Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

W. C. Fields

He had a big nose. One could say that it reminded people of an aardvark's nose.

Consider the Aardvark. This hard working, tough animal is the sole survivor of its taxonomic order, "Tubulidentata", which means "tubed teeth", which should give you some idea as to what the inside of an Aardvark's mouth looks like.

Aardvarks eat ants. When I say that they eat ants, I mean they really, really , really eat ants like no one else's business. Someone once took the time to record how many ants an Aardvark can eat in one night. 50,000 ants. If ants were people, an Aardvark would eat Redford Township each and every night.

I suppose that would help you to visualize just how many ants there are in the world if all the Aardvarks in the world eating 50,000 of them in a night doesn't make a dent in their population.

So, any ways, the reason I am talking about Aardvarks is that when Kim and I went to the zoo with her daughter and her friends from Boston, the coolest animal was the Aardvark, in my opinion.

His enclosure was literally riddled with holes . It looked like the surface of the moon. It was just what he had done that morning, as his keeper fills in the holes every night. Moreover, he was just a few feet away from us. Apparently, Aardvarks aren't very good climbers, so a cement wall about four feet tall is all that is needed to keep the animal from roaming the park grounds and frightening the Japanese tourists.

Any ways, I really liked the Aardvark, and I would have spent more time watching him, if I could have.


cassdawn said...

japanese tourist ain't ascurred of no aardvark - don't forget they have godzilla.

andrealamorand said...

I think aardvarks are proof to the world that there is a God and he has a sense of humor. Are you a pig? Are you a huge NYC rat? Are you a weird midget hairy thin faced rhino? Chinchilla on crack?

Note to self... MUST stop blogging when tired.