One thing my wife and I always debate about is koalas. She loves the furry little things, and quite frankly, who doesn’t?
Anyway, like many people in the world, she was brought up to believe that koalas are bears… thus the commonly used but incorrect term “koala bear”.
I grew up in Australia, and the second thing they teach you in schools there (after spelling Australia) is that koalas are marsupials… NOT bears. They might look like bears, but they’re not related to bears. Just like how Zooey Deschanel is not related to Katy Perry.
I’ve told wifey this several times, and pointed out credible websites and sources that irrefutably state that koalas are not bears.
But the moment any shred of evidence comes up that koalas might actually be bears, she’ll latch onto it and shove it in my face while yelling “SEE!?! Koalas ARE bears after all!” It doesn’t matter to her if the “evidence” might be a badly worded poster or some children’s story book; she just wants so badly for koalas to be bears.
One recurring piece of “evidence” for her case is a song by Tegan and Sara called My Number – about 1:36 into the song.
Closed down the last local zoo
I’m gonna win the endless war
Over who kills the last koala bear
And who in death will love him more and I
You see, wifey and I totally adore Tegan and Sara – so she’s going to use that against me forever. “If Tegan and Sara says it’s a koala bear, then it must be true!”
But they’re Canadian! What do Canadians know about Australian wildlife?
Anyway, we were just watching Tegan and Sara’s concert DVD last night, and I was supposed to be working on a press release but I was completely glued to the TV because they’re just so funny and awesome.
As such, I’m in a real Tegan and Sara mood, so every post this week will include some kind of Tegan and Sara reference! Yay!