Waxing enthusiastic?

I’ve always thought of ear wax as something one didn’t mention in polite society.  It seems I was wrong – at least, as far as whales are concerned. Whale earwax forms like yours does: A gland secretes oily gunk into the ear canal, which hardens and accumulates into a solid, tapering plug. In the largest whales, like blues, a plug can grow up to 10 inches long, and looks like a cross between a goat’s horn and the world’s nastiest candle. Fin whale wax is firmer than blue whale wax, bowhead whale wax is softer and almost liquid, and sei whale wax is

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Not Freddie Mercury

Reader J. M. sent me a link – well, two of them, actually – that had me laughing out loud. The late Freddie Mercury led the crowds at the 1985 Live Aid concert in a sort of wordless chant, getting the audience to follow his musical lead. It seems someone with a sense of humor “married” that Freddie Mercury chant to images of a rodent.  The results are hilarious. Musical mice?  What next – rapping rats? Peter

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One sees why they design submarines with that shape

Courtesy of Daily Timewaster, we find this beautiful picture of an orca (killer whale)cutting through the water.  Note how the liquid flows around its smooth, streamlined body.  Click the image for a larger view. One begins to understand why modern submarine hulls are similarly streamlined. That’s a great photograph. I’d love to know how it was taken: from what sort of platform, how far away, and so on. Peter

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Police get a bovine assist

A car thief in Florida was captured by police . . . with the help of a herd of cows. A news report stated: Sanford police said they spotted a stolen Subaru SUV from Brevard County Monday near Celery and Locust avenues and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver of the Subaru kept going, running a stop sign, and crashed into a ditch near Celery and Sipes avenues, according to the police report. Police said the driver, Jamie Young, 46, ran into a pasture to the east … the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office aerial alert team continued to track

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Somebody should tell President Trump . . .

. . . that a failed Israeli project might be useful for  US border security. One thousand crocodiles have been left homeless in the war-torn West Bank after a man’s failed bid to open a tourist attraction. The ill-fated attraction is causing a huge headache for authorities, as the ‘escape artist’ creatures are stranded with nowhere to go. Israel’s Defense Ministry was forced to admit it had no idea what to do with the snappy reptiles. The Petza’el farm was originally set up with the intention of bringing holidaymakers to the region more than 20 years ago. However, this went badly wrong.

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