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The Hippopotamus and the Tortoise

Owen, the hippopotamus.

This story made the rounds in January, 2005 when it first broke, but I never saw it. I couldn’t resist posting it here now.

(Text and images from an email I recently received, and assorted web sources. FYI: SNOPES says it’s mostly a true story)

…Some news accounts (including the one sped from inbox to inbox in early 2005) asserted the orphaned hippo was swept into the sea by the tsunami that devastated numerous coastal countries in the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004, yet wildlife officials were alerted to the imperiled hippo before Christmas, when hoteliers in Malindi spotted the little fellow, in the company of a number of adults of his kind, foundering in the surf off the coast. By the time wildlife officials arrived, Owen was alone, having become separated from his herd. Had he not been rescued, the ocean’s waters would have done in the youngster because long immersion in salt water would have led to fatal dehydration.

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Urban Camouflage

Urban Camouflage

From a NY Times article today:

Urban Camouflage

Though street crime is relatively low in Japan, quirky camouflage designs like this vending-machine dress are being offered to an increasingly anxious public to hide from would-be assailants.

Check out the other great Urban Camouflage images here.

Cassini Royale: ‘On the Final Frontier’

On the Final Frontier+ enlarge

Just over 10 years ago, on October 15, 1997, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a several billion mile trip across the solar system to the planet Saturn.

About seven years later, on July 1, 2004, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft reduced its speed, and entered orbit around Saturn. The spacecraft is now more than half way through its four-year mission to explore the ringed planet.

The mission, called the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan also released a probe that landed on Saturn’s moon Titan on Dec. 25, 2004.

You can see the latest incredible images from the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan at the CICLOPS (Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations) website.

New CD by Chris Brown: OBLIVION


Chris Brown, Canadian musician-singer-songwriter-producer extraordinaire, has just released OBLIVION, his second solo album.

But this is far from Chris Brown’s second recording; he has been making great music for over 20 years. Chris was a member of the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir (1985-1995), a Canadian alternative rock band that formed in Toronto, Ontario. Since then, he has recorded and performed steadily with singing partner Kate Fenner as Chris and Kate (1997-present). In 2004, Chris formed “The Citizens’ Band” as a vehicle for his solo material. Joined by Kate Fenner on vocals, The Citizens’ Band features Anton Fier (drums), Tony Scherr (bass), and Teddy Kumpel (guitar). Chris has played with numerous other musicians, including Ani DiFranco, Barenaked Ladies, Broken Social Scene, Crash Test Dummies, DJ Logic, Po’ Girl, Rheostatics, The Tragically Hip and Tom Jones. …read more →