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This is great!
October 22, 2006, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Magazines, Science, Technology, Weird

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.

And you thought plagues went out with the Middle Ages.
April 19, 2006, 7:26 pm
Filed under: News, Science

plague.jpgHoly crap!  A Los Angeles woman has been infected with the freaking Bubonic Plague!  According to this article, it's the first case in L.A. since 1984. 

The bubonic plague isn't contagious, but left untreated it can morph into another, most definitely contagious, type of plague.  Humans are infected by the Bubonic Plague when they are bitten by fleas that have fed off of infected rodents.

"Health officials said they suspect the woman was exposed by fleas in her home and that there was no cause for alarm. An estimated 10 to 20 Americans contract plague each year, mostly in rural communities."

The plague is believed to have caused the Black Death, a pandemic which killed one-third of Europe's population in the 1300s.  This Wikipedia article on the plague elicited yet another interesting fact:  Did you know that groundhogs are considered giant ground squirrels?  Yeah, me neither.

No word yet on whether or not this case of the plague was brought to you by the birth of the TomKitten.

Just kidding!

(Sort of.)

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.

March 24, 2006, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Animals, Blogs, Celebrity, Music, Science

*  RIP Addawaita: Oldest living animal, giant tortoise, dies at 250.

*   Queen Latifa wants to be a Mommy.

*   The new way to protest?  “99 Balloons” will play for an hour on VH1 starting Sunday at 2 p.m. Don’t forget to…tune out.

*   Being a righty isn’t so great…at least not if you’re a snail.

*   Don’t mess with the ‘hoff!

*   Listen to The Wreckers’ (Jessica Harp and Michelle Branch) new single on their Myspace page.

*   New species in Mexico = cancer treatments?

*   Pete Doherty: The Musical!

Happy World Water Day!
March 22, 2006, 3:00 pm
Filed under: Science

water2.jpgAccording to its website, World Water Day has been an annual observance since 1992.  It came about during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) that took place that year in Rio de Janeiro.  This year’s celebration studies water and culture.

The website has many interesting facts, including religious beliefs associated with water.  Buddhism, for example, uses water during its funeral rights; Christianity, on the other hand, is used to purify via baptism.  You can check out how water factors in to other religious ceremonies/beliefs here.

And now for some nifty facts about water:

* Approximately 97% of earth’s water is salt water.  Only 3% is fresh water.

*  68.7% of all fresh water is found in ice caps, glaciers and permanent snow.

*  Almost all of earth’s water (96.5%) is found in the oceans.

*  Earth’s water is always moving, and the water cycle is not as simple as you think.

*  Earth’s water is finite, so we’ll eventually be running out.

*  There are two types of water – surface and ground.

*  This is kind of elementary, but take the True or False Water Quiz!

60% of the total human body is water – and 70% of the brain!

“Water” is a really weird word if you look at it long enough.  And yes, that’s a fact.

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A Blonde “Lobster”
March 10, 2006, 2:38 pm
Filed under: Animals, Science

lobster.jpgScientists have discovered a new family and genus of crustacean in the South Pacific ocean.

The animal, which resembles a lobster, has pinchers covered in hair-like strands.  It is about the size of a salad plate (5.9 inches) and blind.  Its family was named Kiwaida for the Polyponesian goddess of crustaceans.  Read more here.

I love it when new species are discovered!  This one is particularly cute.  He’s all blonde and pale.  I wonder how long before someone makes a dish out of him…I’m not sure I’d be so keen on getting meat out of those pinchers!  I hate it when there’s hair in my food.