The scientific name for a giraffe is giraffa camelopardalis.
|By Greg Willis from Denver, CO, usa (Awkward giraffe Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons|
An old name for the giraffe is “camelopard." It seems ancient Greeks and Romans thought it was it was some sort of cross between a camel and a leopard. You know, because of the spots. You can read more about it at omg-facts.com, if you're interested.
Here ya go, this picture shows the resemblance a little better:
|Image from http://www.omg-facts.com/Animals/Ancient-Romans-And-Greeks-Thought-That-T/36596|
*backs away from screen* *tilts head* *squints* ...Yeah, I can see how those wacky ancient folks might've assumed some fast-talking badass leopard got it on with gullible camel. (Though, when you think of the logistics...nah, let's not go there.) I mean, these are the people who came up with the Minotaur--I don't guess they'd have a problem with a camelopard.
And with that bit of relatively useless trivia, I'll leave you. I need to don this...
...and then do it. (Heh-heh. I said "do it.")
But first, tell me, did you already know that about giraffes?
Do you have any Fun Factoids you'd like to share? (The weirder the better, of course, but weirdness isn't a requirement.)
*Well, I think it's fun, anyway. Your mileage may vary.