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Whose birthday am I celebrating?

September 20, 2017

Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds was the captain of the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity. During the Unification War, Mal fought for the Independents and was the highest ranking Browncoat to participate in and survive the Battle of Serenity Valley.

Mal was born on September 20, 2468 and was brought up on a ranch on the planet Shadow. Raised by his mother and “about 40 hands,” Mal apparently received a fairly decent education growing up. Though Mal usually seems more practical than intellectual, he occasionally surprised his friends by displaying familiarity in a wide range of literature varying from the works of Shan Yu, a psychotic dictator, to poems by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He does, however, have no idea “who” Mona Lisa was.

Quote: I’ll take the shuttle in closer. Zoe, ship is yours. Remember, if anything happens to me, or you don’t hear from me within the hour… you take this ship and you come and you rescue me.

Ref: Firefly Wiki

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How am I talking today?

September 19, 2017

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Where am I playing?

September 18, 2017

For the last several years, Danish design firm MONSTRUM has constructed wildly imaginative playscape features for playgrounds around the world with an intense focus on both artistic and architectural quality. The playgrounds are designed and built locally in their large studio just outside Copenhagen and then shipped in components to sites around Denmark, Sweden, Russia, and even Dubai. The design studio has a strong background in theatrical set design which lends itself to their thematic playscapes, one of our recent favorites being the “Justin Beiver” playround in Partille, Sweden. Collected here is a sampling of designs from the last few years, but you can see more on their website.

From Colossal

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What am I sappy hummingbird blogging?

September 15, 2017

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Why am I all aflutter?

September 12, 2017

When a hurricane is headed their way, what do zoos do?

These flamingos from the Miami Zoo were sheltered in the men’s room when Hurricane Andrew hit Florida in 1992.  Communications Director, Ron Magill said the most frequent question he is asked is when are they going to evacuate the animals. He explained, “the stress of evacuating alone can be enough to kill an animal. Instead, the birds and small mammals of Zoo Miami will ride out the storm in independent kennels or buildings. The larger residents, particularly the carnivores and great apes, will bunker down in their usual indoor holding areas.”

For more on this NPA story of how zoos in Texas and Florida are coping with the storms, click here.

 

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What am I sappy duck blogging?

September 8, 2017

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What am I bakery blogging?

September 7, 2017

 

Something devious was a foot at the Geauga County Fair in Burton, Ohio earlier this week. In addition to rides, funnel cakes, and animal exhibits, the fair featured close to 1,500 exhibits in the baked goods category.

Footprints in the frosting led investigators to conclude that a raccoon had helped him or herself to samples from the Best in Show exhibit indicating that the critter has good taste.

“Critter or critters unknown, favored yeast bread, miscellaneous bread (actual categories), muffins, scones, strawberry-surprise pie, chocolate cake, and in the men’s category: peach pie.”

From a story by James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer