Thursday, July 31, 2008


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"Anchorage, Alaska" evening sky

"Grand Tetons"

Daddy Longlegs

Long Legged Man

In the News

Golden retriever adopts tiger cubs at Kansas zoo
A dog at a southeast Kansas zoo has adopted three tiger cubs abandoned by their mother. Safari Zoological Park owner Tom Harvey said the tiger cubs were born on Sunday, but the mother had problems with them.
A day later, the mother stopped caring for them. Harvey said the cubs were wandering around, trying to find their birth mother, who wouldn't pay attention to them. That's when the cubs were put in the care of a golden retriever, Harvey said.
Harvey said it's unusual for dogs to care for tiger cubs, but it does happen. He said he has seen reports of pigs nursing cubs in China, and he actually got the golden retriever after his wife saw television accounts of dogs caring for tiger cubs.
Police Finds Baby Seal In Car During Traffic Stop
Even in a small town like Coupeville, Washington routine traffic stops usually don't make the news. But you could hardly call what happened routine.
"One of my officers stopped a vehicle on the streets here in town for failing to stop at a stop sign," said Town Marshall David Penrod.
Penrod says when his deputy walked up to the car, something caught his eye. "He looked in the back seat and noticed what he thought was a stuffed animal began to move around," said Penrod.
Staring up at him from behind the glass was a harbor seal pup just a few days old, scared and dehydrated. The deputy's investigation of a rolling stop was now an investigation of something very serious.
It's violation of federal law to capture a seal.


1. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said 'green bricks,' why are you still reading these? If you said 'glass,' go on to Question 2.

2. It's twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany
(If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany .)
Anyway, during the flight, two engines fail.
The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure.
Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of 'no man's land' between East Germany and West Germany
Where would you bury the survivors?
East Germany, West Germany , or no man's land'?
Answer: You don't bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else, you're a dunce and you must stop.
If you said, 'You don't bury survivors', proceed to the next question.

3. Without using a calculator.
You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales .
In London , 17 people get on the bus.
In Reading , six people get off the bus and nine people get on.
In Swindon , two people get off and four get on.
In Cardiff , 11 people get off and 16 people get on.
In Swansea , three people get off and five people get on .
In Carmathen, six people get off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven.
What was the name of the bus driver?
Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
Don't you remember your own name? It was YOU!!
Now pass this along to all your friends

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Shelter caters for 44-pound cat

Meet Princess Chunky - all 44 pounds of her and just two pounds shy of the 1987 Guinness World Record for overweight cats. Camden County Animal Control Officer Jim McCleery got the call on Friday. There was a stray cat prowling on a patio in the Ashley Run condominium development. "We picked him up and I knew from the get-go it wouldn't fit in the regular cat carrier, so we had to put him in a dog carrier ... it was a big cat, the biggest one this year," said McCleery, of the Camden County Joint Municipal Animal Control Program.
PICTURE and More

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Cool Dog


Smile for the Camera


Tooth-less and Tooth-lesser

Addicted to Skateboarding

A pet dog in China is so hooked on skateboarding he has scrapped his daily walk so he can practice.
De Bao followed his owner's son around when he went skateboarding with his friends.
Mr Huang explains: "My son loves skateboarding, and after going out with him for a while, the dog became obsessed with the sport."
To avoid any friction between the pair Mr Huang made a skateboard especially for the dog, who was then seen practicing daily at People's Square in Guangzhou.
De Bao can speed up with his forelegs or hind legs, and is also good at changing directions and stopping.
"When he gets to a high speed, he puts his feet up on the board and enjoys coasting," said Huang's son.

Almost Real Babies

These are actual dolls

jeanjean said...
Those are creepy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


U.S. Deteriorating Infrastructure

1 in 4 U.S. Bridges Needs Upgrading; At Least $140B Needed

PHILADELPHIA — At least $140 billion is needed to make major repairs or upgrades to one of every four U.S. bridges, transportation officials from states across the country said in a report released Monday.
State officials said bridge repairs are just one element of a pressing need for more federal funding to improve the country's deteriorating transportation infrastructure.
"We need federal intervention, and federal intervention at a big level," Gov. Ed Rendell said after details were released of the report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
The report cited Federal Highway Administration statistics that 152,000 out of the nation's 600,000 bridges are either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The $140 billion price tag was derived by multiplying the total number of square meters of the problem bridges by the average cost per square meter — in 2006 dollars — to do the work.
"States are doing their best to improve them, but construction costs are skyrocketing ... forcing states to delay needed repairs," said Pete K. Rahn, head of the Missouri Department of Transportation and the group's president.

Funny KIDS

The Pizza Pro

Slice and serve pizza easily with this new invention. It combines kitchen shears with a wedge-shaped spatula so you can slice and serve with one hand without ever losing toppings.

Learning numbers…

The teacher asked little Andy if he knew his numbers yet.
"Yes, teacher," he said, "my dad taught me."
"Good, Andy. Tell me what comes after two," the teacher said.
"Three," replied Andy.
"Very good. What comes after five, Andy?" asked the teacher.
"Six," answered Andy.
"Excellent. Your dad did a very good job.
Now, what comes after ten?" the teacher asked.
"A Jack!" replied Andy.

Watch “PILOBOLUS” it’s Awesome!!!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Rockport Paper House Is Most Ambitious Papercraft Ever

Back in 1922, a mechanical engineer began building his summer home in Rockport, Massachusetts, out of paper. Originally used just as insulation, Elis Stenman soon began to make furniture and decorations out of paper as well. What resulted was Rockport's Paper House, which is remarkably still standing after 80 years. Stenman's grandniece is now in charge of the house, which was turned into a museum in the 1930s.

Krispy Kreme Grass Flip Flops

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In the News

Rock or Priceless Relic?
This may seem like a lump of old rock to you, but to one expert it is priceless. Until a few weeks ago the 80 million-year-old fossilised fish head was part of a garden rockery - until a chance conversation led to it being viewed by Dr Ed Jarzembowski, Maidstone Museum’s keeper of natural history. "I have never seen one of these before. Quite simply it’s priceless," he said.
The cod-like creature, which stares eerily from its prison of rock, probably roamed the open ocean at around the same time as Tyrannosaurus Rex still lived on what would become the continent of North America. The head was owned by Maidstone councillors Peter and Daphne Parvin, who believe they found it on a beach about 15 years ago. Since they moved to their home in Meadow Walk, Maidstone, the stone has been sitting in their rockery, giving visitors its creepy stare. The Parvins have resigned themselves to the fact that the fish head won’t be returning to their rockery. They are now considering donating it to the museum.
70-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton found
Japanese, Mongolian scientists recover complete skeleton of young dino
A fossilized complete skeleton of a 70-million-year-old young dinosaur recovered in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia is shown. The fossil of Tarbosaurus — related to the giant carnivorous Tyrannosaurus — believed to have died at age five and measured about 6.6 feet long, was uncovered by Japanese and Mongolian scientists.
Japanese and Mongolian scientists have successfully recovered the complete skeleton of a 70-million-year-old young dinosaur, a nature museum announced Thursday.
The scientists uncovered a Tarbosaurus — related to the giant carnivorous Tyrannosaurus — from a chunk of sandstone they dug up in August, 2006 in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, said Takuji Yokoyama, a spokesman for the Hayashibara Museum of Natural Sciences, a co-organizer of the joint research project.
"We were so lucky to have found remains that turned out to be a complete set of all the important parts," he said.
Four giant panda cubs born within 14 hours
The births began Saturday at a breeding center in southwest China
Four giant panda cubs were born within 14 hours at a breeding center in southwest China, a mini baby boom for the rare animals, a state news agency reported Sunday.
The births began Saturday at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Center when 9-year-old Qiyuan, or Magic Luck, gave birth to female twins at 5:24 p.m. and 6:16 p.m., Xinhua News Agency reported, citing center expert Yang Feifei.
Eight-year-old Chenggong, or Success, gave birth to a cub at 7:51 p.m., followed by 8-year-old Zhuzhu, or Pearl, who delivered at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, Yang said.
The center currently has 71 pandas in captivity, Xinhua said.
The giant panda is revered as an unofficial national symbol of China. Only about 1,600 pandas live in the wild, mostly in southwestern Sichuan province, which was hit by an earthquake in May that killed nearly 70,000 people.
China's most famous panda preserve, the Wolong Nature Reserve, was seriously damaged in the quake and forced to relocate most of its pandas. The preserve is at the heart of China's gargantuan effort to use captive breeding and artificial insemination to save the giant panda.
‘Most Prolific Mom’ Gives Birth to 18th Child
A Romanian immigrant gave birth to her 18th child in British Columbia, making her the province's most prolific mother in 20 years.
Proud dad Alexandru Ionce said Saturday that his 44-year-old wife, Livia, gave birth on Tuesday. Their daughter Abigail weighed in at seven pounds, 12 ounces (3.5 kilograms).
"We never planned how many children to have. We just let God guide our lives, you know, because we strongly believe life comes from God and that's the reason we did not stop the life," said Alexandru Ionce.
The couple immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1990 and now lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Their 17 other children range in age from 20 months to 23 years old.
Ionce said he did not know if the couple would have more children. The family now has 10 girls and eight boys.
"We would have liked a boy to be even," he said. "We thank God all of them are healthy and happy."

Kitten vs Fan

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mosquito Spray...

I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it.....Pass it on.

I tried this on my deck and around all of my doors. It works - in fact, it killed them instantly. I bought my bottle from Target and it cost me $1.89. It really doesn't take much, and it is a big bottle, too; so it is not as expensive to use as the can of Bug-spray you buy that doesn't last 30 minutes. So, try this, please. It will last a couple of days. Don't spray directly on a wood door (like your front door), but spray around the frame. Spray around the window frames, and even inside the dog house.

Now they are No More Mosquitos!!!

Unusual Graves

Rabbit On Wheels

A dog getting exercise on a treadmill

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Hard-working 'couple' revealed as four twins

A married couple who astonished diners at their restaurant by appearing to work 21-hour days have revealed the secret of their labors. Customers dubbed the pair the "robot couple" because of their marathon hours, which involved opening the restaurant at 6am and apparently still being there to close it up at 3am. But it has now emerged that the restaurant in the city of Yiwu in eastern China is actually run by two couples – and both the men and the women are identical twins.
The twin brothers married the twin sisters three years ago, and the four of them decided to go into business together. Both couples now have young sons, who are also almost identical. "Many diners thought we worked too hard and are like robots, but they don’t know that we are actually four people," said Mao Zhanghua, 32, one of the brothers.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Twin baby moose playing with a garden sprinkler

In the News

Ex-Astronaut: Aliens Are Real and NASA Knows It
Former NASA astronaut and moon-walker Dr. Edgar Mitchell — a veteran of the Apollo 14 mission — claims aliens exist.
He says extraterrestrials have visited Earth on several occasions — but the alien contact has been repeatedly covered up by governments for six decades.
Mitchell, 77, said during a radio interview in Birmingham, England, that sources at NASA who had had contact with aliens described the beings as "little people who look strange to us."
He said the real-life ET's were similar to the traditional image of a "small gray" — short, slight frame, large eyes and large head.
Mitchell also claimed human technology is "not nearly as sophisticated" as the aliens' and "had they been hostile," he warned "we would be been gone by now."
Dog lick costs leg, toes, fingers
A warning that dog licks may not be harmless
A woman is rebuilding her life from losing all her toes, fingers and a leg after being licked by a dog. Julie McKenna from Mildura in Victoria was rushed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital last year after her small terrier licked a superficial burn on her left foot. It sent her into septic shock, weeks later.
While the former nurse says her case is rare, she thinks people need to be careful around dogs and cats, especially where there is broken skin.
"Definitely changed my life, it's changed my life in every aspect, having no fingers and no, well amputated leg and half a foot, it's everything, you have to think twice about how to do things."Burns specialist Dr John Greenwood says pet owners need to be careful. "Dog bites, dog licks, they're never benign, they're always potentially horrendously infective."
Loser became a Lifesaver
A brother and sister used the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide who would donate a kidney and dramatically improve another brother's life. Matthew and Naomi Gardner were asked by a doctor which one would be prepared to go under the knife after Nathan, 30, collapsed from chronic renal failure. He was faced with the prospect of being connected to a dialysis machine unless a suitable donor could be found.
As they sat in Accident and Emergency with their brother in intensive care the duo could only think of one way of deciding. Without hesitation they both took part in a best of five series of the playground game, the loser becoming the donor.
Grandmother, 78, chased and caught a mugger
The 78-year-old grandmother of an Olympic sprinter has shown that athleticism runs in the family, after she chased and caught a mugger who stole her purse. Pearline Williamson, whose grandson is 100m runner Simeon Williamson, was out shopping when a young woman ran past her, pulling the purse from her hand. Without a thought for her own safety Mrs Williamson sprinted after the woman, believed to be in her early 20s, and managed to catch her.
The furious pensioner then shook her attacker in front of fellow shoppers in Edmonton, north London. The thief dropped the purse and escaped. Mrs Williamson said: "She must have thought I was an easy, because I'm elderly. "When she took my purse I had to do something so I ran after her and grabbed her as hard as I could. She said she hadn't taken it at first, so I shook the life out of her until she finally gave it back."
Cop fined $35 for illegal parking
A Portland, Ore., judge has fined a police officer $35 after he parked his patrol car in a no-parking zone while he ate at a restaurant.
Traffic Court Judge Terry Hannon found the police officer guilty of breaking parking laws after attorney Eric Bryant filed a citizen's complaint about the illegally parked patrol car,
The officer left his patrol car in the no-parking zone while he dined at a Japanese restaurant. However, he said he was required to hand down a guilty verdict because the letter of the law was violated.
Portland police leaders said they are preparing a proposal for the city council that would make an exception for officers to park in no-parking zones to eat or use restroom facilities provided no legal parking is available and the car does not present a danger to public safety.
Cops are not above the law and are not entitled to any special privileges.
They are suppose to set the example this includes all traffic rules

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Koala has a snooze

Normally these cuddly mammals are happiest munching on a eucalypt leaf or two in-between naps in the tree canopy but with no gum trees 20km in one direction and 6km in another, this little fella was happy to put his head down up an electricity pole

Joanne Casey said...
Looks a bit confused when he woke up :-)

Chimp escape!

A chimpanzee at a zoo in western Japan apparently wanted to escape into the shade. To stay there, he disarmed a zoo worker. Ichiro stayed on the roof of a building for over two hours, only coming down when he was thrown a banana.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

That’s A Mean Sister

Rosy-Lipped Batfish

Photographed near Cocos Island, a rosy-lipped batfish pouts.
Batfish are poor swimmers, preferring to use their strangely adapted pectoral fins like legs to crawl about the seafloor.

Six-Legged Deer Recuperating After Dog Attack

Veterinarians at a north Georgia college have been treating an odd-looking deer after it was attacked by a dog.
The deer, according to vets at Berry College, has six legs and was found over the weekend near Rome. The animal is recovering from wounds it suffered in the attack.
Vets believe the deer should be kept in captivity.
Due to the injuries, one of its two tails had to be amputated. The fawn has two distinct pelvises and uses one leg from each pelvis to walk.
The six-legged creature could be sent to the University of Georgia to be studied.

Street Sweeper's Brush with Stardom

The pavement is his stage, his shadow his teacher and Chiswick shoppers his audience as Ziggy Dust struts his stuff. Spinning, sliding, sauntering and sweeping, he daily has strangers stopped in their tracks and has gathered an online fan club.
Self-named Ziggy Dust is a Polish migrant who is regularly seen dancing while he goes about his daily work as a street sweeper on Chiswick High Road. Christened Zbigniew Colbecki, he has lived in Loring Road, Isleworth, for three years and says he loves to make people smile.
Billy Clean - the happiest man in Chiswick

If You Only Knew ...

What Is Your Doctor's Thinking
Those free medication samples may not be the best -- or safest.
Reader's Digest offered two dozen doctors a chance to tell it like it really is, and general practitioners, surgeons, shrinks, pediatricians, and other specialists took the challenge. Some wanted to be anonymous; some didn't care. But all of them revealed funny, frightening, and downright shocking things that can help you be a better, smarter patient.

Assorted Images

Doggie Water Bowl
Run for your Life
Enjoying the dog days of summer
Give me a Hug
Mr and Mrs DOG

Simon's Dinner

A hungry cat resorts to increasingly
desperate measures to gain its owner's attention.
Very Realistic.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Baby Animals From A - Z

If you like your cuteness this is for you.

This is from the "M" section: Baby Marmoset

Ancient Australian tree takes life-saving drive

Australian Aboriginals replanted an ancient boab tree after it was driven thousands of kilometers to save it from destruction.

A road widening scheme meant the tree, estimated to be 750 years old, had to be uprooted from its home in Western Australia and moved 3,200 kilometers (1,900 miles) by truck to a park in state capital Perth.
"Everyone is hoping that the tree will live for another 750 years," said horticulturalist and project coordinator Patrick Courtney.
"We are giving it the best chance it would ever have got."
The bottle-shaped tree can live for up to 2,000 years and is a native of the remote northern Kimberley district of Western Australia state.
It weighs 36 tonnes, stands 14 meters (46 feet) high and is 2.5 meters (eight feet) in diameter.
The tree played a significant role in the traditions of the local Gija people, who have given it to the Nyoongar people, the traditional owners of Perth's King's Park area.
The Gija held a ceremony to see the tree off on its marathon six-day journey to its new home, and on Sunday, a traditional ceremony to welcome the tree and replant it was held in Perth.
As the tree was in its dormant stage in the tropical dry season, few special measures needed to be taken to keep it alive during the journey.
It will be in the company of another 14 young boab trees, which seem quite happy in the more temperate climate of the Perth region.

Holding the Sun

Assorted Images

Thanks but I pass
Hey, blind people, look here
Let's hope Australian guide dogs can read.

Discreet snickering is OK.
Young and old join in the fun at a dragon boat race in Hong Kong.
Literate Lassie
It's just a matter of fine breeding and proper education.