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Wacky, Wonky World

A light-hearted look at our crazy planetoid.


The Lion, the Clip, and the Po-po

1003491000Norfolk, Virginia  -  The first caller was fairly calm.  “I’d like to report a lion sighting,” he said.  “Say that again?” a dispatcher responded.  And thus began the drama over baby lion sightings in Norfolk on Tuesday. Police said Wednesday that they actually got three 911 calls about the “lion.”  The first came at 10:19 a.m.  The animal was running on Granby Street, a male voice said.  Then a woman took the phone. She sounded anxious as she described the proximity to the zoo.  “There was a lion that ran across the street. A baby lion. It was about the size of a Labrador retriever.”  It was near Granby and 38th, she said. “It’s roaming loose in the neighborhood.”  A second call came five minutes later.  “I just saw an animal that looked like a small lion.” It had “the mange and everything,” a man said. He had seen it on Delaware Avenue near Llewellyn Avenue.  “I don’t know if it got away from the zoo, or what,” he said.  The dispatcher said they already had received a report. “I’m not sure if it actually is a lion or not, but I’ll update the information.” 

A third call came at 1:19 p.m.  “I just saw a baby lion at Colley Avenue and 50th Street,” a man reported.  “What kind of animal?” the dispatcher later asked him.  “A lion. A baby lion, maybe.”  The lion was going to nearby houses. “I don’t think it has caused any problem so far,” said the caller.  “OK. You think it’s looking for food?” the dispatcher asked.  “I don’t know.” 

By now, most folks know that the “baby lion” was actually Charles the Monarch, a Labrador-poodle mix owned by Daniel Painter, who lives in Riveriew and has a garden center on Colley Avenue. He has the dog groomed to look like the Old Dominion University mascot.  Many people say they see Charles out a lot, especially on Colley. But to someone who hasn’t seen him, he sure doesn’t look like a dog at first. 

Coverage of the lion sightings went national on Wednesday. Charles was featured on NBC’s “Today,” where even Al Roker agreed: The dog looks like a lion.   (From The Virginian Pilot)

And speaking of police-worthy hairdos……

Picture-14McIntyre, Georgia (Unfortunately an hour and a half from my house)  –  Mama June has officially gone Hollywood.  June Shannon, the mother of the most famous seven-year-old beauty pageant veteran in television history, dyed her prematurely gray hair blond in Sunday night’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Halloween” special.  Shannon, however, didn’t exactly borrow a page from the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and visit an expensive salon. The 33-year-old mother put her four kids to burnish the dye in themselves in the family’s McIntyre, Georgia, kitchen.


“Mama, all your bugs are jumping out your head,” Alana Thompson, Honey Boo Boo herself, said while rubbing the white cream in her mother’s hair. “Smells like boot boo and glue and feet.”  “Mama, you’ll never be as beautiful as me. You just keep on trying, though,” added Alana.

(From The New York Daily News)


 And here’s the potential for at least 17 billion more honey boo boos out there….. 

untitledOuter Edge, Milky Way Galaxy  –  Enough planets exist in the Milky Way to ensure that there is at least one for each of the hundred million stars in the galaxy, NASA has revealed.  Analysis of data from the Kepler space telescope shows that 17 billion planets in the galaxy are Earth-like in size.  The findings are making scientists increasingly confident of finding a rocky planet the same size as Earth, with a similar orbit and situated in the ‘habitable zone’ of a solar system.  ‘The analysis of increasingly longer time periods of Kepler data uncovers smaller planets in longer period orbits — orbital periods similar to Earth’s,” said Steve Howell, of NASA’s Ames Research Center in  California.


‘It is no longer a question of will we find a true Earth analogue, but a question of when.’  One of the most exciting findings is that four planets have been identified which are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s habitable zone, the region in the planetary system where liquid water might exist on the surface of a planet.  Latest findings released by NASA show that since February last year there have been 461 potential new planets discovered.  These bring the total number of potential planets that have been identified by the Kepler mission to 2,740 and they orbit 2,036 stars.

(From the U.K. Online)

And speaking of brave new worlds….we give you……..Gaybobah…..


A Galaxy, Fabulously Far Away  –  Despite vocal opposition from thousands of angry gamers, a software developer has added support for homosexual relationships to the game “Star Wars: The Old Republic” — albeit just on a single planet.  “As we have said in the past, allowing same gender romance is something we are very supportive of,” wrote BioWare’s Jeff Hickman, executive producer of “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” in a blog post last week.  He revealed that same-gender romances (or SGR) would be allowed on the planet Makeb, and the company is “pursuing more SGR options in the future.”


The gay planet will appear only in an expansion pack called “Rise of the Hutt Cartel,” and it will include characters with canned, flirtatious dialog for same-sex players. The move has generated controversy among everyone involved, with some calling for a separation of sexual preference from the game, and others lambasting what they say feel like digital segregation.

In a heated debate on the company’s webservers, the topic received more attention than the ongoing drought on Tatooine or the Empire’s latest Death Star.  “Well it’s good to see the SGR people are getting some attention. They’ve only been asking for the option since beta,” one player noted. Publisher Electronic Arts has been wrestling with the issue for months, after promising in April 2012to stand up against what was described as “several thousand” letters and emails protesting the inclusion of same sex content in its games.  “Every one of EA’s games includes ESRB content descriptors so it’s hard to believe anyone is surprised by the content. This isn’t about protecting children, it’s about political harassment,” Jeff Brown, vice president of corporate communications, told Games Industry International at the time.

It was no April Fool’s joke, however, and some gamers remain vehemently opposed.  Others were more strongly unified against same sex relationships than the rebel alliance.  “Star Wars is a family based story with nothing to do with SGR,” one gamer wrote on the forums. “Please, please, please Bioware, Lucasarts, and EA do not allow SGR in Star Wars The Old Republic. It will ruin the game and make a lot of people leave it.”

(From Foxnews)


And speaking of ‘same’ couples…

kelly_hildebrandtsMiami, Florida  –  The couple who met, fell in love and married over a shared name, have now filed for divorce. Kelly Hildebrandt and Kelly Hildebrandt have gone their separate ways.  The pair with matching names made news when they tied the knot in 2009. But the couple came to realize that sharing a name wasn’t enough to keep them together. “She’s a Florida girl, and I’m a Texas guy,” Kelly Carl told Miami news station NBC 6. “We really did come from pretty different worlds.”

The romance started in the same world: Facebook. One night in 2008, Kelly Katrina was curious and bored. Wondering if anyone on the website shared her name, she typed it into the search engine on the social networking site and up popped Kelly Carl.  The then-20-year-old emailed the 24-year-old about the coincidence. Emails led to phone calls, phone calls to visits, and the whirlwind romance led to an engagement ring hidden in a treasure box on a Florida beach. The two wed in 2009, and their news made People magazine and the “Today” show.

But even sharing a name, blond good looks and worldwide attention was not enough to save the marriage. “How do they term it at the courthouse? ‘Irreconcilable differences,’ that is what I would say,” added Kelly Carl, who has since returned to his native Texas. “We gave it our best shot.”

(From Yahoo! News)


But don’t worry Mr. Kelly Hildebrandt, this gal is now available on Amazon.  Padded cell playset sold separately….

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