January 21, 2018

Time Bedore - Standing Up

Best of Vague But True Vol 2

The Animal Conspiracy CD

PERTH-Australia- Escaped pet parrots in Australia are teaching wild birds English, including some unsavory words. The Australian Museum says it has received a number of reports from people who say they've heard wild parrots speaking to them, often cursing or repeating greetings like "hello cockie." Naturalist Martyn Robinson told Australian Geographic that some of these words will likely be passed down through generations in wild flocks. "If the parents are talkers and they produce chicks, their chicks are likely to pick up what the parents are able to say," he said. "From there, who knows? I hope they like humans enough not to bag on us as we walk by. Crikee, 'Pick it up, you bag of goo,'would be annoying!"
Peeping Tom Deer Has Town On Edge
NEW CASTLE, Indiana- A sheriff's deputy responded to a complaint about a deer who was "looking through windows" and refusing to leave the front yards of a very nervous New Castle neighborhood. Authorities were called after a resident called 911 about the window-peeping deer. The deputy reported he found the deer to be "extremely friendly, to the point that subjects were able to approach the deer and pet it." However, some residents reported the animal also "sometimes bites and attacks," he added. "A few folks said 'This deer sucks you in. Acts nice, let's you pet it, then takes a run at you when your defenses are down.'"
Tortoise Wants Out
TATTACOOCHIE, Florida- It's hard enough to keep a zoo running but when your tortoise escapes because your fences aren't tall enough, you might just have to give up. Which is what Ann Page, director of the county zoo, did when she saw Zeke, the tortoise, climb out of his pen. "Kids used to love to pet Zeke. He was a big attraction, helped keep us from going under financially. When I saw Zeke climbing out I just snapped and threw in the towel." The Zoo board has filed for Chapter 11 protection. Zeke's whereabouts are unknown.
Chopper Chopped By Roaming Buffalo
MONTGOMERY, Kansas- A collision between a motorcycle and a buffalo has landed a Kansas man in the hospital with serious injuries. A 49-year-old Independence man was riding his motorcycle when he ran into a buffalo standing in the middle of the road, around a blind curve. State Patrol troopers say the victim reported the buffalo took his motorcycle broadside in the rib cage and walked away without even a limp, before the man passed out.
Swordfish Pierced Skin of Deep Sea Submarine
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Alvin, a famous US Navy deep sea submarine, survived the extreme conditions of deep sea exploration looking for lost hydrogen bombs, surveying the Titanic, and exploring a hydrothermal vent for the first time in history. But in 1967, it barely survived an encounter with a swordfish. Alvin was attacked at a depth of around 2,000 feet, in the Bahamas. The pilots heard a big metallic noise, the whole submarine shook, and something penetrated the outer hull. When they surfaced the crew saw they had nearly been sunk by the giant 1500 pound broad bill. The report of the attack had been given Top Secret status by officials who feared the Soviets had trained swordfish and sharks to harass and kill US Navy personnel. The file was declassified recently because the Pentagon believed the public should be aware of what swordfish are capable of on their own. This particular swordfish failed in its mission, and was cooked by the crew afterwards.
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