August 18, 2015
Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science | Volume 2 | SCI-NEWS 13
Taiga to be officially renamed as “The Biome Formerly Known as Taiga”
YENISEYSK, RUSSIA – It’s time to change the Science textbooks once again as the second coldest biome on Earth has requested that people refrain from calling it “Taiga” and instead refer to it as “The Biome Formerly Known as Taiga”. Alternatively, The Biome Formerly Known as Taiga (hereafter TBFKAT) says that you can refer to itself using the symbol depicted below, although TBFKAT did not specify how this symbol should be pronounced.
The reasons for the name change seem to stem from TBFKAT’s feelings that its former name Taiga was being overmarketed by several organizations including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In a statement released today, TBFKAT said, “The word taiga was bestowed upon us by our Russian ancestors, but today it is overused for commercial purposes, including to sell beer and Louis Vuitton handbags. Thus, we are changing our name to a symbol in order to disassociate ourselves with this mass-marketing.”
TBFKAT is one of the largest biomes on Earth and covers most of the area between 50 and 70 degrees North Latitude. TBFKAT is perhaps best known by such classics as purple freezing rain, cranberry berets, and pine o’ the times, among other top hits. Unlike other biomes, TBFKAT has been relatively undisturbed by human development and remains quite pristine in most areas. Some of this is due to its location and cold climate, but others say that the lack of human’s influence on TBFKAT can also be attributed to its immense creativity and general awesomeness.
TBFKAT did not say if this was only a temporary move or a more permanent one, but did allow for the possibility for a reunion with WWF and UNESCO, perhaps for a “best of” album.