Hamsters can carry as much as their own body mass in their cheeks, a fact which has lead to a large spike in Mexican hamster sales in recent years. In an effort to smuggle drugs across the border, cartels are now sending up thousands of hamsters with drug-filled cheeks.
The slender loris is capable of performing several ballroom styles of dance, including the Viennese Waltz, the East Coast Swing, and the Egyptian Shumba, and was the inspiration for Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”.
The kiwi is the small flightless bird from New Zealand, named after the kiwi, the small flightless fruit from somewhere else or maybe New Zealand, too. Kiwi are delicious and sold in stores, but please don’t eat kiwi.
A common misconception, a flounder is not actually a separate species of fish, but actually a hereditary condition affecting many fish today. Some restaurants in Japan specialize in serving several varieties of floundered fish which are served in short stacks and a house-brand maple syrup.
“Canary in the coalmine,” the expression of dark warning, actually originates from the American prospector days, when mine operators would contract whole families, including the family pets, to work in the mines to make ends meet.
Raccoons only had their iconic stripes as recently as 1964, when they evolved them to keep from being hunted for their fur. The pattern had saved the species, for nobody wanted to hunt a creature that resembled unfashionable hatwear.
The french dish escargot got its name from french travelers in the middle ages who frequently had snail friends, but when police questioned them about their relationship, they would say “No, no. It’s cargo.” or “Escargo.”
Around the turn of the century anteaters were commonly used as low-cost exterminators. It wasn’t until the Toledo Ant Riots in 1919 that they began to be replaced with human beings. This shift became known as “the great betrayal,” and was the direct link to the extinction of the american anteater.