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Alas, poor Stoaty!


Spotted on display in the gift shop of a nature reserve. Barbarians. Far too many bird people involved in the local reserves, if you ask me. They don’t have nearly the requisite respect for carnivores.

Have a good weekend, everyone. Be careful on Halloween. Remember, just because you were too drunk to remember, doesn’t mean you didn’t do it.


Comment from BuckNutty
Time: October 30, 2009, 7:12 pm

It’s a sad, sad day…

Comment from Войска ПВО
Time: October 30, 2009, 10:33 pm

Madame S.Weasel,

I visit this site with a sense of childlike wonder, many times astounded, always surprised at your posts, and most recently, grateful for your efforts to disambiguate the mystery of “TEH”.

So I query with wonderment, “What on earth (or elsewhere) is that object?”

But, most recently, I am reeling in divine agony at the Urban Dictionary’s definition of “Stoaty”. The verbiage seems as though you authored the entry.

Good luck on your quest for the UK driving license..

..and on the M1.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 31, 2009, 7:54 am

Whoa. I don’t know why the link got blown out, Войска ПВО, but I’m hella impressed that there really is an urban dictionary definition of stoaty.

A stoat is what Brits call a weasel. And what Brits call a weasel, Yanks call a least weasel. Those adorable little teeny teacup weasel dudes.

They always say least weasels are the smallest predator, but aren’t shrews a kind of predator? And I’m sure there must be tiny evil fish with fangs.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: October 31, 2009, 10:08 am

Shrews are – for their size – as predatory as Bengal tigers. They need to eat 80-90 % of their own body weight in food daily to keep their metabolism going.

I only do that at Christmas! 🙂

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 31, 2009, 2:17 pm

Happy Samhain, everyone!

Comment from scubafreak
Time: October 31, 2009, 7:12 pm

Stoatie, I think you are refering to the spiky candaru, the Vampire fish of Brazil. And it isn’t the TEETH you have to worry about, it’s the spines.

Oh, and it’s habit of zipping up your urinary tract…….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 31, 2009, 8:38 pm



This thing is Uncle B’s dinner. There are the internal organs of some animal involved.

I think that thing in the middle is an aorta.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 31, 2009, 8:41 pm

Look, it’s Halloween OK?

It’s traditional to eat offal.

And who could resist a home made steak and kidney pie?

On second thoughts, don’t answer that…

Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 31, 2009, 10:24 pm


we’ll try this again only this time I won’t get so cutesy-pie with the HTML:


It is urgent that this message get through!

..ooh, and by the way, with respect to Uncle Badger’s question, I could. Being a naive young lad may years ago (when dirt was new), I ordered some steak and kidney pud (as Rumpole is wont to call it) and really thought they were just fooling about the kidney.

As I said, I was young and naive.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: October 31, 2009, 10:53 pm

UB, I was thinking that Bubble and Squeak would be more appropriate…

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: October 31, 2009, 11:56 pm


Shrews are – for their size – as predatory as Bengal tigers. They need to eat 80-90 % of their own body weight in food daily to keep their metabolism going.

When I was a kid, our cats would capture shrews and play with them in the drive for about an hour…until they had starved to death. Then off to get another…

Uncle B: It may be traditional, and I have to admit that the only thing offputting to me about offal is calling it that.

Because of the sound of it. It just sounds awful. Sounds much better as “internal organs” or braised and pickled aortas or somesuch.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: November 1, 2009, 5:05 pm

I had buttered kipper for breakfast once at a hotel in London (big Farty Towels fan, me). All I can say is, we took a picture of the meal, and I still can’t look at it. What is up with the Limeys??!!11!!

…and Weez: It looks more like a buttplug to me.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 1, 2009, 7:27 pm

Really interesting Radio 4 program on High Flight. You know: “I have slipped the surly bonds of earth…” That one. You can listen again.

I stayed up late as a kid; I always loved the film of that we ran before station identification.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: November 1, 2009, 10:02 pm

Yes, it was too bad that the Army Air Corp sent the McGee to Dutch Harbor in a Brewster Buffalo. If he had been flying something a little more modern, he might have stood a chance when the Japanese Zeros came calling. 🙁

Comment from Nicole
Time: November 1, 2009, 11:43 pm

The least weasel was the highlight of my trip to the Chicago Field Museum several years ago. Even beat out the T-Rex skeleton, Suckasaurus Sue.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 2, 2009, 10:25 am

There’s a nature park thing around here that has a pack of least weasels. Adorable little bastards. They have a viewing window so you can peek in on them curled up asleep around each other. It’s the only time they aren’t a blur of predatory activity.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: November 2, 2009, 11:55 am

Mmm, S+K pie. Or S+K pudding, with a suet crust. Even more mmm. I’m amazed at how squeamish people have become. Take black pudding, for example (the Scotch variety, not the Lancashire one, which is too fatty). So what if it’s a big blood clot in a casing? It tastes awesome, and that should be the end of it. And then there’s haggis…

Smallest predator? A predator is an organism that eats other organisms, so things like spiders and I suppose, at a stretch, amoebas are predators. The Etruscan shrew is the smallest mammalian predator. It weighs 1 – 2g and is about half the size of your thumb.

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