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Photo: What the heck IS that THING?!

February 21, 2007

It’s time for another round of the blogosphere’s most-palatable game show … What the Heck is THAT THING?!?  Will today’s mystery thing please enter and sign in please….

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Here’s your three hints for today’s mystery animal:

  1. This endangered species is sold as food in some markets in Mexico
  2. They are carnivorous, consuming small prey such as worms, insects, and small fish in the wild.  They locate food by smell, and will “snap” at any potential meal, sucking the food into their stomachs with vacuum force — sometimes even sucking in a smaller sibling.  I bet family dinners are fun at this creature’s home.
  3. This regenerative animal is sold in Japan as a pet called a “WuperRuper.”  Originally the trademark was going to be registered as “SuperRuper”, but since there are many trademarks starting with “super,” the S was changed to a W so the name could be registered more quickly.  It is said that the reason why they are not sold by their actual name is to avoid them being called “aho no rōtoru”, a similar-sounding Japanese phrase meaning “stupid old man.”

Got it? Here’s the mystery animal’s Wikipedia entry, and the story about their unique role in research from today’s Pittsburgh Post-GazetteThanks for playing!

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5 Comments
  1. damewigginsoflee permalink
    February 21, 2007 10:05 am

    I’m so glad you provided an explanation. Upon first glance, i thought it was my ex. From now on, i’ll be referring to him as the RuperStuper!

  2. April 17, 2008 5:36 am

    what the heck is that thing???? eeek..looks horrible. lol

  3. tonya permalink
    June 11, 2008 11:56 pm

    its a very rare “LIZARDFROGFISHFERN”

  4. Lucas permalink
    September 11, 2008 10:59 am

    OW!! that’s pretty… lol

  5. December 8, 2008 4:01 pm

    O he went there

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