Dogs have been man’s best friend for about 10,000 years or so. People claim it’s because they’re more intelligent than most animals. I mean, they sit, fetch, roll over, play dead, and other incredibly intelligent things. But, is that special to our domesticated pets? Last week I featured a video of a dancing cockatoo. This week, check this turtle out. He actually obeys better than my last dog did, bu a long shot:
Yesterday marked the opening of hunting season. The tally so far, 1 dead, 3 injured. And that’s just the hunters.
I’ve seen this coming for a while. With the booming population of deer, they’re no longer hard to find. Rather than scouting for hours before finding one, it’s a target shoot these days similar to a video game. Because of that, hunters are probably shooting a lot more often. More bullets, more injuries. I mean, how difficult really is it to step out on your front porch and shoot a deer? The problem I see is before too long, after too many beers, someone else is going to be targeting that deer as well. Now, I know that’s illegal……..
But, I know too many hunters.
Bottom line, hunting deer is not what it used to be. They are like rats these days. We don’t need a “season” where everyone rushes out to shoot a bunch at the same time. If they could be hunted year round, then I think we could control WHERE they are hunted a lot better.
Remember that scene from Star Trek II – The Wrath of Khan where Khan places this bug in Chekov’s ear that eats its way to his brain and turns him into an automaton for Kahn? I do. It kind of unnerved me at the time. That was exactly twenty-five years ago. That entire time I thought that scene was purely fiction.
….an amoeba, a microscopic organism called Naegleria fowleri that attacks the body through the nasal cavity, quickly eating its way to the brain…..
People who are infected tend to complain of a stiff neck, headaches and fevers, Beach said. In the later stages, they’ll show signs of brain damage such as hallucinations and behavioral changes.
Although not nearly as big as the bug in Star Trek, it seems to be quite more lethal. This is a pretty nasty little animal that I can not believe I’ve never heard of before. And, although I’m sure most people who read this blog of higher intellect are not familiar with a lot of what goes on at Lake Havasu, I can not believe more people have not been exposed to this nasty critter. And, living where I do, I am just thankful it’s never popped up here. ( Most likely won’t either, water tends to move around in hilly areas. )
According to that article, the best thing you can do when swimming in warm standing water is pinch your nose. Apparently those pesky brain eating amoeba can’t function too well anywhere else in your body.
A panda named Jinzhu was sent to Japan to mate with a female panda. Nothing happened apparently so Jinzhu came home. Scientists now are quite certain why Jinzhu didn’t show too much interest in the panda-babe at that time. Jinzhu just gave birth to twins. They have reasons for not being able to tell the difference. But still, there are a lot of things in nature a lot less conspicuous than panda genitalia I would assume.
Me, I’m ambivalent about it. She may, she may not. If she does, she has to be getting incredbibly old at this point. Or, there’s more than one Nessie. If there’s more than one, then I would assume we’d have a lot more videos of a huge monster swimming right next to a boat.
A while back I did a piece on Bigfoot. It was sort of done tongue in cheek, sort of serious. To me, that’s where Bigfoot exists. Nothing to be taken serious, but fun to think about anyway. However, some guys in Canada are wanting to take all the fun out of it by proving Bigfoot exists. And, before they’ll do that, they want Bigfoot listed as an endangered species. Now, where it gets even sillier is apparently 500 people have signed the petition to do so.
Me? I think there are a lot of animals out there that have had little to no human contact. However, most of them are small or in very strange places that man just doesn’t hang around too much. Something as big as Bigfoot would have been bumped into all the time. And, with the advent of digital cameras and cameras on cell phones, documenting a siting would be very easy to do. The fact no one has done this to date makes it a little hard for me to believe something that big, in a place where man is all the time, would exist. Could be wrong, and have been many times, but I’m willing to put some money on this one.