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  1. jigwashere

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    Someone Is Putting Cowboy Hats on Pigeons in Las Vegas
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    CHRISTINE HAUSER
    nytimes.com
    4 min

    No one knows why. A rodeo was in town but denied any connection. The Las Vegas police said it “does not appear to be a police matter at this time.”


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    This is a true story about pigeons wearing cowboy hats. It happened in Vegas.

    The day started out typically, according to Bobby Lee, our story’s main witness. On the afternoon of Dec. 5, he was on his way to the grocery store when he noticed something red outside his car window.

    Pigeons were milling around a parking lot near a dumpster, pecking the ground. Ordinary behavior for the birds, but for one detail: Two of them were wearing miniature cowboy hats, one red and one gray.

    Baffled, he grabbed his phone. The “birds have hats on, bro!” Mr. Lee exclaimed in a 12-second video that he later posted on Facebook.

    Mr. Lee, 26, said he threw some Doritos out the window for the birds, but it scared them off. They didn’t go far; one settled on a ledge. On the internet, however, the cowboy-hat-wearing pigeons (watch out, pun incoming) took wing.

    asked the obvious, most pressing question: “Who did this?”

    Wrangler National Finals Rodeo was in town. But the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which organizes the event, “had nothing to do with the pigeons wearing cowboy hats,” according to Scott Kaniewski, the editor of ProRodeo Sports News.

    food or pebbles for their gizzards, apparently unperturbed by their headwear. Though they looked mature, he could not determine the age or gender of the birds.

    “I think the thing that I would emphasize is I can’t see that it is causing any great harm to the pigeons,” he said. The hats are “certainly light enough,” he added. “They look like happy pigeons to me. It is hard to know, of course, because they will not talk to us.”

    But pigeons are not conducive to hats. The shape of their skulls is “fairly flattish but rounded,” Dr. Walcott said, so a hat must be fitted on the surface of the bird’s head. Whoever did that was apparently careful not to obscure the eyes, as far as Dr. Walcott could tell. “They certainly are not impeding the pigeon’s vision of things that it is pecking at on the ground,” he said.

    But the hats “might get in the way of seeing a hawk coming down from on top.”

    When Dr. Walcott was studying pigeons at Harvard in the 1960s, he and other scientists affixed light copper coils to the birds’ heads to create magnetic fields that would help the researchers understand how the animals use signals to home. The coils were fastened with a veterinary cement, similar to chewing gum, that could be peeled off the birds’ feathers.

    “I would like to think that is what these folks used,” Dr. Walcott said. “But I bet it is not.”

    Pigeons are adaptable, he said, and they love big cities, with all the windowsills available for nesting. The hat-wearing pigeons in Las Vegas could be captured with simple wire cage traps, propped open with a stick and a rope attached to pull when the pigeon goes inside to eat. Or the hats might eventually fall off.


    Ms. Hillman of Lofty Hopes, the bird rescue organization in Las Vegas, said in an interview that for five days, she and her team had been canvassing the east side of the city, handing out business cards and telling residents to call if they see the birds. Another person reported seeing the pigeons on Monday, she said, and they apparently still had their hats on.

    “The hats can molt off, but that will take time,” she said.

    At this point, she and her staff are just guessing who fitted the pigeons with their accessories.

    “Humans basically just need to keep their hands off animals,” Ms. Hillman said. “It is their life. They have the right to live free from harm.”
     
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    Liked for the novelty of the cowboy hat idea :vbtongue: but certainly not for the actual application of tiny Stetsons to birdies. :vbfrown:
     
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    Special Significance Or Cool Coincidence? Final Full Moon Of Decade Peaks On 12/12 At 12:12
    by Facebook, miami.cbslocal.com
    December 10, 2019 10:08 AM
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The last full moon of the decade could have special significance if you are into numerology.

    The full moon will take place Thursday, December 12th, and the instant that the moon is full is 12:12 a.m.

    Does it have special significance, or is it just a cool coincidence?

    According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the number 12 has special significance – depending on who you ask.

    Consider this. There are 12 months in a year, and a day is made up of two 12-hour periods.

    In numerology, the number 12 is related to completion, perfection, harmony, motivation, achievement and independence.

    Only 12 people have walked on the moon and we can’t forget this, there are 12 days of Christmas!

    Thursday’s full moon is called the “Cold Moon” or “Long Night’s Moon,” for the time of year when Winter really begins.
     
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    Some might argue that 2020 is still this decade, depending on how one counts. (Remember all the millennium craziness, as in when did the millennium begin, 2000 or 2001?)
     
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    I guess the question is, was there a year 0 (zero)? If yes, then the last year of a decade ends in a 9 (nine); if not, the last year ends in a zero (0). Although, that "logic" only works on half the years, since 0 is only part of the first decade (0-9) or minus first decade (-9 through 0). my head hurts, I need a lie-down… :vbrolleyes:
     
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    I've asked myself he same questions, over and over again, ever since I was a kid. Mathematically, these should be a year zero, so subtracting 1 B.C. from 1 A.D. yields 2, the same as subtracting -1 from 1. But I guess no one wanted his biography to say "born in year zero" so they jumped from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. without having a year zero. Kind of like how no one wants to live on the 13th floor, so many buildings go from 12th to 14th :D . Seriously now, I read somewhere many decades ago that years are counted with natural numbers, and this group doesn't include the zero. They're called "natural" because they're what one uses to count, as in counting potatoes, chickens, etc. No one says "zero potatoes, one potato, two potatoes, etc". Everybody says "one potato, two potatoes, etc". By this definition, 2020 is part of the current decade, and the next decade starts in 2021. By the same logic, the millenium began in 2001.

    There's also the matter of defining the turning point, because "B.C." can mean other things besides "Before Christ"

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    Maybe there won't be any full moons in 2020. You didn't consider that, did you?

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    Thousands of 'penis-fish' washed ashore a California beach

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/science...enis-fish-washed-ashore-California-beach.html

    by Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com, dailymail.co.uk
    December 12, 2019 11:04 AM

    Thousands of 'penis-fish' have washed ashore Drakes Beach, California.

    Formally known as fat innkeeper worm, an expert believes a recent storm forced the worms out of their underwater homes and carried them to the beach -leaving them exposed to predators.

    This 10-inch marine creature looks like a 'pink sausage' and creates U-shaped burrows in mud or sand that it leaves behind for other creatures to move in - hence its name 'innkeeper'.

    The sea of these 'penis-fish' was spotted by biologists Ivan Parr on December 6 after a storm hit the area.

    'The same phenomenon has been reported over the years at Pajaro Dunes, Moss Landing, Bodega Bay, and Princeton Harbor,' Parr wrote for Bay Nature.



    'I've heard my share of imaginative theories from beachcombers, such as flotsam of a wrecked bratwurst freighter.'

    'In truth, these are living denizens of our beaches rudely, yet also mercifully, mostly called 'fat innkeeper worms.'

    The fat innkeeper worm is a type of spoon worm with a spatula-shape limb, which it uses to both feed and swim.

    It spends most of its existence underground in muddy and sandy parts of the sea floor - and it lives for up to 25 years.

    They dine on bacteria, plankton and other smalls particles, which it captures using 'slime nets' that are consumed once they have caught enough food with it.

    Innkeeper worms create U-shaped burrows as their temporary home, which are then used by other creatures - hence the its name 'innkeeper'.

    The burrow includes a sand chimney that allows it to enter and exit, and a way to capture food.

    Experts have found evidence of these creatures in history, as there are U-shaped burrows dating back 300 million years.

    However, because of their size and soft bodies, they have many threats including otters, sharks seagulls and humans – but experts say they are harmless and passive creatures.

    They may be a rare siting in the US, but South Korea, Japan and China.

    Those who have dined on this worm have said it is chewy, salty and surprisingly sweet.

    It's often served with a savory sauce made from sesame oil and salt or a spicier dip consisting of vinegar and gochujang.

    Those who prefer their penis fish cooked might grill it on a skewer with salt, pepper, and sesame oil.

    WHAT ARE 'FAT INKEEPER WORMS'?
    Known as the 'fat innkeeper worm', the echiura worm is a little round worm that lives at the bottom of the sea.

    These unusual and pudgy worms, Urechis unicinctus, look as gentle as they are - they're quite slow and are harmless to humans as they have no teeth.

    In Asian countries such as South Korea or China, they are used as a food that can be consumed raw or cooked in different styles.

    The worms typically live in burrows in muddy and sandy parts of the sea floor.

    Their U-shaped burrows are also used by many other creatures as their temporary or permanent homes.

    For this reason, Urechises are often called 'fat innkeeper worms'. They are also called 'penis fish' for quite an obvious reasons.

    Currently researchers do not believe their cohabitants do any good for them.

    The worm itself reaches around 20cm (eight inches) long but their burrows can be several feet deep.

    It pumps water into its burrow by waves of muscle contractions running down its body.

    Inkeeper worms eat by creating 'slime nets' that trap plankton drifting in the water.

    When they have caught enough in their net they swallow it.
     
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    When I first heard that story (on some TV show) I thought they meant those fish that 'swim up.' Glad it was something else.
     
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    The mystery of the missing police station donation toys has been solved. The thief is very cute
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/20/us/police-dog-stealing-toys-trnd/index.html

    By Madeline Holcombe, CNN
    Updated 4:58 AM EST, Fri December 20, 2019
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    (CNN)A Massachusetts police department has a thief in its midst.

    Officers with the Franklin Police department had worked diligently to collect toys for needy children this holiday season, but noticed that some of those toys were disappearing, according to CNN affiliate WFXT.

    Fortunately, the culprit was caught in the act and on camera. It was their own therapy dog, Ben Franklin.
     
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