Wednesday, December 31, 2008

“Oh Boy”, what a baby

Doctors at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills, Calif. couldn't believe their eyes when they delivered - 14-pound, 2-ounce Richard Walker Sault

"Oh my God!" a nurse gasped.
For a second, mom Sara thought something might be wrong.
But her bundle of joy was perfectly healthy when he came into the world on Dec. 23.

"We thought our first baby was a miracle, and now we have this little guy," dad Richard Sault said "Guess he's not so little."
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Boy Scout Earns All 121 Merit Badges

A Long Island NY teenager has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It's an accomplishment the local arm of the organization calls "an almost unheard-of feat."
Oceanside resident Shawn Goldsmith earned his final badge — for bugling — in time for his 18th birthday in November. He far surpassed the 21 badges required to achieve the elite rank of Eagle Scout.
He says he took about five years to earn his first 62 badges and then nearly doubled that number in a matter of months. He did it with the encouragement of his grandmother, who passed away shortly before he reached his goal. He was awarded his final badges on Dec. 19.

Couple Gives Birth to Black and White Twins, Again

Black and white twins Hayleigh and Lauren Durrant proudly hold their new sisters Leah and Miya — who incredibly are ALSO twins with different colored skin.
Their mixed-race parents Dean Durrant and Alison Spooner repeated the two-tone miracle after a seven-year gap.

Ebony and Ivory ... Alison and Dean Durrant with two sets of twins - Hayleigh and Leah on left, and Lauren holding Miya
When the first set of twins arrived in 2001, the couple were astonished to see that Lauren took after her white mom, with blue eyes and red hair, while Hayleigh had black skin and hair like dad Dean.
Then this year Alison, 27, found she was expecting again — and lightning struck twice.
She had twin girls again. And little Miya was born with dark skin like her dad and Leah is white like former recruitment consultant Alison.

Dean, 33, of Fleet, Hants, said: "The girls just love Miya and Leah to bits."

County-owned front-end loader breaks through ice UPDATE

Mike Raymond, who’s worked for the county for 27 years, was not supposed to have the loader on the ice, said Polk County Highway Engineer Rich Sanders. Raymond was cleaning snow from county-owned lots in town and made a detour to the public boat launch in Central Park. According to some bystanders watching attempts to pull the loader from the river, Raymond’s plan was to clear snow from around his ice-fishing house when the ice gave way.

The back end of a back-hoe operated by Dan Bertils comes off the ground as the tension increases on the chain hooked to the sunken front-end loader. The back-hoe was secured by another chain hooked to another front-end loader parked further up the boat ramp.

Firefighters use vacuum cleaner to rescue puppy trapped in well

A family's favorite Christmas present, a Shih Tzu puppy, fell down an abandoned well in Plum Borough over the weekend. Thanks to efforts made by firefighters, the puppy made it out and survived."I woke up. My mom was in shambles, screaming and hollering. She said the puppy fell down in the well. We called 911," said pet owner Benny Palombo.Firefighters tried for three hours to get little Romeo out of a pipe.
"Eventually, we hooked up an industrial-strength vacuum and sized it down to about 1 inch. We caught on to one of the dog's legs and got it out. It was a miracle," said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Scuffle.When the dog came out of the well, it wasn't breathing. Firefighters did mouth to snout resuscitation for about half of the journey to the veterinarian. The dog eventually started to breath on its own."About halfway there, the dog started to gnaw on my finger a little bit and then it came around," said Scuffle. The vet made sure Romeo was OK, and he was.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Driver in hot water after loader falls through ice

A Minnesota snowplow operator is in hot water with his boss after driving a $200,000 loader into a frozen river.
Mike Raymond was clearing snow from county parking lots early Monday when he decided to also clear off a boat ramp on the frozen Red Lake River in Crookston. Raymond says he wanted to make it easier for people who pull fish houses on trailers onto the river. He so happens to have a fish house on the river himself — but told the Grand Forks Herald that’s not why he wanted to clear the area.
The John Deere 544 loader slid down the cement ramp, through the ice to the river bottom. Emergency workers quickly helped Raymond out, but it took hours to retrieve the loader. Raymond’s boss says he will be disciplined.

"Double Warning"


Cat knocks on the door to come inside.


Text Messages a Colossal Rip-Off?

Wireless carriers charge up to 20 cents per message, but what does the service actually cost providers? Virtually nothing
In the past few years, people seem to be forgoing the conventional phone conversation to punching in short text messages on tiny keypads, all while mobile phone carriers have cashed in lucratively.
Sensing a potential rip-off, Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl, the chairman of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, began to take a closer look at the doubling of prices American carriers were charging customers.
Sen. Kohl soon discovered that text messages are essentially very small files, costing carriers close to nothing to transmit.
"Text messaging files are very small," the senator said, "as the size of text messages are generally limited to 160 characters per message, and therefore cost carriers very little to transmit."
Text messages aren't just tiny, they're also free riders tucked into control channels, or space reserved for operation of the wireless network. The channel uses space whether or not a text message is inserted.
This explains why a message has limited character space. It must not exceed the length of the message used for internal communication between tower and handset to set up a call.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Riddle of the day

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a big one.

Michael J. Fox has a small one.

Madonna doesn’t have one.

The Pope has one but doesn’t use it.

Clinton uses his all the time.

Bush is one.

Mickey Mouse has an unusual one.

Liberace never used his on women.

Jerry Seinfeld is very, very proud of his.

Cher claims that she took on 3.

We never saw Lucy use Desi’s.

What is it?

Put your answer in the comments.


Peter Pan said...
Last Names

I wonder if they have "Socks"

Here's a baby elephant enjoying the water


"Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do,"

In his book, Tom Vanderbilt takes the traffic trivia bit to a new level.
Here are some things about traffic that may surprise you.
* People who live on streets with more traffic spend less time outside and have fewer friends.
* Saturday at 1 p.m. has heavier traffic than weekday rush hours.
* Highways can handle more cars at 55 mph than 80 mph.
* A driver driving at 30 mph sees an average of 1320 pieces of information every minute.
* The top 10 most dangerous cities for pedestrians in the U.S. are all below the Mason-Dixon line. Five are in Florida (Number One? Las Vegas)
* The average driver looks away from the road for .06 seconds every 3.4 seconds; drivers search for something in the car 10.8 times per hour.
* The most commonly dropped objects on Los Angeles freeways are ladders.

Animal Rescues

Missing horse rescued from well
A horse which disappeared from a West Yorkshire riding stables was rescued three days later after being found at the bottom of a 10ft well.
Eight-year-old Steffi was pulled out of the hole in the Shibden Valley near Halifax in a three-hour operation involving firemen, the RSPCA and a vet.
Stable girl Katie Clegg, 16, raised the alarm last Saturday when she could not find the horse in its field.
The mare was found on Tuesday by a dog walker, having suffered no injuries.
It is believed that a covering of plants which had hidden the well opening in the field was washed away in recent heavy rains and Steffi fell 10ft into the hole.

Firefighters help scared pot belly pig down stairs
PINELLAS COUNTY -- Firefighters know a thing or two about getting a cat out of a tree, but this morning St. Petersburg firefighters added a new talent under their belts: rescuing a pot belly pig.
The Vietnamese pot belly pig named Dudley followed his nose into some trouble. His owner, Cynthia Taylor, says normally Dudley eats four ounces of food a day.
But one day workmen who were at Taylor's house moved some pig food and then left it where Dudley could get into it.
"The night they left the bag on the floor, he had 16 pounds of food overnight," Taylor said.
Because of all the food Dudley had, Taylor didn't give him any food Sunday. So when Taylor was walking around with Dudley's food dish Monday, the pig was keeping close to her -- a little too close.
As Taylor was walking upstairs she didn't realize Dudley was following behind her -- something the pig had never done before. Then Dudley took one look down the steep stairs and refused to go back down.
"He's never been upstairs. He's afraid of the stairs," Taylor said. "So he wouldn't come down, and I had to call the fire department."
St. Petersburg firefighter Brad Weshphal said he doesn't blame the pig for not wanting to go down the steep stairs.
Westphal, along with two other firefighters, answered the call for help.
"We've gotten cats out of trees, dogs, ferrets out of walls, snakes; but this is the first pig," Westphal said.
Fortunately, the firefighters didn't have to do much to convince Dudley down the stairs.
"We just herded him to the stairwell, and then I grabbed him around his waist and helped him down the stairs," Westphal said. "And he was squealing the whole time."
Taylor said she is thankful for the firefighters and will be getting a small gate to block the stairs.
"I think they were absolutely terrific. They had a great sense of humor," Taylor said. "They were very sweet to come help me."

Sunday, December 28, 2008

First-Time Mom Gives Birth to Quintuplets in New York

NEW YORK — They're first-time parents — five times over.
A set of quintuplets was born Saturday at Staten Island University Hospital, spokesman Christian Preston said. He said the four girls, one boy and their mother were doing well.
Preston declined to give the family's name, but Tony Scherillo told the Staten Island Advance the parents are his daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Kevin Ferrante.
"Everybody was ecstatic" on learning that the new parents were expecting five babies, said Scherillo, 67. "Nobody could believe it."
The babies — all delivered within 6 minutes by Caesarean section — ranged in weight from 1 pound, 8 ounces, to about 2 pounds, 4 ounces, the newspaper said. It gave their names as Allesia Louise, Amanda Frances, Ella Lilliana, Emily Ann and Matthew Sabatino.
Fertility treatments have made multiple births more common in recent decades, but quintuplets remain rare. The federal government's National Center for Health Statistics tallied 68 quintuplet and higher-order births in 2005, compared to more than 400 quadruplets, 133,000 twins and 4.1 million births overall.
Hospitals in Houston, Phoenix and Annapolis, Md., also reported quintuplet births this year.
Saturday's quintuplet birth was a first for the Staten Island hospital, Preston said.

Did You Know.......

Q. At a military funeral, the flag is folded with 13 folds for the original 13 states. Each fold also represents something. What are they?

A. When the flag-folding ceremony started, there was no meaning to each fold. Since then, though, some people have attributed patriotic or religious meanings to each fold:
First fold: a symbol of life.
Second: a symbol of belief in eternal life.
Third: in honor of veterans who died on duty.
Fourth: represents mankind’s weaker nature and need to trust in God.
Fifth: a tribute to the United States.
Sixth: for where Americans’ hearts lie.
Seventh: a tribute to the American armed forces.
Eighth: a "tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death," and to honor mothers.
Ninth: a tribute to womanhood.
10th: a tribute to fathers.
11th: For Jewish citizens, to represent the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon
12th: for Christian citizens, to glorify the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
13th: When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, to remind people of the national motto, "In God We Trust."

Saturday, December 27, 2008


Takeru Kobayashi fails to break fruitcake record.
Takeru Kobayashi tried to break world fruitcake eating championship

Water Garden In The Dark

Product That Nobody Really Needs: Lighted Garden Nozzle.
Universal-fit pistol-grip sprayer with rain spray and LED bulb.
Requires two AA batteries (not included).

In the News

Woman Finds $10G in Box of Crackers
Debra Rogoff of Irvine, California bought a box of Crackerjacks from the grocery store had some crackerjack in it — an envelope stuffed with $10,000.
Yet the Irvine woman was more curious than ecstatic about her daughter's find. After all, who would leave money in such a place?
"We just thought, 'This is someone's money,"' she said. "We would never feel good about spending it."
Rather than go on a shopping spree, the family called police and was initially told the money could be part of a drug drop.
Police later heard from store managers at Whole Foods in Tustin that an elderly woman had come in a few days earlier, hysterical because she had mistakenly returned a box of crackers with her life savings inside. In a mix-up the store restocked the box rather than composting it.
The Lake Forest woman, whose identity was not released, had lost faith in her bank and decided the box would be a safer place for the money.
Luckily for her, the box of Annie's Sour Cream and Onion Cheddar Bunny crackers were bought by the Rogoffs, who discovered the crisp $100 bills in an unmarked white envelope on Oct. 10.
The Rogoffs never heard from the woman and didn't receive a reward.
Troopers use classic TV getaway car to nab speeders
The Dodge Charger -- the same Detroit muscle car the Dukes of Hazzard used to get away from the law -- is now in the hands of the colleagues of Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane
The Florida Highway Patrol's got 50 of 'em -- unmarked -- ready to sneak up on the unsuspectin'.
Their ride is silver with dark tinted windows and blue-and-red lights cleverly concealed around the window edges.
"Gets 22 miles to the gallon,'' says State Trooper John Sessa. "This car's got 350-360 horsepower. Zero to 100 in a half-mile."
So, like any good Duke boy, does he have to climb into his Charger through the window?
"No, I use the door handles like a normal car," he said.
What about a bright paint job with maybe a Florida state flag on the roof?
"I don't think the Patrol will let us do that."
In this real-life drama, the dukes don't get away when they hear sirens and step on the gas.
Sessa gets to say one of his favorite lines -- "I need to see your license, registration, and proof of insurance, please" -- twice in just twenty minutes.
Them bad guys are in a heap o' trouble!
'Robber' reports bank heist
Forget calling an 800 number for customer service. One Bolingbrook man simply dialed 911.
Police say John A. Pighee Jr., 58, of 610 Preston Drive was unhappy with the service he received at a Bank of America branch.
So, shortly before noon Monday, he picked up his cell phone, called police and reported a robbery at the bank, 111 Lily Cache Lane, while he was there.
"As odd as it sounds, we took a bank robbery (call) from the bank robber," Lt. Ken Teppel said.
Teppel said the man had attempted withdrawing some money that the bank had a hold on. When the bank wouldn't release the funds, "he stated he was going to shut the bank down."
"He picked up his cell phone, called 911 and reported that the bank was being robbed," Teppel said. "He never relayed to the employees he was going to rob the bank, and he never showed a weapon."
After about 15 to 20 minutes of talking by phone with the branch's employees from the parking lot, police determined the bank was not, in fact, being robbed. They promptly entered the building and arrested Pighee.
He was charged with felony disorderly conduct, Teppel said.
"It was one of the most unusual calls we have received," he said

Friday, December 26, 2008

One of a kind bicycles

BIG, BIG Wheel

Family bike that steers from the back seat.

Jack Russell in 'Lassie-style' mission to raise alarm of burglary

A Jack Russell fled from a house that was being burgled, and embarked on a "Lassie-style" mission to raise the alarm, crossing a busy dual carriageway and travelling over a mile to the home of his owner's relatives, where he began barking for help.

Jack Russell's are considered by some to be the most intelligent breed of dog

By the time Cody's owners managed to get back to the house, it was too late as the place had been ransacked and thousands of pounds worth of Christmas presents stolen.
Carli and Andy Jones, both 29, from Coseley, West Midlands, lost a wedding ring, an engagement ring, and a 50-inch TV but praised Cody for his actions which the family believe may have acted as a deterrent for the burglars.
The mother of one said thieves got away with £14,000 worth of their belongings and £2,500 worth of Christmas presents.
Cody left the house on Thursday afternoon and ended up at the home of Mr Jones's parents Malcolm and Jackie, one mile away.
Assuming something was wrong, they then phoned Carli who was out Christmas shopping but by the time she had got back home she found the front door kicked in and their prized possessions gone.
Mrs Jones said: "It was amazing what Cody did. He made it across the Birmingham New Road from the grass bank by our house, he didn't stop for traffic and I can't believe he made it.
"You worry about anybody crossing that road, and the dog is family.
"We wouldn't have even known we had been burgled if it wasn't for him."
She added: "He's a very clever dog, Jack Russell's are the most intelligent dog anyway, but he's very bright and he is a very loving dog as well.
"I was more upset by him crossing the busy road than anything else, because if I had returned home and the dog had gone I would never have got over that."

All he wanted for Christmas was a bone.

Murray, Utah -- Some people just can't wait to open their Christmas presents. That apparently was the case with a short and very fast thief who went to a store in Murray, grabbed a present and made a clean getaway on all fours.
At Smith's Food & Drug in Murray, a popular place these days is the manager's office, where they have the surveillance video. "You had to see to believe it, but it happened. So, it's crazy," said Tracy Jacobson, with Smith's Food & Drug.
A suspicious character entered through the front door. "I've never seen him shop in here before; brand new customer, didn't even have his Fresh Value card," store manager Roger Adamson said.
What happened next is already becoming legend. "I mean, how likely is that? For a dog to walk into a store, go down the pet aisle, get his bone and walk out?" Jacobson said.
Let's reconstruct the crime a step at a time: Entering at the checkout area, the dog approached a young girl. "He just kind of sniffed the customer up, and then headed down the aisle," Adamson said.
At that point, he had a decision to make: Left? No dog food. Right? Dog food. He turned right and went straight to aisle 16, the dog food aisle.
There are so many fun Christmas presents he could have picked, but he seemed to know exactly what he was after. He grabbed a rawhide bone and headed down the aisle, only to be confronted by the manager.
"I looked at him. I said, ‘Drop it!'" Adamson said. "I decided I wanted to keep all my fingers, so I didn't try to take it from him. He looked at me, and I looked at him, and he ran for the door and away he went, right out the front door."
Marshall Tanner with Alpha Dog Training says the culprit's sense of smell is 100,000 times better than the typical crook.
"[He] smelled the rawhide bone, grabbed it and walked out of the store, thereby being a shoplifting dog!" Tanner said.
At last word, the dog was still at large, presumably enjoying his Christmas gift. "He's enjoying the heck out of it," Tanner said.
The value of that bone is $2.79. Merry Christmas, Balto, wherever you are!
Dog Shoplifts [Caught on Camera]

Cheetah Cub and Puppy Play-Cincinnati Zoo


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from the Unknown Reindeer

Snow Loving Dog
That is the most adorable crazy dog I've seen.

Secret Santa At Wal-Mart

Man Says He Was Performing Gesture Of Good Will
LISBON, Conn. -- Barry Goldberg said a nice gesture went unappreciated at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at Lisbon Landing over the weekend.
He said he purchased $1,300 worth of $10 gift cards to Wal-Mart with the intention of dressing as Santa Claus and giving them out in front of the store. He said it wasn’t a gimmick it or stunt. He said he was just moved to do something nice to make the holiday brighter.
But his gesture of kindness as the Secret Santa didn’t last long.
"The next thing I knew, they turned to me and said, ‘You have to leave the store. You can’t do this here. You’re soliciting,’" Goldberg said. "I said, ‘I’m not soliciting anything. I’m giving.’"
The out-of-work mortgage lending executive said he still has 44 gift cards left from his weekend adventure.
"They asked me, ‘Well, where did you get these cards?’" he said. "’I bought them from your store 20 minutes ago.’ ‘Well, what are you doing?’ (they asked). I said, "I’m giving out gift cards. It’s the holidays. The right thing to do is to give, isn’t it?’"
In a statement to Eyewitness News, Wal-Mart states," While we appreciate the customer’s patronage, we understand that he was interrupting the flow of foot traffic in the store’s vestibule."
Goldberg said he was contacted by Target and was told he could bring the cards to a Target store and swap them out and pass them out there.

Woman paints her car with nail polish

When Jill Bell noticed a dent on the hood of her car two winters ago, she thought it would be appropriate to paint a Band-Aid on the scrape.
After the painted bandage survived the ice and snow of winter, Bell decided that she wanted to repaint her car entirely - in nail polish.
Over the next 13 months, from September 2007 to this past October, she completely covered her car in a quilt-like pattern – as a quilter, she found the multi-pattern paint job fitting, she said.
Bell said she used about 250 bottles of nail polish, but did not have an exact idea as she simply used bottles from anyone she could get it from.
"Lots of ladies in my church donated nail polish, and lots of ladies at Weight Watchers, too," she said. She said it would be nearly impossible for her to estimate the dollar value of all the bottles, as each brand cost a different amount – anywhere from under a dollar to $5.
And what was the reaction to the unconventional paint job?
Bell said that while children seem to flock to her car, many adults giver her strange looks.
"The only people who have said anything are the people that like it," Bell said.

Man stumbles on round, spinning ‘creek circle’

A Mississauga man’s photo of a bizarre "creek circle" — a round piece of ice, spinning, on the surface of a frozen creek — has become an Internet hit.Brook Tyler, a research director and amateur photographer, stumbled across the six-foot-wide circle on Saturday morning, as he strolled across Sheridan Creek in the Rattray Marsh Conservation area. "It was a perfectly round circle with about two inches of slush and water around the sides, and it was spinning," he said. "I was so excited to see if I could capture the movement."
"Creek Circle"

Anyone up for the Challenge.....

To pronounce this 45 letter name?

“Who’s walking WHOM”

House Boat

Old Man Winter

Merry Christmas

I just wanted to say thanks to all the regular readers of Funny and More. Those who have been coming here from the start and those who just recently stopped by and decided to make it a habit.
I appreciate your visits, your comments and your kindness.
Anyway, I wish you the most enjoyable Christmas if you celebrate that, or a Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza or Festivus. I hope you are able to spend time with the people you care for and say a little prayer for the service men and women serving around the world protecting countries.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Alaska's 'Snowzilla' Rises Again - Overnight

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Someone has told the city of Anchorage what it can do with its cease-and-desist order to prevent Snowzilla — the giant snowman — from rising up again this winter in an east Anchorage neighborhood.
Snowzilla — thought to be no more — is yet again. Someone again built the giant snowman in Billy Powers' front yard. Snowzilla reappeared overnight.
Powers is not taking credit. When questioned Tuesday afternoon, he said Snowzilla just somehow happened, again.
However, he will tell you what Snowzilla means to him, a father of seven, and the children in the neighborhood.
"The snowman is about having all these kids, a lot of kids with big smiles on their faces," he said reached by telephone at his home, the sound of excited children in the background.

Grinch that Stole a Family Christmas

A CRUEL thief who broke into a Woree family's home and stole all their Christmas presents left three children Brooke, Tyreece and Skye Thompson were heartbroken to find all their presents gone.
Kate Baker came home from Christmas party with friends about 10pm on Sunday to find her children and young grandchildren sobbing and inconsolable over the mean-spirited crime.
The shock triggered a heart attack that led to the single mother being rushed to Cairns Base Hospital that night, before being released yesterday afternoon.
Just three days out from Christmas, the family now has to come up with the cash to buy all the presents again.
Ms Baker said although the total value of about 10 stolen gifts would have been about $1000 … including a gold watch with a dragon on the face, a fairy statue and two gift packs of Hilary Duff perfume … it was the fact someone could commit such a low act on her family that hurt the most.
"It’s not how much it cost me, even though I’m a single parent and work six days a week so I work pretty hard for it," Ms Baker said.
"It’s the fact that my three little grandkids have been adding to the pile each day, getting more excited every day and counting down the sleeps.
"Then to walk in and see it all gone, to see their little faces, it’s not fair.
"Who would do that?"
The presents were stolen when Ms Baker’s son Odin, 15, popped next door to his older sister Nicole Ryan’s house for dinner about 9.20pm for 20 minutes, leaving the house unoccupied but forgetting to lock the front door.
The teen yesterday said he kept thinking about what he would have done if he’d returned in time to catch the thieves.
"I wish I had. I would have done whatever it took to stop them," he said.
The family reported the thefts to police and door-knocked their Toogood Rd neighbors on Sunday night, but said so far nobody had reported seeing the thieves.
A small consolation came when the largest of the Christmas parcels, containing a battery-operated children’s car, was found in a rubbish bin across the road where it had obviously been discarded.
Other Christmas gifts that were not theirs were also found in the bin.
"It seems somewhere along the line they’ve done the same thing to a couple of other houses," Ms Baker said.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Driver banned for having a untidy car

Police have banned a woman’s car from the road - for being too untidy.
The Vauxhall Astra was so full of junk, magazines, old clothes and even bits of furniture that they could barely see the driver at it roared down a motorway in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The driver - who has not been named by police - has been banned from taking the car on the road again until it has passed a tidiness test.
Police said the car was so full of junk the woman's face was pressed up against the front window as she drove.
"I'm sure this will make most people feel a lot better about leaving the odd sweet wrapper lying around in their car," joked one police source.

What's up Doc?

Meet Vincent the rabbit born without ears.
For a moment teenager John Haig thought a guinea pig had found its way into his family of young rabbits.
One of the young animals that came bouncing out of a hutch with the rest of the brood was lacking something - a pair of ears.
But the little creature was indeed a rabbit, otherwise healthy and part of a family of ten brothers and sisters.
The cutest bunny I have ever seen.

Parents of nine girls finally have a son

Mother of nine girls, Sally Laycock of Welwyn Garden City, Herts, has the Christmas present she's always wanted - a baby boy. Mrs Laycock, 34, finally gave birth to tiny Lewis after her husband John quit his job as a chef after 20 years. After nine girls in a row, the couple had resigned themselves to being a totally female household.
Mrs Laycock, 34, finally gave birth to tiny Lewis after her husband John quit his job as a chef after 20 years.
After nine girls in a row, the couple had resigned themselves to being a totally female household.
But as soon as John, 37, retired after two decades in hot kitchens, delighted Mrs Laycock fell pregnant with a boy.
"I'm so excited to have a boy at last," said Sally, who has been pregnant for ten of the last 17 years."
She said that she had been told that the hot conditions in which Mr Laycock used to work could have been to blame for the couple's failure to give birth to a boy.
However, she did not believe temperature had played a part until he gave up work and she became pregnant with a boy.
Mr Laycock, of Welwyn Garden City, Herts, said: "I had to give up my job because I had two heart attacks in the space of six months and couldn't work.
"It was a hard time for us, as we're such a big family.
"But it's finally brought us a boy. We're all so excited."
The family of 12 are having an extra-special Christmas to celebrate, despite the worry of having another hungry mouth to feed.
Family and friends are buying plenty of boy's toys as presents after years of stocking up on dolls, clothes and make-up.
Baby Lewis was born a healthy 7lb 12oz on December 9.
The family are coming to terms with having a boy in the already busy household.
Mr Laycock said: "We've got a bit of planning to do because we've only got four bedrooms.
"Now we have a boy it's going to be difficult.
"I've even started building a shed in the garden to make extra space for the older girls."
The couple cope with their brood, aged two to 17, by running a military like operation each morning and bedtime, with the oldest girls helping the younger ones.
Each week they run up a £200 shopping bill and get through two loaves of bread just for breakfast.

City code officer slays Snowzilla

Giant snowman deemed a public nuisance, safety hazard. Anchorage's famous giant snow man, Snowzilla, finally met its match.
It wasn't the weather. It wasn't angry neighbors bearing shovels and pick axes.
It turns out Snowzilla's biggest foe -- the one who felled the controversial but much-loved giant -- was notice by the city code enforcement officer.
That's right, Snowzilla was abated.
It was just a few years ago that 16-foot-tall Snowzilla arose in a residential yard in Airport Heights, launching an annual of local and international media blitz.
Billy Powers, posing with his 16-foot snowman, was served a cease-and-desist order. Under the city’s nuisance abatement order, if he tries tobuild another snowman, he could get arrested.
Snowzilla Slideshow

Merry Christmas

By the way you just been served.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Have you been good all year?


Happy Toes

Funny Animals


The world’s tallest snowman 122-ft isn’t a man at all it's a woman.

With skis for eyelashes and red-painted tires for lips, she is a whole-lot-of-woman.

Maine creators named their snowwoman "Olympia" after their Senator who is ironically named Olympia Snowe.
Olympia knocked "Angus, King of the Mountain," the record holder since 1999, right out of the park.The 1999 record holder was named for Angus King, who was governor in Maine at the time, but Angus isn’t King anymore.
Olympia’s creators made her arms out of pine trees and she too has her share of glitz and glamour as a giant snowflake pendant, more than six feet in diameter, hangs from her neck.
This ice princess will be around for a while; she isn’t expected to melt until May.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

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Oldest Spider Web Found in Amber

December 16, 2008—The world's oldest spider web (above) has been found in a piece of amber on the south coast of England, scientists announced recently.
Amateur paleontologist Jamie Hiscocks found the amber deposits, long hidden by sands and tides, and gave them to an Oxford University team.
Until the new find, the oldest known amber containing ancient animals dated to the Middle Cretaceous period, about 120 million years ago.
But Oxford's Martin Brasier and Laura Cotton have now pushed back the "amber window" to 140 million years ago, during the heyday of the dinosaurs.
The scientists used computer-imaging techniques to create detailed images of "supremely delicate" fossil structures, such as silk threads and forest fungi.
Early observations of the fossil show that the threads resemble silk spun by modern spiders.

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