In one of my favorite episodes of "The Simpsons" ("Bart Gets an Elephant"), the family brings an elephant with an attitude to a nature reserve for rehabilitation. The elephant, named Stampy, starts headbutting all the other elephants in his new home, and a park ranger explains to Marge "Well, animals are not like people, Mrs. Simpson. Some of them act badly because they've had a hard life, or have been mistreated ... but, like people, some of them are just jerks."
I don't know for sure that this episode inspired the creators of the Reddit subreddit AnimalsBeingJerks when they named their community, but I would be surprised if it wasn't. Animals Being Jerks is a fun little pocket of Reddit, one of the most trafficked website on the interwebs. It's purpose is to share photos and videos of animals being jerks — cats pushing things off the desk, dogs sitting on their owners heads, cats sitting on dogs' heads, and penguins jumping on top of one another. But don't worry: animals lovers can breathe easy; the tone of the site is light and fun and there are explicit rules against any kind of content in which animals are killed or injured.
Here are a few examples of what you'll find there:
• Dog vs. day-old blinds. (We may have a case of separation anxiety or an obsession with squirrels.)
The video above is a roundup of other great moments in jerkdom, or you can swing over to take in the whole set of animals being jerks. It's not a bad way to pass some time.
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