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Is The Blobfish, Really The “World’s Ugliest Animal”?

The blobfish, also known as the “world’s ugliest animal” (or so it was voted in 2013) is quite a rare sea creature, and definitely not a pleasant one.

Discovered in 2000, mainly off the coast of Australia, this deep sea creature is not as scary as it seems.  The blobfish, it was discovered, is made up of mostly jelly like flesh with almost no muscle.  This leads to a couple of important characteristics of the blobfish’s life.  Firstly, as it has almost no muscle, it cannot actually do much.  Blobfish sits on the ocean floor and feed on matter floating by.  They are not able to really swim and therefore hunt, but instead wait with open mouths typically for pieces of small crustaceans to come by for them to swallow.

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The other important characteristic this brings about is that because they’re mostly jelly like and not muscular, they are low density.  This causes them to float along gently rather than be stuck to one spot on the bottom of the ocean floor.

By looking at pictures we can understand why there are so many jokes centred around the looks of the blobfish, but is this really fair?  As we’ve mentioned, blobfish live at the bottom of the ocean and down there the pressure is anywhere from 60 to 120 times higher than what we experience on land.  This means that while blobfish look quite literally like blobs (with human-like faces) on land, this is most likely not what they would look like under that pressure.  In fact, under so much pressure, blobfish look like any other fish (in shape that is).  For that matter, should we as humans be put under that pressure, we would be completely crushed and most likely end up looking like blobs too.

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Because these fish live so close to the sea floor which is so hard to explore, we know very little about them.  If they are similar to other deep sea creatures they may live for tens of years or even more as long as some external influence doesn’t end their life early.

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We humans do not hunt the blobfish for meat, yet they are still very threatened by the fishing industry.  They are often picked up with drag nets from seafloor trawlers.  These fishers hunt for other floor dwellers like crab and lobster.  With no muscles, blobfish are unable to escape the nets and instead die.  The Ugly Animal Preservation Society has taken up the blobfish’s case in order to save animals for their own sakes rather than the aesthetics they provide to the world.

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Since their discovery, the blobfish has spawned quite a few jokes and gags.  One quite famous one came from Saturday Night Live.  In the story, 3 sailors have fallen overboard during a terrible storm and awake to find that they are saved by 3 mermaids.

Mermaids being half women and half fish naturally can be half of any kind of fish.  And to the delight of the first 2 sailors and the horror of the third, the first mermaid is half bluefish, the second half marlin, and the third half blobfish.  The scene goes on hilariously laying out the horror of the third man as he realises he must kiss the blobfish mermaid for all three of them to turn human.


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Restaurants that have “Secret” Menu Items for Your Dog

Going out to eat something special once in a while is always a fun treat.  But you’re not the only one who likes special treats.  Our furry friends enjoy nice food as much as we do.  And some restaurants cater to them as well.

While some of these places will have doggy options listed on the menu, others you have to know to ask for.  So the next time you’re thinking of heading out for a little indulgence, bring along your dog as well for a little something.

As a note, be sure to check if your dog has any special allergies as they can react similarly to certain foods just as we can.

Starbucks Secret Menu

Cutely named ‘Puppuccino’, Starbucks has a secret menu aimed just to dogs.  If your dog has a problem with dairy be sure to steer clear, but if not, this espresso shot sized dollop of whip cream is a perfect surprise for your puppy.  Just be warned, these are very sugary snacks and aren’t suggested for your dog too often.

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Tim Hortons Secret Menu

The ever popular doughnut holes called ‘timbits’ are a favourite with many human customers at Tim Hortons, a coffee chain.  But few know that they also offer a sugar-free version for your dog, though it’s limited to just one ‘timbit’ for each dog.

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In ‘N’ Out Secret Menu

This burger joint believes in burgers for all, including its canine fans.  Stop and get a ‘pup patty’ which is simply a plain hamburger patty minus the salt.  They’ll pack it up in a ‘doggy bag’ just for little Fido.

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Sonic Secret Menu

Since Sonic is designed to either eat in your car or at their outdoor picnic tables, naturally it is pet friendly.  So if you bring along your puppy to join you during your meal they’ll often bring out a treat for him so he doesn’t feel left out.

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Moss Beach Distillery Secret Menu

This little restaurant nestled nicely in Moss Beach, California, leaves nothing to be wanted for your dog.  Offering not just one or two special items, Moss Beach Distillery has a complete dog menu.  Whether you want the normal kibble or a hotdog or even a steak for your dog, they offer it all.

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Chick-fil-A Secret Menu

Many of Chick-fil-A’s locations offer treats for dogs going through the drive thru.  Next time you stop by make sure you ask.

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Sprinkles Secret Menu

You’re not the only one who should get excited for cupcakes.  Ask for their special cupcakes for dogs.  They create them without sugar and with yogurt toppings daily so both you and your dog can enjoy a special treat out together.

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Johnny Rockets Secret Menu

When bringing your dog along to their outdoor seating, consider asking for a little meal for your pet.  They’ll cut up a patty and bring out water just for him.  At one of their specific locations in Victoria Gardens located in Southern California, they’ve even put together a complete menu with everything from main meals to deserts like ice cream and cupcakes.starbucks secret menu

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt Secret Menu

This popular ice cream chain is frequented by humans and canines alike.  They offer flavours of peanut butter and mint in dog friendly recipes and at their branch in Redondo Beach, California, they have ice cream with a soy base uniquely created just for our furry friends.

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Dairy Queen Secret Menu

In a ‘pup cup’ the Dairy Queen staff will fill a little cup with vanilla soft serve and even put a dog treat on top for an extra special day.

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Tin Shed Garden Café Secret Menu

This café in Portland, Oregon not only caters to dogs, but loves them.  The canine items are listed alongside everything else on the menu.  And Tuesday evenings be sure to bring your pup along as it’s ‘Doggie Love Night’ meaning for every human order, you get a dog meal for free.

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Rocks and Brews Secret Menu

This all-American restaurant encourages you to bring along your dog as you dine out on their patio and will provide a dog menu as well as a bowl of water when asked.

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Shake Shack Secret Menu

You won’t have to look hard for food for your dog at this restaurant.  All the dog items are listed right on the normal menu.  Whether you’re looking for sweet or savoury, they offer both with their signature dog treats (‘Bag O’ Bones) or dog biscuits covered in peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard (Pooch-ini).

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Lazy Dog Café Secret Menu

As you may guess from the name, this café is more than open to the canine variety.  Patrons are encouraged to bring along their four legged friends and mingle with other likeminded individuals.  The café will provide beef and rice for your dog.

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Culver’s Secret Menu

Though popular among humans, few know that they often also give out milk bones to whatever dogs come through the drive thru.  If your pup is lucky enough, he’ll even get a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go along with that bone.

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These are just some of the places that specifically cater to dogs, but many places are more than happy to provide plain chicken, vegetables, or even burgers to-go should you want something special for your dog as well.


Meet Dolores, the hairless bear

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Bears look majestic, towering over other animals with their sharp claws and long, soft fur.  But not the poor bear Dolores.  Although she has all the other majestic qualities of her fellow bears, she lacks the coat of fur.

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Dolores lives in a zoo in Leipzig with this rare condition. Vets have no idea what’s caused Dolores to lose her hair, leaving only a few tufts here and there.  So she continues her days happily though bare.

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8 Hairless bear8 Hairless bear(via Daily Mail)