Saturday, February 28, 2009

Do You See What I See?

KC said...
In Mandarin, Owl is called 猫头鹰(mao tou ying), which is directly translated as:
cat(mao) head(tou) eagle(ying).

Happy! Happy!


Parrots teach man to speak again

A fireman who lost his power of speech in a traffic accident has been taught to speak again by parrots.
Brian Wilson, from Damascus, Maryland, suffered life-threatening injuries in the accidnet 14 years ago. He also lost his ability to speak.
But he now claims that the chatter of pet parrots confounded the bleak outlook of doctors, who were convinced that he would spend the rest of his life in bed at a nursing home.
"Two birds taught me to talk again," he said. "I had such a bad head injury I was never supposed to talk any more than a two-year-old."
But two of the birds that he had had as pets since he was a child "just kept talking to me and talking to me".
"Then all of a sudden, a word popped out, then two, then more."
To show his gratitude to the birds who helped him on the path to rehabilitation, Mr Wilson has devoted his life to feathered pets whose owners are no longer able or want to keep them.
He now shares his home with about 80 brightly plumed exotic birds, from snow-white cockatoos to scarlet or blue and green macaws to African grey parrots.
He has set up a foundation called the Wilson Parrot Foundation, which also offers the services of the birds to entertain at birthday parties and corporate events.
"You wonder why I rescue birds? They helped me to talk again, so now I take care of them," he said.

Tattoo Jim said...
Cool story!

Wrong Way

90-year-old in 8mph mobility scooter takes wrong turn and ends up on dual carriageway
All Stanley Murphy wanted when he popped out on his mobility scooter was to pick up a newspaper from his local shop.
But the 90-year-old took one wrong turning and ended up on a busy dual carriageway with cars and lorries thundering past him at speed.
Undaunted, Mr Murphy kept his "pedal to the metal" and continued trundling along in the centre of the slow lane at his top speed – 8mph.
He was eventually spotted by a truck driver who realised the pensioner was in imminent danger as he drove along the A27 in Shoreham, West Sussex.
James Dunne, the owner of a paving company, pulled over and put on his hazard lights to try to get the Mr Murphy to stop his mobility scooter during the incident on Thursday morning.
Mr Murphy, though, kept going.
Mr Dunne, 46, from Worthing, recalled: "The old chap looked confused and wasn't going to stop at first. He was about to overtake when he finally gave up.
"He didn't say much and looked pretty shell-shocked. He said he was trying to drive back to his home where he lives with his daughter.
"He wasn't even on the hard shoulder but right in the middle of the slow lane. He wouldn't have stood a chance had he been hit."
Police were called and officer arrived and drove Mr Murphy home. Mr Dunne put the Atlas mobility scooter on the back of his truck and returned it to Mr Murphy's bungalow, close to the Holmbush roundabout where he mistakenly got on the slip road to the A27.
Safely back home, Mr Murphy said: "I went out to get a paper and took a wrong turning. I don't know how I ended up on the A27 but I'm thankful to everyone who helped me."
Sussex Police thanked Mr Dunne for coming to the pensioner's aid.
PC Jim Lockwood, who drove Mr Murphy home, said: "I would like to thank the members of the public who stopped to help.
"I would also like to thank the driver who put his flashing lights on to prevent the incident worsening and who helped deliver the old gent's scooter to his home address."
A spokesman said it was unlikely police would take the matter further.
The spokesman said: "An electric mobility scooter is a mechanically propelled vehicle.
"As such it would need to have a number plate and tax disc before it could be legally driven on a main road like the A27.
"However, this gentleman was obviously confused and in the circumstances it is unlikely that we would take any further action."
A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents said: "We are very pleased to hear that there was not an accident and the gentleman got home safely.
"We don't know what caused him to take a wrong turn but a slow-moving mobility scooter is obviously not suitable to be on a very busy three-lane A-road.
"The Highway Code contains an extensive section of advice for mobility scooter users and we would urge anyone who owns one to read it carefully."
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I bet that cod wondered what the ringing in his ears was!

Fisherman found my lost phone in the belly of a 25lb cod ...and it still works after a week in a fish
A man who lost his mobile phone on a beach was amazed when it turned up — in the belly of a massive cod.
Andrew Cheatle thought his Nokia handset had been lost at sea after it slipped from his pocket.
But a week later his girlfriend’s mobile rang and it was fisherman Glen Kerley saying he’d found the phone in a 25lb fish.
Andrew got the handset back, dried it out — and amazingly it still works.
Andrew, 45, said: "I was messing about with my dog and my phone must have fallen out and been swept out in the swell.
"I kept calling it but I gave up hope after a couple of days."
He was shopping for a new phone with girlfriend Rita Smith, 33, when her mobile went off.
She told him: "Your old mobile number is calling my phone."
Andrew continued: "She said some guy was going on about my phone and a cod so she handed it over to me and he told me where he had found it.
"I thought he was winding me up but he assured me he had caught a cod that morning and was gutting it for his fish stall and that my Nokia was inside it — a bit worse for wear.
I didn’t believe him but went to meet him and found it was my phone — a bit smelly and battered — but incredibly it still worked after I let it dry out."
Trawlerman Glen, 45, had tried to use the phone but it didn’t work. So he took out the SIM card and put it in his handset to try to trace the owner.
Glen, of Worthing, West Sussex, said: "Cod are greedy fish — they’ll eat anything. They have big heads and big mouths.
"I’ve found plastic cups, stones, teaspoons, batteries and I’ve also heard of someone finding false teeth in one.
"This fish was about 25lbs and about 4ft long — not unusual but bigger than average.
"I know what it’s like to lose your phone. It can be really frustrating. So I thought I may as well make a few calls to see if I could get it back to him.
"It was a bit smelly but I was glad to return it."
Andrew — who runs an online retail company — still uses it.
He said: "It was working but it kept playing up so I had to get the circuit board changed in the end. But now it’s fine. I know it sounds a fishy tale but it is 100 per cent true."

Did You Know - http & https

Difference between http & https

Subject: Difference between http & https
I suppose I am the only one who didn't know this..................but just in case...

FIRST, MANY PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE OF**The main difference between http:// and https:// is It's all about keeping you secure**
HTTP stands for HyperText Transport Protocol, which is just a fancy way of saying it's a protocol
(a language, in a manner of speaking) for information to be passed back and forth between web servers and clients.
The important thing is the letter S which makes the difference between HTTP and HTTPS.
The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure". If you visit a website or webpage, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://.
This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular 'unsecure' language. In other words, it is possible for someone to "eavesdrop" on your computer's conversation with the website.. If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.
This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http website! But if the web address begins with https:// that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.
You understand why this is so important, right?
If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://. If it doesn't, there's no way you're going to enter sensitive information like a credit card number.
PASS IT ON (You may save someone a lot of grief).

Friday, February 27, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Little girl heartbroken at missing friend

A missing family member has sparked a city-wide search and the offer of a reward.
Marti Ottaway has spend the past week scouring the city looking for a missing toy rabbit that belongs to her daughter Sophia.
Missing posters have been placed around the city carrying a photo of the lost 15cm plush toy that has left her 3½-year-old heartbroken.
"She just loves her rabbits. There are three of them and she takes them everywhere," Mrs Ottaway said.
"We have searched everywhere but there has been no sign yet."
Mrs Ottaway said she was walking with her children to visit her husband for lunch at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
Because the much-loved and adored rabbits – named Roughy, Smiley and Cryie – travel everywhere with Sophia, they were being held in the pram during the journey.
However upon arriving at the hospital they discovered Cryie was gone.
It was dropped somewhere between Battery Point and the Elizabeth Street Mall via St David's Park and Franklin Square.
"She said, 'Mum, I have lost my rabbit' and started to cry," Mrs Ottaway said.
"We retraced our steps but unfortunately didn't find him.
"A lady actually said that she had seen a toy rabbit in a tree in St David's Park but when we got there we found it was a different toy.
"We have also phoned local businesses and Metro to see if anyone handed it in, but again nothing yet."
She said the three identical rabbits were purchased after Sophia showed an interest in a toy rabbit as a baby.
The trio were purchased and they have not left her clutches since.
Sadly Mrs Ottaway said the toys had been discontinued.
"She was sick last week and crying for him. It is heartbreaking.
"I just hope someone may have picked him up and we can get him back."
Anyone with information can call 0404 532 963.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Biff The Cat

This is typical. It beats me how human civilization ever advanced when they can't even sort out a reasonably-sized catflap for me. As if trying to squeeze through that hopelessly minuscule hole isn't humiliating enough, they have to leave carrier bags full of bottles for recycling by the entrance, which makes the whole pallaver noisy and tiresome. I wouldn't mind but the Master and Mistress frequently stand there and laugh as I struggle to get into the house. I can't see the joke myself, but I've learned that humans are strange, mysterious creatures.

Worm causes computer crash

A Somerset man suspected a worm virus when his computer crashed - but was shocked to learn the problem was a real wom.
Mark Taylor called out an IT repairmen who found a five inch earthworm inside his laptop, reports the Daily Telegraph.
It had crawled into his computer through an air vent and wrapped itself around the internal fan, leading to a total breakdown.
Mr Taylor, 45, suspects the culprits were his two cats who are in the habit of pouncing on earthworms outside and bringing them into the house.
Mr Taylor, from Yeovil, said: "The worm was obviously looking for a hiding place and must have crawled in through the air vent to get away from the cats.
"I couldn't help thinking that people get computer worms all the time, but not real life ones."
Computer technician Sam Robinson, 28, who discovered the worm said: "I took the back off and had a look inside. Then I spotted what at first I thought was some sort of hair band or elastic band wrapped around the fan.
"I soon discovered that it was a worm which had been burned to a frazzle. It had obviously wrapped around the fan when somebody had turned on the computer and caused the breakdown due to the fan jamming.
"Needless to say I hadn't come across a problem like this before but was happy to sort it out for Mark."

Monster Stingray Caught in Thailand

A giant stingray billed as the largest freshwater fish ever caught by rod and reel snagged the line of a freshwater biologist in Thailand, according to news reports Tuesday.
Ian Welch was visiting from Britain to assist a catch-and-release tagging program to track the endangered stingrays. The fish nearly pulled him into the sea he said
"It dragged me across the boat and would have pulled me in had my colleague not grabbed my trousers," said Welch
The female stingray weighed 772 pounds and measured seven feet long, the Guardian reported. The tail measured 10 feet long.
"As soon as we saw it there was just silence because everyone was just in awe of this thing," Welch told the Telegraph. "That line from the film Jaws came to mind about needing a bigger boat because we had to get it to the shore to tag it."
It took 13 people to lift the creature so it could be tagged. It was described as being the size of a garden shed.
The stingray's poisonous barbed tail was wrapped in cloth as the animal was tagged. Welch gave her a kiss before she swam back out to the wild.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

50 Jobs, 50 States in a Year? 1 Man Gives it a Try

At a time when some people are having trouble finding one job, Daniel Seddiqui is lining up 50 — one in every state.
Each job symbolizes the state's most famous industry, and each lasts one week — just long enough for the 26-year-old to appreciate the labor and explore the region.
Since starting in Utah in the first week of September, he's been a park ranger in Wyoming, a corn farmer in Nebraska and a wedding coordinator in Las Vegas.
Last week, in Week 23 of his year long saga, he was a cheesemaker in southeast Wisconsin. He mixed ingredients, hoisted slabs of cheddar — and tasted plenty of his work.

Pencil construction

I wonder whether this is real, or simply computer-generated art.

It appears to show a 3-dimensional structure constructed of interlaced pencils (which would probably have had to be glued together rather than held together by gravity/friction).
There are four sets of 18 pencils each, with each set arranged as a hexagon, and the sets intersecting in different planes. Tattoo Jim said...
I'm guessing this was part of the government bailout meeting in congress. Just something about it say "another government project".

Tattoo Jim said...
I'm guessing this was part of the government bailout meeting in congress.
Just something about it say "another government project".

Caboodle Ranch at Dinnertime!

A hundred + cats gather around Craig Grant, (Guy Crazy About Cats), for their evening meal, at Caboodle Ranch, a cat rescue sanctuary in Florida.

Just a Reminder


He's called Noodles for a reason...Ha ha!


The weird world of a 'face blindness'

Man can't recognize his wife unless she wears red - or spot himself in a photo
Barry Wainwright's earliest memories are of feeling like a social outcast. Looking back, he sees his childhood and teenage years as a catalogue of humiliating and deeply confusing episodes that left him sure he was different from everyone around him. 'I found it impossible to make friends and felt totally removed from the rest of my family,' says Barry, 54. 'Interacting with other children was impossible, because I'd recognize them one day and then not the next. 'On one occasion, aged seven, I remember spending lunchtime chatting with a boy in my class. We asked each other questions about our families and hobbies and played football together. But later the same day when he came up to me and began talking, I had no idea who he was or why he knew so much about me. Another time, my own mother approached me in the street and I failed to recognize her despite her talking to me for five minutes.' Though Barry told no one about his problem, his parents felt there was something wrong. Psychiatrists and psychologists presumed he was mentally impaired or mildly autistic. But Barry shocked everyone by scoring highly on IQ tests. Eventually, medics deemed him normal, noting him as 'above-average intelligence but bored and disruptive'.
So, with no diagnosis, Barry felt he'd no choice but to 'muddle through' life. He finished school, got married, became a chemical engineer and went on to have seven children, now aged between 12 and 35. It was only by chance, three years ago, that he discovered the source of his problems. Barry suffers from prosopagnosia, a condition also known as face blindness - where patients cannot recognize the faces of others, even those very close to them. It's estimated as many as 1.5million Britons might suffer from the condition, although there are many different degrees, and many people do not realize they are sufferers.The condition can be present from birth, as in Barry's case, or brought on by head injury - in both cases it leads to an interruption to the brain's normal processing of data that allows facial recognition. This means sufferers are able to conduct a normal conversation with somebody, but will fail to recognize that same person's face minutes later. They spend life relying on other 'clues' such as clothes, voice pitch, mannerisms and whether or not somebody wears glasses to recognize them.

Monday, February 23, 2009

I Confess

I'm not the most energetic of people.
After all I'm a guy, "I'm not lazy. I'm just energy efficient". In fact, few people know but if you look up couch potato in the dictionary it has a picture of me.


Puppy found with "Mickey" Spot!

Look at this little guy! Perhaps he was trying to find his way to Disney World, but he was found right in St. Pete! This little puppy has a black spot, and it looks just like the Mickey Mouse ears. They couldn't be better, even if they were drawn by Walt Disney himself.
He needs a home, and he's in custody of St. Pete's animal shelter. They're calling him "Petey." He'd make the perfect pet for any Disney fan, that's for sure!

Bush turns down job at DIY store

George W Bush has turned down his first chance of a new job since leaving the White House - at a hardware store in Dallas.
Elliots store manager Andrea Bond said the former US president entered the Elliott's outlet with his security detail saying "I'm looking for a job.".
The owner of the Texas chain had made the offer earlier this month in a letter published in a Dallas newspaper, reports the BBC.
But despite not yet having a publisher for his memoirs, Mr Bush decided on reflection to turn the job down.
Equipped with a name tag reading 'W', Mr Bush spent an hour there with his secret service security detail, chatting to customers and shopping.
Described as part-time, the job would have left Mr Bush time to work on his presidential library and write about his two terms at the White House.
"We're confident that your experience working in your own family business, as well as your people skills developed throughout years of meeting with foreign dignitaries would make you an excellent candidate for the position," read the job offer, signed by Kyle Walters, president and CEO of Elliott's Hardware.
"Furthermore, like you, many of our greeters are retired from the corporate world, so we're sure you'll have no trouble making new friends."
The employment package also offered parking for his security detail and an employee discount.
"We think you'll find working with us much less stressful than your last job," the offer continued.

That's why I kept finding the phone off the hook.


Dog and a Mirror


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dog with a phobia of men left stranded

A dog with a phobia of men was stranded for two nights at the foot of an 80ft cliff after refusing help from male rescuers - until a female RSPCA officer was called in to winch him to safety.

Rescued Fox the dog with owner Jane Ravine and rescuer Marije Zwager
Hope was fading that Collie-Huskie cross 'Fox' would be pulled out alive after he growled, barked and backed away from a string of male coastguards who were unsuccessfully winched down to try and save him.
Until, that was, his owner revealed where they were going wrong.
Jane Ravine, 58, said Fox had a hatred of men,
so a female RSPCA officer was scrambled to try her luck.
And having touched down in the cove, Fox gleefully jumped into her arms and was safely returned home, shaken but unharmed.
The 13-year-old dog, named after his love of chasing foxes, tumbled over the edge after chasing one along a knife-edge coastal cliff path in Bude, Cornwall, on Tuesday.
He landed unscathed, but was trapped on an inaccessible pebble beach that was too dangerous for rescuers to reach by sea.
Male officers were winched down but every time they hit the ground Fox refused to go anywhere near them and they refused to take him by force for fear of being bitten.
After several failed attempts over 48 hours, Marige Zwager (corr), 31, a Dutch-born member of the RSPCA's cliff rescue team, was called in.
Armed with dog biscuits, she hit the ground, and Fox leapt into her arms, licked her face and wolfed down the biscuits. Within minutes, the pair were pulled to safety.
Mrs Ravine, from Morwenstow (corr), Cornwall, said: "I'm so relieved. It was a horrible ordeal while Fox was down there.
"He just doesn't like men very much which isn't normally a problem unless you are stuck down a cliff and men are trying to save your life.
"In the end a woman went down. She did a great job rescuing him from such a difficult spot and I'm very grateful to everyone involved.
"Hopefully this will stop him chasing things from now on. He might just have learned his lesson. He is an old dog but has a strong spirit."
Miss Zwager said: "Fox is very nervous of men and when the coastguards went down it wouldn't let a male rescuer anywhere near him.
"I abseiled down with a colleague and took some dog biscuits to coax him to me. He was cold, scared and hungry but my female charms worked.
"I've never been called in just because of my gender before but Fox really doesn't like men very much at all."
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "The dog was very wary of men so we have made sure there are two women in the team who could go down."

Anti - Thief Deterrent

No wonder there's a basket added to carry all extras

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What's it going to be?


Sheep Mothers an Elephant


5 + 500

Five guys got together with five hundred chairs and..........

Chair Arch: A film by The Glue Society

But Not on Funny & More


Meerkat Pups make an Appearance at Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is celebrating the birth of two Meerkat pups, the first to be born at the Zoo in nine years. The two pups, named Zanzibar and Nairobi, were born on Friday January 23, 2009 to mother Malawi and have just started venturing out of their nest box to explore the Zoos African-themed Meerkat Desert.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cave House

.Would you live here?

Tim said...
I saw this on another blog and it had some details:
It has about 16,000 square feet, is in a small city, and has a stage where many artists performed--including Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.


Jim Cook has preserved the club's unique find - a golf ball embedded inside the trunk of a tree.
The tree had apparently grown around the ball which had probably been lodged in its branches many years ago.
It was discovered when Richard Mitchell, greens keeper at the Eaton club in Norwich, felled the conifer and cut it into pieces, only to find the ball perfectly encased in the wood.
Club manager Peter Johns said: "It's an incredible find."

Lorne said...
Funny discovery!
So, finally I can see how the golf ball looks from inside!
Was always interested, but never had a)tools b)time c)old ball to cut it!
Once I have seen rifle caught in tree, in WWII museum somewhere in
Europe, but it was visible from outside without cutting...Take care

Blind Mechanic At The Job

A blind mechanic fixes cars using just touch to tell what is wrong with them.
Dutchman Col Collewijn lost his eyesight when he was eight – but has incredibly learned how to repair motors.
The remarkable mechanic said: "As long as my tools are in the right place and no screws drop to the ground I get along alone very well."
Collewijn, who has worked in a garage in Nuis, Holland, for 30 years, said: "I do everything by trusting my senses and my hearing.
"And I have one big advantage over other mechanics - I can repair cars in the dark."

"Cool American Doritos" are found in Europe


Thursday, February 19, 2009

In the News

India court 466 years behind schedule
Judges spend about 5 minutes on cases, but thousands still pending
The High Court in New Delhi is so behind in its work that it could take up to 466 years to clear the enormous backlog, the court's chief justice said in a damning report that illustrates the decrepitude of India's judicial system.
The Delhi High Court races through each case in an average of four minutes and 55 seconds but still has tens of thousands of cases pending, including upward of 600 that are more than 20 years old, according to the report.
The problems of the Delhi High Court, which hears civil, criminal, and constitutional cases, is more the standard than the exception in India. The country's creaky judicial system has long been plagued by corruption, inefficiency and lack of accountability, often making the rule of law unattainable for all but the wealthy and the well-connected.
Woman wields wedgie to subdue suspect
Technician says she saw man trying to break into a co-worker’s car
It took a wedgie and a headlock to pin down a man suspected of breaking into a car.
Yvonne Morris, a technician at the Brickyard Animal Hospital, said she chased a man who broke into a co-worker's car, but he kept squirming away from her.
The third time, Morris grabbed hold of the man's boxer shorts and pulled. Salt Lake City police said she then she put a headlock on the man until help could arrive.
The man was booked into the Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of vehicle burglary, possession of stolen property and outstanding warrants.
Power Surge Causes Explosions In 55 Homes
Fifty-five homeowners in Minneola Florida were stunned Wednesday when a sudden power surge blew up appliances and caused fire to shoot out of outlets. It was all because of a mistake by their electric company.
Sumter Electric sent too much power through the wires to homes near Chelsea Parc Drive Appliances exploded and fire shot out of the outlets. Residents heard the explosion, they ran outside and found the breaker boxes outside their homes were on fire.
In home after home, neighbors suddenly experienced the same thing.
"Like sparks flew out of the outlets and there was a huge puff of a smoke and I just grabbed my son and ran outside," resident Taryn Anthony said.
Sumter County Electric Cooperative was upgrading the power grid around the Chelsea Parc neighborhood in Minneola when something went wrong. There was a power surge. The utility sent twice the normal amount of power, frying electrical systems in 55 homes.
"I was so scared, I didn't know what happened," 91-year-old Inez Slater said.
Slater was asleep and woke up to a fireball flying across her living room.
"All at once, my goodness in life, it was just like a bomb went off here, fire was just flying from lights everywhere in here," she said.
Now, her TV, her phone and life-alert bracelet no longer work. In other homes, Eyewitness News found appliances ruined and electrical outlets burned.
Rob Anderson came outside to find his power breaker on fire. He quickly put it out.
"Basically, everything in the house is gonna be fried," he said.
Firefighters had to use special equipment to make sure wiring inside people's homes wasn't still burning. The power company hired contractors to fix homeowners' electrical systems and is promising to replace damaged appliances.
Nobody was hurt and no ones house actually caught on fire.
Sumter Electric Cooperative said it is investigating why it happened. The utility said they've never had a problem like this before.

Global Warming?

Some Canadians Say No

How To Lose Weight Easily

It appears both scales are right....Both scales the weight is the same.
So I lost weight.

It’s Just Money!

What the stimulus package could buy?
President Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill into law. About $281 billion of the stimulus will go to new tax cuts with the remainder being spent on infrastructure investments, expanded unemployment benefits, and other programs.
More than 222 billion Big Macs
Since many look to the Bic Mac index to understand exchange rates, it might help put the stimulus package in perspective. With the Big Mac currently worth about $3.54, the stimulus could purchase over 222 billion of the beloved burgers.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Harley Wedding Carriage


Cat nips owner's lung cancer

This was no ordinary CAT scan.
But Lionel Adams believes it saved his life.
Now recovering from surgery to remove cancer from his lung, Adams, 59, is crediting his eight-year-old feline friend Tiger for alerting him and his family doctor to a mass in his lung.
"He would climb into bed and take his paw and drag it down my left side -- he was adamant there was something there," he said.
"And it was right where the cancer was."
Adams, who has suffered from bronchitis, asthma and emphysema, had showed no symptoms of lung cancer before his kitty's bizarre examination.
But about seven months ago, after mentioning the cat's strange behavior to his family doctor, he was referred to a specialist who caught the disease at stage one in his left lung.
"They did an X-ray, they spotted something on the left side," he said.
To get rid of the cancer, doctors removed a piece of his lung about the size of a pop can that had been shredded in half.
And now Adams is heralding Tiger as a hero for potentially saving his life.
"I think if he hadn't done the pawing part it could have gone on for another five, six months undetected," he said.
"I feel like it could have been a lot worse if the cat hadn't had tuned in to something there, to something he felt was wrong.
"I would say he's my hero."
Barbara Walmer, department head of behavior at the Calgary Humane Society, said though studies reveal dogs are capable of sniffing out cancer and predicting types of seizures in their owners, other pets such as cats have been reported to act in similar ways.
"I have heard of it for sure in dogs," she said.
"I think we see more predicting in dogs, but for sure many pet owners have reported pets can have a sixth sense when knowing when something is wrong."
She said cats have a good sense of smell and can be tuned in to illnesses in humans because they are sensitive to subtle changes in their body language.
"If they spend a lot of time with you they learn a whole lot about you, your body language," she said.
"When things change because of illness they pick up on it, so whether it's they know if it is cancer or something is changed, we don't know."
Either way, Tiger should be credited for potentially saving his owner's life, Walmer said.
"Especially with the way it started and how it ended up unfolding ... they really would have not found out if the cat didn't act," she said.
"The cat definitely had a role to play in that."

A Ride Thru Airport X-Ray Machine

In ISTANBUL Airport a man finds alternative way through airport security
Anonymous said...
That guy will have cancer in a few years.
I hope he doesn't plan on having kids.
I doubt he would get cancer doing it just once.

In the News

Goat breaks into home, eats cake
What do you get when a goat follows a dog into a house?
For Sherry Shirley of Westford, the answer is a big mess.
When she opened the front door of her home on Lake Road to let her dog in Saturday morning, a full-grown goat burst into the house, jumped onto a kitchen counter and helped itself to a freshly baked chocolate cake, according to the Dodge County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies responded to a call from Shirley at 11:43 Saturday morning, but a neighbor had dragged the goat from the home by its horns before officers arrived, patrol captain Molly Soblewski said.
"The goat didn't do a lot of damage. It knocked some dishes to the floor that broke and began eating the chocolate cake she had just made," Soblewski said.
The chocolate cake caper, however, was far from a perfect crime. Deputies followed the goat's tracks to a nearby farm on Mill Road and had it behind bars by 12:35 p.m. Saturday.
Soblewski said the owners of the goat will not be cited.
"It was just an unfortunate circumstance," she said. "I feel sorry for the lady, but it is kind of funny."
New Hampshire Family of Four Trying to Live on $1,500 for the Year
A family of four in New Hampshire is trying to spend just $1,500 for their groceries, household items and personal care expenses for an entire year and detail their attempt in a blog.
To accomplish their goal Heather and Bourne Spooner have developed a new system of shopping that includes stockpiling foods and paying close attention to coupons and sales.
"My first inclination was, wow, that’s not that much money,'" Bourne said "But, hey, if we can do it it’ll save us a lot of money."
And save they have. The couple said so far this year their average grocery bill is only $125 a month.
In addition to clipping coupons, the Spooners shop at specific stores for certain items and have adjusted the way they plan meals.
"If I have chicken and ground beef and cucumbers and carrots and peppers that I need to use this week, then I’ll take all of that and I will look for recipes for those items," Heather said.
The Spooners also have sworn off dining out until their wedding anniversary, on Dec. 28.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

U.S. Marine Corp

U.S.M.C. Hymn
From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job--The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines.

Oh, What fun can we have



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All in the Family:

Virginia Cops Realize They're Father and Son
Two Petersburg police officers have discovered they aren't just co-workers — they're father and son.
Sergeant Chris Walker started hearing a name around the office that sounded familiar — Detective Clay Hamilton. After some casual questions for the 53-year-old Hamilton, Walker called his mother to see if he could get some more information about his hunch.
Turns out the 37-year-old Walker's mother had a brief relationship with Hamilton and became pregnant. But she moved away from the Richmond area and Hamilton never got to meet the baby — until now.
A DNA test confirmed that Walker and Hamilton are father and son. The two men are making up for lost time by spending time together. Walker credits faith — and fate — for the reunion.

Monday, February 16, 2009

What's This?


White Castle for Valentine’s Day


Do You Know.......

Tattoo Jim said...
Words to live by.

Simon Sez


What is a grandparent?

(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own.
They like other people’s.
A grandfather is a man & a grandmother is a lady!
Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them.
They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run.
It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’
They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don’t have to be smart.
They have to answer questions like ‘Why isn’t God married?’ and ‘How come dogs chase cats?’
When they read to us, they don’t skip.
They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.
Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.
They know we should have snack time before bed time and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we’ve acted bad.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bizarre Soft Drinks

Pepsi Ice Cucumber
Yes, you read the headline correctly: on 2007, Pepsi released this special Ice Cucumber-flavored drink in Japan. While the bottle clearly describes it as "combination" of cucumber and cola, there just isn’t much cola flavor to it. The drink takes on a somewhat sweet and fruity flavor, but the artificial cucumber flavor is noticeable.

NEEDS: made of cheese
Care for a glass of cheese? This new cheese drink comes in 3 different flavors; plain, blueberry, and yuzu citrus. They use a special process to cut down on the sweet taste of the flavored drinks. It is said to have a taste similar to yogurt, but with a cheesy aftertaste.
Salad Flavored Water
Released way back in 2004 by Coca-Cola, the Salad Water comes in 6 different flavors.
It tastes like a lite fruit punch
Pokka Melon Milk
What's Melon Milk? Well, the ingredient listing on the can says that it's made from melon juice and milk. OK, that plus water, sugar, and some very long chemical names. But yeah, it's basically Japanese melon-flavored milk.
Diet Water
Meet the Diet Water: all the flavor of regular water, only half the calories.

Judge takes 12,000 words to clarify the meaning of tree

A High Court judge, Mr Justice Cranston, has taken 12,000 words to answer the question: What is a tree? The judge thought it necessary to spell out the exact legal definition of a tree because of confusion in the planning process. While trees could obviously be the object of tree preservation orders, the question remained about the status of saplings. For clarity the judge ruled that size did not matter, and that the smallest sapling was, legally speaking, a tree.
Tattoo Jim said...
Just imagine how many words it would take for the judge to clarify the meaning of himself.

Need to Remember

How's This For Nostalgia?
All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?
It took five minutes for the TV to warm up?
Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore heels?
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time?
And you didn't pay for air?
And, you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did it!
When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends? and saying things like, 'That cloud looks like a... '?
Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?
And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.
When being sent to the principals office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
Summers filled with bike rides, baseball games, Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yeah, I remember that'?
I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on.
To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.
Send this on to someone who can still remember Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy, Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow knows, Nellie Bell , Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
Newsreels before the movie.
P.F. Fliers.
Telephone numbers with a word or letter prefix...(Raymond 4-601) (AD3-1096).
Party lines.
Hi-Fi's with 45 RPM records and 78 RPM records!
Green Stamps.
Mimeograph paper.
The Fort Apache Play Set.
Lincoln Logs.
Do You Remember a Time When..
Decisions were made by going 'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, 'Do Over!'?'
Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'cooties'?
Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot?
Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?'
Oly-oly-oxen-free' made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange - flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life . .

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Cow


Cat rescued from road pillar

Rescue crews were called in to help a cat caught between 70 and 80 feet in the air.Blake McGee happened to be walking along the street around I-10 near the beltway when he heard a cat crying for help. He looked up and noticed the cat stuck in the small gap on a pillar which supports the overpass. That's about six stories high. McGee called the SPCA, who in turn contacted a company that has a cherry picker with a bucket. Together they were able to coax the cat closer with food and bring the scared animal down.
SPCA investigator Charles Jantzen says it appears the cat fell through an expansion joint on the freeway and landed on the pillar. The cat is being checked out by the SPCA. They say the animal is dehydrated and may have been stuck up there for quite a while. McGee, the person who first spotted the cat, says he will try to adopt the animal.



Mountain Dew Addiction Rots Central Appalachians' Teeth

Central Appalachia is the number one spot in America for tooth decay to due to their poor diet, lack of access to dental care, and widespread addiction to Mountain Dew. They say it's used as a kind of anti-depressant, thanks to its high-caffeine and sugar levels. Good Morning America visited and found they even put it in baby bottles. Some 2-year olds have 12 cavities in their baby teeth. They discovered an 11-year old Dew-drinker boy who hadn't brushed his teeth in several weeks because they hurt too much. Crazy to think that's what acid, sugar and caffeine will do to your teeth when combined with a bad diet and little in the way of dentist visits.

Switzerland in the Winter

A woman walked through the snow-covered village of
Bedretto, Switzerland, after a heavy snowfall.