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Harmless?

Trivia brain teasers have some element of trivia in them, but they are not just pure trivia questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#24790
Fun:*** (2.86)
Difficulty:*** (2.15)
Category:Trivia
Submitted By:Motivated****
Corrected By:elentir

 

 

 



Marvin and Loren are exploring a forest in Queensland. They spotted a nice rainbow earlier, and then decided to go see the wildlife near the river. Loren spots a weird but harmless looking mammal and goes for a closer look. Marvin yells to be careful because it is venomous. Loren laughs, thinking Marvin must be joking. Unfortunately Loren gets too close and is stung in the hand. Loren starts to cry out in pain. Marvin comes over to Loren to tell him how stupid he is, but at least the venom is not lethal. What did Loren get stung by?


Hint

It's not related to a duck but...
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Comments

puppygirl1213Aus*
Jul 23, 2005

I never knew that about the platypus.
safire2191*us*
Jul 23, 2005

I'm confused....is the venom lethal or not?
TiggrAus*
Jul 23, 2005

As soon as I saw the hint...that gave it away.
lycanthropeAus*
Jul 23, 2005

I've a friend in Australia so this one was easy for me, but still an excellent teaser!
froggyggAus*
Jul 23, 2005

Good teaser. They are the strangest looking animal with a duck bill and a beaver tail! Don't think I would want one as a pet!
chidam11Ain*
Jul 24, 2005

Nice one!I did not know that Duckbill Platapus was poisonous.
TsunamiSurfer**
Jul 24, 2005

Hi:
I did not get the answer. After this comment I am going to look for the meaning of the mammal in my dictionary. So I can find out what the talk is about. Nice, isn`t It? quack - quack
me-me**
Jul 24, 2005

it was kinda hard! after the hint i guessed and i got it rite ! godd one and educational
krabcat*us*
Jul 29, 2005

it was obvous poisonous mamal but if u wanted to make it alitle easer you could have aded egs in thair becuse its 1 of i think 2 mamals that lays eggs

P.S. this made me feel smrt becuse i knew it whithout thinking
loveshellylove**
Jul 31, 2005

I guessed it right away. The Platypus has poisenous barbs behind it's back? legs. Good one though I like a platypus!!!
hellokitty593*us*
Aug 01, 2005

This was a good teaser, although I read about the platypus in a book, so it was kinda easy. Great Job though!
Ozymandias**
Aug 29, 2005

I never would have known! Good one!
smarty_blondy*ro*
Sep 24, 2005

Good teaser and good job!
greywolf*us*
Oct 16, 2005

It was easy because its the only poisonous mammal in Australia but it is not the only poisonous mammal. look up the short tailed shrew right here in North America
brainsterAin*
Oct 19, 2005

Wow I did not know that ! Good one !
(user deleted)
Oct 22, 2005

That was the first teaser I got.
I still needed the hint though.

Brainy_1Aus*
Aug 27, 2006

I saw this on Animal Planet and was totally amazed!! That's why this came really easy for me. Great teaser and into my faves!!
Stormcrafter*au*
Oct 30, 2006

Krabcat - yeah, the platypus and the echidna are the last of a kind of egg-laying mammal :-\

They didn't believe that the platypus was a real animal when it was first discovered, it was believed to be a hoax hehe.

I learned about them a long time ago now, when we were studying indigenous creatures in school once, but I learnt about the spurs in a documentary.

I live in Australia myself, and have only ever seen them twice off of television - so that kind of figures
Stormcrafter*au*
Oct 30, 2006

Oh, hang on - darn it, I need to look at the dates on comments
leftclickAau**
Sep 01, 2007

Good one, easy for an Aussie
quinnothAau
Sep 01, 2007

I got that straight away, being an Aussie myself.

The thing that isn't right about this teaser is that fact that no-one could possibly get anywhere near a platypus.

As soon as they hear you they hide. The only way to get near one is to be completely silent, or look at one in a zoo.

But nevertheless, it was a good teaser!
AshlynSedai
Sep 01, 2007

I used to be obsessed with these critters, so I did know it, but it was a clever brain teaser =)
elephuntus
Sep 01, 2007

That was easy, though i suppose it could be difficult if one didnt reside in Australia. It was blatantly obvious that it was a platypus. By the way, the babies are called puggles, and are very cute. actually, both echidna (a spiny anteater) and platypus young, are known as puggles. what a cute name..... the young are cute, but are hard to breed in captivity, or so i am lead to believe... oh, and also, the correct name is platypus, not duck-billed platypus, what an insult to australian culture, and the platypus itself. It has nothing at all to do with ducks. duh. they are completely different class... (in classification, i mean)
4princessesus*
Sep 01, 2007

The hint totally gave it away. As for the previous comment, I've always heard they were called duck-billed platypus, not because it's related to a duck, but because it's bill is like a duck.
doeheadAus*
Sep 01, 2007

Knew this one from my many hours of reading.
dcsprouse001Aus*
Sep 01, 2007

cool! i never knew that about a platapus!
rimfire*
Sep 01, 2007

a venumous puss.lol lol lol
bradon182001*us*
Sep 01, 2007

Having lived all my life in the United States (with an occasional day trip to Canada) I had no clue. This trivia teaser was very educational for me. Not every day I can say "I learned something new today." Thanks.
wordmama*
Sep 01, 2007

Learned something! Thanks!
sevy694**
Sep 01, 2007

cool...i didnt realize they were poisonous...i thought it was a porcupine or something like that
clarinet1293Aus*
Sep 01, 2007

I never knew they were poisonous!

Great teaser!
lazy-boyAus*
Sep 01, 2007

This is a good teaser. I would like to see more like this. Its very informative.
lastlybooAus*
Sep 01, 2007

i thot it was a bee... good teaser! i have NO wonderings on how THIS teaser made it to teaser of the day!
fredhornadayAus*
Sep 01, 2007

I was trying to picture a kind of mammal with a bee stinger sticking out its rear! LOL! Didn't know that about the platypus! are the spores like porcupine quills?
phyllisa*us*
Sep 01, 2007

Goood one, I learned a new fact!
sugarbear60A*
Sep 01, 2007

GOOD ONE, THEY SAY YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY, WELL THAT'S ONE FOR TODAY!
2ndhandroseca*
Sep 01, 2007

I got that they were in Australia.
Then looked at the hint & got it.
Did not know they could sting, that's why I needed the hint
I learned something new too.
auntiesisAus*
Sep 01, 2007

I think a lot of us learned a new fact today, and I for one, am always happy to learn something new. This was very interesting, and the comments added even more to my store of trivial knowledge. Thank you and give us some more.
mondayschild59Aus*
Sep 01, 2007

There is a difference between venomous and poisonous. Snakes and bees, spiders, and jellyfish are all venomous. Poisonous is like mushrooms , arsenic, cyanide and other drugs or plant stuffs.
I didn't know the answer because I didn't know the platypus lived in Australia. Go figure. Thanks for the teaser, it was very good.

Monday~
rosekranskids
Sep 01, 2007

I learned something new today! (as always!!)
MisaAve*
Sep 01, 2007

I didn't know that they were harmless either!!
chickwithbrains**
Sep 01, 2007

I LOVE platypuses/platypi (not sure of the proper pluralization there lol)!!! They look so funny when they try to run!
jodymonster
Sep 01, 2007

I think platypi are marsupials, not mammals. Look it up. I think they lay eggs too, but don't quote me on that one. God smoked a little to much the day he invented them.
nerdyiscool*us*
Sep 01, 2007

Marsupials are a variation (is that the right word? I'm not sure) of mammal. Nice riddle
breathesunshineAus*
Sep 01, 2007

Got it with the hint.
jabdrAus*
Sep 02, 2007

Love all the comments!! It's one of the best parts of the site. Also learn some things Good job
Chellie1911Aen*
Sep 02, 2007

good one - i never knew about the duck-filled platypus - i learn something new every day
NkeenA*
Sep 04, 2007

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrew
lmurray*cn*
Sep 10, 2007

HE TEASER WAS OBVIOUSLY A HIT WITH MANY.

I AM QUITE FAMILIAR WITH THE ANIMAL.
SO IT WAS EASY.

IS THE CATEGORY CORRECT? TRIVIA HARDLY SEEMS RIGHT, BUT I'VE BEEN WRONG BEFORE (I think)
gaylewolfAus*
Sep 04, 2010

Interesting teaser! thanks!
I learned some new facts, too!
patiencewithaP*us*
Sep 04, 2010

Got it...after I read the hint!
dodger*gb*
Sep 04, 2010

This is a great platypus fable

http://www.scribd.com/doc/22299599/Platypus
Fradatau*
Sep 04, 2010

Being a loyal Australian, that was a synch.
Babe*
Sep 04, 2013

You have to know something about animals in other parts of the world to get this one. I don't so did not get it. I guess all those living there and working this one out were very pleased. Good for them!
gaylewolfAus*
Sep 04, 2013

Good teaser - lots of interesting facts - thanks for posting!
HABS2933Aca*
Sep 04, 2013

. I have a few friends from Australia who I am sure would have gotten this easily but I needed the hint to do so.
For anyone not living "down under" or having had seen one in captivity this was a difficult teaser.
eighsseAus*
Sep 04, 2013

This was easy for me, I remember learning that in school (and thinking, "What a freakish animal...").
giuseppemccarthtus*
Sep 04, 2013

They can be lethal! Sometimes... Good teaser :-) Queensland is a giveaway for any person who knows a bit of Australian geography, though.
MagicMac*za
Sep 26, 2013

There is another interesting answer to this: In Queensland, Australia there is also a highly venomous plant called The Stinging Tree or Gympie Gympie and the only mammal to feed on this tree is a cute little marsupial called The Red Legged Pademelon. They may have walked over to get a closer look at the mammal and been stung by the tree. Search it on: questionableevolution.com



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