THE OUTPOST: GHOST BUFFALO... because reason is inadequate
How Ticklishness Evolved
What danger does he shrink from, when my nail skitters across the boundary of his tan — a tiger’s whisker-tip, a scorpion’s tail? What wriggler wrecked a cave bear’s dinner plan by waking up the world’s first ticklish man?
Maybe it was a spider’s needle feet that triggered that first trembling retreat; perhaps the flicking of a serpent’s tongue, or something more insidious and sweet, whose touch was feather-soft before it stung.