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Dec 23, 2008

Look, Just Give Them The Figgy Pudding Already!

For they won't go until they get some, and you just know they're going to sit there caroling all night until your ears fal-al-al-al-al-all right off. (Extortion, that's what it is, pure and simple ...)

FA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA- (Aaugh! Make it stop!)

Originally submitted by the fabulous Nancy!  Yea, Nancy!

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Agh! Are those ears plastic?!? Interesting...

 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Fake ears!

 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 10:51 PM

It's a batch of BEFs.

warrior rabbit
 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 10:57 PM

They're kind of cute at this age. Especially if you don't see the tail.

warrior rabbit
 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 10:58 PM

This is the first time since the jubilant, dancing mantis post that I jumped back from my computer as this page loaded.

*tosses figgy pudding out the door and hides*

 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 11:01 PM

Thanks, Not That Mike. This post just solved all of my holiday gift giving problems. I am now sending all of my relatives, business associates, and distant acquaintances a crate of singing possums wearing plastic ears. You can find them in the Harry and David catalog, on the same page as the fruit baskets.

Von Zeppelin
 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 11:09 PM


This group look like my friends from high school and I. Seriously. I can hear the loud bickering in my head.

 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 11:15 PM

OMG! 8 hissing possums! I have one or two of these cutie pies on my front porch at night, but this many?

What is the story behind this one I wonder?

I made a video of the baby possums and outside kitty. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qWJr_T18bI

 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 11:21 PM

You WILL be assimilated !
Resistance is FUTILE !
The Collective.

Mud Bug
 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Cute in a weird way. They remind me of that movie Beetlejuice, when that lady pulls her face forward into a long snout.

 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Clank whirr grind, pudding pult fully loaded. "Come and get it"

Hon Glad
 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 11:43 PM


 |  Dec 23, 2008 at 11:43 PM

We have Cute or Sad? and now I think it's time for a new category: Cute or Scary?

These lil' guys are cute but I can't look at them too long because they're starting to freak me out.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 12:02 AM

They're cute, but something about them makes the base of my spine tingle.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 12:07 AM

I wish I could hear the racket they must be making.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 12:07 AM

I have the irresistible urge to yoink their plastic ears ever so gently...thanks for the idea Von Zeppelin...
*thumbing through Harry and David catalog*

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 12:10 AM

OMG! I wish I had 8 caroling Oppossums on my porch!! I'd scoop them all up in a giant snorgle pile then bring them all inside for nice cups of hot cocoa with as many marshmallows as they wanted.

Wait...do I hear singing!?
*jumps up and runs to door*

Martha in Washington
 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 12:14 AM

First of all, the words "figgy pudding" just INSTANTLY make me giggle. Could've been a tank full of baby octopi and I still would have squeed!

But yeah, after looking at it a while, I'm wondering if maybe this isn't more of a Halloween picture.

Or, perhaps, a rejected Muppet Christmas with John Denver number!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 12:24 AM

I second the "Cute or Scary" section.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 12:29 AM

They look exactly like my church choir singing Christmas carols, 'cept for the plastic ears, mebbeh.

They ARE extreeeemely cute in a savage kind of way and this puts the possum-cute-or-not case to rest once and for all, IMHO.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 12:37 AM

Scary! Our possums here in Aus are a bit cuter, but they have this horrible scream. *shudders and throws figgy pudding out the window*

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 12:48 AM

"I call the big one Bitey." Sound familiar? ;)

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 01:43 AM

aaah!! frightening!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 02:12 AM

Are'nt they 9 of these little kinda/sorta/maybe cuties here?
and, those ears do look plastic.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 02:25 AM

Yes there are at least 9 of them, and will somebody please answer the question of whether those are fake plastic ears or if their ears really look that way?

I thirdize the instantiation of a "Cute or Scary" section!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 03:04 AM

Real ears guys! Either that, or all the oppossums on the net have got hold of the same plastic ones....

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 03:13 AM

How can you guys say scary?? Just look at them! They are so happy to see you they are singing! I love the guy in the middle - the rest are off center but he's all TA-DA! SURPRISE!!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 03:38 AM

HA HA HA! NTMTOM, you slay me once again! I think there should be a section for "NTMTOM twists your knickers." HO HO HO MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 03:41 AM

After reviewing a number of pictures of Didelphis virginiana, the Virginia opossum, I concur with Cameleopard: real ears.

By the way, you know what they're singing, don't you?

"Deck us all with Boston Charlie, Walla Walla Wash. an' Kalamazoo. . ."

Von Zeppelin
 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 03:44 AM


in Excelsis Deo


in Excelsis Deooooooooh"

i think possums are adorable.
i didn't know they could sing though!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 03:54 AM

Lordy, I actually gasped. Cute but terrifying. I count 10?

They remind me of my cat.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 03:57 AM

The night a possum came though the catflap is the night the catflap was permanently nailed shut.

That night, my blood-curdling, kidney-chilling fear and loathing, the kind Hunter S. Thompson could only dream of, was born. I hate possums with the white-hot burning of a thousand suns.

And yet I can't help finding this box of plastic-eared buggers cute.


(P.S. eight maids a-milking to NOMTOM for "fal-al-al-al-al-all.")

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 04:19 AM

I LOVE THEM!!! Yes, they do look like my choir, except a little more "Wind-in-the-Willows"-ish.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 04:40 AM

NTMTOM, that is by far the best holiday interpretation of a photo of baby possums that I have every experienced. "for they won't go until they get some..." I could even hear the Muppets singing "Won't GO!" in the background.

Mary Schaefer
 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 05:03 AM

Von Zeppelin...Bwaaahaha! plus
"Nora's freezing on the
trolley...swaller dollar
cauliflower ally ga roo."

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 05:11 AM

Love the little teefs.

totalee puppy
 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 05:14 AM

"Frosty the Possum...
had the funniest plastic ears...
If he didn't get figgy pudding...
He would settle for a couple of beers...

Frosty the Possum...
practiced carols all year long...
He would sing his best,
but I wouldn't request,
it's a $5 tip for a song."

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 05:29 AM

"Close the door!!!!!!!!!!!!"

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 05:46 AM

They are scaring me...

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 05:56 AM

Ahahaha I just have this mental image of all of them going "waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!" in chorus!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 06:03 AM

Look!! A box of kittens for Christmas. Can I hold them, MOM?! Can I?!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 06:04 AM

mohawks are cute...

totalee puppy
 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 06:05 AM

The ears are real. I used to docent at a zoo and we had a 'possum used for educational workshops. The ears really do look and feel like soft plastic. They're fabulous to nom on as long as you watch out for those teethies!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 06:08 AM

Awww, I vote cute! Look at all the fuzziness! Reminds me of those soft fuzzy scarves,........but with leetle pink nosicles I want to tweek! hee hee

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 06:34 AM

Heh! heh! heh!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 06:48 AM

haha.. this pic is cute and creepy all in the same moment!!

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 06:56 AM

Dear God, that is terrifying.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 07:06 AM

You should start a list of rules of uncute. Rule #1: large, waxy, bat-like ears.

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 07:15 AM

My office consensus is CUTE. I live in Arkansas and there's never a shortage of 'possums. When they're babies they're just downright cute :)

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 07:19 AM

I'm frightened

 |  Dec 24, 2008 at 07:19 AM

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