Why is our app called RAKKOON?
That's a good question—one that has a fun answer and some fun videos to go with it!
When RAKKOON founder Scott Winn was first looking at names for the new parentware app he was contemplating, he knew he wanted something unique. There wasn’t anything out there named “rakkoon” with K's instead of C's. It was a recognizable (although made-up) word and one that had an obvious and easy pronunciation. All these things made it a good choice, semantically.
The word also came with a host of positive connotations, courtesy of the fine reputation held by actual raccoons. For example:
Raccoons are fascinating
Procyon lotor is the latin name for the common raccoon. In Latin lotor means "the washer." Raccoons routinely appear to wash their food before eating it. People used to think this was for the same reason we wash food—to clean it. But then researchers uncovered the real reason: raccoons “see” with their hands.
According to Northern Woodlands magazine, a publication run by Vermont’s Center for Woodlands Education, raccoons are effectively “seeing”an item when they touch it, gathering “nearly two-thirds of [their] sensory data … from cells that interpret various types of touch sensation.” Their dexterous paws contain “four to five times more mechanoreceptors than most mammals,” enabling them to grasp, manipulate, and interpret the objects as well as humans and primates. A key component that facilitates this sense of touch is water, which helps amplify the receptiveness of the nerve endings in the paws and significantly heightens the raccoon’s tactile senses.