Platypus venom paves way to possible diabetes treatment - BBC News
Australian researchers say platypus venom could pave the way for new type 2 diabetes treatments.

“The males of the extraordinary semi-aquatic mammal - one of the only kind to lay eggs - have venomous spurs on the heels of their hind feet. The poison is used to ward off adversaries. But scientists at the University of Adelaide have discovered it contains a hormone that could help treat diabetes. Known as GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide-1), it is also found in humans and other animals, where it promotes insulin release, lowering blood glucose levels. But it normally degrades very quickly. Not for the duck-billed bottom feeders though. Or for echidnas, also known as spiny anteaters - another iconic Australian species found to carry the unusual hormone. Both produce a long-lasting form of it, offering the tantalising prospect of creating something similar for human diabetes sufferers.”


So…this is it…. :(

After 223 epic 11 and 22-minute episodes (including several Halloween specials, a couple of Christmas specials, Marvel crossover, a Star Wars crossover and a full-length movie), 450 songs thru all four seasons (and extremely catchy as well), and an endless array of guest stars,  Phineas and Ferb has come to a sad but memorable end.

A little bit of a retrospect, when I was struck with a bout of severe depression in early 2012, I considered quitting Deviantart and permanently. It wasn’t until I saw the first episodes of Phineas and Ferb from Season 1 and that I saw the live-stage show that got me back on my feet. I became permanently attached emotionally to the engaging characters and, especially, the songs. It was ‘Gitchee-Gitchee-Goo’ from 'Flop Starz’ that got me out of my doldrums and got my muse fired up once more to write stories. Though I hold a very close candle to my heart for Candace for her determination to bust her brothers and, of course, her relationship with Jeremy.

All the characters that we grew up to know and love through these 104 days of their summer vacation has culminated in the series finale 'Last Day of Summer’. I am very well aware that there’s gonna be an OWCA 1-hr. special sometime in the fall, but it’s gonna be stand-alone.

The series has proved through its past that it has delivered a lot of laughs and a sense of humor that is unique to itself. I’d place it in the top four of my favorite cartoons of all my life, along with Kim Possible, Animaniacs, and The Simpsons. (I’m referring to the earlier episodes, not the later ones. Even though there were a few memorable ones from Season 20 onwards, most of them have been forgettable.)

But I digress.

Today, for my reviews, I will be looking at the hour-long series finale of the show that has touched my heart, and the hearts of millions of other viewers, everywhere: Phineas and Ferb.

But before I go through the episode, and point out its strengths and weaknesses, let me state a little warning that there are going to be some spoilers in the review. For my international DA followers, if your country hasn’t aired LDOS yet on your respective Disney Channel, I’d strongly suggest to you to not read this journal.

With that being said, I shall review 'Last Day of Summer’!

Concept: First, the concept of this episode is very intriguing in that Candace wants to do over the last day of her summer to bust the gang with Doof’s Do-Over-Inator after she failed to do so for the first time. It has a Groundhog’s Day-like twist to it. (For those of you who don’t know Groundhog Day, it was a 1993 comedy in which a weatherman, played by the funny Bill Murray, is forced to relive the same events of Feb. 2, over and over again in a continuous time loop. What made the film work was, of course, Murray. I recommend seeing the film). So as a tribute to Groundhog Day, Candace and Doofenshmirtz relive the same day over and over. But…there’s a twist! Every time they live through the day, the time continuum gets shorter and shorter and people begin to forget stuff like spoons and oranges. It just adds fuel to the drama that something is about go terribly wrong. In addition, there were a few callbacks to prior episodes, including the very first time Perry entered into his secret lair, and the Candace/Doof duet, which I will get to later. There’s also a minor sub-plot of Vanessa moving away from her dad, which turns out to be a life-changing moment for the both of them and executed in a compelling way.

Dialogue: The dialogue, once again, is top notch. Every joke and line was on point, particularly from Doofenshmirtz, Phineas, and Candace.

Songs: Where this episodes shines the most lies particularly in the songs. As it was from the very beginning of the show, the songs have always been a staple of Phineas and Ferb. In this episode, we have six.

A) One Last Day of Summer - The opening credit song sung by Phineas described that they have only the 104th day left before school begins, so they go on a hoverboard ride through Danville.

B) No One I’d Rather Go Nowhere with - The song in the second act describes, basically, the contraption with all of their past projects as a tribute to the summer.

C) Tomorrow is this morning again - The song in the third act, sung by Candace and Doofenshmirtz (and by far the only song to feature the two singing) celebrating the effects of the Do-Over-inator, before realizing its potential consequences. This sing is particular because some of the movements from Candy and Doof were similar to the Busted song back in Season 1

D) Gotta Get Back In Time - The song in the fifth act, describes the drama of Phineas and company getting out of the 'void’ Danville and back into the 'real’ Danville through the use of a catapult to escape through a time rift.

The last two songs were really emotional gut-punchers.

E) Curtain Call-Time Spent Together - This song in the final act plays while the group reminisce over all the summer adventures that they had over these 104 days.

F) and probably the most emotional song since the 'Act Your Age’ Phinabella duet is Thank You For Coming Along. This song in particular is emotional and heart-rendering for many Phineas and Ferb fans, particularly through the aftermath of the episode (including myself)

The only weakness that I noted through the episode was a lack of important secondary characters we love the most, particularly Stacy and Jeremy.

So, for my score, I give the episode a 9.1 of 10.

And the above image of Phineas , more than any other, will live in our hearts forever:

So, thank you, Phineas, Ferb, Isabella, Candace, Buford and Baljeet.

Thank you, Stacy and Jeremy!

Thank you, Doofenshmirtz, Norm, Vanessa, Monogram and Carl.

And thank you to our favorite semi-aquatic mammal of action, Perry the Platypus! Thank you all for uplifting all our spirits up high for many a fan of this wonderful show

But, more importantly, thank you for Dan and Swampy for all the moments, all the hard work, and all the sacrifices you made to put this show on the air (and especially for being the voices of Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, respectively). We’ll see you again in 2017 with Murphy’s Law.

Thank you to Vincent Martella, Thomas Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Caroline Rhea, Alyson Stoner, Bobby Gaylor, Maulik Pancholy, Olivia Olson, Kelly Hu, Mitchel Musso,  Tiffany Espensen,and others for all the time and effort that you put forth into providing the voices for our favorite characters.

Thanks to all the writers of the show for some of the best moments.

Thank you to everyone who were involved in the series for bringing a sense of optimism and determination to millions of people.

Thanks to the songwriters who wrote some of the catchiest songs in all of history that we’ll remember for a long time to come.

But, most vital of all, thanks to the fans who supported this show through the years.

And so, after 22 years, Dan and Swampy’s dream of bringing 104 of the most exciting days of summer vacation has come to an end.

Phineas and Ferb may be gone from the airwaves, but will still be playing inside the TVs of our hearts.

Thank you, again, Dan and Swampy, for everything.

Peace and Love to All


It's Always Been You

For the first time, I’m not writing with a prompt I found on the imagineyourotp blog. I watched Night of the Living Pharmacist and was squealing the whole time, and I really wanted to write about some of the after affects, since they didn’t forget everything like they usually do whenever Phinbella appears in the show. So yeah…here’s my take on what could have happened.

This isn’t related to The Little Moments Collection. Phineas and Isabella are about 14 in this story, and Ferb is 15-16.

Disclaimer: I don’t own Phineas and Ferb, and frankly I’m not too regretful or bitter about it. Can you even imaging producing such a huge franchise? I would have no life.

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a/n: sorry it’s a bit choppy, especially at the end, but enjoy anyways!

Pinnipeds are a clade of carnivorous, fin-footed, semi aquatic marine mammals. There are currently 33 species and 50 extinct species that have been described from fossils. Most species prefer the colder waters of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. They spend most of their lives in the water, but come ashore to mate, give birth, molt or escape from predat-

I’m interrupted by a knock on the door. My cousin, Imogen, strides in and takes a seat on my bed, next to my hedgehogs.

“How’s your essay going?”

I drop my pencil and bang my head on the table in frustration. I continue to slide onto the floor, faced down and groan.

“Does this answer your question?” I ask with a muffled voice, still lying on the cold, bare ground.

“Let’s give a round of applause for that dramatic performance to Nina Ivanenko! You should drop out of marine biology and go into acting school” Imogen said sarcastically as she attempted to pull me up.

This is my cousin, Gen. You may know her as Imogen Bezrukova. She’s a well known model in Illéa, who happens to be my best friend, cousin, and roommate all in one.

“Hilarious,” I said, rolling my eyes. “How was your trip?”

She just came back from a modelling shoot in Angeles. I usually went with her to these things but unfortunately, I had to spend the day writing an essay for school. One thing that you should know about me; My life revolves around animals. I’m currently studying at the University of Columbia for my Masters degree in Marine Biology, while I have a part time job at the aquarium.


“Same old, same old…. Did you hear that Prince Dom is finally of age for his selection? We should sign up!”

Living in a palace with 35 girls, hundreds of maids, butlers, and the royal family? No thanks

“I don’t know if you know this, but I don’t like being in places with lots of people. A palace is the least preferable place I’d like to be.”

“Come on, Nine! It’s not like either of us will actually get chosen. And plus, you have to face your fears,“ she protested. “You have to learn how to make more friends, because I’m not always going to be there for you… You can’t stay at home all day with your animals forever.”

“I will have you know that I am perfectly fine with that. Now if you don’t mind, I have to get to work,” I said, slamming the door.

I walked down the street as slowly as I possibly could. My shift wouldn’t start for another hour, but I didn’t want to stay at home with Imogen bothering me more, or else she would probably end up persuading me to sign up. It’s part of her charm. That is partly how I got into some modelling gigs. While Imogen was born into a family of twos, I was a three, so it was a miracle that she could even get me into modelling.

She’s been there for me through thick and thin ever since my family fell apart. Fun fact about me; I’m a triplet. Or at least I was. Long story short, Lilia and Callum Ivanenko died in a car crash while the I suffered from a coma. As you can all tell, I did eventually wake up. I woke up to a new life without my best friends by my side for the first time in six years. Though I still had a younger sister, named Ayla, I was still absolutely devastated when I learned that they hadn’t made it.

Time passed by as I finally starting coping with the fact that I was now the eldest. Three years later, a miracle happened. Ayla and I had a new baby sister named Roza. We thought that our family was finally healing from the loss. We thought wrong… The following year, my mother, Nadiya, was diagnosed with PPD (Postpartum Depression).

I’ll save you from the gory details. Let’s just say I lost my mother a few months later out of nowhere. Losing so many close family members took a toll on me. I isolated myself from everyone and everything for the longest time. Later that year, Imogen’s family moved over to Columbia from the Ukraine to help us heal. My father ended up marrying another woman and starting a new family, while my two sisters moved in with my aunt and uncle. As for Imogen and I, we moved out when she turned 17.


I turned around to see my friend, Kyomi, running towards me.

“Hey!” She took a breath of air. “You going to work?”

“Yep, just like usual.”

“Are you signing up for the selection by any chance?”

“No, I don’t think so.”

“Why not, Nina? It would be so fun!”

“I just don’t feel like it.”.

She babbled on and on about the book she was writing, while I was too busy lost in my thoughts. “-ave to go now, but let’s catch up next time!”

We parted ways and I headed went to work.

I unlocked the front door and walked inside, surprised to see papers scattered everywhere. Imogen was sitting in the center of the mess, scrounging through boxes. Maisie, my border collie, made his way over to greet me.

“Oh how are you doing, Maisie?” I scratched her head and turned my attention to the mess. “What’s all this?”

“I FOUND IT!” She screamed, jumping in the air. “HA TAKE A LOOK AT THIS, NINA!”

I took one look at the orange construction paper and groaned. “No. I am not signing up for the Selection because of this… this bet we made when we were five.”

“Read what it says out loud,” Gen responded with a smirk.

I sighed. “I swear that if I don’t get married by the time I am 17, I will do whatever Imogen and Lilia tell me to do.”

“So I guess we’re signing up for the selection!”

“We were five! And this is expired already.”

“There is no expiry date! A bet is a bet, Nina.”


“Come on.”

“I said no.”

“… Do it for Lilia. Remember? She always wanted to sign up.”

She knew this was a touchy subject for me. Bringing up your dead siblings always are.

“Fine. Only signing up. I cannot promise that I’ll get chosen, alright? Are you happy now?”

“I’m absolutely ecstatic!”

Don’t worry. The chance is one in a million, so there is no way you’ll get chosen. It’ll be alright.

I filled in the application form and handed it to Imogen so I wouldn’t throw it away. Truth be told, I had social anxiety, if you couldn’t already tell. I spent the whole night twisting and turning, panicking about what could happen if they picked me.

What did I get myself into?

Every time I watch Phineas and Ferb I get so confused 'cause

here’s a perfectly good-looking guy who is not only kind and understanding but also a a singer/guitarist and an infinitely patient boyfriend

so why the heck am I more attracted to a semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action

the signs as phineas and ferb characters
  • Aries: their mom
  • Taurus: perry the platypus
  • Gemini: the bullys gold fish that he loses
  • Cancer: candice
  • Leo: bully (buford von stomm)
  • Virgo: phineas
  • Libra: baljeet
  • Scorpio: jeremy
  • Sagittarius: dr heinz doofenshmirtz
  • Capricorn: isabella
  • Aquarius: vanessa doofenshmirtz
  • Pisces: ferb

Marvel’s cinematic universe gets vaster by the week, yet it still doesn’t contain as many semi-aquatic mammals as it should. Until now, that is…