2011: A Squirrel Oddity

We take you now to the training center of NASA (Naturally Aerodynamic Squirrel Astronauts), where would-be space travelers use this elaborate state-of-the-art simulator to overcome the difficulties of eating in zero-gravity conditions…

THIS JUST IN: He Who Must Be Named

The Toledo Zoo is welcoming a newborn African elephant calf by asking the public to vote for a name from three choices: Lucas, Chuck, and Iain. If your choice gets the most votes, you might win a prize, too. Click here to vote.

More information at the Toledo Blade.

This Week, on “Antiques Roadshow”

We’re in Hardup, Utah, the Beehive State, and we can’t bee-live the treasures we’re appraising in this hive of activity! Here’s some of what you’ll see in our first hour:

A crystal pig with a digital clock embedded in its side, of which only 36,045,940 are thought to still exist today…
One-half of an elaborately decorated metal brassiere, part of the costume for the earliest American production of Wagner’s Die Walküre
This one-of-a-kind paperweight, origin uncertain…
And a bowl of hand-carved wooden fruit that may have been accidentally nibbled by a slightly inebriated Theodore Roosevelt.

How much for the paperweight, Fiona C.?

Please Leave Your Message

After the, “Beep!”

Thank you for calling, Bobby D.

Now a Word From Our Sponsor Mars

Remember, if you like to climb on things and get high, this is the place.

This is a sample from “Rhett and Link: Commercial Kings,” an IFC Channel series that creates TV advertising for local businesses.


After a few more generations, dogs will be able to fly!

C.O.X.E.C.U.! (Cute Overload Xtreme Evolutionary Close-Up)

That’s one way to really make the fur fly, Kitty and Jennifer.

Let’s check in on the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee

I see they’re still working hard bathing, swaddling and eyedrop-feeding their foster kittens.

Nice work!

Lottie Bouvierlottie in a blankie
Thanks to Sender-Inner Michele “BonzoGal” M. Photos by the talented and crafty kitten fosterer Laurie C. over at the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee in Tacoma, WA.

Holy Imprinting!

Discovery News is reporting some awesome interspecies duckling/pup action:

According to Sara Hallager, a bird biologist at the National Zoo; “All baby birds, when they’re born, the first thing they see, which is usually the same species, is what they imprint on.”

So how did this duckling duo end up thinking a dog was their parent? It turns out it wasn’t part of the original plan when Frances Marsh, 25, and her family bought two two-day-old ducklings at a local garden center near their home in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Yogi, the family’s 5-year-old corgi, was in the car that day and was instantly fascinated by the family’s purchase.

“They were in a little box. He just leaned his head over and licked them,” Marsh said.

Ever since, the ducklings, Biggie and ‘Pac, have chosen to follow Yogi, as if he were their mother.

Alertly spotted by Sender Inner Nicholas H. Story and hovertexts by Amy Enchelmeyer for Discovery News. Photos by Frances Marsh. More on this story over on Discovery News.

Where Every Day is Caturday

…on Tashirojima, or “Cat Island”, in Japan (natch).

It all started way back when mice ate the silkworms being raised to make silk, so the farmers brought in a few cats.

Then, fishermen noticed they were able to make weather forecasts based on the cat’s behavior and considered cats good luck.

The cat population is now larger than the human population (around 100 peeps, number of kittehs unknown) on the island.

The human residents of Cat Island have a special reverence for cats, as you can see from their Island Shrine…

…and architecture

And apparently Mother Nature does too because, though it could have been a (coff)cat-astrophe(coff), all the cats are safe after the recent earthquake and tsunami.

In Japan, cats really do bring good fortune!

Thanks to alert reader Josh N. for pointing out this place exists. Cat Island Facts and Hover-factoids by Wikipedia. Kittens out and about and on the pier at the beginning and end of the post are by Yugoroyd. Cat Shrine images via Tofugu TV. Purrfect architecture by Hirano Sui and Yugoroyd. Want more? Visit the Japanese blog about island fishing and daily life. Hai!

Puppy Talks in Sleep, Hearts Captured

Well, that’s adorabuhls.

Via TeddyHilton.com


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