And all the animals in Germany breathed a sigh of relief.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF SECURITY BLANKET: (source)

DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE: The so-called fiscal cliff that you're tired of hearing about, isn't. This is what you need to know.

THIS IS RICH: You can't make this up. It seems to me a fitting coda for the election of 2012.

ONCE UPON A TIME OF THE DAY: Big Bird had nothing on Argentavis magnificens. Gray-shuss.

YO COMPRENDO:

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DOUBLE OH D'OH: This.

PERIODICAL OF THE DAY: It turns out I lead a pretty sheltered existence. Is this a peanut butter in my chocolate kind of deal heretofore unknown to me? Thanks to my pal over here for the eye-opening tip.

NOTHING EVER CHANGES: And they wonder why there is a gender gap at the polls.

BLUE BABIES:

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This is all kinds of adorable. Pygmy Owl and nestlings - photo by mattisj flickr

WHINY ASS TITTY BABIES: Here and here.

REGULATION OF THE DAY: Just so we're all clear on this....ew. Or is that ewe?

MORE OF THIS PLEASE: Turns out, some states are having to do the job of the Federal Election Commission. Good on them.

SHENANIGANS: