Aaaawwwww!

From a collection of pictures of heartwarming kids and their antics over at Pitsnipes Grips (warning:  that blog is sometimes NSFW, although this post is OK), here’s one that made me smile. There are lots more at the link.  Enjoy! Peter

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Stuff, according to George Carlin

Yesterday I wrote about Americans’ accumulation of “stuff”, and how they deal with it.  A commenter pointed me to one of comedian George Carlin‘s performances, where he comments on that issue.  It’s a lot less profane than many of his rants, so I’ll post it here.  He still uses a few less-than-polite words, so if you’re easily offended, you might want to skip it;  but it’s a very amusing performance. A few e-mailed comments from male readers, following yesterday’s article, alleged that the “stuff” problem in their homes was largely due to their wives and daughters, not to the men

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TOOOOO funny!

A parody Twitter account using the name “Assocaited Press” (with a logo closely resembling that of the venerable Associated Press) sent out this tweet yesterday (link is to a cached version): I laughed my ass fundamental jujube off when I read it – but, needless to say, Twitter has already suspended the account.  Some people have no sense of humor! Peter

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Hobbit shrimp???

I daresay the shade of J. R. R. Tolkien is laughing at this news. A student at the Netherlands’ Leiden University named Werner de Gier recently [discovered] … a pair of new shrimp species during a research project for his bachelor’s degree. One of the species was unique in that it had hairy feet and not one to let such an opportunity slip by, de Gier and his supervisor, Charles H. J. M. Fransen, decided to honor one very special hobbit. The shrimp’s official scientific name is Odontonia Bagginsi, which as you might have guessed is a nod to one

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Not quite accurate, but a good meme nonetheless

Received via e-mail, origin unknown (clickit to biggit): Silly, perhaps, but then, so are most of the rationales advanced for gun control.  They won’t succeed in stopping criminal violence, or even in reducing it much.  Case in point:  “moped crime” in London.  Armed individuals would go a long way towards reducing that type of crime, I reckon.  Certainly, nothing else is working! Peter

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Canny crustaceans?

I had to smile at this headline and article.  For the benefit of US readers, what we refer to as “shrimp” are usually called “prawns” in the UK. Prawns with shy personalities do better in the battle for survival Prawns have personalities and cautious crustaceans do better in the battle for food, new research suggests. Scientists studied rockpool prawns and found some were consistently shy, while others were bolder. But this bravery may come at a cost – as the risk-takers tended to do worse than other prawns when competing for food. There’s more at the link. Must be because

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