r/formula1 Officer Max of the Order of Orange-Nassau Nov 24 '22

[OT] I always thought "honey badger" was a cute nickname that Daniel Ricciardo adopted. Never knew he basically called himself a demon Misc

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u/Zeus_poops_and_shoes Sergio Pérez Nov 24 '22

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u/Desperate_Ambrose Nov 25 '22

"Honey Badger don't care. Honey Badger don't give a shit."

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u/[deleted] Nov 24 '22

Yeah OP, I think it was less about the actual animal and more about this meme.

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u/jrragsda Nov 25 '22

To be fair, the meme is only good because it's pretty accurate about the actual animal.

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u/AstronautPoseidon Nov 25 '22

Not really. The meme was funny because that’s just what humor was at the time. It could have been 100% inaccurate and people still would have found it funny

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u/koshomfg Nov 25 '22

Yeah, OP needs to do their homework. That‘s a classic.

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u/TheStig30 Ayrton Senna Nov 24 '22

It comes from the mockumentary where the dude dubs over Attenborough and says ‘Honey Badger doesn’t give a fuck’ I believe.

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u/8stringtheory Nov 25 '22

The internet circa 2011 or so...

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u/TheStig30 Ayrton Senna Nov 25 '22

Fuck, that long ago.

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u/Dittobox Romain Grosjean Nov 25 '22

I was there. I was there 3000 years ago…

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u/bongraider Nov 25 '22

ISILDUUUUR!

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u/grandtheftzeppelin Sebastian Vettel Nov 25 '22

it's been 84 years...

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u/zestful_villain Formula 1 Nov 25 '22

Well yeah. Honey badgers really do not give a fuck. They even fight lions.

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u/red18wrx Nov 25 '22

Look at that sleepy fuck.

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u/TheStig30 Ayrton Senna Nov 25 '22

My favourite honey badger after Dan has to be Stoffell. That bastard is a evil genius.

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u/SweetMeatin Formula 1 Nov 25 '22

Is he the one that builds escape towers out of "bricks" he digs out of his enclosure?

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u/TheStig30 Ayrton Senna Nov 25 '22

Yep. Rolled rocks over to make a tower, climbed on trees and went over, stood on his girlfriends head to climb out, swung off a broom that a keeper left in his enclosure, he’s a master.

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u/czerwona_latarnia Robert Kubica Nov 25 '22

Breaking into the keeper's house: "Brian, I require a new challenge".

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u/silentrawr Suck my balls and sell my kidney Nov 25 '22

Going after a lion and having to retreat from the fight... but only after he took the lions testicles. Truly does not give a fuck.

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u/sa_7910 Nov 25 '22

Stoffell is one cheeky bastard

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u/[deleted] Nov 25 '22

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u/TheStig30 Ayrton Senna Nov 25 '22

https://youtu.be/c36UNSoJenI

No an actual honey badger.

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u/BarracudaNas Nov 25 '22

Stoffel is hilarious

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u/ParadoxOO9 Romain Grosjean Nov 25 '22

That was brilliant.

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u/Rubber-Arms Nov 25 '22

Stoffel is a genius!

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u/FalconIMGN Alex Jacques Nov 25 '22

Mustelids fight animals bigger than them all the time. Otters, badgers, weasels, martens...

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u/arcticrobot Honda Nov 25 '22

unsuccessfully and often are a snack. They have no chance against neither lion nor leopard.

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u/Affectionate-Hat2925 Nov 25 '22

Been to Africa. Seen a honey badger get mauled because he tried to challenge a lioness.

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u/MaxPotionz Nov 25 '22

Just proves he don’t give a shit tho.

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u/Quagga_1 Nov 25 '22

Tagline say it doesn't give a shit, not that it would win. And even if the lion wins, it won't do so without taking damage itself.

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u/cyanitblau Nov 25 '22

RIC's late F1 career in a nutshell 🥺

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u/arcticrobot Honda Nov 25 '22

Tons of videos of honey badgers being preyed on by leopards. Who are we kidding, seriously? An apex predator versus a weasel?

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u/SuppaBunE Nov 25 '22

The dont give afuck, its not that they win, its that they dare to fight them instead of running.

Its like a Chihuahua agaisnt pretty much other dog. They act al brave and shit until they need to fight and start running. Tvis bastards dont run just fight till death

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u/pinkminiproject Toto Wolff Nov 25 '22

My Chihuahua jumped a 3 foot chain-link fence to attack a Doberman

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u/arcticrobot Honda Nov 25 '22

They just know that if they end up that close to a lion there is no escape, they can’t outrun big cat. So at this point it makes sense to just scream loud and attack and hope this is a young and confused lion.

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u/silentrawr Suck my balls and sell my kidney Nov 25 '22

Dunno, Stoeffel is apparently 1 for 2 with a lion at the place they took him to live.

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u/bigdsm Fernando Alonso Nov 25 '22

Doing better than his namesake did against a lion at McLaren

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u/arcticrobot Honda Nov 25 '22

Those are the stories we want to believe. But just think about it for a moment. A lion, and a badger. Who are we kidding?

Here is honey badger versus much smaller than lion leopard. Do you see any hope in this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2X9X-goCS0

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u/Alpha413 Nov 25 '22

Did you actually check out that thread?

They explicitly mention in their top comment that that honey badger was already disembowed once fighting lions.

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u/arcticrobot Honda Nov 25 '22

The fact that lions didn’t want to deal with badger doesn’t mean anything. Badger doesn’t stand a chance against neither lion nor leopard. There is tons of evidence on them snacking on badgers, but none the other way around. Did you watch video I linked? Do you want to see another?

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u/Alpha413 Nov 25 '22

Not really?I'm not really sure what you're trying to tell me here. I told you you they thread specifically mentioned the badger was mauled by lions, and you're telling me this?

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u/arcticrobot Honda Nov 25 '22

Ah ok, I misread your comment, sorry

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u/silentrawr Suck my balls and sell my kidney Nov 26 '22

Did you actually check out that thread?

They explicitly mention in their top comment that that honey badger was already disembowed once fighting lions.

After winning the first fight against the same lion and taking off its testicles. I've mentioned it a bunch of times, in F1 threads (bc Van Doorne), but also in others elsewhere because I find it fascinating. Besides, for most creatures, being disemboweled would be a death sentence. However, in true Honey Badger form, they stuffed his guts back into him and he got better.

How much of a "loss" is a result like that if the creature that "lost" just (as Honey Badgers do famously) basically takes a nap and shrugs it off?

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u/R2CX Nov 25 '22

defeated_badger_leaves.jpg

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u/MesWantooth Nov 25 '22

I saw a recent video of one being attacked by 4 lions. He scared them all off and then sauntered away saucily.

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u/Demiculverin Ferrari Nov 25 '22

Randall. Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger.

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u/zulamun Honda Nov 25 '22

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u/tekanet Sebastian Vettel Nov 25 '22

There's the masterpiece

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u/Franks2000inchTV George Russell Nov 25 '22

100M views, what a classic.

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u/callmelampshade Formula 1 Nov 25 '22

There’s a programme on Discovery I watch sometimes about a Honey Badger. I can’t remember what it’s called but something like “Alan: The Honey Badger” and it basically just follows a Honey Badger around Australia.

He isn’t actually called Alan but I can’t remember his name and that was the first one the popped into my head. It’s quite a interesting programme and although he’s fearless he’s not as fearless as people make out.

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u/TheStig30 Ayrton Senna Nov 25 '22

It’s probably South African because Honey Badgers aren’t native to Australia.

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u/somniumx Default Nov 25 '22

Maybe Alan is on vacation?

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u/callmelampshade Formula 1 Nov 25 '22

I think I remember watching a episode where he doesn’t cross a river because Hippos were in it so I think you’re right that the programme is in South Africa.

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u/yehcheersaye Nov 25 '22

Na it was before the dubbed version, the real version is more badass, and there is one in captivity called Stoffle (on YouTube) that Danny thought was great too , hence the nickname (along with Nick Cummins, both Aussie legends )

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u/TheStig30 Ayrton Senna Nov 25 '22

Yeah Stoffel is the legend of honey badgers.

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u/rambyprep Jacky Ickx Nov 25 '22

He just copied it from nick Cummins, a rugby player

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u/TheStig30 Ayrton Senna Nov 25 '22

Don’t know that story, I don’t acknowledge any sport without wheels and engines so never heard of him.

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u/Irrepressible_Monkey Nov 24 '22

Stoffel the Honey Badger shows how intelligent they can be.

(Edit: He can't be released into the wild, unfortunately.)

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u/O-N-N-I-T Nov 25 '22

Here i was thinking this was gonna be some joke about vandoorne

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u/lancerevo98 McLaren Nov 25 '22

For one Stoffel the biggest threat is a lion and for the other it's Alonso

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u/Pidgey_OP Romain Grosjean Nov 25 '22

Ones Alonso and the others just a lion, so....

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u/ZealousidealFox1391 Nico Hülkenberg Nov 25 '22

Yo vandoorne is smart af

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u/IndycarFan64 Brawn Nov 25 '22

Belgian Waffle knows his ways

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u/RevvedUpLikeADeuce09 Nov 25 '22

He has a son, Stompy, though to carry on his legacy.

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u/Simshadow136 Max Verstappen Nov 25 '22

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u/Neonbootygoon_onTTV Sebastian Vettel Nov 25 '22

what the fuck, apple music...

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u/bkovic Nov 25 '22

That was fantastic! Thanks for sharing! They’re SO smart!

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u/Slocad Formula 1 Nov 24 '22

Honey Badger don’t give AF (old internet meme for the youths)

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u/420Prelude Sebastian Vettel Nov 24 '22

Whoa, watch out says that bird!

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u/Dizzy_D17 Nov 25 '22

https://youtu.be/4r7wHMg5Yjg

Came here to say just that :)

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u/Demiculverin Ferrari Nov 25 '22

Thanks stupid!

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u/fat_momma Nov 25 '22

Honey Badger don’t care. Honey Badger smacks the shit out of it.

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u/Demiculverin Ferrari Nov 25 '22

It just takes what it wants.

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u/tothesource Sergio Pérez Nov 26 '22

Up there with "guy on a Buffalo" for me

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u/_d_k_g_ Sir Lewis Hamilton Nov 25 '22

Jeremy Clarkson, “The honey badger does not kill you to eat you. It tears off your testicles.

”Richard Hammond, “It does not!”

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u/Durandal_7 Spa 2021 4-hour broadcast survivor Nov 25 '22

James May: "Then why don't they call it the badger of death?"

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u/possums101 McLaren Nov 24 '22

Yeah that’s why he chose the name. People thought he was soft because he’s a funny/friendly guy but when it comes down to it he can be ruthless.

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u/TheAdventurousMan Daniel Ricciardo Nov 25 '22

Helmet goes down, smile goes away.

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u/94UserName42069 Red Bull Nov 25 '22

Marko?

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u/zorak555 Nov 25 '22

Under rated comment alert

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u/Flowech Nov 25 '22

And the battle for P16 commences

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u/TheAdventurousMan Daniel Ricciardo Nov 25 '22

Cold! Ice cold!

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u/LewDogg Nov 25 '22

If you rewatch any of his races at the Red Bull Ring, on the final corner he'll intentionally hang a wheel in the dirt on the exit and kick up dirt at the car behind him so they back off a bit. Talk about using all your tools to your advantage.

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u/l607l Daniel Ricciardo Nov 25 '22

He's done this at other circuits also

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u/smithsp86 Daniel Ricciardo Nov 25 '22

There are people on the internet that doesn’t remember the honey badger meme video? Thanks for making me feel old.

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u/AstronautPoseidon Nov 25 '22

At this point 75% of the site is 15 and under or 45 and over

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u/TrainWreck661 Red Bull Nov 25 '22

I bet they never got to experience the calming views of a car journeying down a country road either.

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u/SaucyBoyThe2nd Formula 1 Nov 25 '22

That shit spread like wildfire when i was 10 / 11

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u/PinkPomeloLover Nov 25 '22

Honey badger don’t give a fuck

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u/Any-Woodpecker123 Formula 1 Nov 25 '22 edited Nov 25 '22

I swear there’s at least 15 different Aussie athletes that call themselves the honey badger.

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u/Ruaric Carlos Sainz Nov 25 '22

Honey Badger will always be Nick Cummins to me.

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u/2sparky2boomguy Charles Leclerc Nov 25 '22

Tyrann Mathieu to me

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u/M77M77 Nov 25 '22

Yeah I always assumed Ricciardo did it in a nod to Nick Cummins

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u/joelupi Nov 25 '22

The was also a former college American football player that called himself that back in 2011

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u/R4ITEI_ Daniel Ricciardo Nov 24 '22

Steal food from hungry lions?!

👀👀

Daniel WDC 2024! You read it here first!

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u/MerKuryM8 Nov 25 '22

There's a recent video of a Honey Badger getting attacked by 3 leopards and being able to stand it's ground. It ends up just walking away and the leopards sitting there confused lol. Ozzy Man Reviews made a commentary of it as well.

Honestly, living in Africa, I'm more scared of bumping into a Honey Badger in the bushveld than most predators... Lions and Leopards are scary, but you can still scare them away by standing your ground and intimidating them, etc (not that I think I could get that right)... but Honey Badgers just don't care. They're tough buggers lol.

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u/Africas_Greatest Nov 25 '22

im 30,i live in southern Africa,i have never bumped into a lion ,leopard ,or honey badgers . i dont know anyone who ever bumped into any of those animals,it would be on the news if it ever happens. we actually go the parks to see animals the same way you go to zoos . we are civilized , we dont live in jungles, we have towns and cities, we dont leave with animals, and i dont know wher that narrative comes from, no one just bumps into animals

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u/MerKuryM8 Nov 25 '22

I live on a cattle farm in Namibia. I haven't personally bumped into any of the three animals outside of reserves so far, but on our farm we had a leopard who'd often be in the one Kraal and we still have 1 or 2 leopards roaming. We've also been seeing a Hyena's spoer for about a year, but haven't been able to find it yet. We didn't have any honey badgers until recently we found one that was hit on the road just near the house, then a guy that stayed on the farm with us shot a very old one and then shortly after that my dad also spotted one in the Veld.

But you're right - The likelyhood is very low, but eventually it could happen that I'll run into something, as I walk around a lot, especially when hunting. They're there and the more I walk around, the higher the chance becomes to bump into something like that.

I've never actually been to a Zoo and only a handful of Reserves (not even the Kruger), but camping up in Damaraland we've managed to spot tons of game, even Black Rhinos and a Cheetah. One time my friend and I slept in a Cave and the next morning we found a massive Leopard track just in the next outcrop!

I kinda miss Cape Town though. Growing up there, the only thing one could bump into is a Baboon in the mountains lol.

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u/AceBean27 Nov 25 '22

Surely they were baby leopards? Adult leopards actively prey on Honey Badgers, and they don't hunt in groups.

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u/MerKuryM8 Nov 25 '22

It looked like a female with two yearlings, teaching them how to hunt... but yeah they miserably failed and so did the older female. They weren't cubs anymore, probably close to leaving their mom. But I'm sure there are far more videos of Honey Badgers being on crack than just that lol.

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u/Psych_Crisis Nyck de Vries Nov 25 '22

Danny Ric is the last of the late badgers.

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u/Siggi_Starduust Jim Clark Nov 25 '22

Nerdy Trivia time: The Honey Badger is also called a Ratel in South Africa and they’ve long been aware of how tough the little buggers are to the point where the army named their main Armored Personnel Carrier after them, (and it’s seen use in conflicts around the world for almost 50 years)

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u/syoha_8888 Daniel Ricciardo Nov 25 '22

Danny Ric had the best overtakes 2017-2018. Just like a honey badger, he didn't give a F***k. Full send

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u/12brady Yuki Tsunoda Nov 24 '22

Imagining a honey badger who has done all of the above, single handedly. What a savage!

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u/cyclops86 Michael Schumacher Nov 25 '22

Watch OzzyMan commentate about the honey badger. It's hilarious

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u/turkeybaconwitheggs Nov 25 '22

Honey badgers are mean MFers and they DGAF.

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u/Electrical_Flower_26 Pastor Maldonado Nov 25 '22

I always liked Daniel Avocado more than Honey Badger

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u/Twindlle Force India Nov 25 '22

Daniel Avocado is silly, a nickname team manager like Fred Vasseur could have. It is a lot more fitting for a driver to be named after a ruthless predator.

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u/HaleEnd Nov 25 '22

It eats larva

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u/Chiron17 Mark Webber Nov 25 '22

How gross

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u/AgeThink3830 Nov 25 '22

Never played far cry ? Hiney badgees are little bastards...

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u/Lazy-Industry2136 Nov 25 '22 edited Nov 25 '22

Yeah, let’s face it though. Fernando Alanso is the REAL Honey Badger of F1. That dude really don’t give AF! 😂

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u/Bill-Sussman- Red Bull Nov 25 '22

You see some of those overtakes in the Red Bull days??!?! Dude was a demon

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u/arcticrobot Honda Nov 25 '22

Most of the stories of the honey badgers are highly exaggerated. It is a fierce animal, no doubt, but leopards and lions frequently snack on it no problem. Honey badger is a weaker version of a Wolverine, actually.

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u/HappyTangerine6 Sergio Pérez Nov 25 '22

What?! How did you not know this?! LOLOL honey badger doc/mock came out 2011 and Daniel talks about his trainer showed it to him and said he was similar.

But look the honey badger doesn’t care it’s getting stung like a thousand times. It doesn’t give a $h*it it’s hungry

CrazyNastyassHoneyBadger

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u/leospeedleo Max Verstappen Nov 25 '22

Everything from/in Australia is a demon and wants to kill you

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u/edandraug Nov 25 '22

Honey Badgers are from Africa not Australia. But the statement stills holds true.

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u/leospeedleo Max Verstappen Nov 25 '22

Biology lessons at 7am, thank you 🤓

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u/edandraug Nov 25 '22

It’s 8pm here down under and nothings tried to kill me today yet but the mozzies are on their way.

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u/leospeedleo Max Verstappen Nov 25 '22

Hans! Get se Flammenwerfer!

That should help against them, right?

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u/musicmast Nov 25 '22

wow you're out of touch. watch this video

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u/Weird_Nerd_Bird232 Oscar Piastri Nov 25 '22

So all I’ve learnt is that Daniel steals food from Max

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u/MartiniPolice21 Toyota Nov 25 '22

They also rip other animals' dicks off

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u/codliness1 Nov 25 '22

Here's a video of a honey badger fighting three leopards (no animals were harmed in this video, but some leopards were severely discombobulated, and a honey badger was slightly annoyed and mildly inconvenienced)

https://www.reddit.com/r/nextfuckinglevel/comments/yaivx5/honey_badger_fights_off_3_leopards

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u/rolfski Nov 25 '22

it doesn't care according to the interwebs

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u/[deleted] Nov 25 '22 edited Nov 25 '22

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u/arcticrobot Honda Nov 25 '22

Honey badgers are pretty low in the food chain and are often a snack for lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. So here is that.

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u/okeymonkey Nov 25 '22

I am that mothafuckah…mothafussa

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u/triple_hoop Ferrari Nov 25 '22

Go to Youtube and search for "Stoffel honey badger" you will like that name even more.

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u/Honourstly El Plan Nov 25 '22

He never left

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u/NotKemoSabe Nov 25 '22

He eats larva…that’s nasty

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u/Porkwarrior2 Fernando Alonso Nov 25 '22

As far as I know, David Attenborough has never narrated a Honey Badger ass ramming a teammate?

Although, that would be hilarious.

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u/eddaldrin Pierre Gasly Nov 25 '22

Sorry for going on a segway but what reddit client is this? Does anybody know?

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u/hundiratas McLaren Nov 25 '22

Yeah obviously, thats why he picked the nickname. Honey badgers dont give a shit!

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u/DaveR007 Ayrton Senna Nov 25 '22

Pound for pound the honey badger is possibly the most fearless animal. They'll even take on a crocodile or a pack of hyenas.

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u/TParden13 Nov 25 '22

Missed off the most important part. They also tear off your testicles

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u/Devilspwn6x Kamui Kobayashi Nov 25 '22

honey badger dont give a fuck

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u/Vesk123 Lando Norris Nov 25 '22

What reddit app is this?

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u/AddictedToTech Officer Max of the Order of Orange-Nassau Nov 25 '22

Sync Pro on Android

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u/Vesk123 Lando Norris Nov 25 '22

Thanks, it doesn't look like the screenshots on Google Play though. I've been searching for a good Reddit app alternative, because the default one is buggy, but all of them look ugly. This one though looks quite nice

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u/AddictedToTech Officer Max of the Order of Orange-Nassau Nov 25 '22

Honestly, Sync Pro is da best. It's not free though. For a good free one use Boost.

Edit: it's the same.. you can just customize everything ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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u/ProtonPacks123 Red Bull Nov 25 '22

I cannot help but think of this image whenever I see a picture of a Honey Badger.

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u/DesastreUrbano Jenson Button Nov 25 '22

DR just like the honey badger can run backward

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u/shewy92 Haas Nov 25 '22

Where were you in 2012 when the meme was popular? Honey Badger doesn't care, Honey Badger Don't Give A Shit

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u/1minormishapfrmchaos Formula 1 Nov 25 '22

I’m pretty sure the Aussie rules player Nick Cummins got the nickname first. Seemed weird Dani Ric taking it too but I think it was more the F1 media at the time jumping onboard

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u/limitlessrocknrolla Daniel Ricciardo Nov 25 '22

rugby union

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u/1minormishapfrmchaos Formula 1 Nov 25 '22

Swing and a miss.. I knew it was something like that but do you know if Cummins had the nickname first or am I wrong on that one too?

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u/limitlessrocknrolla Daniel Ricciardo Nov 25 '22

Yeah Cummins definitely had that nickname too coz when I would hear it in the news a few years ago I’d get excited that F1 was getting some news coverage on the morning news, but then it turned out to be nick cummins they were talking about. Unsure which came first with the nickname, I imagine probably around similar time.

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u/LeftPositive8939 Nov 25 '22

Awesome double unintended double meaning. Honey badger sounds like teddy bear. Acts like Rabid Lion

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u/Lyradep Sir Lewis Hamilton Nov 25 '22

Yeah, Tyrann Mathieu (safety in the NFL) def didn’t choose that nickname cuz it was cute.

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u/sensei_simon Max Verstappen Nov 25 '22

Bruh how'd you not know? Nothing about it is cute and that was Daniel's point.

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u/roos_de_baas Ferrari Nov 26 '22

KI KI AYY

HONEY BADGER

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u/Antman013 Eddie Irvine Nov 25 '22

Honeybadger is what you get in order to KILL the Baba-yaggah.

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u/Heartlight Ayrton Senna Nov 25 '22

Stealing food from hungry lions happened that one time when he took pole in Mexico.

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u/BlackHillBoy10 Nov 25 '22

Steals food from Hungry Lions😳 Max better watch out🤣

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u/AceBean27 Nov 25 '22

It's basically an African Wolverine

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u/DeltaTM Sergio Pérez Nov 25 '22

When I played Far Cry I started to fear those little demons. Then I realized that the game didn't exaggerated them, when I did some research about them.