Why haven't the Wombles conquered America?S

Anybody who's spent any decent amount of time in the U.K. knows the Wombles — like little furry cousins of the Borrowers, they live in Wimbledon Common and collect the garbage that we humans leave behind. The popular book series by Elizabeth Beresford spawned a pretty iconic TV series and more than one major pop tune.

Over at Tor.com, there's a great primer about all things Womble, to help you get into the books and discover just why British children used to leave garbage on the ground as a favor to Womble-kind.