Most backyard bird enthusiasts have felt the frustration of fuzzy-tailed thieves filching from their feeders. But for some, just watching the gymnastics
squirrels go through
to get to the goods is gratification enough
It may not get us to the stars - or Jupiter - just yet, but human interest in animal hibernation has never been higher. NASA's investigations, themselves in deep freeze for two decades, have woken up
. Most work, though, focuses on the obvious use, that of slowing down the process of dying in trauma victims to give doctors more time to work. But more, much more,
now seems possible. [more inside]
"I stood staring at the enemy's trophy, the familiar impotent rage rising. But the impulse to fall to my knees, gnash my teeth, and howl at the gods was stayed this time by a resolution I'd made earlier that spring. The squirrels may take my tomatoes and spit them back, but they would not go unanswered. The time had come to close the circle of life
You probably knew that much of the physical Internet consists of fiber optic
cable. However, you probably didn't know just how many ways it can be broken
Today is National Squirrel Appreciation Day
. Here are seven ways to celebrate.
Here are squirrel FAQ's
. Here is a cute squirrel video.
A Squirrel's Guide to Fashion
: from Life Magazine, circa 1940.
The Music of Jacques Brel
is an article by music journalist Amy Hanson about the career of pop music legend Jacques Brel and his effect on popular music in the English language. A lot of songs and covers are mentioned in the article, below the cut are links to the songs that I could find videos of online. [more inside]
Greetings from the Twine Ball, wish you were here
: "But you can't see out of the side of the car, because the windows are completely covered with the decals of all the places where we've already been: there's Elvis-O-Rama
, the Tupperware Museum
, the Boll Weevil Monument
, and Cranberry World
, the Shuffleboard Hall Of Fame
, Poodle Dog Rock
, and the Mecca of Albino Squirrels
. We've been to ghost towns, theme parks, wax museums, and a place where you can drive through the middle of a tree
... " [more inside]
(but in a humane way), using the Rodenator Pro. In a related story
, Rush Limbaugh learns a new word. Video
Iran says it caught two pigeons spying on it's nuclear reactor.
It sounds crazy, but it's not as farfetched as you might think. The lowly pigeon has been used in military operations since the 12th century. Commando the Pigeon
flew 90 missions in German-occupied France during WWII. Pigeons like Commando, Winkie
, and Paddy
had a lock on the Dickin Medal
for animal bravery during WWII. Then again, maybe it's just crazy. Last year Iran said it had arrested 14 squirrels
There's the white squirrels of Exeter,
and the black squirrels of London
. Apparently they're both awesome if you like squirrels, or craft songs about them
Photographing Squirrels with Cameras
No really, taking pictures of real wild squirrels next to real vintage cameras. No computer editing, he swears. Some are completely odd
and others entirely cute as hell
. Hours of time well spent!
How To Have A Ton Of Fun Raising Baby Squirrels
. Husband and wife document their adventures raising these little spazz-monsters with many photos and some Flash movies
. Via Cute Overload
Evolution, social harmony between those of different colors, and rodent roofies:
"He used to smear a tree behind his Silver Spring home with a mixture of peanut butter and Valium and then tattoo the squirrels that he found passed out below."
All this and more in the story of the ongoing displacement of the grey squirrel
by the black squirrel
in the Washington, D.C. region.
Super cool squirrels! "We believe that a ground squirrel, when it goes into hibernation, produces chemical messengers that are released from the brain that direct the slowing down of the metabolism... If we were able to synthesize the same chemical compounds and make them available in an injection, it could be administered to induce a hibernation-like state in humans."
And they're cute
"My symbiotic relationship with squirrels is rather complex and multi-leveled, but I think I can sum it up in two main points: 1. I give them food; 2. They like food"
says Jon, at his World o' Squirrels
. Some people think squirrels are cute
, others think there is more to them
, while others still deem them ruthless killers
One small step for technology, one giant leap towards a world with no secrets
Squirrels Invade Stanford!!!!!
Quote: The campus squirrels have apparently taken to bizarre suicidal death leaps into the path of oncoming student bikers.
"It's really hard to even ride your bike on campus," said Katie Founds. "They're always leaping in front of you."
"They got into one of the residences, and they started typing on the keyboard," Shen said. "They ran over the person's laptop keyboard. They actually somehow renamed the person's hard drive."
Not just the fratboys anymore...
"It was once thought that humans were the only animals to engage in ritualized hazing. As it turns out, squirrels have been engaging in the practice since the birth of their species." That's right, squirrel hazing is more widespread than one would think....
All squirrels must die!
(One of the more interesting single-issue web sites I've seen.)