Otter silliness, part 723
Right, we’ve saved the big question for last: have you seen the website Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch?
Yes! They’re great, but I have to say the people that did it could have matched up the pictures better. Put the effort in guys. There was a fierce blog comment about me once, saying I was “a wooden actor”. Those otter photos prove that, while I may be many things, I’m not wooden. You can’t level that at me.
Benedict Cumberbatch, in this interview in Shortlist magazine
Hee hee, the Cumberotters are once again in the news! However, if I had the opportunity to talk to the lovely Benedict myself, I’d want to tell him two things. Since that opportunity may never arise, I’ll point them out here instead:
1) Because of this interview, I know that BC’s comment that “the people that did it [i.e. me!] could have matched up the pictures better” refers to the top pair of images: he claims that the otter has its hands under its chin, and he has his in front of his mouth. In my defence, I’d like to point out that the top otter DOES have its paws in front of its mouth, and its chin is actually the bit below its muzzly nose. Oh Benedict, I do adore you but your knowledge of otter anatomy is not all that it could be. (But I will admit that the bendy fingers/straight fingers difference in those two pics DOES nark me a teensy bit. Oh well, it’s my own fault.)
2) In response to the comment “Put the effort in”, I bet that if BC knew how long it had actually taken me to find and match all those pics, he’d agree that it was MUCH longer than any sane person ought to stare at pictures of otters for. Alas, telling me to spend MORE time in front of a computer would be like telling Sherlock to spend more time showing off his massive intellect. So I fear that a Shatneresque “get a life!” might have been a more appropriate critique in the circumstances…
However, I do love his comment that the otters prove how unwooden he is. That expressiveness is precisely why I find both him and otters so appealing!