This Japanese mythological trickster is one of the world's oddest. It's based on an actual animal, the Japanese raccoon dog, but it was said to be a shape-shifter with very mischievous tendencies. What kind of mischief would it get into? The disgusting kind. You see, a common practical joke it would like to play was tricking passers through the forrest into thinking its poo-poo was chocolate. Yuck! Ironically, Tanuki totems are commonly found outside of Japanese restaurants, as they are believed to be good luck, so when venturing to your local Japanese buffet, we definitely recommend staying away from the chocolate pudding!