Burning Bright And Factual

Dated August 10, 2011

Today I learned that tiger’s are able to see in the dark six times better than humans.  So if you’re going to fist-fight a tiger you should do it in the day.  Don’t even make it on, like, an overcast day, probably.  Or you could get hurt.

I also learned today that a tiger’s stripes, like fingerprints, are unique and identifiable to each different cat.  So, basically, if you think they all look the same you’re probably a racist.

Some other stuff I learned about the biggest of the big cats:

There are six subspecies of tiger left in the world.  All six are endangered.  Probably because of the daylight fist fights.

“Tiger” means “Arrow.”  It comes from the Greek word “Tigris” (like the river) which is derived from a Persian word that means “arrow.”  Most scholars believe the cats were probably given this name because they are nearly universally recognized as badass archers.

And a tiger’s growl may be heard up to two miles away.  Because tiger’s are fucking metal.

Fun (ish) Fact of the Day: An estimated 12,000 Tigers are living in captivity in the US.  This is more than are registered in the wild.

Band Name of the Day: Fearful Symmetry

Quote of the Day: “It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.” -Henry David Thoreau