Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Gastric-Brooding Frog

The gastric-brooding frog was a small species of frog that lived in Australia until it went extinct in the 1980's. This was a unique frog with an incredibly unusual method of caring for its young. Normal frogs lay their eggs in water, where they hatch into tadpoles that eventually metamorphose into little froggies. Fish, turtles, birds, and many other animals consider frog eggs and tadpoles to be quite tasty, so most never make it to the terrestrial stage. The gastric-brooding for, however, has solved this problem by swallowing its eggs and letting them hatch, swim, and metamorphose inside its stomach.
When the little tadpoles have become frogs, the parent urps them up and sends them off to live their lives.

Can you imagine swallowing your baby and barfing up a teenager years later?

Sunday, June 2, 2013


Awesomedog has an unusual ability to open damned near anything. He can work zippers and buckles, certain types of doorknobs, and those airtight vault containers made for pet food.

Anything remotely edible inside a plastic container or with a plastic lid is fair game, but Awesomedog doesn't like to chew on metal or glass. For years, anything with a metal lid was considered safe. However, Awesomedog views the world as one giant food puzzle toy. Garbage cans, refrigerators, and jam jars rank alongside Kongs, Buster Cubes, and TreatStiks. The day Awesomedog learned to chew the lids off liquor bottles, I found him passed out on the couch with an empty bottle of Bailey's.

Fortunately there was only an inch left before he drained the bottle, but we now keep the liquor locked up because Awesomedog has yet to figure out how keys work.