Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What's up with...Orangutans?


What is up with orangutans? I took my brother to the Milwaukee Zoo a few weeks ago, and we did all the requisite stops—we saw giraffes eating out of trees, monkeys brachiating, lions sunbathing, and snakes doing absolutely nothing at all.



I didn’t try knocking on the glass because I was afraid a Parselmouth would get me. Okay, I did.




While we were in the ape house, we made the usual hackneyed comments on how “they’re just like us” and “their faces are so ugly” and “hey, that one looks like your mother-in-law” (okay, so neither of us has a mother-in-law, but I feel like mothers-in-law are usually the scapegoats in these zoological situations).


If your mother-in-law looks like this, then what does your husband looks like? Michael Keaton?

But then we came upon the orangutan. Whenever I hear “orangutan” I think of the Mary Kate and Ashley straight-to-video release, “The Case of the Fun House Mystery,” wherein the twins are called to investigate an alleged monster living in the Fun House of a carnival. The monster turns out to be an orangutan, and everyone laughs about how silly they were.


Kinda cute, eh?

But the orangutan that lives at the Milwaukee Zoo is a veritable monster.


It’s both an orangutan AND a monster!


There were children whimpering and begging to go back to the cute little Beetlejuice monkeys. This animal was straight out of their worst nightmares! Who ever created such a terrifying being? Could it be that all those stories about the Boogey Man lurking in your closet were really inspired by an ape from Borneo?
Orangutans--what's up with that? What animal scares you the most?

22 comments:

  1. Hahahaha, that last orangutan needs a serious haircut. Downright frightening!! To be honest I hate monkeys too. They're so mischievous, ruin everything.

    You know of Viperfish? They scare me. Imagine one gnawing on your leg...AHHH!

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  2. your 1st post rocks!!! that monster is huge! i've never seen an orangutan look so monsterish. wow.

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  3. have a blast on your first ever bar crawl Karisa! they are SO much fun :)
    and as for animals.... eeeek! i am so petrified of alligators.

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  4. Your first post is super good and i think you and i started this journey somewhere together. I started on 31st Dec 2009.

    And i love animals. All of them. Okay not all of them but i try to. My favourite are the snakes. And the Michael Keaton pic is so funny. Bwahahaha. I couldn't stop laughing.

    You are doing a great job. Carry on with the good writing.

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  5. i think they are lovely and fascinating to behold, but that doesn't mean i really want to be in a cage with one!

    humph. which animal scares me. i am afraid i am pretty typical in that spiders, snakes and rats give me the heebie jeebies. oh. and possums. i find them absolutely revolting.

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  6. Hey there! I'm new to your blog - and blogging in general. After reading your very first post I got fantastic ideas on what to blog about! Thanks for all the super tips! ;)

    As for animals that scare me, I'd have to go with possums. Every once in awhile I see one lurking through the darkness here in the suburbs, just on the cusp of the city. One was in my backyard and that creeped me the hell out. It was so freaking big and had red glowing eyes. Oh my god, I shutter now thinking about it.

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  7. Dude,your early posts were way better than mine! And Orangutans ARE scary.. I too think of that dumb MK and AO movie..

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  8. LOL! Their hair looks funny,omg XD

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  9. That last orangutan looks like a hairy octopus.

    And I am utterly terrified of dogs. Yes, dogs. The animals that we humans are supposed to love.

    Ditto on possums. They scare the crap out of me running out of the bushes behind our garage.

    And once my brother and I were home alone and he thought he saw a mouse, so I took him to get ice cream and wouldn't bring him home until my parents got back to protect us from the mouse.

    I'm pretty much terrified of all animals. But dogs are definitely the worst.

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  10. can i just say thank you for getting the reindeer pie thing?!!! my hubby was like, "that doesn't make sense. no one is going to get it." ha!

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  11. Stopping by from Trendy Treehouse to say Hi! I am now a follower :)

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  12. Poor little guy. I think he's kind of cute, in a ugly way. Kind of like a pug. I hate rats. They 100% creep me out in every way, and they are really aggressive, not afraid of ppl at all. Terrible buggers really.

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  13. your posts always make me have a giggle fit (:

    and to answer your question, i just spend way too much time on the computer browsing blogs and photography sites, that's how i find all my pictures :P

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  14. i went to the milluaukee zoo a couple of weeks ago with my school!

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  15. Hi there...stopping in for the first time (and sooo not the last time ^_^) from Trendy Treehouse Monday. LOVE your blog and thank you for giving my muse some inspiration.
    I love to do needle felts of God's creatures and my son wants one of a monster and you just gave me the perfect model for it...LOL!!

    Hugs,
    Regi

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  16. Ohhhh....I love all animals...except spiders and snakes...ewwwwwww!!!

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  17. I have to say this really... I'm terrified with dogs! I know mostly everyone loves dogs but it ain't for me, I froze whenever I see one! I reckon I'm scared with all the animals :(

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  18. Stopping by from Trendy Treehous'es Marketing Monday to say Hi!

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  19. Can I just say yesterday my roomate and I were discussing scary-looking animals...and I immediately thought of this post! We started googling orangutan and came up with horrifying pictures...I think you would've appreciated it!

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  20. OMG That orangutan is so cute. If it didn't have the power to rip me in half, I would so hug it and tell it to stop listening to that mean mean lady calling it a monster. :D

    Seriously though, friggin adorable. I want one now.

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  21. No wonder we have such apathy in this world to animals who aren't your standard pet. Ugly.. How is he ugly. He is an orangutan and quite a striking specimen. The only thing ugly in this post is your rude comments and ignorance. Try making a differnce in the world and branching out a bit. Your writing sounds like a junior high cheerleader talking about what boys yiu don't like. Sad.

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  22. And it is even worse that the orangutan that's the orangutan in the photo is Urban RIP from Sacramento Zoo. Funny how you say this was at the Milwaukee zoo.. Just some creative license for your quirky little blog. How unoriginal can you get. Pathetic.

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