This is an adorable video filmed at the Australian Bat Clinic where I have volunteered. They are a great organization that does so much for Australian Wildlife. Flying foxes are one of the most important pollinators of native trees. They play a critical role in the ecosystem and are really cute!
The Internet has been simmering lately over privacy concerns surrounding Facebook’s Messenger app, which will soon become the only way mobile users can send and receive messages on the social network.
There seems to be a lot of freaking out recently about the new Facebook messenger phone app, and this is the best article I have seen to clarify a few things. I personally am very unhappy with the app because I don’t understand why I need yet another freaking phone messenger app. Why isn’t skype, imessage, facetime, and google hangouts enough?? and that is just to name a few. The Facebook app handled Facebook messenger just fine so why do I need to clutter my screen and suck up more memory with another app? Seriously, why??
The parents of a teenage girl who died from an allergic reaction to a Rice Krispie treat spoke out for the first time since her death, in hopes of creating a paradigm shift in the way food allergies are viewed by skeptical people.
This is tragic, and I am afraid with the rise of life threatening allergies there will be more stories like this. This also illustrated that the epipen is not always enough to save the day. I think awareness is great so I am happy the family is trying to raise awareness, but I also think it illustrates that people and families of those with life threatening allergies must realize that they need to question *everything* they put in their mouths even if they have had the item before. Food producers constantly alter recipes whether it is a purchased product from a grocery store. Anything not made in your own kitchen is suspect. Every label must be read and the chef talked to every single time. It is a huge, time consuming pain, but when your or your child’s life is on the line. It is necessary.
Here is another article. I have very mixed feeling about them suing the camp as it is somewhat unreasonable to ask for a commercial kitchen to be able to guarantee that a particular allergen is not present, particularly as their are a wide range of different food allergies. Sure, peanuts are one of the more common, but ridding a kitchen of peanuts does nothing for the kid with the shell fish, egg, or pepper allergy.
This is a great video of a brown bear in a zoo rescuing a crow that had become trapped in the bear’s pool. It is interesting to see how differently animals that are well fed in captivity behave compared to their wild (and hungry counterparts). I do wish they had filmed until the crow flew away to safety as he could have still had complications from being in the water for so long.
Maremma dogs have rescued a colony of little penguins in Australia and conservationists hope their next mission will be as successful
The more that I hear about this breed of dog (maremma) the more I like them. They seem ideally suited for conservation applications. I hope the trials go well as they could be the solution to protecting lots of small endangered species from penguins to bandicoots!
The new set has figurines that study dinosaurs, map the stars, and perform lab experiments.
I would completely buy this if it were not already sold out! We need more women in science toys for our young girls and boys. It is good to see Lego responding to the public in this positive way. I would prefer that Legos returned to being gender neutral, but for now let’s just hope that they continue similarly themed toys.
I am not a huge country music fan, but this is pretty amusing and is trying to make a change on how women are portrayed in media. I think they might have made that point a bit better by picking hotter guys and not having example girls dressed in the typical country music video clothes, but at least it is a start and a humorous one at that.
Thankfully the elephant was in a playful mood, though it did badly dent the vehicle, smash the windows out, blow out all the tires, and break the chassis.
Elephants are magnificent, but I think sometimes we forget how very BIG they are and that they can be dangerous even unintentionally. I am really glad I was not in the car for this very vivid reminder of both facts.
Cats were originally brought to the Japanese island of Tashirojima to protect silkworm farms from mice. After the industry left, locals took care of the cats for luck.
So I have grown into a crazy bird lady, but once upon a time I started out as a crazy cat girl. Cats aren’t well thought of in Australia because of the number of native animals they kill, but there is a part of me that will always love cats even if I am too allergic to them to co-exist anymore. Thus this island sounds pretty cool even if I could probably not visit it for very long before I felt quite wheezy!
There are quite a few memes going on right now that question traditional gender stereotypes and expectations. Mostly they are centered on women’s issues like jobs, toys, body image, but this video demonstrates that women are not the only ones who are subjected to gender based marketing and being overcharged for gender specific items. I thought it was really well done.
Nicole Gainey has been arrested and charged with child neglect after allowing her 7-yr-old son walk to a neighborhood park in Port St. Lucie, Fl.
I don’t think a seven year old should probably go to the park alone, but I also don’t think that felony charges are appropriate when no harm has been done. If the child had come to harm, I can maybe see a felony neglect charge, but what happened to the days when a policeman or neighbor would have a friendly chat with the mom and find out what was going on and perhaps, recommend that it was not safe. Why are authorities so quick to use the full extent of their authority today even when there has been no damages? I have seen only slightly older kids at Australian parks with no adult supervision without anyone freaking out. I just think this trend is quite concerning as it seems more about prosecutors trying to get a lot of publicity and make a name for themselves than any concept of justice.
How do I love thee, tree? Let me count the ways; you change carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe, you sequester carbon, and you provide shelter for countless critters. There are many reasons for which we should all be tree-hugging hippies, but within the scope of this article, all we’ll focus
Just a nice time wasting post of some beautiful trees around the world. I love trees! As for tree beauty, I think jacarandas in bloom are one of the most stunning. Others must agree as they have been planted all around the subtropical world. They aren’t an Australian native, but I don’t think Australia would be the same without them!
The USDA mandates that all Grade A eggs be washed and sanitized. The EU requires that all Class A eggs are not washed or cleaned in any way. Here’s why this distinction exists.
I believe I have previously posted about the different egg protocols around the world, and the disturbing fact that the US does not require hens to be vaccinated for salmonella even though that protocol has drastically reduced illnesses in countries that do require it. I find it interesting that this topic once again seems to be popular as the above article and the one below both ran recently in prominent US news sources.
I am less certain if washing eggs is a good or bad thing, but I know hens should be vaccinated. I don’t tend to refrigerate my fresh laid eggs, but I don’t think it matters too much if you do or do not as long as you are consuming them relatively quickly.
Remember if you question an egg’s freshness, put it in a bowl of water. If it sinks, it is a good egg. If it floats, throw it out!