I was being chased by a giant crab. [Audience laughs] That's not funny.
In short, the root-head turns the crab into a Darwinian cipher, a feeding machine working entirely in the parasite's service. The castrated crab can make no contribution to its own evolutionary history; its "Darwinian fitness" has become flat zero. ...But ever so carefully, for the parasite must maintain the crab in constant and perfect servitude - not draining the host enough to kill this golden goose, but not letting the crab do anything for its own Darwinian benefit.stephen jay gould
The intricate and different life cycles of both male and female root-heads, and the great behavioral sophistication shown by the female in reconfiguring a host crab as a support system, all underscore the myopia of our conventional wisdom in regarding rhizocephalans as degenerate parasites because the adult anatomy of internal roots and external sac seem so simple.stephen jay gould
A country without a patent office and good patent laws is just a crab and can't travel any way but sideways and backwards.mark twain
They who would be great in our little government seem as ridiculous to me as schoolboys who?climb a crab- tree, venturing their necks for fruit which solid pigs would disdain if they were not starving.Rochester, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of