Satire – Tomcat Tompkins – 124

“There is another possibility,” said Tompkins and whispered something into Filly’s ear. She looked at him with slight surprise, but then nodded when she thought about it. “What’s that you’re sharing?” said Mandrake, “a few thoughts about Dr. Black, perhaps?” “Yes, my husband was suggesting that Dr. Black might be a double agent working forContinue reading “Satire – Tomcat Tompkins – 124”

World Shuttlecock Accuracy Championships – 4

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. ======== The smash return contest is also played with the same gutter around the singles court. The national coach of the Indonesian team smashes the shuttle at each contestant twenty timesContinue reading “World Shuttlecock Accuracy Championships – 4”

World Shuttlecock Accuracy Championships – 3

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. ======== In the smashing event the contestant has to smash twenty shuttlecocks from mid-court back over the net in one minute. A small two-inch wide gutter is laid around the edge ofContinue reading “World Shuttlecock Accuracy Championships – 3”

Great Sunda Chameleon Fish – 3

It’s estimated Chameleon Fish spend about 80% of their time looking like other fish, a statistic which makes it difficult to know whether their numbers are in decline or not. Suffice to say, if the reader is swimming in the seas around Indonesia or the Philippines and sees a fish transform into another fish, youContinue reading “Great Sunda Chameleon Fish – 3”

Dosseroo – 2

The problems would usually start when the joey came back and tried to enter the pouch. Some mothers would shoo the joey away as they’d feel the dosseroo in the pouch and assume it was their baby. Other mother kangaroos would recognise the joey and try elaborate methods to extricate the dosseroo, even occasionally insistingContinue reading “Dosseroo – 2”

The Poodle Shark – 1

The Poodle Shark is so called because of the round knobs of cartilage that were found at the top and bottom of its tail, on the top of its dorsal fin, and on the ends of its pectoral fins. These round protuberances hindered the shark’s passage through the water, slowing its progress by about 20%Continue reading “The Poodle Shark – 1”

The Dosseroo – 1

The Dosseroo was an Australian marsupial that became extinct in the 1970s after a series of bushfires in the Australian outback killed them all in one short week. The animals were unable to outrun the fires, either through laziness, a basic lack of fitness, or an inability to motivate themselves to preserve their existence. TheContinue reading “The Dosseroo – 1”