Animal Liars

Most people believe that animals are noble beasts, living their lives by their instincts, uncorrupted by the moral failings that plague humans.  Those are the people you should target as buyers for that swamp land in Florida.  It’s a good act, but don’t think they wouldn’t sell it to you if they weren’t so preoccupiedContinue reading “Animal Liars”

The Evolution of Lying

Scientists say that humans primarily evolved to be social, cooperative creatures, and that their survival depended on that cooperation.  This behavior required the setting aside of narrow self-interests in favor of the greater good.  Humans, however, also don’t like to be told what to do, and so found a way around this objectionable condition thatContinue reading “The Evolution of Lying”

Exposed! The Secret Life of Dairy Cows

To me, a green, rolling field of contented looking dairy cows is about the most iconic image of rural America I can imagine, and one that makes me feel pretty darn content as well.  I’m guessing the dairy cows quite possibly know how well they have it too, because new studies reveal that cows areContinue reading “Exposed! The Secret Life of Dairy Cows”

Are You Attracted or Repelled by Magnet Fishing?

I believe I was about twelve when I lost interest in fishing, and it wasn’t because it had become apparent by then that fish didn’t have much interest in me either.  I think they could tell I wasn’t a fish person.  But in a world that at times seemed shoulder to shoulder with fish people,Continue reading “Are You Attracted or Repelled by Magnet Fishing?”

Cloudy With a Chance of Daydreams

Growing up, my parents would tell me that I could move mountains if I worked hard and dreamed big.  To this day I don’t know if they were hoping for a business leader or an explosives expert.  Either way, that was before I ever saw a mountain.  To my parents everlasting disappointment I soon settledContinue reading “Cloudy With a Chance of Daydreams”

Animal Showers – Weather Gone Wild

It doesn’t take a weatherman to know that precipitation can take many forms.  Starting from a slight mist and advancing to a torrential downpour, it can even take on progressively more solid forms when it comes to sleet, snow, hail, or cats and dogs.  I presume those would be frozen cats and dogs.  Or atContinue reading “Animal Showers – Weather Gone Wild”

The Great Viking Makeover

I am a Viking.  I learned this recently when I read that anyone of Scandinavian descent whose name ends in ‘son’ is likely to have Viking blood in their veins.  I know it’s probably not very Viking-like of me, but I have been afraid of admitting this possibility to myself forever.  I only felt emboldenedContinue reading “The Great Viking Makeover”

The Donut Factor – Humanity on the Rise

The factors affecting the size of human bodies are complex, but primarily involve genetics, environment, and donuts.  That last factor, of course, may be just a recent shorthand for lifestyle, but can a pre-donut existence really be called living?  It’s hard to say.  While donut dispensaries may boost life satisfaction levels, at least in theContinue reading “The Donut Factor – Humanity on the Rise”

The Trouble With Kangaroos

Consider this a public service alert: Kangaroos are in the Macropodidae family, and you should be worried if this family moves in next to you.  One day they will seem fine, grazing pretty as a picture out on the lawn, but look a short time later and there will be twice as many, thanks toContinue reading “The Trouble With Kangaroos”

What’s The Hurry?

If the ozone hole don’t get us then the global warming will, And the odds of doing something are approximately nil. While the scientists are yapping, All the governments are napping, And the CEOs are clapping, STILL, Who really thinks that climate change can kill? ********************************************** While there’s still a drop of oil left, it’sContinue reading “What’s The Hurry?”