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.

Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel

They look alike, but they’re not bears

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?

koala koalafications

Possibly the funniest image I have seen in months!

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!

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About Drew

I love videogames, movies, my wife and my dog (in no particular order).

17 responses »

  1. Geez, the resemblance between Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry is freaky.

    And everyone knows that koalas are arboreal herbivorous marsupials native to Australia, and the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae. So there.

  2. This is hilarious! I blame tv and I guess where you grow up, like you said. I grew up in the states and didn’t really know koala’s weren’t bears, until I visited Australia myself. I used to watch this crazy show called “Noozles” as a kid, so I grew up thinking they were bears:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEZVaD1psOE

  3. I honestly don’t remember, hahaha. I was very young and I think I was entertained at the time, so…maybe? It’s originally from Japan, if that helps.

  4. Dave says:

    Perhaps we need to find a koala while she’s here… there’s pretty much none left in canberra though

    • drewpan says:

      Hahaha she’s seen them in the zoo! She’s been up and close and personal to one, and been told that they are definitely 100% not bears!

      But her belief that koalas are bears is almost as stubbornly strong as her belief in unicorns.

      • Cara Olsen says:

        Wait . . . are you trying to tell me unicorns don’t exist either? This is all too much.

      • drewpan says:

        Nah, unicorns went extinct in 1745. Actually, and I only just found this out myself, unicorns appear in the bible!

        “God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.”—Numbers 24:8

  5. Cara Olsen says:

    LOL! DREW! This post was hilarious. Thank you . . . My eyelashes are still sticking to the inside of my eyelids, but I think you might have just woken me up.

    Like wifey, I had always assumed Koalas were bears. I suppose that is the sheep in me; not a literal sheep, of course, but the innate tendency to be led and to go with majority vote. Thank you for busting that myth. I learned my new fact for the day.

    Btw: the picture at the end, sublime!

    ~ Cara

  6. Mainey says:

    You’re gonna beat this “koalas are not bears” shit into your kid man.

  7. Awww seriously? That’s so depressing….next you’ll tell me the care bear is not really a bear either??!!!!

  8. Addie says:

    I heard Zooey signed an autograph that a fan had asked of her, by writing “I am not Katy Perry. Fuck off!”

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