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March 9, 2008 8:15 AM   Subscribe

Have you ever wondered how much a hamster can store in his cheeks without exploding? Smoke will show you. (Single link YouTube post)
posted by onlyconnect (33 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
wow! that hamster would be a chubby bunny master.
posted by auralcoral at 8:21 AM on March 9, 2008


I guess you wouldn't need any hamster tape with that one.
(In reverse made me snarf).
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:24 AM on March 9, 2008


MISLEADING POST. Any respectable engineer would tell you that the only way to answer this question properly is to stuff the hamster to the point of structural integrity failure.
posted by Galvatron at 8:25 AM on March 9, 2008 [12 favorites]


I'm with galvatron on this one... I'm thinking a high pressure water hose, a flow meter, and duct tape could have given us a much better idea as to just HOW MUCH that little vermin could store...

Or, like Burt Munroe said in "The World's Fastest Indian" when asked what happens if you open your mouth going 200 miles per hour... "I guess it would blow the back of your pants out.."
posted by HuronBob at 8:36 AM on March 9, 2008


Note: Keep Galvatron away from all children
posted by Rubbstone at 8:37 AM on March 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


Cheeky little bugger...
posted by Tube at 8:39 AM on March 9, 2008


Based on the sheer awesomeness of the highspeed reverse video at the end, a suggestion for some hamster-having person:

Lay out a bunch of seeds in a low-res reproduction of some famous artwork (akin to ASCII art). No carrots or other big things - you want to maximize the number of pixels that your hamster can fit in his mouth.

Let him at it; film it; play it in reverse, high speed.
posted by Flunkie at 8:42 AM on March 9, 2008 [6 favorites]


I like the idea of Galvatron as a sort of high-tech demonic Italian grandmother.

Galvatron: More cookies?
Kids: No thanks, we're full.
G: Wheels out Device, glint in eye. Oh reeeeeeally?!
posted by nebulawindphone at 8:45 AM on March 9, 2008 [4 favorites]


Flunkie...cool. My god what a great art project that would be.
posted by salishsea at 8:49 AM on March 9, 2008


extra points for the lounge music.... NICE!
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 8:57 AM on March 9, 2008


When I was 6 or 7 I had a pet teddy-bear hamster that we bought from the mall pet store. I can't remember how long we'd had her before I picked her up one day to show grandma my new pet and all these little pink balls fell from her body onto the wood-chips at the bottom of her cage. Looking at these tiny pink squirming babies blew me away, and I ran downstairs to get everyone. When we came back up, she was eating the last of them - or so I thought. I felt so guilty: I'd scared her into eating her own babies, and I had horrible nightmares that night. In the morning, all the pups were back under her, safe and warm, they'd just been tucked into her massive motherly cheeks for safety.
posted by Auden at 9:01 AM on March 9, 2008 [8 favorites]


I love how he takes a few bites off the last carrot to make it fit!
posted by kimdog at 9:32 AM on March 9, 2008


Finally I see how to make my long-wished-for bag of holding a reality.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:57 AM on March 9, 2008


I used to do this as a child. An hour after dinner my curious mom would poke my bulbuous cheeks and a delicious mixure of saliva and potatoes would pour out.
posted by Catfry at 10:31 AM on March 9, 2008 [2 favorites]


"Have you ever wondered how much a hamster can store in his cheeks without exploding? Smoke will show you," lead me to believe this would involve an air compressor, length of hose, electrical tape, and a carton of Parliaments, so while this is pretty neat and jauntily scored, I can't help but feel a little cheated.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:37 AM on March 9, 2008 [3 favorites]


I know this should be interesting because of how much a hamster can store or something, but really all I can think when watching it is that I want one of those small furry lil things on my computer screen.
posted by emperor.seamus at 10:41 AM on March 9, 2008


I used to watch our hamster do this with all the goodies I scored from the salad bar in our college cafe. The best part was when he'd store entire crinkle-cut carrot sticks, and you could stroke his cheek pouches and feel the crinkles.
posted by dlugoczaj at 10:53 AM on March 9, 2008


1978; cousin's hamster; entire Cadbury's Chocolate Finger, crosswise. That is all.
posted by scruss at 11:01 AM on March 9, 2008


The second coolest thing about hamster cheek pouches is that they are lined with fur. How cozy!
posted by jamaro at 11:28 AM on March 9, 2008


The Wikipedia has an assertion about hamsters which I find not credible: "Hamsters dislike swimming but if forced to will inflate their cheek pouches with air to help them float." Anyone with a hamster care to test that?
posted by binturong at 11:38 AM on March 9, 2008


I once had occasion to bathe a hamster, after a bizarre incident in which my uber-smart aussie mix figured out how to extract a hamster named George from its Habitrail. The dog carried the rodent around in his mouth for several hours before he was caught and the hamster extracted. George was soaked in dog spit, traumatized beyond belief but was physically unharmed, albeit reeking of dog breath. After his mate rejected his return to the Habitrail, I decided to bathe George using a large mixing bowl, warm water, and some baby shampoo in hopes of removing the stench of dog and facilitating George's reacceptance by his mate.

In short, hamsters sink.

Also, they like being blow-dried.
posted by jamaro at 12:13 PM on March 9, 2008 [7 favorites]


The Wikipedia has an assertion about hamsters which I find not credible: "Hamsters dislike swimming but if forced to will inflate their cheek pouches with air to help them float." Anyone with a hamster care to test that?

Mine used to swim around the bathtub in this manner. Cheap entertainment.
posted by puke & cry at 1:45 PM on March 9, 2008


Ah, must be a Time Lord hamster.

Bigger on the inside, get it?
posted by Servo5678 at 2:40 PM on March 9, 2008


Wouldn't that make it a TARDIS hamster?
posted by typewriter at 3:27 PM on March 9, 2008


Okay, I have finally been convinced that hamsters can be cute. Lookit her go!

Gerbils are still better, though. They groom each other!
posted by bettafish at 3:58 PM on March 9, 2008


But the real question is...

How many hamsters can I fit in MY cheeks?

(No, I am NOT Richard Gere...)
posted by Samizdata at 5:04 PM on March 9, 2008


My sister and I had hamsters when we were little.

One Christmas, we spread peanut butter on a christmas light.

The hamster put the Christmas light in its cheek pouch. Its entire head glowed!
posted by Ostara at 8:36 PM on March 9, 2008 [1 favorite]


jamaro, did George's mate accept him? Did he get over his traumatic experience?

Incidentally if you do have the smell-identification problem again, a potential solution has been found: smear their little snouts (only on the fur!) with a little bit of Vicks VapoRub nasal decongestant. By the time it wears off, the animals should all smell the same to each other.
posted by aeschenkarnos at 11:53 PM on March 9, 2008


I have no idea why, but as I watched that video with no sound I got it stuck in my head that the hamster, given a voice, would sound exactly like Meatwad from Aqua Teen Hunger Force:

"Hell yeah, I want another carrot."
posted by quin at 2:11 PM on March 10, 2008


No, it was tragic: George's mate wasn't impressed at all by his salon treatment and rejected him completely. We fixed him up in a temporary bachelor's pad amid plans to reintroduce them later but within a week his mate Nigel had many baby hamsters, thus informing us that Nigel was not, in fact, a Boy Hamster as we had been assured by the pet store. George eventually got over his wild ride in the dog's mouth, going on to lead a long—if solitary—hamster life before finally dying face down in his food dish, cheeks full, nearly three years later. Nigel went a few months before him, surrounded by her many daughters.

Thanks for the Vick's tip; I'll keep that in mind in case I'm ever insane enough to agree to adopt hamsters again. Despite their tiny size and short lifespan, they gave me more gray hairs than all of my other pets combined.
posted by jamaro at 3:39 PM on March 10, 2008


I claim this thread and all its riches for the glory of myself and my descendants.
posted by onlyconnect at 3:54 PM on March 11, 2008


Is there something you're not telling me?
posted by NortonDC at 4:26 PM on March 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I claim this thread and all its riches for the glory of myself and my descendants.

If you were a hamster, your descendants would already number 98,915 from the moment of your claim to the moment you read this comment.
posted by jamaro at 11:00 PM on March 13, 2008


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