Four hooves each. Big difference.

I am shocked.  Amazed, really. Oprah calls them “Aha moments” (which I think is too cutesy, even for Opie.).  I call those particular awakening episodes…… “Holy-Crap-A-Doodles!”

Somehow, in my heart of hearts, I knew there had to be a difference.  Tonight, with my curiosity peaked to an all-time high, I sought out an answer.  And here it is…..

There truly is a difference… between……

Donkeys and Mules.

Who the heck would’ve ever guessed it?  I mean, as it goes, they have many similarities.  But the more you read about the topic, the more you will be confounded.   What a revelation.  I’d have to say, without really knowing any single one personally, I prefer Mules to Donkeys.  Mules are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.  However, a Mule is sterile.  No baby mules from mules…..

Donkeys can have beebies.  Mostly, one at a time, but occasionally they have twins.  There are a heck of a lot more donkeys in the world also.  43.6 million, as opposed to 11.2 Mules.  Probably has to do with the fertility topic we just discussed.  The thing I don’t like so much about donkeys is that they are stubborn, and have nicknames like Ass, and Beast of Burden. Besides all of that, a Donkey only has 62 chromosomes.

The Mule has 63.  Better.

Donkeys seem to enjoy a lot of fame and fervor.  The Ass is all over the bible, and also in Greek Mythology, Jewish Oral Traditions, Aesop’s Fables, and of course… Hollywood.  (Like Shrek’s Friend, Donkey).  Nobody ever seems to talk about the mule.   Sure, there was “Two Mules For Sister Sara”… but that’s hardly worth mentioning.  I mean, Shirley MacClaine and Clint Eastwood have done better movies, after all.

Yeah, I like Mules way more than Donkeys.  Maybe because there are just way too many asses in the world.

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