many bells down

What a tease!
May 5, 2006, 2:51 pm
Filed under: Animals

unicorn.jpgWhen I saw this picture, I got all excited because I thought someone had found a unicorn.  Or at least a horse with some weird genetic thing that would make it grow a horn on its head, thus technically making it a unicorn.  Cause doesn't it look real? 

But no.  No, that couldn't possibly be right.  This, y'all, is art.  Granted, it's art with a body temperature (approximately 43 degrees, to suggest life), but it's definitely not a real life, flowing mane, look-at-me-I'm-so-mythical-please-won't-you-love-me unicorn. 

The 4-year-old inside of me is crying right now.  You just have no idea.


The Mothman lives in the Atlantic Ocean!
May 4, 2006, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Animals, Science

new species.jpgScientists have discovered ten to 20 new species in the Atlantic Ocean  (one of which looks like that thing from The Mothman Prophecies).  The zooplankton were taken from depths of over half a mile to three miles and will help determine the effect global warming is having on the planet's oceans.  This is important because global warming could have a disasterous affect on the ocean's currents, which in turn would screw us royally.

Animal links…cause I feel like it!
April 28, 2006, 1:51 pm
Filed under: Animals
  • Crocodile: 1, Chainsaw: 0 – A 14.5 foot saltwater croc mauled a chainsaw to death in Sydney, Australia.  The croc chewed on the chainsaw for an hour-and-a-half before humans could get it away from him.  Neither the man wielding the chainsaw nor the crododile, appropriately named Brutus, were injured in the incident.
  • Call of the Wild – Both China and France have released endangered animals into the wild; France released a female brown bear into the Pyrennes Mountains and China released a panda into the wild.  Incidentially, I really love pandas.
  • Beleagured Beluga – The Georgia State Aquarium's beloved beluga Gasper has been under the weather…so get well soon buddy!
  • Test Subjects or Endangered Species? – Sooty Mangabeys raised for AIDS research in Atlanta are now on the endangered species list, sparking a contentious debate.  Which side are you on?

  • Links
    April 27, 2006, 4:58 pm
    Filed under: Animals, News

    Apparently, songbirds can learn grammar.  We would get along so well!

    Words of wisdom from the world's last ninja.  (This one's for you, J-Ro.)

    I don't have a problem paying $3.18 for a cup of coffee, but it just seems wrong to pay that much for gas.  I like the Senate's idea.

    Note to self: Don't dive for golf balls.

    April 19, 2006, 4:07 pm
    Filed under: Animals, Celebrity, Food, Music, News, Science, Technology

    So I'm away from my computer for one day – one day! – and that day happens to be when Katie Holmes' basketball bursts – producing only one human (alien?) baby girl.  Well, congrats TomKat!  As for the rest of you…I'd start preparing for the end of days.

    More members of the Bush administration announce their resignations to "spend more time with their families."  Yeah, I totally stole that joke from The Daily Show.

    Lost's Hurley wouldn't need jars of ranch dressing to look huge on this new Panasonic TV.  It looks awesome…you may feel free to buy it for me.

    Everybody loves Starbucks!  I wonder what a tall, non-fat caramel macchiato costs in yen?

    The Pig Olympics are in full swine…er, swing, in Moscow. (Yes, I am aware that I'm lame.)  Kimmy J., you're welcome!

    Michael Jackson is recording a new album.  And I'm scared.

    Scientists uncover the remains of new, huge dinosaurs who traveled and hunted in packs.

    Yahoo! lists some easy ways to celebrate Earth Day – and make a difference.

    Fun Stuff for Easter
    April 14, 2006, 3:31 pm
    Filed under: Animals, From Me to You, Miscellaneous, News

    Well, maybe this first one isn't so fun, just a little…weird.  Filipino Devotees Nailed to the Cross.

    Check out the history and origins of the Easter Bunny.  Fun Fact: In Australia, it's the Easter Bilby (a marsupial) because rabbits are considered pests.

    Easter Eggs:  Not just something found in your Easter basket…or on Lost!  (Check out The Daily Show egg…it made me laugh!)

    Here are some neat alternatives to the traditional practice of dying Easter eggs.

    Make your own Easter basket and fill it with something other than chocolate (although chocolate is good too!).

    Dear Pennsylvania: What’s your beef with hedgehogs?
    April 11, 2006, 2:20 pm
    Filed under: Animals, Things that make you go 'Hmm.'

    baby hedgehog.jpgWhen I saw this post yesterday on Cute Overload (one of my favorite websites ever) I decided that I must have a hedgehog.  Immediately.  Seriously, just look at how cute that little baby is!  So, in pursuit of the latest cute thing to catch my eye and like any good journalist, I decided to do my homework.  Where do you get hedgehogs, anyway?  The only place I had ever seen them was in Boreham, England, where they were so plentiful you had to watch where you were walking in the grass or you might have stepped on one!

    At first the information was really encouraging.  Hedgehogs are way cheaper than designer dogs, running about $100 to $150 (shipping adds another $200 to the cost, however).  They eat dry catfood (sweet! I know I'll have plenty of that) and are easy to domesticate.  They have distinct personalities and can be litter trained.  And the babies are called hoglets.  Hoglets!!!  Sure, you need a special permit to own one in Pennsylvania, which I'm sure is a pain to procure, but wouldn't a little hedgehog be worth it?  Yes, I decided.  I must have a little prickly ball of love.  Must.

    But then I came upon the most disturbing news I think I have ever heard.  Hedgehogs, if found in Pennsylvania, are confiscated and "taken away," which can that they are shipped out of state or that they're euthanized.  Special permit my ass!  And since I live in Pennsie, this put a pretty severe dent in my plan to own a hoggie.  According to HedgeHogCentral,

    A very unfortunate political battle has developed within the State of Pennsylvania making hedgehogs illegal to the point where threats have been made against even the transport of hedgehogs through the state on the way to another state.  All of this is the result of an initial (and unusual) law established in the 1990s. Under that law, hedgehogs within the state were legal, but it was illegal to import fresh bloodlines into the state. A few breeders violated that law resulting in the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) declaring all out war on all hedgehogs within the state. Breeder's homes have been raided and their hedgehogs confiscated with all of the zeal of a major drug bust. Suffice it to say, owning a hedgehog in Pennsylvania under the draconian rule of PGC is extremely dangerous for both owner and hedgehog.

    Okay, so it's a little melodramatic, but a 2002 Citypaper article seems to confirm the website's assertion.  The big concern among officials, according to the article, is that the hedgehogs will escape and wreak havoc on PA's natural wildlife.  That would be a pretty good reason…except the hedgehogs most often found in the United States are native to Africa and thrive in warm climates; they are unlikely to survive a cold Pennsylvania winter.  In fact, PA is one of only five states where hedgehogs are illegal – the others, like Arizona and Hawaii, have warm climates where hedgehogs could thrive.

    Pennsylvania doesn't just ban hedgehogs – it bans all exotic animals.  So it doesn't look like I'll be getting a duck-billed platypus either.  At least not anytime soon. And that makes me very sad inside.

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