Astronuts

Commander Bentwick checked the fittings in his oxygen hose for what must have been the nineteenth time as he waited at the airlock. Then, with a whoosh, the great doors cracked open and Bentwick stepped on the planet surface, followed by co-pilot Captain Chet “No Sweat” Gillette.

As they took their first tentative steps, the surface felt soft and springy beneath their weighted boots. Slowly, the two men took a look around — and it was only at that moment that they noticed the fatal design flaw in their space helmets.

squirrel with coconut

Photo by Mike Walker for the Daily Mail.

My carrot! My carrot!

Why you lousy, goat-for-nothing thief! Give me back my lunch!

(nhhrrgh!) This is (hrrrggnh!) no way (arrrgth!) to treat a vegetarian!

Well, fine!  I didn’t want your stupid carrot anyway!

Hee, hee, hee — Chelsea knows we’re running her photos in reverse order.

Bark, bark, bark-AWWWK!!

Talk about scrambled: According to the Daily Mail, when her owners saved hen Mabel from the chop, Mabel repaid the favor by keeping their pups warm. Hot dog!

Sent in by Zeki, whose letter says “asdfghl!” Gezundheit, Zeki.

Ocelittle

How did this little cutie escape our attention for over three years? He’s a Brazilian ocelot, born at The Louisville Zoo in November, 2007, and given the suitably diminutive name of… (booming echo effect) El Conquistador!

Photo by Kara Bussabarger for The Louisville Zoo. Found by Jay D. on his blog.

C.O. Travels the Globe!

Hoist a tall frosty one — with your cat! Each spring, the quiet German village of Lürkensproingen hosts Bierfest für Katzen, a beer festival for our feline friends. Sample such daring local brews as Wach und Schlief (“Awake and Asleep”), which substitutes catnip for hops in the brewing process.

Danke to Beer Ambassador Kristyn L. (You can spot more photos at SloshSpot.)

Cat, trapped in refrigerator, eats own foot

Yes, it’s another “Airplane!” reference (it was just on TV Friday night). I suppose naming the cat Taters just made the foot seem even more delicious, Misty C.

It got three stars in the Michelin guide

OK, listen to this: Rooms overlooking the ocean, free wi-fi, day spa with massage and mud bath, 24-hour butler service, daily in-room flower delivery, 60-inch flat-screen TV, and you get a pug on your pillow when you check in.

… and a free monogrammed robe that says Yumi W.

THIS JUST IN: Spotted Licorice Whatzit

It’s not a whatzit, it’s a baby tapir, with the kind of nose-snout-mini-trunk thingie, and the stripey-spotted fuzzy outsides, and it was born last January at the San Diego Place With the Buildings With the Animals In Them and the Stuff.

Sent by Marilyn T. over at NatGeoNewsWatch! with the e-mail and the whatever. Photo by Ken Bohn.

Pigsaw Puzzle

Just a few pieces left to go…

I need a bit of pig for the upper right corner…

and then I’m missing some pig on the left side…

well, I guess it’s all pig, really.

Seen at Kensington State Park in Michigan, courtesy of Claire H.

Slightly icky Rule 25 action

Justine W. sends us a textbook case of Rule 25 in action: If you dangle your paw, it’s cute.  But that ain’t all that’s dangling, if you catch my drift.

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