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Service Dogs Attend Theater Performance As Part Of Trainingby Shifra on August 18, 2019
Sweet! Via Fox News. An adorable photo of a group of service dogs sitting in a Canadian theater last week catching a production of “Billy Elliot” has gone viral. The photo shows the crowd of mainly poodles and golden retrievers taking up at least four rows and attentively watching the stage during the Stratford Festival in Ontario. The objective was to prevent fur from flying during live theater so the pups can help their handlers navigate a theater atmosphere “It’s important to prepare the dogs for any activity the handler may like to attend,” said Laura Mackenzie, owner of K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs and who spearheaded the outing, told CBC radio. “The theater gives us the opportunity to...
Video: 95-Year-Old Film Discovered In Junk Shop Shows Life In 1920s Kansasby Shifra on July 15, 2019
Neat! Via Fox News. Incredible film footage discovered in a junk shop shows a 1924 parade in Wichita in stunning detail…. The 5-minute silent video was posted to YouTube by the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. Crowds of onlookers are seen watching the “Boys Loyalty Parade,” that took place on May 1, 1924. A celebration of youth, the parade features marching bands, floats and even bicyclists. At various points, streetcars and early 20th-century cars and trucks can be seen passing by. Groups taking part in the parade include the American Indian Institute, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis, Lions Clubs, YMCA and local schools. The museum notes that an unidentified group of young African-American men and an unidentified girls and boys band also participate…....
Cute Alert: Cat Gives Massage To Dogby Shifra on September 18, 2018
In the midst of all the hyper-partisan craziness, it’s nice to see some kindness from this sweet kitteh. Via Circa.
Video: President Trump Stops Motorcade To Thank Ohio Firefightersby Shifra on August 6, 2018
Remember when Obama stopped his motorcade to thank firefighters? Yeah, neither do I. But here’s what I do remember: Obama forced a violation of Marine Corps regulations by ordering a Marine to hold an umbrella so that he wouldn’t get wet. Via American Mirror. In a moment that will undoubtedly be ignored by the mainstream media, a cell phone video from Ohio on Saturday shows President Trump halting his motorcade so he could shake hands with firemen. The video, taken by one of the participants, shows several firefighters standing or kneeling as the President’s motorcade approaches the venue. [email protected] stops his motorcade to thank fireman. Awesome! pic.twitter.com/zcUrtUeNqT — PolishPatryot🇵🇱 (@PolishPatryot) August 4, 2018 Two police escorts pass, as does the...
NYT Tries To Trip Up Roseanne On Trump Support, And Fails… Biglyby Shifra on March 28, 2018
Memo to lib “journalists” (using the term loosely): Don’t mess with Roseanne. It will not end well…for you. Via Daily Caller. A New York Times interviewer attempted to trip up comedian Roseanne Barr over her support for the president, but it didn’t work as planned…. Here’s the exchange: Considering that Trump opposes many of the principles that you and Roseanne Conner have stood for, how can you support him? No, he doesn’t, I don’t think he does. I don’t think so at all. I think he voices them quite well. I’m thinking of abortion rights, same-sex marriage rights,labor protections — He doesn’t oppose same-sex marriage. He doesn’t favor it. He has not come out in favor of it. He does....
Rainbow in Taiwan Lasts Nine Hours, Breaks World Recordby Shifra on December 5, 2017
Neat! Via CBS News. Somewhere over the rainbow, a new world record was in the making last week. Students in Taiwan anxiously watched their clocks and kept their eyes on the skies as they documented the longest-lasting rainbow known to mankind. The rainbow arched over northern Taiwan for nearly nine hours — eight hours and 58 minutes, to be exact — making it the longest lasting rainbow on record, according to students and staff of Chinese Culture University in Taipei’s mountains….
Note With Einstein’s Theory On Life Auctioned For $1.3 Millionby Tammy on October 24, 2017
Neat! Via Reuters. Strapped for cash in a Tokyo hotel, Albert Einstein wrote his take on life on a note and handed it to the bellboy instead of a tip. The physicist’s formula for happy living fetched $1.3 million (£990,424) on Tuesday, a Jerusalem auction house said. In 1922, Einstein was en route to Japan when the announcement came he would be awarded the 1921 Nobel prize in physics, Winner’s Auctions and Exhibitions said. Upon his arrival in Tokyo, he holed up in his hotel room trying to put his thoughts to paper. When an attendant came to his room to make a delivery, Einstein found himself without any money for a tip. Instead, he handed him a signed note...
‘Mona Lisa Nude Sketch’ Found in Franceby Tammy on September 29, 2017
Neat! Via BBC. A charcoal drawing housed in another art collection for more than 150 years may have been a sketch for the Mona Lisa, a French art expert says. The charcoal portrait of a nude woman, known as the Monna Vanna, was previously attributed only to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio. But experts have found enough clues to suggest the artist worked on both. After tests at the Louvre Museum in Paris, curators believe the sketch is “at least in part” by Leonardo. It has been held since 1862 in the collection of Renaissance art at the Conde Museum at the Palace of Chantilly, north of the French capital. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the great painters of...
Neuroscience Says Yes, Your Dog Really Does Love Youby Tammy on September 28, 2017
Your good news for Thursday, and every day! Our big challenge as humans, is to make sure we love them as much as they love us. Via USA Today. They’re called “man’s best friend” for a reason. It turns out dogs genuinely love their owners, not just because they’re holding their favorite treat or chew toy. The studies are detailed in the book What It’s Like To Be a Dog by neuroscientist Dr. Gregory Berns of Emory University in Atlanta. In an interview with The New York Times, Berns breaks down an experiment where dogs were given hot dogs in some situations and praise in others. Berns found when researchers looked at the rewards centers of dogs’ brains, they responded...
Happy 100th Birthday to ‘OMG’by Shifra on September 17, 2017
Kudos to the lexicographers at the Oxford English Dictionary for tracking down the earliest usage of OMG. And no, it’s not the invention of a texting teen. Via WSJ. Let us now put down our smartphones to mark a peculiar anniversary. One hundred years ago, on Sept. 9, 1917, a retired admiral of the British navy fired off a letter to Winston Churchill, the future prime minister. The letter was shockingly prescient in one curious way: the admiral abbreviated “Oh my God!” in a most millennial fashion, as “OMG.”…. In his letter, Lord Fisher complained to the much younger Churchill, then serving as minister of munitions, about Britain’s cautious naval strategy against Germany. In a sarcastic tone, he closed the...
President Trump Picks Up Marine’s Hat… Obama Had a Marine Hold Umbrellaby Shifra on July 9, 2017
Compare and contrast: President Trump picks up Marine’s hat that had blown off in the wind: Barack Hussein Obama breaks protocol, tells Marines to hold umbrellas: ‘It made him look like a butler’: Retired general blasts President Obama for ordering U.S. Marine to break military rules by holding an umbrella
Artifacts of American Revolution Offer Glimpse into Historyby Tammy on July 4, 2017
Neat history on our Independence Day! Via Fox & Friends. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Inside Philadelphia’s New Museum of the American Revolution … So much history has unfolded in the United States since the revolution that it can be easy to forget that American independence was not inevitable. The choice between breaking away from Great Britain or staying loyal to the crown divided families, communities and whole cities. The museum brings this tension and uncertainty to vivid life through its thoughtful installations of flags, documents, everyday objects and works of art. Much of the museum’s collection comes from that of the old Valley Forge Historical Society, which was founded by Reverend W. Herbert Burk and includes some iconic...
Drivers in 21 States Now Have… ‘Covfefe’ License Platesby Shifra on June 5, 2017
And isn’t the Breitbart coffee mug pretty fabulous? Via The Hill. Drivers in at least 21 states have claimed “covfefe” vanity license plates after President Trump’s misspelled late-night tweet earlier this week, according to CNN. In Nebraska, the “covfefe” plate was claimed just hours after Trump’s tweet….
Bird Takes Wrong Turn on Way to South America, Lands in… Israelby Shifra on April 27, 2017
An amazing ability to fly long distances. But sense of direction? Not so much. Via Jerusalem Post. ….A medium-sized shorebird that typically nests in the North American tundra and in eastern Russia, the dowitcher was last seen in Israel in the Dan region in 1984, according to Jonathan Meirav, a senior ornithologist at the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. “He probably at some point got confused along his way, and instead of migrating to the hot spots of South and Central America, took a different direction, likely connected with another species of shorebird and migrated with them for the winter to Africa,” Meirav said. “Shorebirds are strong flyers and are world-record holders in long-distance migration…. “The observation...
Voynich Manuscript: The World’s Most Mysterious Bookby Shifra on December 18, 2016
No one, not even the cryptographers who broke the German and Japanese codes during WWII, has been able to decipher the meaning of this ancient manuscript. But the Democrats will probably tell us the manuscript’s hidden message: The Russians did it! Via WSJ. In 1665, at the age of 63, the Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher appeared to know everything. He had written some 20 books and had several others under way. If you wanted to learn about magnetism, or the history of China, or Noah’s Ark, or optics, or music theory, or herbal remedies, or the nature of fossils, or how to create a universal language, Kircher was your man. People from all over the world—popes, kings, dukes, diplomats, merchants,...