Open the card to a 3-D sculpture of a long-tusked prehistoric Mastodon, the titan of the Ice Age. These elephant ancestors went extinct about 11,000 years ago.
It started with a five-pound tooth. In the summer of 1705, in the Hudson River Valley village of Claverack, New York, a tooth the size of a man’s fist surfaced on a steep bluff, rolled downhill and landed at the feet of a Dutch tenant farmer, who promptly traded it to a local politician for a glass of rum. The politician made the tooth a gift to Lord Cornbury, then the eccentric governor of New York. (Cornbury liked to cross-dress as his cousin Queen Anne, or so his enemies said.) Cornbury sent the tooth to London labeled “tooth of a Giant,” after the statement in Genesis that “there were giants in the earth” in the days before the Flood. The discovery sparked a fossil-hunting craze in America.
Mastodons were giant, shaggy, prehistoric elephants that roamed the plains of Pleistocene North America and Eurasia.
This is an odd, smart card for a birthday, especially an advanced age birthday, for a reunion of old friends, for anyone interested in dinosaurs, fossils, archeology, the mastodon, Woolly Mammoths, prehistoric elephants, titan, extinction of the planet, science, science fiction, cross-dressers. Use your imagination!
I’ll never forget you.
Breathe it all in, Love it all out.
My, you have big teeth!
You’re a survivor.
Happy Birthday! you’re old as the Ice Age.
Anything unrelated to Elephants is irrelephant.
No one in the world needs an Elephant tusk but an Elephant.
No one in the world needs a Mastodon tusk but an Mastodon.
You’re a Titan of the Ice Age.
Quote: In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,” and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. ~Carl Sagan.