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Archives for July, 2006

Germany: Third Place

How far will you go to protect your prized cattle from “cattle terrorism” and from theft by aliens? . tags: cattle abduction, cattle terrorism, streaming video, humor, silliness, parody

Stella Awards Winners

The annual “Stella Awards” have been announced for this year. The Stella Awards were inspired by 81 year-old Stella Liebeck of New Mexico, who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald’s for her injuries. That lawsuit inspired the Stella Awards, which recognize the most frivolous, ridiculous, and successful lawsuits in the United States.…

Reshuffling Birds

For those of you who are bird watchers, and those of you who research birds, you will be interested to know that the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) just published its 47th Supplement to their Check List of North American Birds — its 6th Supplement since the seventh edition was first published in 1998. This Supplement…

200 years ago in 1806, Noah Webster published his very first dictionary. A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language contained 37,000 entries, thousands of which were not listed in any other dictionary. In 1843, upon Webster’s death, the Merriam brothers acquired the rights to Webster’s dictionary. Keeping with the spirit of Noah Webster and the…

The new BMC Evolutionary Biology open access journal just received its first Journal Impact Factor rating. This Impact Factor of 4.45 places it 6th out of 33 journals in the Evolutionary Biology category. Impact Factors are a standardized measure of the frequency that the “average article” in a particular journal has been cited within a…

Blog Carnival Available

I and the Bird, issue 27, the first year anniversary edition, is now available. tags: blog carnival

France DID IT!

An issue of the Food Insects Newsletter reports that 80 percent of the world’s population eats insects intentionally and 100 percent eat insects unintentionally. In fact, if Americans tolerated more insects (you know, like, BUGS) in their food, farmers could significantly reduce the amount of pesticides applied to their crops each year. Additionally, by weight,…

Mousing the Pacific Ocean

Say Cheese! VENUS Image of a squat lobster at a depth of 90 meters using the instrument’s digital camera.