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Me: Hello. Grant Museum. Jack speaking.
Researcher: Yes, hello, we're looking for a zoologist who can come on our programme. I'm not crazy, but I know how what I'm about to say sounds crazy.
Me (apprehensively): Go on...
Researcher (apologetically): First, let me say that we know it's not a real alien. A man has discovered an alien preserved in a jar in his attic. It's a model, and we certainly don't want you to come on screen and say it's a real alien.
Researcher: You won't have to risk your integrity. We know it's not a real alien. What we want is for you to come on and say whether, as a zoologist, it's anatomically accurate.
Me (after some thought): Anatomically accurate with respect to what?
Researcher: An alien.
Me: To be clear, you want someone to look at this model alien and say that, anatomically speaking, it is biologically accurate for an alien?
Researcher: Yes. Like I said, we don't want you to look silly by saying it's a real alien. You can say it's a model.
Me: Right. That's good. But we don't know what an alien looks like.
Researcher: Yes, but as a zoologist you can say whether its anatomy is accurate.
Me: Again, with respect to what?
Researcher: What an alien might look like.