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Star Trek Tribbles vs. Guinea Pigs: Side By Side Comparison of the Universe's Two Cutest Most Irritating Animals

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Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 12:46 PM

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4. Locomotion

Tribbles don't move much. I have no idea how they get around. Guinea pigs run fast. Some estimates put their top speed at 37 mph. That is so damn fast, I kind of wonder if there's supposed to be a decimal point in that, as in 3.7 mph?

click to enlarge A satin peruvian guinea pig...or Cousin It?
  • A satin peruvian guinea pig...or Cousin It?

5. Cost & Collectibility

Guinea pigs cost anywhere between ten and $35 bucks. Curly-haired Peruvian or Himalayan guinea pigs cost a little more. Tribbles, toy ones, cost $29.99. Two actual TV series prop Tribbles from the episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" were purchased at auction at Christie's in the US in 2006for $4,800. The estimated price before auction was $800 - $1,200.

click to enlarge christiestribbles.jpg

6. Fighting Potential

In a fight to the death, which would win: tribble or guinea pig? My money is on guinea pig, if only because tribbles have no appendages or teeth.

click to enlarge GUINEA PIG STABLE IN SACRED VALLEY, PERU. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARTIN B. SMITH JR, VIA WIKI CREATIVE COMMONS
  • Guinea pig stable in Sacred Valley, Peru. Photo courtesy of Martin B. Smith Jr, via Wiki creative commons

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