Fact File #6: Hippos

Hippos feel pretentious when they have to refer to more than one of themselves as “hippopotami”. They tend to avoid other hippopotamususes for this reason.

They also avoid octopususes.

If you sucked all the fat out of a hippopotamus, you’d be very poorly indeed.

The hippo is Earth’s 4th biggest land mammal, after the elephant, the rhino and some Americans.

Hippos are closely related to whales, but they rarely visit or even send Christmas cards because they think the whales are a bit up themselves.

The word “hippopotamus” is derived from the Greek word “hippopotamus” which means “hippopotamus”.

Hippos are quicker than you’d think. They can achieve speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Faster if they’re on rollerblades.

Hippos can be found in African regions south of the Sahara, and in zoos world wide. And I think I might have seen one in a wig working in the Greggs on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough.

Hippos are responsible for making me write two dubious “fat jokes” in this post. Hippos are a bad influence on me.

George out of Rainbow is not a real hippo. If a camp puppeteer tried to stick his hand up a real hippopotamus for a children’s TV show, there’d be hell on.

More facts next time, fact fans!

2 thoughts on “Fact File #6: Hippos

  1. Do you know, I was thinking about that recently, but I wouldn’t know who to pitch it to, or even what to pitch. It’s one of the reasons I’m blogging this stuff: to give myself a reason to amass some material. I just dunno exactly what for yet…

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