Turns out flying squirrels can fly while holding giant pine cones


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/12/29/turns-out-flying-squirrels-can.html


#2

Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a pinecone outta my hat!


#3

This is actually a young squirrel being trained to fly. The parents will later reveal that the pine cone was never magical, and the power was in him all along.


#4

What is your name?

What is your quest?

What is the average air-speed velocity of a squirrel carrying a pine cone?


#5

I wouldn't say an opened up pine cone is heavy, though it is cumbersome to carry in your mouth.

What are they doing with them? Opened ones don't have seeds.


#6

Arts and Crafts back at the nest? Winter is long and dull.


#7

This week, on a very special Hoarders:

Narrator: "This flying squirrel collects pine cones."

Thomas: "Well I found a neat looking one a few years ago, and since then I started picking up any pine cone I could fine."

Thomas' mother, Judy: "We love Thomas, but he has a problem."

Thomas: "I really don't think there is anything wrong with it. It's a hobby."

Judy: "Thomas, maybe we could get rid of the ones that are damaged on one side, let's start with those."

Thomas: "No, I need those! Those are my special ones!"

Captain Wilson of the Squirrel Fire Brigade No. 29: "Sweet Jesus, this massive pile is one big tinder box. One errant cigarette and the whole place will just go up!"

Helper One: "Holy bleeep... the smell. It's like a pine tree died in here and then fungus and insects slowly consumed it over time."

Judy: "Oh my god, what is that? That isn't a pine cone."

Helper Two: "Whose body is that, Thomas?"

Thomas: "None of you understand my art!"

Announcer: "Hoarders, New this Tuesday at 8, 7 central."


#8

It would be an improvement over some of those shows.


#9

Leaked: The new DARPA-Squirrel brigade.


#10

But how fast can an unladen flying squirrel fly? How about while carrying a coconut? What about African and European varieties?


#11

My, what big nuts you have!


#12

The Men Who Stare At Squirrels


#13

This entire thread is full of win.


#14

It's not surprising - it's not so much "flying" as "controlled falling." I find that I can fall just as easily with or without a pine cone in my mouth.


#15

That's not a giant pine cone. It is normal sized.


#16

You should read the article. It's incredibly sophisticated flying that through application of technique to a dynamically, constantly adjusting anatomy results in "the aerodynamic features of heavy transport planes, agile military jets, movable-rotor helicopters, flexible-wing parachute gliders, and many innovations we’ve yet to achieve."


#17

Nothing up my sleeve!


#18

It's practice for the bombing run.


#19

"Ponderosa or Lodgepole?"

"I don't know - aaargh!"


#20

So it's not just fancy falling. It's really, really fancy falling.
Seriously though, it's quite interesting.