All posts tagged: Spiky

Here’s How Hedgehogs Actually Mate, And No, It’s Not Spiky

Here’s How Hedgehogs Actually Mate, And No, It’s Not Spiky

[ad_1] We’ve written before at HuffPost UK about how alligator penises are much more active than we’d imagined, and have even shared about how horrific the male bedbug’s anatomy is for their poor partners. So perhaps you can forgive us for expecting horrors to abound when it comes to hedgehogs doing the deed (all those spines!). We’ve been proven both right and wrong, it seems. While spikes aren’t an issue when it comes to mating, the beasties’ courting ritual is more likely to end in a brawl than a romantic night in ― and the boars are never quite free from danger. Here’s what we learned: Spikes begone! While the mating itself might be a little unusual, Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YTPE) says that male hedgehogs try their hardest to woo their ladies. “The male (boar) circles around the female (sow), sometimes for hours, trying to persuade her to mate,” they shared. BBC Earth shows footage of this, with David Attenborough adding, “You might think that having a coat of spines on your …

Rod Stewart, 79, twins with lookalike son Aidan, 12 – and their spiky hair is identical

Rod Stewart, 79, twins with lookalike son Aidan, 12 – and their spiky hair is identical

[ad_1] Sir Rod Stewart was spotted on a rare family outing with three of his sons on Tuesday and the resemblance to his youngest Aidan, 12, whom he shares with his wife Penny Lancaster, is uncanny. The ‘Maggie May’ singer, 79, was spotted at an ice rink to watch his son Liam, 29, play as part of Milton Keynes Lightning and to celebrate his victory at the end of the match.  © InstagramRod posted a sweet photo where his son Aidan was his double Rod’s Loose Women star wife, 53, shared her husband’s rare heartwarming snap where the singer was seen posing with their model son Alistair, 18, alongside Aidan and Liam at the side of the rink.  © InstagramThe family celebrated Liam’s victory “Proud as a Father could possibly be,” Rod captioned the post which had fans double-taking as Aidan’s shaggy blonde hair was identical to his father’s.  The doting dad looked dapper in a black longline coat and leather gloves, while his doppelganger sons went more casual with Alistair donning a leather bomber and …

Autism, Dynamic Disabilities, and Spiky Profiles

Autism, Dynamic Disabilities, and Spiky Profiles

[ad_1] My neurotype is complex and autism is not sufficient to understanding what I need to manage my health. Source: Ginny Wren. In my work, I have started to move away from using terms associated purely with autism because I believe that autism is a condition that rarely comes along. The autism spectrum is huge and varied. I also believe the most damaging thing about being on the spectrum is how it places me at greater risk for other conditions and, if unsupported and unprotected, greatly impacts my health and well-being. In this article, I will argue that we need to think more in terms of neurotypes and dynamic disabilities to best help people who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum condition (ASC). My medical notes and medical history would be confusing and concerning to medical professionals for numerous reasons, the main one being how many illnesses I have experienced and how I have been adversely impacted by events that often come easily to others. I suffered greatly throughout both of my pregnancies, but due …

The Spiky, Unsentimental Visions of Diana Athill

The Spiky, Unsentimental Visions of Diana Athill

[ad_1] One of American fiction’s core preoccupations, these days, seems to be the question of what causes unhappiness. Many of our major writers are earnest anatomists of discontent and its social, psychological, and existential causes. This kind of fiction can be very powerful. Reading about loneliness when you’re lonely can provide both diagnosis and solace; encountering a character trapped by student debt or patriarchal expectation can inspire a sense of camaraderie in a reader facing similar frustrations. But more often than not, contemporary novelists handle their subject matter with immersive seriousness and sincerity—and sincerity, after a while, gets tiring. Misery may love company, but sometimes a miserable person wants cheering up too. If you’re looking to make a little light of sadness, as I have been, the work of Diana Athill might be the perfect place to turn. The legendary writer and editor is one of a loose cadre of 20th-century English and Irish women authors gaining resurgent attention for their brilliantly drawn characters and sharply witty prose; others in this camp include Penelope Fitzgerald, …