Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Well, Buckle My Hat...

Posted By on Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 10:58 AM

...It's Thanksgiving time again.

I was originally just going to post this link, in celebration of the time-honored tradition of hand turkeys.

There are, of course, many variations but my favorite is this guy:

This cat has thumbs.
  • This cat has thumbs.

Most cats wouldn't be able to make your standard hand turkey because the don't have thumbs. (And a headless hand turkey just looks like a bush or something.)

But that cat appears to be polydactyl, meaning it has a genetic mutation that caused it to grow more toes than normal. They're sometimes called Hemingway cats, because Hemingway had one and now his estate in Key West is covered in them.

There's lots of folklore around polydactyl cats and they were especially popular on ships. (And good lord there's a lot of stories about ship's cats.)

I'm not really going anywhere with this, except to say once and for all... Only mutant cats get to make hand turkeys.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Twitter Trivia: The Rules

Posted By on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 10:41 AM

(Every Tuesday around 2pm, I conduct a little trivia contest via Twitter. To play, you need to have a Twitter account and you need to follow the Memphis Flyer.)

Here's how it works:
The prize for each week's contest will be announced in a Tweet a few minutes before the question is posted.
Once the question is posted, reply @memphisflyer to enter.
The first correct response wins. Twitter timestamps are by minutes (not seconds), so if there is not a clear winner, correct responses from the first minute will be entered into a random drawing to select a winner. The winner will be contacted via Twitter Direct Message with details about claiming the prize.

Lastly, if you win, you cannot win again for one month. You know, just to spread the love around.

Good luck!

Friday, November 5, 2010

TGIF Links

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 11:13 AM

Some things I found interesting. For your edification:

Sorry I haven't posted. A blog comprised entirely of excuses for not blogging.

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

How not to be a good editor.

Man in scary-good old man mask passes through airport security, boards international flight to Vancouver.

Physicist Richard Feynman on magnets and why "Why" questions can be so difficult to answer (video).

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. "I just wish they would stay plain old every day time all year round — the way God made it."


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