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18 Animals With Ridiculously Misleading Names. Where Did They Come Up With These?

It often feels like everyone in the world is out to trick you. If you think you’re getting a good deal on something, chances are you getting swindled in another way. Of course, we like to use that to our advantage when, say, we turn 29 for the third time.

As it turns out, you can’t even trust animals to tell you the truth anymore. Especially these critters who are all lying to us with their misleading names. Take a look.

1.) Flying Lemurs

They are neither lemurs nor can they fly. Also known as colugos, they were named for their similar features and nocturnal habits, but are closer in relation to primates.

2.) Australian Shepherd

These blue eyed beauties are bred in Europe. Their close relationship to the Australian Basque shepherds gave them their antipodean moniker.

3.) Hedgehog

They have zero relation to pigs or hogs. Their name comes from the discovery that the spiky foragers grunt similarly while hunting.

4.) Red Panda

These adorable animals should have received the name “red raccoons.” They share an equal relation to both raccoons and pandas, but not quite one or the other.

5.) Polecat

These adorable fuzzy faces aren’t related to felines at all. They’re part of the weasel family and were likely named after the French words “poule” and “chat” for their love of poultry.

6.) Koala Bears

Though they look like cuddly teddy bears, koalas are marsupials and more related to kangaroos. But you can’t blame people for wanting to give them a cuddly name.

7.) Sea Lion

Obviously they aren’t lions of the sea, but something called pinnipeds. That means they’re mammals who walk around on their flippers when on land. Their name comes from the thick mane that is often found on their necks, like lions.

8.) Ladybug

These insects aren’t all ladies, and are actually a type of beetle. Their name comes from the Middle Ages when farmers prayed for relief from more nefarious insects eating their crops. When these speckled little bugs came around to eat those jerks, they were given the name “Bug of Our Lady,” referencing the Virgin Mary.

9.) Mountain Goat

Even though they look and sound just like their namesake, these animals are more closely related to antelopes.

10.) Cuttlefish

Nope, it’s not a fish. They’re cephalopods, a species existing for 500 million years. Their internal structure is known as a “cuttlebone,” providing them with their buoyancy and name.

11.) White Rhinos

Their color doesn’t reflect the name, but what makes them unique from other rhinos is the square shape of their mouth.

12.) Fireflies

Named for the “fire” light they emit at night, they are not actually flies. They’re beetles.

13.) Aardwolf

It sounds like the result of an aardvark falling in love with a wolf, but it isn’t related to either of those animals. This is a type of hyena named from the Afrikaans word meaning “earth-wolf.”

14.) Killer Whale

The killer aspect is definitely not a misnomer. As one the largest predators in the ocean, they hunt prey in packs of up to 40. But they’re not whales at all. They’re dolphins.

15.) Geoduck

Pronounced “goo-ee-duc,” these are not actual ducks. Instead, they are a type of clam found in the Pacific Northwest. The misleading name comes from the Nisqually Indian word “qweduc,” which translates to “dig deep.”

16.) Mountain Chicken

This obviously isn’t a chicken. These frogs are one of the world’s most threatened of their species, likely due to their tasty, apparently chicken-flavored meat.

17.) Sea Cucumbers

This cucumber wouldn’t go well in your next salad. The echinoderms come in several shapes and sizes and are closely related to starfish and sea urchins.

18.) Komodo Dragon

Since dragons (sadly) aren’t real, this is nothing more than a large lizard. Its forked tongue inspired the mythical moniker.

(via The Dodo.)

This makes you wonder who we CAN trust in this crazy, mixed up world. Okay, so it might not be that big a deal, but it does make you think about how often we take things like names at face value. Now I want to go back and rename these guys. 

Pilot Fakes In-Flight Emergency In Order To Pull Off An Epic Proposal

One pilot decided to take unusual marriage proposals to new heights when he faked an in-flight emergency before asking his girlfriend to marry him.

With the help of a dash-mounted GoPro, the man captured the moment he told his girlfriend the flight controls had failed. Asking his (surprisingly calm) partner to read out a series of falsified emergency instructions, the pilot pulled out a ring as she made her way down the list. As she read on, the truth slowly started to dawn on her…watch her reaction below!

What a clever way to set up the proposal. “Conduct ring engagement procedure” sounds just technical enough that it could be a real aviation term.

Good thing she said yes, though. Would have been a really awkward flight back had she said no!

When A Yellow Lab Found A Baby Bunny In Her Yard, She Had The Best Reaction

Meg is your average, adorable yellow labrador retriever. She goes about her days playing in the yard, but on one special afternoon, she came across a tiny new playmate. Thankfully, Meg’s dad, David Jackson, was nearby and filmed the incredible meeting.

Be prepared to die from cuteness overload.

Little John Stamos (aka the bunny) just stole my heart.

I think we could all benefit from bookmarking this video and coming back to it later when we need a pick-me-up.

This Couple Really Knows The Meaning Of Dancing Like No One’s Watching

This video of an elderly couple dancing up a storm while on vacation reminds us all of what it means to be young at heart.

The adorable Texan couple named Burt and Carol were vacationing when they entered a restaurant in the Inverary Resort in Nova Scotia, Canada. When they walked in, they asked musician Keith Mullins if there was any way they could just order water. What they really wanted to do was dance.

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Mullins was so impressed with their youthful energy that he asked one of the waitresses to capture a video of the two dancing while he performed a cover of “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

How much fun are these two? The gentleman has some especially fancy footwork going on!

Baby Swan Stuck In A Fence Gets Rescued, But Not Before Daddy Causes A Scene.

Simon from the Wildlife Aid Foundation received a call about a cygnet (young swan) that found itself in a terrible predicament by getting stuck in a fence. Once near the stuck little swan, Simon had to face an angry cob (male swan) that wouldn’t let anybody near his poor baby.

As he attempted to get the baby swan free, the cob kept on swiping at him with its powerful wings. Simon wouldn’t let it faze him and kindly told the angry male swan “don’t be silly” and to “stop it”. Which is just the most adorably English thing I’ve ever heard. I was half expecting him to offer the swan a cup of tea, too.

(Source: Wildlife Aid)

Seeing that beautiful family swim off at the end was totally worth the few bruises Simon may have received from that cob.

Kitten Decides To Annoy His Husky Friend During Dinnertime — So Funny!

All this husky pup wanted to do was enjoy a good meal in peace, but the family kitten had other ideas and decided breakfast time was the perfect moment to launch a ninja attack!

It’s safe to say the dog was less than impressed with the playful kitten’s surprise pounce.

The patience of that beautiful dog is impressive. Then again, it’s impossible to be angry at such a cute kitten.

Prepare Yourself For 20 Of The Absolute Cutest Puppy Noises Ever

Unless you’re Doctor Dolittle, it’s almost impossible to know what your dog is thinking.

It’s 2016 and we still haven’t created a device to translate what our favorite pooches have to say. No matter how hard we try to decode what our furry friends are trying to communicate, there’s just no way of knowing for sure.

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What I do know is that in their failed attempts at communications, dogs can make some pretty hilarious sounds. Whether it’s a bark, yelp, yell, squeal, or growl, you can guarantee that it’s going to be the cutest, most adorable thing you’ve heard all day. So for all my dog lovers out there in cyberspace, here’s a compilation of the 20 best doggy dialogues I’ve ever heard.

1. It sounds like he’s saying, “up, up, up.”

2. This chatterbox even talks in his sleep.

3. Is this pooch gargling mouthwash while he barks?

4. Is this a dog or a chew toy?

5. I think this pup might have swallowed a canary.

6. How can you disagree with that whine?

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7. Sleeping puppies produce some of the best sounds imaginable.

8. There’s a special place in my heart for newborn puppy cries.

9. No matter pure bred or a mutt, their yelps are contagious.

10. When will the ringing in my ears stop?

11. What’s better than one puppy whimpering? A whole chorus of pups.

12. That whine is like music to my ears.

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13. When his owner lets him get a word in, this dog proves his bark is worse than his bite.

14. That must be a horrifying dream he’s having.

15. I’m not the only one that growls when I get presents.

16. Are they singing “Home On The Range?”

17. This pup’s perfecting his falsetto.

18. Someone give this dog a bone.

19. This pup snores louder than I do.

20. Prepare yourself for cute puppy noise overload.

If I die tomorrow, at least I can die knowing I just witnessed the absolute cutest doggy noises known to man.

This Woman Found 15 Abandoned Black Kittens In A Suitcase Outside Her Home.

When Southampton, England, resident Sarah Mills walked outside to take out the trash, she heard something that sounded like crying coming from an abandoned suitcase nearby. There were no identification tags, so she opened it to investigate the source of the sound and was shocked at what she discovered: 15 adorable black kittens.

Mills, who happens to run an animal shelter named All Animal Rescue, said she had never seen this many precious pets discarded and at such a young age. The kittens are about a month old and likely from two separate litters.

They were all covered with fleas and infected with worms.

They were also suffering from cat flu, which can be fatal in such young kittens.

The local RSPCA is investigating to find the culprit, but have few leads to go on.

Earlier this year, many charities reported the rise in black cats being abandoned ( maybe for their inability to show up in selfies?).

How could people be so cruel to such sweet faces??

Investigators hope the spread of this story can help the community find the person responsible for the terrible act.

Ten have been sheltered at RSPCA’s Stubbington Ark Rescue Centre.

The remaining five have been fostered.

(via Mirror.)

It’s remarkable that they were found by someone who could give them the care they desperately needed. It’s unbelievable that there are people in the world that are cruel enough to abuse such sweet and innocent creatures. Help your local shelters by locating them and giving a donation. Or, you can volunteer.

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This Bride Made An Unusual And Heartwarming Choice For Her Flower Girl.

While planning a wedding, there are many important decisions to make and roles to fill. When it comes to flower girl, the honor typically goes to an adorable young girl who can toddle her way down the aisle with the basket. This can often lead to hilarious family stories when she dumps them all out at once, gets stage fright or maybe delicately places each petal on the ground as she makes her way down. 

But none of those are the reason people can’t stop talking about Michigan-native Laura VanPelt’s heartwarming ceremony. Instead of a precocious youngster, she chose to have her grandma fill the flower girl’s shoes.

At 94 years-old, Helen Kavanagh thought her granddaughter was joking when she asked her to do the honors, but couldn’t be more thrilled to take on the role when she realized she meant it. Decked out in a delightful dress they chose together, Helen followed the wedding party and performed her duties beautifully. 

When discussing it with her local newspaper, she says that sometimes people don’t believe her when she tells them about her granddaughter’s special day. That doesn’t matter to their family and friends, though, who will always have the sweet memory to cherish.

Along with the flower fun, Helen is quite the baker and provided 200 truffles and pans of other delicious desserts for the guests to enjoy. 

(via mlive)

French Bulldogs Can’t Contain Their Excitement When Dad Mentions The Dog Park

One dog owner by the name of Patrick has to be very careful that he doesn’t accidentally say “dog park” around his two adorable Frenchies.

Every time six-year-old Ganon and his two-year-old little brother, Loki, hear those words, they absolutely lose their minds with excitement. To demonstrate, Patrick decided to film them sitting calmly in the car before saying the two magic words.

Prepare to melt, people.

This story wouldn’t be complete without showing you what the pair does when they get to the park every day. (Spoiler alert: It’s adorable.)

It’s easy to tell that Patrick really loves these two little guys. And who could even blame him? Those faces are irresistible.