Science! Gone! Haywire!

BELFRY, ROMANIA — Mad scientists at the Centre for Unwarranted Research (CUR) today unveiled an ambeagle, a cross between an amoeba and a beagle. The creature, seen here in this magnified photo, answers to the name of “Gloopy.”

We’ve crossed a line here, Christy S.


  1. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    C.U.R. + Snuggie + Beagle-ish person = CuteOverload HOMERUN!!!!

    (I realize, that I”m comitting heresy by not mentioning a baseball term rather than a feetsball term. You’ll be ok, I’m fairly sure….)

  2. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    (please visualize slashes, through the word “not”, above. Thank you)


  3. Looks more like a Cabbage Patch Pup to me.

  4. Same here, only I thought lettuce, so no marketing toy tie-in for me.

  5. Lettuce consider that on it’s merits.

  6. I’ll leaf that up to the two of you.

  7. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    giggle giggle and furthermore, giggle.

  8. theoriginalmel says:

    If I irritate it, will it break off into another ambeagle for me to play with and enjoy?

  9. Awww. I do that with my kittens even though they hate it. Something maternal makes us cover up loved ones. My grandmother used to call up from another state and tell us,

    I’m cold, put on another sweater.

  10. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    LOVE yer grandmother!!!

  11. tired

  12. Awwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!

  13. earlybird1 says:


  14. Dear Science,

    Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Usually.

    But in this case, by all means, go ahead. Can I place an order for one?

    Thanks in advance!


  15. Ahh, Tracylee, you beat me to it!! I was going to say “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should!” *Solemn, 30s B&W movie vibe* There are things in which we are not meant to meddle!

    PS: “Unwarranted Research”– big SNERK there, NTMTOM.

  16. I spend most of my days in a solemn, 30s b&w movie vibe….

  17. He answers to “Gloopy”? Is he stupid?

  18. earlybird1 says:

    Objection! Beagles are intelligent and intuitive little creatures. Stubborn, yes… stupid, no. :) We are Beagle owners ourselves, as you can prolly guess. LOVE them!!

  19. earlybird1 says:

    Oh, NOW I see as I read further that “Gloopy” apparently means “stupid” in Russian. (meekly backs away, smoothing down ruffled feathers and vowing to read all comments next time)

  20. Pam Sinclair says:

    Haaang on, Gloopy,
    Gloopy hang on!
    YEAH, yeah, YEAH, yeah….

  21. Adorb Amoebas of puppulence, and now eeeeeaaaarrrrwwoooorrrmmmmsss…., no powers of concentration left!!! Love CO just for that very reason : )

  22. Cambridge Rat Mom says:

    You beat me to it! ;-)

  23. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    “Gliddy glup Gloopy,
    Nibby-nabby-noobie, lay lay, low low …
    Sabba sibby sabba ….”

    Apologies to Sir John of Denver. And to Gloopy.

  24. my initial thought as well! but I didn’t know how to get it across as eloquently as you just did.

  25. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    @ traceylee: Merci, buttercups!!! :)

  26. April's NaNa says:

    This reminds me of “Dinky”, my aunt’s little “weiner” dog, who would grab the corner of her sofa aphgan and roll several times ’til he looked like a burrito! So cute!

  27. I have a cat that runs up onto the bed to do the same thing when the dryer beeps. He knows his flannel sheet is out of the dryer & still warm. He turns into my little purrrito !

  28. “purrrito!”

    ding! ding! ding! i love it!

  29. Awsome! :-)

  30. eh, awesome, sorry

  31. Awwwww-some!

  32. animals love comfort. so do humans.

  33. Thank heavens I’m alone, ’cause I just laughed so loud at this picture that it registered a 1.0 earthquake.

    OK, maybe not THAT loud, but…you get the idea.

  34. ilikechocolatemilk says:

    “sausage-flavored paramecium” – BRILLIANT, NTMTOM

  35. It looks like Gloopy is oozing out of elephant ‘tocks.

  36. earlybird1 says:

    EWWWWWWW, I see it now, I do! Excuse me while I wash my eyes out with soap…

  37. I was just logging on to say just that!!!! Crazy minds think alike!!

  38. NTMTOM, your brilliantly quirky mind, your Centre for Unwarranted Research plus the Ambeagle reminded me of an old Far Side cartoon “Things That Live in a Drop of Water, and Some of Their Furniture…”. Featuring amoebae and little couches.

  39. “Until next time– Adios Amoebas!”

  40. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    “Happy Trails, to yoooooouuuuuuuu —
    until we meet agiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin….

    Happy Traaaaaaaaaaails to you —
    Keep smilin’ until theeeeeeeeeeeeen …..”


  41. Happy Tails to you!

  42. stephanie says:

    What has science DONE?!

  43. Did you know that in Russian, gloopy means stupid? Please rename this little fellow. He probably has benoeba cousins.

  44. His name isn’t actually Gloopy; that’s just the fake news article. I know this little fellow, and he has a real name :)

  45. I has a warm.

  46. HAhaha! IO love this amoeba-beagle!!!!

  47. A Snuggie-Goggie “As Seen On TV” ad

  48. skippymom says:

    I had a sausage-flavored paramecium for lunch today! It was delicious!

  49. personally, i’ve never been able to find a place with good cell service.

  50. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    paramecium/ cell.

    Wow. As a non-biology major, I had to bust a few fuses before I got THAT one.


    But it was a good one :)

  51. We have an infestation of amebakittehs here. They don’t have that put-upon face like the amebeagle, though.

  52. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    — Also: will. somebody . please . contact . William. Shatner.??

    — Exclamation! Points! Gone! Haywire! —

  53. I. Know. “Wierd, or What?”

  54. victoreia says:


  55. Gigi (the original one) says:

    You had me at sausage-flavored paramecium :-)

  56. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    doesn’t quite have the romantic sway, of “You had me, at ‘hello’!!” …..

    but, nonetheless, I see “the logic inherent in the systems”.

  57. theoriginalmel says:

    *pushes glasses up higher*

    The center of the cell is called the barkleus.

  58. And ambeagles absorb water through pawsmosis. *adjusts pocket protector*

  59. And energy is created through photoshopsynthesis.

  60. Now THAT made me laugh out loud. Goood one orig.

  61. :( My photoshopsynthesis comment must’ve been deleted. It doesn’t even show that it’s awaiting moderation anymore.

  62. And we’re back in moderation. Is it because photo-shop-synthesis looks like spam when it’s all one word? Or does the ModMasheen have a limit on the amount of puns it will accept in one post?

  63. paulajeanne says:

    Watch out for the contractile vacuole, bet he has good aim

  64. All right, you almost made me forget what I came to the intertoobs to do, but now it’s back to serious…. wait, was that a paramecium floating past?

  65. Whatever NTMTOM gets paid it isn’t enough!

  66. fish eye no miko says:

    Awww, it’s the cutest abomination against nature ever!

  67. But he’s also fluffy!

  68. I’m very tired and burnt-out and not feeling at all clever right now… but Mike, you are bins and buckets of the best possible variety of nuts. w00t! :D

  69. Yeah, we’re all chock full of nuts around here.

    Feel better Theo!

  70. bookmonstercats says:

    Theo!!!! Why??????????

    Warm and fuzzies to you.

  71. Theo, feel better, k?

    Gloopy!!!! *swoon*

  72. I’m fine; it was just the end of a long day, y’all. No worries. Thanks!

  73. Wow, you peeps really are quick and funny and make me laff a lot. Thank you one and all.

  74. baroolover says:

    This little pumpkin made me cry. Looks just like my Romy Dog (Romeo) that passed away last summer. He was 16.5 years old.

  75. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    sincere and understanding condolences, baroolover.

  76. Christy S says:

    So sorry for your loss. The puppy pictured (real name Chuck) is my dog, and having loved his little face for 5 years now, I know your heart is hurting. Love the name Romeo. :-)

  77. Part beagle… part blob…. oozing your way as he takes over the world one green glob at a time. Just remember to look in the barbers sink before you get your hair wet.

  78. It came from outer space and it can just go back there.

  79. In Romania CUR means ASS :)

  80. Okay, first write up of 2011 to make me laugh out loud. Good work.

  81. Trabb's Boy says:

    Oh, NTMTOM, you are so cilia!

  82. :lol:

  83. ROFLagella!

  84. Does anyone else remember planaria from HS biology? They looked crosseyed.

  85. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:

    look in the yearbook, Theresa!
    Maybe Planaria’s photo is there!!


  86. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  87. It’s all frozen here in Atlanta. Pete likes being warm and cozy, and he fell asleep again right after I did this…

  88. Ahn!

  89. KittyMarthaPoo says:

    Beagles are total snugglers. I know, I have one of my own :) But mine insists on TOTALLY being covered, even his snout. The cold cruel air of the outside room is far too traumatic for his pampered self.. :)

  90. Maybe we could just make a blanket statement about beagles, their blankies, and biology?

  91. O NO He/ She/ It DI-unt!!! says:


    WELL PLAYED!!! :)
    (as WELL as being loverly alliteration & stuff)

  92. There’s a little online game called Cellcraft which involves the creation of an amoeba with the DNA of a duckbilled platypus inserted into its genome. True story.

  93. It’s a shame there aren’t more pictures of platypi. They’re so stinkin’ cute!

  94. something tells me you’re a pretty fungi. ;)

  95. Beagles love warmth and being wrapped up. My amoebeag does that all the time – I call him “The Beagley Burrito”

  96. This is why we ban Weasley products.

  97. Yeah, but have you seen the amoepug?

  98. SnowyLeop says:

    LOL!! That’s adorable.

  99. This dog is certainly cute in his green blanket, but Karma the Spoiled Rotten Yorkie stole our green faux fur throw and immersed herself in it and it is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Was just about to submit this to the Cuter Overload team and then I saw this. Check her out anyway — she’s too cute — I think she thinks it’s grass!!!

  100. Christy S says:

    Aw, that’s my Chuck! Thanks for posting. :-)
    He is currently doing the same exact thing under a quilt. With the exception of deciding that this time, his head should be covered.


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