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I just couldn’t resist posting this, silly as it is. Intruders smashed the front window of Pet Palace in Leominster, about 45 miles west of Boston, and as they entered the store the bird began to shout, said store manager Lori Oltman on Thursday. “When he hears someone come into the building, or the puppies…

Blogroll Updates!

After much gnashing of teeth, I finally updated my blogroll. Sadly, I realized I hadn’t done this in almost a year and many of the links were old and no longer around. So, I pruned those out and put in a bevy of shiny new informatorial chestnuts for your browsing pleasure! Enjoy! (And feel free…

The Cochlea in Art: Richard Kirk

Although I don’t care much about money, I do regret that having none means that buying beautiful works of art is something that I cannot do. I occasionally post here about interesting science/naturalism-inspired art, and a new artist I wanted to highlight is Richard Kirk. A friend of mine showed me his work because one…

CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, is a trade show held in Las Vegas where new products are announced and demonstrated to the press. This year’s CES just ended January 10th, and it looks like there was a small scandal that occurred. Gizmodo, a popular tech/gadget blog owned by Gawker media, pulled a prank which…

Atheist LOLParrot Sez…

Just when I thought I had the LOLParrot market cornered, someone at I Can Has Cheezburger posts this awesome (and atheist) budgie giving the Great Big Kitteh in the Sky the proverbial smackdown (or wing-down?). Happiness chirp goes to Jake, who sent me this! Check it out under the fold. (thanks for the heads up…

This is a continuation of the first part in a series about what caused the Black Death in 12th-17th century Europe, and part of Plague Week here at Retro, which is looking like it might become Plague Fortnight. The first appearance of the Black Death in Europe was sometime in the 14th century, however major…

Yes its plague week, and yes I promised to post something today on the topic, but ironically (and inconveniently) I’m not feeling well. (Oooohh, maybe its Y. pestis? Maybe I should coat myself in mercury and hop in the oven…) So, I owe an extra post tomorrow on Plaguey goodness. In the meantime, to satisfy…

A friend of mine is visting a relative in Abu Dhabi and sent me this priceless screen shot, which he got when he was trying to access YouTube.

This video is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on YouTube. It shows the oh-so-careful surgical removal of an egg-sized cyst (intact) from a person’s brain. The cyst is a hydatid cyst, which is the result of a parasitic infection by tapeworm larvae(Echinococcus). Generally speaking, it does not occur in the USA,…

This week is plague week at Retrospectacle, and every day I will be posting something about the Black Plague. Now that you’ve read my introduction to the Black Plague replete with its cause (both real and imagined), I wanted to write a bit about what ‘Plague doctors’ in 16th century Europe wore in an attempt…