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Animals

It’s not hard to make dogs happy

The key to happiness is to be able to do something you're passionate about. For Tucker, a four-year-old Lab, that means being allowed to sniff out killer-whale poop. He goes into "paroxysms of excitement" when he smells the slimy green stuff floating in the ocean. Researchers from the University of Washington's Center for Conservation Biology then scoop it up for analysis. Tucker's handler says, "We haven't had a dog that has caught on quicker. He just knew this was what he wanted to do." Link: Canada.com

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 23, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals

A dog and a duck

All the blogs are posting this, but if you haven't seen it yet, it's a must see.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 23, 2008 - Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Video

Ghost Riders in the Sky

I don't think we heard enough of Vaughan Monroe's big hit in yesterday's Forest Service post, so here's the whole thing.

We know here at WU that mortal cows are deadly--so just imagine how evil a ghost cow is!

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 19, 2008 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Music, Paranormal, Regionalism, 1940s

The Impactors

The first rule of the Impactors Club is that it's For Men Only. The second rule of the Impactors Club is that... well, you get the idea.

The Impactors is for men who enjoy "adult hard riding." They're into "Bareback, Saddle, Naked, etc. Leather, Sweat, and sharp spurs." Sharp spurs are essential. The things they like to ride are horses, ponies, and donkeys.

Poe's Law states that it's almost impossible to distinguish between extreme religious fundamentalism and parodies of it. I think there needs to be a similar law that would apply to sadistic freaks, because I can't tell whether the Impactors is a joke... or not.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Nov 15, 2008 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Sports, Stupidity

Summum

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Most Supreme Court cases are as dry as a particle-board sandwich. But not the one you can read about here. That's because this case involves a genuine wackjob cult named Summum, which believes, amongst other things, in sacred mummification of pets.

A visit to their site will be time well spent.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Nov 13, 2008 - Comments (9)
Category: Animals, Business, Products, Death, Eccentrics, Frauds, Cons and Scams, New Age, Pets, Religion, Lawsuits, Myths and Fairytales

Shrimp on a Treadmill

Scientific researchers placed a shrimp on a shrimp-size treadmill in order to measure its speed and endurance. This information, they say, "will give us a better idea of how marine animals can perform in their native habitat when faced with increasing pathogens and immunological challenges." Luckily for us, they videotaped the experiment.



The video has become hugely popular on the internet, spawning numerous remixes. For instance, witness Shrimp Jamming to Muzak:



There are so many of these remixes you could probably spend an entire day watching them.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Nov 11, 2008 - Comments (8)
Category: Animals, Nature, Science, Experiments, Video

Stuffed Skunk

Beware of pranksters with stuffed skunks on sticks.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Nov 07, 2008 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Pranks

Kitschin’ Tables

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I want a unique Xmas gift for all my friends. But I'm absolutely torn between the Sumo Table and the Monkey Table.

Which would you choose?

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 28, 2008 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Business, Products, Human Marvels, Interior Decorating

Follies of the Mad Men #40

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[From Life magazine for May 18 1962.]

There's nothing oddball about this ad--except its incredible lameness! Look at those stupid birds that dominate three-quarters of the page. What do they tell the reader about the product? Absolutely nothing! This full-page ad could have run as a tiny spot with the same text at the back of the magazine for a fraction of the cost. And it would have achieved the same results.

Imagine the malicious glee at the ad agency that created this: "We just grossed a hundred K for two blotches of paint!"

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 27, 2008 - Comments (12)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, 1960s

Vampire Squid

Suppose you could take your lips and stretch them out to cover up your entire body....

...like the Vampire Squid.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 15, 2008 - Comments (11)
Category: Animals, Horror

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