three toed sloths

No, you don’t understand how poorly written Supergirl is.

In the second season, Supergirl falls in love with a walking can of Axe Body Spray with a really big forehead.  Now we have the standard romantic comedy set-up, old as the hills, where they can’t stand each other to start.  And the dipshit tells her she just likes saving people to inflate her own ego.

Now, let’s say I forgive that.  For the record, I don’t, because this isn’t how romance works to anyone who can find their ass with both hands and detailed instructions, but let’s just say, for the sake of the point I’m trying to make, that I forgive that.

We get to the end of the season, Supergirl and the season’s villain are duking it out, and the villain has Supergirl on the ropes.  The villain gets into her big bad guy speech… where she tells Supergirl that she just likes saving people to inflate her own ego.

The love interest has the same talking points that the villain does.

The reason “Don’t Put the Love Interest’s Words in the Villain’s Mouth” doesn’t show up in any little writer’s rule book is because you should know this shit already.  Like how not breathing turns you blue and makes you pass out.  We just kinda assumed you figured that one out on your own.

Now I know I’m just some asshole on the internet, and I know what side of the fence I’m on, and I normally don’t say shit like this, but…

I could have done a better job.

You could have done a better job.

Get yourself a three-toed sloth with dual IV drips of NyQuil and Jagermeister, and that little motherfucker could do a better job than the writers of Supergirl.

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

Ok so I’ve always loved nature documentaries, and Planet earth 2 is so far possibly the best one I’ve seen, and I felt inspired so

I’m gonna make a watercolour painting of the focus animal of each segment of the series AKA hoo boy what have I gotten myself into


1. Pygmy three-toed sloth


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pairing: Moana x Ariel (moariel)

words: 3k

summary: Moana really wants her book she has on call from the library, it’s been three weeks and it should have been returned by now, when she finally runs into the redhead on campus who’s checked it out it’s more of an experience than she bargained for to finally check it out

The lesbian Disney college AU no one asked for.

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Hiveswap names

CREDIA JEEVIK:

The Caridea, commonly known as caridean shrimp, are an infraorder of shrimp within the order Decapoda. They are found widely around the world in both fresh and salt water.

The name Jeevika is a baby girl name. The name Jeevika comes from the Indian origin. In Sanskrit the meaning of the name Jeevika is: Water. Similar Names: Evika ( Hebrew )

FIAMET:

Fiammetta [fi-ammet-ta] as a girls’ name is of Italian origin, and the meaning of Fiammetta is “little fiery one”. The word fiamma means “flame”: it may refer to the flames of the Holy Spirit that descended on the apostles on the day Christians commemorate as Pentecost.

DAMMEK:

His name is derived from Adama, Hebrew for Earth, alluding to his role as the troll who was transported to Earth.

It is possible that his name is derived from “damma”, which is Latin for deer, alluding to his antler-like horns.

TRIZZA TETHIS:

Her first name, Trizza is a plait or a braid in both Sicilian and Maltese languages. This is possibly a reference to Meenah’s hair, or maybe her own hair. Her last name is likely derived from Tethys, a greek Titaness of the sea. Saturn also has a moon named Tethys.

MIERFA DURGAS:

Mierfa is a change in Mirfak, which is the brightest star in the Perseus Constellation. Mirfak also means “elbow”, a slight reference to her elbow-bent horns.

Durgas is from Durga, a Hindu goddess most notable for her slaying of demons and monsters.

NEKTAN WHELAN:

Nektan: Variant of Nechtan, an Irish water deity, also popular name for Pict royalty.
Whelan: Irish surname, eventually derived from Faolin, meaning wolf. Nektan is a wolf of the sea (a pirate).
The fixation on the number seven for his typing quirk relates to: the seven seas, the seventh deadly sin (pride), the shape of his left horn, the seven main islands of Atlantis, and the seventh visible color of the rainbow (violet).
His symbol is one of the ones belonging to Neptune.

A nekton is any animal that swims to get its food, hence Nektan’s name and status as a sea dweller. 

XEFROS TRITOH:

Xefros is possibly named after Zephyrus, the Greek god of the west wind.

His lusus is a large sloth-like creature; his surname reflects this as it sounds like “tri toe” to reference the Three-Toed Sloth

Valuable and ingenious he might be, thought Jack, fixing him with his glass, but false he was too, and perjured. He had voluntarily sworn to have no truck with vampires, and here, attached to his bosom, spread over it and enfolded by one arm, was a greenish hairy thing, like a mat - a loathsome great vampire of the most poisonous kind, no doubt. ‘I should never have believed it of him: his sacred oath in the morning watch and now he stuffs the ship with vampires; and God knows what is in that bag. No doubt he was tempted, but surely he might blush for his fall?’

No blush; nothing but a look of idiot delight as he came slowly up the side, hampered by his burden and comforting it in Portuguese as he came.

‘I am happy to see that you were so successful, Dr Maturin,’ he said, looking down into the launch and the canoes, loaded with glowing heaps of oranges and shaddocks, red meat, iguanas, bananas, greenstuff. ‘But I am afraid no vampires can be allowed on board.’

‘This is a sloth,’ said Stephen, smiling at him. ‘A three-toed sloth, the most affectionate, discriminating sloth you can imagine!’ The sloth turned its round head, fixed its eyes on Jack, uttered a despairing wail, and buried its face again in Stephen’s shoulder, tightening its grip to the strangling-point.

—  ― Patrick O'Brian, H.M.S. Surprise