Previous “Links” posts

These Sneaky Bastards Have Been Hiding an Entire Digit 

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Aye-ayes are weird as hell, and scientists have just learned that they’re weirder than we even suspected.

Click to Pray 

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Forget your internet-enabled toasters or hair brushes. The Vatican’s new eRosary seems like the example of a device that has been “smartened” unnecessarily.

In Loving Memory 

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Please consider making a donation to the Ed Koch Wolf Foundation, and support the tremendous work of Joseph Reginella.

Be sure not to miss Reginella’s other educational tributes.

That’s Just Busywork 

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

I’m always curious about who exactly it is that leaves trash in public places. In the case of one South Korean beach, the answer appears to be “the mayor”.

Go St. Louis! 

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Though the St. Louis Cardinals were just knocked out of the MLB playoffs last night, their home city is still tops in some ways:

  • St. Louis holds top spot in chlamydia and gonorrhea, STDs reach all-time high across U.S.

The article itself is a bit less celebratory than the headline, referring to this as a “dubious distinction”:

St. Louis has retained the dubious distinction of leading the nation in sexually transmitted diseases, ranking first in 2018 among counties and independent cities for the rate of gonorrhea and — after dropping to third place a year ago — regaining the top spot for chlamydia. The city was fourth for its syphilis rate.

Still, it seems strange to refer to this as the “top spot”, and “regaining” it.

Also, St. Louis, you’re kind of gross. Glove up before you love up, people!

Good Luck, Little Fiordland Penguin 

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Recently, the weekly “Good News newsletter” I receive included a story about a penguin who’d lost its way. This penguin was native to New Zealand, but wound up some 1500 miles away, in Australia.

A brave little penguin made its way back into the water after a 1,500-mile journey that left it struggling and underweight. [T]he Melbourne Zoo released the Fiordland penguin at Summerland Beach…off the coast of Melbourne last month after the flightless bird spent all summer at their facilities recuperating from its travels.

That seems nice enough. This unnamed penguin wound up very far from home, and the zoo helped it recuperate, then released it back into the wild.

“It’s a tough life out there in the ocean, but we’re hopeful this penguin will find its way back to New Zealand and eventually breed,” said the zoo’s head of veterinary services, Dr. Michael Lynch. “We’ve given it every chance to do so.”

I really don’t think they have. It was so tiring for this creature to make it to Australia that it needed months to recover. If the hope is for this penguin to have a chance to breed back in its native land, perhaps a ride back to New Zealand would be in order.

Koda the Turtle Dog 

Friday, October 11th, 2019

Dogs are used to find drugs, weapons, and now, turtles.

[Photo credit: Zoo New England]

Koda is an Australian shepherd mix, and she is gainfully employed tracking and finding eastern box turtles.

One All-Beef Mascot 

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

Hey, do you want to see a ripped Ronald McDonald in his skivvies, with french fries for pubic hair?

Oh, no? Sorry.

Animated Yeti/Sasquatch/Bigfoot News You Can Use 

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Does it feel like the same Yeti and/or Sasquatch movie has come out two or even three times of late? Let Marissa Martinelli help you keep things straight.

Joy Jumps 

Friday, October 4th, 2019

Rats appear to understand hide and seek, and they love playing it.