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Mar 16, 2006

Rule #17: Have tiny ears

We all know that cheek puff is anerable. Duh!

But we have yet to document ear size. Obvy, the following otter is modeling ideal cute ear size, which is pretty much equivalent to a non-existant ear. So basically, less ear is better. I'm just sayin'.





What's an otter doing in a bed of straw, Amy L.? (I mean besides making evil plans)

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OMG, Otters are anerable!! i never thought an otter could be so cute, but apparently they can! and are!!!!!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 03:42 PM

Oh, geez. The second picture just sucks your soul right out of you can claims dibs. *w*

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 03:43 PM

Cheek puff ruins me.

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 03:44 PM

[deep breath]

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 03:47 PM


 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 03:47 PM

But, but things with BIG ears are so cute too. Like small dogs with big ears, or mice with big ears. Big, round, fluffy ears are adorable...

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 03:56 PM

Less ear + more cheek puff = MY FAVORITE!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:13 PM

Oh man, I'm sorry about that.:/

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:17 PM

I think that's the major pitfall of making rules or other heirarchical groupings of concepts: folks tend to either make it too widely applicable or too narrowly defined.

In the case of ears, I believe the more accurate wording is "ears of an extreme difference in size from the rest of the critter".

Wee lil otter ears are pretty danged cute, though. Awwww. Look at how velvetty they are!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:19 PM

Velvety, dangit. Velvety. I should be able to type that in my sleep w/out adding a "t", dagnabbit!

Otters: still cute. And their ears: velvety.

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:20 PM

oh, my god! my head is going to explode from the overload of cuteness!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:22 PM

There needs to be a category for cute and pissed off. Wee otter man looks ready to bite your finger off.

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:30 PM

I agree w/ Grace and the basset-hound posters! Here's another puppy pic, just to demonstrate that enormous perky ears can be just as cute as enormous floppy ears - or itsy little otter earlets.


 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:40 PM

i agree with Grace: it's not the *actual* ear size that counts, it's the *relative* ear size that really matters.

case in point, the bat-eared fox. i don't know how to post a link, but google-image it!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:41 PM

foooooooooooozzzy iddle odderssss!!!!!!!!!!!!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:41 PM

hey liz-is that a corgi???

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:42 PM

oh-it is

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:42 PM

Tiny ears? TINY ears? Go ahead, you look at a Fennec fox and try to tell me that tiny ears are cuter.
I DARE you.

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:42 PM

bottom pic--perky nose, eye, and little ear all lined up...way cute and the size don't matter,no?!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:51 PM

Ok.... I understand if I get slapped for this but I HAVE to .... (see what happens from too much cute)... but this guy... he's ...

otterly adorable!!!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:55 PM

I believe this is also an example of rule #16! *shocked* its true

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 04:56 PM

but we already have rule 15!

i think meg is losing track of all the rules of cuteness

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:10 PM

He otter be in pictures! Hey wait...He already is!

dwarf rabbit owner too!
 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:14 PM

O.K. it's official, at least for me, there ain't nothin' cuter than a baby otter.

Where do I get one for my very own self?

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:28 PM

hello mudder
hello fadder
there's a website
with cute otters
puffy cheeks and
so delicious
but why is he in straw
and not with all the fishes?


 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:30 PM

Oh, yeah, could somebody please define "anerable?" I may have tuned in after the explaination of that one, and it isn't immediately obvious to me!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:30 PM

hey sara!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:39 PM

Wendy... look for Teeny bun bun under bunnies. Meg 'splains it all.


 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:44 PM

Jez...that is absolutely hilarious!!!! Perfect..just perfect. Otters are anerable!!!!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:49 PM

Y'know, as cute as this guy is, I prefer squirrel ears...

E. Collison
 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:52 PM

And 'roo ears, and fuzzy bunny ears (small or large), and KOALA ears and...

Take the hints, Meg! (Please - more 'roo joeys.)

E. Collison
 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:54 PM

oh, WHY can't I have an otter. . .

A thinker
 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 05:57 PM

Awwwwww, this is the cutest.

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 06:21 PM

[applause for Jez]
Hooray for Camp Web-Otter!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 06:32 PM

Wendy: "anerable" = adorable, said in a twee way.

Lucy: agreed! I think the cuteness is getting to her ;]

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 06:40 PM

Theo - where's finn?

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 06:48 PM

Jez -- um, right, let me pull up her calendar... seriously, I know Finn's heading out of town (and offline) soonish, but I didn't think it was *this* soon. Last I heard from Finn was "i'm just-about recovered from a 2-week death-flu."

Or did you mean, where in the world is Carmen Finn-diego? (Delaware, somewhere)

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 07:00 PM

nah you were correct to begin with... I hadn't read any posts from her in awhile.

will you be taking her calls while she's gone? ;-)


 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 07:08 PM

"So basically, less ear is better"

The bunnies do not agree!

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 07:16 PM

*looks around*

Are the insufferable boors gone? Really?

*clears throat*



 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 07:45 PM

Twin Cities, representin'.

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 07:49 PM

Um, HELLOOOO, yes, Meester Otterpants is fargin adorable, but the cayooootest ears ever belong to basset hound puppies, and they're far from small. So there can be two criteria for cuteness where ears are concerned: small relative to head size, á la otter, and big 'n floppity, á la basset babies and wabbits.

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 08:50 PM

he looks just as confused as we are as to why he's in a bed of straw.

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 09:36 PM

"Dang Amy an Meg an all dese CO junkies smotherin me ...
Cheek puff an non-existent ear - dem friggin paparazzi!
What does dat Meg dink of herself? Cutologist my paw.
Now ... where d'I find da backdoor in all dis dang straw?"

 |  Mar 16, 2006 at 11:18 PM

the more ear the better... to a point, obviously.

i personally think the ear-to-head ratio on beagles is perfect. but i'm biased cause my baby is a beagle.


 |  Mar 17, 2006 at 01:05 AM

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