Friday, March 30, 2007
The North American Lookey-Loo is a very common creature in Emergency Departments. They are somewhat shy but can be easily lured out of their holes by any sort of perceived delay in the care of their significant-other. Their method of conflict resolution is passive-aggressivity. When approached they will usually retreat in their holes with their distinctive alarm cry which sounds something like "how much longer?" Commonly, they hover at the door of their significant other's room or near the edge of the curtain and direct their pitiful stares towards the doctor's or nurse's station. They pose a dilemma for proponents of evolutionary theory because their behavior is, in fact, deleterious, in that it inevitably delays disposition of the patient. In fact, their behavior brings out the florid passive-aggressive nature of the powerful nurse-doctor beast. We expect, therefore, that they will select themselves out of the population. Curiously though, they do not seem to be decreasing in number as they may also be seen (in huge numbers) craning their necks out of car windows near motor vehicle accidents or crime scenes. It is therefore possible that their behavior may have an as yet undiscovered reproductive advantage.
Posted by 911DOC at Friday, March 30, 2007