For all we know, in the very long run, everything is going extinct.
I can ignore the microwave reminder beeps for a long time if I’ve gotten busy, particularly if there’s no food in there, and it’s just the timer reminding me that it’s time to do something.
But what if, instead of the beeps, they had a voice getting progressively naggier?
“Hey, your food’s ready”.<p
“You must not have heard me. Come and get it!”
“Anyone out there?”
“Hello? Do you still want this?”
Looking at Poncho hold that pencil, I’m wondering if animals can actually be left-pawed or right-pawed.
They certainly think they can.
I had marbles as a kid, but I don’t recall ever playing any games with them, other than having them as obstacles for my toy soldiers. I was vaguely aware of games where you could actually lose your marbles to someone else, but didn’t see the point.
I don’t go to religious services on my own account, only (rarely) to accompany someone else. That’s rare enough to notice a decline in standards of dress over the years. God presumably has more important things to think about, but dressing “respectably” shows that you’re taking the occasion seriously.
We lived in Louisiana many years ago. One of our cats, an occasional slayer of other birds, was harassed by the local mockingbirds, who would dive at her and drive her into hiding.
Thanks for chasing that down. I’m going to claim that the memory of an animal standing on its hind legs caused me to remember it as a bear. :)
It was also important in telex testing, along with 1234567890, because the characters were being transmitted as marks and spaces (ones and zeroes) although a bit differently that with modern computers.
Then you’d type a couple of strings of “RYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRYRY”, which tested a mark and a space in each bit of a telex byte.
The term for this kind of phrase, by the way, is a pangram.
There was a Far Side cartoon where a bear in the woods has a big target on his chest, with the bullseye over a vital spot. Another bear is saying “bummer of a birthmark, Hal”.