1. They're the first animal in the dictionary. It's true. Followed shortly thereafter by Aardwolf.
Hell, it's the first real word in the dictionary. That double A really gives it something special.
2. A quote from the description from Wikipedia: "The most distinctive charactristic of the Tubulidentata is (as the name implies) their teeth which, instead of having a pulp cavity, have lots of thin tubes of dentine, each containing pulp and held together by cementum. The teeth have no enamel coating and are worn away and regrow continuously." Because of my current, soon to be former, job, I knew what all of those words mean (except Tubulidentata, which I found out is the scientific order that Aardvarks belong to) and understood the sentences as a whole.
Oh yeah, and my major? Theology. I find this really funny.
3. Arthur is "the world's most famous aardvark," but um, he doesn't look very aardvark-y to me. More like "ugly mouse." All the kids that grew up on Arthur are slightly screwed in the animal-identification area of life.
4. They're nocturnal, found in sub-Saharan Africa, and subsist on ants, termites, and Aardvark Cucumbers. WTF? Aardvarks can't eat normal cucumbers, like the rest of us?
5. Although they were initially thought to be closely related to anteaters, which are found in South America, it was later shown that they are only Phenotypically related and Genotypically not. Just a product of Convergent Evolution, in which species that evolve seprately end up with similar characteristics. My freshman year in college I took "Genetics for Arts and Letters Majors," and it's rearing it's ugly head. How is it that they always find the oldest professors in the world to teach classes like that?
(And just a side note, I will be blogging all this week that I'm gone. My hotel has wireless, and I'm going to take advantage of that. I've even prepared some backup posts in the event that I'm too tired/otherwise indisposed to blog somedays. So don't desert me! I promise I'm still here.)