And sometimes the Portlandia episodes just write themselves.
May 16, 2013
And sometimes the Portlandia episodes just write themselves.
May 12, 2013
May 4, 2013
April 22, 2013
You think we’re kidding? Ha!
That’s Juz, one half of Juz and Dave, the human forces behind the blog Our Naked Australia. Juz and Dave are on an adventure:
Neither of us had been on a decent holiday for at least 5 years and after a brief discussion, agreed that it was time to see and experience this country. We had a 75 Series Landcruiser Troopcarrier that was already decked out for when we go on camping trips, and figured that this would make a perfect mobile home.
It was then that we decided to embark on the greatest adventure of our lives and explore Our Naked Australia.
That was, as of today, 143 days ago. Bravo! Very inspiring!
The camel incident happened in March, on their excursion to the town of Bunbury, Western Australia, and then thirty kilometers north to the town of Harvey, where they visited a shop called HaVe Cheese:
They also offer ice cream, local produce like sauces, pickles and preserves, and if you truly love cheese, you can enrol in their cheese making course. After our cheese tasting, we went outside to meet their camels. Juz got a little bit too friendly with one of them.
Much too friendly:
The really amazing part: Juz was actually holding her cell phone—and took that shot herself! And she was just fine, as she explains it on Australia’s Today Show:
We’re very happy you came away your camel tasting (in reverse!) okay, Juz—and thank you very much to you and Dave for giving us permission to post these photos! Uncle John and the whole BRI gang wish you safe and adeventureful travels!
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Bonus Camel Video: Camel kicks owner over bad food:
Video. (Note: Everyone in the video speaks Arabic. Except the camel. He speaks “kick.”)
April 20, 2013
This video gave us chickenbumps! (The bumps store was all out of geese.)
Bonus: This post is another exciting entry in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader exclusive: Great Moments in Weird Background Music. Because the background music in that video is cracking us up.
Note: This post was inspired by the lovely and curious Mrs. BRI T., Christine, who took a photo of a tiny bright yellow spider at her workplace that seemed to have shed her skin. We were not aware that spiders shed their skins – they do! – and research on the issue led to that video! Thank you, Christine!
Tiny bright yellow spider:
April 11, 2013
Horrific news out of Belarus today:
The Belarus man was on his way to a lake with some friends when, according to a report by the U.K. Telegram, they spotted one of the normally gentle animals on the side of a road and attempted to take a photo.
According to the U.K. Telegraph report the fisherman was bitten in the thigh several times – severing an artery. Although first aid was administered and an ambulance called the man died from blood loss.
Wow. Not the kind of news you hear every day. And to back up the story, at the link we provided they have this video, which they say is “a recent unrelated video was also posted to YouTube involving a beaver atttack.” And it just might give you nightmares:
Note to Self: When traveling in Eastern Europe, if you come across a semi-aquatic, large-toothed, xylophagous rodent…run away. Don’t ask…just run away.
• The Eurasian beaver. They’re a bit different – and larger – than their North American cousins, just to note.
• Image from here.
April 8, 2013
Gullible bargain hunters at Argentina’s largest bazaar are forking out hundreds of dollars for what they think are gorgeous toy poodles, only to discover that their cute pooches are in fact ferrets on steroids.
One retired man from Catamarca, duped by the knock-down price for a pedigree dog, became suspicious he had bought what Argentinians call a ‘Brazilian rat’ and when he returned home took the ‘dogs’ to a vet for their vaccinations.
Imagine his surprise when his suspicious were confirmed – he had in fact purchased two ferrets that had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle.
This, the story goes on to say, has been called an urban legend for some time, but they now apparently have proof that there are actually ferrets being sold as poodles. And as this person tweets:
@inflatedKarma added: ‘If you don’t know the difference between a toy poodle and a ferret on steroids you probably deserve to get ripped off.’
Hey, aren’t this poodle’s legs kinda short? No! This is a short-legged, pointy-nosed poodle! Very special kind!
• And if that’s true, that Argentinians call ferrets “Brazilian rats”—that’s pretty funny. (Although Brazlians probably don’t think so.)
April 2, 2013
They calling this the “first non-human mammal shown to be able to keep a beat”:
Researchers at the University of California in Santa Cruz have successfully trained a sea lion to bob its head in time to music, in a study that may change our understanding of how rhythm is acquired. Previously, report the team in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, it was thought that only animals capable of vocal mimicry — such as cockatoos and budgerigars — could be taught rhythm.
And she is right on it:
Question: How do we know that sea lions aren’t vocal mimics? Their might be an entire pod of sea lions mimicking a singer we’ve all heard of right this instant! Are we right or are we right?
• The Pinniped Cognition & Sensory Systems Laboratory at the University of Santa Cruz
• Ronan the sea lion (awww):
Ronan is a female, born off the coast of California in the summer of 2008. She was rescued by the Marine Mammal Center while walking down Highway 1 in October 2009, her third stranding incident, and was deemed unreleasable. She originally joined our lab in January 2010 as a control subject for our domoic acid poisoning study, and joined the permanent research program in February of the same year. She currently participates in both acoustic and cognition experiments.
• Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo. (And it’s the Back Street Boys again. Weird.)
March 28, 2013
Abby Roeser rejected an “America’s Got Talent” invite to perform with her clever pets, citing their skittish behavior around new people and unfamiliar places. But that hasn’t stopped her or her rodents from scoring thousands of audience members online.
Roeser garnered more than 125,000 pageviews on her self-produced YouTube video of Nami (the white rat) and Pepper (the black rat) since uploading their special tricks in early March. The Philadelphia native’s wild success has prompted her to get two more rats. And she shows no signs of slowing her training down.
Abby is just 16 years old. And…we got ahold of her and asked if we could use pics from her rat-FaceBook page – and she said, “Absolutely!” (Thank you, Abby!). And she even sent us some extra pictures of her rats. Too nice.
On her rat training (from the Post story):
I’ve always trained my dog. Starting in fourth grade, I taught him tricks like paw and rollover. Eventually, his tricks progressed into more advanced things such as agility courses. When I bought my rats I knew that they were intelligent, so I wondered if they could learn tricks the same way my dog did. I was shocked, however, when they could learn things much faster than my dog ever did!
The rat-tastic video:
Those rat tricks are amazing. Those rats are smarter than some people we know! (The rescue from the hippo is killing us. And good video-making skills, too, Abby!)
A few more pics:
And a color version of that top pic:
Thanks, again, Abby! Best of everything to you and your good critters!
• Found at A Patchy Place.
January 31, 2013
No, that’s not a euphemism:
Now we know how Prince Phillip spends his evenings…
Corgi Bonus Round:
• And finally, an 8-second-long Japanese avant-garde film exploring the deep existential sadness of being. As told through a Corgi puppy. For eight seconds. Please watch it several times. (The scene between the 6- and 7-second mark will really tear your guts out.)