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  • Michael Krakovskiy 11:13 pm on June 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cryptozoology, Edinburgh, , , , Loch Ness, Loch Ness Monster, Monster, , Pseudoscience, , Scottish folklore, Sea monster, , The Loch   

    Latte Art Nessie 

    Slowly, but steadily I continue getting better at latter art. Still, about half of my pours come out as abstract blobs of crema and milk foam. Sometimes they are unintentionally less abstract, as in this case:

    There’s only one explanation for this:

    News Item:

    EDINBURGH, Scotland — The Loch Ness monster is back — and there’s video. A man has captured what Nessie watchers say is possible footage of the supposed mythical creature beneath Scotland’s most mysterious lake.

    Nessie is one of the famous sea monsters, but it looks like if you dig a bit, almost every body of water has its own monster. For instance, recently I learned that Black Sea upon which shores I grew up, is supposed to have its own Nessie – the so-called Karadag monster, sightings of which are reported since pre-WWII period. Karadag is a nature reserve of amazing beauty.

    Even Lake Bill, an artificial pond upon which shores Microsofties like to drink beer, has its own monster sightings. I’ve heard rumors that Steve Ballmer took a swim in it after losing a bet.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 10:50 am on May 6, 2003 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acetic acid, Charmed, Edinburgh, , Monica Geller, Phoebe, Phoebe Buffay, Rachel Green, Roslin Institute, Royal Society, Sneddon, , The One with Monica and Chandler's Wedding   

    Fish Feel Pain When Hooked, Scientists in Britain Say 

    This NYT article presents a good candidate for the Ig® Nobel Prize:

    “By injecting bee venom and acetic acid into the lips of captive rainbow trout, the Royal Society said, Dr. Sneddon and other scientists at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh discovered that the fish displayed “profound behavioral and physiological changes” over a period of time, “comparable to those observed in higher mammals.””

    This reminded me something from “Friends“:
    [Scene: Tattoo parlor. Rachel is showing Phoebe her tattoo.]
    Phoebe: Oh that looks so good, oh I love it.
    Rachel: I know, so do I. Oh Phoebe, I’m so glad you made me do this. OK, lemme se yours.
    Phoebe: Ahh. OK, let’s see yours again.
    Rachel: Phoebe we just saw mine, let me see yours.
    Phoebe: Oh OK. [pulls over her shirt and shows a bare shoulder] Oh no, oh it’s gone, that’s so weird, I don’t know how-where it went.
    Rachel: You didn’t get it?
    Phoebe: No.
    Rachel: Why didn’t you get it?
    Phoebe: I’m sorry, I’m sorry.
    Rachel: Phoebe, how would you do this to me? This was all your idea.
    Phoebe: I know, I know, and I was gonna get it but then he came in with this needle and uh, di-, did you know they do this with needles?
    Rachel: Really? You don’t say, because mine was licked on by kittens.

    Of course game fishes feel pain. And so do smaller fishes and mussels and worms they eat. Game fishes don’t care at all about the pain of the smaller things that they eat. Such is life.

     
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