BBC News tells me --- and I don't mean to sound like I'm bragging; the truth is it'll tell anyone who asks, although you have to know to ask, and I didn't precisely ask so much as be around when it happened to mention --- that animal researchers discovered prairie dogs can do The Wave. Even more than that, it turns out they do do it. I mean, prairie dogs might be capable of all sorts of things, like tennis or spackling drywall or calculating the libration of the Moon or doing itty-bitty pole vaults, but that doesn't mean they get around to any of them, what with their busy schedules. Yet Robert Senkiw with the University of Manitoba, who is a qualified prairie dog research scientist, has videos of prairie dogs doing just that.
And as you expected, the rest is over at my humor blog. Other pieces that have run since last week and I Dance Horribly have been:
- The Perfect Crime, and I realize why I can't do it.
- Robert Benchley: The Most Popular Book Of The Month, a review of a notable text.
- Why It Is Known As Frontier Airlines, the result of a lot of exasperation I'm not fully ready to talk about yet.
- The Big Failure, in which I think how badly I'd handle a power failure.
- Other December 2013 Numbers, just statistical summaries.
- Because I Watched The Rose Bowl On Tivo Is Why I had a belated thought about something the commentators said.
Trivia: The Gemini 4 crew considered calling their capsule ``American Eagle'', ``Phoenix'', or even ``Lady Bird''; some newsmen referred to the flight as ``Little Eva''. Source: Gemini: Steps To The Moon, David J Shayler
Currently Reading: American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA, Nick Taylor.