Fun animal facts I have learned being a zoo docent
1. There are several ways to classify the large cats, one of the more useful ones is into the roaring cats (tigers, lions) and the purring cats (bobcats, lynxes). The puma (also known as the mountain lion) is the largest cat that purrs. I’ve heard it up close, it’s amazing. A cheetah’s purr sounds like an idling motorcycle engine.
2. Kangaroos cannot move their legs independently of each other, they have to move them in sync - when they’re on land. When they’re swimming, they can move them separately. Hopping is their most efficient way to move - a walking kangaroo is awkward as hell. They swing both legs forward using their tail as a third leg to prop up while their legs swing.
3. People often think that flamingoes’ knees bend the wrong way. They don’t - the joint you’re seeing in the middle of their leg isn’t their knee, it’s their ankle. Their knee is up by their body, and it bends the same way ours does.
4. Giraffes only sleep 1-2 hours a day.
5. Bald eagles’ vocalizations are not what you expect. When you see a flying bald eagle in the movies and hear that majestic caw sound? That isn’t an eagle, it’s been dubbed over with another bird, usually a red-tailed hawk. Bald eagles actually sound…not majestic. Kind of like if a kitten could be a bird.
6. Elephants are one of only a handful of animals that can pass the mirror test - in other words, they can recognize their own reflection (and not think it’s another animal, as dogs and cats usually do). They tested this by placing a chalk mark on an elephant’s forehead and then showing it a mirror. The elephant investigated the mark on its own forehead, indicating it knew that it was looking at itself. The only animals that pass this test are the higher primates, the higher cetaceans (orcas, dolphines), elephants, and weirdly, magpies.
7. One-fifth of all the known mammal species are bats.
8. A kangaroo mother can have three joeys simultaneously at different stages of development: an embryo in her womb (kangaroos can do what’s called embryonic diapause which means sort of putting the development on pause until she’s ready for it to develop further), a joey in her pouch attached to one nipple, and a joey out of the pouch on the ground who nurses from the other one. The amazing thing? Each of her nipples make different formulations of milk for each joey’s different nutritional needs.
9. Bonobos, our closest genetic relative (they are more closely related to us than they are to either chimps or gorillas) are almost entirely non-aggressive, matriarchal, and use sex to solve all their problems. They engage in both same and opposite sex interactions, non-penetrative sex (oral, rubbing, manual) and with any age. That’s an interesting area to work in, lemme tell you.
10. Tortoises have super loud sex. Like, really loud.
11. All grizzlies are brown bears, but not all brown bears are grizzlies (grizzlies are a sub-categorization of the brown bear).
12. Reindeer are the only deer species where both males and females grow antlers. The males shed theirs the beginning of December, the females shed theirs in the spring. So all of Santa’s reindeer are girls, heh. I love telling little kids that.
13. If a rhinoceros knocks off its horn, it grows back faster than you’d expect. One of ours, Rosie, has knocked hers off twice.
14. Gorillas get crushes on each other. And on the humans that take care of them. Male gorillas also masturbate. I don’t know if the females do, I’ve never seen it. Sometimes it’s like a soap opera up in there.
15. Langur monkeys are silvery-gray in color - their babies are bright orange. Like Cheeto orange, I do not exaggerate.
16. Polar bear fur is not white, it’s transparent, like fiber optics. Also, their skin is black.
how could you ship bakugou and uraraka? bakugo is a total fuck boy who tormented deku for the majority of his life.
because the whole point of his character is that he’s slowly growing into a better person and realizing the error of his ways, and he’s eventually going to own up to his actions and apologize for what he did while realizing that his worth isn’t tied to being better than everyone.
this is the entire reason he exists in the first place.
also, his past history with Izuku has nothing to do with Uraraka. there are very specific reasons as to why he lashed out and abused Izuku for a decade, and it ties directly to his fear of Izuku’s potential and thinking that Izuku looked down on him for most of his life (which severely fucked Bakugou up emotionally. how dare this quirkless nobody think he’s better than Bakugou?), and to Bakugou’s self esteem issues, where he fears that Izuku might actually be able to surpass him, which only fueled his inferiority complex.
none of these reasons have anything to do with Uraraka.
i’m not justifying what Bakugou did. he still hurt and abused Izuku for ten years. however, he didn’t just do it to be a terrible person.
no one in his life ever bothered to correct his behavior, and constantly praised him, telling him how amazing he was while constantly putting down Izuku. the adults in his life all reinforced this mindset and gave him a massive superiority complex as a result, and this continued up until UA. Aizawa was the first adult figure in either character’s lives to tell Bakugou that this behavior was unacceptable, and stopped Bakugou before he could lash out at Izuku during the first day of school.
what Bakugou did was wrong, regardless of the reason, and nothing can ever justify why he did it, nor would i ever try doing so. but it’s because of the reasons that we’re able to understand why he acted that way in the first place.
it’s because he began as such an awful character that we’re able to appreciate his character growth, where he goes from joking about Izuku jumping off a building (which the narrative treats as a serious offense), to actively supporting him in his role as All Might’s successor.
the reason i ship him with Uraraka is because the point of his character is that he’s slowly becoming a better person. something like that doesn’t just happen over night. it takes time. if he suddenly had a complete 180 degree change in personality and attitude, it wouldn’t be believable, and it’d just be plain old bad writing.
i ship him with Uraraka because they helped each other’s character growth. he took her seriously as an opponent, he treated her like an equal. and when Kaminari called her weak and fragile, Bakugou reprimands him and says that there was nothing fragile about her. it’s the first time he’s ever defended another person besides himself.
(and he helped her growth as well, by refusing to go easy on her. by showing how far she’d be willing to go for her goals, by showing that she was determined to help her family no matter what. he helped show the audience that Uraraka can take the pain of battle and will give as good as she gets. that she’s not just a soft girl, or the main character’s love interest. that she’s just as determined as all the other characters to prove her worth and reach her goals.)
Bakugou’s defense of Uraraka, and his respect for her (by calling her by her name, something he only does for a very select few people, the others being All Might and Kirishima) is one of the first obvious stepping stones we get to see for his character growth. for the first time, he’s not being self centered, he isn’t raging, he isn’t suffering from the affects of his inferiority complex. for the first time, he’s he’s actively defending and respecting someone.
it was the first of many steps.
i ship them because Uraraka, in an omake, was the first person to realize how much of Bakugou’s anger towards Izuku was based on fear. no one had ever picked up on that in the past ten years. she realized there was something more to it than just anger and bullying.
she realized that something was wrong. Bakugou didn’t just blindly hate Izuku. there was more to the story; Bakugou feared Izuku. and she reached out to him, and wanted to help them both. Uraraka actively cares and worries for them both.
Bakugou has no ill feelings towards Uraraka. Uraraka has no ill feelings towards Bakugou. Bakugou respects Uraraka, and Uraraka thinks Bakugou was amazing during their match. she admires him.
what Bakugou did to Izuku was horrible. he needs to make up for it somehow, which is where his character growth is headed. he’s going to realize the error of his ways and apologize to Izuku, or make up for it somehow. that’s the whole point of his character, to grow up and realize he did wrong and make up for his past actions.
but the reason why he acted that way in the first place was due to very specific reasons. he’s not going to act like that to just anyone.
he’s still just a dumbass kid who’s growing and learning an maturing. let him grow.
i don’t ship them because they’re the “bad boy” and the “peppy girl.” in fact, i rather dislike that sort of comparison, because i think it heavily oversimplifies their characters.
i ship it because Bakugou is growing as a person. he’s maturing. slowly, he’s realizing the error of his ways. i ship it because these two characters have the potential the other develop more. i ship it because Uraraka understands Bakugou, and sees through his bluster and anger. i ship it because Bakugou actually respects her as a person, and refuses to go easy on her because of her gender.
it’s about character growth, and established character relationships, and realizing that these things don’t stay static. these two have the potential to help each other in different ways.
simply describing Bakugou as a horrible person without any redeeming qualities means ignoring what Horikoshi is doing by writing his character, and it’s ignoring all the development he’s gone through throughout the series so far. it’s ignoring Horikoshi’s reasons for why Bakugou exists in the first place, an ignoring all the complex character development he’s carefully written into Bakugou, which is slowly making him learn and change and grow into a better person.
that’s the entire point to his character, after all.
I love the Matt/Shiro BrOTP so have some headcanons that have been sitting in my drafts for weeks
-Matt is a living meme and Shiro questions their friendship every day
-“You know you love me~”
-Everyone questions how someone so calm and mature can be best friends with Matt and Matt kinda laughs in their face
-Matt: Calm? Mature? This guy almost fought a five-year-old over a chocolate bar!
Shiro: I really like the brand oKAY???
-Matt has tried to set Shiro up on one too many dates. It’s really easy since everyone and their mother has a crush on Shiro but Shiro needs Matt to stop.
-He did after a while until Shiro developed a crush on Allura. Cupid Matt was back. Shiro wanted to kill himself.
-Constantly making fun of each other because they love each other
-Shiro: Matt, if you don’t stop, I will literally sit on you.
Matt: Try me.
-You wouldn’t believe how often that happens. Spoil alert: A lot.
-They’re pretty competitive when it comes to each other. Whether it comes to bets or board games. Tears are shed. Friendships are broken. It gets pretty intense.
-Matt: I got to move on and be who I am! I just don’t belong here, I hope you understand! We might find our place in this world someday. But at least for now, I gotta find my own way…
Shiro: Don’t you think you’re being a bit dramatic over a pizza slice?
-Once Shiro ate the last brownie and Matt wouldn’t talk to him for a week. The dude really loves his food.
Matt: This is homophobia at its finest. ://
-Once they had a convo on what their ship name would be if they dated, Shiro came up with Shatt, Matt disowned him
-Death jokes make up half of their friendship.
-Shiro: I’m going to propel myself off of this balcony.
-Matt: Not without me, you’re not.
On the first Friday of the month, an art gallery filled exclusively with works dedicated to the heroes of Paris opened, and Ladybug, Chat Noir, and Queen Bee were invited to attend.
“I kind of feel bad showing up in costume, though,” Ladybug muttered as they walked through the gallery, admiring each piece. “One of these days, I’ll have to design—err, buy a skirt to slip on over this suit.”
“You leave that to me, Ladybug. I’ll buy you all the skirts you could ever want. We are besties, after all,” Queen Bee said. Her eyes skipped over the umpteenth Chat Noir painting and scanned the room for a hint of yellow. She knew she was still a newbie, but…
“If anyone’s going to buy Ladybug a skirt, it’ll be me,” Chat Noir said. “For our moonlit stroll along the Seine,” he added with a purr and waggle of his eyebrows.
Ladybug sighed. “Or we could just forget I said anything.”
Queen Bee wandered away from the might-as-well-be-married superhero couple and stepped through a doorway into another part of the gallery. More Ladybug pieces. More Chat Noir pieces. She had just about given up on finding anything dedicated to her when she turned and came face-to-face with a Queen Bee painting that must have been two feet taller than she was. It dominated the entire wall, depicting her in a warrior’s stance with a blazing sunset behind her.
She looked fearsome. Powerful. Awe-inspiring. But the expression on her face was a gentle one—a superhero who loved her city above everything else.
It filled her with shame.
Her gaze caught on the signature in the corner and she laughed. Nathanael Kurtzberg. How had she expected anyone else?
“Wow!” Chat Noir cried from behind her. “That’s amazing, Bee! You must be flattered.”
She took a deep breath, then turned. “Of course I’m flattered. It’s about time someone in this city acknowledged my magnificence.” She brushed past him. “I’m done here. Tell Ladybug I went home,” she said.
“Oh, uh… okay. Good night, Bee.”
She made it a block away from the art gallery before she took off running, her vision blurred by tears.
Would you rant more on the differences between the "born sexy yesterday" trope and Wonder Woman? Because I definitely some similarities and some differences but couldn't put words to all of them, and was discussing it with a friend, and could find the words to describe the differences.
Potential Spoilers Ahead!
Okay, let’s break down piece by piece why Wonder Woman is not an example of the Born Sexy Yesterday trope.
The Born Sexy Yesterday Trope is …
when a naive yet capable woman
I won’t argue that Diana isn’t naive. She’s very naive when it comes to philosophical ideas like the nature of war and humanity. That, however, is not the kind of naivety that makes this trope work.
Diana is not naive about sex/sexuality. People (usually women) who fall into into the Born Sexy Yesterday trope rely on their love interest (usually a man) to teach about love and sexual attraction because they have never experienced it before. Diana knows what sex and sexual pleasure are (and probably experienced them before Steve came into the picture), she doesn’t need Steve or anyone else to teach her. When men Diana isn’t interested in express attraction to her, she’s able to recognize it and turns them down. When men she is interested in do, she knowingly reciprocates and the relationship progresses on her terms.
Diana’s naivety isn’t used to make her more desirable. Innocence, virginity, and naivety are part of the appeal of women who fall into the Born Sexy Yesterday trope. While Diana’s naivety doesn’t detract from her appeal, it’s not the driving component of it. Steve (and the audience) fall in love with Diana because she’s a beautiful, badass warrior with a big heart, not because she’s naive.
Culture Shock is not the same thing as naivety. Diana not knowing what revolving doors and ice cream are doesn’t mean she’s naive. It means she spent her entire life in a culture that doesn’t have those things. Yes, there are things she doesn’t understand that Steve has to teach her, but there are also moments where Diana has to teach Steve about her culture. Steve is equally as confused and fascinated by Themyscira as Diana is about Man’s World. And you don’t see that turnaround very often, if ever, in the Born Sexy Yesterday trope.
is the over-sexualized love interest
There is a difference between being sexy and being sexualized. Diana is extremely gorgeous and many of her outfits show some skin, but she’s never over-sexualized. No one ever walks in on her while she changes, allowing the audience to see her in a state of undress, and there aren’t any gratuitous upskirt shots or close ups of her chest or rear. Basically, unlike women who fall into the Born Sexy Yesterday trope, Diana exists to be more than just eye candy.
Also, there is a difference in having a love interest and being a love interest. To have a love interest is to fall in love with someone over the course of a story while also doing other things. To be a love interest is to serve as an object of desire and have little or no role outside of that. Diana falling in love with Steve was just one part of her story. An important part that had a big impact on the story, yes, but it wasn’t the only thing she did. Much of her growth and development as a character happened outside of that. Being a strong, female character, and being a woman in love with a man aren’t mutually exclusive.
And as for ‘Diana falls in love with the first man she meets so it’s the Born Sexy Yesterday trope’, that’s a misleading oversimplification (not to mention a little biphobic). Diana doesn’t become immediately smitten with Steve the moment she lays eyes on him because she’s never seen a man before. Their relationship grows and develops over time until they both mutually fall in love with each other. Diana also meets other men throughout the movie and develops relationships with them that aren’t romantic. She doesn’t fall for every single man she meets. She’s also canonically bisexual and she may have had relationships before Steve. Meaning her relationship with Steve would be her first with a man, but not her first ever.
to an average, male protagonist.
First off Steve Trevor is above average, so jot that down.
He’s also not the protagonist. There’s a reason this movie’s called Wonder Woman and not The Saga of Steve Trevor. This is Diana’s story. She is the heart and soul of the movie, and she doesn’t exist to play second fiddle to Steve. The point of the
Born Sexy Yesterday trope is to exist as an object of affection in another person’s story. Maybe it can still work when the protagonist and the person the trope applies to are one in the same, but I can’t think of any examples.
So yeah, there’s some elements of the Born Sexy Yesterday trope in the movie, but like how having eggs, flour, and butter doesn’t mean you have a cake, having those elements in the movie doesn’t mean you have the trope.
I thought some more on aliens and humans and I read an older post about humans being able to see and that it might seem foreign to aliens who haven’t got eyesight. There was another post too about walking through memories ( I think it’s in the humans are weird tag). I also think sign language is really cool.
And humans has a lot of different senses we developed as defence mechanisms until we turned into the adaptable space orcs we are today. So imagine a deaf person travelling with their team to a new planet and meeting up with aliens and being nervous because they have been warned that the aliens have a very strange way of communicating and this deaf person worries about not fitting in or understanding the aliens because they can’t hear.
And the aliens emerge and looks kind of humanoid and the meeting or whatever they are there to do starts and the other humans think they are difficult to understand but something clicks for the deaf person.
And then it turns out that the majority of the aliens are in fact deaf and that they have a much easier time understanding each other by signing because it suits them better, and the trading works much smoother after that and the deaf person that fretted so much is revered as an important human in their new joint culture.
I have this neat plant that grows around my house in the summer. It has green pods that spit seeds out if you touch them???? The insides of the pods are kinda yellow or orange flowery things. I've only ever heard of them as being called 'touch me not' but I have never been able to determine if that is its actual name as it doesn't look like anything that pops up when I google that name. Its a really cute little man and I wanna know what his name is if you can help that would be great! :3c
HOLY HECK I KNEW WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT IMMEDIATELY WITHOUT EVEN HAVING TO LOOK IT UP YOU HAVE EXPLODING CUCUMBERS (x) (x)
these babs are called Ecballium elaterium and they basically spread their seed by building up pressure in their (developed) ovaries until they explode and shoot seed and fluid out the top. honestly for an exploding plant theres surprisingly little to say about it like. o there goes helen again with her baby canon
After a bought of weight gain, my doctor mentioned to me that it’s actually normal to gain some weight after your teenage years. After all, we are not done growing/developing until about 25 or so.
Yet, there is so much shame and stigma surrounding it. People love to tease those who “got fat” after high school as if it were some sort of character flaw rather than normal biology. It’s sick.
So, for my followers who are twenty-somethings: it’s okay if you’ve grown a little bit (or even a lot) since your teenage years. There is nothing wrong with your body, and everything wrong with society.
Hello, yes. Here is your regularly scheduled reminder that Josh deserved better, Emily is a wholesome character, Ashley is not to be judged for her trauma, Jessica is not a slut and Matt deserved way more development.
OKAY SO I HEAR A LOT OF PEOPLE GET CONFUSED ABOUT ALL THESE WORDS AND TERMS FOR TRANSFORMERS (because we, as a fandom, like to use fancy words for our robots, we have literally reached subculture status guys we have our own dialect congratulations) AND DON’T KNOW WHAT TO USE FOR WHAT SO BECAUSE I TOO SUFFER I WILL HELP YOU
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As children, we are our moon signs. In adolescence our sun sign starts making an appearance, but is clumsy and underdeveloped. Here are examples what the underdeveloped sign is like, versus the mature and fully developed sign. Sometimes, our sun sign never fully develops until middle age or never at all.
Aries Underdeveloped: Brash, aggressive, violent, impulsive. (The Incredible Hulk from Marvel)
Aries Developed: Lively, optimistic, brave, strong. (Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin)
Taurus Underdeveloped: Greedy, stubborn, lazy, possessive. (Homer Simpson from The Simpsons)
Taurus Developed: Gentle, determined, protective, generous. (Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games)
Gemini Underdeveloped: Manipulative, anxious, flighty, “two-faced”. (Loki from Marvel)
Gemini Developed: Intelligent, curious, adaptable, friendly (Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled)
Cancer Underdeveloped: Temperamental, self-pitying, pessimist, clingy. (Dudley Dursley from Harry Potter)
Cancer Developed: Creative, loving, protective, leader. (Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon)
Leo Underdeveloped: Vain, power-hungry, domineering, calculating. (Uncle Scar from Disney’s The Lion King)
Leo Developed: Warm, generous, confident, loyal. (Mufasa from Disney’s The Lion King)
Virgo Underdeveloped: Cold, unwelcoming, solitary, afraid. (Elsa, in the beginning of Disney’s Frozen)
Virgo Developed: Smart, witty, independent, analytical. (Hermione Granger from Harry Potter)
Libra Underdeveloped: Catty, sly, self-absorbed, indecisive. (Regina George from Mean Girls)
there’s a post going around like WHY ARE ALL “”ANTIS”” MINORS and all these “scientific” links about how the brain doesnt stop developing until ppl are 25 and it looks like a lot of pseudo-scientific bullshit to make excuses for adults to tell teens they’re just dumb for feeling uncomfortable with a lot of the super creepy shit some of y’all do in fandom spaces
i’m 25. i get that a lot of discourse online is very black and white and often leaves little room for critical thought and growth but this post just … reeks? like anti what? are you talking about ppl who just get up in arms because they like one ship better than another? or ppl who are genuinely concerned about harmful issues they see in fandom shipping spaces like the sexualization of minors, racism, fetishization of mlm and wlw, incest? because those are two very different issues. stop condescending teenagers so you can get on with your gross behavior. you’re the adult. you grow up, you examine the context of your actions, you are responsible for being aware of the people with whom you interact in a public space and how you interact with them.
for real there’s nothing worse than seeing actual teenagers trot out the “your brain isn’t fully developed until you’re 25!” bullshit. that is a view of brain development that falls somewhere in the spectrum between “way oversimplified” and “just plain wrong”. it gets pushed and repeated because it helps prop up social norms that include robbing young people of autonomy and consent, regulating them out of the public sphere, and silencing their voices on important issues. and my heart just breaks to see teens internalizing this narrative of “you’re inherently stupid and untrustworthy because your brain is programmed to be shitty for another 10 years”. it’s like some kind of mass stockholm syndrome. young people please love yourselves and realize you do not have to wait until your mid-20s to be a whole and real person with the right to be taken seriously.