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I’ll Follow the Sun

Remember that old Beatles tune? Anyway, it’s suitable as a title for this video taken from Neatorama, with these notes about a passel of Japanese cats: The approximately 8 cats that live in the house love to sunbathe. There’s only a narrow strip of sunlight available on the floor. During the day, the sun moves across […]

Philomena Cunk on Winston Churchill

After the “Evolution” segment, this is my favorite episode of “Moments of Wonder.” Here Philomena investigates the legend that was Winston Churchill. There are several great bits, including the opening question as well as her statement, “If he were alive today, imagine how good his tweets would have been.” Notice, too, how she pronounces Churchill’s first name and completely flummoxes […]

Mr. Spock is dead

When Greg just emailed me the news that Leonard Nimoy had died, I thought, “Not possible: he was too young.” But then I read his obituary in the New York Times and found that he was 83. Both the NYT and Time Magazine notes that he was fatally ill with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known […]

Member of U.S. House Science and Technology committee chooses not to vaccinate his kids

U.S. Representative Barry Loudermilk is a Republican, of course, and represents Georgia. And he’s on a House of Representatives science and technology subcommittee, apparently because (according to Wikipedia) “he holds an Associate degree in Telecommunications Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education and Information Systems Technology.” Whatever science Loudermilk absorbed in school doesn’t seem […]

More on the Makayla Sault affair: mother tries to exculpate herself by pinning her child’s death on her child’s wishes

I’ve posted several times on the Makayla Sault affair, in which an 11-year-old Canadian First Nations child, stricken with leukemia, was allowed by the government and child protective services to stop her chemotherapy treatment (which in all likelihood would have cured her) in favor of “traditional” medicine—said medicine including a visit to the quackish Hippocrates […]

Seattle girl bonds with crows who give her gifts in return for food

There is some more bird news today, and this is at once fascinating and heartwarming. The BBC News reports that an eight-year-old girl in Seattle, Gabi Mann, is in a reciprocal trade relationship—one might call it “affection”—with a bunch of local crows. And it’s been going on for four years, since Gabi was four.  I can’t […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Colin Franks has a complete sequence of Bald Eagles  (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) mating. I now issue a challenge to Stephen Barnard to match or better this series with his own eagle porn. Colin’s notes: I recently caught something very special with my camera – the entire mating sequence of two adult Bald Eagles! Attached is just […]

Friday: Hili dialogue (and bonus Theo dialogue)

It was not supposed to snow this week, but we got eight inches last night and more is predicted to come. The CeilingCatMobile may be buried, which would be annoying indeed! Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili takes a stab at cosmology and philosophy, broaching the Cathropic Principle: Hili: Do cats belong to those constants without which […]

Leon’s mountain adventure: La fin

Leon and his staff are on the way home now, tired but happy after their adventure. But Leon was still a bit randy on the way down, as he’s torn between the two queens he met: Leon: Kicia up on the mountain, Balbina down in the valley, what do you suggest? And maybe he’s had […]

Philomena Cunk on crime

Good news!! There are not two but three episodes of the incomparable Philomena Cunk’s series “Moment of Wonder” left, for I found another one. Here’s the latest, her segment on crime. And even better news: she’s producing one more—the last one—tonight, which, I hope, will soon be on YouTube. In the meantime, have a gander at […]

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