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  • Woolly Mammoth: Shearer Saves Hugely Overgrown Sheep

    09/03/2015 8:30:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | SEPTEMBER 03, 2015 | Laura Wagner
    Among the kangaroos and kookaburras, another creature trundled through the Australian bush. Hooves barely visible, eyes mostly covered, the animal was the size of a refrigerator, the color of dirty snow. A concerned hiker spotted the furry specimen days ago and raised the alarm. It was a matter of life and death — and this sheep needed a haircut. News reports say the merino sheep had likely wandered from his flock five or six years ago and had been on the lam(b) in the wild ever since. While merinos are typically sheared every spring, rescuers think the sheep, named Chris,...
  • ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ Deemed Racist, Sexist By Australian Child Care Centers

    10/17/2014 8:23:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies ^ | 10/17/2014 | Derek Hunter
    Remember the song “Baa Baa Black Sheep”? The harmless nursery rhyme was written in the early 1700s and has been sung by children around the world ever since. At least it used to be, now it may be a hate crime. Child care centers in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, are changing the song because of racial and sexist connotations in the lyrics.
  • WOOL

    04/29/2012 1:42:43 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 31 replies
    It will never cease to amaze me how warm wool is. Last night it got down in the 40s (60 degrees inside my house) after a warm spell that was in the 90s. After getting used to the warmer temps 60 felt very cold while lounging around in shorts and Tshirt, so rather than crank up the furnace, I just put on a wool sweater and wool socks and all was well, even though I was wearing shorts. Then at bedtime, I shed the sweater and I slept under a heavy wool blanket. I have read the theory about wool's...
  • (Aussie) Celebs unite to battle animal activists

    06/08/2008 5:18:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 108+ views ^ | 6/9/2008 | Samantha Williams
    As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) convinced another international retailer to boycott Australian wool that has been mulesed, leading fashion designer Alex Perry has thrown his weight behind the wool industry. "PETA needs to back off," Mr Perry said. "I understand where they are coming from, there needs to be alternative to mulesing, but give farmers a chance to develop it." Mulesing involves cutting the skin and wool from a sheep's backside to stop blowflies from laying eggs. Mr Perry, along with rugby league star Nathan Hindmarsh, Myer, country music singers Gina Jeffreys, Shannon Noll and John...
  • Sheep Shearers in Short Supply (WI)

    05/28/2008 4:24:36 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 16 replies · 168+ views
    JSOnline ^ | May 26, 2008 | Rick Barrett
    (Strength-sapping, specialized, seasonal craft seeks students) David Kier lives in his van for weeks at a time, sleeping on a foam mattress but never lacking work. A traveling sheep shearer, he's been clipping wool for 30 years. And his skills are more in demand than ever as shearers retire because of age or injury, and as fewer young people line up for the labor-intensive profession. The shortage of shearers has become so acute that some farmers depend on help from hundreds of miles away. Without the traveling shearers, the farmers couldn't cash in on the current high prices for wool...
  • Tazz the Kitten Discovers Wool (Attn: Cat Lovers)

    02/22/2007 2:03:03 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 6 replies · 564+ views
    YouTube ^ | 7/19/06 | Terishea
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  • Australian farmers called to report ugly sheep (It's a wool thing)

    08/15/2006 9:22:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 578+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/15/06 | Reuters
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian scientists have called on the country's farmers to report any ugly sheep found in their flocks. A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece. The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) said on Tuesday its search for "Australia's ugliest merino lambs" may hold the key to securing the nation's A$2.8 billion (US$2.1 billion) wool industry. The institute said ugly lambs -- with uneven wool, strange fibers, clumps of wool that fall out, bare...
  • A clothes call for NBA whiners

    10/26/2005 12:23:47 PM PDT · by JZelle · 13 replies · 1,028+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-26-05 | Clarence Page
    You can't say that National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern does not enjoy a challenge. Players will have to observe a dress code beginning this season, he has announced. The idea is going over big with the players -- like flood insurance in the Sahara. The code, delivered in a short memo last week, boils down to this: No bling. "Bling," for those of you who are not fortunate enough to have a teenager in your home, is short for "bling bling," a hip-hop term for gaudy jewelry and other forms of showy, ostentatious style. In 2002, "bling bling" joined...
  • PETA launches nude Aussie sheep protest

    09/27/2005 9:37:54 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 1,170+ views
    The Age ^ | 28 September 2005
    US animal rights activists stripped off in the first of a worldwide blitz of nude demonstrations to protest Australia's treatment of sheep. A small, but committed, group of members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) demonstrated outside the Australian embassy in Washington. In the coming days PETA plans nude protests outside Australian embassies in Vienna, Berlin, Paris and Sao Paulo. In Washington, four women and one man stripped down to g-strings and painted Australian flagson their bodies. Five other activists held large gruesome photos of bloody sheep that had been mulesed. There were no arrests or...
  • Power-dressing Aussie leaves trail of destruction

    09/16/2005 1:25:38 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies · 944+ views
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building. Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woollen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together. When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria on Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet. "It sounded almost like a firecracker", Clewer told Australian...
  • PETA Ups Boycott Pressure on Clothing Retailers Over Australian Wool

    12/23/2004 11:08:10 AM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 537+ views
    The Cybercast News Service. ^ | December 23, 2004 | Patrick Goodenough
    PETA Ups Boycott Pressure on Clothing Retailers Over Australian Wool By Patrick Goodenough International Editor December 23, 2004 Pacific Rim Bureau ( - Animal "rights" group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has ratcheted up its campaign against Australian sheep faming practices, with graphic billboards and threats of secondary boycotts against clothing retailers that resist its demands to stop using Australian wool. PETA's latest billboard, erected this week at a busy thoroughfare in Manhattan, shows a lamb's mutilated backside and the words: "Did your sweater cause a bloody butt? Boycott Australian wool." Campaign co-ordinator Matt Rice...
  • To tell the (naked) truth about how women really look

    06/16/2002 5:48:56 AM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 14 replies · 4,711+ views
    Portland (ME) Press Herald ^ | 16 June 2002 | Ray Routhier
    For more than 25 years, a group of Down East women has been getting together to spin wool so that it can be woven into cloth and then made into clothes. But about a year and a half ago the women began to see the benefit of not wearing clothes for a while. They were lounging in a hot tub, on a weekend retreat, and thinking about ways to raise money for a group trip to Ireland. They thought about a book or a calendar. Maybe a semi-nude calendar? They had heard about other mature women doing this sort of...