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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #60 on: March 27, 2008, 12:12:23 PM »


41. Procyon lotor (aka Raccoon) - 49 points
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Really?  You chose those guys above Bert Raccoon?  Everyone knows that Bert was the real star of that show!

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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #62 on: March 27, 2008, 07:10:40 PM »
Parrots are great too... but I just put "wild birds", or "birds" on my list! Because he said don't put specific types of dogs, but "domestic dog", so I just tried to carry that out to everything... hmm.

It's not the same thing. Dogs are the same species, the different kinds of dog can breed with each other. Saying "wild birds" is like saying "wild fish" or "wild mammels"


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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #63 on: March 27, 2008, 08:30:40 PM »
Parrots are great too... but I just put "wild birds", or "birds" on my list! Because he said don't put specific types of dogs, but "domestic dog", so I just tried to carry that out to everything... hmm.

It's not the same thing. Dogs are the same species, the different kinds of dog can breed with each other. Saying "wild birds" is like saying "wild fish" or "wild mammels"

I mean, geez - why not just put "wild eukaryotes" at #1?  All the best animals are eukaryotes. ::)
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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #64 on: March 27, 2008, 08:48:03 PM »
Parrots are great too... but I just put "wild birds", or "birds" on my list! Because he said don't put specific types of dogs, but "domestic dog", so I just tried to carry that out to everything... hmm.

It's not the same thing. Dogs are the same species, the different kinds of dog can breed with each other. Saying "wild birds" is like saying "wild fish" or "wild mammels"

Methinks "wild mammals" is a little broader than "wild dogs". Well, it's your game, I guess I just didn't understand the rules. But not all domestic dogs can breed with eachother...
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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #65 on: March 27, 2008, 09:41:53 PM »
Parrots are great too... but I just put "wild birds", or "birds" on my list! Because he said don't put specific types of dogs, but "domestic dog", so I just tried to carry that out to everything... hmm.

It's not the same thing. Dogs are the same species, the different kinds of dog can breed with each other. Saying "wild birds" is like saying "wild fish" or "wild mammels"

I mean, geez - why not just put "wild eukaryotes" at #1?  All the best animals are eukaryotes. ::)

On a related note, "The Wild Eukaryotes" would be a kick-ass name for a band. 8)
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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #66 on: March 28, 2008, 05:04:02 AM »
Parrots are great too... but I just put "wild birds", or "birds" on my list! Because he said don't put specific types of dogs, but "domestic dog", so I just tried to carry that out to everything... hmm.
It's not the same thing. Dogs are the same species, the different kinds of dog can breed with each other. Saying "wild birds" is like saying "wild fish" or "wild mammels"
Methinks "wild mammals" is a little broader than "wild dogs". Well, it's your game, I guess I just didn't understand the rules. But not all domestic dogs can breed with eachother...

Physically no, but genetically yes. And in fact, on the physical limitations, you'd be surprised: One of my wine shop's regular customers back in England had this dog that looked like a Corgi that had been pumping iron so one day i asked them what breed it was. They told me that it was actually a cross breed, the father was a Jack Russell and the mother a Border Collie,  that was one determined little Jack Russell:

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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #67 on: March 28, 2008, 05:30:52 AM »


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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #68 on: March 31, 2008, 09:45:44 AM »
Ok, I really need to plow ahead with this. Thing is, I need a secondary computer with the image editing software to make these special images I've been doing, but I haven't been able to get to it, so I'm not making any more of these nifty images.


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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #69 on: March 31, 2008, 09:55:04 AM »


38. Bovinae (aka Cattle) - 50 points
(3 of 20 lists. Highest ranking - #2 Imrahil)

Cattle, colloquially referred to as cows (though technically cow refers only to female bovines), are domesticated ungulates. They are raised as livestock for meat (called beef and veal), dairy products (milk), leather and as draft animals (pulling carts, plows and the like). Cattle have one stomach, with four compartments. They are the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum, the rumen being the largest compartment. Cattle are ruminants, meaning that they have a digestive system that allows them to utilize otherwise indigestible foods by repeatedly regurgitating and rechewing them as "cud." The cud is then reswallowed and further digested by specialized microorganisms that live in the rumen. These microbes are primarily responsible for breaking down cellulose and other carbohydrates into volatile fatty acids (VFAs) that cattle use as their primary metabolic fuel.

Cattle occupy a unique role in human history, domesticated since at least the early Neolithic. They are raised for meat (beef cattle), milk (dairy cattle), and hides. They are also used as draft animals and in certain sports. Some consider cattle the oldest form of wealth, and cattle raiding consequently one of the earliest forms of theft. In Portugal, Spain, Southern France and some Latin American countries, bulls are used in the sport of bullfighting while a similar sport, Jallikattu, is seen in South India; in many other countries this is illegal. Other sports such as bull riding are seen as part of a rodeo, especially in North America. Bull-leaping, a central ritual in Bronze Age Minoan culture (see Bull (mythology)), still exists in south-western France. The outbreaks of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) have limited some traditional uses of cattle for food, for example the eating of brains or spinal cords.

Cows are venerated within the Hindu religion of India. According to Vedic scripture they are to be treated with the same respect 'as one's mother' because of the milk they provide; "The cow is my mother. The bull is my sire." They appear in numerous stories from the Puranas and Vedas, for example the deity Krishna is brought up in a family of cowherders, and given the name Govinda (protector of the cows). Also Shiva is traditionally said to ride on the back of a bull named Nandi. Bulls in particular are seen as a symbolic emblem of selfless duty and religion. In ancient rural India every household had a few cows which provided a constant supply of milk and a few bulls that helped as draft animals. Many Hindus feel that at least it was economically wise to keep cattle for their milk rather than consume their flesh for one single meal.


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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #70 on: March 31, 2008, 10:04:04 AM »


37. Melinae/Mellivorinae/Taxidiinae (depending on where you are) (aka Badgers) - 51 points
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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #71 on: March 31, 2008, 10:07:09 AM »
Cool

Badger badger badger

I love badgers but my favorite family is this one:

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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #72 on: March 31, 2008, 10:12:35 AM »


36. Mus (aka Mice) - 51 points
(4 of 20 lists. Highest ranking - #2 Pak-Man)

A mouse is a small animal that belongs to one of numerous species of rodents. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. It is found in nearly all countries and, as the laboratory mouse, serves as an model organism in biology. It is also a popular pet. Although mice may live up to two years in the lab, the average mouse in the wild lives only about 5 months, primarily due to heavy predation. Cats, wild dogs, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and even certain kinds of insects have been known to prey heavily upon mice. Nevertheless, due to its remarkable adaptability to almost any environment, and its ability to live commensally with humans, the mouse is regarded to be the third most successful mammalian species living on Earth today, after humans and the rat.

Mice range in size from 3 to 14 inches (8 to 35 cm) long (including a long tail). They weigh from 1/4 to 2 ounces (7 to 57 gm). The coat color ranges from white to brown to gray. Most mice have a pointed snout with long whiskers, round ears, and thin tails. Many mice scurry along the ground, but some can hop or jump. All species of Mus are native to Eurasia and Africa, where they range from lowlands to mountaintops.

Mice are common experimental animals in biology and psychology primarily because they are mammals, and so share a high degree of homology with humans. They are the most commonly used mammalian model organism, more common than rats. The mouse genome has been sequenced, and virtually all mouse genes have human homologs. They can also be manipulated in ways that would be considered unethical to do with humans.


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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #73 on: March 31, 2008, 10:27:55 AM »


35. Cricetinae (aka Hamsters) - 53 points
(4 of 20 lists. Highest ranking - #1 Tyrant)

Hamsters are rodents, and because they are easy to breed in captivity, hamsters are often used as lab animals and kept as pets in more economically developed countries. Recently hamsters have become established as popular small family pets. Hamsters are crepuscular. In the wild, they burrow underground in the daylight to avoid being caught by predators. They are most active around dusk and dawn, which has led many people to mistake them for being nocturnal. In the wild they will eat any wheat, nuts and small bits of fruit and vegetables that they might find lying around on the ground, occasionally eating small insects such as small crickets or mealworms.

Hamsters are stout-bodied, with tails much shorter than body length and have small furry ears, short stocky legs, and wide feet. Their thick fur, which can be long or short, can be black, grey, white, brown, buff, yellow, "sapphire" or red depending on the species, or a mix of any of those colours. Underparts vary in color from white to shades of gray and black. The Djhungarian hamster (Phodopus campbelli) and the striped dwarf hamster have a dark stripe down the middle of the back. Dwarf desert hamsters are the smallest, with bodies 5 to 10 cm (about 2 to 4 inches) long; the largest is the Common hamster (Cricetus cricetus), measuring up to 34 cm long, not including a short tail of up to 6 cm. The tail is often difficult to see; usually it is not very long, and on a long haired hamster it is barely visible.

The Hampster Dance or Hampsterdance is one of the earliest examples of an Internet meme, originally a simple Geocities page featuring rows of animated hamsters and rabbits dancing in various ways to a sped-up sample from the song "Whistle Stop" by Roger Miller.


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Re: The Top 50 Animals Countdown
« Reply #74 on: March 31, 2008, 11:33:11 AM »
The Hampster Dance or Hampsterdance is one of the earliest examples of an Internet meme, originally a simple Geocities page featuring rows of animated hamsters and rabbits dancing in various ways to a sped-up sample from the song "Whistle Stop" by Roger Miller.

Damnit, I'd ALMOST managed to repress the memory of that. Thanks a lot! ;)
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