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Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 7.04.48 AMI have got to get myself one of these. Whooshh Innovations have developed a solution (shown below in the video) to the falling salmon populations. The salmon had been kept from their migrating areas by a series of dams. The obstacles at dams leave them “disoriented” and lost. So enter the “salmon cannon” — a pneumatic tube that can shoot up to 40 fish a minute to up to 22 mph. Apparently, getting shot out of a cannon is less disorienting to the salmon but, come on, who would not want to be shot out of a cannon? It is the ultimately water park attraction for the high-end gill crowd.

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Farewell, Cape Cod

IMG_0907We are leaving Cape Cod today (a bit early due to the arrival of thunderstorms) and we had a wonderful time in this extraordinarily beautiful spot. (As usual, I used my iPhone for pictures with varying success but the lighthouse taken from the boat turned out pretty good).

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By Mark Esposito, Weekend Contributor

Mouseketeer John Jacobson

Mouseketeer John Jacobson

A Portland, Oregon, man had a clever accomplice along for the ride on his latest alleged beer heist.  20-year-old John Jacobson was cruising the local Plaid Pantry Store when an on-duty manager asked him what he as doing with a  freshly unloaded case of brewskies under  his arm. John threw the beer striking the manager in the face and fled the vicinity. He then headed into the nearby Nike campus where he was sure to blend in with the other heels stacked therein.

Police with K-9 units gave chase and cornered the thirsty bandits in some bushes but not before noticing his diminutive henchman. Harkening those cartoon characters Pinky and The Brain, Jacobson  was sporting his pet mouse in his pocket. Police transported the pair to the Washington County Jail where his dad picked up the pet who apparently made bond.

No word on whether  John’s dad made his son’s bond. Jacobson was charged with  robbery of the beer.

Source:  KTVB.com

~ Mark Esposito, Weekend Contributor

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totoabaUSGSThe insatiable appetite of Chinese consumers for endangered and threatened species has now found suppliers in organized crime. The combination of the Chinese black market and organized crime is magnifying the impact on the environment. A new such alliance has been uncovered this week in Mexico where cartels are now turning to smuggling not cocaine but animal parts. The latest example can from the Sonoran town of El Golfo de Santa Clara where Mexican mobsters were found smuggling $1 million of fish bladders from the totoaba fish.

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monkey_selfieIt may be the best picture British nature photographer David Slater never took. Slater was on a three-day trip to the Indonesian forest in 2011 when a macaque monkey grabbed his camera and took this selfie. Indeed, the monkey took hundreds of pictures. Some of those pictures were distributed on the Wikimedia Commons website. Slater demanded that it be taken down as copyrighted material. However, Wikimedia refused on the grounds that a monkey took the picture, not Slater.

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1407377064000-1407269546001-Squirrel-kicking-2-1-Authorities are looking into a viral Internet video that shows a man kicking a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon. The 15-second video posted on YouTube purports to show a man putting food in a line to the edge of the Grand Canyon for a waiting squirrel. Once the squirrel reached the edge, he then kicks it off the edge as what he thinks is a hilarious joke.

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05-sarah-espinosa-mugshot.w215.h215.2x Sarah Espinosa, 22, of Albany, New York allegedly combined three activities that made for a uniquely bad combination: drinking, driving, . . . and snake theft. Espinosa culminated this poor judgment by succeeding in crashing into a firehouse after the snake reportedly wrapped itself around her neck in Long Island.

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Cat Scratch Singer

Submitted By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

cat-scratch-handIt is said the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. Here, the hand that scratches the kitty, is the hand that rocks the house.

For some cats, the scratch is a joy of no equal: music their only words.

Watch Tabby’s excellent rendition of what brings his joy. The pleasure is most certainly all his.

Video Below the fold…

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By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

Estakio Beltran Ad

Democrat congressional hopeful Estakio Beltran published a rather unique campaign ad on YouTube. In the video he declares: “They call me a long shot. They say I can’t win in this district. But what happens to an elephant when it stands around, doing nothing, for too long?”

The camera panned to an elephant piñata, and then back to Estakio, who blasted it the face with a pump-action shotgun.

“My name is Estakio Beltran,” he said. “And I approved this message.”

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220px-ArachnophobiaArachnophobia can come at a cost but rarely do those costs include criminal charges and a torched home. Ginny M. Griffith, 34, of Hutchinson, Kansas is accused of burning her home in an effort to kill a spider. She allegedly used a cigarette lighter to set some towels on fire and destroyed not just her home but half of a duplex.

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220px-Dog-biscuitI remember some bad school lunches but this is ridiculous. Parents in New Hanover, Pa., are outraged over the news that a recess aide at New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary School served dog treats to the grade school students. The aide actually joked with the kids that the snacks were in fact dog treats and then told them he or she was kidding and that they were really snacks. The school says that the kids will be just fine since the treats would only harm those with allegories, though we have been reading how Chinese-made treats are being avoided by pet owners due to illnesses around the country being reported by pet owners. Some 75 fourth grade students received the dog treats. Some ate three or more of the “cookies” though it is not clear were told not to beg and to yield to commands.

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Aidan’s Aviary

photoMy son Aidan found this nest outside our front door a week ago as sure proof that Spring will soon turn to summer. He took this picture before returning the nest.

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Canine Happy Hour

EVKIQkSThe problem with canine happy hour is finding a space at the bar.

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K96ZicoThe poster on Reddit said that her dog does this every time she goes to take a bath and then pretends to ignore her.

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hW5GtucPerfect symbiosis and balance found in nature.

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