Hold onto your hats, folks. It’s time to take a worldwide tour of the animal kingdom’s greatest hits in the department of dimwittedness. These species are proof that Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, sometimes lets evolution pull a fast one and that brainiac genes don’t always rise to the top. Here are the ten species making a stellar contribution to the Ignoble Ig Nobel Prize list of the animal kingdom.
These sky-scraping creatures may reach great heights, but they’re far from high-brow. Their bizarrely long necks make for an impressive silhouette, but these lanky titans often use these impressive appendages as weapons in neck-slapping battles over females. Talk about not using your head (or neck)!
These rosy-hued birds are the embodiment of style over substance. Despite having long legs perfect for wading, flamingos often prefer standing on just one, for no apparent reason. Plus, they eat with their heads upside down. Talk about a silly feeding frenzy!
Beauty is only fur-deep with this one. They may sport luxurious locks that could make Rapunzel envious, but Afghan Hounds are infamous for their lack of trainability and low obedience intelligence. Thankfully, their fashion sense somewhat makes up for their dearth of smarts.
They’re adorable, yes. Intellectual powerhouses? Not so much. Their diet of eucalyptus leaves is as nutritious as cardboard and about as toxic as nuclear waste. Plus, they’ve got one of the smallest brain-to-body ratios of any mammal, which may explain their gastronomic gaffes.
These gargantuan lizards, while awe-inspiring, aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed. They’re known to consume inanimate objects, including shovels and cans. Apparently, ‘metal’ is just another food group for these monsters.
No, these flightless birds don’t actually stick their heads in the sand when threatened. But their ‘hide and seek strategy isn’t much better, as they often react to danger by lying flat on the ground. Now that’s sticking your head in the…grass?
These adorable creatures have won the world’s heart with their fluffy black and white bodies and seemingly lazy attitude. But, their evolutionary decisions are questionable at best, having a carnivorous digestive system while insisting on a diet that’s about as nutritious as a wooden plank.
The word ‘sloth’ is synonymous with ‘lazy,’ and these guys really live up to the name. Spending most of their lives hanging upside down in trees, their top speed clocks in at a yawn-inducing 0.15 mph. But hey, at least they’re consistent!
With self-preservation instincts weaker than their wishbones, these feathered Einsteins are known to drown while gazing up at the rain. There’s a reason we say ‘as dumb as a turkey,’ and it’s not because they’re solving algebraic equations in their spare time.
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Deep-sea dwellers with a ghoulish countenance, Goblin Sharks could use a lesson or two in hunting. Their approach to catching prey includes lunging forward and extending their jaws in a bizarre and often ineffective feeding strategy. Guess they didn’t get the memo about ‘work smarter, not harder.’
So there you have it, folks. In the great exam of life, these animals are sitting at the back of the class, proving that even in nature, not everyone can be top of the food chain.