July 14, 2017

Miscellany #74

Majesty in Miniature The amazing and mesmerizing beauty of hummingbirds flying, shaking and drinking captured in slo mo by National Geographic.  They flap with a twist and drink with a forked tongue.

“Put a high-speed camera on it, and you’re like, ‘Holy cow! That’s what the bird’s doing?’ ”

 Hummingbirds-And-Tongue

Can Goats be Scabs?

Western Michigan University is one of the top four-year colleges in the nation. Its five campuses in and around Kalamazoo, Mich., comprising more than 1200 acres, feature plenty of green, open spaces meticulously maintained by union members of the local AFSCME chapter.  In addition to all those green lawns, there's a 12-acre section of woodland where a titanic struggle is being waged between the AFSCME local and university officials over the use of non-union labor, a herd of 20 goats.

 Goats

The union has sued the school alleging they are using scab labor to maintain the woodland and didn't inform them of their plans to do so....University spokeswoman Cheryl Roland said a small goat crew has been on campus this summer... to clear undergrowth in a woodlot, much of it poison ivy and other invasive species that are a problem for humans to remove. "Our analysis showed the goats to be a sustainable and cost-effective way of removing them."

Man's big toe transplanted on to his HAND after his thumb was torn off in a cattle accident

Zac Mitchell was working on a remote cattle station in Western Australia state in April when his hand was kicked by a bull and thrust against a fence, slicing off his right thumb....With the nearest hospital five hours away, the 20-year-old cattle handler put the thumb on ice until he could receive treatment, but attempts to reattach it were unsuccessful...'To recreate a thumb you can just use skin and bone, but that doesn't work so well, so really the toe is just the best option by far- when it works well,' said plastic surgeon Sean Nicklin, who performed the operation, adding the procedure had a success rate of over 95 percent. ...Mitchell will receive ongoing hand therapy and is expected to have feeling in his new thumb after about a year.

 Big Toe Now Thumb

What's directly across the ocean if you're in North and South America

Mom ‘Dresses’ Daughter In Food And Flowers

 Food Dresses Girl

Your Brain Treats a Blink Like a Tiny Nap

You probably don’t realize it, but you spend a good chunk of time each day walking around with your eyes closed. Scientists estimate that the average person blinks somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 times a day.

A Gallery of Iconic Guests Of The Ed Sullivan Show  I remember many of them, the Beatles, Diana Ross, the Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, the Jackson Five and George Carlin who cracked me up. 

 George Carlin George Carlin in 1968 on Ed Sullivan show.

Best story of the week. Stuck inside an ATM

 Atm Help

An unidentified man was fixing a lock inside the ATM room at Bank of America, Corpus Christi, when he accidentally locked himself in, and then realized he'd left his phone in his truck.  The contractor resorted to posting notes begging ATM customers for help 'Please Help. I'm stuck in here, and I don't have my phone. Please call my boss'.  Numerous ATM users wrote the note off as a bizarre practical joke until one did call his boss. Eventually, the police were called and kicked down the door, freeing the man who had been trapped for 2 hours.

Ancient Easter Island civilization did NOT obliterate itself by exhausting its natural resources

 Easter Island

The inhabitants of the remote location, off the coast of Chile, were believed to have been wiped out by bloody warfare, as they fought over dwindling resources. New research, however, has flipped these findings on their head, suggesting the islanders were highly competent at managing their resources.

An international team of researchers analyzed human, animal and plant remains from the island, known as Rapa Nui, famed for its Moai statues....'The Rapa Nui people were, not surprisingly, smart about how they used their resources. ..they had extensive knowledge of how to overcome poor soil fertility, improve environmental conditions, and create a sustainable food supply.

So what did happen to the Rapa Nui? Some claim the first Dutch ship to arrive in 1722 brought illness and that, as the died in huge numbers, the islanders lost their faith in the protection of the Moai and knocked them over.

What we do know is that ships passing between 1862 and 1864 kidnapped up to 3,500 Rapa Nui from the already-dwindling population. These included all the elders who could read glyphs known as Rongorongo and who passed on the tradition. They were used as slaves in Peruvian mines and just two survived long enough to return to the island, bringing yet more disease with them. By 1868, there were just 111 Rapa Nui left. Today’s population of about 4,000 Rapa Nui stems from those 111 people.
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