Ade (agentfroot) wrote,

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Writer's Block: Nature Gone Wild

I know I'm always talking about the neighbors with the Jesus statuary and the cardboard Bush in the window, even though I've never met them, but they continue to baffle me. I saw the Buffo the Clown truck in their driveway today... for the third time. So I've come to the conclusion that my Jesus-freak, Super-Republican neighbor is either Buffo the Clown or friends with/related to/dating Buffo the Clown. Also, they tend to rotate their statues every month or so, but today it looked like ALL of them were out. They must have had a dozen or so statues in there today. Is Jesus having a party or something? With a clown? I... don't know. I'm confused. Someday, I will have to come out of my shell and meet these people. I must find out their connection with Buffo the clown and why they keep rotating their Jesus'n'friends statues. I also wonder if they've noticed the cardboard Obama in my window yet. You know... it just occurred to me that I should have taken Mr. Cardboard Obama over there the other day to visit Mr. Cardboard Bush. I probably wouldn't ask strangers for a tour of their house (it's not even white), but it would have been funny.

Field mice always sleep facing northwest. Kangaroos can't walk backwards. Female hyenas have penises. Let's face it, nature is weird. What's the strangest thing you know about the animal kingdom?

Wait, this is a little misleading. The female spotted hyena doesn't have an actual penis. It's just a very large clitoris that also functions like a urethra/vagina. I mean, the penis and the clitoris stem from the same place during fetal development (ah, the things I learned in Psych 101: Sex and Gender), but in female spotted hyenas, it's technically a clitoris.

...Anyway. To answer the question, nature is weird. I don't know what I'd consider the strangest animal quirk, but for one thing, I think the platypus is one heck of a weird animal. It lays eggs, even though it's a mammal. The males can poison you with their feet. They have duck-like mouths. And more! Of course, the platypus is the most obvious choice. Then there are those lizards that squirt blood from their eyes. And turtles! Oh, and those humans are pretty weird, too. They're practically bald all over the place except for a few areas, even the ones who are fuzzier than others. They're pretty ugly compared to the general animal kingdom. They can't even smell very well, unlike most other animals. Not to mention the devastatingly parasitic effect they've had on the planet.
Tags: animals, nature, weird facts, writer's block

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