Monthly Archives: June 2008

Assault with a Frozen Chicken

Here at the Squirrel Queen’s palace, we celebrated Snake Week back in the spring of 2008 when a confluence of reptile stories caught my eye.

Now, it appears 2008 will be the Summer of the Bird. We’ve had chicken bombs, Smoke Monster starlings and territorial blackbirds flying to the forefront.

Now the feathered fever is involving humans.

It seems a man in Detroit attacked his neighbor with frozen chicken parts. The wallop from the 10-pound bag resulted in stitches for the woman. The clucker attack came after the same man stabbed his mother in the neck with a fork. The assaults were the results of his requests for cash being denied.

I’m guessing a man comporting himself in such a manner didn’t say “please” when he requested their money.

Arrests were made and the man is now cooped up.

Smooches For Feel Good Friday

That time of the week has arrived again.

It’s Feel Good Friday.

I think we all deserve some Passionate Kisses and pens that don’t run out of ink.

Smooches from the Squirrel Queen and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Update: I’ve been offline for a while so I haven’t had a chance to link to all the other FGF’ers from today so now I get my chance.

Here’s the rundown of all those contributing that I know of: Newscoma, Ginger, Sharon Cobb, Scout, Killa, Pesky, LCW, GoldnI, Slarti, and Kat.

Eight is Enough – Cool Octopus Video

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus is relatively new on the nature scene, not getting discovered until 1998 and all.

It may not be as big as the giant frozen super squid, but it has its own charms.

The creature is an incredible impersonator and can distinguish which predator to mimic depending on the sea beast that is bugging it.

In the video, note the sudden color change during the battle with the crab. The quote below is posted with the video on youtube.

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus, Thaumoctopus mimicus. This fascinating creature was discovered in 1998 off the coast of Sulawesi in Indonesia, the mimic octopus is the first known species to take on the characteristics of multiple species. This octopus is able to copy the physical likeness and movement of more than fifteen different species, including sea snakes, lionfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, sea shells, stingrays, jellyfish, sea anemones, and mantis shrimp. This animal is so intelligent that it is able to discern which dangerous sea creature to impersonate that will present the greatest threat to its current possible predator. For example, scientists observed that when the octopus was attacked by territorial damselfishes, it mimicked the banded sea snake, a known predator of damselfishes.

I could watch this over and over – or at least 8 times, once for each leg.

Christie’s Auction House Goes Pop (Culture)

I found this link at Mental Floss and had to share.

Everbody, break out your debit/credit cards and dream big.

The Christie’s Auction House is holding a giant auction of pop culture memorabilia tomorrow (June 25, 2008).

It covers just about everyone. We’re talking Elvis to Jack Kerouac to King Kong to JFK to Tony Soprano to John Dillinger to Hank Williams to Duke Ellington to Leadbelly to Bob Dylan to Walt Disney to Harvey Milk to Rock Hudson to Adam Sandler to Eddie Munster to Superman’s cape.

And of course you can’t use the word Pop without something from Andy Warhol.

There’s also one of the rarest vinyl records known to elude collectors.

There are about a million 328 items representing just about every celebrity in the stratosphere.

If you’re a fan of someone, there’s some mugshot, etching, AM/FM radio, autograph, camera, robe, guitar or hat to temporarily sate your stalker desires.

Every item reminded me of a different blogger and that person’s favorite things.

Go, peruse and dream.

Interpreting Joe Cocker’s Vocal Stylings

I so stole this from Sharon Cobb. Everyone needs to go over to her place and give her a big heaping helping of “Thank yous” for bringing this to our attention.

It’s Joe Cocker as heard through an incredibly funny interpretor. Give it about 30 seconds for the hilarity to ensue. I laughed all the way through.

And one day after everyone paid tribute to the passing of George Carlin, let’s praise another comedian who is truly missed – John Belushi. This clip is from “LEMMINGS” 1973 National Lampoon’s Special.

And the combination of the two – Joe and John from SNL. Classic stuff.

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Saved By A Sports Bra

Ingenuity in a time of distress helped an American hiker in the Bavarian Alps.

Hiking alone, the woman was injured during a fall and couldn’t make her way down the mountain on her own.

After a few days stranded alone and injured atop the mountain, she took off her colorful sports bra and attached it to a logging line hoping to attract attention.

She also placed her underwear on a craggy outcropping hoping someone would see them.

The plan worked and she was eventually rescued.

Hooray for female ingenuity.

Image: ecollo

Traveling Vicariously Via Vespa

Meet Eric and his Vespa.

They’re traveling along Route 66 this summer on a journey entitled Scoot66. The former book store owner was hoping to cover the distance in 66 days, but is running a bit behind.

He’s currently in Idaho and the weather isn’t playing nice, but the scenery there has impressed him. Idaho, go figure.

For those of us whose vacations have been derailed by real-life expenses, health, etc., we can at least travel vicariously with him as he wanders across the U.S.

Check out his journey, his rants, his history lessons, his pics and his music.

Maybe Jeffraham can rig up some sidecar sort of thing on his scooter so he and Curly and Larry Elvis and the gang can make their own crazy trek.

Bird Craziness = Signs of the Apocalypse!?!

I’ve heard of plagues of frogs, but where does our feathered friend fit into the End Time equation. You know, we are one day closer to 2012, the end of the world Mayan calendar.

There have been some strange bird happenings in recent days.

It started with the chicken bomb and was exacerbated by the freaky Lost smoke monster starlings.

Now, there are more bird beatdowns. In the Windy City, a terrorist territorial red-winged blackbird has been divebombing and, in general, annoying everyone from bicyclists to pedestrians.

Then I ran across an incredible Barbie representation of Tippi Hedren in The Birds posted by Hollywood Ron over at Subtle Bluntness. It’s a must see.

I’ll have to ponder this while I gnaw on an order of chicken nuggets with extra flavorful dipping sauce.

Mmmm, chicken.

Internet Love = Geeky Cakes for Grooms

We’re into the month of June and wedding bells are tolling all across the nation.

In California, the matrimonial bliss is expanding to include same-sex couples.

Elsewhere, the Internet is bringing together more and more people who might never have met without the help of a PC or Mac.

With the proliferation of Web hook-ups, we’re getting geekier cakes for the grooms.

Now, in “my neck of the woods”, the chocolate cake is often covered with deer or ducks or four-wheelers and guns.

Thank goodness, the creativity involved in most of these cakes goes beyond the influence of cammo.

The first cake pic shows a couple’s online profile photos they used on the dating site where they met on a pair of sweet cake computers.

There are more cakes here that feature Star Trek, computer code, World of Warcraft, etc…

The Birds 2

Here at the Squirrel Queen’s palace, we have previously documented one freaky flock of starling wreaking havoc on a tree like a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds.

Now I present another odd flock. This one reminds me of the Smoke Monster from Lost.

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