Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Man Shoots, Kills 'Chupacabra' in Ky

(Fox News) The legendary chupacabra has been spied, shot and killed -- will bigfoot be next?

A man in Kentucky found a strange, hairless creature prowling his front lawn December 18, a critter he believes to be the mythical chupacabra, a beast from Hispanic folklore supposedly known for attacking goats and other livestock (chupacabra means "goat sucker" in Spanish).

Mark Cothren described the creature, which strolled onto his lawn in Lebanon Junction, KY, as having large ears, whiskers, a long tail, and about the size of a house cat, reported Wave3.

"I was like, 'every animal has hair, especially this time of year!' What puzzled me is how something like that could survive through a winter with no hair," Cothren told the TV station. chupacabra has captured the public's imagination for years, and was even featured on the popular television series "The X-Files." Many carcasses of the coyote-like chupacabra have been "identified" across the U.S. -- and even put on display in museums.

In July, a chupacabra was spotted in North Texas. In October, 2009, a real-estate agent from New York believed he had found one of the mystical creatures; he had the carcass stuffed and put on display at John Adolfi's Lost World Museum in Phoenix, N.Y., The exhibit also included 45 photos of living or killed chupacabras, 6 minutes of news footage and the remains of a 4-month old hopping gray critter from 2006.

Past sightings have been explained in a variety of ways. Some have turned out to be raccoons or coyotes with mange, a skin disease that often leads to hair loss and explains the hairless condition people associate with the chupacabra. Mange comes from infection by a blood-sucking mite, according to Barry OConnor, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Michigan.

"To me, the most interesting aspect of this whole system is the fact we are talking about a human parasite that has moved from us onto other animals, as opposed to all the things that have gone in the other direction," OConnor said when the last sighting turned up.

Still, Cothren remains unconvinced, and he says others share his interest.

"Everybody is getting very curious, you know. [The] phone is ringing off the hook. It's kind of a mystery right now," Cothren told Wave3.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Blessed Christmas from Amentior!

Food made by a printer at Cornell are creating a 3D food printer. Cornell University's Computational Synthesis Lab's project will one day allow you to tweet what you're in the mood for and it will be printed up and ready to eat.

The "3D food printer" uses syringes filled with "raw food ink." You place the inks in the top of the printer, load a recipe and the machine will cook it up then print it out. Simple changes in the recipe will allow for the same food to be cooked in different ways, such as softer cookies.

The only inks that have been produced so far are dessert themed, as in cookie dough and chocolate. However, the team is working on a wider range of options, including turkey. The food will be squeezed out of a syringe in a prearranged pattern. The scientists believe that this device will save people the hassle of cooking.

While some might find this concept disturbing, Chef Homaro Cantu believes this will enhance the cooking experience. In his opinion it will do for food what email did for communication. He is even looking forward to printable sushi.

This product, unlike many of the others projects designed by Cornell, will be commercially available when completed.

   For more info: BBC

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Real comfort food

6 Reasons Bacon is Better Than True Love

1. True love only happens once in a lifetime. Bacon can happen seven times a day, if you want it to.

2. Bacon you can keep in the fridge. True love you cannot.

3. Love is fleeting, but bacon stays in your arteries for all eternity.

4. It will always be there for you.

5. Bacon won't divorce you over a little misunderstanding.

6. Bacon does not nag or complain.

*The Oatmeal

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ho Ho Yum

Hump day haiku

Most wonderful time of the year
Scary ghost stories?
Marley dead as a door nail
Andy Williams fail

Snow. Snow. Snow. Snow. Snow.
Seventy times seven snow
I am sick of snow

Phosphates, onion rings
At the neighborhood malt shop
Bacon cheeseburger

Long Loneliness
Reading Dorothy Day
Surprising and amazing
Not what I had thought

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Feast of Immaculate Conception Haiku

Full of grace
Conceived without sin
She is blessed among women
Model of our Faith

Atheists claim him
Christians argue he's their own
Sixth man off bench

Apparition of Our Lady of Good Help

"Teach the children the catechism."

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hungry Japanese monkeys are eating crops - Farmers in northern Japan are getting expert help with a growing monkey population that is gobbling up crops.  

Summer heat, among other factors, has left the monkey's low on food.

Japan's Protection and Control Unit has stepped in to protect the hungry monkeys, while keeping them away from people and crops.

Specially-trained dogs help chase the monkeys back into their natural habitat.

The primates on Shimokita Peninsula are the only in the world to live so far north.

Japan's government designated them a natural treasure in 1970, and the population has grown since.

Four municipalities set up the monkey chasing squad, in an effort to help people and monkeys find ways to coexist.

It's Gone

The moving crate on wheels will be no more after 2011! Thank you. I think the Honda Element is the ugliest car of the current decade. Last summer, I ranted at length about how ugly they were and found out the gal I was ranting to owns one. I remained unrepetent. They are ugly. Good-bye.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hump Day Haiku

Blue Christmas
Kids might think, shudder
"Last Christmas" by George Michael
Classic Christmas song

Bourgeois? Hoi Polloi?
Live high on the hog
Try rib night at IKEA
Cure cabin fever

Signs of the season
Hard being a spouse
Company Christmas party
Can I phone it in?