Monday, September 01, 2014

On This Day

Today is the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The very last bird (Martha, after Martha Washington) died in the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1, 1914. It was, without doubt, the most dramatic extinction ever witnessed.

"The number of these birds … was far beyond the power of human calculation," wrote Virginia historian Philip Bruce in the 17th century. With awe, he recorded that, "for hours they darkened the sky like a pall of thunder clouds; and that they broke down, by their weight, the limbs of the forest whenever a entire flock lighted in search of food."

More:  LiveScience

Calling the Peacocks

A bird keeper in Guilin, China, whistles and his flock of peacocks fly home for dinner.

Via: Miss Cellania

Happy Labour Day!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Swans Feed Koi Fish

At Swan Lake Resort in Kending, Taiwan, two black swans feed their fish friends, the koi.

Via Miss Cellania

Pets Swallow The Darndest Things

Who knew there was a contest for radiographs of weirdest things pets ingest? Here are a couple of the 2014 X-Ray Contest Winners:

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital
Portland, Ore.
A 3-year-old male great Dane was observed repeatedly vomiting and retching all day.
Abdominal radiographs revealed a severely distended stomach and a large quantity of foreign material.
During exploratory surgery performed by a DoveLewis veterinarian, 43½ socks were removed. The patient was discharged home one day after surgery.

Mary Green, DVM
Animal Emergency of Pasco
Port Richey, Fla.

A client with a dog named Woof called, saying her dog had eaten a rubber duck. Her 3-year-old son had lost his rubber duckie, so Mom, unable to find it after a month, bought him a new one.
Watching her son in the tub, she saw her Woof, come in, nose around in the water and gulp down the duckie. 
Radiographs found five rubber duckies. Every time a duck went missing, Mom would buy a new one. 
We surgically removed the flock along with a toy truck tire and a piece of another toy, and Woof did very well.


How To Make Old Kentucky Famed Drinks

Hey y'all, September is National Bourbon month! I bought a big old bottle of the stuff when I was down in The Land Of The Free last week and plan to kick back on the porch with a nice mint julep. The Kentucky for Kentucky team has gathered up a special collection of 47 drink recipes curated by the Brown Foreman Distillery Company of Louisville, Kentucky. The collection dates back to 1934.

More recipes: Kentucky for Kentucky

What if Ingmar Bergman Directed The Flash?

Caught within a simple paradox. Am I too fast, or not fast enough? I am after all only one man.

Via everlasting blort 

The Battle of the Tooth Worm

As long as humankind has existed we have had toothaches and elaborate procedures to relieve the pain existed as far back as 7000BC. Above is a depiction of the infamous tooth worm believed by many people in the past to bore holes in human teeth and cause toothaches. The worms were first documented in a Sumerian text around 5,000 BC. but references to tooth worms can be found in China, Egypt and India long before they appeared Western Europe in the 8th century.

More about tooth worms: The Chirurgeon's Apprentice


Portrait of a City

Promotional film for the City of Hamilton (Ontario, Canada) from the 1940's. It was more prosperous then but with the decline of manufacturing the city fell upon hard times. In recent years there has been a resurgence as creative types were drawn by now affordable property values and there is a thriving art scene.

Portrait of a City from Brian Potstra on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jet Skiing Through the Canyons of Lake Powell

A jet skier takes an amazing ride through a set of narrow canyons on Lake Powell. He's braver than I would be.

Via TwistedSifter