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commented on Birdbrains
2 days ago
Yup, a bird could eat a Trinidad Scorpion and go back for seconds. They’re great seed dispersers because their digestive systems work so fast, leaving most of the seeds intact.
@ottd: modern reptiles and birds have common ancestors, so I’m not surprised that they share the resistance. An iguana’s GI tract would still be kind to a lot of the seeds, and they even get delivered in nice little fertilizer pods.
commented on B.C.
5 days ago
Might as well sue a doctor for reading him a diagnosis he doesn’t like. …oh, wait, that does happen.
commented on Candorville
8 days ago
I like how Tomorrowland put it: “There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. The question is: which wolf wins? …The one you feed.”
commented on Wizard of Id
10 days ago
Hmm, I would consider it more like an Adam-Eve pairing. She’s essentially his female clone.
commented on Frazz
14 days ago
Speaking as a teacher, at first I resented the shift away from the June to Labor Day vacation, but have quickly grown to like it. In my district we let out one week after labor day and come back the second week of August. It’s a shorter break, but our school years are still 180 days. So the balance gets spread around. More time to stop and take a breather, and the pacing works out quite nicely.Here’s a typical year: We get three months of class to hit the ground running, followed by a full week off for Thanksgiving (never got much done in a three-day week anyway, when everyone’s anticipating food, travel, food, football, and food). Then three to four weeks to prep for finals and finish the semester (better than the two week January cramfests I endured in the 90s). Next is three weeks of Winter break; even following the worst holiday scrambles you still get seven more days to rest and prep for the second half. Spring is evenly divided, with the quarters falling before and after a two-week break. The pause not only refreshes waning stamina, but also gives time to prep for the testing cycle: for nearly a month on any given Tuesday-Thursday, some grade, subject, or other group gets to fill out bubble sheets or click choices on a screen for four hours. The final 6-week stretch feels refreshingly brief and easy compared to just 10 years ago. And while some still feel “robbed” of a third of their summer, 8 weeks is just right for most of us. That’s about the point at which we’re mostly wasting time anyway.
commented on F Minus
16 days ago
Look up Seminis. They’re working on healthier AND better tasting organic vegetables. Biggest twist – the company is a subsidiary of Monsanto, who wanted to engineer plants in new ways that didn’t make people run for their pitchforks.
commented on Reality Check
16 days ago
Good thing it’s not a clinic for people with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) like the guy outside – or most of the folks posting above. The patients would go nuts seeing that window, whereas the actual ones probably don’t mind. Keeping your world orderly at least makes sense, though with OCPD people tend to take it to extremes. With OCD, the compulsive habit typically has no logical purpose whatsoever.
commented on B.C.
19 days ago
Or, he bought 60, plus 30, plus the plastic-wrapped one on display with a third cut out of it. So 90 1/3. Hmmm…I wonder how far the pulp would fly if you took the Sledge-o-Matic to that last one without unwrapping it.
commented on The Born Loser
25 days ago
Although I gravitated toward Jay Leno, it’s hard not to appreciate Dave’s uniqueness. On the night of the final show, Conan gave a great tribute to how well Dave “infiltrated” the genre as an oddball in disguise, laying the groundwork for others like him. And there’s no better successor than Colbert. If he takes full advantage of his geek cred, Steven could easily take the show to new levels.
commented on B.C.
28 days ago
Well, if you want to bring up the Pledge in a discussion of whether things are better in their original form, let’s go back all the way to how Francis Bellamy wrote it: “At a signal from the Principal the pupils, in ordered ranks, hands to the side, face the Flag. Another signal is given; every pupil gives the flag the military salute — right hand lifted, palm downward, to a line with the forehead and close to it. Standing thus, all repeat together, slowly, ‘I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.’ At the words, ‘to my Flag,’ the right hand is extended gracefully, palm upward, toward the Flag, and remains in this gesture till the end of the affirmation; whereupon all hands immediately drop to the side.”
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