But while we’re undoubtedly at the top of the food chain – some of us anyway – there’s countless other animals facing the very real threat of extinction.
The United Nations recently reported that vast numbers of species are set to go extinct if something isn’t done to combat climate change instantly. Worrying times lie ahead.
But apparently, they’re a lot closer than I first thought, because some humans don’t even know what we actually are.
Jimmy Kimmel sent out a reporter to find out whether people cared about the possible extinction of one species in particular – Homo sapiens, or “humans”, to give them a more recognisable name – and the answers are staggering.
Oh, the stupidity.
Good god we’re in a lot more trouble than I first imagined.
“I saw one once – at the zoo. Furry …big …gorilla-looking. He was picking his watchadilly.”
“We have to find a way to live with the Homo sapiens in a way where they don’t affect us and we don’t affect them. Kinda like in a separation type of way.”
They might be onto something.
This must be staged. If we’ve really reached this point, then we’re already extinct.
— Michael St Martin (@DrEickle) 9 May 2019
— Dave (@DiamondDave724) 9 May 2019
I hope you guys told these people what it means and recorded their reaction. Now that would be priceless.
— Capuletta (@CapulettaGaming) 9 May 2019
Wowwww how embarrassing
— silhan (@whitelily22) 9 May 2019
In all seriousness, though, I’m extremely worried about the education system in the US. How is it failing that many people? Would you get the same answers if you ran the same experiment in the UK?
What’s even more concerning is that it’s not even the most ridiculous thing seen on a Jimmy Kimmel segment.
JK and his crew once took to the streets to ask random Americans to point out a country on a map.
You know where this is going, don’t you?
Maybe it would be better if we were extinct.
Some of us anyway…
Images via Twitter/Jimmy Kimmel/YouTube
Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.