Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Monkey Orchid

I know it may be hard to believe, but this is actually a flower, not a monkey. Really! :) It’s called a “Monkey Orchid” or more scientifically “Dracula Simia.” And yes, the name Dracula comes from the infamous Count. It’s called this because of the two long spurs that resemble teeth.

This monkey orchid grows mostly in high elevations of the Ecuadorian forest. They can also be seen in the forests of Peru and Columbia, in high elevations, of course. If you’re ever lucky enough to get near one, take a big sniff. Apparently, it smells like a ripe orange and is quite pleasant.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Sheep Pig

This is the Mangalitsa or the "sheep-pig." It originated in Austria and Hungry. Technically a pig, its full, curly coat can cause some to mistake it for a sheep. This thick covering comes in three different colors: blond, brunette, and red. Unfortunately, it is now considered an endangered species. This is partly due to the fact that, according to people with experience in this area, it tastes really, really yummy.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Happy Ditch New Year's Resolutions Day!

I want to wish everyone a happy "ditch New Year's resolutions" day. May it be filled with all of the joy and freedom that you had before January 1st.