Saturday, November 28, 2009

North Queensland ranger has narrowly escaped the clutches of a four meter crocodile.

Ranger Narrowly Avoids Being Bitten by His Crocodile - Click here for another funny movie.


Why do ducks have webbed feet?

To stamp out fires.
Why do elephants have flat feet?

To stamp out burning ducks

Pictures of the Week: Nov. 14-20

A billboard stood against the backdrop of San Cristobal hill in Lima, Peru, Thursday. (Mariana Bazo/Reuters)

Bizarre calf mutilations found on Colorado ranch

SAN LUIS, Colo. — A creepy string of calf mutilations in southern Colorado has a rancher and sheriff's officials mystified.

Four calves were found dead in a pasture just north of the New Mexico state line in recent weeks. The dead calves had their skins peeled back and organs cleared from the rib cage. One calf had its tongue removed.

But rancher Manuel Sanchez has found no signs of human attackers, such as footprints or ATV tracks. And there are no signs of an animal attack by a coyote or mountain lion. Usually predators leave pools of blood or drag marks from carrying away the livestock.

Two officers from the Costilla County Sheriff's Office have investigated the mutilations but say they don't know what's killing the calves.

"There's nothing really to go by," said Sanchez, who's ranched for nearly 50 years. "I can't figure it out."

A spokesman for the sheriff's office told The Pueblo Chieftain that investigators doubt a person butchered the calves because there is no blood at the scene.

"I've butchered a cow before and I know what kind of a mess it leaves," Sgt. James Chavez said.

Some in the area believe the mutilations are the work of aliens. An area UFO chaser, Chuck Zukowski of Colorado Springs, has been to the Costilla County pasture to investigate.

He told the paper there have been other unexplained calf mutilations in the area, including three in March. One of the other calves, found dead on a ranch near Trinidad, had its ears removed, Zukowski said.

"We're trying as much as we can to find a pattern," said Zukowski, who runs a UFO Web site called

Sanchez said he has sold off his 32 remaining calves out of fear more would be mutilated. He hasn't decided how he'll manage the remaining 40 animals in his herd.

"It's a big loss for a small rancher," he said.

Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain,

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tom Lehrer - National Brotherhood Week-

Oh the Protestants hate the Catholics,
and the Catholics hate the Protestants,
and the Hindus hate the Moslems
and everybody hates the Jews.Why Do People Hate The Jews?:

The rat pack: Musical hamsters strike the right note for hit new advert

"They are better known for squeaking and stuffing their cheeks than their musical talent.
But these charming hamsters stepped off their treadmills today to audition for a jazz band.
No doubt jazz was chosen as it is one of the most, ahem, freewheeling, of musical forms.
And as they wait for the doors to open, the furry creatures improvise on miniature trumpets, saxophones, trombones, drums and even a harp..."

The Highwaymen - Highwayman

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cold remedies: What works, what doesn't, what can't hurt

There's no cure for the common cold. But what about cold remedies that claim to make you feel better faster? Find out what's effective — and what's not.

Sled dog set to retire 'doesn’t know she’s blind'

WINNIPEG — The end of the trail is near for Isobel the blind sled dog. The nine-year-old Siberian husky-malamute cross will retire in January, five years after she lost her sight.

In January 2005, veterinarians told Isobel’s owners Gerald and Jenofar Azure that a virus had destroyed her eyes. The dog, they said, would never work again.

But Isobel had other ideas.

“Isobel went absolutely wild. She wanted to run,” said Jenofar, who lives with her dogs in the northern Manitoba community of Churchill.

The blind dog learned to use sound and smell as beacons, her owner said.

“She absolutely loves it,” said Jenofar. “She runs better now than she did with her eyesight.”

Before her illness, Isobel ran in the middle of the pack or at point position, behind the lead dog Thunder. But now she and Thunder take turns running in the lead, Jenofar said.

“In the North, everyone is expected to carry their own weight,” said Gerald. “Isobel does that and more.”

The end of this season marks a sad one for the Azures, as Isobel is set to retire in January.

The pup will be adopted by a family in Alberta, where her ophthalmology specialist lives.

“Gerald and I derive a lot of strength from our sled dogs, but from Isobel in particular,” said Jenofar.

“She doesn’t know she’s blind anymore.”

© Copyright (c) Canwest News Service

A photoblog of really strange black & white photos.

Bird Photography A+

Close Encounters of the Redneck Kind

Close Encounters of the Redneck Kind from Marc Bullard on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

You Raise Me Up - Becky Taylor

Drug-resistant strain of swine flu appearing, worries H1N1 virus mutating

"Drug-resistant strains of swine flu are cropping up around the globe - with four cases confirmed at a North Carolina hospital on Friday..."

Cat rescue earns keeper a booking (yellow card)

"Goalkeeper Ivan Banovic was booked after rescuing a pitch-invading cat during a top-flight match in Croatia..."

National Geographic's International Photography Contest 2009

Susan Boyle brings the house down in New York... after narrowly avoiding a DIY hair disaster

"...After being mobbed by fans at the city's JFK airport on her arrival last night, the 48-year-old made an appearance on the hugely popular breakfast show The Today Show..."

The Herod - Israel's suicide drone

Monday, November 23, 2009


Celtic Woman - A New Journey - Danny Boy

Taliban fight stalled while U.S. mulls troop surge

An Afghan child heads home with his cattle in Mian Poshteh in Helmand Province, Nov. 22, 2009. MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images

"The fight against a resurgent Taliban is stalling while military planners await word from U.S. President Barack Obama about the future scope of the war, Afghanistan's military chief warns..."

Researchers find hundreds of unknown marine species

"Researchers exploring the deep ocean have discovered hundreds of species unknown to science, including strange worms, crustaceans and other creatures that live beyond the reach of the sun’s rays..."

Millionaire Pets: Seven Cats and Dogs Who Are Actually Richer than You

Swine Flu Song

Pigs on the Beach - Domestic pigs on a beach at an island in the Bahamas.

Friday, November 20, 2009

17 things worth knowing about your cat

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Heaven Can Wait

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Heaven Can Wait from Charlotte Gainsbourg on Vimeo.

Violet Naytowhow & the CIHR Project Research Team *From Stilettos To Moccasins*

I survived through the pain
Many emotions like waves
Laughing and crying again and again
Honesty, strength, friends and devotion
Showering gifts of hope to reclaim

Walking the streets dragging my heart
Wandering with my head held down in shame
When and how did my family fall apart
Who am I, what is my name?

Surviving the street lost and alone
I started a journey to find my way home

From stilettos to moccasins
Our spirit dances within
On our way to resolution
We find our peace
And this is who I am

Broken barriers and new discoveries
My spirit I now reclaim
Coming home to who I am
Taking honour in my name

No longer a prisoner lost in this world
Look within my shell
To find that pearl

Origins of 13 Common Superstitions

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Mom Song

The Mom Song - Click here for this week’s top video clips

Moose in the house!

A baby moose was in distress in a creek in Minnesota .

A man got him out of the creek; tried to find the mother & sent him on his way, but eventually the moose stumbled back into the creek & was rescued again.

The baby moose followed the man home. The man has only a small cabin so he took the moose to another neighbor, who took these photos.

That neighbor woman looks after wild animals & she put it in a pen with a rescued fawn.

Canadian Photos from TrekEarth

Qu'Appelle Valley, where my heart is.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Amy Grant - Baby Baby

How Not to Take Over a Country: The Six Most Ridiculous Invasion Attempts in Military History

"They say truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make some kind of sense whereas the truth can be just as ridiculous as it wants. The history books are filled with stories and anecdotes that most people would write off as sounding like something from a Monty Python skit if it weren’t for the evidence that it actually happened. With that in mind we present the six most ludicrous invasions in the history of warfare."

Alice in Wonderland -25 pictures

The Infidel Blogger Awards

The Trojan War

100 Coolest Science Videos on YouTube

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sabi the Army wonder dog found safe


November 12th, 2009

"SHE survived almost 14 months in the unforgiving Afghan desert after being declared missing in action during a bloody battle with the Taliban..."

Somewhere Down the Crazy River - Robbie Robertson

50 Silly Signs

Not so cute after all, then! Fierce leopard seal displays its two-inch teeth as it hunts down a penguin

"As any professional photographer will tell you, it can often be hard to get your subject to crack a smile.

However, there was no such problem for Amos Nachoum when he encountered this 12ft leopard seal.

As he bravely edged his camera close to the fearsome predator's face, it obligingly opened its jaws and showed off a fine set of 2in razor-sharp teeth..."

A Man and His Dog

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight. When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother of pearl and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.

He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a beautifully carved desk off to one side. When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, " the man answered.

The old man was really tired and very thirsty so he asked for a drink of water. "Of course. Come right in," the gatekeeper smiled, "and I'll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

The old dog looked up at his master's face, tail wagging. "Oh, and may I have a bowl of water for my friend here," the old man said gesturing toward his dog, "he and I have come a long way together."

"I'm sorry, sir," was the quick reply, "but we don't accept pets here. You'll have to leave him outside."

The old man was really tired of walking and very thirsty but he could not think of leaving his pet behind. Head down, he turned sorrowfully back toward the road. After awhile he came to a narrow dirt road, which led him through an old wooden gate, and into a farmyard. The fence was mostly on the ground and the gate looked like it had never been closed as grass and wild flowers grew all around it. As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

The traveler and his dog walked through the gate and approached the man. “Could I trouble you for a drink of water,” he asked.

“Sure can," replied the man. "There’s a pump over there in the yard. Come on in and help yourself.”

“How about my friend here?” the traveler motioned to the dog.

“Sure, he’s welcome too. There’s a pan by the pump if he’s thirsty,” the reader said.

The tired old man and his aged dog walked through the gate and sure enough there was an old-fashioned hand pump fastened to a wooden slab. A long handled tin dipper hung on a piece of baling wire beside it. On the top of the pump, was a big, metal pan that would hold all the water his dog might want.

The traveler filled the bowl for his dog and then took a long drink of the cool water. He had never tasted anything so good he thought and suddenly all his aches and pains vanished. He felt like a young man.

As he reached down to pet the graying muzzle of his dog, he saw to his amazement the grey was gone from his dog’s hair and broke into a laugh as his dog sprang up to the top of the well and licked his master's face.

Filled with wonder, the man who was no longer old, strode back to the tree where his host sat reading. “What place is this?” He asked.

“Why, this is Heaven,” came the answer.

Confused, the traveler scratched his head, “I never thought Heaven looked like this. I came to another place back down the road that I thought was surely Heaven. The gatekeeper invited me inside but he wouldn’t let my dog come in, so I just kept walking.”

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's the front door to Hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?" the traveler asked in disbelief.

"Oh not at all. I can see how you might think so, but we're just happy that they screen out the folks who'll leave their best friends behind."

8 Animals That Ran for Government

"Some crackpots think the world is controlled by giant lizards, but what they don’t know is that several animals really have tried to be elected to power. Meet the real-life political ‘party animals’…"

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Teenager forced to shoot dead polar bear after being stranded on iceberg for two days

"A teenager had to fight off hypothermia as he was stranded alone on a chunk of ice floating out into the Arctic.
But that was not all he had to fight off - as he then had to shoot a prowling polar bear who threatened to attack..."

10 Geological Wonders you didn’t know

Explore the World - Worldisround - Photography that's worth a look

"Worldisround is the best travel photos site on the planet. We are a community of travelers and photographers (both amateur and professional) who love to share our experiences and pictures from around the globe..."

*Waking Up Is Hard To Do* by the Laryngospasms

Martian landscapes