giant rodent

anonymous asked:

What do you think Nidoking and Nidoqueen are based of?

Their lines seem to be inspired by bits of all sorts of animals - we git some unmistakably mammalian influences, for example from rhinos, rodents/rabbits etc. but also something archaic and reptilian - hey don’t have cheeks for example. I think that they form a unique little clade within pokémon, a distinct body plan (that includes having also similar quadruped pre-evos) that allies them with the rhydon line. Indeed the Nido royalties, Rhydon, and Rhyperior all are known as The Drill Pokémon. Also, Khangaskan shares many features of this group too. 

The body plan of a large, eared, bipedal, tailed, spiny, reptiley-mammal has an unmistakably gen 1 feel about it, it is so recognisable, for example it stars as the iconic gym statues, and as one of the major roster sprites in gen1/2. Rhydon like mons everywhere man. 

Of course, rhydon was one of the first Pokémon designed, and you can see from this early concept art that the original rhydon was even more Nido like than now.  

Ok I don’t know where I’m going with this, but before I had a tendency to shoehorn pokémon into definitive groups based on real life counterparts, however this often runs into difficulties where you have pokémon based on more than one unrelated real life animal, or when a real life counterpart simply doesn’t exist. Plus we have lots of game mechanic bullshit that can be just plain biological sacrilege - eggs, B̑́ͧ͐rͨͩ̇ͣ̏ͧE̷͗E͑͟d͗͆iͤͦͫ͒n͟Ǧ̃̃̄̌, evolutionary stages (though I see pokémon evolution in this sense as a form of facultative metamorphosis) etc.  

I think now it’s better to assume that Pokémon is an incredibly different universe, but one that does share some fundamental biological and evolutionary laws and similarities. Thus for example instead of saying that Rattata is a rat definitively, it could be better to say that Rattata is an organism that shares many morphological and ecological characteristics with a rat, and thus, since we have very limited data to go upon (we can’t properly study it’s physiology, behaviour etc., sequence DNA etc., and like,the pokedex is written by a ten year old child lol), we can infer aspects of it’s biology from rats as well as it’s evolutionary relationships to other rodent like pokémon that share a similar suite of physiological and ecological characters, from what we know about such relationships in Rodentia, and from real world character evolution. 

So what can we say about the Nidos? They are part of a distinguishable group of pokémon that all possess a distinct set of ecological, behavioural, and morphological characters, which have analogies to a variety of real life mammalian and reptilian real life counterparts, such as rhinos, glires (rodents and lagomorphs (hares, pikas, and rabbits), and mammal like reptiles. The variation within this group of pokemon is less than the differences between members of this group and other pokémon, and this unites this group as a clade. It would be a lot of work to actually work out what pokémon the drill pokémon + khangaskan are most closely related to, i.e. make a phylogenetic tree, but here is just a rough within group tree with a possible scenario of major character evolutionary events (indicated by black rectangles). 

(also, the breeding rules between the Nidos, and whether the king and queen are different species or this is just sexual dimorphism is completely clouded by game mechanics of having gendered pokémon before established gender mechanics, so I’m not going to into that - however, I will say for a quick example, meerkats live in a matriarchal society and the alpha female usually has most of the breeding rights - however, because she has to defend the her position, as well as the group itself from danger, she often has very high testosterone levels which reduces her fertility - perhaps nidorina and nidoqueen are extreme examples of this, changing physically to take on a more protective role, letting nidoran sisters/aunts/mothers take on breeding roles)

Few weeks ago I ran into this thing at the movie theater. And I wondered what it was. There was no name, there was no plaque, there was no identifier around it. Just a strange skeleton in the middle of a shared foyer of a movie theater, sports venue, bowling hall and gym. What was this strange skeleton that had nothing that said what it was, that was so proudly on display for no apparent reason? What is the meaning behind a giant rodent-like creature to eat it’s own tail? Or was it just a very expensive promotion of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them?

Then the answer came on my tumblr dashboard in a form of a freezeframe on a video as I was scrolling down.

It’s a prop from Lazytown.

Princess Bride: The Shoot From Hell That Made A Beloved Film.

The Princess Bride is one of the most popular heartwarming films of all time. But the story of its production was no fairy tale. Here are just a few of the events that happened on set:

  • The lead actors didn’t get along. Robin Wright and Cary Elwes fought constantly, often refusing to kiss each other on cue. In one instance, the actors refused to be on set in the other’s presence, necessitating many scenes to be shot with doubles, or one angle at a time. 
  • Director Rob Reiner made the film while suffering from brain parasites. Picked up from bad catering on “Stand By Me,” Reiner frequently collapsed on set, losing the shooting day as a new worm was found and removed from his cerebral cortex. He was finally cured of the disease only days after filming ended.
  • The “Cliffs Of Insanity” shoot lasted well over 7 months. Weather refused to cooperate with the dangerous stunt of climbing the rope. Every time the actors were in place they had to come back down before a storm hit, and seven stuntmen were killed when they couldn’t get free in time. Due to the dangerous conditions, many of their skeletons remain on the Cliffs of Moher where the sequence was filmed.
  • Author Donatien François who wrote the book on which the movie was based was furious over the adaptation and often showed up on set despite a restraining order. He managed to burn down the castle sets twice, kidnap Billy Crystal for two days, poison the craft services table with Iocane powder, shoot Werner Herzog, steal most of the horses and viciously bite off Christopher Guest’s sixth finger for which he had been cast. He remains in jail as of 2016.
  • The budget soared from an intended $16 Million dollars to a record $98 Million, and its planned two month shoot lasted well well into 1987, the film having begun shooting in 1983. During this time numerous roles had to be recast, and many crew were replaced, including ten cinematographers, four directors (Reiner was preceded by Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski, and Werner Herzog), and had to reshoot many scenes when the movie took so long to make that the first footage shot had decayed by the time it made it back to the developer lab.
  • The large rats used as “ROUSs” were real rats that had been specifically bred upward in size to be in the movie. Taking 4 years to breed, the giant rodents were uncontrollable on stage. In a single day, they ate all the catering, splattered the swamp set with noxious feces that caused sickness among the handlers, tore up most of the costumes, killed an alligator which was to have appeared in the scene, and seven of the beasts were lost into the streets where they caused a massive traffic accident and plagued the Fox Studio lot for decades. One can be seen hiding in the background of a shot in Alien 3.
  • Wallace Shawn stubbed his toe on a rock while shooting the famous battle of wits scene. He tells the story in “My Dinner With Andre.”

I’d briefly posted this as an addition to a fanartist’s post, as this little scene was inspired by that art. Being anxiety-prone, I panicked and deleted it.

The picture was of Stiles getting up in Derek’s face, obviously angry. I think I remember the words “self-sacrificial bullshit” being involved. I can’t find it at the moment.

Derek is still bleeding when Stiles stomps across the clearing to stand over him, one foot landing with a squelch in monster entrails, not that his other sneaker fared much better.

“Of all the reckless-”

“Stiles,” Derek interrupts, holding his hands up as he stands up to show he’s not hurt, everything’s fine.

Raising his voice, Stiles continues, “–moronic, needlessly fucking heroic things I have ever seen you do–” Derek can tell he’s just warming up, but he’s a little caught on the h-word; he doesn’t think Stiles has used it before, not for him. “That was-”

“Stiles, it’s okay,” he tries to head him off, but Stiles won’t be deterred.

“Derek, if you ever–”

“I’m okay,” Derek says.

Stiles twists his fist in Derek’s Henley, heedless of the way it rips under his fingertips, which, right, there was already a hole there from when the creature got him in the chest.

“Stiles, I’m-”

“No!” He points, practically touching Derek’s lips, hunches up further in Derek’s space. “You don’t get to interrupt me. Do you know how terrified I was? Do you have any idea how scared I was that this was it? He slit your throat, Derek! That was a lot of blood! Oh my god, so much blood.” Stiles’s voice cracks. He’s shaking violently, his knuckles knocking against Derek’s chest. “I’ve seen you come back from a lot, but I’m pretty sure even you can’t come back from decapitation.”

He isn’t wrong. But. Derek wraps his hand around Stiles’s fist, trying to steady him. “He was going to hurt you. I have a better chance of survival, Stiles, I-”

“You know what? I’ve had more than enough of your self-sacrificial bullshit, buddy!” Stiles interrupts, free hand waving around. “Enough for lifetimes. I don’t want you to throw yourself on a grenade for me, okay? In fact, I’m explicitly telling you not to.”

“Grenade?” Derek repeats, momentarily thrown.

“Grenade, giant slime monster, rodents of unusual size–”

“I don’t think those exist,” Derek says. There it is; a hint of a smile.

“It still freaks me out when you throw out pop culture references,” Stiles says, but he sags a little, loosens his fingers. There’s red marks from how tight he’d wound them in Derek’s shirt. “I don’t want you to die for me. I don’t want you to die at all. I mean, I know eventually, logically, even werewolves aren’t immortal, but.”

Derek ducks his head. A smile feels like an inappropriate response to Stiles’s distress but he can’t help how warm he suddenly feels. “Stiles.”

“Stop trying to distract me by saying my name.” Stiles shoves Derek back. He turns too fast and trips over the monster’s corpse. “Gah! Gross.”

“You should head home,” Derek says. He nudges the creature with his foot. Still dead; that’s a plus.

“You mean we,” Stiles says.

“I’ve got to cover this up,” Derek says.

Stiles wrinkles his nose. “I have a shovel in the Jeep. Come on, I’ll help you and we’ll go back to yours. My landlord put in security cameras and I can’t go back there covered in blood again. He’s going to report me.”

Derek nods. “Sounds good. Want to order a pizza when we get back?”

“Do I,” Stiles says, starting off toward the Jeep. “I’m starving.”

u ever hear of a holiday or tradition from another culture/country that sounds so taboo u wonder where it came from, the origins of it, etc

i find myself doing that then remind myself that a guy in a top hat snatches a giant rodent named phil from a tree stump once a year to predict how much winter we have left


Nct Dream Reaction to Waking Up to Their S/O Having Really Bad Bed Head:

Anonymous asked: NCT Dream reaction to waking up their s/o and seeing their really bad bed head. Thanks

Author’s note: These boys will probably either be really shocked or amused. Here are their individual reactions. These boys will probably either be really shocked or amused. Here are their individual reactions 👍👌.

Mark: Would most likely be amused by it. He would burst out in laughter and when you asked why he was laughing, he would just giggle while smoothing down your hair and tucking a loose strand behind your ear.

Renjun: He’d smile at you then just act natural about it and not bring it up. Once you saw your hair and asked him why he didn’t say anything he’d say something chessey and gross like “I didn’t say anything because no matter what you’re still beautiful to me.”

Jeno: Tells you that your hair is a mess nicely and continues with whatever he was doing before he got distracted by you. I feel like he’s just blunt and open but not in a mean way.

Haechan: Utterly frightened for a second. Then when he realizes that its just your hair and not a giant rodent attacking your head he’d let out a sigh in relief and fix your hair for you.

Jaemin: Just shrugs it off as normal and smiles at you. He would be a lot like Renjun and not make a big deal about it.

Chenle: Worse than Mark. He would laugh so hard that his stomach would start hurting and he’s trying to calm himself down with breathing techniques. He would apologize then tell you that your hair was sticking out in every direction.

Jisung: I feel like he would be a mix of Haechan and Jeno. He would be frightened but then when he realized it was your hair he’d tell you that your hair was terrifying but nicer than how I put it of course.

Author’s note: Again this is my opinion. Thank you for requesting and I hope you enjoyed this.

-Admin Leo

this was adorable to write, thank you @jointed-custody


Splinter was beginning to worry about one of his sons. Donatello was just so quiet compared to his brothers. He was concerned his small, thin son had something… wrong with him.

Splinter brushed that thought aside and told himself that it was a terrible thing to think. His son, no matter how he grew up, was perfect as he was. Quiet or no.

But, Donatello was just different though. From his much rowdier, much louder siblings. Endless words were always pouring from the other three, muddled and nonsensical as they were. But they talked, constantly, and Donatello… didn’t.

Splinter’s son had talked plenty as a smaller turtle, as a true baby, but the words had all been simple sounds. Not Japanese or English, not even close. Even Michelangelo, as distractible as he was, had begun to pick up larger and larger words the last few months. Donatello would simply watch everything, and make gestures when he wanted something.

Splinter wished they had a more permanent home, so he might settle down long enough to see if he could figure out why Donatello wasn’t speaking.

As they prepared their latest hiding spot for the night, and old service tunnel, wide enough to play in and unused for years and years, Splinter sighed deeply as another shrieking match began.

Leonardo and Michelangelo and Raphael were screaming at each other again, fighting over something that Splinter hadn’t caught as he set up their sleeping piles. Donatello was watching them fight, as he usually did, and simply avoided Raphael and Leonardo tackled each other into a roll. Michelangelo started wailing where he stood, and Splinter wished for the hundredth time that ear plugs came in ‘giant rodent’ format.

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Lancelot and Guinevere

Merlin: You know, it’s at times like this, when I’m trapped in the tunnels of Andor with an idiot prince, and about to be shredded by giant subterranean rodents that I really wish I’d listened to what my mother told me when I was young.

Arthur: Why, what did she tell you?

Merlin: I don’t know, I didn’t listen.


Malagasy Giant Jumping Rat

This rabbit-like mammal is the largest rodent in Madagascar. It has long pointed ears and long hind feet which are used for jumping. The species occupies a niche which is filled by rabbits in other parts of the world. Malagasy giant rats live in social family groups consisting of a male, female, their current offspring, and their offspring from the previous year. Males and females mate for life, and generally return to the same burrow year after year.

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so anyway, i made another one of my tequila-and-juice drinks and i was watching the princess bride and i realized

of all the princesses in the princess genre, buttercup is one of my freakin favorites

and like

i know there are whole essays written about her and how she’s so passive and damsel in distress and yada yada

i know that

but shh


yes she is kind of passive

and yes she spends most of the movie as a damsel who is in distress

but listen


loses the love of her life

swears to never love again

is chosen to be a prince’s bride and made a princess, a position she was not born to and the book says she had to spend MONTHS studying and preparing for with the etiquette and the politics–her parents were probably rich and landed gentry, but she grew up in the COUNTRY on a FARM ok it’s a high stress situation and she doesn’t even have the benefit of loving the dude she’s going to be married to AND she seems to have been chosen purely because she is beautiful and beloved by the people (WHO IT SEEMS SHE IS TOTALLY ISOLATED FROM) (AND we as the audience know that humperdink chose her PURELY because he could EASILY MURDER HER and people would be OUTRAGED enough to go to WAR)

THEN she’s kidnapped

nearly eaten by eels

dragged up a terrifyingly high cliff on the back of a giant

and so on

so like, people say she was too passive and should have fought back or whatever (SHE DOVE OFF A BOAT INTO EEL-INFESTED WATERS WHILE MILES FROM SHORE AND ONLY A VAGUE SUGGESTION THAT MAYBE THE MYSTERIOUS SHIP FOLLOWING THEM MIGHT BE TRYING TO RESCUE HER AND I THINK ALSO HER HANDS WERE TIED AND SHE WAS IN A REALLY LONG AND GENERALLY ENCUMBERING DRESS WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT) but like, where would she have gotten the training the knowledge or even the simple ABILITY to fight of a GIANT (even a really nice rhyming one) and a MASTER SWORDSMAN (even a really nice one)

so no

buttercup is not an idiot. she knows she has no hope of escape on her own and her job is to be rescued. that is the roll given to her by her situation and by the narrative. yes, she in a damsel, yes, she is in distress, yes, she would like to be rescued

but you know what else buttercup is?

she is proud and she is brave (compared to SOME, vizzini, OOH BURN) and though she is frightened (as anyone fucking would be) she doesn’t let her kidnappers see it she quips back and she holds her head high and yeah she goes along with them placidly enough but ALWAYS with this fantastic ATTITUDE that tells them EXACTLY what she thinks of them (she thinks they’re scum and vizzini is an asshole)


right? she gets the love of her life back, like back from the DEAD, and after years of living with the trauma of losing him she finally allows herself to FEEL ACTUAL EMOTIONS again. HE is the one who she will let see her frightened and vulnerable and yeah she’ll follow him into the fire swamp even though doesn’t think they’ll ever survive and yeah she’ll rally from getting SET ON FIRE and falling into a DEATH TRAP and fighting off GIANT FUCKING RODENTS. and the love of her life is gonna crack wise through it all, sure, fine, she’s hopelessly in love with a lunatic, ok, whatever.

agreeing to go back with humperdink was, admittedly, a lapse in judgement.

but she’s still not an idiot, ok? she knows EXACTLY what humperdink will do to wesley if she refuses, and at this point she still believes in the prince’s honor enough to think he’ll actually let wesley go.

i don’t really think she can be blamed for that. she does’t ever see humperdink’s true nature until the day before their wedding, when she realizes he never sent the messengers like he promised, and she tears him down so completely and so ruthlessly that he snaps and loses his cool in front of her for the first time ever and drags her off (presumably to lock her in her room, keep her out of the way until the wedding)

so now

buttercup finds herself trapped. she is being forced to marry a powerful man she has no means of fighting against, and if she doesn’t believe her true love to be dead she must strongly suspect that he’s been prevented from coming for her somehow because she can’t conceive of any situation where he simply WOULDN’T come if he could (he came back from the DEAD for her, practically, why would he fail to come NOW, so soon after they’ve been reunited)

to say nothing of the murder war conspiracy plot against HER that she knows nothing about.

she still doesn’t falter. she doesn’t cry, or beg, or anything like that. she has stated her terms very plainly, either humperdink brings wesley back to her or she’ll kill herself, and that is exactly what she’s prepared to do.

so yeah.

buttercup knows that she is not very smart or very strong. she’s not a battle princess or anything like that–i’d wager she barely thinks of herself as a princess at all because, again, it’s not a position she was born to or properly prepared for. she seems to spend most of her life feeling in over her head and everyone, even wesley, underestimates her.

but i still love her

because she holds her head high and doesn’t ever let her enemies believe that she is cowed or afraid, even when she’s at their mercy


this has been an overly long ramble about the princess bride

thank you

                              LEATHER BOUND TOMES.

Come with me;
and I will show you worlds
that don’t exist.
Walk with me;
through forests lost
in clouds and mist.

Take my hand and hold on tight,
As we soar through skies of endless night.
We will meet with creatures, strange and  weird,
But do not fret, don’t be afraid;
For their lives, they live in Leather Tomes,
In far off space and  ancient homes.

I will show you men who never died,
And women brave, fighting side by side,
Pirates on the surging seas,
Sun bleached bones in desert breeze,
Mermaids bathing on the beach,
And sonic jets screaming out of reach.

Dinosaurs walk upon the land,
Fierce serpents hiss on burning sand,
Bears of white, upon the ice,
Rodents giant, and little mice,
Doves of love who kiss and sigh
And birds of prey, soaring high.

You will read of love; great romantic tales,
And of  men who lived in  gigantic whales,
Of Dracula’s quest to find a bride,
Of Dr Jekyll and Mister Hyde,
And Frankenstein’s  Monster, oh so frightening,
Is brought to life with bolts of lightening. 

This I promise,
and so much more,
treasures and riches
that wait in store.

So walk with me,
let us find the trail,
and lose ourselves,
in a classic tale.

Photography: Stephi Ramona
Words: Ambrose Harte

Now don’t get me wrong here, Chewbacca is the only wookiee in the Star Wars movies that’s actually a man in a suit. The rest are full on giant space rodents that would have you believe they’re the good guys while making their lizard neighbors look like giant assholes for no reason.