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Swedish flamingoes massacred in frenzied anteater attack
The Local (Sweden) ^ | April 5, 2011

Posted on 04/07/2011 8:17:49 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

A flock of ten flamingoes have met a brutal end at a zoo in Eskilstuna in eastern Sweden after a curious anteater broke into their compound and clawed them to death, leaving a further five birds nursing injuries.

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To: NicknamedBob; redhead

Ask my great-niece about that...her Other Auntie sent me some Sci-Fi books and at the bottom of the box was a frog mask, since I collect amphibian things.

My Other Sister and her daughter and grandaughter came to visit. When I answered the door in said mask, the Munchkin bolted to her mom screaming, “SCARE ME! SCARE ME!”

Although it was not my intent to scare anyone, I realized that face masks are not to be worn in mixed (generation) company. (My bad.)


951 posted on 05/17/2011 4:03:16 PM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: SunkenCiv; Monkey Face; Tax-chick; sionnsar
"There’s a whole community within the greater FR community that should probably have its own restaurants and little grocery stores and stuff."

Evidently you have missed the entire discussion and development of the Flying Castle and its perambulating environs.

Our associated Habitats took off from the South Pacific on December 27th, 2005, heading initially for Mars.

952 posted on 05/17/2011 4:08:39 PM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: SunkenCiv; Monkey Face; Darksheare; FRiends

Wait, is Civ trying to say ....

What have you guys been feeding me here in the castle? Fake food?


953 posted on 05/17/2011 4:09:55 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: NicknamedBob

Phew. For a minute there....


954 posted on 05/17/2011 4:18:18 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Tax-chick; ColdOne

Spring is real here, now. Warm day, shirtsleeve weather. The rhodies are beginning to come out.


955 posted on 05/17/2011 4:41:38 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Tax-chick
"Jump start" -- I could have used one of those this morning. Awake at 4-something this morning, then again at 6:00 sharp. Not an especially productive day, but I got through most of my emails and knocked a few small items off my to-do list.

Including a slightly painful phone call with the president of the American equivalent to my European committee, trying to restore peace between the two. (It might have been better if I hadn't been jetlagged.) The upside is that the stage is now set for renewed cooperation between the two in our next mutual teleconference. The downside is that it could result in a brutally short trip to India next month -- fly in, spend one day there, and fly back. But under the circumstances maybe a request to book business class might be granted by my boss' boss' boss.

956 posted on 05/17/2011 5:01:35 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Monkey Face
Gel eye mask: you stick it in the fridge for for an hour, then put it on your eyes when they are tired and/or swollen.
The one in the kit is also silk, so it breathes.
BA gave us silk sleep masks, terry tube socks, and a small toothbrush with a tiny little tube of toothpaste. I liked it.

Thanks for the explanation!

I don't remember BA silk eye masks. But the first time I flew with them I was pretty new to travel and didn't keep anything of the kit (I do remember the socks, toothbrush and toothpaste though). The second (and last so far), I would have kept the mask but I seem to recall it was plastic and thus worthless to me.

957 posted on 05/17/2011 5:06:32 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: NicknamedBob
No rest for the responsible. If you wanted frequent rests, you should have become a musician.

Exception: bagpipes. There are no rests in bagpipe music. Only grace notes.

958 posted on 05/17/2011 5:12:35 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: fanfan
What have you guys been feeding me here in the castle? Fake food?

I had a favourite my last evening in Paris: faux-filet
Cheapsteak but good.

959 posted on 05/17/2011 5:16:27 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: sionnsar

Where’d everyone go?


960 posted on 05/17/2011 5:17:26 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: NicknamedBob; SunkenCiv

Ah, those were the days, before the arrival of Vlad the Usurper, space-baby, and his surprising brother Francisco. Back then, it seemed as if we might get the Zeus colony established, the first step in re-Hellenizing the Helios system ... but budget constraints and the proliferation of kudzu intervened ...


961 posted on 05/17/2011 5:17:55 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: sionnsar

We were back and forth to the pool a couple of times; the swim team was watching a video about correct strokes and turns. They couldn’t swim because it’s too cold and was raining most of the day.

Then I read three chapters of “Hittite Warrior” to the byos. It’s a historical novel based on episodes from the Book of Judges, Deborah vs. Sisera. (The eponymous protagonist has just met Sisera, so things will get bloody pretty soon.) We got it with Anoreth or Bill’s Seton School curriculum years ago, but I’d never read it. Tom recommended it to Pat when we finished “Kings Mountain,” about the Revolutionary War, a couple of weeks ago.


962 posted on 05/17/2011 5:21:54 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: sionnsar; Tax-chick

I went to the ACE hardware store.

I would guess Tax-Chick went to Wal-Mart or will soon.


963 posted on 05/17/2011 6:29:26 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: Tax-chick
Sounds like fun! Much more than the stuff I have to read (and write!) these days.

Sorry to hear about your weather. It looks like Spring has finally arrived here, hitting both LoM and myself with allergic reactions. Until we succeed in replacing all grass with moss, the lawnmower is her duty for the time being.

For reading I am still working my way through "After Worlds Collide," an old SF novel preceded by the 1930s novel "When Worlds Collide", made into an Americana movie early 50s. Surprisingly fun stuff, though I hope the remake is more true to the book than the original.

An accurate remake of "After Worlds Collide" would be way too incorrect for Hollyweird so I have no hopes of that.

Looks like we have great weather ahead: comfortably warm in the mid 60s, lots of sun -- so of course after Wednesday we'll be away to the SF Bay area until Saturday night. (Diocesan conference.)

964 posted on 05/17/2011 6:38:44 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: sionnsar; ThomasThomas; Monkey Face; ColdOne; Cyber Liberty; Anoreth

965 posted on 05/18/2011 5:13:47 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Tax-chick

Here they just bring us whatever they find.


966 posted on 05/18/2011 5:31:53 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: NicknamedBob

Up at 6 AM, and no kittehs at all. But looks like a warm sunny day ahead.


967 posted on 05/18/2011 6:42:32 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Tax-chick

It was Bill. I had to read Heidi, which is the worst thing I’ve ever been forced to write about. Also a silly book about some girl whining her way through the Depression.
I found a book about the Soviet Revolution. Published in the 50s, and therefore free of the modern tendencies to explain away the mistakes of either or both sides. Also it’s only about a hundred pages (paperback), so it’s not endlessly long like others I’ve seen on the same subject.


968 posted on 05/18/2011 7:11:25 AM PDT by Anoreth (Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time.)
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To: Anoreth

I had to write a paper on “The Rise of the Working Class,” a Marxist history of England. That was worse than Heidi, which at least had mountain scenery and Clara’s grandmother in it.

If you find anything by Robert Conquest on the Soviet Union, it’s worth reading (but heavy going). He wrote “The Great Terror” and “Harvest of Sorrow,” among others.

How are things in the undisclosed tropical location? It’s chilly here and might rain again. We need to go to Petsmart for more crickets.


969 posted on 05/18/2011 7:35:15 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Tax-chick; sionnsar; fanfan; All

Well. Back from my trek to the Nether Regions. I didn’t want to go, as it was windy and in the low 50’s when I got up. It’s still windy, but now it’s in the high 50’s. Oh joy.

I’m experimenting with diferent types of clothing for the walks. I’ve found that a thermal undershirt worn as an outer shirt, plus my jacket, is far warmer than a sweatshirt under the same jacket. Go figure.

And I think I’ve finally lost enough weight to get into a pair of jeans I bought three years ago. Everything else is falling off my hips. Maybe I should be gateful.


970 posted on 05/18/2011 10:18:59 AM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: Monkey Face

I think my hips have your lost pounds.

We’re off to the Petsmart for a bazillion crickets. Paula the Chameleon is hungry!


971 posted on 05/18/2011 10:31:00 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Tax-chick

I wish MY hips had the lost pounds. Thanks to the fact that I swam a lot when a child, my shoulders are broader than my hips, and (sad to say) men’s clothes fit me better than women’s. *sigh*

That’s what I get for being so athletic, I guess. Softball and volleyball...I was always first chosen. We only swam in the summer. No pools at the schools... But hiking made up for a lot of that.

It rained a little while ago, and as usual, the desert gave up its clean, fresh aromas. The wind has died down, but not completely. Just enough to make me wish it had not been in existence when I left this morning...*sheesh*

Summer can come any time, now... :o|


972 posted on 05/18/2011 1:23:34 PM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: Monkey Face

Half an hour to swimming practice. Big black clouds over Lake Park. I think I’ll have teh byos all go to the bathroom, and then I’ll take them to the playground by the pool, because I think the practice will be called off pretty quick.


973 posted on 05/18/2011 1:43:41 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Tax-chick
LOL!
Byos and “Biffys” seem to be synonymous.
974 posted on 05/18/2011 3:55:28 PM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: sionnsar; FRiends
Faux-filet, LOL!

When I was little, my parents operated a business that required them to feed and house their staff. One summer, at about 12 years of age, I worked in the staff dining room. One day when Salisbury steak was on the menu, I told my Dad that the cooks were pulling a fast one.....they were serving the staff hamburger patties covered in gravy, not real steak. The look on his face was priceless. ;-)

975 posted on 05/18/2011 3:55:43 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Monkey Face; Darksheare

It turns out the practice went as scheduled and the clouds are clearning now. So the byos played outside for an hour, which was fine.

I got Jake a catnip mouse, and now he’s licking it and smearing it over his face. Sneeze!


976 posted on 05/18/2011 3:58:43 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Monkey Face; FRiends

Maybe you should be grateful?
Maybe???

I would be happy to send an inch or two of hip your way if you’d prefer!

It’s cool here too, and rainy.


977 posted on 05/18/2011 3:59:53 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan

LOL! At this stage in the weight loss, I look like a guy from the back: no hips, broad shoulders....and I’m 5’9” with long legs...not to mention the fact that my hair is VERY short and spikey.

I wear a red visor, and my “cover” of choice is a pink hoodie. Otherwise, folks have a tendency to say, “Hey! Buddy! You need a ride?”

(I guess they dont pay attention to the sway in my hips...)


978 posted on 05/18/2011 4:33:24 PM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: Tax-chick; Monkey Face

Watch Ash eat the catnip mouse?


979 posted on 05/18/2011 4:39:18 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Monkey Face; Tax-chick; fanfan

Hi all. Work week is now done, We fly down to the SF Bay Area tomorrow for a church conference,


980 posted on 05/18/2011 4:43:14 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: Tax-chick; Darksheare; Monkey Face

Hey TC.
Got seedlings?


981 posted on 05/18/2011 4:52:13 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: Monkey Face

Woohoo! LoM just got home. With two artichokes, Rolling Rock (shhhh... it’s in cans!), a couple of my Paris photos with frames to put them in — for gifts tomorrow.


982 posted on 05/18/2011 4:55:21 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: fanfan; sionnsar; Tax-chick; Darksheare; Harmless Teddy Bear; All

I’m off to bed with the smell of rain on the desert to give me some of Nature’s best Aromatherapy...


983 posted on 05/18/2011 4:57:24 PM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: Monkey Face

When you are out and about, it’s probably safer to dress that way.


984 posted on 05/18/2011 5:02:05 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: sionnsar

Rolling Rock (shhhh... it’s in cans!),

?


985 posted on 05/18/2011 5:15:06 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: fanfan; LibreOuMort; mizuki san
Rolling Rock is one of the few American beers I like (this category is not including microbrewery products). Was introduced to it by my father-in-law when I flew back East to ask his daughter's hand in marriage.

Good stuff and like Vernor's Ginger Ale is now available on the West Coast (I endured over 3 decades without Vernor's!).

Every time I hoist a Rolling Rock, I remember my father-in-law, may he rest in peace. He was a good man (and mentor) and we miss him.

986 posted on 05/18/2011 6:28:22 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: fanfan

In a case of wishful thinking, I put up some bamboo poles today for the survivors of my original batch of pole-bean seeds. I don’t know if any of the others will come up. I have peas up; they’re rather scattered from the cat-diggins, but I expected to have to thin them, anyway.

Ash keeps lying on the new dill sprouts!


987 posted on 05/18/2011 7:26:44 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Tax-chick

Chicken wire tents.


988 posted on 05/18/2011 10:23:38 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am still looking for that box I am supposed to think out of.)
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To: sionnsar

Prep for partly cloudy, ~49 to ~70 degrees, and breezy.

It’s still pretending to be early March, here, but you’ve missed the rain.


989 posted on 05/19/2011 12:32:48 AM PDT by HKMk23 (A free man unarmed is just a slave on borrowed time.)
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To: HKMk23; Monkey Face; ColdOne; Cyber Liberty

990 posted on 05/19/2011 4:24:46 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I blame the anteater’s parents.


991 posted on 05/19/2011 4:30:15 AM PDT by Puddleglum (dance with the horse that brung ya)
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To: Puddleglum

That’s always a safe choice.


992 posted on 05/19/2011 4:36:18 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Puddleglum; Tax-chick
"I blame the anteater’s parents."

When the only fingers you have are scimitar-like claws, everything looks like a termite mound.

993 posted on 05/19/2011 4:56:32 AM PDT by NicknamedBob (I get my exercise. I take my vitamins. I tell pain it can come along, but it'll have to ride in back)
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To: NicknamedBob

Oh, good point.


994 posted on 05/19/2011 5:02:24 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Obama's "Gutsy Decision": Who's gonna tell the fool that he ain't cool?)
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To: Monkey Face; fanfan; sionnsar; Tax-chick; Harmless Teddy Bear
funny pictures - Through the miracle of plastic,  we are now able to observe first hand just how the cat fits himself in those tight spaces.
995 posted on 05/19/2011 6:57:41 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Darksheare

Cat x octopus hybrid.


996 posted on 05/19/2011 6:59:48 AM PDT by Tax-chick ( "Nearly everything Obama said was either factually incorrect or deliberately misleading." ~VDH)
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To: Tax-chick

Has to be.
Also illustrates the fluid dynamics of a MarshMallow from Kentu’s world.


997 posted on 05/19/2011 7:08:11 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Darksheare

I’d say that kitteh looks a little boxed in.


998 posted on 05/19/2011 7:41:59 AM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: Tax-chick

It was 50 when I got up this morning, but at least the wind isn’t blowing. Still, it’s cold in here. We were supposed to get another 3” of snow on Mt. Charleston, but I didn’t hear if it alctually came. It was nasty enough yesterday afternoon to make me think we got that and more.

SUMMER! Where are you?? I’m so tired of being cold!


999 posted on 05/19/2011 7:46:49 AM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: Monkey Face

!


1,000 posted on 05/19/2011 7:47:10 AM PDT by Monkey Face (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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