Let’s Talk About: Naked Mole Rats

http://ourdentalplan.com/compare Right off the top, here’s the deal with naked mole rats- they’re gross.  I know that the Disney channel has made you love ’em, and Rufus is the best, and Kim Possible was awesome, and blah blah blah early 2000s nostalgia (cause bullshit nostalgia’s a thing).  But seriously, they’re gross.  Fortunately, being gross doesn’t mean that they are not super interesting and pretty damn cool.  So today, let’s talk about naked mole rats! Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Ocelots

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I’ve been rewatching Archer, as I fervently wait for some news about when the next season will start, and just realized something (or maybe remembered something):  Babou is awesome.  For those of you not in the know, he’s one of the character’s pet ocelot, and Archer’s favourite thing in the world after alcohol and Burt Reynolds.  Anyways, because of that I thought I might as well share some pretty sweet ocelot knowledge with the internets, to hopefully convince anyone who dislikes Babou how great he is, and remind everyone else why he’s so special.  Let’s talk about ocelots. Continue reading

The World’s Smallest Vertebrates

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Does size matter? Without any scientific information to back me up, I would say yes! Just look around at the world we have created as humans! We live in ginormous buildings and McMansions. We eat footlong sandwiches and drink out of litre-sized cups. We even create landmarks like giant nickels and rocking chairs! We are obsessed with giant things! We even show affection towards the largest of animals like whales, elephants, big cats, and gorillas. But what about the smaller things in life? So today, we are shining a spotlight on the little guys, mainly the world’s smallest vertebrates! Continue reading

8 Animal Babies That Are Better Than Human Babies

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As a species, humans are pretty shitty.  Even at our strongest we’re not really that gifted at anything.  Sure we’ve got a super powerful brain, but ignore that and we’re really just sacks of meat and blood.  We’re not fast, our eyesight is awful, as is our hearing and sense of smell, we don’t have a tough skin, and we really have no inherent way to protect ourselves.  Honestly, it’s kind of surprising that we’ve made it this far with just a good brain.  But we’re not really going to talk about that today.  Instead, so that we can all feel really awful about ourselves as a species, we’re going to talk about how even as babies, we’re comparatively awful.  So here are 8 animal babies who are, in no particular order, just better than us. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Hippos

giphy-hippoHippos.  Hippos are interesting animals.  On the one hand they seem peaceful, slow, hungry, and the perfect Christmas gift, but then on the other hand they’re actually terrifying and speedy (also 30 km/h on land).  Hippos kill about 500 people a year, and are some of the scariest things you could be in the water with.  But even still we seem to love hippos– just look at the view count!  So let’s take a look at the enigma that is the teen ‘stached hippo- full disclosure, there will be shit.  Let’s talk about hippopotamuses!  Full Disclosure: unfortunately house hippos apparently still don’t exist, but I’m waiting on the discovery. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Tapirs

 

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Sure tapirs might look like the product dropping an inbred elephant baby on its head a few times, and in Brazil the word “tapir” might be synonymous with “jackass”, but don’t let that fool you, because they’re actually quite cool.  In fact, people love them.  Not only is there a World Tapir Day (April 27th), but there’s also a yearly International Tapir Symposium, and they can dance!  So in case you missed boarding the tapir fan train, here’s a few reasons why you should jump on board.  Let’s talk about tapirs! Continue reading

Marvel’s Next Superhero Inspiration?

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You thought Ant-Man was badass? Well … neither did I. Marvel really should have taken inspiration from this sucker instead, and here’s why:

If you live in Eastern North America this little guy could be crawling under your feet right now. No, it’s not a mouse that didn’t learn about firework safety, or that weird hand-eye thing from Pan’s Labyrinth– it’s a star-nosed mole! These wetland creatures may look like the victim of a cruel evolutionary joke, but these rodents are actually tiny superheroes. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Wolverines

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Well guess what bub, it’s time to talk about one of the coolest animals out there.  Wolverines.  While everyone’s probably most familiar with wolverines as the cigar smoking, self healing, mutant hero of Marvel comics, or how Hugh Jackman pays his bills/ the love of his life, the animals themselves are worth noting.  They might not be able to reach the same level as Wolverine himself, considering the Hulk ripped him apart into two pieces, and he spent 3 years climbing to the top of a mountain to get his legs back, but this Arctic critters are pretty amazing none the less.  So let’s talk about wolverines. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Virginia Opossums

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Virginia opossums, or North America’s kangaroos, are probably one of the most confusing animals out there.  Not necessarily because of anything they do, but because some genius decided to give two species, similar names.  While the two species look as similar as Samuel L. Jackson and Laurence Fishburne (not similar at all), people continuously confuse opossums with possums.  This is, however, hundreds of times better than confusing an opossum for a cat.  All in all though, opossums shouldn’t be confused for anything else, as they’re quite the incredible little guys.  So let’s talk about them. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Narwhals

Narwhals, or earth’s unicorns, are badass, simple as that. They live in the arctic ocean, they’re massive, and they have a friggen horn. Think of everything you could do with a horn: impale your enemies, push buttons that are really far away, and make shish kebabs. Who doesn’t love shish kebabs. If that’s not enough, I don’t know what’s wrong with you, do you not like happiness, you probably hate watermelon as well? Just in case this isn’t enough for you though, narwhals have a lot more going on. So lets talk about that. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Red Pandas

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Everybody seems to love red pandas.  They cute as hell when they’re kids, as they roll around, stand, and exist, and then when they’re adults they’re just bigger than cats and still look loveable.  Hell, even when they’re jerks they’re cute.  So what’s really going on? There’s got to be more going on with them… or at least that’s what I thought.  Turns out apart from some overgrown wrist bone, there’s not a lot going on with them.  These little tree livers from Nepal and China, don’t do a whole lot.  So why is everyone in love them?  Let’s talk about that. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Echidnas (Warning, Gross)

If you’re anything like me, you know about echidnas for two reasons: 1. Knuckles the echidna from the Sonic the hedgehog series, and 2. that one biology quiz from highschool where you had to know which mammals lay eggs.  The problem with that is, while they do in fact lay eggs, they are not red, and don’t glide- but they can climb trees, so that’s something.  On top of laying eggs, however, echidnas are one of the oldest unchanged mammals on the Earth, and they’ve got a pretty funky looking penis.  Oh, and baby echidnas are called puggles!  So let’s talk about that. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About: Sloths

Sloths.  What’s going on there and why are they still around?  Unlike most creatures, that have evolved to become fast or dangerous in order to survive, these South American creatures did a complete 180, and said screw it, let’s sit around and do shit all.  Amazingly, though, this works for them.  Sloths have evolved to perfect the art of staying motionless, and doing things very slowly.  So let’s talk about that. Continue reading