September 17th, 2006


Ten random things: Reader Request Month, day 17

Ten families of the animal kingdom:

  1. The Bear family of bears (from the magazine Highlights for Children)
  2. The Whiskers family of meerkats (from the television series Meerkat Manor)
  3. The Pongo family of dalmatians (from the book The Hundred and One Dalmatians, or the Great Dog Robbery by Dodie Smith)
  4. The Jumbo family of elephants (from the movie Dumbo)
  5. The Tiger family of tigers (from the online comic strip Suburban Jungle)
  6. The Able family of hedgehogs (from the video game series Animal Crossing)
  7. The Rabbit family of rabbits (from the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter)
  8. Clan McDuck, a family of ducks and other waterfowl (from various comic books featuring Scrooge McDuck, created by Carl Barks)
  9. The Frisby family of field mice (from the book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Richard C. O'Brien)
  10. The Sinclair family of dinosaurs (from the television series Dinosaurs)

Today's list is for rustydog, who wanted to see the Whiskers family of meerkats mentioned in a list.

This turned out to be a somewhat trickier list than I thought it might be, because I wanted to use only families that had a family name. There are plenty of families of animals out there, but many of them only have first names. For example, the white lions in the not particularly lamented animated series Father of the Pride were clearly a family, but they were never given a family name, so I couldn't use them. Likewise, Kanga and Roo from Winnie the Pooh.

In order to find ten families, I had to make what some may consider questionable judgment calls. For example, one might argue that it's not really fair to claim that Pongo is the family name of the dalmatians in The Hundred and One Dalmatians, but I would point out that the female dog in that book is referred to as Mrs. Pongo. (And I specified the book for exactly that reason, since the female is called Perdita in the movies. I made a similarly fine distinction in a list of fictional Germans.) Likewise, Dumbo's mother is called Mrs. Jumbo, and Peter Rabbit's mother Mrs. Rabbit. I suppose I'm playing into the hands of the patriarchy here, but whatever.


Art on Sunday: Butterfield, Cabin Creek

Deborah Butterfield (b. 1949)
Cabin Creek, 1999
Butterfield, Cabin Creek
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has on its grounds somewhere a sculpture of a mob of meerkats, though you wouldn't know it from visiting their official website. And since I couldn't verify the artist (though I think it was Marshall Fredericks), I couldn't display it here. (You can see it here, though.) So instead, another sculpture from the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one which I have declared the Grand Champion in the "Sculpture Most Likely to be Mistaken for an AT-AT" competition.
  • Current Music
    Dar Williams - The Blessings

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Wow, the first Sunday in Advent is late this year, December 3. So, let's see, that means my Advent project will run only... 35 days this year. It was almost a full week longer last year. Well, that means less work in pulling together the material this year, but at the same time it's kind of disappointing.