This is the threatdown.
Tonight on the “Last night on The Colbert Report” Report:
Now, you might recognize that face from the 2007 viral video:
Just one problem: that’s no chipmunk; that’s a prairie dog!
Colbert is hardly the first person to make this mistake — after all, the meme is known as “Dramatic chipmunk”, and Google Trends reveals that the ignorant narrative came to predominate rather quickly:
But the well-documented American disinterest in biology should not get Colbert — and everybody else — off the hook this time. Rodent taxonomy is serious business. Something tells me you’d be happy to know the difference between a chipmunk and a guinea pig and a beaver when the zombie beaver apocalypse hits.
And if you remain unconvinced, need I remind you that “beaver” is only two letters away from “bear”?
Update, 6/20: Good to see at least one government agency fighting the good fight on the rodent education front:
For the record, Rodent Education Front – great name for a mad scientist terrorist organization.