Archive for April, 2011

While I do indeed sport a beard, you will never catch me wearing one of these.

A punked, spiked beard, on the other hand… .

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Then you’ll love creepy Easter Bunnies:

MWAHAHA!! I have you at last!

Must be a Stephen King Easter. Click for the rest.

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Somehow, when adding a link for the neato cooking site Crepes of Wrath to the sidebar, I managed to instead link a news item about Iran.

I blame global warming. Yeah, that’s it.

Anyway, it’s now fixed. Sorry, Sydney. 🙂

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What more needs to be said?

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Here’s an absolutely fascinating video of female elephants coming to the rescue of a baby elephant trapped in a muddy pond and in danger of drowning:

(Click the image to go to the site for the video)

There are several fascinating items to note, here:

  1. The elephants cooperated in the rescue, first working together to try to pull and push the baby out of the water.
  2. I’d swear there were attempts to keep the toddler-elephant calm by touching it in reassurance.
  3. When the first attempts to rescue it didn’t work, the adults worked out a plan to guide it to a place where the shore didn’t seem so steep, and then one looks like it digs out a path to make the infant’s climb even easier. If they had hands with opposable thumbs, I’m certain they would have been using tools.

I may be guilty of anthropomorphizing, but that looked like a very high level of intelligence in action, there.

Oh and, once it was free, you know that baby elephant was catching an earful from mom: “What did I tell you about going too close to the edge, young man? No Animal Planet for you tonight!” 😉


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And you thought they were all sweet and loveable — hah! In their early days, the Muppets made Miss Piggy look like a pacifist:

From 1957 to 1961, Henson made 179 commercials for Wilkins Coffee and other Wilkins products, including Community Coffee and Wilkins Tea. The ads were so successful and well-liked that they sparked a series of remakes for companies in other local markets throughout the 1960s.

The ads starred the cheerful Wilkins, who liked Wilkins Coffee, and the grumpy Wontkins, who hated it. Wilkins would often do serious harm to Wontkins in the ads — blowing him up, stabbing him with a knife, and smashing him with a club, among many other violent acts.

Remember: When the Muppet offers you some Wilkins Coffee — you take it!

via Bryan Preston

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