The Carolina Yellow Dog, aka the American Dingo.
OK, because it’s Friday and I don’t see any big headlines in the news, I am going to post about a few random things that I think are fascinating. I might even make this a regular feature if people like it. I mean, do we need to be depressed about the state of the world every day? So in the spirit of washing Bush and Ahmadinejad out of our brains so we can enjoy the weekend, here’s the sort of stuff that I find infinitely more entertaining that who won what football/soccer/baseball game or what Britney shaved last:
The American Dingo. Yes, there is actually a wild dog in North America, though it was only recently realized that the Yellow Dog or Carolina Yellow Dog was indeed a distinct species of dog. Who knew? They appear to be very similar genetically and behaviourally to Asian wild dogs such as the Australian Dingo and the Korean Jindo. Appearance wise they are identical. It’s believed that these American dogs are the descendants of the dogs brought across the Bering Straight by humans entering North America from Asia some 11,000 years ago. Is that too cool for words or what?
Decagonal Quasicrystal Geometry. Huh? Advanced 20th century geometry has been discovered in 15th century Islamic tile-work. While there is a chance this is some sort of weird coincidence, the experts don’t think so. Apparently mathematics in parts of the 15th century Islamic world was far more advanced than we gave them credit for. Fascinating in and of itself, and more indication that there is a lot more “lost knowledge” out there than we thought. We are only just starting to fully realize that many ancient civilizations were far more advanced than we give them credit for, and I’m not talking about crackpot nonsense like Atlantean airplanes or what not. I will be posting more discoveries in this realm for sure.
Tiger Kills Girl. A sad story, a parent paying to have their child posed and photographed with a tiger lost their daughter when something startled the tiger. I post this as a cautionary tale, because I see stuff like this all too often and it pisses me off. A seventeen year old girl was killed by a tiger in the US under the same circumstances a few years back. I’m sorry, but this is a really stupid way to lose a child. Large animals are dangerous and children should keep well clear of them, and this is true of any large animal, not just exotic zoo animals. I was taught to walk down the center of the barn aisle when I was a kid because a cow idly kicking at a fly can be lethal to a small child. This public service announcement brought to you by someone whose family actually had a farm when they were a child. End rant.
Tire Size Calimari. A huge colossal squid has been caught by fishermen. These puppies are even larger than the famed giant squid. Possibly forty feet (14m) long or longer, these are believed to be the largest invertebrates on the planet. Very little in known about these deadly hunters of the deep, and only a few have been caught. There is every reason to believe they are quite intelligent too, apex predators almost always are. Creatures like this are why I don’t go swimming in any body of water larger than a swimming pool.
Robot to Hunt for Extinct Woodpecker. A sophisticated robotic camera has been set up in the deep south to watch for the elusive Ivory Billed Woodpecker. A magnificent bird that went extinct decades ago because its habitat was largely destroyed. Some still think a few are left because of a possible sighting a few years back. Birdwatchers have been scouring the swamps by the thousands since then and haven’t found so much as a feather, so I’m sticking to my belief that this bird is indeed, extinct. Good luck with the robotic bird camera though. And as a nice touch, it is covered with “Danger, radioactive material” signs to discourage rural yahoos with guns from doing what rural yahoos with guns delight in doing.
In local cat news, there isn’t any. Aside from them wanting to go in and out every 15 minutes to see if it was still raining. With three cats that means I have to open the door every five minutes. I’d try and calculate how much of my life has been spent letting cats in or out, but I really don’t want to know. And don’t even mention cat doors, those don’t work with my evil cats, believe me, I’ve tried. It’s a story for another day. Have a great weekend everyone:
And all the people came up after him, and the people piped with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, so that the earth rent with the sound of them.
1 Kings 1:40
(The above image was obtained freely from Dingoes. I couldn’t find a nice picture of an American Dingo that didn’t have all sorts of nasty copyright restrictions, so I made do with this. And the truth of the matter is, the Australian Dingo and the American Dingo are identical in appearance.)