A Movie Post – Justice League

Well, it was a movie. I guess, kinda a good one? (yeah, a good one. go see it) Here’s where the spoilers start, so click or go no further! [Like for real, don’t go further cuz I’ll be mentioning stuff that if you haven’t see the movie, you’ll be mad/sad/glad/rad]

 

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Animal of the day – 11/30/2016 – The Gannet

A Cape Gannet stares straight at the camera and through another gannet, Malgas Island, West Coast National Park, South Africa

The animal of the day is the Gannet. (Did you know: The Gannet is the largest sea bird in the Atlantic, and 2nd largest in the world [to the albatross]. They are known for their impressive diving and underwater swimming abilities.

The have some cool adaptations that help them swim underwater. First of all, they have no external nostrils (WHAT?!), their nostrils are INSIDE their mouths! So when they dive, they just have to keep their trap shut.

Second, and this is weird, they have air sacs in their face and chests that act like bubble wrap protecting them as they slam into the water at high speeds!

Cape gannet {Morus capensis} close-up profile of head. Lamberts bay, S Africa

Hold up yo, but where are your nostrils at?!

The gannet’s supposed capacity for eating large quantities of fish has led to “gannet” becoming a disapproving description of somebody who eats excessively, similar to “glutton”.

Animal of the day – 11/18/2016 – The Quenk aka the Collared Peccary

collared_peccary_mother_and_pigletThe animal of the day is the Quenk aka the Collared Peccary. (Did you know: Looks like a pig right? They look similar, but pigs are from the “Old World” and quenk are “New World” animals.

There are many other differences most having to do with differences in physical anatomy [a big difference is how their digestive systems are setup]. Found in the Caribbean and in South America, it is much smaller than wild pigs in the America’s.

800px-collared_peccary444 Their odor is strong enough to be picked up by humans, which also earns the quenk the nickname of “skunk pig”.

Animal of the day – 08/04/2016 – The Sea Lion

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The animal of the day is the Sea Lion. (Did you know: Not to be confused with seals, Sea Lions are much more mobile on land as their flippers can rotate much more than seals can.

They can move so well on land as a matter of fact, that they can out run a human [you]! And in the water they will straight up embarrass Michael Phelps as they can swim up to 25mph.

The life expectancy of sea lions shows one of the biggest divides between males and females with females living almost twice as long as males. Males live to be about 18, but females can live on to be 30 plus years!

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Females live longer because they get to cuddle with the cutest pups ever!

Book of the Moment: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

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The Books of the Moment is The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne.

Ok! First of all, this book is amazing. It’s important to note that while it is a bundle of pages with words on it, it’s a SCRIPT, not a book. 2nd, it’s not 100% written by J.K. and you can pick up on that with some of the dialog.  If you can accept those caveats you are in for an amazing continuation of the legend of Harry Potter.

Best ‘thing’ I’ve read ALL summer! Go get this book, your wand and some chocolate frogs and let the magic wash over you! Welcome back to the world Harry & crew, you were missed!