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War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

Amazing Cats and Dogs, Uplifting News, Blog Plans, and Happy Mother’s Day

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Amazing cat. Credit: AP

I was going to post about Osama today, but I just couldn’t. Not on Mother’s Day, yeesh. So instead a hastily tossed together salad of blog plans and news tidbits. And in the spirit of Mother’s Day, I will only comment on good news and um, uplifting news today.

A cat survived 25 days trapped in a cargo container shipped from China. Cats can survive being trapped for surprising amounts of time, far longer than big hulking animals like humans. They have really efficient kidneys and can get by on condensation for a long time, IE practically no water. Possibly because their forebears were primarily desert dwelling cats, but that’s just speculation on my part. And just so I don’t get accosted by the dog activists in the street, here’s a neat story about a dog who survived two weeks trapped on a ledge.

In uplift news, scientists are closer to explaining why there are gravity anomalies in Eastern Canada. It’s not very mysterious, for some reason the crust of the Earth is slightly depressed in that part of the world. It’s suspected that it’s because the weight of two miles of ice sitting on it for tens of thousands of years during the last Ice Age pressed it downward slightly. More sophisticated new measurements support that hypothesis. Ten thousand years later, and the Earth’s crust is still slowly “springing upwards” after the weight of all the ice was removed. There’s actually a number of places on Earth where this post glacial rebound is still occurring. I just think it’s really cool how slow geologic processes are, and yet we can still measure ans study them.

Finally, the blog. I will be adding new items to the menu bar at the top soon. A quiz section, a Map section, and a Resources section. The first will contain my apparently popular World War Two Quiz. A Viet Nam War quiz is underway, and a World War I and American Civil War quizzes are planned. I am open to suggestion on where to go after that. Maps will contain my evolving “world at a glance” Three Empires” map plus other maps and map links I find useful. Resources will contain links to various statistics and facts pages that I use to research my posts. I will be including some excellent suggestions I have already received and am always looking for more.

One final story about an amazing mom: Thirteen Puppies!

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and is central to illustrating the post.)


Written by unitedcats

May 13, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Posted in Berkeley, Cats, Science

5 Responses

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  1. Wow, that gravity bit was really cool. I had no idea that such a thing existed. I always knew Canadians were special (and not just because we know how to spell colour properly).


    May 13, 2007 at 1:23 pm

  2. Thanks. Cats look good.


    May 13, 2007 at 6:15 pm

  3. “It’s not very mysterious, for some reason the crust of the Earth is slightly depressed in that part of the world” … oh, the jokes abound, lol … Eastern Canada IS the most depressing part of the country ;-)


    May 13, 2007 at 10:46 pm

  4. It’s not depressing, it’s just ‘depressed’ because it’s so (geographically, and consequently dangerously) close to the epicentre of Western insanity – Washington D.C. (depression central?) ;-)


    May 15, 2007 at 7:30 am

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