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Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Like everyone else with an internet connection, I spend a lot of time on Cute Overload.
Then there are those days when a kitten just won't hack it.
Were you one of those nerdy kids who knew every animal in the Funk and Wagnalls Animal Encyclopedia? Did your parents order you those as-seen-on-tv Safari Cards in the Eighties? Can you tell a tarsier from a douroucouli? Did you ever describe the takir as your favourite animal at show-and-tell? If you answered Fuck, Yeah! then Just a Little Guy, the blog of cute cussing animal babies, is the blog for you.
Written and compiled by a 28-year-old dude from Brooklyn, Just a Little Guy is the nerd's Cute Overload, or the Cute Overload with Vice overtones, though, um, Just a Little Guy came first. It's just past its first birthday. Which means that Cute Overload is derivative; Cute Overload is the Just a Little Guy of the trailer park. Or something. Anyhow, the guy took his GRE and the Cute Overload girl didn't.
In the call to war against the cute animal upstart, JALG writes, "Domesticated animals. They're BRED to be cute. It's like genetically modified athletes." Whereas Cute Overload sticks to puppies and kittens, with the occasional foray into kookaburra territory, Just a Little Guy throws open a cornucopia of cuteness most of us didn't know exists. Hence the discovery of the momonga, the hamster of the Japanese woodlands. Other, deserving cute animals finally get their fifteen minutes and we all benefit.
Let's cut the editorial and get to the good stuff. At this, the first ever Just a Little Guy retrospective, the cutest, meanest Just a Little Guy blogposts are in the spotlight:
The commentary on the "pigs with killer tiger", and "penguin pooping" pictures had me laughing til I cried. Thanks for the good laugh.
What a wonderful find!
Tapirs, btw, are my favorite animal. Finally, some love to the tapirs! Pangolins are great, too. I must remember to start loving pangolins more.
I'd also like to say that you have me totally pegged. I was the kid that had the subscription to Zoobook (including the special Prehistoric series box set), and the Wildlife Fact File subscription with about 30 gigantic plastic 3-ring binders, too. And you know that every issue of Zoobook (I swear they came something like twice weekly) had a full-page poster centerfold, and like every third issue had a giant fold-out bonus poster, so you can imagine the state of my bedroom walls.
Have you seen Ugly Overload?
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Rachael: I love the pooping penguin so much. I would mop up his mess any day.
Bluewyvern: A kindred spirit! I think I had a few issues of Zoobook, if it is what I'm thinking of. In grade three and four, I even made animal cards for all the kids at school, assigning everyone an animal they could impersonate during recess (then taking the cards back when the bell rang). I was the uber-nerd, but my sister says her classmates loved recess thanks to my animal game. So it was well-received.
Ugly Overload, btw, is a brilliant find! Will add this to my subscriptions!
Broadsheet: Ugly Overload has blobfish!