"I miss dinosaurs."
"Evolution, we’ve talked about this."
"But I miss them.”
"It’s not the same."
"I know. I’m sorry."
"Can I at least make these cassowaries 50 feet tall?"
"Come on, you know that size didn’t work out so well before."
"Six feet, then? And over 100 pounds?"
"Yeah, that sounds better."
"And can I put weird prehistoric crests on their heads?"
"I don’t see why not."
"And can they slash people’s throats with their dagger claws?”
"Sure, pal, if that would make you feel better."
"I think it would. Thanks for understanding."
"You got it, evolution. Anytime."
The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that.
Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.
There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.
Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.
Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls.
Sources: Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich, The American Crow and the Common Raven, Lawrence Kilham
Dating isn’t easy, no matter who you are. This is a great Attenborough clip about wasps and orchids.
Original is on my site here.
Let me just take a moment to say something.
Some of you people may not know what or where Hong Kong is. Some of you may not know what is going on, or even some of you, like me, know what is going on and may no know the whole story. However, let’s just take a moment and look at this.
Yesterday, Sunday, September 28th 2014, at the time from 5 to 6pm, the police started to fire tear gas and pepper spray at the protesters, who are currently occupying Central. You might think is nothing, that only tear gas was fired once, but no, these photos above were just one of the events of tear gas, as during the periods of 5pm, 28th of September, to the 29th of September, at about 3am, about 87 rounds of tear gas have been fired at the rounding number of 60,000 protesters/occupiers in places of Admiralty, Causeway Bay, and Central. There were sayings that this has been the first time that tear gas has been used in Hong Kong against Hong Kong civilians.
This may have no impact onto you, but please do at least be aware of what is going on in the world, as the protest isn’t only happening in Hong Kong, as various places like the UK and USA are having mini protests which are all about the same thing. I don’t have much knowledge about what is going on, but I do know that it is dangerous here.
We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.
This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.
The whole article sadly hits very close to home.
pronunciation | nats-ka-‘shE (nahtzkah-SHEE)
Japanese | 懐かしい
tip | The final pronunciation doesn’t really have an “oo” sound in it.
I’ma forgive, I won’t forget, but I’ma dead the issue.