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1148688.  Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:07 pm Reply with quote

How do you catchee monkey?

The "Snub-nosed Monkey" is a small, Asian, and apparently nose-less primate from the "Rhinopithecus" genus (which, ironically, translates as "nose monkey"). These monkeys live quite happily without a prominent proboscis until the rainy season, when the absence of a bridge to protect the nasal cavity allows their noses to fill up with rain water. To solve this, they have developed a custom of sneezing loudly to expel the water, and this has the unfortunate habit of alerting any nearby predators as to their whereabouts.

So there you go; don't bother with softly, softly- just wait for it to rain.

However, if you want to catch an anteater it can pose a little more challenging. The "Numbat" is a small, Australian marsupial, which looks somewhere between a squirrel and an aardvark. Numbats can sleep for up to 15 hours a day, and this involves finding a cosy treestump, hollow log or burrow and filling it with moss and bark. Not having the best natural defence mechanisms, the numbat solves the problem of night time security by climbing head first into his burrow, and then reversing back out until his bottom wedges in the entrance, preventing predators from creeping in during the night. Probably the only example in nature of a "butt-plug" being used for security.

Numbats also have more teeth than any other marsupial, with up to 52 at one time. However, as far as marsupial teeth go, they don't see much action, thanks to their squishy termite diet. The wombat, which eats tough, fibrous plant matter, has rootless teeth that never stop growing and are constantly being worn down. Similarly, the kangaroo has four sets of molars that move forward when the front ones get worn away. Less impressively, the eucalyptus munching koala has teeth which never grow and eventually wear right down, consigning the koala to death by starvation.

On the subject of teeth, did you know you can now get your teeth tattooed? It's called a "tattooth" and is becoming an increasingly popular phenomenon in the United States. Fortunately, the tattoo only works on crowns or bridges, but people are paying anywhere between $100-$1000 for designs ranging from the absurd, a procession of cartoon elephants marching across multiple teeth; to the borderline genius, one woman actually had her company logo emblazoned on her smile.
True Facts About Marsupials

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1148732.  Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:20 pm Reply with quote

designs ranging from the absurd: a procession of cartoon elephants marching across multiple teeth, to the borderline genius: one woman actually had her company logo emblazoned on her smile.

aren't the epithets the wrong way round there?

1148753.  Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:12 am Reply with quote

I believe they are- thank you!

1148756.  Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:23 am Reply with quote

I have a distinct memory of the great Ian Dury having the Union flag tattooed on his teeth back in the late 70's/ early 80's.

Spud McLaren
1148758.  Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:30 am Reply with quote

1149113.  Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:47 pm Reply with quote

Thanks Spud! Always nice to have vague memories confirmed.

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Why should you care what they do?
'Cos after all is said and done,

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