The Cohanzick Zoo coatis in Bridgeton, New Jersey, had their outing a couple days ago, for the 18th annual Coatimundi Day. On the standard that if the coatis see their shadows and run back indoors there'll be six more weeks of winter, well, only two of the coatis could be coaxed out of doors and they ran back inside. This maybe isn't surprising since it was 28 degrees and there was a light snow falling. The two were outside for a couple of minutes before banging on the enclosure door to come back inside.
The South Jersey Times explained the coatis were to be coaxed outdoors by a treat of eggs, marshmallows, fruit, and ``monkey biscuits'', which are left unexplained and within quotes to capture young minds. The pictures of this are great: you see Margarita and Floriemel staring angrily at the snow, clearly offended that they have to deal with this stuff, and climbing onto the mesh of their cage rather than walk around in it. Carmella wouldn't even look out from her hammock.
There hasn't been any word on predictions from the coati I've adopted at the Popcorn Park Zoo, although that zoo's rescued camel called for the Ravens a couple weeks back. (Last year it'd picked the Giants.)
Trivia: By 1939, Kraft had about 40 percent of the United States's cheese market. Source: Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between The World's Greatest Chocolate Makers, Deborah Cadbury.
Currently Reading: Gemini: Steps To The Moon, David J Shayler. James McDivitt and Ed White were classmates at ``Michigan University''? Are you sure you want to go with that, Mr Shayler?
PS: General Physics from the Internet Archive: it turns out there's some great textbooks available from the Internet Archive in what it is convenient to believe is a perfectly honest and legal fashion.