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Two Bald Eagles Have ‘Adopted’ a Young Red-Tailed Hawk

A pair of bald eagles there are raising up a red-tailed hawk—normally a rival species—alongside their own three chicks, the Vancouver Sun reports.

A heartfelt attempt to help out some neighbors? Probably not. The eagles likely kidnapped the baby hawk, intending to feed it to their own children, raptor specialist David Bird told the Sun. When it survived the trip and started peeping, they just started feeding it instead. (This theory is supported by retroactive photo evidence, which indicates that there were once at least two hawk chicks in the nest.)

A video by Christian Sasse shows the brave youngster, which is smaller and scruffier than its adoptive siblings, gleefully taking food from the bloody beak of one of its parents. Observers say the hawk is more than able to fend for itself—and that at times, the eagle chicks even seem to defer to it, the Sun reports.

Long video and the photographers don't see the hawklet yet at half way through. Ah from comments it does show up, 35.30. And it's crop is full per the commentary. It'll fledge in estimate 7 -10 days and eaglets later in July. This was recorded mid June.
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Do farts carry germs? Well, it depends on whether you are wearing pants.

It’s pretty straightforward, so instead of an introductory blurb, we’ll warm you up with this video of a fart caught on an infrared airport camera:

Hot air?

“It all started with an enquiry from a nurse,” Dr Karl Kruszelnicki told listeners to his science phone-in show on the Triple J radio station in Brisbane. “She wanted to know whether she was contaminating the operating theatre she worked in by quietly farting in the sterile environment during operations, and I realised that I didn’t know. But I was determined to find out.”

Dr Kruszelnicki then described the method by which he had established whether human flatus was germ-laden, or merely malodorous. “I contacted Luke Tennent, a microbiologist in Canberra, and together we devised an experiment. He asked a colleague to break wind directly onto two Petri dishes from a distance of 5 centimetres, first fully clothed, then with his trousers down. Then he observed what happened. Overnight, the second Petri dish sprouted visible lumps of two types of bacteria that are usually found only in the gut and on the skin. But the flatus which had passed through clothing caused no bacteria to sprout, which suggests that clothing acts as a filter.

Our deduction is that the enteric zone in the second Petri dish was caused by the flatus itself, and the splatter ring around that was caused by the sheer velocity of the fart, which blew skin bacteria from the cheeks and blasted it onto the dish. It seems, therefore, that flatus can cause infection if the emitter is naked, but not if he or she is clothed. But the results of the experiment should not be considered alarming, because neither type of bacterium is harmful. In fact, they’re similar to the ‘friendly’ bacteria found in yoghurt.

Our final conclusion? Don’t fart naked near food. All right, it’s not rocket science. But then again, maybe it is?
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The swimming pool is fun to watch.

NWS Fort Worth ✔ @NWSFortWorth
8:11pm: Hail Report: Softball size hail (4.25 inch) just north of Corinth, TX. #dfwwx #texomawx
8:13 PM - 26 Mar 2017

Nothing happened, not even rain at my house.
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Title: The Kitten in the Egg
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 459

“Pol the doctor is here to check the baby,” drew no reaction as Pol was in his brooding chicken state.

“It’s alright,” the doctor replied, “let’s just take a peek at the little one,” as he petted and then picked up Pol to reveal the kitten.

Holding his breath at how Pol would react, Grey relaxed as Pol verbalized his nervousness at the interruption of his childcare.

“This your first?” The doctor picked up the kitten to look it over then put it down close to Pol and watched the kitten crawl underneath his welcoming spread wings.

“Yes, I don’t think Pol quite knew what was entailed and then his chicken side kicked in once he laid the kitten’s egg.”

“I guess the real reason I called you is is the kitten healthy and how … um … feeding?”

The doctor looked at Pol, “hmm. Mind if I take a peek at your underside there Pol?” So saying the doctor lifted Pol again, stopping when it produced a squawk. It was obvious that there’d be no problem as the kitten had come up too, dangling, latched firmly onto Pol.

“Well that seems to be the answer to that question,” the doctor answered. “Pol evidently has nipples. We’ll wait until the feeding is done and then I’ll take a better look at the kitten and at Pol. How long has Pol been in his poultry shift? And how long ago did you say the egg hatched?”

“Pol shifted about 10 days ago and the kitten hatched yesterday. I wasn’t sure what to do. I thought once the egg hatched that Pol would change back to human form.”

“Well this is the first poultry feline combination I’ve been called to. We’ll give them a few more days. Kittens grow quickly and just the fact that he or she was able to crawl back under Pol says that soon the kitten won’t be as dependent on him. When that happens, Pol will probably spend more time out of his chicken form. For now it’s easier to take care of neonates in shifted form and Pol is following instinct,”
the doctor said in professional mode. “Is Pol eating well and what has he been given for food?”

When the answer was regular chicken feed, arrangements were made to have some high quality dry kitten food delivered that day.

“Kitten food is high in protein and calcium which will be good for Pol and improve the milk’s quality the kitten gets through him. ‘Fraid the determination of the kitten’s sex will probably have to wait until a few days from now when I come out to do a recheck. Kittens and chicks have the same problem, difficult to tell gender early on,” he laughed.
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Okay only way to play this is to click on the little box that isn't the image or the video that represents the link. Choose open in a new tab.


Jan. 7th, 2017 07:54 pm
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Discovered here: Article content for new special on FX. Taboo - uncivilized Which is worth a read and the show just might be too intense for me.

Louche [loosh]

1. dubious; shady; disreputable.

origin: 1810-20; < French: literally, cross-eyed; Old French losche, feminine of lois < Latin luscus blind in one eye

"dubious, disreputable," 1819, from French louche "squinting," from Old French lousche, lois (12c.) "cross-eyed, squint-eyed, lop-sided," from Latin lusca, fem. of luscus "one-eyed," of unknown origin.

Behind drawn curtains, playboys, courtesans, and curious wealthy ladies donned elaborate costumes and partook in bawdy activities such as drinking from goblets etched with erotic scenes, delivering off-color toasts, viewing nude books, and enjoying the company of naked "posture molls", who lay on tables and performed explicit poses.

Um, about those nude books... no dust jackets?
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Wonder if it's male adaptable.
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Balsamic Glazed Chicken
This sweet, tangy chicken is the perfect weeknight dinner.


1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tbsp. whole-grain mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
2 c. baby red potatoes, halved (quartered if large)
1 tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3-4 rosemary sprigs, for skillet

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine balsamic, honey, mustard, and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.

Add chicken thighs and toss until fully coated, then transfer to the fridge to marinate at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Meanwhile, prep potatoes: In a medium bowl, add potatoes and rosemary and season with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss until combined. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat remaining tablespoon oil. Add chicken and marinade and sear, skin side down, 2 minutes, then flip and sear 2 minutes more. Add potatoes to skillet, nestling them between chicken, and rosemary sprigs.

Transfer to the oven and bake until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through, 20 minutes. (If potatoes need longer to cook, transfer chicken to a cutting board to rest and continue cooking until tender.)

Serve chicken and potatoes with pan drippings.
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blossombunny posted this on 11/23/2016 on [ profile] lolcats

Title: Magic
prior Andy & Simon drabbles
Author: charisstoma
Word count: 509

It wasn’t as if you couldn’t expect to see unusual things on the academy’s campus and after a while you grow used to it, but, this wasn’t happening on campus. Magic like this couldn’t be faked even if the audience stopped in the park couldn’t believe this wasn’t some ingenious new ‘magic trick’ with a perfectly good rational explanation they just weren’t privy to.

“Daddy,” Newt whispered, “he’s naughty. Not do ‘sept at school.”

“I know Newt,” Andy’s words were too low to be overheard, “watch but don’t mention that. It’s,” he struggled for an explanation, “supposed to be secret.” Just in case he pulled out his cell phone and recorded the ‘trick’ sending it to Simon who was wandering someplace around amongst the market stalls.

Simon arrived at Andy’s elbow barely minutes later and from the scowl on his face not pleased.

“Get a picture of his face and the cat,” he growled quietly.

Andy nodded. “Done.”

“Let me have your phone and I’ll send it to the people who need to look into this and maybe do damage control.”

It wasn’t long before some notable strangers seemed to be in the crowd.

“Didn’t take them long?”, Andy hazarded, “that is the calvary, isn’t it?”


“Was happen?” Newt asked.

‘How to explain’, Andy pondered; ‘to explain to an under 3 year old what was happening.’

Simon beat him to it. “It’s like Murder She Wrote Newt. They’re going to investigate.”

“Since when has Newt been watching Murder She Wrote, Simon? And for how long.”

“Like Daddy. Fun.”

“Uh huh, Newt.” Andy was glaring at Simon.

“It teaches logic. And that not all people should be trusted but sometimes who you think shouldn’t be can be.”

“Like book and cover,” Newt added his efforts to the discussion.

“And that you can trust but do so carefully.”


“Oh Simon.” In his own way Simon was trying to prepare their son to be safe in a world where magic, real magic, exposed would not be well received by either the normal people or the magically able people. So he opined a different observation. “From the look of how the cat reacted, I don’t think it’s guilty.”


Newt’s, “Ageed.” made Andy smile.

“He did look like what in the fuck are you doing, didn’t he?” Simon said.

“Fuck.” Newt repeated.

With a glare, Andy let Simon know that it was for a totally different reason that Andy was going to talk to him when they got home. In the mean time….

“Newt. That’s a naughty word,” Simon and Andy said in tandem.

Newt nodded his head, “Fuck naughty. Not use neee-ar ‘dults. Tell frends.”


Delighted laughter came from Newt. “Naughty Daddy. Bad word.”

So maybe he would have that talk with Simon after all, Andy thought, at least not the way he’d planned to. “Did we get everything we planned on shopping for?,” he asked instead.

“That and more,” Simon answered ruefully. “So home then?” “And Newt, don’t use those words.”

“I think so.”

“Home,” Newt agreed.

Meep wrote a sequel Never Annoy a Cat
& Debriefing


Nov. 4th, 2016 01:57 pm
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Jellyfish are the oldest still living group on Earth - there have been jellyfish in our oceans for at least half a BILLION years, possibly more.
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Frogs of War mentioned "I was thinking Newt might like a doll that looks like him. Especially if someone else at day care has one."
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Watch the Devil's Fingers Rising From the Underworld
Who knew fungi could be so creepy?

By Mariana Zapata OCTOBER 24, 2016

Picture this: You’re out on the woods on a fair autumn afternoon when you’re stopped in your tracks by the horrific sight of the devil’s fingers emerging from the earth. Your mind flashes back to that day in third grade when you stole Jimmy Patterson’s lunch and blamed Amy Johnson for it. The devil has finally come to take you back with him.

As the fingers come out of the earth, they seem as if they’re looking for you. They get closer and closer until they, suddenly and with seeming pain, deflate, leaving behind the putrid smell of rotting flesh. You’ve been saved from damnation—or you’ve simply encountered one of the world’s most visually horrifying fungi.

This time-lapse video, shot by Belgian photographer Kris Van de Sande, captures this exact scenario by following the hatching and maturity processes of the devil’s fingers (Clathrus archeri). Also known as octopus stinkhorn, this fungus is unique in its shape. It hatches from an egg-like stage and develops four to eight arms which move freely. Its reddish inner skin is dotted with black spores and exudes a horrid smell that’ll make you feel as if you’re in a horror movie.

In real time, the devil's fingers life cycle takes place over several hours. But with this time-lapse version available, why prolong the horror?


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