On Monday I posted a commercial with some anatomically exaggerated animals because I though my readers would enjoy looking at a raccoon mascot with giant balls. Little did I know that this was just the tip of the raccoon balls iceberg. Apparently it was not a raccoon, it was a Tanuki, a japanese raccoon dog that is often depicted with giant testicles as a symbol of financial luck.

There's even a song that children sing about the Tanuki in schoolyards,

Tan Tan Tanuki no kintama wa,
Kaze mo nai no ni,
Bura bura

The Tan- Tan- Tanuki's testicles are,
Despite there being no wind blowing,
Swaying, swaying, swaying

The comedy that flows from raccoon balls is endless, here's some woodblock prints from the 1830s.

More picture after the jump

My mind was blown when I realized that Mario's flying suit is a raccoon dog. Thank god they omitted the balls.

If you want more raccoon balls, get Pom Poko it's a whole movie about an epic raccoon battle where they use their testicles as weapons. It's a pretty good watch, here's a notable clip.


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