WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE – CREATURE IDENTIFICATION
These creatures are clever because you would most likely mistake this creature for an actual duck-billed-platterpus. The main way to determine which one is which is that the duck-billed-splatterpus has bubbles rise from its bottom as it plods along. In addition, the fact that it makes an amphibious stink helps you determine its location when bubbles rise to the surface of rivers. The splatterpuses also have a rather strange habit of forming a pyramid, where they all climb up on top of each other. When they all bottomy bubble together, those bubbles are attracted to each other and form one giant bubble. Oh dear! You must be thinking a giant stinking bubble combining numerous splatterpus stinks? When that bulky bubble bursts it will certainly emotionally disturb the most resilient nostril. So don’t be distracted by their smiley and happy demeanour because when that bottom bubble bursts it won’t be pretty!
The shape of their bill makes them all look smiley, happy and innocent. Unfortunately that will lull you into a false sense of bubbly bottom security. Also you can’t help but laugh when you see them stroll along and a brilliant bubbly bottom display fills the air. Oh it is so funny and pretty until those bubbly beauties burst and boom! Bottomy doom and gloom!
When the duck-billed-splatterpus gather as a group all kinds of trouble will unfold. There is no avoiding it because they have a bit of an in-stink (like an instinct) which makes them all form a pyramid together. For some reason they find it fun and grin at what will take place. It really is quite fascinating to observe how each of their bottomy bubbles is drawn to the others and together merge to create one giant group gas bubble. As you can imagine the combination of so many sources makes a stink bubble of enormous magnitude.
THE STINKING UGLY – HOW THEY ‘GET YOU’
The duck-billed-splatterpus isn’t so particular in finding an actual individual to bubble its bottom at. Instead, what quite often happens is that children like to chase bubbles and burst them. Yep. A stream of bubbles and a number of children bursting them can result in a lot of tears. What makes it worse is that when a huge bubble is released into the air, for some reason that becomes the bursting challenge for children. So popping that parp-filled bubbly beauty is likely to make a person pass out. Yep! That bad.
Another little insight that you might like to be aware of is that stinks released in water become extreme stenches. Sebastian Stinkworthy became quite fascinated by how a bubble filled with stink when it rises really festers. It was then that he realised that there was great potential for bath bottomy bubbles. So he came up with a bottom flavoured bubble bath. It was disgusting to say the least, yet it entertained Sebastian for months because he loved the idea of a lovely bath foam looking all bubbly-delightful and then as the bubbles popped a horrid hum filled the bathroom. Of course adults would assume it was the person in the bath that made the bad smell. Little did they know that the bubbles contained the stinks.
Duck-billed-splatterpus do like a diet of seaweed, pond weed and any kind of greenery found on a river bed. With that in mind, the bottom-bubble-flavour would be reminiscent of shorelines covered in seaweed that had been fermented in the sun combined with stagnant water.
This Little Stinker was designed specifically for a purpose. It was designed to line all of the world’s rivers with bottom bubbles. They were like clusters of frog spawn and when it came to releasing the great stink they would all rise at the same time. Sebastian had studied and experimented with how smells festering and brewing in bubbles become increasingly disgusting the longer they were kept in water. So this creature, over many years, lined rivers, ponds and lakes with brewing-bottomy-bubbles that would all rise to the surface and pop at the same time. What a really great stink!
IF YOU ARE LIKE THIS LITTLE STINKER
The key indicator that you are like this little stinker is that you blow-off in the bath. Now not many people like to admit they do such things; however, why does everyone know that a brewed bath bottom bubble is far worse than a general bottom bubble?
So you may enjoy a good blow off in the bath and grin at your ghastly creations. You may also have done such bottomy-atrocities in a Jacuzzi or swimming pool with the intention of swimming away as fast as possible or pretending it wasn’t you.
THE STINKING STORY
In Tingle Dingle and The Little Stinkers there was quite an unusual Duckbilled-splatterpus display:
With that, the duckbilled-splatter-pus climbed on one another to form pyramid. As they did so all of their bottom bubbles merged into one huge wobbling bubble that rose to the ceiling. The duckbilled-splatter-pus all dismounted and made way for the final group of Little Stinkers.
‘Uh oh,’ whispered Josh realising the potential horror if that huge bubble burst.
WHAT MAKES THEM SMILE
They love creating a Duck-billed-splatterpus pyramid and uniting their bottom-bubbles into one giant bulky bubble. The sense of team work and uniting their individual scents certainly provides a level of pleasure.
THEIR FAVOURITE FOOD
They like seaweed salads, pondweed with basil and lakeweed with rosemary.
A LITTLE BIT OF WEIRDNESS
Sebastian Stinkworthy became a bit fixated on the bottom bubble. You would too if you were creating Little Stinkers and had over a hundred years of researching and figuring them out before releasing the greatest stink ever known to mankind. What perplexed him was how a bubble could be released from a bottom without water rushing up the backside. He still hadn’t figured out how such a phenomenon existed and strangely liked the fact that it remained a bit of a mystery. Obviously that marvel got him thinking about some of the larger creatures that reside in the ocean and how they release wind and if they did release wind. What would a whale do when it needed to create a bottom bubble? Did a whale have a bottom? How bad would the smell be? What would happen if that whale released a stink? Do whales have funny tummies? That then resulted in shark smells. Did sharks blow off? Did a shark have a bottom? All of those thoughts came from one innocent bottom bubble!
THEIR PART OF THE RASPBERRY RHAPSODY
The Duck-billed-splatterpus could have easily stolen the Stinktacular show:
‘With a bubble and a pop we can’t make our bottoms stop… La La laaaaaa.’ The duck-billed-splatter-pus all spun on their bellies in formation and a stream of bubbles rose into the air like bubble-whirling tornados. ‘When you see a bottom bubble it’s a sign of pongy trouble. La La Laaaaa…’ The duck-billed-splatter-pus rotated the other way and another flurry of bubbles rose to the ceiling. ‘All the way from the deep… our bottom bubbles will make you weep! La la laaaaaa!’
With that the duck-billed-splatter-pus climbed on one another to form a pyramid. As they did so, all of their bottom bubbles merged into one huge wobbling bubble that rose to the ceiling.
WHERE YOU ARE MOST LIKELY TO FIND THEM
They are happiest when submerged and can be found lining rivers, ponds and lakes with bottomy bubbles. Sometimes they create a bubbly bottom trail in a river, lake or pond that will reveal their whereabouts.
ADVICE FROM THIS LITTLE STINKER
Bath bottom bubbles are best made towards the end of bathing because you don’t want to pass out from the aroma. If you do decide to bathe in a bottom bubble then create those menacing monsters at the end so you have enough time to dry yourself, put your pyjamas on and then go to bed.
It might not be the best night’s sleep and it is likely that you may experience night nasal terrors, but at least you won’t knock yourself out in the bath, which could be dangerous.
Never under-estimate the power of a pong in water!
THE DANCE OF THE LITTLE STINKER
This little stinker is wonderful to behold. As a group they all plod in, spin on their bellies and then form a fun pyramid. All the while, bottom-bubbles fill the air and… they then merge to form one giant bubble. It really is a spectacle of formation dancing, coordination and balance resulting in a levitating bubble stink that when popped will upset the most resilient nose.
HOW THEY LULL YOU INTO A FALSE SENSE OF STINKING SECURITY
The stream of bright bottom bubbles entice the inner child (that is whether you are a child or an adult). Something within you is compelled to chase the bubbles and pop them. As mentioned previously, it will all end in tears!
STAND OUT MOMENTS
There was a beautiful moment in the story when Tingle and Josh first saw the duck-billed-splatterpus passing by the door. Bubbles plopped from its botty and rose into the air creating a stinking stream. The creature noticed it was being watched and froze mid-plod. Josh and tingle found it terribly funny until the bottomy bubble burst. Suddenly it wasn’t so amusing!
THE MORAL OF THE STINKY STORY
A brewing bottom bubble in water is worse than any other bottom bubble. Be careful and be wise when releasing any kind of gas in water!
ILUSTRATIONS BY ROBIN DRY – THANK YOU!