The holidays are here.
What a great excuse to enjoy a yummy chocolate and peanut butter brownie.
This isn’t chocolate. It isn’t even food. It’s, um…well –
Wombats are, in fact, the only creatures that poop cubes. The shape helps the wombat mark its territory and recognize potential mates, because the flat sides help the poops stay in place.
I still think they look like little mini-desserts. Put them on a Christmas doily, and I bet you’d fool a few folks.
That is, if the wombat didn’t get there first.
Posted in Animals, Foods, Holiday, Humor, Life
Tagged animals, brownies, chocolate, Christmas, cube shaped poop, cubes, doily, Foods, holidays, Humor, life, mark its territory, mini-desserts, poop, squares, wombat
Welcome to Fun Fact Friday!
I just invented it because I ran across a fun fact on Google that I wanted to share. It is, in fact, a fun fact about Google…which makes it even more fun.
Well, at least, to me.
Anyhoo, here is your promised fun fact –
Google has a pet dinosaur. His name is Stan. He is a T-Rex.
His skeleton was unearthed near their headquarters, authenticated and later adopted by Google. Now Stan is kept on a fairly short leash outside Building 43.
Are these Stan’s real bones or a scale model? This fact I do not know. But having a dinosaur as a pet?
Very cool. And very Google.
Posted in Animals, Business, Humor, Museums
Tagged animals, Business, dinosaurs, Friday, fun fact, Google, Google campus, Google search, headquarters, museum, pet, pet dinosaur, scale model, sit stay good boy, skeleton, Stan, T-rex
Rory and I had company on our walk today.
And it wasn’t the first time, either.
We were meandering down one of our usual paths in Central Park when, about halfway down, I saw a sparrow waiting.
He turned when I drew near and hopped forward slowing, as if escorting us up the lane. At a break in the fencing, he hopped through and flew upward to a nearby tree branch.
Standard bird behavior, right?
Except this is the third time that a sparrow has met us halfway down that path. The third time he’s turned and led us forward. The third time we’ve parted company at that same break in the fence.
Is he trying to tell me something? Trying to get me to go to that tree? To see something in or near it? You’d think at very least he would chirp loudly to signal the alarm.
Hasn’t he ever watched Lassie?
Posted in Animals, Dogs, Humor, Life, Nature, Walking
Tagged animals, bird behavior, birds, Central Park, chirp, Dogs, escort, fencing, flight of fancy, Lassie, New York City, sparrow, third time's a charm, walking, walking path
Many of my childhood beliefs have been shaken, but there’s one that holds firm:
If you suffer a bruise, you show the bruise.
On this Conan and I agree.
O’Brien fell off a water buffalo — of all things — while rehearsing a bit for a visit from animal expert David Mizejewski Tuesday night. Conan hit the stage floor hard…and the bit didn’t make the live show.
But the bruise on his thigh sure did.
Wednesday night Conan dropped trou and displayed the enormous purple souvenir of his not-so-smart ride for all to see. The studio audience. The band. Andy Richter. And oh yeah…
All the folks at home watching on TV.
At first glance you might think, “Geez, Conan — will you stop at nothing to get a laugh?” But I understand that, in this case, it goes beyond comedy –
He suffered the bruise. He shows the bruise.
It’s as simple and as complicated as that.
Posted in Humor, Television, TV, Entertainment, Comedy, Commentary, Animals
Tagged Andy Richter, animal expert, animals, band, bruises, childhood belief, comedy, Conan, Conan O'Brien, dress rehearsal, entertainment, Humor, studio audience, suffer the bruise show the bruise, Television, television audience, TV, water buffalo
I’m en route to New York City from Boston — Rory, I’ll be home soon — and we just passed the ubiquitous…
Deer crossing sign
Goodness knows they are a legitimate safety reminder. Deer certainly seem to be attracted to roadways.
But it got me thinking (because I’m bored) –
Are there no other animals that cross the road?
Of course there is the ‘chicken who crossed the road’ joke…but what about other wildlife who might mosey across the highways and byways? Don’t they deserve their own bright yellow sign?
Turns out they do.
Funny — suddenly I’m a lot less bored.
Posted in Animals, Automobiles, Cars, Design, Humor, Life, Travel
Tagged animals, automobiles, bear crossing, Boston, byways, cars, caution sign, chicken crossing the road, deer crossing, driving, elephant crossing, gator crossing, highway, highways, Humor, kangaroo crossing, life, lion crossing, look both ways, New York City, road, road signs, safety reminder, Travel, turkey crosing, wildlife
Today is World Elephant Day.
Asian and African elephants are on the verge of extinction, threatened by poaching, loss of habitat, mistreatment in captivity and other human conflict.
Please visit WorldElephantDay.org today to learn more about these beautiful creatures, and how you can support solutions for better care of captive and wild elephants alike.
You can also watch the film, “Return to the Forest,” which premieres today.
Posted in Animals, Commentary, Education, Life, Nature, Philosophy, Travel
Tagged african elephant, animals, asian elephant, captivity, commentary, elephants, extinction, Holiday, human conflict, life, mistreatment, movie premiere, natural habitat, nature, poaching, Return to the Forest movie, Travel, World Elephant Day
Did you hear? It’s National Rabbit Week.
I know this because my Kansas City vet sent me an email alert.
They are having a special on bunny vet care this week — 15 percent off! All those Easter bunny owners, take note.
I am clearly entertained by this. A bunny alert? Seems like a hare-brain idea to me.
Posted in Animals, Commentary, Humor, Life
Tagged animals, bunny, email alert, hare brain, Humor, Internet, Kansas City, life, national rabbit week, Rabbit, vet
Is it time for another blog post on Craig Ferguson?
I think so, yes.
CraigyFerg (as he is known on Twitter) was chatting it up with his followers yesterday when Spellchek corrected his Latin entry to read “primate nocturnal”…which led Craig to the inevitable inspiration –
People suggested names. (Orangutangula and VanHelchimp were Craig’s favs.) He even chatted it up in his monologue last night. And today?
It. Is. Risen.
And strangely enough, looks a lot like Craig.
It’s a great day for America, everybody.
Posted in Animals, Celebrities, Comedy, Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Life, Television, TV
Tagged animals, banana bats, celebrities, comedy, commentary, Craig Ferguson, CraigyFerg, entertainment, Humor, Internet, it is risen, it's a great day for America, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Latin, life, monologue, Orangutangula, primate nocturnal, spellchek, Television, TV, Twitter, vampire monkeys, VanHelchimp