21 March 2009

Animals: Aspen, Chinese Shar Pei Puppy Dog with an opinion about politics and George Bush

From the photographer:

"Aspen, Chinese Shar Pei Puppy Dog with an opinion about politics and George Bush."

From Denny: And this is a prime reason why as President you don't let it be known you think it's funny to call your best friend "Turd Blossom" as sooner or later toilet humor becomes associated with you.

It's also a social comment upon when people/politicans are obvious about not caring about others that bad karma comes back to haunt them - and publicly if they are a politican!

Animals: Dog Fighting


Dog Fighting, originally uploaded by chefranden.

Fight! Fight! It's a real dog eat dog... err... rodent world!

Pet Rock


Pet Rock, originally uploaded by chefranden.

From the photographer:

"A real he boy sleeps with a rock, not no stinking teddy bear."

Creative Commons with attribution.

13 March 2009

Funny Friday the 13th!



Photo by nao-cha @ flickr of dog Cocoa

From friends over at Twitter:

"Very funny page for Friday the 13th, both versions - peterdrew@keithbaxter It's Friday the 13th! Beware...
http://snipr.com/dp10t DUDE!! not nice scaring me like that :=)"

From Denny: Just click on the title as the address is linked. Enjoy!

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12 March 2009

11 March 2009

Feedburner Glitch



Now I know why my feed counts have been going up and down wildly. Turns out Feedburner keeps deactivating them: on all 7 blogs! So, apologies, if you have found this maddening; join the club. Guess it's taking Google and Feedburner longer to merge and work out the gremlins than they are telling the public, oh, well... Meanwhile, rest assured I will be now manually monitoring these feeds twice a day to keep them activiated. Thank you for your patience everyone!

Don't you just love this photo of an ass? Such a good fit when things go wrong because that's how you feel and look to others! Might as well have some fun with screw-ups, right! ;)

Thanks go to the folks over at flickr who place their photos in the Creative Commons area for online writers and bloggers like me, much appreciated! They can be so funny.


Photo by gidibao @ flickr

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10 March 2009

People: The Introvert


The Introvert, originally uploaded by h.koppdelaney.

This guy does a lot of introspective images that are intriguing.


The Introvert


The Cross is Burning

I am introvert, she said.
I know, said Hugin.
A friend is waiting for you outside
It’s time to meet friends
Friendly friends

HKD

The Cosmic Crow

Hugin says:
To find love
Let go your self-hate
I take it from you
Give your hate to me
Love yourself
Now

HKD

The dark Light of Liberation


Modell: Thanks to Joanna

09 March 2009

Animal: Sumatran Tiger


Sumatran Tiger, originally uploaded by Jeff Kubina.

Gives meaning to the phrase: the Tiger walk. Quite the stride, isn't it?!

Here in Louisiana - Our LSU tiger, Mike, is weighing in over 500 pounds now and still growing. They expect him to get to at least 800 pounds! Huge! The university is wondering if the new enclosure is going to be too small when he's full grown. He also won't growl for them at the LSU football games as he thinks it's lame; so do I.

Animals: Piggy grateful


grateful, originally uploaded by woodleywonderworks.

From the photographer, loads of piggy facts:

From questions on the website: Pork4Kids.com
www.pork4kids.com/AskAFarmer.aspx

Q: In cold climates, does the hair on pigs thicken to provide warmth?
A: Pigs will grow more hair when it's cold outside; it may not be thicker, but there is more of it.

Q: Where does the ham come from on the pig?
A: Ham is a cured product from the hind leg of the pig.

Q: How long have people been curing bacon?
A: People have been curing meat as far back as the Roman times.

Q: What part of the hog is bacon from?
A: Bacon comes from the side of a hog. It is often cured and then smoked.

Q: How much do baby pigs weigh when they are first born?
A: The average weight of a piglet is 3 pounds.

Q: What is the scientific name for a pig?
A: The scientific name for a domestic pig is Sus scrofa domesticus, though scientists often just use the term S. domesticus.

Q: What are the four main primal cuts of pork?
A: The primal/retail cuts are Loin, Side, Leg (which is the hind leg), and Shoulder (which is the front leg).

Q: Can pigs swim?
A: Yes, pigs can swim quite well by dog paddling!

Q: Are Chiterlins safe for a person to eat?
A: Chiterlins, also known as Chitterlings or Chitlings, are popular in Southern cooking. Chiterlings must be soaked and cleaned very well, and then they must simmer for several hours until tender. They can be served with sauce, fried, added to soups, or used for sausage casting. As long as the chiterlins are cleaned properly and cooked until tender, they are safe to eat.

Q: What do farmers feed their pigs?
A: It is important for pigs to have a healthy diet, just like it is important for kids to eat healthy foods. Most farmers feed their pigs grains like ground up corn, soybeans, wheat, and/or grain sorghum. These plants are grown by farmers in their fields. The grains are harvested, dried and ground up, so that they provide crunchy food for pigs. It would be similar to granola that humans eat. This helps the farmer give the pigs a healthy diet every day.

Q: How long do pigs usually live?
A: Sows and boars usually live about 4 to 5 years, and some may live longer than that. In fact, some pigs have lived as long as 15 years!

Q: Why do pigs like mud?
A: Pigs don't have sweat glands, so they will wallow in mud to keep cool. In hot weather, pigs that are raised outdoors will try to stay cool in the mud. Today, most pigs are raised in barns, and farmers use modern technology like water sprinklers in the barns to keep the pigs cool. The pigs are also cleaner in barns because they are protected from bad weather, like rain and snow.

Q: How many piglets are usually in one litter?
A: A female pig will have her first litter of piglets when she is about one year old. The sow is pregnant for about 4 months, and usually a sow will give birth to around 8 to 12 pigs at a time. A sow can have 2 litters each year. That means that a mother pig can give birth to over 20 piglets each year!

Q: What are the 8 major swine breeds?
A: * Yorkshire (also called Large White) * Duroc * Hampshire * Landrace * Berkshire * Spotted * Chester White * Poland China. Most market hogs are crossbreeds of two or more of these main purebred stock to take advantage of different characteristics.

Q: Do you have a chart that shows the parts of a pig and where the different cuts of pork come from?
A: A cut chart can be found on at www.otherwhitemeat.com/aspx/all_about_pork/chops.aspx

Q: Where does the name "Boston Butt" come from, especially considering that the cut comes from the shoulder of the animal?
A: In pre-revolutionary New England and into the Revolutionary War, some pork cuts (not those of high value, like the loin and ham) were packed into casks or barrels for storage and shipment. These barrels were known as "butts." In the Boston area, the cut from the hog's shoulder became known in other regions as the Boston Butt. The name stuck, and today it is still referred to as the Boston Butt almost everywhere in the U.S., except in Boston!

Q: Why don't we drink pig milk?
A: That is a very good question. Sow milk is very nutritious and high in fat content. Sows produce a large amount of milk, providing a volume that is very similar to the production from cows. The reason that we do not milk pigs is because they are more difficult to restrain and they have several more teats than cows, making it difficult to milk them.

Q: Where do the different breed names of pigs come from?
A: Most of our pig breeds were originated in England, so they were named after a particular region of the country, such as Yorkshire, Bershire and Hampshire.

Q: Is it normal to have a litter of piglets all with different hair color (pink, black, and spotted) while coming from a same mother?
A: Yes, it is normal to have multi-colored pigs from the same mother. Most sows (mother pigs) are crossbreds so they do not have a true breed color. Therefore, their pigs may be red, black, white, spotted, belted or any combination of these color patterns.

Q: About how much pork is produced in a day?
A: Roughly 60 million pounds of retail pork is produced every day.

Q: About how many pigs are there in the world? 4th grade
A: At any time, there are probably about 850 million pigs in the world.

Q: Is the hair on pigs all the same color, or do they have different color hair like humans? Mrs. Freyenhagen's 2nd grade class
A: Pigs have different color hair, but it is mostly related to the breed of the pig. There are several white breeds with completely white hair. There are some dark breeds with hair that is either bright or dark red, black, black with a white belt, or spotted. The Berkshire breed is black but appears to be wearing white stockings. And, the pig's hair is sometimes very coarse, while other pigs have somewhat finer hair, just like humans.

Q: How do pigs survive in the wild?
A: Wild pigs, also known as feral swine, face many challenges in the wild, including finding something to eat. Feral swine eat anything they can find, including nuts, plants and other animals. Pigs living in the wild also have to protect themselves from predator animals and extreme temperatures. Because of these obstacles, modern day pork production provides an environment where pigs are well cared for with proper nutrition, protection from other wild animals and comfort from extreme temperatures.

Q: I know that bacon comes from a pig, but where did bacon originate?
A: Up until the 16th century, bacon (bacoun) was a Middle English term used to refer to all pork in general. Bacon is the smoked and cured product that comes from the side of the pig (or the belly primal cut). Before refrigeration was available, the ham and the belly were cured and smoked to preserve them for a longer period of time. Historically, bacon was primarily a breakfast item, but people now use bacon as an ingredient in all types of meals, such as pizzas, tacos, hamburgers, and salads.

Q: How do pigs stay cool and comfortable in hot weather?
A: Most pigs are raised in barns, and the barns protect the pigs from bad weather, such as rain or snow. The barns also protect the pigs from extreme temperatures with heaters for cold weather and fans for hot weather. Many farmers also have sprinkler systems in the barns to keep the pigs cool.

Q: How much food does a pig eat in a day, and how much does the food cost?
A: Pigs usually consume about eight pounds of feed in a day. Farmers usually spend around $55 - $60 on feed for one pig. The total cost to raise a pig is about $100. That means that the cost to feed the pig is about 55% - 60% of the total cost to raise it!

Q
Q: Can pigs jump?
A: Yes, pigs can jump, but not very high. Pigs might try to jump over something if they are either scared or guided by someone.

Q: Where is a pig's heart located?
A: A pig’s heart is located in the pig’s chest cavity. If a pig were to stand up tall on its hind two legs, its heart would be in the same place that your heart is when you stand up tall. Did you know that a pig’s heart is very similar to a human’s heart? The heart valves in a pig’s heart can be used to replace damaged or diseased heart valves in humans.

Q: When are the baby pigs weaned?
A: Like other mammals, baby pigs drink their mother’s milk for the first few weeks after they are born. Just like puppies and other animals are weaned (which means they stop drinking their mother’s milk), piglets are weaned from the sow. Pigs are generally weaned at 3 – 4 weeks of age when they weigh 10 – 15 pounds. They are moved to the nursery where they begin a grain diet. As pigs get older, they eat more food. When pigs are 8 – 10 weeks of age and 40 – 60 pounds, they will move to a finishing barn where they live with other pigs their size.

Chocolate: Yin & Yang


Yin & Yang, originally uploaded by mateoutah.

Keep your balance today!

Happy Monday, everyone!

08 March 2009

Laugh Out Loud: Funny Sign Photos!



This photo by au_tiger01 @ flickr that wasn't in the article. These signs have a way of using the language...

The following photos will have you laughing out loud so hard your sides will hurt for days. I found these when doing research in the flickr database and decided to do an article just for fun.

You can read the short article and the comments or just look at the photos here. These were the best of the photos found.

There are still more good ones to see and you can find them on the photographer's page at flickr under au_tiger01. I put too many into the article as I was having so much fun! Hope you enjoy a good grin today!

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Questions, questions...

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Does Life stink? well...

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Now here's a new twist on fussing at people not coming to Mass who decided driving all that way for 45 minutes wasn't worth it.

It's stressful these days raising children and going without a job and not having enough money to fuel the car for going to church an hour away, oh well, guess it's where you put your priorities.

Sometimes the priorities are chosen for you and there isn't much you can do about it. Novel thought: pray at home...


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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

From fussing at you to the very helpful for your health approach.

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Bribe 'em; now that works with the younger generation!

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Bald-faced truth with a sense of humor - finally I get some validation! How sweet it is! Do right AND get revenge in reverse, hmmm...

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Talk about the-get-your-money-back guarantee!

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

The how-dense-are-you approach.

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Now here's a hip pastor who's figured it out, technology AND spirituality - cool!

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

"Do ya think?" these guys are not happy with technology or just natural philosophers?

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

A bit weird but trying to encourage others when they are down.

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

A rap against us open-minded types.

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

The ongoing war between the fundamentalists and the atheists, sigh...

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

The Baptists really like this one.

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Talk about ATM convenience!

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Blatantly obvious, no sense beating around the flaming bush.

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Your pet knows best; show the world the same! approach.

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People: Funny Church Signs


Funny Church Signs, originally uploaded by au_tiger01.

Warning sign and complete with flashing lights of "God will get you for that!"

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People: Something Funny


Something Funny, originally uploaded by left-hand.

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05 March 2009

04 March 2009

Animals: Shar Pei dogs


anti botox brigade, originally uploaded by emdot.

This photographer calls this the Anit-Botox Brigade. Cute!

People: Giant Coffee Break

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by your coffee mug...?

People: mouth expressions.

we photographers spend waaaay too much time in front of the mirror! :) - been there done that for sure!

Great photo collage that sure gave me a grin today!

People: Catching Tadpoles


Cathing Tadpoles (#4152), originally uploaded by jin.thai.

a little mind bender here of a reflection of a reflection!

Flower: Climbing Peace Rose


Climbing Peace Rose, originally uploaded by audreyjm529.

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People: Inner Peace

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People: Seek Peace, And Pursue It (Washington, DC)

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People: No matter it is Valentine or not !

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People: War and Peace


War and Peace, originally uploaded by Jayel Aheram.

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People: Speak Up for Peace


Speak Up for Peace, originally uploaded by * Honest *.

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People: Peace


peace, originally uploaded by alicepopkorn.

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