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Apr 11, 2006

Rule of Cuteness #21: Eye Capsules

OK, People, give this a chance here. Eye "capsules", as seen on the baby Wombat on the bottom photo, are cute.


Sure, this wombat could rip your heart out with his nails faster than you could say 'shrimp on the—" but his eye capsules are still cute.


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Poor little guy looks like he is about to splat in the first pic....so prosh...

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 08:24 AM

No. Not cute. Not cute at all. In fact, quite frightening. A face only a mother (and a nearly blind one at that) could love. Sorry, this one holds no cute factor for me.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 08:39 AM

Hhmmm I'll have to think on this one.
Ok, it's kinda cute.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 08:44 AM


 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 08:50 AM

Maybe another category: Cute or Scary?
He's sorta cute, but the nails. The nails.
Yeah, he looks like he's trying to remember what you look like (if he can see at all) so that when he's bigger, he can rip your skin off.
Uh, that's sorta cute, right?

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 08:54 AM

Um, find this one only mildly cute. Actually, my first reaction on seeing it was "am I on the wrong website". On second look it's sort of cute, but not really puppy/kitten/bunny cute. I'm sure he's a perfectly nice critter anyway. . .when he isn't ripping hearts out ;)

A thinker
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 08:56 AM

Top picture, cutely helpless. Bottom picture, not so much. Those 15 claws in a row kinda rock, tho'.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 08:56 AM

even the ugliest of babies are cute

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 08:57 AM

I have to go with cute. But I think the all-four-feet-around-the-head thing is also a factor.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 08:59 AM

EEEEEEEEEE!!! WOMBATS!!! *squees in Aussie accent*

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:00 AM

Maybe I'm an anomoly that I find him absolutely adorable? Then again, I like snuggling with pythons *shrug*...but I find this little guy uber-cuddly even with the claws :-)

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:10 AM

Not cute! Not cute!

Peeved Michelle
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:11 AM

So cute!!!! Meg, I think you need to post an image of a full grown wombat so the non-Australian cuteologists (who appear not to be seeing the cuteness of the beautiful baby wombie) can appreciate the splendour that is the wombat. Wombies are my favourite animal!!

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:15 AM

I'm coming in on the side of "eye capsules not cute" -- they make the animal look squinty and possibly untrustworthy. Seems like there should be a Rule about large eyes with respect to head size, to which eye capsules would be directly opposite.

Then again, there is unity in duality, and it takes all kinds of cute to make the world. I'm in favor of inclusiveness. So what about a formalization of large eye size in the canon?

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:15 AM

a wombat ??? i don t know what is a wombat but it s very cute i want the same in my house :))

julien canavezes
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:17 AM

Gee, lots of wombat haters out there in the world.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:20 AM

very cute critter , but "eye capsules" is def creepy. how about "eye bulginess" or maybe "Bette Davis eyes"?

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:25 AM

Sarah: I do agree with you that adult wombies are indeed *very* cute. This little guy's even growing on me a bit. . .babies *are* almost always cute.

A thinker
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:27 AM

Yeah, not cute. Weird, pre-eyeballs and dagger claws (although impressive) definitely does not make cute.

Diane Vecchi
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:29 AM

Im sure hes mega soft but the eyes looks like a bad case of the conjunctivitis all swollen and gooey looking

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:30 AM

Ok, the first one, me likes, but only because of the little paws :)

The Travelling Stuffed Lamb
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:31 AM

Aw, c'mon. First pic--look at his ears askew and his round nose and his teeny little fists. Okay, second pic is a bit weird, but he's small enough to snooze in someone's hands, so give the little bug-eyed bugger a break!

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:34 AM

He's cute minus the looong nails!

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:37 AM

Well, I say wombats are always adorable! Even the claws. They're all tucked up in a neat little row...

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:37 AM

The only thing I'm getting here is...he kind of looks like Grimm from Mother Goose and Grimm in the bottom photo???

Not digging the eye capsules. Maybe if they were cartoon eye capsules, then they would be cute.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 09:39 AM

I like wombats, and have been trying to find some cute wombat pics...

Y'know, kangaroos also have claws. But I still find them cute.

E. Collison
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:04 AM

I bet his fur is *very* soft...

E. Collison
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:05 AM

He'll be cute when he grows up a little. :) Marsupial babies tend to be a little fugly.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:05 AM

Cute little wombat. So tiny and helpless but not... Cutesy pie!!

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:07 AM

aww. a little wombat to warm my expatriate heart!

I am minding my bosses baby right now, he is so cute and teeny... I am playing him some Brahms thru iTunes!
: )

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:27 AM

At first I thought, EW! but it grew on me, now I think SO cute. But not b/c of the eye capsules. More the general impression of a non-functional stuffed animalesque physique. & the nose. & the claws.
But why can't we see the rest of him? What's up with the pseudo-magiciany way his face & paws emerge out of the darkness, as if produced by the mysterious disembodied hands of an 'illusionist'?

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:28 AM

Grimm! I knew I recognized that face, thanks MJ. I'll agree that hes cute but certainly not because of the eye capsules, more on the side of inspite of them.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:30 AM

I had to think about this one for a bit, and he is cute-ish. He looks a little like a piglet in the first photo, and the squinchy eyes in the second one are sweet. He looks so content, and animals sleeping are always cute.

I agree with atomicpuffball, though. "Capsules" isn't a very cute word. It makes it sound like the little guy is an alien from another planet. (Maybe he is. Who knows?)

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:36 AM

I think Wombats are one of the rare exceptions in the cute animal world; they are adorable as adults but kinda creepy as babies. I think all marsupials are like this.

I guarantee that he will be completely cuteified in a few weeks.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:38 AM

me looooves Grimmy: fave cartoon :-D

A thinker
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:39 AM

Although I've never spent much time looking at a Wombat, or even really know much about them, there is one thing that makes this little guy very cute...

He's a baby and he's sleeping!!!

All Babies who are sleeping are cute...Not matter what kind they are...

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:46 AM

"But why can't we see the rest of him? What's up with the pseudo-magiciany way his face & paws emerge out of the darkness, as if produced by the mysterious disembodied hands of an 'illusionist'?"

It's called "art." I think he is cute and fuzzy, but I've also seen what they can do, and let's say I have a healthy respect for wombats, across many oceans and in the complete opposite hemisphere as me. :)

Amanda Jade
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:47 AM

First picture: cute. Second picture: not really.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 10:57 AM

How can you find this little bugger not cute???
It's so fragile and with the eyes! and the ears! like a comic animal!
Cute! Cute! Cute!!!

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 11:01 AM

this is the first wombat that iv ever seen as "cute"

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 11:13 AM

"It's so fragile and with the eyes! and the ears! like a comic animal!"

I think so, too...

E. Collison
 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 11:15 AM

I think as long as the eye-bulginess-factor contributes to a high "Rule #2: Look Helpless" rating, AND that it is a BABY something, we can call it cute.

But this guy may need the caveat, "mileage may vary," just because he is rather odd looking.

Apparently, cuteness can be in the eye of the beholder.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 11:21 AM

I think he is very cute. But it is not the nails you need to worry about. When I was 18 months old a wombat mistook my finger for a cheezie and almost bit if off. Others kids at the zoo were feeding him cheezies, but that may have just been bad parenting, letting a toddler stick their finger in a wombat pen as I have never had another incident with one.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 11:24 AM

So not cute. I also thought I was on the wrong site. Ewwwwww......

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 11:33 AM

CUTE! DEFINATELY CUTE! *huggles wombat and takes him home* =]

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 11:33 AM

Beauty is in the "eye capsules" of the beholder, redzin.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 11:53 AM

Are you people crazy? Uh, CUTE.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 12:17 PM

Capsules? Seriously a not-cute word. I like the Bette Davis eyes idea. Or even "googley eyes." But eye capsules is yuck.

But the baby is sort of cute.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 12:20 PM

CUTE!!!even the claws are cute. and he looks so helpless in the first pic. Aww.

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 12:30 PM

I am a "word person" myself, and have a few strange linguistic fetishes. One of those is 'containment words.' Typical sales techniques rarely get to me, but a few do: anything professed to be sold in a "pouch," "pot," or "tin" gets a few subconscious points with me. And actually, "capsule" IS a 'cute' word, but only when referring to bubblegum-machine 'prize capsules', NOT medicine, and DEFINITELY not eyes, as has been said by a few.

Personally, puffy eyes say "Liv Tyler" to me - with those and the puffy lips too, she always looks like she's just had a good, hard cry. *rolls eyes* Anyway, yes, the closed, puffy-looking eyes are cute, but, also as said before, this might be some sort of subtle throwback to the "helpless" thing - eyes are a very vulnerable area, and those things are kinda out there for anything to take a poke at. Besides, like I said, the thing looks like it's been crying or something. How can that NOT awaken your MI(maternal instinct)?

Rating: 2 out of 5 "AWWWww"s

 |  Apr 11, 2006 at 12:47 PM

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