Teeny Tuesday

Teeny Tuesday: The Musky Rat-Kangaroo!

Musky Rat-Kangaroo,© 2015 Liz Vitale

Musky Rat-Kangaroo,© 2015 Liz Vitale

Like other ‘roos, the miniscule marsupial Musky Rat Kangaroo is native to Australia. It also exists in New Guinea, and in Australia it can be seen in the northeastern region of Queensland, where it resides in tropical rainforests. The tiniest kangaroo species, in males, the full body length is between 6 and 11 inches, while for females it is usually between 8 and 10 inches.

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Teeny Tuesday: The Acámbaro Figures

Acambaro Figure, © 2015 Liz Vitale

Acambaro Figure, © 2015 Liz Vitale

Allegedly found by Waldemar Julsrud in July 1944, in the Mexican city of Acámbaro, Guanajuato, the “Acámbaro Figures” are several thousand small ceramic figurines depicting what some say are dinosaurs. Charles Hapgood, the historian of science from Keene College in New Hampshire, promoted claims that the figurines are genuinely ancient artifacts showing extinct animals, including dinosaurs. At the same time,he was puzzled by the near-perfect condition of what are extremely delicate objects and the complete absence of any sort of wear and discoloration that might have developed during centuries or millennia of being in the ground. It has been suggested that many, if not all of them, are modern souvenirs made for the tourist industry.

Some creationists have claimed that the existence of the figures is credible evidence for the coexistence of dinosaurs and humans, in an attempt to cast doubt on scientific dating methods and potentially offer a literal interpretation of the Genesis narrative in the bible.

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Teeny Tuesday: Wade Whimsies!

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I fully admit to swiping this pic from ebay, but it’s the best pic I have seen of the Wade Dinosaurs.

Red Rose Tea, in business since 1890, began to give away Wade Whimsies figures–tiny animal figurines from the George Wade Pottery of Burslem, England—in its boxes of tea in 1967. The promotion was so successful it expanded into many series of figures, and to date, it is estimated that more than 300 million Wade figurines have been given away in packages of tea in America.

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Teeny Tuesday: The World’s Smallest Octopus!

Octopus Wolfi ,Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

Octopus Wolfi ,Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

Octopus Wolfi are mostly found in the Indo-Pacific region. These super-wee cephalopods measure only 0.6 inches in length and weigh less than a gram. They are also called the Pygmy Octopus, and also the Star Sucker Octopus because males have star-shaped suckers on their arm tips.

Teeny Tuesday: The Fennec.

Fennec, Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

Fennec, Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

A notable characteristic of the fennec fox is its huge ears, which are about six inches long. Their ears help to dissipate heat and keep their bodies cool. It is also the smallest canine species in the world, and lives in Sahara Desert and the deserts of Northern Africa and Northern Sinai. They weigh only two to three pounds and their body length is sixteen inches long.

Fennecs are nocturnal, spending daylight within their dens and becoming more active at night when temperatures are cooler. They burrow dens at the bottom of stable sand dunes, where there is possible moisture, and the dens are interconnected for a small community of individuals to live. They can live for an indefinite amount of time without drinking water, as most of the hydration they need comes from the plants, fruits, and animals they consume.

Teeny Tuesday: Smallest Park in the World, Founded by Leprechauns!

Portland residents no doubt have driven past Mill Ends Park and never even known it was there. Deemed the world’s smallest city park in 1971 by the Guinness Book of World Records, the park is merely two feet wide, and lies in the median of the  Naito Parkway.

Mill Ends Park,Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

Mill Ends Park,Copyright 2015 Liz Vitale

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