woolymonkey: (singe a la licorne)
Three Sumatran tigers born at London Zoo.  So much nicer than marking.

woolymonkey: (singe a la licorne)
I'm on my own today with another medical translation, but taking time off for this and perhaps more.  Anyone want to join me?  It would be nice to have company.
Miranda is fun, and so are the texts she's talking about.  She's also battling at the moment to convince admissions that people do not always flee when they hear the word 'medieval', so support for the talk would help a good cause.

Where wolf? Sidgwick Site
When snake women? 1pm

Where other monkeys?  Birmingham uni open day and Comic Con.

Oh, Humbug

Jul. 3rd, 2013 09:51 am
woolymonkey: (singe a la licorne)
The Bugglecat never came in on Monday night, or since. Emails to the elderly physicist in the mansion opposite the garage reveal that The Beast of Girton has struck again.

That bloody fluffball has killed all their ducks (who have co-existed peacefully with multiple cats for years) and is now terrorising the resident cat, a gentle and nervous Birman.  I can only hang my head in shame and promise to put a collar and bell on him (again) if I can ever manage to get hold of him.  I've also offered to provide them with a supersoaker ;-)  Wish me luck as I head down the road with a cat carrier and an apologetic expression later this morning.

He can't be properly lost as he's been seen there during days when he was coming home at night and scoffing down cat food.  At the time I thought that meant he hadn't been hunting.  Should have realised it meant he'd been hunting birds instead of bunnies.  He's never figured out how to get the feathers off.  Now the birds are all dead, he's back to bunnies, hence not hungry enough to come home.
woolymonkey: (keyboard)
I have a rush translation: a lecture given in 1846 to the Berlin physikalische Gesellschaft about eye muscles in birds.  I am puzzled:
Why, after 166 years, is it too urgent to keep past Monday?
Also, just why?

But it's interesting: eagle owls, cassowaries (that may be emus), bisected eyeballs, orbits, and geometry...

Anyway, normal human communication, or my best approximation of it, will be resumed after Monday.
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] la_marquise_de_

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Monkeys!

  1. Four-fifths of the surface of monkeys is covered in water!
  2. If you lie on your back with your legs stretched it is impossible to sink in monkeys.
  3. Forty percent of the world's almonds and twenty percent of the world's peanuts are used in the manufacture of monkeys.
  4. The porpoise is second to monkeys as the most intelligent animal on the planet.
  5. Only one person in two billion will live to be monkeys!
  6. Apples are covered with a thin layer of monkeys.
  7. 68 percent of all UFO sightings are by monkeys.
  8. Monkeys are often used in place of milk in food photography, because milk goes soggy more quickly than monkeys.
  9. It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same monkeys!
  10. The only Englishman to become monkeys was Nicholas Breakspear, who was monkeys from 1154 to 1159.
I am interested in - do tell me about

woolymonkey: (dove cuddle)
At first, I was picturing a winged, haloed pachyderm, but this story from wartime Belfast is even better than that.

woolymonkey: (wtf?)

New Scientist asks,
Did the Romans destroy Europe's HIV resistance?

And, if so, did they do it with cats, mosquitoes, or donkeys?

woolymonkey: (singe a la licorne)
That you, as a penguin, in every way qualify...

Nils Olav, a penguin at Edinburgh zoo who was already Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian army has just been knighted. For his "courage, loyalty, and good endowments". Pah! It'd take more than a few buckets of fish and a medal to get this monkey into the army. Although, if I ever have to be invaded by anyone, please could I book the Norwegians?

There's a video of Nils Olav inspecting his soldiers... He doesn't say much, but you'll want the sound on for the presentation speech.
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Looked out of my kitchen window this morning to see a big, bright red and orange snake slithering along the base of the garden wall.    (This is soggy, chilly East Anglia, not the Nevada desert.  Residents of hot, snake-infested places stop reading now: you will not find this anywhere near as exciting as I did.) 


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