Thursday, September 25, 2008

Heh heh. Hairy noses. Heh heh.

In which I make juvenile and punny jokes.

Welcome to this week's Thursday News of the Absurd Will Someone Please Write This Book Inspirational Moment (TNoftheAWSPWTBIM).

The news this week? Not so funny. All my regular odd news resources are dull, and the teens at my local coffee house have been avoiding the crazy lady who writes down what they say actually discussing academics. But then I found this.

From AFP:
Rare otter species found in Vietnam

Apparently, researchers were thrilled to find two of the world's rarest species in a national park in southern Vietnam. Everyone thought they were extinct and now here are two of them.

But what do they call them?

Hairy-nosed otters.

Hee hee. Hairy-nosed otters.* I can't read that without laughing. Doesn't it sound like something you'd call your pesky younger brother? "Leave me alone, you hairy-nosed otter!" Try to say it aloud without laughing.

Have you read their favorite book? Hairy-nosed Otter and the Sorcerer's Stone? Personally, I preferred Hairy-nosed Otter and the Beaver of Azkaban.

Rather than a book to write this week, I want titles. Did you cry at the end of The Velveteen Hairy-nosed Otter? Giggle at the antics of Hairy-nosed Otter-et the Spy? Swoon at the romance in Twilight, the story of the teenage girl who falls for the perfect guy, only to find out that he and his family are secretly hairy-nosed otters?

Heh heh heh. I like that one. Perhaps I should go back to single lattes. In the meantime, what's YOUR favorite hairy-nosed otter book?

* Not to be confused with the hairy-nosed Kotter. Do you think when researchers realized these were the species thought to be extinct they shouted "Welcome back otter?"**


Tabitha said...

Ha!! I was eating breakfast while reading this (yes, I know better, and yet...), and nearly cheerios all over my laptop. Too funny! I'm going to be mumbling "harry-nosed otter" all day now. :)

Here's my favorite harry-nosed otter book:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Harry-Nosed Otter

C.R. Evers said...

Jacqui, you have the BEST idea's EVER! This is too fun not to try. Lets see . . . . how about:

The lesser known Suess classics "Hairy Otter in the Water"

Little do people know that Herman Melville's original title was "Moby Hairy Otter" and was set in Oregon, but alas, he changed the setting and ultimately the water creature and title as well.

The early reader classic "See Hairy Otter Run"

ohhhh! this is so much fun! Thanks for helping my creativity wake up with a smile! :0)


sruble said...

Ha! You are too funny! Hairy Nose Otters - snort!

The Invention of Hugo, the Hairy Nosed Otter (won the Caldecott this year).

That's the best one I came up with. Plus, since it's at least 1/2 illustrations, there would be tons and tons of pictures of hairy nosed otters! hee hee

Brenda said... fun! Okay, here's my try:

Snow White and the Seven Hairy-nosed otters

Batman and hairy-nosed otter

Raggety Ann and hairy-nosed otter


J. Thorp said...

You can't resist incorporating beavers into your animal story-lines, can you? Love it.

Jacqui said...

Oh, Tabitha, Christy, Brenda, and sruble these make me giggle so much! Moby Hairy-nosed Otter was pretty good, minus the 500 pages of hairy-nosed otter anatomy. Sruble, is that the book about the kid who finds his dad's robotic hairy-nosed otter? :)

Thorp, it's just that beavers are always funny! Big teeth and all.

My new favorite play? Hairy-nosed Otter on a Hot Tin Roof

sruble said...

Yep, it's the one with robotic hairy-nosed otters.

Marina said...

Beatrix Potter seems like fertile ground. How about "The Tale of the Two Flopsy Hairy-nosed Otters"? Or should that be "tail"? "The Tail of Jemima Puddle-hairy-nosed-otter"?

Dickens could get a makeover too. "The Tail of Two Hairy-nosed Otters". And what about Chaucer -- instead of The Wife of Bath's Tale and the Miller's Tale, we could have The Hairy-nosed Otter's Tail and even The Beaver's Tail.

Diane T said...

Then of course, there would be the classic romantic comedy: When Hairy-Nosed Otter Met Sally...

J. Thorp said...

I love Marina's Chaucer idea -- If she's not gonna write it, I might have to!