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What the fox says – for real!

by 1389AD ( 81 Comments › )
Filed under Dog Day Afternoon, Music, Open thread, Science at February 5th, 2014 - 6:00 pm

What the Fox Says

Published on Feb 3, 2014 by SciShow

Thanks to a couple of Norwegian musicians, a lot of people have become obsessed with one question: What does the fox say? It turns out that foxes “say” lots of different things depending on the situation, and if you think the song is weird, just wait ’til you hear the real thing.
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Sources:
http://www.foxforest.com/upclose/voicescarry.shtml
http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-09/what-sound-does-fox-make
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_fox#Vocalisations
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6NuhlibHsM

Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) [Official music video HD]

Published on Sep 3, 2013 by TVNorge

Italian and vietnamese subtitles.
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/thefox-itunes
Fra I kveld med Ylvis på TVNorge.

Ylvis – [Official music video playlist HD]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE&list=PLfNe3nGQENtP3VCn1t1pybju9ffSPBohU

Kjøp eller stream sangen:
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/thefox-itunes
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/thefox-spotify
WiMP: http://smarturl.it/thefox-wimp

#ylvis

Music video from the Norwegian talk show I kveld med YLVIS.

https://www.facebook.com/IkveldmedYLVIS

Music by M.Eriksen/T.E.Hermansen/V.Ylvisåker/B.Yl­visåker
Lyrics by V.Ylvisåker/B.Ylvisåker/C.Løchstøer
Produced by Stargate

SBS Discovery © 2013

Caturday: New Animal Planet Show: My Cat From Hell

by 1389AD ( 109 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Open thread at April 30th, 2011 - 5:30 pm

We now have a feline counterpart to Cesar Millan’s popular Dog Whisperer show!

My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet Beginning May 7, 2011 Saturdays 9pm E/P

Animal Planet Videos: My Cat From Hell: What’s In Store

Meet Jackson Galaxy, a musician by night and a cat behaviorist by day. He’s helping cats — and their owners — work through behavior issues that are taking a toll on their relationships.

Click link for a series of video clips (not embeddable). See Jackson’s video clips on the right way to pet your cat, and on how to deal with a scared cat. Having tamed a few feral cats myself, I can vouch for the accuracy of Jackson’s advice in that regard.

Jackson Galaxy with cat

JacksonGalaxy on Twitter


New Mike Tyson TV show

by Rodan ( 68 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, Music, Open thread at March 31st, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Mike Tyson just can’t leave the spot light. He has a new TV show on Animal Planet called Taking on Tyson. The show is about pigeon racing, a hobby that Mike Tyson loved to do growing up. The show shows a human side to Mike Tyson and he has moved away from his bad boy image. Clearly dealing with Pigeons is something he likes to do.

Heavyweight boxing legend and Brooklyn native Mike Tyson has always loved breeding and raising pigeons. These birds have been an integral part of his life since his childhood. In fact, Mike threw his first punch when a neighborhood bully killed one of his beloved pigeons and threw it in his face. Of course, Mike would go on to become one of the most famous, and infamous, champions in boxing (and sports) history. And through it all, his pigeons and rooftop coops remained his one constant and secret solace.

Now, in the new Animal Planet series TAKING ON TYSON, debuting March 6, at 10 PM e/p, Mike goes beyond just raising his feathered friends — he races them for the very first time. With unprecedented access to the neighborhood haunts he grew up in, and in the company of the lifelong friends who surround him, Mike takes audiences on an insider’s tour of the highly competitive, bizarrely fascinating subculture of pigeon racing. The stakes are high in this sport, which has just as much machismo as boxing. But this time it’s not about money; it’s about bragging rights.

I really have enjoyed the show thus far and it’s good to see Mike Tyson’s love of animals. Here are some clips from the show.

This is an Open thread!

Caturday: Maru Introduces Himself

by 1389AD ( 36 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Japan, Open thread at March 19th, 2011 - 9:00 pm

まるです。

Says YouTube member WaterJug10, “Maru is safe, his owner blogged the day of the disaster to let everyone know Maru is OK and to keep the Japanese in our thoughts and prayers.”

覆面ねこ2。

(h/t: (vagabond trader: “Maru is all set with his special radiation gear.”)


Family cat saves boy’s life

(h/t: BizzyBlog)

The family cat, a volunteer fire fighter and a miracle — that’s what a Brockport woman says saved her nine-year-old grandson. Their house caught fire this morning. Her 12-year-old daughter made it out okay but the nine-year-old was trapped inside.

Monday morning, Linda Pearl when went to an early morning doctors appointment she left her 12-year-old daughter and her nine-year-old grandson at home. She intended to be gone only 30 minutes but what happened in the next half hour left the family homeless and sent her grandson to the hospital.
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The fire could have been much more devastating. Pearl’s nine-year-old grandson Kendran Hall was upstairs and nobody knew it. “If the cat hadn’t woke him up, we wouldn’t have found out until it was too late that he was even in the house. He missed his bus and he never misses his bus.”

The cat died in the fire. “His cat Stitch died to save him, to wake him up.”

Kendran was able to break a window and hang out of it. The 12-year-old girl ran across the street to fire Lieutenant Tim Russell’s house. He didn’t have any breathing apparatus to go in and rescue the boy. His only hope was to jump. It was intense. “I just didn’t want him to panic and I didn’t want him to leave. There was a lot of smoke coming out the window and I was trying to get him to jump.”

The young boy landed in the arms of Russell and a police officer and despite losing so much and facing homelessness, Pearl says, “The kids made it out, even though nobody knew he was in that house, he still made it out alive and I’m grateful for the fact that everybody is alive.”

Kendran is at Strong Hospital. His grandmother says he suffered smoke inhalation, but was breathing and feeling better this afternoon.

The Red Cross is assisting the family with food and shelter but Pearl says she’s not sure what they will do tomorrow.

Read the rest.


Iranian Mullahs and MPs Waging Jihad Against Dogs

by 1389AD ( 140 Comments › )
Filed under Iran, Jihad, Koran, Open thread, Sharia (Islamic Law) at March 19th, 2011 - 11:34 am

As I’ve mentioned before (see Dog Haters in Iran and San Francisco), Iran’s mullahs have been issuing fatwas against dogs. Dogs are targeted not only as unclean animals under shari’a law, but also as symbols of Western influence. Ads for pets and for pet products have already been banned in Iran.

Keeping – and pampering – a pet dog has become a symbolic means for dissident Iranians to protest against the regime of the mullahs.

Dogs: Iran’s symbol of rebellion

…Over the past few years, dog ownership has become yet another unlikely arena for the social and political dispute within the tumultuous politics of Iran.

It is well known that dogs, along with pigs, are considered unclean in Islam. Strictly speaking, the theology doesn’t ban their ownership, or petting; the Sunna prescribes that dogs are “pollutants”, contact with them rendering believers ritually unclean. This means that ritual cleansing is required before one is able to perform prayers. Despite this, dogs have been kept by Muslims for centuries. For example, salukis, an ancient breed of hunting dog, have historically been valued by the Bedouin, who breed them for both their beauty and their prowess in hunting.

However, having domesticated animals free to roam inside a house, contact with which would require ritual cleansing, would be quite tricky from a practical point of view for Muslims who are required to pray five times a day – even though there is no actual legal prohibition of dog ownership.

The Islamic Republic of Iran makes not only the application of the laws of Islam its constitutional duty, but also the promotion of godly behaviour its social remit. It has an Orwellian state ministry tasked with the promotion of “better behaviour” according to Islamic mores. This is the sharpest point at which the ideological state comes into contact with a people, who are at least as fun loving as they are God fearing.

…The state prohibition of anything in Iran is an open invitation for its widespread social promotion. Blond hair and garish makeup, nose jobs (of which Iran is the world capital) and extravagantly sculpted and gelled hairstyles for boys are all forms of sedition – political statements with a small “p”. The state’s legitimacy is thus questioned and openly ridiculed, at least by a certain section of the population.

As it happens, opponents of the state and its ideology also have the means and the spare time to indulge in such practices because they are, by and large, members of the affluent urban elite. But the religiously informed state disapproval of dogs in Iran has a deeper resonance than a garish pair of Dolce & Gabbana crystal-studded sunglasses. Before the Muslim invasion and conversion, Iran’s state religion was Zoroastrianism. In ancient Iran, dogs were particularly treasured and well-treated animals. The Gathas were explicit in the promotion of dogs as good and godly creatures; furthermore, the Zoroastrians believed that the bridge to the afterlife was guarded by dogs, so being nice to dogs in this world might have its reward in the hereafter.

After the Islamic conquest and the gradual but eventual mass conversion of Iranians from their national religion, disdain for dogs was not only a way for the conquerors of humiliating nation but a way for the new converts to prove their devotion to their new religion…

…Dogs are now as much symbols of safe, middle-class resistance as false eyelashes and green wristbands. Pooches have never had it so good, and rare breeds, especially small lap dogs, change hand for tens, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars.

An underground industry of dog beauty parlours thrives, mostly run out of private homes, as do a plethora of canine protection and welfare charities. A legal and substantial kennel industry has developed into what is fancily called “dog spas” where the middle class deposit their dogs when on holiday or, in the case of some of my conflicted relatives, when a devout auntie comes to stay…

Read it all.

Perhaps that is why the Iranian mullahocracy’s jihad against dogs is escalating. Some Iranian MPs are doing all they can to make it impossible for Iranians to keep dogs as pets.

In Iran, the Despots Grow Desperate

…In 1999, the then-head of the judiciary, Mullah Mohammad Yazdi, ruled that dogs must not be taken to public places. At the time, he conceded that they could be kept in people’s homes. But in June 2010, the senior hardline mullah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi issued an edict eradicating that privilege. When asked to clarify the position of Islamic religious law on the growing number of dogs kept as pets in Iran’s big cities, the senior cleric postulated that keeping pet dogs was an irrational imitation of Westerners, who often love their dogs more than their husbands, wives, and children. Makarem Shirazi also claimed that there are many references to dogs being unclean in Islam, though the Quran itself does not specifically address the topic.

The pets issue has fueled a perennially heated debate, but in recent weeks it reached a fever pitch in the Iranian parliament (Majles). Thirty-nine MPs submitted a resolution that would prohibit dog owners from walking their dogs in public. The resolution’s preamble maintains that keeping dogs and taking them for walks on the streets has become a serious problem in Iran’s big cities. The MPs claimed that dog-walking poses a public health hazard and deepens the threat of cultural corruption. If they can’t stop Iranians from owning dogs, the MPs figure, they can squeeze them out of their homes and forbid their presence on the streets.

Should the resolution pass, a dog owner caught walking his dog would be fined up to five million rials — approximately $500.

The pooch itself would face a steeper penalty: euthanization.

What’s more, if other residents of an apartment building or a house object to a fellow resident’s pet, that alone is grounds for the pet to be impounded by the regime’s authorities. And to top it off, the resolution gives full authority to the Ministry of Health to come up with a list of other animals considered dangerous or unclean.

If all this isn’t absurd enough, it was recently reported that the Iranian regime is cloning 4000 drug-sniffing dogs to help in their so-called anti-narcotic campaign. Since the regime has been outed as one of the world’s biggest heroin traffickers, Iran’s mullahs have succeeded only in supplying their subjects with yet another punchline.

Read it all.


Rodan Update:

There are reports of French Reconnaissance jets over Libya.

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – French reconnaissance planes flew over Libya on Saturday, in the first sign that international air strikes may be imminent while Muammar Gaddafi’s forces tried to push into the rebel-held city of Benghazi.

“There are French reconnaissance aircraft over Libya,” a French military source told Reuters at 2:15 p.m. British time.

The advance by Gaddafi’s troops into Libya’s second city of 670,000 people appeared to be an attempt to pre-empt Western air strikes which diplomats say will come after an international meeting currently underway in Paris.

Once again Western powers are coming to the rescue of Islamic forces. This is just pathetic and shows the amount of Islamic infiltration of Western governments. Islamic interests over ride the will of the voters in Europe and America.

Funky Manqués

by 1389AD ( 90 Comments › )
Filed under Humor, Open thread at February 11th, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Alimentando macacos

Are these macaques manqué or is this normal monkey business? :lol:


Funny monkeys

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ_mAkIZyqU&NR=1


Caturday Fishbowl Follies

by 1389AD ( 55 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Open thread at October 16th, 2010 - 4:30 pm

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From Lily:

Bonus kitty pic of Buffy – provided by NoThreat2U:

Buffy draped over a sofa back - click for larger view


Caturday in Japan

by 1389AD ( 59 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Japan at October 9th, 2010 - 6:30 pm

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Tokyo’s Cat Cafes

Japanese cat cafe

TOKYO — I followed the instructions of the watchful cashier and took off my shoes, sanitized my hands, placed my bag in a locker and dangled an ID card (“customer #18”) from a lanyard around my neck. The cashier then gave me a once over and a shallow bow, and I padded quietly into the sitting room of the cafe.

“She’s the prettiest girl we have at our cafe. Everybody wants to touch her, but we ask that customers only do so if she doesn’t resist you,” a waitress told me.

She didn’t resist. And since I was paying for the privilege, I leaned in and stroked her cheek. She was as lovely as the waitress had promised: a big-eyed, silky soft, compliant 2-year-old Russian Blue cat.

I was at Calico, one of Tokyo’s increasingly popular cat cafes, where customers seeking human and feline companionship pay to sip tea and stroke one of the 20-odd resident cats, representing 17 different breeds…

Read the rest.

Cat Fancy: American Girl Meets Hello, Kitty

Takako Iwasa with Prin-chan

TOKYO, Japan — It’s like American Girl meets Hello, Kitty.

Cats in kimono. Cats dressed in red curls like Anne of Green Gables. Cats posing in Napoleon hats. Cats in tiaras. Cats in black lace.

Cat costumes created and sold by Takako Iwasa of Tokyo are creative, clever and catastrophically funny…

Read the rest.



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Los Gatitos del Sábado

by 1389AD ( 38 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Open thread at September 25th, 2010 - 4:30 pm

(h/t JohannaLatin)

Five kittens posed in formation

Cat wearing a frilly hat

Cat saying, 'I'd really appreciate it if you would wear pants more often'

Orange cat with head tilted sideways

Sleeping cat and kitten

Two cats perched on a toilet seat

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Caturday: Tiger Cub at Jerusalem Zoo

by 1389AD ( 55 Comments › )
Filed under Caturday, Israel, Music, Open thread at September 18th, 2010 - 4:30 pm


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Now for some weapons-grade feline cuteness…

Tiger cub at Jerusalem Zoo

One Big Kitten: Tiger Cub at the Jerusalem Zoo

Born on New Years Eve [2008], these adorable pictures were taken when the tiger cub was 6 weeks old. Ignored by its mother, the little boy requires constant care and is being raised in the home of Jerusalem Zoo veterinarian, Nili Avni-Magen.

More pictures and text here.

What’s New, Pussycat (click to play)



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