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Animal Topic for Discussion II.

February 26th, 2008 by Bill Corbett · 63 Comments


Is the Duck-Billed Playtpus a wonder of the natural world, or the victim of botched species-reassignment surgery?

You make the call!


UPDATE: Marty (Gromit) made an excellent point below:

    “I don’t see a bacon tie in here, you guys are slipping….”

Quite right. Um…

    “The ducky bill of the platypus makes bacon-eating more difficult, which accounts for the animal’s bitter disposition.”


And just to be safe…


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63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Inspector Dim on Feb 26, 2008 at 7:10 am

    I think it’s just proof that God’s sense of humor sucks.

  • 2 Mr. Slick on Feb 26, 2008 at 7:13 am

    Unlike Yahoo Serious the Playtpus is a wonder of the natural world and not an evil spawn of Satan.

  • 3 "Digits" on Feb 26, 2008 at 7:33 am

    I’m going with the botched species reassignment. I mean cause WTF?
    Or perhaps Ford Prefect was just messing around a million years ago- he’s responsible for the giraffe you know.

  • 4 SaucyRossy on Feb 26, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I always thought it was proof that god had a sense of humour.

  • 5 SEISMIC on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:05 am

    God joking w/ us-I mean she is crazy as hell!

  • 6 Hotbox F. Mellonhead on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:13 am

    I always considered the platypus as just another source for Mr. Rogers’ creepy puppets. You know all about puppets, don’t you?

  • 7 SEISMIC on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I love Mr Rogers!! What were we talking about again?

  • 8 Rob T Firefly on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Zoologically speaking, they are actually members of the shoehorn family.

  • 9 gammer on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I like God’s sense of humor. I mean if it weren’t for it, then we wouldn’t have the jackalope:

  • 10 SEISMIC on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:52 am

    How true-nothing tops the jackalope!!

  • 11 Lord-z on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:01 am

    It is well known that Duck-beaks is the Groucho Marx glasses of nature. Animals put them on when they want to look fun. The australian beaver has never been seen without, as they like to look funny on pictures…

    They are not quite as much fun as they think they are.

  • 12 Inspector Dim on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Brief question. Is God’s sense of humor also responsible for the “puggle” (See: ), or should we take full credit for that little bugger?

  • 13 Marty (Gromit) on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Hey man, some animals just don’t want to be labeled, OK man.

    I don’t see a bacon tie in here, you guys are slipping….

  • 14 SEISMIC on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:26 am

    plato-bacon! there!! happy?!?!

  • 15 Courtney on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:27 am

    *ahem* “The male Platypus has ankle spurs which produce a cocktail of venom, composed largely of defensin-like proteins (DLPs), which is unique to the Platypus. Although powerful enough to kill smaller animals, the venom is not lethal to humans, but is so excruciating that the victim may be incapacitated.”

    In other words, these things will eff your ess up. (I watched my language. Who’s proud of me?)

  • 16 MikeP on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I Canada we call it the Spatula-Nosed Freak-Beaver… which would be a great name for a band, now that I think about it.

  • 17 Bill Corbett on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:34 am

    “The australian beaver has never been seen without, as they like to look funny on pictures…”

    They could at least add some glasses with springy eyeballs…now THAT’S funny.

  • 18 Mephisto the Great on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I think that is the greatest single bit of trivia I have ever learned. I am SO using that the next time I need to butter up the boss for a promotion.

    I think I’ll add “it will eff your ess up” in a really loud “hip hop” accent while miming a gun blasting with my fingers in his face.

    That is SURE to win him over.

  • 19 SEISMIC on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Being a poet of sorts I think I will write an ode intitled that!!

  • 20 SEISMIC on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:44 am

    even funnier than a neutered fat cat?

  • 21 SEISMIC on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:57 am

    As prmoised-and I’d say rather lovely!!

    Ode to the Spatula-Nosed Freak-Beaver

    Oh freak beaver
    With your nose so spatuala-ish!
    Oh freak beaver
    You make us laugh and think of religion
    Oh freak beaver
    Why didn’t someone make a really shitty horror movie
    (oops I am not watching my laungauge-are you proud of me?)
    so a dude and 2 bots could mock the shit out of you?
    Oh freak beaver
    I think that would have been the best episode of that show
    Hmm,..what was it called again?
    Oh you spatula nosed freak beaver
    That sounds kinda sick when I say it like that-huh?
    Hmm,now what was I saying again?

  • 22 Bill Corbett on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:00 am

    “In other words, these things will eff your ess up. “

    They’ll fold my shirts up?

    Hey thanks, Platypi!

  • 23 Courtney on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:02 am

    But they won’t starch. Those monsters!

  • 24 bob the hog on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:22 am

    After you figure this one out, please explain Jar Jar Binks.


  • 25 gammer on Feb 26, 2008 at 10:27 am

    That was the ‘other God’ who created Binks.

  • 26 Daddy-O on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    And sadly, Jar Jar was the only character in Ep 1 with any kind of personality.

  • 27 Daddy-O on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Well, Platypi do lay eggs, which can be enjoyed with bacon.

  • 28 Adam on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Joey Pants looks like he’s fondly remembering an awesome zinger he used on some jerk who was mouthing off to him.

    “Yeah, I totally dusted that guy at the auto parts store. Dude tried to step up to the Pants. NOBODY STEPS UP TO THE PANTS.”

  • 29 Dallas on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Personally, I consider it proof that God exists, and sometimes He gets into the cooking sherry.

  • 30 MarkAndrew on Feb 26, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    You’re very close to how you’ll catch him…There are three major centers for transspecies surgery: Johns Hopkins, the University of Minnesota, and Columbus Medical center. I wouldn’t be surprised if Platy has applied for sex reassignment at one or all of them, and been rejected.

  • 31 Neb on Feb 26, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    God gave the platypus venomous spurs so they could totally zap those who mocked their otherworldly goofiness. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it. The entire continent of Australia is evidence that God is not completely knowable by mere man (and that includes Yahoo Serious).

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  • 33 Yanni on Feb 26, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    But he wants to be reborn. He will be reborn…

  • 34 bob the hog on Feb 26, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Everyone hates you but Daddy-O, Jar Jar.

  • 35 Daddy-O on Feb 26, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Nope, I think everyone hates him, including me. Just pointing out a major flaw of the movie.

  • 36 Kawika0 on Feb 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    You sure that’s not driftwood?

  • 37 Comic Book Guy on Feb 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I still love you, Jar Jar.

  • 38 Take5 on Feb 26, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Platypi are officially creepy:

    “Human penis ends with a head called gland. This is also the case of most species. But platypuses and echidnas have bifurcated penises. The bifurcated penises are formed by two distinct columns and so the penis has four heads! The penis is not used for urination and it only gets out of the body during mating (the penis is kept, while resting, in the cloaca). Males ejaculate with just two heads (half of the penis) at a time!”

  • 39 gammer on Feb 26, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    no, you know what’s creepy?
    House Centipedes:

    Damn those things freak me out!!

  • 40 MikeP on Feb 26, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Your link doesn’t appear to work, gammer, but let me do a quick Google image search and OH GOD NO IN THE NAME OF JOEY PANTS I REBUKE THIS FOUL INSECTOID VISION!!!

  • 41 Mephisto the Great on Feb 26, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    No, I stand corrected. THAT is the single greatest bit of trivia I have ever encountered.

    And THAT, when used at the appropriate moment in casual conversation at the next office party is SURE to get me that promotion.

  • 42 Ranika on Feb 26, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    I love platypi. I think they’re cute little freak-animals, and they’re venomous! How awesome is that for a mammal? How can anyone dislike an animal who’s babies are called puggles? They’re awesome little guys. Despite looking like little weirdo freaks, they soldier on. Course, I think many ugly mammals are cute for the sake that I pity them. For platypi, I’m opting totally for wonder of the natural world. Rock on you freaky looking duck-otter-beavers!

  • 43 AmandaGal on Feb 27, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Darn Courtney. You beat me! I was going to say that they are one of the few mammals with venom.

    I wouldn’t want to get cornered by one. They are surprisingly fast too. Those weirdo Aussie animals are not to be effed with.

  • 44 gammer on Feb 27, 2008 at 6:46 am

    MikeP, its common to have these ’suckers’ in your basement around this part of Canada. I’ve seen and slaughtered a few in our house. “Apparently” they are ‘good’ because they eat other insects. But man they are freaky looking and fast and the last thing they usually see is the bottom of my shoe coming down at 100 MPH!

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    another funny name I have to write an ode for!
    thanks a lot!! Like I don’t have enough to do!!!!!!

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