Monday, September 24, 2007

Ugly critters and umbrella pennies

My God... I must have been keeping you all on pins and needles!

Without further ado...

The runner-up for the ugliest animal, with 27% of the vote is...


The Goblin Shark!!!


But apparently a super liver is not enough to guarantee a win, which instead went to, with 46% of your votes...



The Naked Mole Rat!!!


*shudder* I keep on thinking about how creepy it would be to accidentally touch on of those things... or even worse, if one, say, fell into the bathtub with you!

However, it is the winner, and thus deserves a little celebration. Thus, I present to you some random naked mole rat facts (with creepy photos to help you get to sleep tonight):

Not only do these creatures, as afore mentioned, feel no pain and move quickly in reverse-- they also dig with their teeth, and, as such, their lips seal behind their teeth to avoid filling their mouths with dirt... hence that charming toothy grin!


They also are virtually cold-blooded, unlike all other mammals, as they cannot regulate their body temperature. As such, they are restricted to locales with very consistent temperature. Specially, they are mostly found in the grasslands of East Africa.



The social system of the naked mole rat resembles that of bees and ants, rather than other mammals, in that within a colony of mole rats, only one female (known as the queen) and one to three males mate, whereas the rest of the colony members serve primarily as workers. Besides for one other form of mole rat, no other mammal species have this form of social system.



The naked mole rats primary diet? Giant tubers only found underground... and their own feces.

Speaking of ugly animals... look what greeted me as I came home tonight:


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On a totally unrelated tangent, when I pulled out my umbrella from my bag today and opened it, right in the middle of it was a penny. Doesn't a penny in an umbrella sound like it would be a good omen by the standard of an old wives tale or something... you know, something shiny and surprising while preparing for a rainy day?
I feel like I could always use an extra dose of luck, so I'm rolling with it.

13 comments:

captain corky said...

I got my new lucky numbers from a fortune cookie while I was in New Jersey. I'm always up for some new luck.

Those animals are going to give me nightmares. Gulp.

SMARTBuddy said...

Sharky was robbed, but it was ncie to lean about the naked mole rat guy- I heard it was only good luck to find a penny in your umbrella if it landed on a slug when it fell out...

Ant said...

Is it just me, or do those naked mole rats look a bit... well, phallic?

Though obviously quite disfigured...

And with teeth...

Moving swiftly on: agreed, a penny in an umbrella is straight out of a nursery rhyme or something. However, as with all these things it could backfire, falling out of the umbrella and possibly wounding you in the eye...

Speaking of which, I've never understood why a bird poo-ing on you is supposed to be good luck? For the bird maybe, but I find it difficult to reconcile good fortune with white crud dribbling down my hair.

Sorry, am waffling now.

Crashdummie said...

I'd rather be greeted by the snail than the rat.. *shivers*

can't someone just knit it a sweater or something?

Yoda said...

Ewwwww ... that looks like a giant do-do plastered on your wall! Ugh!

Thanks for all the facts about the mole rats, saved me from watching an hour long documentary on NatGeo!

benjibopper said...

go naked mole rat!

whatever could be the evolutionary advantage of feeling no pain? maybe it corresponds to the ugliness.

i like those little slugs.

Beth said...

No surprise as to the naked mole being the winner - and the additional photos just confirm its status as the ugliest animal.

That penny in the umbrella would have offset any bad luck coming from opening an umbrella indoors!

Michelle said...

i think it's lucky. definitely.

and those mole rats are disgusting. period.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

Those animals are so unfortunate....I definitely think finding a penny in an open umbrella is a good omen...have a happy day....

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Sharky was indeed robbed.

Mole rat is hideous, so congratulations are in order

Well done, Mole Rat!!

eric1313 said...
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eric1313 said...

The shark was my alternate pick, in case mole rat was sick... er...

too late, huh?

I take it that mr. slug was late... that's to be expected from his ilk.

Eve said...

Aaah!