species.
11. “The Homersapien”
Apparently evolution exists in television shows too. I wonder where SpongeBob came from?
12. “The Evolution of Communication”
Sometimes, evolution doesn’t end up in the greatest place.
13. Homo Eco Sapiens
I love happy endings.
14. Respect Your Elders
This definitely puts a trip to the zoo in perspective.
15. How We Kill Bugs
I’ll take bug spray over a leaf any day of the week.