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The dire wolves of Game of Thrones aren't a fantasy concocted by George R.R. Martin, who conceived the series. They were once real.


The dire wolf is an extinct species of the genus Canis and lived in the Americas during the Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene epochs. They feature heavily in Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, as protectors of the Stark children.

They've also proven quite popular despite being sidelined on the HBO series.

The dire wolves (most notably Jon Snow's very own Ghost) are so popular, in fact, that many fans of the show have desired to own dire wolves of their own.

Here's where Siberian huskies come in: Their shaggy fur coats and other features make them the near spitting image of the dire wolves on the show, and fans have scooped them up from breeders as the show's popularity has soared.

But huskies are a high maintenance breed and fans unable to deal with these demands have abandoned their pets in animal shelters across the United States and the United Kingdom.

As National Geographic points out, huskies require considerable care and attention:

"Huskies are a particularly high-maintenance breed. They have an innate need to run—a lot. They're not particularly easy to train. And when they don't get the at least two hours of daily exercise they need, they can be very destructive."
"But people are increasingly buying them without doing their research, which often results in a lifestyle clash: The husky is frustrated by a lack of proper exercise and stimulation, and the owner doesn't understand why their dog is acting out."

A KOVR-TV report reveals "the number of abandoned huskies has soared eight-fold across the country" since Game of Thrones debuted in 2011.

Marnie Musser, who works at the Sacramento County SPCA, told the outlet that shelters have indeed seen an influx of huskies:

"We have seen an influx in our shelters. And this is actually not just in our community but around the nation... They [huskies] can be absolutely delightful pets, but they have to be well-trained and have focus. And they have to have a lot of stimulation and exercise."

Dan O'Neill, a veterinarian and senior lecturer in companion animal epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College in London, U.K., is concerned about what will happen to huskies once the demand for them drops:

"The novelty value will be gone. Those rapidly breeding for profit may see a reduction in demand. And then you have the issue of what happens to all those dogs?"

These reports have prompted both fans of the show and animal advocates to urge people to end the cycle.




Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn (who plays the sell-sword Bronn) has even teamed up with PETA to get the message out:

Be responsible, everyone. An animal isn't just a fad. It's a life.

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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