Awesomest Headline of the Day

Man buys toy poodles, discovers they’re actually ferrets on steroids

Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Moosebreath says:

    I imagine Bucky Katt (from Get Fuzzy) would have quite a bit to say on this matter.

  2. Kylopod says:

    It may be an awesome headline, but I’m extremely skeptical that this story is true. There’s an old urban legend about people being sold a dog in Mexico only to discover that it’s actually a rat. I’ve seen many different versions of this legend, and some years back a story from a British tabloid, about Japanese people being sold poodles under the ruse that they were sheep, actually made its way into a USA Today blog. This new dog/ferret story sounds to me like simply the latest variation on this tale.

  3. Gull Able says:

    But…but…there are pictures!

  4. ernieyeball says:

    @Gull Able: There were pictures of this too. But nobody believed it either!

  5. @Kylopod: There is just something about the phrase “ferret on steroids” (especially when juxtaposed with “toy poodles”) that I found amusing.

  6. Al says:

    Simpsons did it.

    (Handy link if you don’t get the reference.)

  7. Franklin says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: I agree. And I used to have ferrets. I did not put them on steroids. Otherwise war dancing could have become rather more dangerous than the normal head bonking.