Posts Tagged ‘aminals’

Oh, The Germanity! A Real Cowgirl!

April 5, 2011

Horse dreams dashed, German teen turns to cow Luna

Regina Mayer

LAUFEN, Germany – When Regina Mayer’s parents dashed her hopes of getting a horse, the resourceful 15-year-old didn’t sit in her room and sulk. Instead, she turned to a cow called Luna to make her riding dreams come true…

Now, something about a young German girl jumping over fences on cowback makes me happy. I just can’t help it.


“Zombie” ants fall victim to mind-control fungus

March 10, 2011

“Zombie” ants fall victim to mind-control fungus

A recently discovered “mind control fungus” causes ants to seek out a good spot for the fungus to propagate and then drop dead so the fungus can, well, propagate. That is one of the coolest recent discoveries of modern entomology. The only cooler one was the beetles in the Pacific Northwest that fashion and use miniature chainsaws.

I love this photo of an ant with a fungus stalk emerging from the back of his head.


In The News: Turtles and Financial SNAFUs

July 19, 2009

Turtles Invade JFK Airport

(AP) NEW YORK – A runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport was shut down briefly Wednesday (11/8/2009) morning after at least 78 turtles emerged from a nearby bay and crawled onto the tarmac… (more)

Viva turtles! This story implies that they have some trouble with the diamondback terrapins at least a few times a year in the early summer. I wonder what the cost/benefit ratio of putting in a fence would be. This article’s got one of those sentences where a single word drastically alters the meaning of the sentence if you’re paying attention: “There have been no recent reports of the strikes causing any damage to an airplane.” That makes me wonder when it did happen and under what circumstances. These turtles are around 8″ in length, so it makes me wonder how much damage they could do, though it’s clear that they have inflicted some at some point. Hmmm…

$23 Quadrillion For Smokes?

(AP) MANCHESTER, N.H. – A New Hampshire man says he swiped his debit card at a gas station to buy a pack of cigarettes and was charged over 23 quadrillion dollars… (more)

Now that’s a rough day, having a banking error overcharge you for a purchase to the tune of $23,148,855,308,184,500. My favorite part of the story is, sadly, the most predictable (I saw it coming the moment I read the first paragraph): “Bank of America tells WMUR-TV only the card issuer, Visa, could answer questions. Visa, in turn, referred questions to the bank.” I’ve dealt with BofA quite a bit though I’ve never personally had an account with them, but I always dread having to interact with them again for any reason – they won’t get my personal business.

Him’s My Friend!

June 29, 2009

Yes, another cute picture of a small mutant turtle. One would think I’d get sick of these. Well, I don’t.

An albino baby turtle swims with green sea babies turtle in ...

This is my happy for the day.

Fie! Fie I Say!

August 1, 2008

Chihuahuas reign as Los Angeles County’s most popular dog breed – Los Angeles Times:

Hateful Hateful Hatefulness.

Any dog the size of a cat deserves to be used for soccer practice.

In the News: The Joy of Cryptids

August 1, 2008

Today, I stumbled across the following:

Chekkit out! Am I fugly or what?

Apparently this critter, dubbed the “Montauk Monster” washed up on a beach in Montauk, NY.

What exactly the thing is happens to be a matter of some debate on the ever-informed and ever-rational internet. Huzzah for the slightly-less-than-infinite number of monkeys banging away on their keyboards. I leave it up to my ever-erudite readers to determine just what sort of whatsit it is that we are looking at. Your guesses can’t be farther off base than some others I’ve seen…

Anyhow, in that vein, I went digging around a little bit and found a somewhat amusing little thing about some other cryptids. Naturally, my favorite’s gotta be GoatBoy.

What, did you expect Mothman?


May 29, 2008

You know you love him.

My wife found another bone like my snacksized little friend. Here‘s another shot of him. Huzzah!

Aminals. Teeeensy ones.

December 8, 2007

These ones aren’t even snacksized.

now those're little.