Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Platypus power

I so want this t-shirt.

At my last job, the picture on my computer desktop was of a mama platypus and her two pups, or hatchlings, or whatever they call those infants. To the untrained eye, it looked like a groundhog wearing a soiled Donald Duck souvenir beak over its snout and holding a jumbo shrimp in either hand.

I became totally obsessed with monotremes for a while, as much for there inherent interesting-ness as for the fact that I didn't have a whole lot of work to do at my job. My coworker Johnny Mumbles insinuated that my interest was peculiar. Clams Casino, a cohort known for her fondess of all non-human mammalian babies, had her reservations about the two pieces of shrimp. She argued that perhaps monotremes should not be classified as mammals for her purposes.

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