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Kaaaa

Kaaaa

This is a snake. Of that, I am sure. The kind of snake? Long, snakey, green, yeah, that’s it. I got nothing. But this mouse is worried. mcdewey

Mystery Birds 2

Mystery Birds 2

More birds whose names I have forgotten. The eyes on this one look human! Anyway, if anyone knows the names of these guys*, let me know. mcdewey *I am pretty sure I heard one call the other Oswald, but I can’t be sure.

One Roo

One Roo

Kangaroo hopping is a staple of cartoons. At least the ones that I grew up on. Of course, kangaroo boxing was pretty common in those cartoons as well. When grazing and moving small distances, kangaroos don’t hop. They use “pentapedal” locomotion. In this case they form a tripod with their tail and front feet while bringing their hind legs forward. But, when they want to move, they hop. While hopping, they easily reach speeds of 13-16 mph and have been clocked as fast…

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Emu

Emu

I kept looking for an Emu with a full head of feathers, but they all look this shaggy. Turns out this is normal. Emu are 5-6 feet tall and can reach speeds of 30 mph. I never saw one moving more than a walking pace. Feeding them is kinda scary. They turn their heads on the side and snatch of the food and whatever bits of extra skin you have on your hands. mcdewey

Black Swan

Black Swan

All swans are white. This was absolutely true until Australia was discovered where black swans are found. This is the metaphor for a theory, the theory of black swan events. Black swan events are unexpected events that have a disproportionate effect on things and that are rationalized after the fact. I highly recommend reading this book. Oh, and by the way. Black swans are real. mcdewey