It’s the Year of the Dragon, which is a hell of a lot better than the year of the rat or the rooster

According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the Year of the Dragon.

I’m glad. Other options include the rat, dog, ox, pig, rooster and a host of other unimpressive, rather ordinary animals.

The tiger isn’t bad, I guess, but it isn’t exactly a dragon. 

I don’t understand how the Chinese zodiac is comprised of eleven animals that actually exist in the world today (most of which can be found on an average farm) and one fictional, fire breathing monster. 

This would be akin to Santa’s sleigh being pulled by eight flying reindeer and Gamera, the monstrous, inexplicably jet powered turtle that is most famous for fighting Godzilla in the 1960s Japanese monster movies.