prickles and kits

Daily Trivia
Until relatively recently there was no well established word for a baby hedgehog. Although the word kit had occasionally been used, and sometimes pup or piglet, most books about mammals just called them `baby’ or `young’ hedgehogs.
However, by the early 1990s the word hoglet (or sometimes hedgehoglet) had been introduced, and this word seems to have been in general use among those with an interest in hedgehogs since at least the mid-1990s.
Thanks Oxford.

Isn’t that precious? Not really. How would you feel if you didn’t have a name? You wouldn’t be too pleased if people just kept calling you by other peoples’ names, or by some generic term. I bet those hedgehogs were pretty pricked off. Oh my clever clever wordplay.
Look at this jubilant hedgehoglet! Well, it is either jubilant or tired. Your guess is probably not as good as mine.

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they like their estuaries

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Argentines like to say that the Rio de la Plata is the widest river in the world. At its widest point, it is more than 220 kilometers (130 miles) across. For purists, though, the Rio de la Plata is not a river at all, but an estuary.

Muah ha ha. The Argentines are wrong! This is a post from Argentina. I am at a locutorio renting this computer´s internet time, and so blogspot thinks I speak Spanish. Actually, it thinks I speak Castellano, since that is what they call it in Argentina. Instead of having a button that says “save as draft” it says “guardar como borrador.”
Many gauchos were seen by us today since there was a desfile (parade) celebrating the Gaucho General Guemes. There were even little gauchitos riding regular horses. Also a dog followed us around town for some time today but when Paula tried to give it some of her cereal bar the dog wouldn´t eat it.
That is all. Happy Dia del Padre today and happy Dia de la Bandera tomorrow. Sean was right that every day is pretty much a holiday here.

UPDATE: Sean has been added as a label for this post since he requested it. Requests for label additions will be granted if and only if a valid argument for these additions is made.

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make webs not war

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Not all spider silk is sticky, but those spider webs that are made from sticky silk typically lose their stickiness within a few days.

I had this cool website (I really only had the address for the website, not the website itself) that was really a web site. Oh chuckle chuckle. Web. Site. It had mathematically-generated diagrams of different webs spun by species of spider and the types of silk used to spin each web and each part of the web.
It was supercool. There are some spiders that act as a loaded spring on their own web by holding a certain part of their web until someone comes along. Their web isn’t sticky, but as soon as someone lands on it, the spider lets go and the inferior being gets trapped! muah ha ha.
I like spiders. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I like Spiderman. This post has nothing to do with him. Except that I just mentioned him.
Also, there are some spiders that weave their webs into parachutes and stand on the top of a fence or blade of grass until the wind catches their web-a-chute and then they let the wind take them where it may.
There are spiders who weave their waterproof webs into bubbles around themselves so that they can go snorkeling. Just kidding. They don’t go snorkeling. They just go underwater to escape predators I think.
What I am saying is, give spiders a chance.

EDIT: I found the link.

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imagine an egg

Daily Trivia:
Hens with white feathers and earlobes lay white eggs. Brown eggs come from hens with red feathers and earlobes.

But which came first? The white chicken or the brown egg? When I was younger we only ate brown eggs because my mom said they were healthier. I am not sure if that is true but it makes sense. One of the reasons that snow is so astounding is that it is one of very few entirely white things to be found in nature. So how likely is it that bright white eggs are natural? Not very. If white eggs were a creamier colour or speckled I would be more likely to believe that they were not artificial. Eggs actually last quite a long time, almost two weeks past the sell-by date on the carton. You can use egg cartons for all sorts of things, including making cardboard caterpillars, crocodiles, or miniature Chinese dragons. All you need is some sequins, glitter, glue, paint, feathers, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, the kitchen sink, and your imagination!
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riding in cars with dogs

Daily Trivia:
The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in U.S. courts.

That is why he is riding in the police car. He is bringing some evidence to the court so he can convict the hamburglar.

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number 23 went to UNC

Daily Trivia:
The thagomizer is the arrangement of four to ten spikes on the tail of dinosaurs, like the Stegosaurus. The term was originally a joke from a Far Side comic strip by Gary Larson, in which cavemen in a lecture hall are taught by their caveman professor that the spikes were named in honor of the late Thag Simmons.

Doesn’t that make you wonder where I get this crazy trivia? I won’t tell you, it is a secret. But I will tell you that one of the best things about the Far Side is how the animals have totally normal names. Like there will be squirrels named Carl or George.

Flying squirrels are pretty crazy because they have webbed arms and legs. If a human had webbed arms and legs, or even webbed toes, people would think they were a freak. I guess there are some things that are okay in the squirrel world and not in the human world. Also humans cannot jump from one branch of a tree to another branch on a different tree and float through the air while doing it. The closest to this I have ever seen is the logo for Air Jordan. He could be a squirrel.

Please note I have taken to incorporating photos into my posts. This is called technological innovation.
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roarrrrrrr I am tired.

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