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Crunchy
101736.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:21 pm Reply with quote

I was watching TV last Saturday and came across the new Lotto game 1-100. One of the questions was: What is the hippopotamuses closest relative. A: Pig B: Rhinoceros or C: Whale.

I took an educated logical guess and thought it was Rhino. It could I suppose have been the pig, but I thought the hippo looks like a rhino it's just missing a few horns. Logical really.

Who would have guessed it was the whale! How, why ..what happened. Did a whale couple decide the ocean life wasn't for them anymore and decide to become land-lovers, sprout legs AND THEN walk across the continent of Africa until they found the right swamp to bring up other hippopotami and eat buns all day (that is what they eat isn't it..I saw it on Animal Magic when I was young).

There has to be some sort of Darwinian mistake here. Yes they both love water; yes they are both fat, but that's it. Where's the friggin hole in the head; how many whales do you see eating buns, exactly, I rest my case.

Maybe it was because no other animal family wanted it. That's it. "Rhino, we've found your long lost cousin whilst doing Who Do You Think You Are for the BBC" "P!+s off before I horn you". The poor whale was to busy trying too see it's diner let alone catch it. I mean, come on, how long does it take the whale to pick it's teeth after a good feed. It was distracted the poor thing. No wonder a few of them have got the hump or are blue with anger. I'm not even going to mention what the Sperm whale thought of the idea, least to say it was very messy.

So come on fellow QI'ers prove to me the whale deserved the hippo as a long lost fug of a cousin!


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thePhantom
101745.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:34 pm Reply with quote

the new bbc1 idents are very hippopotamusy

 
costean
101754.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:42 pm Reply with quote

Well, hippos are the only mammal (apart from cetaceans) to both mate and give birth in water.

All the hippo facts you could want are here wiki

 
Crunchy
101755.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:46 pm Reply with quote

And for all those who haven't clue what thePhantom is on about go here

http://www.tvradiobits.co.uk/idents/bbc1k.htm

Oh my God...I've mated in the water and my wife wanted to give birth to our first born in a tub full of water. Does that mean we're related ),,;


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costean
101756.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:48 pm Reply with quote

Crunchy wrote:

Oh my God...I've mated in the water and my wife wanted to give birth to our first born in a tub full of water. Does that mean we're related ),,;


Ah, yes this may well be a very a good point. Do you have a specialist page in wiki?

 
Crunchy
101760.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:52 pm Reply with quote

[quote="costean"]
Crunchy wrote:

Ah, yes this may well be a very a good point. Do you have a specialist page in wiki?


No but I have found some QI pages about human reproductive techniques on the internet, complete with detailed pictures.

 
costean
101765.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:00 pm Reply with quote

I think I might have seen them - they are QI.

 
Hans Mof
101766.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:01 pm Reply with quote

If I remember correctly what happend was this:

After life developed in the seas some creatures felt that all the water was just a bit boring and decided to discover a new world: land.
After a while some of these 'landers' recognised that this new world couldn't live up to expectations and so they headed back into the sea to become whales.
But then a few thousand years later (whether because they have forgotten or just because they were indecisive I don't know) they returned to land. A couple of years later (enough to let evolution do its thing) there was the first hippo.

I know, it's not the most scientific explanation but the gist of it should be clear.

 
Crunchy
101772.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:10 pm Reply with quote

Hans Mof wrote:
If I remember correctly what happend was this:

After life developed in the seas some creatures felt that all the water was just a bit boring and decided to discover a new world: land.
After a while some of these 'landers' recognised that this new world couldn't live up to expectations and so they headed back into the sea to become whales.
But then a few thousand years later (whether because they have forgotten or just because they were indecisive I don't know) they returned to land. A couple of years later (enough to let evolution do its thing) there was the first hippo.

I know, it's not the most scientific explanation but the gist of it should be clear.


I think in this instance I will refer you to Qi Tzus' post on "Knock Knock" about QI:

"QI is dedicated to the proposition that anything can be made interesting if looked at in the right way. We also think that, if it canít be explained clearly to a 12-year old child, it's probably wrong. Or, it could be maths or something".

I still haven't heard where or when the hole in the head went

 
grizzly
101775.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:16 pm Reply with quote

Hippopotamuses (pl sp?) kill more people than every other wild animal in Africa combined (with the exception of parasites and those animals that kill by spreading infection) including; all big cats, crocs (and anything else that you would expect to eat you in Africa).

 
Crunchy
101778.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:23 pm Reply with quote

grizzly wrote:
Hippopotamuses (pl sp?) kill more people than every other wild animal in Africa combined (with the exception of parasites and those animals that kill by spreading infection) including; all big cats, crocs (and anything else that you would expect to eat you in Africa).


When did they loose their taste for buns then? I blame the death of Johnny Morris...lost their source of buns

 
costean
101779.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:26 pm Reply with quote

Crunchy wrote:

I still haven't heard where or when the hole in the head went


As they evolved from other land mammals (including the hippo), whales developed the the hole in the head independently. The hippo never had one.

grizzly wrote:
Hippopotamuses (pl sp?) kill more people than every other wild animal in Africa combined (with the exception of parasites and those animals that kill by spreading infection) including; all big cats, crocs (and anything else that you would expect to eat you in Africa).


Yes, hippos appear to be jolly dangerous chaps. 'Hippopotamuses' is the correct plural form, although the OED does accept 'hippopotami'.


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Crunchy
101786.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:45 pm Reply with quote

Sorry, but I don't hold with the theory that whales evolved from land-lovers (I've seen the Guinness advert). I mean, I know there are some humans that are aspiring to be land based whales and that the only way they can regain any form of mobility is to throw them in the ocean, but I was always led to believe that we all crawled out from the deep blue yonder.

Why would the hippo crawl back? It's buns would get soggy

 
grizzly
101791.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:55 pm Reply with quote

Animals are always evolving back into the sea and back out of it again. Mammals afterall are only a fairly recent conception in terms of evolutionary history and first evolved on land.

I imagine that some sort of animal like the seal must have been an ancestor of all whales and that it eventually evolved to live less on land until it came to live exclusively in the oceans.

 
costean
101828.  Tue Oct 10, 2006 4:03 pm Reply with quote

It seems odd, but seals belong to the suborder pinnipedia and recent studies have shown that the closest living relatives of the pinnipeds are the bears.

For an explanation please see : wiki

 

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