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Ramblings of an animal loving, people hating, game enthusing, book nerd :D

Top 15 ways to procrastinate April 8, 2013

I have 2 debates tomorrow that I have to prepare for and an assignment due on Friday about insects……. so naturally, here I am 😀 Here is what I think are the best ways to procrastinate and how I have been spending the past few days to avoid all Uni related topics 😀

1) Eating your feelings

Thinking about your assignment? Here, have some chocolate! Wondering if you should start it yet? No, don’t be silly, here, have some chocolate! Worried that its due tomorrow? Here, have some chocolate! Feel ready to start that essay now? Pfft, don’t do that, here, have some chocolate!

Food provides instant gratification, study does not. Therefore Food>Study 😀

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2) Sleeping

Do you want be a model student and stay at that computer slaving away for hours on that assignment due next week, or do you want to curl up under those nice warm snuggly covers, shut your poor weary eyes and catch a few z’s in dreamland? Seriously, is this even a question?! 😉

3) Reading Facebook arguments

Casually logging onto your Facebook (which in itself is a procrastination tool ;P), quickly flick through your news feed, same ol’ same ol’ ‘This happened to me today’, ‘Look at this picture of my kid’, ‘Ohemgeeee’, and……. wait! What was that?! *Gasp* 100+ comments, loads of swearing and insults, and *double gasp* they have started used CAPSLOCK?! Let me get the popcorn!

Dis gon b gud

4) Reading an awesome book

You know that book that you have been wanting to read forever but have been reading your textbook instead? Yeah, now is the best time to read it, because nothing makes a book more interesting than directly comparing it to the stuff you have to read for assignments! 😀 Plus they allow you to escape to all sorts of wonderful and interesting worlds! Mine right now is Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly, Ancient Egyptian prophecies and jam packed action are a lot more cool than flower pollination strategies 😀

5) Playing games

Want to play Bioshock Infinite with floating cities in the sky, vigors that let you throw fire and have a literal ‘murder of crows’ and has rifts in the time-space continuum?

YES.

How about Skyrim where you are the motherfricken Dovahkiin with the ability of the Thuum which allows you to throw people off cliffs, tame dragons and create massive storms out of nothing, all with your voice?

DOUBLE YES.

Maybe even Dragon Age where you are one of the two last Grey Wardens, fighting to unite all of Ferelden against the impending Darkspawn blight and the dreaded Archdemon which threaten to destroy the world?

TRIPLE YES.

Want to do your homework now?

NEVER 😀

6) Re-arranging your sock drawer

Which suddenly becomes a whole lot more fun when you should be doing homework instead 😛

7) Playing fetch with the cat

Yes, you heard me, cat, not dog. Oh, didn’t you know that cats play fetch too?! Well ……. at least mine does 😛 He is entertained for at least a good half hour with me throwing him a stick which he will bring back to me, super cute…… and a little strange 😛

Fetch Jasper!

8) Playing dress ups

Crazy wigs, extravagant makeup, funky costumes, doing this is fun anytime of day, procrastinating or not! 😀 I opted for a crazy 80’s rocker wannabe, and sadly, that wig isn’t far off how my natural hair can look sometimes 😛

9) Annoying your better half

Poke them, wrestle them, meow in their ear constantly, hide their stuff, give them a wet willy, pin them down and tickle them, bite them – you’ll soon forget about any study that you are ment to do! Mainly due to an onslaught of retaliation from them, and hence the war begins 😛 My boyfriend is definitely the better half with the things he has to put up with, even when he gets me back 100 times better 😛 ❤

Procrastination can be dangerous 😛

10) Listening to Disney songs

Whenever I remember I once conveniently compiled all my favourite Disney songs into one blog post (which you can find here), study instantly ceases, as I have no choice but to listen to each and every single one about half a dozen times each 😀 Disney songs from your childhood never get old, and should be a must on anyones procrastination to do list 😉

11) Looking up all the gloriously nerdy props that you need want

Like this:

One ring to rule them all….

And this:

Cardcaptors 😀

And especially this:

Gonna catch me an Eevee 😀

A good few solid hours can always be wasted looking up these wonderful items that have absolutely no practical use whatsoever, BUT ARE SO FREAKING AMAZING 😀 I kinda feel like this cat when looking at these types of things:

12) Graciously accepting a sports video game challenge against your boyfriend

At any other time of the day, most girls would decline the challenge knowing that their boyfriend is going to run all over them, but this is procrastination you are talking about so accept the offer damn it! 😛 Who knows, you might even win, I know I have……… once 😛

Wait…. you mean I won? I spose I should be gracious and all…. I AM THE CHAMPION, BOW DOWN TO ME MORTALS! 😀

13) Go onto Google Earth, and out of all the wonderful places you could look at, search for your own house

I can’t really put it any more detail than that…….. so here is a picture of a cat acting like a sir 😛

14) Make random animal noises

For those in desperate need of self entertainment and that have exhaused their supply of procrastination tasks 😀

15) Write a blog about procrastinating and then procrastinate writing it

Like I have been doing for the past few hours 😀 Procrastinating over writing about procrastinating, I think I should join this club: 😛

Until next rambling,

 

15 Jasper memes! January 30, 2013

Let’s face it, if I were to go through your browser history while ignoring some of the more ….. er …… colourful web searches 😛 at some point I would come across ‘cat memes’, ‘funny cats’ or something similar of the sort (yes, even you too guys!). I myself tend to spend far too much time looking for these ridiculous pictures when my boredom is coupled with internet access AND I REGRET NOTHING! 😀 but am always rewarded with a giggle at these crazy little critters antics. After viewing a few hundred of these pictures and memes, I was going through my photos and came to the realisation that over the course of his short life, my cat Jasper has been very photogenic………..so after having way too much time on my hands these uni holidays, having the opinion that cats are hilarious in any situation as well as having an over active imagination, I give you……. *insert drumroll here* my very own Jasper memes! 😛 No doubt my cat would disown me if he knew how badly I was degrading his noble stature on the internet, but what he doesn’t know can’t hurt him right? 😉

And lucky number 15, a reaction typical of my boyfriend and I when talking to Jasper 😛

I need to get out more 😀

Until next week lovelies 🙂

 

15 Useless Animal Facts Pt. 2 :D December 29, 2012

Everyone loves weird/gross/interesting animal facts on a Saturday evening, so here is Part 2 of my list of completely useless animal facts! 😀

1) Frogs are unable to vomit. Being a reflex to get rid of possibly harmful toxins we have ingested, obviously lacking this mechanism means that if frogs eat something harmful they’ll kick the bucket right? Wrong! Rather than vomiting and bringing all its food back up in that revolting manner, the frog instead throws up its ENTIRE STOMACH, empties the contents of it, and then swallows its stomach back down! Neat huh? 😛

2) Despite the huge difference in length, giraffes and humans have the same number of bones in their neck: seven.

3) Dolphins can’t sleep. For humans, breathing is an unconcious mechanism as we live in the medium that we also happen to breathe, oxygen. For dolphins, living underwater but also needing O2 means that a dolphin is a conscious breather as it has to monitor its O2 intake and regularly come up for air. If a dolphin was to fully drift off into a peaceful slumber like we do it would drown! To solve this problem, a dolphin will take small naps with only one half of its brain at a time while the other half is still awake!

4) Baby Koala’s are not born with the ability to digest eucalyptus leaves. Obviously with eucalyptus being the only thing on the menu for a koala, this presents a bit of a problem! To help the babies digestive system develop the enzymes to overcome the toxins in eucalyptus, the mother feeds her baby a substance called pap…… which is er, well, pre-digested leaves….. yes she feeds her baby her faeces. As a result of this, the baby is able to eat eucalyptus when it is older, but is only able to eat the same types of eucalyptus as its mother did, as its immune system was only able to adapt to the pre-digested leaves it was exposed to in the mum’s poop!

5) A female ferret needs mate after she has gone into heat or she will literally die (because of a hormone imbalance)! While this is legit for the ferret, I wouldn’t put it past some humans to try and see if this excuse works with their partners: ‘Honey, if we don’t have sex right this moment I’m going to die!’ 😉

6) Kangaroo’s can’t fart. The methane that their body produces is converted into an energy source that their body reuses! I wish I could say the same about my cat! 😛

7) Ever wondered how once a bee has found a flower suddenly every other bee in the whole neighbourhood is suddenly at that flower too? When a bee finds something that will be of significance to the hive (new home/food source), it returns to its hive and it…… wait for it……. it dances! But this just isn’t any interpretive dance, this little bee’s ‘waggle dance’ is telling all the other bees EXACTLY where the food source is, from the direction and distance it is in relation to the hive right down to the angle it is at in relation to the sun!! And even when the bee is doing this dance for hours, he changes his dance (its direction and the amount of wiggles he does per cycle) in relation to the sun’s movements so he is still telling the other bees exactly where the item is even though it is a different time of day!

8) Ask anyone and they will tell you that a goldfish only has a memory span of three seconds. Common knowledge right? But is it correct? A 15 year old Australian school boy decided to test this theory by placing a beacon in the water when he was going to feed the goldfish, would wait 30 seconds and then sprinkle the food around the beacon. After 3 weeks, with a beginning time (at one week) of 1 minute to recognise the beacon and a finishing time (at three weeks) of less than 5 seconds after the beacon was placed into the water, the goldfish showed they now had established the food connection to the beacon. The boy then removed the beacon from the feeding process and fed the fish normally for the next week. When reintroduced 7 days later, the fish immediately recognised the beacon and reached it in 4.4 seconds, showing that they remembered it and could retain the information! Turns out goldfish aren’t as dumb as we think they are, and when you think about it are certainly smarter than some humans! 😉

9) In 1740, a cow was found guilty of witchcraft and publicly executed! On another note all our ancestors were obviously also crack addicts 😛

10) You think human’s are evolved? Try this on for size: there is a monkey species where the baby pulls itself out of the womb!! That’s right, none of that horrible pushing and straining that seems characteristic of childbirth, the mother just gives the first initial heave and the baby does the rest of the work! Now THAT is evolution!

11) A dog was the king of Norway for three years! After the King’s son was killed by his subjects, angry, the King gave the people of Norway a choice, to be ruled by his slave or his dog, and they chose the dog! You know a person is a pretty shitty option when a dog beats him in politics! 😛

12) Sand Tiger Sharks are fighting for life from the moment they come into existence, literally! While the mother produces many eggs, she can only give birth to one pup, so once the embryo starts developing it has to begin killing off its brother and sisters while still in the womb in order to survive! Talk about a violent start to life!

13) Never underestimate how dangerous a Rattle Snake can be….. even when its dead!! The instinct to strike at close movement is so hard-wired into a Rattle Snakes muscle reflexes that even with a dead brain an hour after its death it is still capable of killing you!

14) The penalty for killing a cat in ancient Egypt was death!

15) And once again on a more personal note, an animal story that occurred a little closer to home! Karta is an orangutan at Adelaide Zoo, whose enclosure (which I spend way too much time at when I am at the zoo :D) is surrounded by hotwires and high walls. To keepers, Karta never seemed to pay much attention to these things, so it was to their great surprise one day when she jumped ship and got out of her enclosure!! Orangutans are extremely intelligent and are perfectly capable of working through problems, which is just what Karta had been doing in the days leading to her escape. She had previously poked the hotwire with a stick, but on the day of her escape, the smart little cookie twisted the stick through all of the wires causing them to touch one another and short circuited the whole system! Once she had done this, Karta then started ripping up plants and placing them up against the wall to make herself a ladder to get out! And after all that effort, Karta hopped over the wall, saw freedom wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and climbed back into her enclosure! After her little adventure the keepers decided they better have a better look into their animal security systems haha 😉

Until next time lovelies 🙂

 

15 games that you should play right this instant! July 6, 2012

 After growing up with a computer, a PS1, a PS2, a PS3, an Xbox, an Xbox 360, a Wii, a Nintendo DS, a Nintendo 3DS and a brother, I think its safe to say that I like video games quite a lot 😛 While being a girl and liking video games used to mean you were placed up in the mystical category (along with Unicorns and Griffins) these days it is rare you find someone who doesn’t like partaking in the wonderful world of gaming at some point, so much so that when I hear someone say that they HATE video games this is the reaction they get from me:

 After trying to trawl through my memory of all the games I have had obsessions with (not an easy task let me assure you :P), I finally managed to narrow it down to a reasonable sized list that isn’t going to bore the pants off of you all 🙂

15) Sims 2 (Computer)

  While I’m pretty sure everyone (at least most girls) have played this game on some console at some point, the PC version of Sims 2 was a HUGE obsession of mine from about the age of 14. Playing God of the Sim world was awesome, the choices of how to make your sim live their life was endless. While making good things happen to them was great, making bad things happen to them was even better >:D My favourite method of killing them off when I got sick of them? Making them go for a seemingly delightful dip in the pool, then deleting the ladder >:D

14) Spyro (PS1)

Though I actually never had this game myself (because my parents obviously wanted to deprive me of a childhood :P), luckily my friend that lived 2 houses away from me owned it. Oh, I spent so many weekends over there, she probably could have started charging me for the amount I played her Playstation 😛 This game is a stand out for a single reason: You get to play as a freaking dragon 😀 ‘Nuff said.

13) Zoo Tycoon 2 (Computer)

You get to make your own zoo, however you want it, with what ever animals you want! Not only can you make your own zoo, but you can also be the zoo keeper rather than just playing the whole thing from an outside bird’s-eye view! Walk around your zoo and view the animals as a customer, or go into the enclosures to see your animals up close, feed them, pet them, bathe them, or play with them! Not sold on it yet ladies? I’ve saved the best till last…… you can make your animals have babies, and I assure you, THEY ARE ADORABLE 😀

12) The Lion King (PS1)

The title itself explains why it’s one of my favourites 😉 As much as I love this game though, I certainly got sick of hearing Simba’s dying screams as I continuously (and accidentally) made him roll off of the top of Pride Rock in the first level . . . . . . over and over again 😐 I would use the excuse that it was because I was young and every youngster sucks at video game coordination, but I still own this game and Simba is still quite regularly plunging to his death 😛

11) Halo 2 (Xbox)

This is literally the only first person shooter that I am good at, therefore the only one I like 😛 Playing as Master Chief and Arbiter was epic, fighting the Flood scared me silly, and the Scorpion tanks were the shit. While the main mission was awesome, the multiplayer maps were my favourite, where my brother and I would abandon the Rocket Launchers and Sniper Rifles, and would prefer getting in a Warthog each and smashing the shit out of each others cars 😀

10) Mass Effect (PS3)

An epic RPG! (RPG = Role Playing Game, for those who are not familiar with the abbreviation 🙂 Pretty much means while there is obviously a story line, it is not completely set in stone and you can really personalise your own character, form friendships/relationships with other character and make the game a different experience each time by making different decisions. So in other words….. RPG = AWESOME!) You are Commander Shepard (you can be male or female . . . . . . a really butch female :P), the first human Spectre appointed by the Council. Your mission is to not only save Earth, but save the whole flipping galaxy from a group of beings called Reapers, a huge ass alien race who wipes the galaxy clean of life every 50, 000 years so that the planets can be cleansed and new species can form. Epic? You bet your sweet ass its epic! 😀

9) Dynasty Warriors 3 (PS2)

 Set in Ancient China, in this game you take control of a war officer and have to fight your way through the enemies armies to take control over the area. Pretty much a hack and slash game 😀 Yet another game I played a lot with my brother (usually on the same team, as opposing him was suicide :P), and it was a good game to take your anger out on. Had a bad day at school? Why not hack at a few thousand soldiers? guarantee it’ll make you feel better 😛 Lu Bu was my favourite character (the fact he was the strongest has NOTHING to do with it…… I swear /shifty eyes :D)

8) Skyrim (PS3)

 You like complete freedom to do literally what ever you want? Want to be able to explore hundreds of caves/mountains/towns over an ENORMOUS map? Want to fight dragons? If your answer is no, get off my blog 😛 No please don’t go, I joke I joke! D’: But seriously, this game is amazing. You are Dovahkiin, the Dragon Born, and have the ability to absorb a Dragon’s life force and use the Thu’um, which are words of power used by Dragons. To defeat Alduin, you must go on a journey to the Throat of the World (and beyond) to where the Grey F*CKING beards reside (sorry about the outburst, it took me about 10 attempts to spell ‘beard’ right :P), and learn the ways of the Voice. The amount of other missions is insane, there is literally no finishing this game, as there is so much to do! Also, the Thu’um Fus Roh Da is awesome. I mean, using it to fight enemies is ok, but taking someone you hate to a huge mountain, and Fus Roh Da-ing their ass off of the top is so much more delightfully evil >:D

7) Age of Mythology (Computer)

 If you are fascinated with Greek, Norse and/or Egyptian myth and lore like I am, this is the game for you. Rather than being based on actual events, this strategy game is played within the context of the legends that existed in these wonderful ages. What makes this game even better is the expansion:

Not only does it add a new civilisation to play: The Atlanteans, but after you have built up your town, trained your units, built your Wonder, and chosen to worship a god, you can summon a mighty Titan to do your bidding. If you are lucky, the other civilisations on the map have summoned their Titan too, and you can sit back and watch the epic battle unfold of two almighty Gods beating each other silly 😀

6) Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3)

Batman has fallen into Joker’s trap (yet again), and is now stuck in Arkham Asylum, a looney bin full of the worst criminals Batman has locked up. With Joker in control of the whole asylum, criminals such as Scarecrow, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Bane and Zsasz have been set loose, and are thirsting for blood. But being Batman, he is never unprepared. Nothing is cooler than being able to control the awesomeness that is Batman and be able to take on a groups of 30 thugs and come out unscathed! 😀 Spooky at times (especially when you are in Killer Croc’s lair) but really fun!

5) Spiderman 2 (PS2)

 Ok, I know I just said nothing is cooler than playing as Batman, but Spiderman is just that little bit more awesome, game-wise anyway 🙂 I spent way more hours than I would like to admit playing this game. Rather than doing the main mission, my favourite thing to do was to simply swing around the city! You have the whole of New York at your feet, and its pretty darn fun to explore it all! Climbing to the top of the Empire State Building and bungie jumping off of it was also pretty entertaining 😀

4) Mario (Wii, Nintendo 3DS)

I currently own Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mario 3D Land, Mariokart and Mario Tennis. Apart from having to save his useless woman time and time over, Mario never gets old for me 😀

3) Kingdom Hearts (PS2)

The Heartless are taking over the Disney worlds, and you, Sora with the power of the Keyblade, must save them! I love Disney an unhealthy amount, so being able to go into the world of Tarzan, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid takes me back to my childhood. The bosses can be very challenging at times, and I am yet to finish the game because the last world is a complete and utter BITCH, but my love for this game outweighs any annoyances some of the enemies can present 🙂

2) Anything Lego (PS3)

Lego is easy to play, funny and highly entertaining! It is one of those games that rarely presents too much of a challenge, so it is a very relaxing game to play with lots of great humor thrown in throughout all the games. I own Lego Star Wars Saga, Lego Harry Potter years 1-7 and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, all of which are fantastic! And for those of you who have that annoying habit of continuously dying in a game (because we/I suck :P), the best thing about Lego is that YOU CAN’T DIE! 😀

1) DRAGON AGE (PS3)

This my dear friends, is what I believe to be the best RPG . . . . EVER. Made by the same developers as Mass Effect, it actually never fails to disappoint me. Whether you choose to be a human, elf, dwarf, warrior, rogue or mage, you are hand chosen by Duncan to enter the ranks of the Grey Wardens to face the oncoming Blight of Darkspawn, with the dreaded Arch Demon at the head of the horde. You and your fellow Grey Warden Alistair (who I can guarantee all of you ladies will fall in love with) set off to create an army of elves, dwarves, mages and men to help fight in the oncoming war. Along the road, you find a huge array of different companions to join your own personal party, and while the story line is absolutely fantastic, it is these party members that add one of the best elements to the game. It is with these people who you can create friendships, relationships, learn their back story, and complete their own personal quests to gain their favour. They come and talk to your own character on their own accord, they give their own input on different quests, and they even interact with each other (which often results in hilarious conversations to listen in on!) It is one of those games that you can play over and over again and have a different experience each time, and I promise you, no ending you encounter will disappoint you. I wasted a good part of my day yesterday playing this game for 5 hours straight . . . . . . I REGRET NOTHING! 😀

So there it is, part of my nerdom laid bare, hopefully it was more enlightening rather than boring 😛 So what is your favourite game of all time? Any one who has also played and loved these games? 🙂 Any particular recommendations? 😀 Now if you’ll excuse me, after writing about it, I have an overwhelming urge to play Dragon Age 😀 DIE DARKSPAWN! >:D

Until next week lovelies 🙂

 

15 Songs of my Childhood (Disney of course!) June 6, 2012

For the next two weeks, I have to be a good student and do a ridiculous amount of study in order to pass my 3 upcoming exams . . . . . .  so naturally, I have been procrastinating 😀 Now, before you scold me and send me back to my study desk (Please don’t make me go back! I’M BEGGING YOU!), I have been putting this wasted time to perfectly good use and have been doing lots of research for this current post. Oh yes, I have dedicated hours and hours of my time . . . . . to listen to Disney songs and pick out my favourite 15 😀 Without further ado, here is my childhood re-lived (and my current adulthood ;)) and a guilt free procrastinatory tool for all of those that are too avoiding study or anything for that matter, because lets face it: Disney Songs > EVERYTHING ELSE!

Happy procrastinating everyone 😀

15) Everybody Wants to be a Cat – The Aristocats

Such a cool and groovy song! Plus I adore jazz/big band music, its just got such a wonderful swing to it 🙂 And after all, who the hell doesn’t want to be a cat?! Eating and sleeping all day? Sounds fine by me! 😛

14) Colours of the Wind – Pocahontas

This song gives me chills, her voice is amazing! Being the animal and nature lover that I am (and also after being told when I was little that I have Native American heritage which lead me to convince my 7 year old self that I was related to Pocahontas :P) I can also strongly relate to this song and its wonderful message about the beauty of the world!

13) Two Worlds – Tarzan

Again, another beautiful message about how vastly different creatures can live together in harmony 🙂 I also love my wonderful primates, so I’m all for turning Jungle Woman and going and living in the forest to swing through the trees (and crash into them in a George of the Jungle fashion) with my beloved orangutans! 😀

12) Friend Like Me – Aladdin

I’d definitely like to have a friend like Genie! 😉 This was the ultimate ‘dance around to’ song when I was little 😀

11) Zero to Hero – Hercules

With a catchy and upbeat tune, this song honestly can never go wrong! Go Herc! 😀

10) A Whole New World – Aladdin

Simply, I am a girl and this is a sappy love song, therefore I love it 😀 Also, I was going to marry Aladdin when I was 8, and this was going to be our song, but that bitch Jasmine stole him from me 😛

9) You’ll be in my Heart – Tarzan

Again. Girl. Love song. You know the story hehe 🙂 So much rather listen to genuine Disney love songs than songs about love (aka sex) that are written in this day and age!

8) I just can’t wait to be King – The Lion King

It’s from the Lion King, making it instantly awesome! 😀 I also know all the words to it and sung along quite loudly and terribly in the cinema when it was released last year, embarrassing my poor boyfriend and his little sister 😀

7) Bare Necessities – Jungle Book

I always just wanted to give super suave Baloo a big cuddle and dance along with him! If I recall correctly, this was my favourite song to sing for years 🙂

6) Timon Hula Dance – The Lion King

Ok ok, I know this is technically not a song, but it is awesome and never fails to make me crack up laughing! ‘What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?’ Hehehehe 😀

5) He Lives in You – The Lion King 2

A wonderful reminder of the unforgettable lion that was Mufasa! And I love anything to do with Mufasa, I think I actually love him more than Simba, and that’s saying something! Just such a powerful and haunting song, adore it! 🙂

4) Reflection – Mulan

Oh her voice! This is one of those songs I will NEVER get sick of purely due to the chills and goosebumps it gives me when she sings! I think I love this song so much as well because when I was younger I could completely relate to it, acting like someone else because I was too scared no one would accept me for who I am. Though this is not the case now, this song will always hold that place in my heart!

3) I See the Light – Tangled

This song makes me swoon and sigh, yet another lovey dovey song 🙂 But also very inspirational, and though not from the original Disney classics, is still one of my favourites!

2) I’ll Make a Man out of You – Mulan

Play this song when you are studying, it makes you feel like you are actually doing something incredibly epic 😀 I love when Mulan gets determined and owns everyone at the end! Take that Shang!

And finally, my number one favourite Disney song is (drumroll please!):

1) Hakuna Matata – The Lion King

Come on, are you really that surprised my favourite song is from the Lion King (along with the fact that The Lion King featured in this list more than any other movie)? 😉 The best song in the history of ever, when ever you are feeling blue, listen to this song. It is a guaranteed pick-me-up and will put a smile on your face and have you singing along in no time! 😀

So what is your favourite Disney song? 🙂 Also, if anyone has any suggestions for another random list or post that they would like to see me write that would give me yet another reason to procrastinate, it would be much appreciated 😀

Well, I suppose I should get back to procrastinating some more studying, while playing all of these songs on constant repeat of course 😉

 

15 Useless Animal Facts :D April 21, 2012

At the moment, I am training to be a volunteer at Adelaide Zoo and studying Animal Behaviour. This requires me to absorb a huge amount of information about an enormous amount of animals, but I only seem to remember the weird, interesting and entertaining facts the best 😀

1) A Kangaroo can jump 7 metres high, and 5 metres in length. So, theoretically, it could jump over a giraffe!

2) A Zebra herd consists of one male and a group of females. The females better hope they get on the males good side, as when they travel, the male places his least favourite females on the outside of the herd, so if they are attacked by predators they will be eaten instead of his favourite zebras!

3) While elephants put their young on the inside of a group while travelling for protection, a troupe of Hamadryas Baboons will place the breeding pair in the centre, other adults in the middle, and the babies on the outside to be the first picked off if attacked! Safe to say they are not very good parents!

4) A female Spotted Hyena has a penis. Yep, you heard me. They obviously don’t work as per usual, but the females flail these pseudo-penises around in front of each other, and the bigger the penis, the more dominant the female.

5) During mating season, to determine the dominant male, male Ring-Tailed Lemurs have ‘stink’ fights. They rub their stink glands all over their tails, wave their tails at each other and the stinkiest male wins. What a charming way to win over a female, so sexay ;P

6) A pack of African Painted Dogs will roll in each others urine and faeces every morning. Gross right? But essential for their hunting strategy and pack hierarchy. When hunting in long grass they have to stay in formation, and while they may not be able to see each other, because of their (disgusting) morning ritual they certainly can smell each other! 😛

7) A Binturong has a scent gland that releases a scent that smells like buttered popcorn! Er, nom nom? 😛

8) A Saltwater Crocodile has a snap pressure (that is, when they shut their mouth from open to close) of 1 tonne in their jaws! That is equal to the weight of a family car!

9) The first joint on a Giraffes leg is not actually its knee like most people assume. While its knee is located right up near its body, that first knobby looking joint is actually its ankle! That’s a huge freaking ankle!

10) One Poison Arrow Frog has enough poison to kill 2, 200 people! Cute little buggers, but more lethal than an Eastern Brown Snake!

11) A Cockroaches brain is spread throughout its body. This means, if cut in half, the cockroach is still able to survive! Cause of death would not be due to injury or dismemberment, but instead due to starvation! Creepy! 😐

 12) Male ducks form rape gangs. Sucks to be a female duck!

13) Just imagine an elephant stepping on your hand while wearing a stiletto shoe. This is what the bite of a Tasmanian Devil feels like, yeouch!

14) A male lion has a spiked penis, so when it is inside the female, she can’t get away and is forced to let the male mate with her. Again, talk about an unlucky female! 😐

15) And on a more specific note, one of the Panda’s at Adelaide Zoo got drunk! A fig tree overhanging the Panda enclosure was sectioned off by the keepers with an electric fence because they are bad for animals. While these figs are like candy to a Panda, once they are in their stomach they ferment and become alcohol. While Funi (the female) tested the electric fence with her nose, got zapped, and never went near it again, the boisterous male, Wang Wang, got half way through it, got zapped, and figured he may as well keep going! So he spent the rest of the afternoon stuffing his face and getting tipsy! What a party animal ;D YOU GET IT?! 😄

I really need to get more sleep, I am far too hyperactive at this time of night 😀