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   Undertoad  Friday Oct 27 11:11 AM

October 27, 2006: Hippo eats pumpkin



xoB sends along this WaPo image to continue the pumpkin theme on Friday. We've had a lot of these beasts on IotD, but this one is still mind-boggling, to see "Cuddles" (her actual name), 43 years old at the San Francisco Zoo, opening that massive maw and chomping down on an entire large-size pumpkin. Imagine what damage she could do.



I was recently reminded of the much-hated Jar Jar Binks character, and I was thinking, what sort of animal would evolve to have eyes protruding out like that? It's not a good placement, if you don't want to go blind the first time you accidentally trip. It would have to be a predatory beast that spent most of its time partly submerged, so the eyes could spot things above water while the body stayed below for cover. Jar Jar's race is supposed to have evolved under water, so perhaps some thought has been put into his design beyond childish comic relief.



Sheldonrs  Friday Oct 27 11:14 AM

This reminds me of every family dinner I ever went to.



ladyangevil  Friday Oct 27 11:56 AM

jar jar binks

lol

i love/hate that character.

yeap.maybe he comes from the crocodile family.lol.



glatt  Friday Oct 27 12:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs
This reminds me of every family dinner I ever went to.
The eating style or the fine conversation about Jar Jar's heritage?


milkfish  Friday Oct 27 02:02 PM

Slugs have protruding eyes and aren't submersed predatory beasts, whatever else you may say about them.



axlrosen  Friday Oct 27 02:16 PM

This just proves my theory, that hippos are a cross between Jar Jar Binks and Austin Powers.

So, do is not look to anyone else like that hippo is just about to choke? Anyone know the hippo Heimlich?



Sheldonrs  Friday Oct 27 02:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
The eating style or the fine conversation about Jar Jar's heritage?
Both. I grew up in NJ.


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 27 04:11 PM

I don't think the hippo will choke....that pumpkin is in the "crush zone"....and there is plenty of water to wash it down.

Slugs don't trip, either.

I wonder what the two lower teeth that stick straight out are for? Digging?



Flint  Friday Oct 27 04:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
I wonder what the two lower teeth that stick straight out are for?



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 27 04:21 PM

Don't be silly, Hippos don't eat pallets.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 27 04:26 PM

OK, they're supposed to be pointed. So they're for stabbing.....and keeping the line moving.



SPUCK  Saturday Oct 28 05:34 AM

Quote:
wonder what the two lower teeth that stick straight out are for? Digging?
I agree. I have often wondered what most the teeth in a Hippo's mouth are for. They are just so random. Like sticks stuck into a mud bank.

At night they come out of the crap soup they sit in all day and graze like cows. But what do the graze with??!


Trilby  Saturday Oct 28 09:03 AM

Hippos need dentists.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Oct 28 10:17 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK
At night they come out of the crap soup they sit in all day and graze like cows. But what do the graze with??!
Impunity?


YellowBolt  Saturday Oct 28 10:38 PM

I would have been more impressed by "Pumpkin eats hippo"...



SPUCK  Thursday Nov 2 04:59 AM

Nice one xoxo!!! HAHAHA



mrnoodle  Thursday Nov 2 10:57 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK
Nice one xoxo!!! HAHAHA
I came in here to say that. I lol'ed.


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