This news interview with an Australian official about a whale that was possibly killed by seismic testing done by an oil company is like something out of an SNL sketch, but it’s actually for real. At least I think it is. I've checked with Snopes and some other sites and I can't find anything that debunks it. Listen carefully to the answers this guy gives the interviewer. Maybe it's just me, but this was one of the funniest news clips I've ever seen.
Quote of the week, about Oscar the death-predicting cat:
My Marine Life Series on the hate site DailyKos this week is about shark finning. Take the poll. Because of the huge number of diaries posted last night it got little play, so take a look. I'll admit it is not pretty.
Movie Rating: Ordinary people live in huge six bedroom homes. Ordinary people name their kids "Buck" and "Conrad". Ordinary people call their male son "Connie". Ordinary people can't hug their kids. Ordinary people spend every Christmas in Spain or France or Italy. Ordinary people respond to a desperate plea from their spouses by hailing a taxi and leaving for Houston. Ordinary people gets 1.2 starfish out of 5.
Phrases. This pretty much sums up all you need to know about our “liberal” mainstream media.
Yesterday's hummingbird photo prompted an email from Kathi in Colorado, who sent in some shots of Rufous Hummingbirds at her backyard feeders. I've tried to photograph these birds before and have had no luck, although I am a pretty sucky photographer to begin with. These shots are just great.
Animal of the Week: I have no idea who took this photo, but it’s from the Eastern U.S. Those are ruby-throated hummingbirds, our only native species. I saw my first one of the year this past weekend feeding at some hostas in the backyard. I haven't been big on the garden stuff the past few years, but I have been trying to at least plant a few of the hummingbird's favorite flowers by adding a few of the the species on this list.
Thirty-five years ago Nick Ut took what is probably the iconic photograph of the Vietnam War. Today he’s peddling dreck like the second shot at that link. (Yay, my first Paris Hilton reference ever. I feel so dirty.)
A reminder about those “Biomes points” you’ll see offered up here on occasion, for the new folks (and I can see from the logs there are a bunch of new regulars popping in). The first to answer the trivia-type question gets those points. I’m keeping track in my high-tech spiral bound notebook I keep next to my desk and when anyone reaches 100 points I will donate $25 to the candidate or charity of their choice. Candidates must be Democrats and charities must benefit humanity, animals or the environment (no conservative or religious causes, please). The winner starts back at zero and everyone else keeps the points they’ve accrued.
The top three as of today: Derryl with 81, Queen with 72 and DJ with 71.
Trivia (6 Biomes points): Where was this photo taken?
Which candidate most closely matches your views? Find out here and post your results in the comments. My top three matches are Kucinich, Dodd and Edwards. Of the three, I’d only vote for Edwards in the primary. I retook the quiz, answering in the most wingnutty way possible and my top three matches were Hunter, Tancredo and Brownback. Fortunately none of these three have a chance in hell at the Republican nomination.
Watch the Battle at Kruger. This is unbelievable. A herd of water buffalo arrive at a watering hole, is attacked by a pride of lions who capture one of the calves at the edge of the pond. Two crocodiles show up and grab the baby and try to take it away from the lions. The lions win, drag the calf back out of the water and are then attacked by the adult buffalo, who save the calf.
Movie Rating:The Aristocrats. Let me start off by saying I'm not a prude, and I do like the works of Penn Jillette, Jon Stewart, George Carlin, Robin Williams and the other comics in this documentary. I just didn't laugh. In fact, it was rather painfully unfunny. 1.4 starfish out of 5.
I’ve mentioned some of these before, but mental-floss has put together a whole list of Wikipedia knock-offs, including the brilliant Wickerpedia.
What’s the biggest cash crop in the U.S.? Some people are amazed when I say it, but not only do I not use this, I’ve never even tried it. Just not interested. But the fact that it is illegal is just moronic. The “drug war” is a farce and ruins a lot of lives by jailing people who have no business being labeled criminals.
I pass by this osprey nest at least a few times a week and keep forgetting to post about it. Hopefully the image is clear when you watch it because the male likes to perch on top of the camera and tends to foul it with droppings.
Get your Jesus action figures here. I especially covet the riding-a-hog-with-a-crown-o’-thorns Jesus.
Ken D emails this photo of a caterpillar covered with white wasp eggs, found in his yard in Texas. The eggs are laid by female Ichneumon wasps. When the larvae hatch they will burrow into the caterpillar and slowly devour it alive.
I'm off to play 18 holes at the Carnegie Abbey Golf Course, a place I could never get into without winning powerball. But a friend got a hold of a pass and invited me for a free round. I haven't hit a ball in almost a year so I imagine the title of this post will be used liberally.
I forgot to explain the hands-on-a-stick trivia answer from the other day, although the winner described them well in comments. They are called “Assess-a-hands” and are used to test a pound dog’s aggressiveness before being adopted by a family with children. You use them to touch the dog’s food bowl while it is eating (when seemingly non-aggressive dogs can become so).