Daily Archives: August 28, 2011

Can we teach cats to drink with straws? Or may be we could ask geneticias to develop a straw drinking cat: the food industry needs that.



         The food industry needs geneticists (I’m sure someone willl consider the project of interest) to genetically modify cats, so they too can drink using straws, just like humans do: Why else would they provide straws with cat food containers?  It reminds me of  a fable: “Le renard et la Cigogne” by La Fontaine.

Great video by the way: Thanks Twinklybird!

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XVIII.

Jean de La Fontaine 

Le Renard et la Cigogne

Compère le Renard se mit un jour en frais,

Et retint à dîner commère la Cigogne.
Le régal fût petit et sans beaucoup d’apprêts :
        Le Galant pour toute besogne,
        Avait un brouet clair (il vivait chichement).
        Ce brouet fut par lui servi sur une assiette :
        La Cigogne au long bec n’en put attraper miette ;
        Et le drôle eut lapé le tout en un moment.
        Pour se venger de cette tromperie,
À quelque temps de là, la Cigogne le prie.
« Volontiers, lui dit-il, car avec mes amis
                Je ne fais point cérémonie. “
        À l’heure dite, il courut au logis
                De la Cigogne son hôtesse ;
                Loua très fort la politesse ;
                Trouva le dîner cuit à point.
Bon appétit surtout ; Renards n’en manquent point.
Il se réjouissait à l’odeur de la viande
Mise en menus morceaux, et qu’il croyait friande.
                On servit, pour l’embarrasser,
En un vase à long col et d’étroite embouchure.
Le bec de la Cigogne y pouvait bien passer,
Mais le museau du Sire était d’autre mesure.
Il lui fallut à jeun retourner au logis,
Honteux comme un Renard qu’une Poule aurait pris,
        Serrant la queue, et portant bas l’oreille.
                Trompeurs, c’est pour vous que j’écris :
                Attendez-vous à la pareille.

 

WebMD Slideshow: 10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism


WebMD-Slideshow --10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

WebMD-Slideshow --10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Today’s Quotation: Lewis Carroll on reality as dream


Is all our Life, then, but a dream
By Lewis Carroll in Sylvie and Bruno.

Is all our Life, then, but a dream
Seen faintly in the golden gleam
Athwart Time’s dark resistless stream?

Bowed to the earth with bitter woe,
Or laughing at some raree-show,
We flutter idly to and fro.

Man’s little Day in haste we spend,
And, from its merry noontide, send
No glance to meet the silent end.

Today’s Birthdday: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)

Goethe was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist whose dramatic poem Faust is considered one of the world’s greatest poetic and philosophic creations. In it, he represents Faust, the legendary scholar who sold his soul to the devil, tragically, as a singularly modern figure who is condemned to remain unsatisfied by life. In his later years, Goethe was celebrated as a sage and visited by world luminaries. Which of Goethe’s novels is often called the first bildungsroman? More… Discuss

survival of the happiest


Bypass Patients in Happy Marriages Live Longer

Happy marriages could help coronary artery bypass patients live longer. A study of 255 bypass patients found that the 15-year survival rates were higher for married patients than unmarried ones and were highest for those who reported having happy marriages. Though men in the study seemed to benefit regardless of the quality of their marriage, women who reported dissatisfaction in their marriages actually had no survival benefit over unmarried women. Researchers believe the social support marriages provide is responsible for the improved long-term survival of bypass patients. More… Discuss

Mary Carleton, Imposter


Mary Carleton, Imposter

Carleton was a 17th century Englishwoman who was brought up on charges of bigamy after marrying multiple men. She then took on the persona of a German princess and married John Carleton, but she was exposed and put on trial. Both published pamphlets to support their versions of events. After her acquittal, Mary starred in a play about her life. She went on to defraud more men but was eventually arrested and sent to a penal colony. How was she punished for returning to England without permission? More… Discuss