Tonight’s the Knight

Greetings. I am Sir Archibald Arthur, your knight-in-ye-olde-armadillo-armor. Far and wide across the land I dost win fairest lady’s affections! For behold, indeed I be always ready for the ball! (rolls up into a ball)

Huzzah, Andouille!




  2. skippymom says:

    I want to hold a baby armadillo.

  3. fetch the ale, indeed!
    you, Sir, are an armidillo after my own heart!

  4. That would be an armadillo peccadillo.

  5. Starfish says:

    I’d like to take this time to point out the eyes. I foresee much plinkage.

  6. Only in Amarillo.

  7. *ahem*

    To dream … the impossible dream …
    To fight … the unbeatable foe …
    To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
    To run … where the brave dare not go …
    To right … the unrightable wrong …
    To love … pure and chaste from afar …
    To try … when your arms are too weary …
    To reach … the unreachable star …

    This is my quest, to follow that star …
    No matter how hopeless, no matter how far …
    To fight for the right, without question or pause …
    To be willing to march into Hell, for a Heavenly cause …

    And I know if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest,
    That my heart will lie will lie peaceful and calm,
    when I’m laid to my rest …
    And the world will be better for this:
    That one man, scorned and covered with scars,
    Still strove, with his last ounce of courage,
    To reach … the unreachable star …

  8. Under a willow.

  9. skippymom says:

    Sitting on a pillow.

  10. Blue Footed Booby says:

    Great, now I pronounce “willow” like it’s Spanish :[

  11. may i add the hears, the tiny, pointy, nubbly, radar-ranging hears?

  12. to arm…the impossible dillo…

  13. Bring him….a shrubbery!!

  14. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    Maybe it’s because I’m Texan, but I’ve always thought armadillos were cute!

  15. skippymom says:

    I’m from New England and I’ve always found them adorable.

  16. Smokin’ a Tiparillo.

  17. And let us not overlook the little pink schnozzola!

  18. Jackie Rose says:

    Q: Do you know why the Texas Chicken crossed the road?
    A: To prove to the Armadillo that it could be done.

  19. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    They’re not so adorable in what they can do to a lawn, but thanks for the armadillo luv!

  20. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    LOL! Somewhere I’ve heard/read that armadillos are nearly blind and deaf, but they have a terrific jump reflex when startled. So it’s not actually the impact of the car running over them that gets them, it’s them jumping up and hitting the underside of the car. Poor things!

  21. just read that to the tune of “Attaaaaaack! of the Killer Tomaaaatohhhhs!”

  22. skippymom says:


  23. noellesbootcutkittenpants says:

    In one of the graphic novels I own, there’s a scene where an armadillo, surprised, utters the sound “Fnarp?” Therefore, I’ve always imagined that armadillos vocalize thusly.

  24. Jackie Rose says:

    That’s how it happens all right. If they’d just hunker down (good old Texan expression), they’d be fine.

  25. My brother is a commercial pilot. Once, when landing at a Texas airport, he saw an armadillo on the runway. Not sure how one swerves in a Boeing 737, but he tells me that the plane landed safely and the armadillo was unscathed.

  26. With Tom Bombadillo.

    (aside: That was the most LOTR–geeky thing I have ever done in my life)

  27. skippymom says:

    Ha, I’d forgotten about that guy. He was kind of like the Falstaff of Middle Earth, as I vaguely recall?

  28. Lol, I immediately heard AND saw ‘Fnarp!’, as my imaginary armoured dillio scuttled across the floor on his toenails.
    If y’all haven’t read the Gerald Durrell books, put on your ‘must read yesterday’ list his ‘The Drunken Forest’ and ‘The Bafut Beagles’ which I believe regale us with armadillo/pangolin/anteater/echidna stories.

  29. They are such interesting, unusual animals! I wonder what it feels like to pet them!

  30. They are super cute leathery babies but they can carry leprosy. I’m falling apart enough as it is – I’ll admire the cute little guy from afar.

  31. Fun facts to know and tell about armadillos:
    -They (the kind in the US anyhow) give birth to four genetically identical quadruplet armadillitos
    -They can delay implantation of fertilized eggs to postpone pregnancy/birth.
    -They have a lower body temperature than most other mammals.
    -They are one of only a few animals susceptible to contracting leprosy due to their low body temperature.
    -“Arthur” of cartoon fame was originally drawn as an armadillo with a long snout but the artist changed it after people (kids?) complained that it wasn’t “cute” enough, so now he’s a nebulous mammalian creature with glasses.

  32. I always thought of him as a sentient garden gnome.

  33. skippymom says:

    I don’t think Arthur was ever an armadillo–he’s originally an aardvark, but now just a generic mammal.

  34. I would argue that Arthur still isn’t cute.

  35. Fird Birfle says:

    *salutes toward the closest flag*

  36. Fird Birfle says:

    For those who wish to experience the Shrubbery Incident, please enjoy the following:

  37. Fird Birfle says:

    *waves the pompoms,
    for both Sprock’s brother and the Armadillo on the Runway*

  38. Fird Birfle says:


  39. Fird Birfle says:

    “armadillitos” = *giggle*

  40. loribelle says:

    This is much better thant the Rod Stewart earworm I’ve got right now (Tonight’s the Night…)”

  41. I am seriously loving his little cape/shawl. awwww.

  42. Stressfactor says:

    Ture fact: less than 5% of the world’s population is suceptible to contracting Hansen’s Disease (that’s the true term for “leprosy” and believe people who do have the disease really prefer that you use Hansen’s Disease instead of “leprosy” because of the social stigma attached). Most human beings have a natural immunity to the disease it is only that 5% of the population which lack this immunity. Also, Armadillos don’t really “carry” the disease it’s just that it’s possible for them to contract it — ergo they were extensively used in research to find drugs to treat the disease.

    Look up “Carville, Louisiana” for some stories. I processed a collection of archival material from the hospital there so I’ve picked up quite a bit of knowledge…

  43. victoreia says:

    A really *tall* sentient garden gnome!

  44. I wuv armadilly-os, but his big little claws look dangerous.

  45. Mea culpa. I confused my long-snouted, unusual, A animals. Mental-pause!

  46. bob drummond says:

    I worked at the Bronx Zoo , so I got to touch real dillos and I loved them too !!!

  47. bob drummond says:

    Ya said a mouthful , Firdie !!!

  48. Alice Shortcake says:

    Yes, he looks like a small armour-plated superhero. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s wearing briefs underneath that cape.

  49. Ha! I read that as “Nebbishy mammalian creature!”

  50. Jackie Rose says:

    Prickley. Their shells are covered with short, coarse hair.

  51. Jackie Rose says:


  52. When my usually I don’ like movies dad saw his, he laughed til her cried.

  53. Pronoun trouble?

  54. Queen of Dork says:

    Hi Theresa, Queen of Brooklyn!!!

  55. Edith Prickley?

  56. Queen of Dork says:

    *waves banners*. Also: The ears have scaly armour on them!

  57. Queen of Dork says:

  58. *Happy Dancing!*

  59. Fird Birfle says:


  60. Fird Birfle says:

    I heard a silly joke the other day….not sure of the precise wording but the punchline is that Superman wears Chuck Norris undies.

  61. Armadillo on the runway- I didn’t know they could fly!

  62. I think that’s really closer to the truth.

  63. Well, since now I’ve got it in my head, I’m going to (very respectfully, meaning no offense to nobodies) sing the song we used to sing when I was a little tyke:

    It’s crawling all over meeee!
    There goes my eyeball
    Into your highball,
    There goes my fingernail,
    Into your ginger ale!” etc.