After our first day at AnthroCon, driving back to our motel on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, we stopped off at a Dunkin Donuts to each try our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Cronuts ever.
We decided to take a real hard look at ourselves in that Dunkin’ parking lot. It was dark. We were tired and confused. There was a family size box of donuts between us, empty. It was then that we really accepted our fate as Josie Grossies.
This realization was liberating. There is a freedom that comes with accepting that you are the biggest loser at a Pittsburgh furry convention. But, hey, we knew that on Anthrocon day 2, we would walk into the festivities, dorks that we are, and learn as much as possible about the craziness all around us. Theres nothing more loser-y than learning new things! (Maybe besides binge-eating Cronuts in the dark).
Lesson 1: What is a "Yiff"?
A lot of people assume that every Furry does sex stuff in his or her furry outfit. This, however, is not true. We learned that a majority of Furries enjoy dress up platonic fun. "Yiff" is a special term designated to those who bring it into the bedroom (that's where they do the sex).
Lesson 2: It's not just about Furries.
If you think Furrydom is all about cute cuddly animals then you're wrong. Dead wrong. Road kill wrong. It's time for you to meet the Scalies. Instead of dressing up like animals that are furry, they dress up like amphibians and reptiles that are scaly. Do you see what a huge mistake you made?? Do you feel like an idiot? Calm down. there's so much more to learn.
Q. Is this a Scalie?
A. No, this is a Furry. Are you an idiot?
Q. Is this a Scalie?
A: Yes, this is an excellent example of a Scalie.
Lesson 3: You're Gonna Need A Tag.
Everyone at Anthrocon has at least one these hand drawn tags dangling around. They represent your personal characters. Often times Furries get their talented friends to drawn tags for them. We could have had some tags for AnthroCon if we had any friends or talent or friends with talent (JK LOVE YOU KEEP READING OUR BLOG).
Amelia here had some of the coolest tags we saw. She was dressed up for the day in a Cosplay for her fan character "Flufferpuff." Her favorite color is teal.
Lesson 4: "You can't always match the pony to the Brony"*
It can be hard to pick just one.
*Overheard at the "My Little Pony: Frienship is Magic" meet up
Lesson 5: Something about Wyrms
These are Wyrms. What are Wyrms? I have no fucking clue. I failed Wyrms class.
We met a group of teenage girls that were huddled around a group of the most colorful little fuzzy things we’d ever seen. We thought to ourselves, “hey, we are definitely in the same age range as these girls, and we have a blog about color. It looks like we’ve found our AnthroCon niche after all.” But it was so much deeper than color, guys.
The girls really tried to invite us into their world. They were so gracious. The spent far too much of their time trying to explain to us what the fuck a wyrm is. We still only know that they are fuzzy and colorful and not worms.