The bald eagle affectionately called Cyrano could have faced euthanasia due to the terrible injury to his beak, from a fishing line. Fortunately dentist, Kirk Johnson, was asked if he could come up with a prosthesis for the regal bird. He did just that, with the same substance crowns are made of held in place by poster putty. Dr. Johnson even used a yellow highlighter to color the piece to sort of match the natural beak. Cyrano, while doing well, will probably not be able to be returned to the wild. At least this beautiful bird won't have to be put down and will receive the loving care he deserves.
Posted By: patty - Sat Feb 06, 2010 -
I have a Google Alert keyed to my name, as most authors do. Imagine my surprise to find myself cited on a Taiwanese sci-fi fan page whose name Google chooses to translate thus. I hope the AMA does not find out I'm practicing cancer medicine without a license!
As very few of you are probably aware, I have been away for a while. Now that I have returned from winter vacation I can start posting again, and I will start with a few weird things I have found around the internet over the past few months.
First, we have an ad that I noticed right here on Weird Universe:
I know Microsoft is evil, but getting their rival to link to their competing service? That's just terrible.
Yes, my title is a really lousy rendition of the "Go ahead, make my day" line as uttered by Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact. But it's relevant because this post is about a website dedicated to some of the cheesiest lines ever spoken in action movies. The Quotable Action Hero blog is guaranteed to waste at least fifteen minutes of your life. So what's weird about it? It may just be a matter of opinion, but these are not your typical quotations. In fact, if the blog author didn't include the movie's name along with the quote, I would have no idea where most of these lines came from. What do you think?
I tried to see actual H-2-O, but I never did catch sight of the water. When people say "the crush of humanity", this may be the perfect example. Or maybe this is the "gene pool" -- needs more chlorine!!
Ever have trouble tearing open a ketchup packet? Then there's the fact that you have to open about 30 of them to get enough ketchup to dip even a small order of french fries. Well, Heinz has finally listened to the voices of the people and redesigned the ketchup packet. Power to the people!
And the music? Suffice it to say that some Iranian musicians, not orchestra members, reportedly complained beforehand that the work wasn’t good enough to export. They were right. Scored for orchestra, chorus and male solo singer, with an electric guitar, amplified piano and battalion of harpists thrown in to increase the racket, the symphony approximates brief melodies in between lengthy drum assaults by burgling hints of “Dr. Zhivago” and “Lord of the Rings” along with Vivaldi and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Otherwise, for the better part of 75 minutes, a whole team of percussionists gravely beat the bejesus out of a variety of very loud drums, to unintentionally (and increasingly) comic effect.
Was the reporter exaggerating? Decide for yourself, in 2 parts!
Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 04, 2010 -
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