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Is Space Travel Covered?

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Russia sent 5 geckos, amongst other small creatures, to space in order to study the animals sex habits in zero gravity. The satellite was recently brought back and the geckos were all dead, possibly due to freezing. Ok, first, if you are studying sexual activity why send an odd number of participants. Second, who did not know it is too cold for geckos in space? Yeah, yeah, they knew, but they sure didn't prepare for it sufficiently. Thirdly, were they insured by Geico??
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Sep 01, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Goofs and Screw-ups

Dinner On The Fly

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We have all heard cautionary tales about hawks or large owls picking up small dogs as prey while the dogs are outside. But one would think a pet would be safe in the house AND inside a closed cage, maybe not so much. Last Sunday an owl flew into a tenth floor apartment through the balcony door, opened a bird cage, killed one canary and traumatized the other one inside. The pet owner found the owl still in her home, then it flew back out and nonchalantly perched on her balcony for a photo op. The least it could do after killing her pet!
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Aug 19, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals

Dinky Duck in IT’S A LIVING



Dinky Duck ends his short cartoon career by resigning and breaking the fourth wall.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Aug 10, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Surrealism, Cartoons, 1950's

Mathilda the Bottled Hen

Mathilda, a white leghorn chicken, was pushed into a five-gallon glass jug by her owner, Henry Willis, minutes after she emerged from her shell. She then grew into an adult chicken in the bottle, and became known as Mathilda the Bottled Hen of Denver. This was back in 1936.

Willis said he bottled her as part of an experiment to control her diet, though many scientists said they couldn't see any value in such an experiment. Animal rights activists were outraged and pushed the state bureau of child and animal protection to intervene. But ultimately the state authorities didn't do anything because, according to the DA Earl Wettengil, "this appears to be a scientific investigation which justifies the facts."

So as far as I know, Mathilda remained bottled for her entire life.


Putting hens in bottles must have become a bit of a fad, because I found a picture of a second hen bottled a year after Mathilda.


Carroll Daily Herald (Carroll, Iowa) - Mar 7, 1936.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 08, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, 1930's

Who owns the selfie?

1) Some monkey took a 'selfie' with a professional photographer's equipment.

2) Wikipedia used the image.

3) The photographer claimed copyright & brought a £10,000 suit.

Where do you stand on this? Who has the rights to the image?

Posted By: Expat47 | Date: Thu Aug 07, 2014 | Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Photography and Photographers, Lawsuits

Giant Tribble?

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Guess what it really is, answer in extended. More >>
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Jul 08, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals

Sick Raccoons=Delayed Flights

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JFK International Airport has been having a lot of trouble with turtles on the tarmac since 2009. After extensive study they have figured out what caused such an over abundance of turtles. In 2008 distemper decimated the raccoon population at the wildlife refuge and raccoons prey heavily on turtles. The raccoons are catching up now and the turtle population is more controlled, so maybe flights will not get delayed at least not for THAT reason.
Posted By: patty | Date: Mon Jul 07, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals

Chimpnology

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jul 05, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Body Modifications, Death, Destruction, Dreams and Nightmares, Surrealism

The Cackle Sisters



Listen to just the first three minutes at least of the Cackle Sisters, and then tell me if you don't agree that contemporary C&W music needs more bird imitations and yodeling.

Runaway


Runaway by Cordell Barker, National Film Board of Canada

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 17, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Cartoons, Goofs and Screw-ups, Trains
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