Finally, a post that has nothing to do with bizarre animal reproduction problems.
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Chimp Haven managers said they knew something was up when Teresa was missing during morning rounds on January 8. Later in the day, she appeared with a newborn chimpanzee in her arms.Link. Tracy, the baby chimpanzee, and her mother are doing well.
Workers have started collecting hair samples from the chimps for testing. Once they identify the father, it's back to the operating room for him.
Immler . . . and her collaborators reasoned there are times when sperm might want to cooperate. This might prove especially likely when animals are promiscuous and the sperm of one male have to compete against those of rival males.Link. Don't these little gametes know that vigorous, free competition produces the optimal outcome? Leave it to a rodent to reject free-market capitalism. Damn hippies.
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"Males in promiscuous species are better off by investing more into sperm production," Immler told LiveScience. "Hence, it has been shown that more promiscuous species have generally relatively larger testes."
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"When the finding of the European woodmouse was published a few years ago, it appeared to be an exceptional case occurring in this one species only," Immler said. "This research shows that when the pressure from rival males is high, individual sperm will cooperate with one another to ensure that at least one of their siblings successfully reaches the female egg."
[Zoo officials] have held a mock wedding, announced plans to separate the two to spark a little romance and even talked of introducing panda porn—videos of other pandas mating—to get the pair in the mood.Chuang Chuang the Panda is just too heavy to have sex. Thai authorities have put him on a strict diet to get him to mate with Lin Hui.
Chuang Chuang is gaining weight too fast and we found Lin Hui is no longer comfortable with having sex with him,'' said the zoo's chief veterinarian, Kanika Limtrakul, adding that Chuang Chuang weighed 331 pounds while Lin Hui is only 253 pounds.Link. Thailand rented Chuang Chuang (male panda) and Lin Hui (female panda) from China for $250,000 in October 2003 for 10 years.
Nell Hamm said she grabbed a 4-inch-diameter log and beat the animal with it, but it would not release its hold on her husband's head.Link (via Feministing). You listening, Mrs. GR? I expect no less.
"Jim was talking to me all through this, and he said, 'I've got a pen in my pocket and get the pen and jab him in the eye,"' she said.
"So I got the pen and tried to put it in his eye, but it didn't want to go in as easy as I thought it would."
When the pen bent and became useless, Nell Hamm went back to using the log. The lion eventually let go and, with blood on its snout, stood staring at the woman. She screamed and waved the log until the animal walked away.
Conductor Arturo Toscanini was misidentified in a photo in yesterday's Daily News. He was the white-haired gentleman holding a baton.Indexed by tags music, news, Toscanini, Philadelphia Daily News.
The old dame piked for the chigrel nook for gorms for her bahl belljeemer.Link. You can hear examples of the spoken dialect, too: a local public radio program allowed school kids to interview Boonville natives (.aif audio part 1, part 2), and NPR's All Things Considered travelled to Boonville soon after (.mp3 audio, via Connected Traveller). Both feature interviews with Bobby "Chipmunk" Glover, pictured here, Boontling's unofficial goodwill ambassador to the outside world. In addition to NPR, Chipmunk appeared on Johnny Carson's show a few times to discuss "burlap[ing] a bahl dame—Boontling for making whoopee with a good-looking woman." He was also an EMT and arson investigator for the Anderson Valley Volunteer Firefighters and a trained electrical engineer who developed the first automatic photo enlarger. Chipmunk died at eighty-two in 2003, prompting a tribute in the local paper guaranteeing "We will all deek you later many leagues above old Sol." Chipmunk had been born forty-some-odd years too late to have invented Boontling, but as second- or third-generation speakers he and his peers both enriched the dialect and kept it alive. Chipmunk's death may have marked the begining of Boontling's repose. It will lie in state in Boonville until it is buried in years to come.
The gorms had shied, the nook was strung, and the bahl belljeemer had neemer.
A person who thinks in this manner might, for example, describe the physical concept of energy as a living entity, as if it belonged to the sphere of biology, or through the concept of evil, a psychological attribute. According to Saher, such thinking does not necessarily indicate that a person is poorly educated, because rational knowledge is not linked to these beliefs in any way. Some respondents simultaneously held conflicting superstitious and rational notions about certain phenomena, without the rational thoughts exercising any overriding effect on the superstitious elements.Link (via the Anomalist). Unfortunately this doesn't explain why the food is so good in superstitious Romania.
"It was mildew," he said. "Not unusual for my shower, I guess; but it seemed to spell out 'have a good day.' I thought 'what an amazing coincidence,' and I decided to take a picture when I got home from work."Link. What's really surprising is that the mildew hasn't spelled out a more appropriate message:
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"This time it was, 'Hope work went well,' and there was a smiley face below the words," said Malcolm. "The mildew in my apartment was definitely trying to communicate with me."
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"The stain is alive, and sentient, and obviously grateful I haven't tried to kill it. I think it's developing a bond with me."
[A] television microphone caught the aside, in which the conservative Mr Kaczynski whispered to the aide not to take a question from the woman reporter.Link. As a way of making amends, Kaczynski took a page from his patented guide to pick-up lines:
"Not from that monkey in red," the president said.
"Privately, I call journalists different names, but in this case it was definitely not a description of her looks, because you could say she is the opposite."So basically, this unnamed woman in red is the Shrödinger's cat of simian journalists. Win a prize* by determining what exactly the opposite of a monkey is!
a) a hummingbird*Winner may select a prize from one of the following: bragging rights, respect, sense of fulfillment, ego boost.
b) a cuttlefish
c) a bottle of dish detergent
d) an armoire
“chugging fuzz guitar” + “sweet, infectious melodies” + “[lead-singer Rivers] Cuomo's nerdy bad-luck charm”
“sugary power pop” + “smart-assed rants”
“instant hummab[ility]” + “[difficulty]-get[ting]-out-of-one’s-head”
City air-quality sensors around Manhattan did not detect high concentrations of natural gas, and officials were “very confident” it was not dangerous, [Mayor Michael Bloomberg] said.Link (NYTimes registration required, or use BugMeNot). Of course, Mayor Bloomberg is simplydoing his impression of Ross flirting:
“The smell is there, we don’t know the source of it; it does not appear to be dangerous,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “And some of the facilities that were evacuated or shut down are now being reopened or put back on line.”
Mr. Bloomberg also noted that natural gas itself had no odor, but mercaptan, a chemical that is added to it, did.
Hey, uh, you know that smell gas has? They put that in. The gas is odorless, but they add the smell so you know when there's a leak. A lot of other gas smells. Methane smells.But what remains unclear is why New York is now plagued by a terrible gas smell rather than the maple syrup of a year ago.
A calf with two faces was born Dec. 27 at Heldreth Dairy Farm...Link. This animal is the product of artificial insemination, and an attempt to create a superior breed of cow. “Genetically, this is one of my better calves,'' said Heldreth. To combat the crowds flocking to see this genetic anomaly, Heldreth plans to "tie the dogs extra tight."
The animal is normal from its tail until its unusually large head. The calf breathes out of two noses and has two tongues, which move independently, according to [owner Kirk] Heldreth. There appears to be a single socket containing two eyes where the heads split.
“It's the craziest thing I've ever seen,'' the dairyman said.
Lisko hunts deer with a bow but got his most unusual one driving his truck down his mile-long driveway. The young buck had nub antlers -- and seven legs. Lisko said it also had both male and female reproductive organs.Link. Lisko described the extra legs as resembling “crab pinchers.'' He thought he saw the appendages moving, as if they were functional, before the deer was hit.
When he looked at the animal, he noticed three- to four-inch appendages growing from the rear legs. Later, he found a smaller appendage growing from one of the front legs.
“It's a pretty weird deer,'' he said...
A 22-year-old Webster man accidentally shot himself yesterday as he dismantled his gun while driving down Loudon Road, the police said. In the process, Robert Drown also hit a minivan and toppled the sign at the 7-Eleven, according to a witness.Link (via Fark). "That's quite an act, son," said the manager. "What do you call it?"
Drown was trying to place his gun in a safety mode when it went off, the police said. He was rushed to Concord Hospital with a serious gunshot wound to his thigh. He was listed in fair condition yesterday evening. The police said Drown was fortunate that he injured himself near a fire station and with an off-duty paramedic nearby.
The accident happened just before noon as Drown was headed west on Loudon Road, according to Maj. Robert Barry. When his gun went off, Drown veered off Loudon Road and over the lawn of the nearby 7-Eleven. Drown stopped only when he hit the store's sign, according to a witness. The impact toppled the sign onto Drown's vehicle.
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After hitting the sign, Drown got out of his SUV and ran for the fire station next door. Murphy and his friends noticed Drown's jeans were saturated with blood. About 20 feet from the station, Murphy saw the man collapse. "He had lost a lot of blood," Murphy said.
Dear Good Reverend,Thanks, Maura! Of course, I've simplified it with my meddling ways, but at the end I'll tell you what she did differently so you can decide for yourself.
Here is the recipe.