Visualize a comic book, in your language, and imagine what would be written in the text balloon coming from the mouth of an animal. Now translate it. Derek Abbott
of The University of Adelaide (previously
) has compiled "the world’s biggest multilingual list" of animal sounds, commands, and pet names.
Christmas dinners are here again, so most of you are wondering how to cook a goose. Some of you will spend 16 hours for your roasted Christmas goose
. Others prefer the German Weihnachtsgans style
, with apples. Sophisticated cooks do their Christmas goose sous vide
Having shot to fame as the star of OK Go's video "End Love" (previously
), Maria the Goose
now faces possible eviction from Echo Park Lake
Winter holiday traditions change with time and location, with their current forms retaining little of their old forms, wassailing
(rhymes with fossil-ing) possibly more than most. The modern interpretation of wassailing has been simplified to singing carols, though it was born of much more diverse traditions
, from a cheer of good health before battle to scaring evil spirits from apple orchards. From these origins come wassail the drink
, and that's just one of the many foods of the winter season
(Food Timeline prev.
). A few more are covered below the break. [more inside]
According to new fossil evidence 50 million years ago the skies above London were ruled by a relative of the goose, the size of a light aircraft, with toothy crocodile-likejaws
. Or as The Sun puts it... DON'T RUCK WITH THIS DUCK!
First a goose, then Sigourney and now really old diamonds. A diamond field in Northern Ontario, Canada
has turned up a 1.5 Carat diamond from what is believed to be the world's oldest diamond deposit at 2.697 billion years old. The diamonds were found, of all places, just 12 kilometers from the small town of Wawa, Ontario
) - previously famous for being home to the world's biggest goose
and filming location of the 2006 film Snow Cake
starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver.
There's a lot to be said for a town that mourns a goose.
While on an early morning walk last month, a newspaper reporter happened upon the body of Lucy the goose, who, up until then, had been holding court on the town's
waterfront for more than ten years. Kind of a touching story, from a tiny town in Maryland.