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Illustrations Reveal “Sad Facts” About Animals with Charming Wit

Did you know that houseflies can only hum in the key of F? Or that blobfish have no muscles? These are just a couple of illustrator Brooke Barker's Sad Animal Facts. It's an ongoing series that highlights some of the surprising things we probably didn't know about pigs, giraffes, hippos, goats, and much more. The strange-yet-fascinating facts are always accompanied by Barker's charming drawings and witty commentary from the animal subject.

Although the project's title makes it seem potentially depressing, the odd truths are often told with a sad-to-us-humans spin. Dogs, for instance, can't see television. To us, that might be awful, but a canine doesn't necessarily know that. They just recognize that it's the chance to sit close to the person that they love.

Learn more Sad Animal Facts by following Barker's Tumblr and Instagram. As of now, she's posting new drawings nearly every day.

Sad Animal Facts Tumblr and Instagram
via [This Isn't Happiness]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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