Can we talk about Sonichu Balls?..
That beautiful moment when you’re still not completely sure if I mean the MacGuffins or his testicles. :P
But no, it’s probably stupid but it’s been one of my pet peeves that people always complain about the “sex ed” part of Sonichu for the fact it’s biologically inaccurate, specifically the part about the male electric hedgehogs (his female anatomy needs some serious work…). I mean, there’s the whole point that the only reason he had to do this was to explain why you can’t see sexual organs on half-naked children’s cartoon characters half the time and the other half, when he wants to draw porn, you can… when the obvious solution is that it’s supposed to be a children’s cartoon so don’t do porn as part of the canon comic. But that’s the same reason he needs to explain that their back spines can retract, because the electric hedgehogs are his only way to experiment with the ideas of his sexuality and affection.
I considered complaining on the discussion page for the CWCki, but at the end of the day I couldn’t think of a constructive way to suggest explaining this and keeping the article funny; because obviously saying Chris doesn’t know anything about sex and he’s dumb is just more fun. And it’s very obvious he probably doesn’t actually know he was right, it was totally on accident. So consider this an extremely amateur biology lesson.
The primary complaint is that the Sonichu’s testes are located inside the body, and their :pickle:s are retractable. Although, obviously having a sex organ affected by gravity would be physically impossible (which makes you wonder how whatever “missionarycowgirl” is works), but by in large both of these things are actually true about hedgehogs. You would think, based on the animals you probably interact with on a daily basis, that external testes is a required trait of mammals- because they’re warm blooded and it would inhibit the production of sex cells. This actually isn’t true at all. Although I think most extant mammals do have external testes, it was actually the basal (meaning “default” basically) condition for mammals to have internal testes when the transition from reptile to mammal started to occur.
It’s actually been debated quite a bit why so many mammals have external testes, but it seems to be a consensus that the evolution wasn’t because of the temperature issue, that may have evolved as a side effect of the testes being removed from the body (and in fact, the most recent agreement I believe is that it was purely for flaunting and attracting mates). BUT, the point is hedgehogs are actually one of several extant mammals that do in fact have internal testes (including echidnas, armadillos, and elephants as well, not to mention whales and dolphins). Hedgehogs, being in the same order as shrews, is actually an extremely primitive mammal all things considered and, as such, they still have their internal testes. It’s similar to how the order of monotremes (the order that includes echidnas and platypuses) still lays eggs despite all other mammals giving live birth. Again, it’s a trait you automatically associate with mammals, placental/live birth.
And as for the :pickle:s… if you’ve ever owned a dog and know what “red rocket” means, you know that’s not too far off from what Chris describes (ugh, and a quick Google search reveals to me that most placental mammals also have an actual bone in their :pickle:, so I guess Chris was even right about that).
The Rosechu biology obviously… exhibits almost every misconception you expect a preteen boy to have about sex and the female body. So.
SO THERE, THERE’S YOUR DOSE OF BALLS FOR THE DAY. :lol:
Next I want to try and figure out the phylogeny of electric hedgehogs…