As a child, I always wondered why nobody was confused at Sccoby-Doo and his extended family being able to talk.  (The Unified HB theory states that Dr. Benton Quest reverse-engineered talking pets from Smurf DNA in the late 50s.)  I always wanted a talkin’ animal, thanks to all the pop culture pet cartoons of my youth, even better if s/he also had magic powers or telekinesis…

Now, I realize that’s ridiculous, theyd clearly be nanite-powers, leading to today’s domesticated query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also wouldn’t mind having Godzilla to cover my back, while we’re talking Hanna-Barbera, asking: Which pop culture pet would you most like to take home?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. I wouldn’t mind hanging around with Mr. Peabody, but I suspect we may agree to disagree on the usage of the term ‘pet’..

  2. I was going to say a Digimon, but they aren’t really pets. Still, wouldn’t say no if I suddenly found myself partnered with one. Could be fun travelling the Digital World and running from danger.

    I’ll go with any version of K-9 from Doctor Who. I’ve wanted my own since I was a toddler. Faithful friend and I won’t have to train it not to pee all over the rug.

  3. Nibbler from Futurama. Proper name Lord Nibbler. He’s adorable, brilliant, courageous, honorable, and he poops solid dark matter. Best pet ever.

  4. This is a tough one. Probably a gremlin, just to prove that the rules they come with are perfectly reasonable and don’t lead to disaster.

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