10 Things You Didn't Know About Sonic the Hedgehog

6. Sonic Has No Neck--and Has One Eye

Once you see it, you can't un-see it. Sonic does not have a neck, his torso connects directly to his head. He also has mono-eye, a single eye with two pupils.

7. Why Can't Sonic Swim?
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Sonic was designed as being unable to swim because of the mistaken belief that are unable to swim. How unfair for the blue guy!

8. Sonic the Hedgehog Was Named After a Medical Term

"Sonic hedgehog homolog," known simply as SHH, is one of the three signaling pathway proteins in a family called hedgehog in mammals. It's responsible for cell division of adult stem cells, and it has been linked to the development of certain cancers.

If you couldn't tell by the oddly familiar name of this protein, it was named after Sonic the Hedgehog. The funny thing is, a potential inhibitor to this Hedgehog signaling pathway is found and called "Robotnikinin" in honor of Sonic the Hedgehog's nemesis, Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik.

9. The Noise that Sonic Makes When He Stops is From Another Game
That "breaking" sound that Sonic makes when he stops running? That is the same sound used in Sega's 1986 arcade game, Outrun.

10. Sonic's Failed Designs Gave Birth to Many Popular Sega Franchises
Ristar: Created as a Sonic reject
During the design process of Sonic, there were a few rejected ideas that eventually were used to create characters of other Sega franchises. One of his initial designs, for example, was an armadillo. This rejected idea eventually became Mighty the Armadillo. Another example is a dog that looked like Theodore Roosevelt in pajamas, which, as you can guess, turned out to be Dr. Robotnik. The idea that a rabbit with the ability to pick items up with his ears eventually became Ristar. It wasn't until Naoto Oshima suggested a 15-year-old anthropomorphic hedgehog who can run faster than the speed of sound that the idea of Sonic the Hedgehog was born.

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