June 11, 2016

Miscellany 44

He shrubs up nicely: Bizarre tree looks just like a real person spotted in the Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria

The 65ft beech looks like Treebeard the Ent, a walking and talking tree from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings-trilogy.

 Bulgarian Human Tree

Yale English Majors Petition Not to Have to Read Chaucer and Shakespeare Also included in the Major English Poets class are  Edmund Spenser,  John Donne, John Milton, Alexander Pope, William Wordsworth, and T.S. Eliot.  Too white, too male.

How about saying: The canon of English literature is filled with first-rate writing. If you're a Yalie and you don't like that, major in "Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies." Not a word of Chaucer in the required reading.

The Blind Astronomer of Nova Scotia

Tim Doucette only has ten percent of his vision, but strangely, he can see better in the dark. Since his pupils do not dilate and constrict, too much light gets in during the daylight hours. Yet he can see stars in the night sky better than most people can. So it only made sense that he would study those stars.

Greatest story of the week.  Bungling bicycle thief gets lassoed by horse-riding Oregon cowboy in WalMart car park

Borba heard the woman's shouts while he was stocking up at Wal-Mart. Luckily, he had Long John and his lasso to hand.  Born in California, Borba used  to work rodeos, but prefers the ranching life in Oregon.

 Rancher Richard Borba

Fish gobble plastics like teenagers eat junk food: Young creatures prefer harmful man-made materials which stunts their growth

Lowe's Hires A Man Who Requires A Service Dog, Makes A Custom Vest For The Dog

 Lowes Customer Service Dog

Jokes that can be told in Church

Two boys were walking home from Sunday school  after hearing a strong preaching on the devil. One said to the other, 'What do you think about  all this Satan stuff?'  The other boy replied, 'Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out.  It's probably just your Dad..'

Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl  whispered to her mother, 'Why is the bride dressed in white?''
The mother replied, 'Because white is the color  of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.'
The child thought about this for a moment then said,  'So why is the groom wearing black?

A police recruit was asked during the exam,  'What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?'
He answered, 'Call for backup.'
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