My neck hurts in sympathy!

It seems Amali the giraffe had a less-than-ideal journey to her new home at Tulsa Zoo in Arizona, according to the Daily Telegraph. Five-year-old Amali from Tulsa Zoo, Arizona, suffered the unfortunate bend in transit from The Wilds park in Ohio. It is feared that the hook might never be cured. Since undergoing treatment from Tulsa Zoo’s resident vet Dr Kay Backues, Amali has been kept in medical quarantine since her arrival on October 18. The 11-foot tall female giraffe is not thought to be in any pain and staff at Tulsa Zoo are hoping the crick corrects itself naturally.

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Photograph of the day

NASA has released this photograph of Enceladus, the sixth moon of the planet Saturn. Click the picture for a much larger view. NASA describes the image as follows: What’s happening on the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus? Enormous ice jets are erupting. Giant plumes of ice have been photographed in dramatic fashion by the robotic Cassini spacecraft during this past weekend’s flyby of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Pictured above, numerous plumes are seen rising from long tiger-stripe canyons across Enceladus’ craggy surface. Several ice jets are even visible in the shadowed region of crescent Enceladus as they reach high enough to

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So near, and yet so far . . .

Regular readers will recall Yves Rossy, the Swiss adventurer who’s succeeded in flying with a wing attached to his back, powered by four micro jet engines of the sort used on model aircraft. He first flew his wing back in May last year, followed by a crossing of the English Channel in September 2008, both of which were reported on this blog. This week he attempted to cross the Straits of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa. Sadly, he was less successful, but I’ve no doubt he’ll try again. The Daily Mail reports: The pilot dubbed as ‘Rocket Man’ has crash

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A blessed and happy Thanksgiving to all my readers

Just as I did last year, I can’t think of a better way to commemorate Thanksgiving than to reproduce two of the documents that are seminal to the occasion. On October 3rd, 1789, President George Washington signed the following proclamation. GENERAL THANKSGIVING BY THE PRESIDENT OF THEUNITED STATES of AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION. Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God — to obey his will — to be grateful for his benefits — and humbly to implore his protection and favor: And whereas both Houses have, by their joint committee, requested me “to

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Doofus Of The Day #294

Today’s award goes to the person responsible for paying accounts at Tesco supermarkets in England (assuming they still work there, of course . . . ). The supermarket chain should have paid Universal Cycles … £984 [about US $1,644] for six Muddy Fox Suspension Bikes but paid £984,000 [about US $1.644 million] instead. Universal, an Essex-based company majority-owned by Sports Direct, has paid back £863,000 [about US $1.442 million] but Tesco claims it is holding on to more than £121,000 [about US $202,142] in outstanding funds, sources said. It has launched legal action at the High Court to recover the

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Yay, judge!

I’m astonished – and delighted – to read the ruling of a judge in New York. A Long Island couple is home free after an outraged judge gave them an amazing Thanksgiving present — canceling their debt to ruthless bankers trying to toss them out on the street. Suffolk Judge Jeffrey Spinner wiped out $525,000 in mortgage payments demanded by a California bank, blasting its “harsh, repugnant, shocking and repulsive” acts. The bombshell decision leaves Diane Yano-Horoski and her husband, Greg Horoski, owing absolutely no money on their ranch house in East Patchogue. Spinner pulled no punches as he smacked

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Amazing video of an owl landing

I’ve no idea how the photographer captured this video of an eagle owl landing on a branch. He must have concealed his camera very well indeed! At any rate, it’s produced some spectacular footage. Lovely! I’ve always liked owls, and this is some of the best footage of an owl in flight that I’ve ever seen. Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #293

Today’s title goes to two New Zealand idiots gentlemen. Two Cambridge mates say they may turn their unusual method of trimming hedges into a business, after they suspended a ride-on mower from a crane to do the job. “This is how the Waikato boys mow a hedge,” the ride-on mower operator told the Waikato Times. The operator, who did not want to be named, is now nursing a broken hand, but said it wasn’t a fall from the mower that caused the injury but one off the crane. He admitted it was not the safest method of trimming the hedge,

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