love/hate? cute/disgusting?

There’s an alarmingly large number of posts on my blog involving raccoons, about raccoons, songs written for raccoons, etc, so I figured it’s high time to learn a little bit about these fun filled creatures who flip flop between being completely lovable and terribly annoying.

First off, the word raccoon itself comes from the Algonquin word ahrah-koon-em, which translates to ” one who rubs, scrubs and scratches with its hands”. This makes sense, seeing as raccoons have five hyper sensitive fingers on each of their front paws, and more then 2 thirds of it’s brain is devoted to it’s sense of touch. Wikipedia also tells me they can hear the movements of earthworms underground, but I’m not sure about that one.

As most of us know, if you put your little green bin outside the night before compost collection, you may as well just dump it all over the sidewalk yourself, and save the raccoon the trouble. They will get in, and they will make a very large mess. A study in 1908 by a scientist named H. B. Davis showed raccoons were able to open 11 of 13 complex locks in less than 10 tries. I have problems opening my front door after a gig at night, and I have a key. Impressive.

Anyway, that’s my little infomercial for the day. Want to see some video of some Toronto raccoons versus the green bin? Check it out.

Annnnnd here’s some music that I’m working on. I think this may turn into something soon.

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Are they our friends? Not when they scream like howler monkeys outside my screen door all night. This guy was looking for the sneak attack from the tree last night, but I’m on to him.

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