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Fun Fact Friday!

If not for giant sloths, we might not have avocados to enjoy today.

Prehistoric ground sloths first appeared around 35 million years ago. Dozens of species lived across North, Central and South America, alongside other ancient creatures like mastodons and giant armadillos. Some ground sloths, like the megalonychid, were cat-sized, but many were massive. The Megalonyx weighed about a ton, and that was small compared to megatherium, which could reach six metric tons, as much as an elephant. They ambled through the forests and savannas using their strong arms and sharp claws to uproot plants and climb trees, grazing on grasses, leaves, and prehistoric avocados. Smaller animals couldn’t swallow the avocado’s huge seed, but the sloths could,and they spread avocado trees far and wide.

Can we get a ‘thank you giant sloths!’?

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why are sloths so slow? - Kenny Coogan

Animation by Anton Bogaty

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Why are sloths so slow?

Giant ground sloths flourished for millions of years, but around 10,000 years ago, they started disappearing along with the Western Hemisphere’s other megafauna. Researchers think that ground sloths could have been pushed out by an oncoming ice age, or competition with other species, maybe humans, who arrived in the region around the time most of the sloths went extinct. Some of the smaller sloths did survive and migrated to the treetops. Today, there are six species left living in the rainforest canopies of Central and South America. 

Hanging out in the trees is a good way to avoid predators, and there are plenty of leaves to eat. But this diet has its drawbacks. Animals extract energy from food and use that energy to move around, maintain their body temperature, keep their organs working, and all the other activities necessary for survival. But leaves don’t contain much energy, and that which they do have is tough to extract. Most herbivores supplement a leafy diet with higher energy foods like fruit and seeds. But sloths, especially three-toed sloths, rely on leaves almost exclusively. They’ve evolved finely tuned strategies for coping with this restricted diet. First, they extract as much energy from their food as possible. Sloths have a multi-chambered stomach that takes up a third of their body, and depending on the species, they can spend five to seven days, or even weeks, processing a meal.

The other piece of the puzzle is to use as little energy as possible. One way sloths do this is, of course, by not moving very much. They spend most of their time eating, resting, or sleeping. They descend from the canopy just once a week for a bathroom break. 

When sloths do move, it’s not very fast. It would take a sloth about five minutes to cross an average neighborhood street. This unhurried approach to life means that sloths don’t need very much muscle. In fact, they have about 30% less muscle mass than other animals their size. Sloths also use less energy to keep themselves warm because their body temperature can fluctuate by about five degrees Celsius, less than a cold-blooded reptile, but more than most mammals. These physical and behavioral adaptations minimize the sloth’s energy expenditure, or metabolic rate. Three-toed sloths have the slowest metabolism of any mammal. The giant panda is second slowest, and two-toed sloths come in third.

Moving slowly has allowed sloths to thrive in their treetop habitat. But it’s also made the sloths themselves a great habitat for other organisms, including algae, which provides a little extra camouflage, and maybe even a snack. Sloths may not be giant anymore, but that doesn’t make them any less remarkable.

From the TED-Ed Lesson Why are sloths so slow? - Kenny Coogan

Animation by Anton Bogaty

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GIF BATTLE: the PT squad ver

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round 3: seven deadly sins + monsta x

anonymous asked:

Can I get a sloth fact?

Wildlife fact: Sloths are fast when we are not watching. Within the animal community, sloths are known as skilled hunters and try to keep humans from knowing so. Fortunately, I am not a human. 

anonymous asked:

What's your opinion on people saying the Briggs arc is boring because personally every time I hear that a part of my soul breaks off and dies

the briggs arc is honestly one of the best parts in the show? It’s so well thought out and really puts the nail in the Something Is Deeply Wrong With this Country coffin. While many of the episodes have less hand-to-hand action than the rest of the show, I think it actually really emphasises that war isn’t always preceded by violence and grand battles. Something evil this way comes, and sometimes the warning is as quiet and simple as ‘stand down’ and ‘stop interfering with government matters.’ 

It introduces Olivier and the crew on the wall, who are very interesting foils to the rest of the characters we’ve met so far. They’re close knit, good people who Ed and the rest of our protags can trust, but they’re also hardened and neutral. I think it’s also important to note that this arc is a complicated political game. Ed has to play the Compliant, Obedient party to protect Winry, while also trying to further his own personal goal and get support for the ‘rebellion’. 

He has to convince Olivier, a largely unpredictable and calculating chess piece, to involve her troops– who she cares deeply about– in a conflict that could put them on the receiving end of the government’s wrath. 

Then you throw in Kimblee, a chaotic evil character with his own set of morals (few of which are good.) He complicates things very badly. Not only does he have political protection, but he also brings along Raven and Winry herself. Raven is here to keep Olivier in line (an impossible task, in the end), and Winry is here to keep Edward and Alphonse in line. They’re locked in this power struggle where every move is a risky one, and the Elrics eventually have no choice but to criminalize themselves and become fugitives while Olivier goes undercover.  

Then you have the ramping suspense behind the nation-wide transmutation circle, and the fact that Sloth is days away from finishing it. All that’s left is the crest of blood and the sacrifices, and Father can execute his plans. Time is running out, and the Briggs arc is the drumroll leading up to the Promised Day itself. 

tl:dr, the Briggs arc is one of the most clever and suspenseful parts of the series, and anyone who says otherwise probably just needs to rewatch it. 

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True facts about sloths.

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I don’t know about you guys, but my very first reaction when I found out that Mateo’s spirit guide was a sloth was, “What the–????” Because sloths are typically associated with laziness and I would never describe a young man who worked alone day and night for years to teach himself magic as lazy!

I realized that there must be some deeper meaning because I’ve learned that in this show, they don’t do things half way and they wouldn’t give Mateo a spirit guide that didn’t reflect his character and personality. So, I decided to do a little research on sloth spirit wisdom and traditions associated with sloth totems. Interestingly enough, I found some really cool tidbits that I think really apply to Mateo as a character!

  • Sloth spirits remind us to seek higher knowledge and to keep an open mind about the spirit realm. How appropriate that our cloistered scholarly wizard has a spirit guide to help him seek higher knowledge about magic/spirit world!
  • They remind us to take advantage our our gifts and talents. Mateo is a magically gifted teenager learning to be confident in his talent and use it for the greater good.
  • Sloth spirits choose people who feel like outcasts and are struggling to find their place on the world. Now, we don’t know much about Mateo’s life before Sofia came along looking for Alacazar’s chanul, but again I suspect that as a young man who chose to defy the law to learn magic in secret and spent all hours of the day and night studying alone in a basement  would at the very least feel like the odd man out at school. And it’s pretty clear to me that part of Mateo’s role in this show is finding his place in the world as a wizard.
  • Sloths are peaceful and easygoing. They take things at their own pace, and are considerate, caring and  even tempered. I think this describes Mateo’s personality perfectly!
  • Sloth spirit guides emphasize energy conservation, not laziness. Work smarter not harder. Mateo is calm and calculating. He doesn’t generally rush into things, he takes his time to find the right solution.
  • The sloth is incredibly strong, hanging upside down for days at a time.  They teach about strength which comes in many forms – physical, mental, emotional, etc… Elena has pointed out that Mateo’s greatest characteristic is his inner strength ( remember “the magic within you”??).
  • And, just for fun and because I’m a shameless Eleteo shipper so I can’t resist! People with sloth spirit guides tend to be attracted to wild, unruly, unpredictable people with big dreams and big ideas which can work out wonderfully if the person has a tendency towards selflessness and has a big heart.  I can’t think of anyone more unruly and unpredictable but with a big heart in this fandom than our beloved Crown Princess.

Anyways just some fun facts about sloth spirits that I thought were interesting and oh so appropriate when considered in relationship to our favorite royal wizard and thought some of y'all would too :) 

(OOC) Fun Fact: Triss

Her voice is surprisingly calm, and is practically almost child-like. She normally speaks in a hushed whisper, though her words are always clear no matter who chooses to hear it.

She’s also been commenting on being a bit creepy when she speaks, and her high-pitch shriek of a laugh doesn’t exactly make this any better. She finds this incredibly amusing, and continues to do it to get an reaction out of those she wishes to scare.