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I’ve been thinking and dreaming about sandwiches lately. A lot. I made some gifs for Subway’s #Januany campaign along with many other really really cool artists on Giphy. See Giphy’s official Subway page to see more sandwiches!

The bottom 2 look similar, but Subway preferred the one on the left. I still really like the right one though. And just saying, their sandwiches don’t have cats, but I am just weird and like to put cats everywhere.

-My other post with more sandwich gifs here

anonymous asked:

what was the australian rabbit incident???

As with all problems in our world today, we can easily and with very high accuracy lay the blame for the Australian Rabbit Incident directly on the doorstep of rich, upperclass old white dudes. In this case, rich upperclass old white dudes who moved to Australia and found it sadly lacking in good old-fashioned shooty-type sports.

I can only assume that wombats and wallabies are not nearly so exciting to chase with guns a-blazin’ as foxes and rabbits, because in 1859, 24 European rabbits were released on private property for hunting purposes. Within sixty years their descendants had reached a population size of over ten billion, and were a serious threat.

Not only did the rabbits get up to the usual invasive species shenanigans - driving local competitor species to extinction, supporting invasive predator populations, etc - they were also responsible for absolutely destroying farmland in with their insatiable hunger, eating many plant species to near-extinction, and causing dangerous erosion in the land they’d eaten bare.

In a hilariously terrible (but also desperate) attempt to keep the rabbits from spreading throughout the entirety of Australia, The Great Rabbit-Proof Fence was built, crossing the entire length of Western Australia, and successfully accomplishing absolutely nothing but accidentally killing a lot of emus and kangaroos. 

Further attempts at controlling the population were similarly doomed. A bounty was offered, and then discontinued when the program was in danger of bankruptcy due to too many rabbits being brought in. Myxoma virus was introduced to the population, decimating the problem for a short time, until the now-huge populations of predators finished off the few surviving herbivorous marsupial competitors, died out from lack of food, and left the way even clearer for the new, myxoma-resistant rabbit population to grow. A nearly textbook case of What Not To Do.

I wish I could say that a miracle solution was found, but as with basically every invasive species problem in the world, it’s still a problem. A serious problem, in fact, since invasive species are probably one of the biggest factors responsible for extinction in Australia - which, not so incidentally, has an extinction rate higher than anywhere else in the world. The importance of Australia’s flora and fauna, which is one of the most unique in the world, is precisely because placental mammals never made it there - until we brought them. 

For example: If every species in North America was wiped out, we’d still have almost every single one of those genera represented somewhere else in the world, if not even the same species. If every species in Australia was wiped out we’d have…opossums. In an entirely different order. Which is sort of like all the bats in the world vanishing, but someone telling you not to worry, because we still have horses, and those are pretty much the same right???