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Apparently, alligators like marshmallows. [via]
posted by quin (44 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Very useful if you're trying to dispose of some bodies and enage in some heavy foreshadowing and sibling bonding.
posted by The Whelk at 3:06 PM on July 25, 2011 [15 favorites]


Marshmallows are mostly made out of gelatin, which is a meat by-product,
posted by hermitosis at 3:10 PM on July 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Feeding alligators is stupid and illegal (at least it's illegal here in Florida). Gators learn to associate humans with food, they lose their natural fear of humans, and the next thing you know humans are food. (Yes, yes, eponysterical.)
posted by Gator at 3:12 PM on July 25, 2011 [16 favorites]


Oh it's super stupid, you shouldn't feed wild animals especially not ones as dangerous as gators....


But a part of me enjoys that the primitive predator, this vase of prehistory , an echo of a nightmare unchanged through the endless centuries DEMANDS CANDY!
posted by The Whelk at 3:16 PM on July 25, 2011 [20 favorites]


Yeah, I should note that I'm just amazed that this was a thing that I had no idea about, and I was surprised when I looked it up that not only were there people talking about it, but a bunch of videos proving that it really was something that really happened.

I am in no way condoning or trying to encourage people feeding wild animals.

posted by quin at 3:18 PM on July 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I've been to a gator ranch where they let you feed mini-marshmallows to the (adorable) baby gators.
posted by peeedro at 3:18 PM on July 25, 2011


Well gosh, who doesn't like marshmallows? They're magically delicious.
posted by Windigo at 3:21 PM on July 25, 2011


tagged: human stupidity
posted by Surfurrus at 3:22 PM on July 25, 2011


But apparently they have no appetite for vampires' you-know-whats.
posted by homunculus at 3:25 PM on July 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


Gators learn to associate humans with food, they lose their natural fear of humans, and the next thing you know humans are food.

Before you know it, they'll be sashaying into Starbucks for a marshmallow latte. But, this won't be a problem so long as humans don't lose their natural fear of alligators.
posted by found missing at 3:25 PM on July 25, 2011 [5 favorites]


Man, the guy in that last video comes across a bit as a dick. A dick whose hand I wanted to get bitten off.
posted by disillusioned at 3:31 PM on July 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


alligators like marshmallows

Are they? In what way?
posted by Grangousier at 3:37 PM on July 25, 2011


Actually, they just took the marshmallows deep into the murky water to stash them in their fetid, rotting, marshmallow cache.
posted by nathancaswell at 3:45 PM on July 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


They are both excellent in smores.
posted by found missing at 3:45 PM on July 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


that first clip is really charming. the last one? gotta agree with disillusioned - that guy is a dick. oh and homunculus, ain't meredith woerner's recaps delightful?
posted by lapolla at 3:54 PM on July 25, 2011


Whadda-do, everybody!
posted by Mister Moofoo at 4:03 PM on July 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I hate the last video. That poor gator is swimming around, minding his own business, and Mr. Moron comes and grabs him by the chin, no less. Looks really painful, what he does.
posted by Tarumba at 4:17 PM on July 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


The Whelk: "Oh it's super stupid, you shouldn't feed wild animals especially not ones as dangerous as gators..."

Not even if I throw them raw chicken, with the mechanical claw hand that replaced my real hand, that an alligator bit off?
posted by Splunge at 4:18 PM on July 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


Loved that guy's accent in the first vid.

Huh, such an odd combo. Fluffly little cylinders of campfire memories, hot chocolate and sweet potato topping, so white and gently squishy in an innocent sort of way...and then GRARRRRRR, those prehistoric monsters with gnarly chompers, ugly reptilian, ferocious, deadly and primitive.

It makes me like alligators more.
posted by nickyskye at 4:34 PM on July 25, 2011


alligators like marshmallows

Are they? In what way?


They puff up in the microwave.
posted by Sys Rq at 4:54 PM on July 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


And, of course, big cats dig pumpkins.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:55 PM on July 25, 2011 [8 favorites]


Finally, a use for Peeps.
posted by Ron Thanagar at 5:27 PM on July 25, 2011 [1 favorite]


I want to see Mr. Icke explain away this evidence of reptilian predisposition towards underachievement.
posted by Anything at 6:24 PM on July 25, 2011 [3 favorites]


I remember reading this in a kids fact book from the 80s (like "Your Burro Is No Jackass" and its sequel). But I've never seen it live.

Now, my life is complete.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 6:46 PM on July 25, 2011


Satan. Next question?
posted by Splunge at 6:47 PM on July 25, 2011


This reminded me of the Ogden Nash poem about Custard the dragon.

Of course, dragons LOVE marshmallows, since they can toast them with their flames.
posted by bad grammar at 7:22 PM on July 25, 2011


What's interesting is that marshmallows were eaten by the ancient Egyptians.

These ancient Egyptians.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:24 PM on July 25, 2011


lapolla, yes they are. And here's the latest.
posted by homunculus at 8:36 PM on July 25, 2011


Pro: He's still wearing the basketball shorts.

That is a very liberal definition of the word "wearing"
posted by The Whelk at 8:37 PM on July 25, 2011


Vanity Fair interview with Kristin Bauer
posted by homunculus at 9:04 PM on July 25, 2011


Feeding alligators is stupid and illegal (at least it's illegal here in Florida).

Yeah, but these guys have all been to Disneyworld, and that gave them an idea.

They're gonna feed them sweet, sugary treats until the alligators are all morbidly obese. Then, the only way they'll be able to get around is in those motorised wheelchairs.

Then, when the 'gator comes after you, it'll be easy to outrun them.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:02 AM on July 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


I went on a "swamp tour" outside of New Orleans years ago. The tour guide drove us on a boat through the swamps where he group up. He was half Choctaw Indian and his father and grandfather were gator hunters and he worked with them up until he went to university to get a degree in Marine Biology.

He also fed marshmallows to the gators to get them to come to the surface. He explained that it was the color white that was the trigger, because the gators primarily ate fish and the underside of most fish was white. He said that chicken worked equally well, but that the marshmallows were cheaper and more convenient.

That guy was awesome. I learned a great deal listening to him for a couple hours.
posted by digibri at 9:09 AM on July 26, 2011 [1 favorite]


Breaking news from Bon Temps: Felix the armadillo has been seen and appears to be in good health.
posted by homunculus at 12:27 AM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


They keep dangling it around but if Pam goes I cannot be held accountable for my actions.


Also, wow way to establish your major themes much? Being someone else indeed.
posted by The Whelk at 7:44 AM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


True Blood is taking care of business…VAMPIRE BUSINESS
posted by homunculus at 6:12 PM on August 1, 2011


ain't meredith woerner's recaps delightful?

They've become so tragic, though. Her lust for Eric was so pure, but they've totally destroyed it with this bizarre Baby Vampire ♥ Snow Fairy storyline. WTF True Blood?
posted by homunculus at 9:46 PM on August 15, 2011


It's way too blunt not to be deliberately off putting and parodic, tight?
posted by The Whelk at 7:23 AM on August 16, 2011


You mean they're deliberately trying to disgust us so that when Eric gets his memory back and flips out from the humiliation of it all and rips Sookie's throat out we'll cheer? You may be tight.
posted by homunculus at 9:21 AM on August 16, 2011


Pretty much. When a character says "I will never let you down" it means I AM SO GOING TO LET YOU DOWN SOON
posted by The Whelk at 9:27 AM on August 16, 2011


Real witches cry foul at portrayal on "True Blood"
posted by homunculus at 6:51 PM on August 17, 2011


Con: Sookie wakes up. Is not dead.
posted by homunculus at 10:29 PM on August 22, 2011


That was the first True Blood episode I actually outright hated. It was "The Woman King" bad.
posted by The Whelk at 7:05 AM on August 23, 2011


I hated the last one too. This show has just about lost me. Ah well, as the annoying fairy said to the baby vampire, there's no such thing as forever.
posted by homunculus at 8:59 AM on August 23, 2011


I'm gonna finish the season cause, mostly over, but that was so ...Atonal, it didn't even read like a TB episode, just bwuh?
posted by The Whelk at 9:11 AM on August 23, 2011


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