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'Seamonster' could be new legal name of Massachusetts couple - -
"A Massachusetts couple have filed paperwork in an effort legally change both of their middle names to "Seamonster." A notice about the potential name change was printed in the Holyoke Sun. Massachusetts law required the couple, who would be known as Melanie Seamonster Convery and Neal James Seamonster Coughlin, to print a legal notice about the name change. They were not too happy when someone noticed." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Korean professor in the office bought a house recently in Dallas and went with his wife to visit their new neighbors. One of the neighbors said she was glad to meet them and she does not have a problem socializing with people of different colors.
Korean professor is not sure how to respond to that. - Jessie
O_o Is he purple? - ωαřмaiden ❤Bassetmom❤
Their new house is in a pretty upscale part of Dallas. He said there appears to be only one other Asian couple in the neighborhood, and everyone else is white. - Jessie
He also said some of the neighbors have rather expansive properties and "do not seem to spend much time outside of this area of Dallas." - Jessie
there are many kinds of ghetto. - Big Joe Silence
Yep. - Jessie
We had a black family on our street for a few years. - Meg VMeg from Android
First response that leapt to mind: "How white of you" - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte from Android
Oak Ridge cancels class to reduce Southern accents -
"Some employees at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee complained about a class aimed at teaching them how to reduce their Southern accents. Now, managers are calling the whole thing off. The course had been advertised as a way to feel confident in meetings, when one might need to speak with a more neutral accent. The class was touted as a way to "be remembered for what you say and not how you say it." Carolyn Ward of ORNL's Learning and Development Services told the Knoxville News Sentinel ( that an employee requested the class, so it was offered for others too. ORNL spokesman David Keim said the class "probably wasn't presented in the right way" and managers decided to cancel it after other employees complained." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
it's Upper East Tennessee. that's not even a super southern accent. - ellbeecee
Obligatory Ben Folds Five: - Meg VMeg
ABC7 in LA pranked by 'Louis Slungpue' during UCLA flood coverage (Video) | Larry Brown Sports -
ABC7 in LA pranked by 'Louis Slungpue' during UCLA flood coverage (Video) | Larry Brown Sports
"KABC in Los Angeles must have some pretty stupid people working at the station, because they let a prank caller by the name of “Louis Slungpue” on the air during their live coverage of the UCLA flood, and they didn’t even realize they had screwed up until the caller said the cause of the flood was someone taking a large dump. Seriously." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Chinese Officials, Cutting Corners, Add 4 of Them to Running Track - -
Chinese Officials, Cutting Corners, Add 4 of Them to Running Track -
"There is a reason for building a running track with right-angle turns. Yes, the laws of mass and velocity do mean that sprinting athletes must either slow to a jog before the turns or careen out of their lanes and into one another. But officials in northeastern China who built a running track with four neat right-angle corners cited a higher purpose: pleasing their leaders. In a television news report that has spread on the Internet this week and flummoxed even people hardened to the absurdities of Chinese officialdom, an employee at the sports ground explained that the old track, with its old-fashioned rounded turns, was looking worn and they were in a hurry to spruce it up. “A provincial-level leader was coming for an inspection,” said the unnamed employee at the Qinghe Forestry Bureau’s sports ground in Tonghe County, Heilongjiang Province. “To cope with the leader, we covered it over.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"There was, however, no doubting the diligence of the Heilongjiang television reporter who exposed the right-angled running track. He interviewed nearby residents, including one man who offered guarded praise. “Everything else is fine,” he said. “The thing is the running lanes. They don’t seem to be up to standard.”" - Jessie
hah - Steve C
Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -
Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"“Harry,” Hermione called out breathlessly, scurrying to catch up with him, only no one could ever catch up with him, for he walked alone, “I got you a Christmas present. Happy — Happy Christmas, Harry.” It was a sweater she had knitted herself with the answer to every exam they’d be taking for the rest of the year magically and invisibly sewn into the fabric. Harry tossed it in his book bag. “I got you a present too,” Harry said. Hermione’s smile widened. “Really?” “My present is the truth,” he said. “You don’t look very good in green. I don’t know why you’re always wearing it.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
New York Times Reporter Lifted Text From Wikipedia, Too -
New York Times Reporter Lifted Text From Wikipedia, Too
"Last week, BuzzFeed fired Viral Politics editor Benny Johnson for lifting phrases and sentences from other sources, chiefly Wikipedia—a phenomenon some attributed to Johnson’s lack of training and the Internet’s lack of rules. But at least one well-trained journalist at the rule-bound New York Times couldn’t resist copying from the online encyclopedia, either." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
But what about Yahoo! Answers? - John (bird whisperer)
Beaver 'still at large' after felling large tree that collapsed on car | CTV News -
Beaver 'still at large' after felling large tree that collapsed on car | CTV News
"Police say a beaver is to blame for felling a tree that collapsed onto a car driven by Quebec tourists in Prince Edward Island on Saturday. The Mounties say the rodent had been gnawing at the large tree next to Highway 16 at Priest's Point, near Souris, before it fell at about 2 p.m. The driver told investigators he saw the tree falling onto the roadway but he was unable to avoid it as it crashed down onto his vehicle. The couple and their two infant children weren't injured but the Toyota they were in sustained significant damage to the roof, windshield, and to a cargo box. Police say when they examined the tree they found it and several other nearby trees had been chewed by the beaver, and arrangements were made to have the damaged trees taken down. The vehicle has been taken to a body shop for repair, and police say "the beaver is still at large."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Beaver has gone rogue! - Steve C
On Subway, Flying Feet Can Lead to Handcuffs - -
On Subway, Flying Feet Can Lead to Handcuffs -
"The young dancers, Peppermint and Butterscotch, scanned the scattered faces aboard the New York City subway. One caught their eye. “Are you a cop?” a performer asked, as their Q train rumbled toward Canal Street. The man waved them off. Peppermint and Butterscotch were satisfied. “It’s showtime!” they shouted. Music filled the train. Legs curled around the car’s graspable bars like creeping ivy. Then came a finale that surprised even the dancers: four plainclothes officers converging in tandem, and two sets of handcuffs. Cheered by tourists, tolerated by regulars, feared by those who frown upon kicks in the face, subway dancers have unwittingly found themselves a top priority for the New York Police Department — a curious collision of a Giuliani-era policing approach, a Bloomberg-age dance craze and a new administration that has cast the mostly school-age entertainers as fresh-face avatars of urban disorder. Arrests of performers have more than quadrupled this year, to 203 through... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"In recent days, the police have engaged in a widely publicized clash with the costumed characters of Times Square, including a Spider-Man who punched an officer in the face on Saturday. Mr. Bratton pointed to “something as basic as dealing with the Elmo craze or house parties” as small signs of disorder. Once emblematic of urban disorder, the subways have been a focus of renewed... more... - Jessie
"By the end of their performance, most riders had left the train or turned their attention elsewhere. It seemed only a barking Jack Russell terrier mix named Logan paid the dancers any mind. But with enough riders willing to shell out a few dollars per performance, the young men keep dancing, with the police increasingly in pursuit. The perpetrators are hard to ignore. Limbs flutter.... more... - Jessie
Congrats to NYC for finding yet another way to criminalize blackness.That's NYCs domain. I'm not even a fan of people dancing in my face or in public places, but until NYC is like something out of The Wall it seems they'll keep going overboard. - Anika
WATCH: Texas open carry advocates fume after ‘skanky topless libtards’ disrupt pro-gun rally -
WATCH: Texas open carry advocates fume after ‘skanky topless libtards’ disrupt pro-gun rally
"Come and Take It Texas, a group affiliated with the open carry movement, is complaining that topless protestors are ruining their monthly walks in support of gun rights. They are being “trolled by skanky topless libtards,” one post on the group’s Facebook page reads. Another post identifies the counter-protestors as members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (MDA), even though they made no claim to being affiliated with that organization. The topless counter-protestors carried signs that read, “You realize that everyone thinks you’re overcompensating for your teeny tiny ‘gun’ right?” and “Boobs for peace.” The women confronted the open carry advocates and said that as long as they openly carried their weapons, the counter-protestors would bare their breasts." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I think is what the word "trololol" was invented for. - Deborah Fitchett
Happy Birthday Mom! Hope you have something exciting planned to follow up yesterday's wine tasting. :D
Hair of the dog should be a good start :) - Eivind
happy bday! - imabonehead
Happy Birthday! - Anika
Thanks for the birthday greetings! - Anne Bouey
Prices of Ghost Festival food offerings rise - Taipei Times -
"People planning to make food offerings for the upcoming Chungyuan Festival (中元節), also known as the Ghost Festival, are set to pay a higher price for the ritual than at last year’s celebration, with the prices of many items commonly offered having risen significantly in recent weeks. The festival falls on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month — Aug. 10 this year — a period known as Ghost Month, during which traditional beliefs hold that spirits and ghosts enter the realm of living, and which this year started on Sunday and runs to Aug. 24. During this month, some people offer food to appease the spirits and those doing so this year will likely notice that this year’s offerings are more expensive than usual." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Outside Clay Jenkins' Home, a Protest, a Lemonade Stand and Some Awkwardness | Dallas Observer -
Outside Clay Jenkins' Home, a Protest, a Lemonade Stand and Some Awkwardness | Dallas Observer
"Sarah Buchanan's mother grizzly was showing. On her Highland Park block, in which the large branches of trees provided some relief from the 100-degree day, her son and his friends had set up a lemonade stand in front of her house. Two doors down was the home of Judge Clay Jenkins, who has made headlines nationwide with his plan to temporarily shelter thousands of young migrants, apprehended by border patrol as part of a recent surge from Central America, in Dallas County. It's sparked protests around DFW and will surely spark more, and on Saturday about 20 protesters held signs outside Jenkins' home. They also partook in the pink lemonade offered, for 75 cents, outside Buchanan's house. Last week, residents on Jenkins' block received notice, through the mail, that protesters would be there. For Buchanan's son, it was an opportunity to make some money. Buchanan had thought it was a great idea, but at the moment she wasn't so sure." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"A man carrying the first flag of Texas and wearing a blue do-rag with white stars had walked down the block from Jenkins' home. His name is John Fournace, a welder and a self-described Texas Nationalist. The most important thing when it comes to the border, he said, is education. So, he decided to educate the kids at the lemonade stand. He wanted to make sure they understood the... more... - Jessie
"The kids deserve to not be diseducated," Fournace said as he walked down the sidewalk, back to the protest. " I may need that on a plaque for my office. - Jessie
Ichabod Crane Has Some Things to Say About the Banking Industry In A New Sleepy Hollow Clip | The Mary Sue -
"No one tell Ichabod about the state of student loan debt in America, OK? Or do. That would be hilarious. I think he might have an aneurysm. Also, the writers are still hinting hard at Ichabbie. Kill off Katrina so that ship can sail and I might cry. You are better than that, Sleepy Hollow writers. I am placing my trust in you." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Loose bull elk 'stressed' by attempted selfies caught in Garden City -
Loose bull elk 'stressed' by attempted selfies caught in Garden City
"The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says someone called police to report seeing an elk in a vacant lot at 42nd and Adams Street. The responding officer called Fish and Game. A conservation officer found the elk, which appeared to be stressed. Fish and Game says people were getting too close and trying to take "selfies" with the animal. Because of the stress, the elk ran off through the neighborhood including Veteran's Parkway. "When people get this close to a wild animal, the stress not only creates potential harm to the animal and to the public," Fish and Game Conservation Officer Bill London said. "The increased adrenaline can also make it difficult to tranquilize an animal."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Good fucking grief. I'm glad they were able to catch him, and hopefully move him somewhere away from those people. - Jennifer Dittrich
Jesus. - Jenny H. from Android
Highway, fire site voted ‘most haunted’ places - Taipei Times -
"The Taipei-Yilan Highway has been voted Taiwan’s most-haunted site in an online survey of the nation’s top 10 haunted places conducted by Internet portal The winding mountain road, which runs from New Taipei City’s Xindian District (新店) to Yilan County — also known as Provincial Highway No. 9 — has many hairpin turns. It has been dubbed the “Highway of Death,” because of the many fatal accidents that have happened on it. In recent years, traffic on the road has declined considerably with the opening of the Hsuehshan Tunnel and the Taipei-Yilan Freeway (National Highway No. 5) in June 2006. Some motorists have reported seeing ghostly apparitions, human-like figures shrouded in white floating through the air, while driving the mountainous area." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"No. 2 on the online poll is Greater Taichung’s Port Road, the site of the Wellcome Restaurant blaze in 1995 that resulted in 64 deaths. It is the worst fire disaster in the nation’s history. Locals claim to have seen a “ghost ship” appearing over the site late at night, with anecdotes saying the phantom ship will only set sail after it has gathered 100 souls." - Jessie
Leopard cat ‘Chi Pao’ debuts at zoo - Taipei Times -
Leopard cat ‘Chi Pao’ debuts at zoo - Taipei Times
"An exhibition aimed at raising public awareness of the conservation of the endangered leopard cats was launched yesterday at Taipei Zoo to coincide with the debut of Chi Pao (集寶), a female leopard cat cub that was sheltered by the Endemic Species Research Institute and later transferred to the zoo after being injured in a placement project. The institute said Chi Pao was born in March last year, thanks to the institute’s Situ Conservation Research Project, which breeds leopard cats at its facility before placing them in suitable environments in the wilderness, adding that there are no more than 500 leopard cats remaining." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Forestry Bureau Director-General Lee Tao-sheng (李桃生) said that the leopard cat bears a special meaning for conservation as it is an important indicator of the well-being of the nation’s lowland forest ecology. Once a prolific species in low-altitude mountainous areas across the nation, leopard cats can now be seen only in mountains between Miaoli County and Greater Tainan as a result of loss of habitat caused by development, as well as poaching and road accidents." - Jessie
Man Writes "Yall Will Never Catch Me" on Police Facebook, Gets Caught -
Man Writes "Yall Will Never Catch Me" on Police Facebook, Gets Caught
"Roger Ray Ireland was on the run from Anne Arundel County, Md. police when he saw the wanted poster-style image of him they'd posted on Facebook, seeking information that might lead to his arrest. Naturally, he left a comment. "Yall will never catch me," read his since-deleted first post, left Wednesday." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The cops, of course, found Ireland hiding out in Baltimore the next day. He was arrested for violating probation." - Jessie
Leave It to a Laxative Brand to Make the Year's Most Uncomfortable Ad | Adweek -
Leave It to a Laxative Brand to Make the Year's Most Uncomfortable Ad | Adweek
"At first glance, this Dulcolax ad draws you in with its warm sepia tones and lovely vignetted glow. Then you look closer, and ... oh my God. Are those turds in prison? Indeed, orange is the new brown is this extremely odd laxative ad, showing what appear to be the stinky love children of the Michelin Man and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Turdles?) awaiting sweet release from bowel purgatory. And they're huddled around ... is that ... ? No, it's not the Sarlacc Pit that almost eats Han Solo and Lando Calrissian. "Only you can set them free," explains the tagline. If the point is to make the viewer as uncomfortable as a constipation sufferer, mission accomplished." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I think I spot some relatives - Steve C
But now I have that Barnes and Barnes song they use on Dr. Demento stuck in my head, except replacing "fish-" with "shit-" - Victor Ganata
Turd with boobs amuse me. - Janet
Story About Mandatory Female Genital Mutilation in Iraq May Not Be True -
Story About Mandatory Female Genital Mutilation in Iraq May Not Be True
"A number of news outlets reported this morning that ISIS jihadists had ordered the mandatory genital mutilation, aka "female circumcision" or FGM, of approximately 4 million women between the ages of 11 and 46 in Mosul, Iraq. One of the first reports seems to have come from the BBC, whose source was a United Nations official named Jacqueline Badcock:* The Isis edict could affect nearly four million women and girls in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN warns. Ms Badcock, the UN's resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, said the practice "is something very new for Iraq... and does need to be addressed"." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Almost immediately, however, other reporters with sources in Mosul began writing that their contacts were not aware of ISIS having made any FGM edict. The BBC now looks to be backing off its report." - Jessie
Man in road rage incident run over by own truck | -
Man in road rage incident run over by own truck |
"Joseph H. Carl, 48, 1012 NE 15th Place, drove his truck into the rear of a vehicle in front of him that was stopped at a traffic light at 2500 NW 43rd St. around 6:50 p.m., according to a Gainesville Police Department report. Carl then jumped out and began banging on the driver's window and yelling at the woman inside, apparently neglecting to put his pickup into park. The driver of the other vehicle was frightened and drove away, leaving nothing to hold back Carl's Dodge 1500 truck. The truck began to roll, and Carl, standing in front of the vehicle, put out his arms and tried to stop it, but it ran over him, the report said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Carl was stumbling and had a strong odor of alcohol, police said. He told police he was coming from Live Oak and had had three beers. Inside the truck, police found an open and cool 16-oz. can of Miller High Life along with numerous other empty beer cans. Carl told the officer that he does not drink and drive. When asked about the beer cans in his truck, he said he was only drinking while he drove home." - Jessie
TransAsia Airways Plane Crashes Off Taiwan, Killing Dozens - -
TransAsia Airways Plane Crashes Off Taiwan, Killing Dozens -
"Dozens of people aboard a plane flying to a Taiwanese island were killed on Wednesday when the aircraft crashed in bad weather during an emergency landing, Taiwan’s Transportation Ministry said. The TransAsia Airways twin turboprop was flying from the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung, on the main island, to Magong on the Penghu Islands in rain and heavy winds as Typhoon Matmo passed through the region. Gusts approaching 40 miles per hour were reported. The Transportation Ministry said late Wednesday that 47 people had been killed and 11 injured when the plane, an ATR 72, crashed into residential buildings in a village near Magong and caught fire." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The 14-year-old plane was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported. Flight GE 222, which is normally scheduled to leave at 4 p.m., was delayed because of bad weather. It finally left at 5:42 p.m. for the 35-minute trip to Magong, the agency reported. A spokesman for Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council told reporters that it was too early to say... more... - Jessie
"TransAsia’s general manager, Hsu Yi-tsung, appeared before reporters in Taipei and bowed in apology for the crash. Local television showed one woman, Hsu Yu-jie, a 34-year-old employee of the Penghu County accounting and statistics department, collapsing in tears as airline personnel tried to console her. “My daughter,” she said, sobbing. TransAsia is a 63-year-old private airline that... more... - Jessie
:( - Anne Bouey from iPhone
‘True Blood’ characters use explicit language to describe Texas republicans, Ted Cruz supporters | Dallas Morning News -
‘True Blood’ characters use explicit language to describe Texas republicans, Ted Cruz supporters | Dallas Morning News
"On Sunday night’s episode of “True Blood” on HBO, the vampires attend a fictional Texas republican gala for Texas senator Ted Cruz at the George W. Bush Presidential Library. Eric Northman and Pam De Beaufort are looking for a girl responsible for a disease that is killing vampires. Where is she? Dallas. “Preston Hollow of course,” De Beaufort said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Someone in our apartment building has been putting their trash bags out on the walkway in front of the building, the day BEFORE trash pickup, in 100+ degree heat. Despite an email and now a paper notice from the leasing office asking people to please stop doing that, because it's disgusting.
Literally, paper notices were attached to everyone's doors on Friday and by late Friday afternoon, the trash bags were out there again. - Jessie
I want to find out who it is so I can move the trash bags directly in front of their door. Oh you don't like stepping in warm, smelly garbage? Neither do those of us who follow basic sanitation rules. - Jessie
I should mention that the apartment community trash compactor is <2 minutes' walk away. It's literally on the other side of the building. - Jessie
Blech. - Yvonne from FFHound!
Star Trek’s John Cho breaks barriers as romantic lead: 'I would call this revolutionary' | Toronto Star -
Star Trek’s John Cho breaks barriers as romantic lead: 'I would call this revolutionary' | Toronto Star
"John Cho in a romantic lead? It’s hard to remember the last time an Asian male played a romantic character in a television series. Unless you count the time George Takei as Sulu in Star Trek groped Uhura. But that’s because he was momentarily insane. Asians are among the most under-represented minority group on TV and Asian males in romantic leads are practically unheard of. But Cho now finds himself starring in a modern remake of Pygmalion and the colour-blind casting of himself as “Henry” with co-star Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Eliza Dooley in ABC’s Selfie for the fall TV season. “I would call this revolutionary. It’s certainly a personal revolution for me,” said the 42-year old actor who says he normally never gets offered such roles. Fans may best know the actor as the current Sulu in the rebooted Star Trek, or as stoner Harold Lee of Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
My Twitter TL yesterday was abuzz with this news. In kdramaland, girls and women are excited that this will open doors for their favorite oppa to segue (back) into the American market. - Anika
Yeah one of my former UCLA classmates posted it to FB. - Jessie
he's 42?? i would have never thought that. also i'm looking forward to seeing that now - Sir Shuping is just sir
Yeah, I was surprised by that, too. I thought he was much younger than me. - Spidra Webster
I saw the trailer for this when it was released a few months back. It was pretty incredibly offensive, honestly. - Soup in a TARDIS
That's not surprising to me. I find ALL of Shaw's plays are offensive. I like My Fair Lady, but it's sexist and classist as hell. - Anika
Rep. Michael Burgess Has a Horrible Plan for Dealing With Child Immigrants | Dallas Observer -
Rep. Michael Burgess Has a Horrible Plan for Dealing With Child Immigrants | Dallas Observer
"Burgess has introduced legislation that would slash $15,000 from U.S. aid to El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala or Mexico each time an undocumented child from one of the countries was found to have entered the U.S. "That's quite a policy," says Glen Biglaiser, a UNT political science professor and expert in U.S.-Latin American relations. "[Burgess] assumes that Central American countries can control their own borders. It seems a bit ironic that we would want to impose that policy when we are not so great at controlling our own borders."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
So, basically, worsen the conditions that drove them to come to the United States in the first place. These guys really don't understand cause-and-effect, huh? - Victor Ganata
Or math: "Between October 2013 and May 2014, more than 13,000 Honduran children have been apprehended after crossing the border, according to the Pew Research Center. If Burgess' bill were law, the U.S. would be expected to deduct around $195,000,000 from its aid to Honduras because of those kids. According to the U.S. plans to give Honduras $54.5 million in aid in... more... - Jessie
Wolves Might Use Their Eyes to Talk to Each Other | Science | WIRED -
Wolves Might Use Their Eyes to Talk to Each Other | Science | WIRED
"It’s no secret that wolves, foxes, and dogs are highly social animals. But beyond all the wagging, pawing and yipping we like to try to interpret, canids may have yet another way to communicate. New research hints at the possibility that dogs and their ilk could be sending each other signals with their eyes. A team of Japanese researchers looked at pictures of nearly every canid species and found that those with highly social pack and hunting behaviors were more likely to have easily-visible eyes. They then watched some of those species interact in zoos and concluded that those with eyes that were easier to see were more likely to be social. The results were published in a study in PLoS One on June 11." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"“What this study shows is that there’s a correlation between facial markings and sociality and the need to communicate,” said zoologist Patricia McConnell of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a dog behavior researcher who was not involved in the study. The scientists organized 25 different wild canid species according to their facial features (using around a dozen photos of... more... - Jessie
How A Biochemical Invention Of The Mongols Gave Us Sour Cream -
"The Mongols tended to eat what they brought with them, and what they brought with them was horses. Horses, like all mammals, produced both meat and milk. Milk would have been very useful, but much of the Mongol population was lactose intolerant. Rather than cutting off half their food supply, the Mongols found a way to use it. Although they couldn't eat mare's milk as it was, they did drink kumis, a very slightly alcoholic drink made from milk. Here is how you make it: first you take mare's milk, and add two types of bacteria, named Streptococcus lactis and Leuconostoc citrovorum. After the bacteria thicken the milk a little bit, you let the milk go through a second fermentation stage, during which the milk turns alcoholic. During the first stage, the lactose in the milk is neatly dismantled. Lactose is a fairly complicated molecule (C6H12O6), so breaking it up into two molecules of lactic acid that makes it easier to digest. The kumis and the curdled milk were both less likely than milk to spoil on long journeys in hot climates." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"As the Mongols spread across Asia, they took the kumis with them. Many different people came into contact with them, especially when they were at the peak of their empire. Among those people, it seems that the Russians were the ones that enjoyed kumis the most. They repeated the process with the milk from local livestock, which happened to be cows instead of horses. As they weren't as... more... - Jessie
It’s an indication of how far my standards have... | Cute Animals. Bad Dates. -
It’s an indication of how far my standards have... | Cute Animals. Bad Dates.
"It’s an indication of how far my standards have fallen that I’m just impressed he didn’t spell it “Satin.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Red panda debuts at Taipei Zoo - Taipei Times -
Red panda debuts at Taipei Zoo - Taipei Times
"One of three red pandas obtained from China’s Fujian Province made its public debut at the Taipei Zoo yesterday. Children thronging in front of the animal’s enclosure were elated to see Huan Huan (歡歡), peeping out from behind a bush. “There he is, how lovely he is,” they shouted in excitement. Huan Huan, the only male of the trio, adapted to the new environment more quickly than the others, so he was the first to meet the public, the zoo said. Huan Huan, weighing in at 4.7kg, is getting along well with his keeper, the zoo said, adding that his diet consists of bamboo, carrot, steamed cornbread and apple." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The three red pandas arrived on June 6, but had been quarantined after their arrival. They were bred by a research center in Fujian and given to the Taipei Zoo to promote breeding cooperation and help Taiwanese to understand the efforts made by China in wildlife protection. The Taipei Zoo has been trying to breed red pandas for the past 20-odd years, but the attempts have never succeeded." - Jessie
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