Do reindeer really have shiny noses or is it just those followers of Rudolph who think so? How did this hooved Arctic animal become a part of the worlds most famous holiday and why dont more of us know about more of them? Read on for a new look at a distant but fascinating creature.
Its that time of year for tinsel, presents, turkey and aggravation because what are you going to do with Rover or Tabby while you are away over-indulging in food and such? If the answer is, "take him or her with me, of course", please consider the options listed below. Proceed however, at your own risk.
What happens to those animals that no one seems to want? What alternatives are there for their care and survival? Learn about one place where they not only take the bull by the horns but also into their home (practically). Read about Wind Song Animal Sanctuary (formerly known as A Chance For Bliss).
Cat Runs for Mayor News from Laura Moss of Mother Nature Network
Morris the cat runs for mayor in Mexico. If he wins the vote, the feline vows to get rid of the rats in the state of Xalapa and to cover up his own messes. . . . read more Seeing Eye Cat News in our email from Terry Burns of Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Cashew, my 14-year-old yellow Lab, is blind and deaf. . . . read more Pork Chops Or Tigers News in our email from California
A mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs . . . or did she? . . . read more
And an extraordinary related item: Abandoned Tiger Cubs Nursed By Pig! Guangzhou City, China, Information Times
Three abandoned tiger cubs are being nursed by a pig at a zoo in China . . . read more Mouse Robs Cash Machine Tallinn, Estonia
A mouse munched its way through thousands of pounds of cash . . . read more Another bonus story we just had to share In our email from Connecticut
Hobbyhorse 16th century dance commonly held throughout England in mid May. Characters represented Robin Hood and his band, but there was always a horseman astride a small horse dancing fantastically among the group. It was all an illusion of framework and wicker surmounted by an imitation of a horse's head, all carried by the rider.
500 years ago the common term for the swill fed to swine. Earliest instance of usage is about 1440 by Oxford English Dictionary, but in figurative usage the term dates back to the early 18th century.
First, "litter" referred to "portable bed" (1300s), then to the scattering of straw for a bed, which is where we could get "disorderly debris" (1700s). "Litterbug" coined about 1945, meaning one who strews litter wherever he or she goes. The term was adopted by a Florida roadside cleanup campaign in 1950.