Detroit Zoo Honors Game of Thrones Through Warthog Names

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Hear that sounder? It’s the pitter patter of little warthog hooves! Four piglets born April 8 have officially made their debut! Learn more: http://bit.ly/1GDAKGj

Posted by Detroit Zoo on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Someone in power over at the Detroit Zoo really loves Game of Thrones as they announced they were naming five new piglets after characters on the show May 27.

Yes, the world welcomed females Daenerys, Sansa and Cersei, and males Tyrion and Hodor into it's terrible embrace as they were born April 8. Not sure why it took them so long to announce the new names, maybe the good zoologists and George R. R. Martin enthusiasts just needed to see whose personalities the swine best embodied.

"We're thrilled to have this new litter to add to our warthog family. Like all pigs, warthogs are smart and precocious and a lot of fun to watch running and rooting around in their habitat," said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society.

The warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) has a large head with a flat face, high-set eyes and elongated snout. A mature warthog stands about 30 inches tall at the shoulder and can weigh between 125 and 300 pounds. Its stocky, muscular, almost-hairless body features wrinkly, gray skin; a long, coarse mane along its neck and back; and a long, tasseled tail.

Among the warthog's most noticeable characteristics are the four large tusks protruding from the sides of its snout. The two upper canine teeth curve up and over the snout while the sharp lower canines are short and straight. The warthog also sports protruding facial warts which give the species its name.

JK Rowling Supports Irish Gay Marriage, Slams Westboro Baptist Church on Twitter. Long Live Twitter Queen JK!

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After Harry Potter author and resident Twitter Goddess JK Rowling tweeted a message of love and admiration for Ireland's recent gay marriage vote outcome by proposing a marriage between Dumbledore and Gandalf, the Westboro Baptist Church (regarded as the resident cesspool of humanity) challenged her fantastic meme by saying they'd picket any such union:



Rowling shut them down deftly, but one twitter user suggested that may not have been the right thing to do:



JK rebutted by saying the WBC wasn't what was important, but rather her show of support for those who need it:



You go, JK Rowling!


Young Hobbit, There's No Need to Feel Down After Watching the Cast of LotR Sing 'YMCA'

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Having a bad day?  Get down to the groovy stylings of Lord of the Rings characters singing the 1978 Village People hit, "YMCA," and cheer yourself up!  

Game of Thrones Ratings Took Fell Off the Wall Last Sunday

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Uh oh. After May 17's controversial episode, Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken many said they would swear off Game of Thrones.

Many were deeply unhappy about the treatment of Sansa and the inclusion of sexual assault against her that did not exist in the book's treatment. A lot of people said this was the final straw and vowed to stop watching the show entirely.

Well last Sunday's ratings might have provided a peek behind the ratings curtain as TV on the Numbers is reporting a big drop-off in viewers compared to the previous week.

Game of Thrones only garnered 5.5 million viewers with a 2.5 share of the 18-59 demographic for Sunday's The Gift. Whereas, the vilified episode received 6.2 million viewers or a 3.1 share of the 18-49 demographic.

Before you grab your pitchforks or pat yourselves on the back, keep in mind that this step decline could just as easily have been the work of the Memorial Day weekend. Remember that sweet blissful three days you had off? Those were the days.