Monthly Archives: May 2008

Thousand-Footers Playing Chicken?

Wish I’d been there to see this one: They saw two ships come sailing up — then one pulled a U-turn Minneapolis Star-Tribune, May 25, 2008: DULUTH — Surprised shipwatchers observed anxiously Sunday as a 1,000-foot lake freighter approaching the … Continue reading

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No Bridges To Jump Off In Minnesota?

When Canyonlands lays off a couple of seasonals early, you’ll know why: Professor missing in Utah had a plan to die Minneapolis Star-Tribune, May 23, 2008: The St. Cloud State University professor who has been missing in a rugged Utah … Continue reading

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You Think You’re Having A Bad Day?

There must be easier ways of getting a ride in a helicopter: Hiker Falls 200 Feet After Bee Attack KPHO News, May 20, 2008: A hiker who went off a South Mountain trail Monday was attacked by a swarm of … Continue reading

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Abbie’s Home

…with her brand-new prosthetic ligament, snoring away in the canine recovery room newly installed in a corner of the dining room. Her surgery went well, the good doctor says, and I brought her home about two hours ago, along with … Continue reading

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One More Argument For The Death Penalty

The Reader’s Digest version: guy brutally murders two hikers on the Appalachian Trail, gets jail time. “Pays his debt to society,” then walks free. Gets bored one evening, goes back to Appalachian Trail, shoots a couple more hikers. Lacking confidence … Continue reading

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Oz Pol: “Never Molested Marsupials!”

Bored with the Hillary (“I’m Not Dead Yet!”) Clinton soap opera? Move to Australia for some interesting political news: Chair-sniffer denies touching quokka (Is that a dream headline, or what?) news.com.au, May 14, 2008: WEST Australian Opposition Leader Troy Buswell … Continue reading

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Nelson Picks Up A Hitch-hiker

Nelson got a chance to show off his shiny new wagon this morning at the local Humane Society’s annual “Pet Expo” fund-raiser. (Click images for closer look.) An impromptu reunion- our grandpuppy Sophie (left) showed up with with her humans. … Continue reading

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Stupid Crook Tricks

…coming to a national park near you! From today’s NPS Morning Report: Natchez Trace Parkway (AL,MS,TN)Burglary Suspect Caught After Running Out Of Gas In Park On the morning of Wednesday, April 30th, supervisory park ranger Patrick Shell came upon a … Continue reading

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In The Finn Country

My friend Nan just posted a fascinating account of the traditions related to Finnish May Day celebrations over at her excellent blog, All The Good Names Were Taken. It even included a link to an article explaining something that’s always … Continue reading

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The World Is Full Of Wannabe Rangers

…but this guy takes the cake: I did a double-take when I saw this rig in the IGA parking lot this afternoon. Talking to the driver, I learned that it belongs to his grandson, who’s involved with a student wolf … Continue reading

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