The Gentle Sloth
March 11, 2012 9:16 PM - Open Thread - Deleted
One of the highlights of my vacation was visiting a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. The sanctuary was started by an American family living down there. One day a wounded sloth wandered onto their property, and they had a new mission in life.

I liked the family a lot, and they gave us a personal tour of the place. They weren’t strident tree-hugger types – no rants about development, humans, etc. Rather, they work in different ways to eradicate the three main causes of injuries to the gentle sloth:

-sloths climbing up power line poles, thinking they are trees, and getting zapped. They are working with the power companies to design a pole that prevents the sloths from climbing up.

-sloths crossing roads cut through the forest. Sloths are quite mobile when traversing the tree canopy of the jungle. When they have to move on the ground, however, they are slow and awkward. The solution? Build “sloth bridges” over the roads!

-kids throwing stones at them. They run an education program for local kids, in which they get to meet the injured sloths, and see that they are actually hurting them.

The attached photo is is of a baby sloth that they rescued. The mother fell from the tree and died. As baby sloths cling to their mother for over a year, they give them a teddy bear as a substitute.

In addition to their rescue mission, they promote research into these creatures. Here are some facts about sloths:

-contrary to the popular myth, they only sleep 8 hours a day. When these creatures were first observed, it seemed that they were always sleeping (upside down, hanging from the tree). They later realized that there is one sub-species that is nocturnal, and another that is diurnal, but they look alike.

-sloths have one of the lowest metabolism rates of any animal. It takes them a full week to digest anything they eat. They defecate and urinate only once a week!! They should patent that system!!

-sloths are not typical mammals, in that their blood temperature is affected by the ambient level. They do not do well in the cold.

More info on the sanctuary: www.slothrescue.org


Weekend OT
March 10, 2012 9:22 AM - Open Thread - dibs
There might be a delay in the daffodil blooms with these temps


Friday OT
March 9, 2012 6:23 AM - Open Thread - Cobble B. Hiller
Good Morning, PLUSAs


Thursday Open Thread
March 8, 2012 8:16 AM - Open Thread - CGar


Wednesday Open Thread
March 7, 2012 7:54 AM - Open Thread - CGar


Tuesday Open Thread
March 6, 2012 7:48 AM - Open Thread - CGar


Monday Open Thread
March 5, 2012 7:44 AM - Open Thread - CGar


Oy!
March 3, 2012 12:58 PM - Open Thread - InsertSnappyNameHere
Why do people listen to Rush Limbaugh? At all? I saw that some folks were talking about some new and no doubt ridiculous statement he made recently. So, I used my good friend Google to find out what the issue was *this time*. Yup. His remarks were ridiculous. Quite ridiculous, in fact. While using Google to get the story, several pages popped up asking people to sign a petition demanding that RL apologize to Ms. Fluke and denounce his blatant misogyny. I can understand that impulse, but wait a sec. Really? REALLY? Does anyone really expect RL to apologize? And if he did throw out an apology, do you think for one second it would be sincere? I think not.

Now let's all tell the truth about RL here. He is a nobody. He is a has-been (if he ever did really used-to-be). He wields no real power. At all. And he knows this. Do you know what people like that do? They shout loudly (metaphorically and literally) to get the attention of the crowd because they know they are just a tiny peanut therein. "Ms. Fluke, you're a slut!" = "Waaaahhhh! Nobody is listening to me!" "Ms. Fluke, why dontcha post some sex videos online for us to watch since you are asking to be paid to fuck!?" = "I haven't gotten a headline in x number of days! Waaaaaah!" Yup, that's what people like that do. And when the outrage comes, he sits back, revels in it and says, "Oh yeah, I may be a stupid fuck who says stupid shit, but the masses are listening. They are listening and that's all that matters."

See the following video...I'm thinking this was him as a child...

http://tinyurl.com/cd7dbt


Weekend OT
March 3, 2012 7:33 AM - Open Thread - dibs
GM. Lots to do today.


Friday Open Thread
March 2, 2012 12:02 AM - Open Thread - CGar
TGIF!


Thursday Open Thread
March 1, 2012 8:03 AM - Open Thread - CGar


Wednesday Open Thread
February 29, 2012 9:04 AM - Open Thread - rf
Where is everybody?