From the French bulldog that only drinks bottled water to the Doberman Pinscher that “mourns” over his stuck tennis ball, the internet can’t get enough of the fact that dogs are weird little guys.
The latest mutt to have had a crazy moment is wowing Pokémon fans on Reddit. A tiny terrier turned into a static ball after rubbing his owner’s new sofa, and fans dubbed the dog an “electric dude”.
The video, titled “A very static little munchkin after rubbing all over the new couch,” was posted by a user Down River on Sunday and has garnered over 61,000 upvotes and nearly 400 comments from users expressing the drastic new breed of love dogs.
Majocalamity said, “I’m not up to date on all the new Pokemon, but I’m sure it’s an Electric-type.”
Fuzzytradr agreed, joking, “And that’s not even her final form.”
Soapdropper thought the pup was a “Jolteon”, while SmokyJosh guessed it was a “Yamper”.
While TiSpork invented his own Pokemon and named it “Pikachihuahua”.
Since the release of Pokemon Red and Blue in 1996, Pokemon has grown into one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. With around 386 million units sold worldwide, the Nintendo exclusive series is only surpassed tetris (496.4 million units), call of Duty (400 million units) and Super Mario Bros. (387.7 million units).
The latest entry in the series, Arcus, was released in January 2022 and had sold 12.64 million copies by March. Electric-type Pokémon, including the franchise’s mascot Pikachu, are one of the series’ 18 elemental types. As their name suggests, they use electricity to shock or paralyze their enemies. Their moves are super effective against Water- and Flying-types, but Electric-types are weak against attacks from Dragon, Grass, and Ground-types.
Even non-Pokémon fans loved the video, and it didn’t take long for the puns to get rolling.
Jilangie commented, “Little munchkin seems ecstatic with the new couch.”
Ellynmeh said, “This dog is in charge at the moment.”
Despite how common static electricity is, only recently has science been able to explain why it exists. Scientists who probe at the nanoscale, studying objects one-billionth of a meter or smaller, have discovered that if you zoom in far enough, you’ll spot bumps and pits known as “bumps.” Even the smoothest surface has nano-level imperfections, and when they rub against each other, these micro-flaws cause friction.
Some users joked that the dog’s electrical properties could pose a risk to human health.
Pabut wrote, “When this pooch finally discharges, it’s going to be a light bolt of lightning.”
BBQFlyer said, “I was scared to touch that little thing!!”
Anna_88 commented, “Looks like this cute cutie is about to taser you in the face.”
news week contacted u/downriverrowing for comment.
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