Dinosaur Plumage

Scientists discover most rad and psychedelic dinosaur of all time
Joe Roberts, Metro UK

This is not what we thought dinosaurs looked like back in the 1950s. We thought dinosaurs were all uniformly purplish-gray. Or toy soldier green. Depending on the plastic used.


Toy Dinos: Dinosaurs Marx Shop Collectibles Online Daily

There is a real problem of link drift – I found this article linked from the last one I blogged. One could continue this chain clicking indefinitely and lose all perspective of time wasted. Like, this item you’re reading now. 😀

Noted earlier: Dinosaurs Today



Cold in Yakutia

As I write this morning here in NE Oklahoma, it’s mid-fifties (Farenheit) and sixties tomorrow.

Not so warm in the village of Oymyakon in Russia, where temperatures have dropped to as low as -62°C, (almost -80°F), cold enough to freeze people’s eyelashes.

Either that, or it’s another one of those weird pop fashion trends. Or is about to be.

c/o Richard Hartley-Parkinson, Metro UK, by way of MH at AoS


Mutoton – Wasn’t that a Transformer toy?

Much of the time, maybe most of the time, one can sort-of make out what the mangled Engrish was supposed to be.

With this one, there are… some recognizable words… at first…


Um… whut?


There is some contention about the pronunciation of “sliges.” Is it a short-i, two syllables, soft g, rhymes with “midges”? Or is it long-i, one syllable, and a hard g, rhymes with, um, er, oranges maybe?

Lassoed Drowning Dog


A Bartlesville [Oklahoma] city employee became a hero to a dog in danger Monday [Jan 8] on the Caney River.

According to the city’s Facebook post, Micah Siemers spotted two dogs walking on the icy river while working on a grant submission.* He looked back a few minutes later, noticing only one dog was still visible.

He went to look for the second dog, and saw him flailing in the river.

He called 9-1-1 and began trying to rescue the dog.

“I knew I couldn’t get on the ice, and all I could find was a stick,” he said. “Then I saw the Christmas lights from the Fantasy Land of Lights Festival.”

Siemers said he spotted extension cords there on the ground after trying to pull lights from the display. He tied them together and recalled playing with his children’s lasso.

He told the city that he must have tried to lasso the dog “about 65 times”.

“I kept missing him,” he said. “He kept going under the water and coming back up. He even went under the ice once, and I thought he was gone then. But he kept coming back up, so I kept trying.”

Just as the dog began to appear tired and disoriented in the frigid water, he came back up one last time, and Siemers got the lasso around the dog’s neck and leg.

A passerby was able to help him get the dog out of the water and up on the bank. …

Article: Fox News

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Top 50 Anti-Jesus Countries


For decades, North Korea has clearly been the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. But now, another nation nearly matches it.

Open Doors released today its 2018 World Watch List (WWL), an annual ranking of the 50 countries where it is most dangerous to follow Jesus. Approximately 215 million Christians now experience high, very high, or extreme levels of persecution; that means 1 in 12 Christians live where Christianity is “illegal, forbidden, or punished,” according to Open Doors researchers.…

The rising persecution in Afghanistan “is a tragedy considering the efforts being made by the international community to help rebuild Afghanistan are failing to ensure freedom of religion….”

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

I couldn’t help noticing that the USA’s neighbor to the South is not Jesus-friendly. In my youth, it seemed to me to be so heavily Catholic, if sometimes, um, modified. Whatever happened? (I’ll just leave that question hanging.)

Surreptitiously Superman

His was the best portrayal ever of the Big Blue Boy Scout. In context, quite a moment.

h/t Kofi Outlaw, ComicBook.com