Ever hear of the Aye Aye? I’m sure if you ever saw one you’d remember. This fascinatingly disgusting little creature is just one of the weird stars in the animal series, Facts About Nature, narrated by Morgan Freeman. Freeman delivers deadpan, sarcastic commentary loaded with stats and facts that describe the oddest animals you can possibly imagine.
Ever hear of Ze Frank? He’s the creator of this bizarre web series that once you see you won’t forget. And that’s its magic. Facts About Nature delivers serious educational content by not taking itself remotely seriously. It focuses on being entertaining, and thereby it educates. Your mind marvels at the visual, as these horrendously strange creatures crawl, cling, climb and cat about. Then Frank and Freeman take you on an auditory joy ride with some of the silliest and thought-provoking prose you’ll ever encounter in education. Here’s an example from this 3-minute documentary.
The Aye Aye’s nipples are inguinal, meaning they are located on the lower stomach, sort of the groin area. This is why the Aye Aye does not wear pants. Don’t judge. You try pulling a pair of pants up to your nipples and taking a jog through the forest. That’s a recipe for chaffing.
And the Aye Aye is only the beginning. Check out Facts About The Tapir… The Sea Pig… and The Angler Fish. These creepy and unforgettable species are so interesting, it made me wonder why the more mainstream channels, like National Geographic and Discovery, haven’t covered them? Could it be that they think the public is only interested in your typical lions, and tigers and bears, oh my?
Facts About Nature works for me because it celebrates the oddities in life by placing them center stage and caring enough to write hysterically entertaining narration that bathes our brains with story. These segments are some of the best examples of how you turn data into drama, which allows you to educate while you entertain.
I think it might even raise the heart beat of the sloth.
The sloth has razor sharp claws on its fingers, and it would be the world’s most deadly predator, but only if the world slowed way the f#@k down. As it is, the sloth mainly eats leaves, because they tend not to run away.”
Don’t even ask me about the Naked Mole Rat.