What makes a turtle cry?
What do you get when you cross a turtle with a porcupine?
A slow poke.
No question – jokes like that may make a turtle cry. And since there’s no tissue in the Amazon for turtles, scientists have discovered that butterflies nurse their tears.
Butterflies in the Amazon are hard-pressed for sodium, but the turtles have plenty to spare – and the excess sodium comes out with every tear.
This newly discovered phenomenon only seems to occur in a region in the Amazon. Although scientists only recently observed this – it turns out Smokey Robinson must have know about this dating back to the 1960’s when he wrote and sang the hit, “Tears of a Turtle.” People didn’t believe Smokey’s story so they changed it to “Tears of a Clown.” Okay – maybe that part isn’t so true. What is true is that butterflies yearn for sodium; even in the U.S, they often drink from mud or clay puddles for that reason.
So, next time you see a turtle cry – you’ll know it’s because the turtle heard this one….
Why did the turtle cross the road?
To get to the shell station – of course.
Those jokes are enough to make any turtle cry.