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0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:43 am UTC
by Quicksilver
Image
http://xkcd.com/999/
Alt text: "If you're lying in bed tonight and you see yellow eyes glinting in your window, are you being stalked by a puma, a mountain lion, a panther, a catamount, or a cougar? Trick question--in North America, they're all names for the same species, Puma concolor! Isn't learning fun? Anyway, sleep tight!"

Among other things, I honestly never want children because I know that my kids will not appreciate the random useless info that I know.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:51 am UTC
by alun009
Trick question--in North America, they're all names for the same species


Is this a sly reference to the discussion about culture specificity in the thread for comic 997 http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=78677 ?

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:51 am UTC
by rhomboidal
The kid's facial expression is priceless.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:57 am UTC
by sotanaht
I can't be the only one who immediately thought of the OTHER kind of cougar after reading the title. The wikipedia "personal appeal" screengrab meme certainly doesn't help, just go to the page for "Cougar" (the animal) with the current picture of a somewhat older woman.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:00 am UTC
by Quicksilver
sotanaht wrote:I can't be the only one who immediately thought of the OTHER kind of cougar after reading the title. The wikipedia "personal appeal" screengrab meme certainly doesn't help, just go to the page for "Cougar" (the animal) with the current picture of a somewhat older woman.
I did too.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:03 am UTC
by Elipongo
Comic 999, so very cool, just one away from an "odometer moment"! ...Or maybe not considering comic 404?

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:16 am UTC
by irishnut
rhomboidal wrote:The kid's facial expression is priceless.


I know! I think I had those pajamas when I was a kid...

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:26 am UTC
by pbnjstowell
Hopefully my kids will inherit my love of learning and sharing knowledge about the world. :)

Also, though cougars are usually solitary creatures, a farmer/hunter in my area caught some amazing night-photos of a cougar family reunion - most likely mother and daughters with their litters. http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2011/feb/18/cougar-pride-wenatchee-hunter-catches-eight-big/

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:32 am UTC
by teelo
Quick, someone make an xkcd-sw comic involving the other kind of cougars.

Perhaps something like... "Crazy how many of them were college freshmen who were just trying to get laid".

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:55 am UTC
by Username4242
I love this comic in so many ways.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:58 am UTC
by Username4242
pbnjstowell wrote:Hopefully my kids will inherit my love of learning and sharing knowledge about the world. :)

Also, though cougars are usually solitary creatures, a farmer/hunter in my area caught some amazing night-photos of a cougar family reunion - most likely mother and daughters with their litters. http://www.wenatcheeworld.com/news/2011/feb/18/cougar-pride-wenatchee-hunter-catches-eight-big/


I have a suspicion that something like this was an intermediate stage in the development of lion sociality. Given that cats are primitively solitary animals, an intermediate stage with greater tolerance expressed towards kin makes sense.

EDIT:

Fun fact: at least one child avoided being killed by a mountain lion when he was attacked because one of his shoes was untied. The mountain lion chased him, his shoe fell off, and the cat attacked and consumed the shoe instead. This was confirmed by the cat's necropsy, which showed shoe parts in its stomach.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:20 am UTC
by herbys
> "If you're lying in bed tonight and you see yellow eyes glinting in your window, are you being stalked by a puma, a mountain lion, a panther, a catamount, or a cougar?

It could also be a raptor.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:38 am UTC
by AvatarIII
Elipongo wrote:Comic 999, so very cool, just one away from an "odometer moment"! ...Or maybe not considering comic 404?


there are 2 unnumbered comics so if you aren't counting 404, you should probably be counting them, meaning this IS comic 1000, but then, what about guest strips, and 5 minute comics, do guest strips count or not? and should the multip[le coics in the 5 minute comics count individually or as a whole? I think the actual comic number #1000 is more important than the actual 1000th comic anyway, if you get into what counts and what doesn't it gets boring and arbitrary.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:41 am UTC
by Jumble
[quote="Quicksilver"

Among other things, I honestly never want children because I know that my kids will not appreciate the random useless info that I know.[/quote]
or you could have kids like mine, who honestly do. (to be honest I think my elder daughters compendium of useless facts may be starting to surpass mine. I tell myself it's because she has more time to read).

Good one today. Liked that.

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Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:08 am UTC
by phildaant
Too bad Kim Bauer isn't on this list. [grin]

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:08 am UTC
by StClair
Hell with that, where's the wiki list of people killed by raptors?

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:34 am UTC
by Ronfar

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:58 am UTC
by SirMustapha
What I have learned in xkcd today:

"Learning and sharing knowledge about the world" = Reading Wikipedia aloud.

Why am I not surprised?

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:01 am UTC
by slashme

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:11 pm UTC
by MSTK
Elipongo wrote:Comic 999, so very cool, just one away from an "odometer moment"! ...Or maybe not considering comic 404?


I'm personally looking forward more to comic 1024 myself. or 1023?

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:28 pm UTC
by Melete
Vulcan parents never shield their children from the truth. (VOY:Innocence)

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:43 pm UTC
by chrth
Reason #58 it's obvious Randall doesn't have any children: this comic.

My 4 yr-old just got a book called Dangerous Animals. My wife thought it'd be just pictures of sharks, tigers, etc., but it actually goes into stark detail about what animals do to kill prey and possibly humans. My son loves it, asks questions, etc.

TL,DR: Kids don't scare easily

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:04 pm UTC
by ogersama
List of fatal bear attacks in North America is a much longer list!

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:46 pm UTC
by The Cat
Cougar warnings should be taken seriously! Damn cougars.....I personally prefer the California mountain variety. The Pumas(not geographic) seem to have more claw and less Purrr....Well, I'll be packing Puma spray for the early morning jog. Mental note, if you smell peaches or marshmallow, run faster. No, wait, I must stand my ground! Thanks, Jungle Jack Hanna! Close one...

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
by tioborracho
Deleted. I'm like 10 years late. Puma is not felis any more

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:10 pm UTC
by BrianB
*Title* text: "..... Trick question--in North America, they're all names for the same species, Puma concolor! ....."

Incorrect. In North America cougar is the name for an older woman pursuing a younger man.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:16 pm UTC
by dragondave
Reason #58 I should never have children

Fixed.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:51 pm UTC
by faunablues
huh, this is my first uncanny GOOMHR moment.

My boyfriend and I have been mentally compiling a reasons-not-to-have-children list. Though if I recall correctly we're only on Reason Not To Have Children #52.

This may have to be 53.

I could also be reason #1 (don't worry, the list will get longer) of why I will make a terrible veterinarian. Oh, that lump? Well sure, I mean, it's PROBABLY a bee sting, but you know, it could be cancer. Or a parasitic cyst that has yet to burst. Make sure you keep an eye out for hideous worms in the vicinity. Oh, btw, did you know that hookworms can burrow from your intestine all the way to your skin? No, not your dog, it only happens to people. Yeah, there's a good chance your children have already been exposed to your dog's worms. There are a couple cases where worms end up in kids' EYES. Whoa. All right, have a good day!

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
by Bounsy
Elipongo wrote:Comic 999, so very cool, just one away from an "odometer moment"! ...Or maybe not considering comic 404?


I was thinking the same thing, except that I was also wondering how many scripts that pull or display xkcd will fall to the xkcd1k bug. (i.e., They only support/expect up to three digits, perform some kind of alphabetic sort instead of numeric, display incorrectly when there are more than three digits, etc.) I'm sure there's consulting money out there to be made! :lol:

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:00 pm UTC
by MathUhhhSaurus
Am I the only one who was thinking of the other meaning of the word "cougar"?

Edit: nope...I'm not...glad I'm not the only one haha

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:23 pm UTC
by shiznits
Ordered Cougar. Got Bobcat instead.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:43 pm UTC
by spojaz
I immediately went to the wiki page, and was reminded of one thing I wanted to forget. Mark Miedema, 10, male July 17, 1997. We were both 10, we were in the same class at school and several extra-curricular activities, and I HATED him. On that fateful Saturday I recall actively wishing him harm, particularly burned up about something (I can't remember what) he had said to me. Later I was on TV because I was in his class, lying about how nice he was and hiding the guilt inside of me. The whole experience was surreal. I have not been able to hate anyone ever since, for fear of what may happen to them.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:50 pm UTC
by Krenn
Did anyone else mistake this for a Calvin and Hobbes reference at first, or was it just me?

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:53 pm UTC
by Ronsonic
"If you're lying in bed tonight and you see yellow eyes glinting in your window, are you being stalked by a puma, a mountain lion, a panther, a catamount, or a cougar? Trick question--in North America, they're all names for the same species, Puma concolor!"

Would someone please explain this to the folks who are attempting to restructure our lives to accommodate more of those animals.

And, yes, my deranged mind also went to the other kind of cougar.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:57 pm UTC
by shpoffo
sotanaht wrote:I can't be the only one who immediately thought of the OTHER kind of cougar after reading the title. The wikipedia "personal appeal" screengrab meme certainly doesn't help, just go to the page for "Cougar" (the animal) with the current picture of a somewhat older woman.


I was certain that the hover-text was going to end with an askance reference to social cougars... I think the whole strip could be considered a innuendo win by never dropping breaking rank and continuing with the implication......

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:21 pm UTC
by Andromeda321
Haha, this was totally my childhood while growing up with my father. He was really big on honesty and never lying to his kids, which is admirable until you start telling stories offhand about a woman who was sleeping and had a meteorite hit her or the Yellowstone supervolcano. When your six year old daughter asks you "that wouldn't happen tonight while I'm sleeping, would it?" the correct answer is not "well you never know, it might!"

We had a rule in my house that when I woke up from nightmares incurred by my dad I knew to wake him up cause my mom refused to have anything to do with it. :)

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
by bmonk
shiznits wrote:Ordered Cougar. Got Bobcat instead.

GOOMHS!

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
by The Cat
I could also be reason #1 (don't worry, the list will get longer) of why I will make a terrible veterinarian. Oh, that lump? Well sure, I mean, it's PROBABLY a bee sting, but you know, it could be cancer. Or a parasitic cyst that has yet to burst. Make sure you keep an eye out for hideous worms in the vicinity. Oh, btw, did you know that hookworms can burrow from your intestine all the way to your skin? No, not your dog, it only happens to people. Yeah, there's a good chance your children have already been exposed to your dog's worms. There are a couple cases where worms end up in kids' EYES. Whoa. All right, have a good day!


This made me smile! thx

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:44 pm UTC
by Hekateras
Quicksilver wrote:If you're lying in bed tonight and you see yellow eyes glinting in your window, are you being stalked by a puma, a mountain lion, a panther, a catamount, or a cougar? Trick question--in North America, they're all names for the same species, Puma concolor! Isn't learning fun? Anyway, sleep tight!


Am I the only one who thought "a sparkly vampire, watching me sleep"?

Disclaimer: Not actually a Twilight fan. Haven't even read it.

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:18 pm UTC
by DarsVaeda
That reminds me of an incident that happened to "me" some years ago.
Every day I took the light-rail between two towns. In between was some more "open" land. They are separated by a less than 30 minutes drive.
When you enter one of the towns first there are the bigger houses with more land around them, gardens, as usual in this country.
On one side of the rail is a street and on the other side the houses and a solid public footpath.
So as the train passes I saw a guy walking towards the town. Nothing unusual, there are a lot of people walking out of town, as it is a bigger town. And it seems people need to "get out" from time to time.
BUT not a minute later I thought I must be daydreaming or something. Yet the excited chatter of other passengers made me realize I actually did see what I saw.
A (excuse me) motherfucking huge real life TIGER!
He headed in direction of the poor guy I saw just a minute earlier.
Was walking just like one of the usual humans there, as he just took a little walk. Actually a quite bizarre situation/view.
I guess I do not need to mention I do not live in India.

Later I heard in the radio that several animals escaped from a circus that the train also passed few minutes later.
They said no one was hurt.
Guess that guy was lucky ;)
But I can hardly imagine the amount of pee that guy lost when the tiger approached him.