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Polar expression


Don’t worry, this blog hasn’t gone all sentimental or anything. As regular readers know, we reserve the right to offer up a little pure joy now and then. It won’t last long, and the next train to Hell will be coming through here shortly.

Meanwhile, if you don’t know anybody who would love to see this photo, you need to reorganize your buddy lists.

Polar bear slideshow

Related post: Heartwarming, disarming, charming

polar-300.jpgA female polar bear is seen with its cub in an enclosure at a zoo in Moscow March 5, 2008. The cub was born last November and rarely appears for visitors.  REUTERS/ Sergei Karpukhin

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Tending their Flocke…



If you have one minute and fifty-three seconds to spend lowering your blood pressure and improving your attitude, here is some new video of Flocke the polar bear.

To quote a character from the great Charles Portis novel, Norwood, “I could watch that scutter for an hour!”

Eat a little BLT, find out what it means to me!


Some pig farmers have a problem. In what they call a last-ditch attempt to save Britain’s pork industry, they are releasing a song on the Internet, called “Stand by your Ham.” See, it’s a reworking of “Stand by your Man,” with a porcine theme.

I’m not sure their choice is quite catchy enough to get the job done. Why didn’t they go for one of the better-known songs from the pork genre? Johnny Cash’s iconic “I Walk the Loin,” Sonny and Cher’s 60′s anthem “I Got You Babe,” the sentimental barbershop quartet standard “Pig ‘o My Heart,” or that favorite from the musical “South Pacific,” “Dites-Moi, Pork-Qua,” just to name a few.

A face you can’t resist…


Regular readers know that this blog reserves the right to take a break now and then from silly fashions, disgusting food, dubious career advice, gyrocopters and other routine fare, to offer unabashedly adorable animals instead. I can’t resist introducing you to Kibongo.

We will return momentarily to our regularly scheduled irony and absurdity.

Related posting: Well, I’ll be a ring-tailed lemur!

Kibongo, a baby crowned lemur, makes its first official appearance at a zoo in Vincennes, near Paris, February 21, 2008. REUTERS/F-G Grandin-PZP-MNHN/Handout

New Knut in the News?


As you know, now and then we suspend our usual obsesssion with grotesque fashions for men and womenstrange careers, dumb criminals and sickening cuisine, to offer up an adorable creature, instead.

Today’s “awwwwwwww!” moment comes courtesy of a very small polar bear cub in Germany, much like Knut, one of last year’s most popular animals. 

Paws and reflect over the holidays…


Well Blog Guy, it’s the holidays, and busy people have better things to do than just kill time at work by reading your blog. What do you plan to do to keep your traffic up?

I’m not sure yet. I do know if I were shameless, I’d probably scrounge around for a sweet photo of adorable animals. You know, like maybe a mother tiger hugging her cub. But I’m sure I’ll do better than that. Let’s see what I come up with.

Disney, are you folks watching?


jerboa.jpgBlog Guy, I love the fact that now and then you stop being obnoxious – I mean sarcastic – and devote space in your blog to cute animals. But it’s always dogs and otters and pandas, dogs and otters and pandas…. Can’t you dig up something new and adorable?

I’ve been in a rut, but that’s over. Meet the jerboa, a very obscure creature that with the right marketing skills might just push otters and pandas right out of the limelight. Disney, are you people watching? Check out Benet Allen’s video report:

I’ll rehome for Christmas, you can plan on me…


tigers-300.jpgAs habitual readers of this blog  know, I can’t sustain a 100 percent sarcasm rate. It just wouldn’t be healthy.

So, now and then I take a quick break, usually to show adorable  animals, as in Heartwarming, charming, disarming.

Heartwarming, charming, disarming


leopard-360.jpgJust when you least expect it, the usual sarcasm and absurdity in this blog take a brief vacation and you get a big helping of adorable, instead.

Here then, to make your weekend a little better, are ten of the most memorable animal posts we’ve had in recent months. They’re all great, but if you haven’t seen the last two items – the otters and Charlie the cat, you are in for an extra special treat.

A couple of minutes with a special cat…


charley-face.jpgHey, Blog Guy, I know you’re a soft touch for really adorable animal stuff, and it’s been too long since you’ve posted anything like that. How about a fix?

Thanks for asking. I only post the very best, and your timing is perfect. I recommend this video clip about a cat named Charley, for the sweetest two minutes you’ll spend all month. The usual advice that goes along with these special animal moments: if you can’t find someone who will melt over this, you just have to get new friends. Here’s Charley: