Top 10 Mind-Blowers: Hippos


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My two-year-old son worships the Hippo. Along with the Elephant and the Giraffe, it forms the holy trinity of exciting, gigantic organisms. And you know what? He's right. While you and I are often desensitized to the wonders of an oft-cartooned zoo animal, the reality of the wild hippo is an awesome, mind-blowing affair.

So here are 10 incredible hippo-related factoids. Learn from them, and arm yourself against the myth of pink milk.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.