The Drop Bear

In Australia, it Rains Marsupial Murder Bears

The Drop Bear, Thylarctos plummetus, (god i love the roadrunner-esque latin) is a large, arboreal, predatory marsupial related to the Koala. Around the size of a leopard or very large dog with coarse orange fur with some darker mottled patterning (as seen in most Koalas). It is a heavily built animal with powerful forearms for climbing and holding on to prey. It lacks canines, using broad powerful premolars as biting tools instead.

Legend has it that said bears wait for hours in the canopies of Australian forests until an unsuspecting victim happens to wander through the grounds below, where he is promptly pounced upon, and often killed and eaten. There are a few long established techniques to defend yourself from said attacks: wearing plastic forks in your hair, spreading vegemite or toothpaste behind your ears, and given that pattern one could assume that wearing underwear on ones head might also help.

Now some will say as is traditional in some cultures this is a story meant to haze and frighten outsiders… but I bet they will stop saying that the moment a drop bear lands on their head! Anyway if you’re looking for more, I stole most of the info from here and there’s some pretty entertaining debate in the comments so read up enjoy! And get to doodling!

judgement Is Complete

our judgeOur judge this week was Mr Jim Thaxton, or James, if you were to believe his fancier work email. Anyways he’s one of the head developers at my current employer, and incredibly nice guy to work with, he likes turtles and sports and enormous beard, but it’s his special knowledge blend of kaiju, kitsch with a touch of southern hospitality thrown in that I find most entertaining, (what does that even mean?) Anyways he said he was surprised no one dropped the …Bass this week, which did make me chuckle so let’s give out a freaking mug!

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