Each month in Scientific American, Steve Mirsky does a great job writing
a humorous article on some scientific venture has has experienced. In his May 2009 article,
Steve described his visit to the Aviarios Sloth Rescue Center, near Cahuita (Costa Rica).
He begins, "Life is going to present special challenges to any creature named for a
The funniest line, which cannot be accessed from the partial article at the above
link, is this, "And a sloth does indeed spend most of its time in the canopy [tree tops],
coming down to ground level about once a week to urinate and defecate. Its life style
is thus errily similar to a rare primate, the New York City penthouse-dwelling supermodel."