A Christmas Biology Lesson

My mom gave me an adorable ornament for Christmas: a bunch of festive animals on a see-saw, and you can actually turn a little crank to make the see-saw go up and down.  It’s a 2013 Hallmark ornament called “Up for fun!”

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Isn’t it cute?

You might, then, be surprised to know that my mom only bought it for me because she knew it would push my buttons.  They have heard me complain on this topic often, so this is like a family joke at this point.

See those two larger animals on the ends?

Polar bear: lives in the Arctic.

Penguin: only found in the Southern Hemisphere (the Galápagos penguin is the only one to potentially cross the Equator, and then not by much)

These two animals NEVER MEET in the wild, and it drives me crazy when holiday stuff has them hanging out next to each other like best buds.  My family thinks this is hilarious (to be fair, it is), so they point out this stuff to me regularly.

The poem text on the ornament box even says they are hanging out at the North Pole–there are no penguins in the Arctic, let alone the North Pole!  Unless Santa has some kind of illegal menagerie.  He clearly has reindeer, but at least they are native to the region.

And what are those other two animals on the see-saw?  The smallest one is clearly a mouse (ok? cute but slightly random); I honestly thought the larger one was a kangaroo until my mom suggested it was a rabbit.  There are definitely lagomorphs in the Arctic, but that far north they are always white! WHITE! To blend in with the snow!

Now I’m picturing Santa as having some kind of Fortress of Solitude at the North Pole, like a jolly Superman.  His zoo just has holiday animals instead of intergalactic creatures.  I guess we’ve all learned something today…

 

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Rise, Shenron!

Dragonballs

My coworker made me an awesome Christmas present: a set of Dragonball ornaments!  She found small standard orange ornaments and painted red stars on them, seven balls in all.  The patterns of the stars are even accurate.

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What a clever idea!  I can’t wait to put them on my tree.  Thank you, Kelly, from one anime geek to another!

What should I wish for?

Happy Christmas, Jolee!

Just a quick note to share my cat’s reaction to his first real Christmas tree.  We had just had it cut and brought it home, and it is a blue spruce, so it was quite wet and prickly…

He had been nosing around the tree for about 15 minutes before he got brave enough to try this…and he hasn’t tried it since.

Transcript:

Me: Please tell me you got that.

Husband: Yes, I got that on video.  Oh my God…cat…

Me [to cat]: Yes, we’re laughing at you [dissolves into laughter]