Manticores are mythical beasts that emerged in Persian literature. Manticores have a lion’s body and a human’s head and are generally quite fierce. Manticores supposedly ate people, but I just consume information. I was inspired to represent myself with a manticore because of an excellent Web comic called Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell. The above image is from this strip specifically. I find it amusing and thus have co-opted it as a personal mascot.