Friday disassembling -- Animal edition

Sure there're lots of important issues. Totally. But what do our best intentions and desires to change the world amount to if we don't even take a moment to enjoy the odd world around us? Today, it's the world of animals (none of which were harmed during blogging).

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Catfish curry. Thai fishermen recently caught what may be the largest freshwater fish ever recorded. Urged to throw it back in to let the endangered specie spawn (imagine the decades of It was THIS big! hand-gestures family and friends would've surely endured ...), the fishermen ate it after "it later died."

Right, I mean, who'da thought a 646 lb. fish out of water would die?



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Fourth Wave feminism via Boing Boing:


Three lions reportedly rescued a 12-year-old girl from her kidnappers in Bita Genet, Ethiopia. The girl had been held captive for seven days by men who intended to force her into a marriage. Police say the lions scared off the kidnappers and stayed to protect her.
That's right. No more pussy-footing around the issue with bland punditry and sterile press releases. You mess with women, you get the lions. Simple as that.



Got that, Mr. Santorum?

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File under "people-are-animals-too": What's less appealing than a Brazilian wax? Passing a law requiring parental consent for said Brazilian wax. Missouri, in its infinite wisdom, is poised to sign into law -- that is, they've been debating the genital depilatory habits of minors in the legislature -- Senate Bill 280, requiring that:
"written informed consent of a minor's parent or legal guardian ... must be obtained prior to providing body waxing on or near the genitalia."

Bonus irony: What's the name of the Governor whose signature is required for this important piece of legislation to become law: "Blunt".

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These sheep sleep with the fishes.


Photo courtesy of Bonkworld.

"First one sheep jumped to its death. Then stunned Turkish shepherds, who had left the herd to graze while they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 others followed, each leaping off the same cliff," according to AP.

I'd say they were like lemmings if lemmings were like lemmings -- but they're not. The whole "lemmings leaping over the cliff" story, while being a useful, if sad, metaphor for middle- and low-income Republican voters, is actually just a story.

This sheep incident, while being fairly tragic for the families involved, could've been worse:
"In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one another in a billowy white pile, the Aksam newspaper said. Those who jumped later were saved as the pile got higher and the fall more cushioned [sic]... "
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Oh, and happy birthday to the forward-thinking Count Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin, inventor of the obsolete airship that bore his name and founder of the Zeppelin airship company.

Although the infamous Hindenberg crash did put an end to the bulbous dirigibles in 1937, up until 1914 over 35,000 passengers were transported on 1500 flights without a single incident.

So remember: First impression, important. Exit strategy, crucial.

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