Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Pentail *hic* Tree Shrew

Ok, to be honest, I hated the last header. I was proud of it because it took a lot of time, but at the end of the day, it looked like garbage. So, here's the newest header. I actually like this one, and it took about fifteen minutes. It's a bit country sure, but hey, who doesn't like chewing on bits of straw?

Now, to make this post more interesting than just telling you I made a new header, I figured I'd tell you about a little squirrel-mouse-looking guy with a bird feather on his tail who drinks beer. That's right, researchers recently discovered the only mammal on earth, other than us, who regularly consumes alcohol. He is a cousin of primates, and his name is the Pentail Tree Shrew. Every night the little critters imbibe a spirit in the flowers of the Bertram Palm which collect a kind of yeast that ferments the nectar into something akin to beer. Accounting for weight, and the strength of the alcohol, the little fellas drink the equivalent of 9 glasses of wine every night.

The remarkable thing, is that they never, never seem to get drunk. Imagine drinking nine shots of tequilla, and then running around through the branches of trees. Sounds like some college students I know.

Here's the story on NPR if you want to check it out.

Oh, and if you enjoyed that, you might like to read about the dog who sucked on toads because it was like taking a hit of acid.


Rachel Elek said...

Or you might be interested to know that today is the second anniversary of Joshua and Rachel Elek!

Joshua said...

Yeah, that too. I bought your present by the way. In case you think I forgot.

Tim & Deane said...

Happy Anniversary. Happy Anniversary. Happy Anniversary, HAAAAAAAppy Anniversary.

Joshua said...

Thank you! (Can you believe she stuck with me for two years? Wow. If this keeps up, I'll be the luckiest guy I know.)