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Turtle lives, after 30 years in a box

Turtles are famous for their longevity, many living for more than a hundred years.

One giant tortoise named Adwaita is said to have lived 255 years in the Calcutta Zoo. He finally died of liver failure in 2006.

How do turtles manage to be so long-lived?

This is fascinating: Researchers have recently discovered a turtle’s organs do not gradually break down or become less efficient over time, unlike most other animals. Instead, the liver, lungs, and kidneys of a centenarian (100-year-old) turtle are virtually indistinguishable from those of its younger counterparts.

But the survival skills of turtles may be even more astounding.

A turtle in Brazil managed to survive, after being trapped in a wooden box in a shed for THIRTY years.

Red-footed tortoise pictureA red-footed tortoise, like Manuela (photo by Fabio Maffei)

Richard Schiffman reports for the National Geographic, Feb. 1, 2013, that in 1982, a red-footed tortoise named Manuela mysteriously “disappeared” from the home of the Almeida family in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The family assumed that their pet escaped from the house after construction workers had left the front door ajar.

Flash forward 30 years.

Recently, Leandro Almeida was cleaning out a storage shed and was about to throw away an old wooden box he’d found in the shed: “I put the box on the pavement for the rubbish men to collect, and a neighbor said, ‘You’re not throwing out the turtle as well are you?’ I looked and saw her. At that moment, I turned white, I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

Inside the box was an old record player and Manuela, their long-lost tortoise, still alive after more than three decades.

Leandro’s sister, Lenita, who was given the tortoise as a childhood pet, said, “We’re all thrilled to have Manuela back. But no one can understand how she managed to survive for 30 years in there—it’s just unbelievable.”

Even the experts are stumped. Jeferson Peres, a Rio-based veterinarian, said that red-footed tortoises have been known to go without eating for two to three years in the wild—but 30 years is off the known charts. He speculated that Manuela had survived by eating termites and other small insects and licking condensation.

Turtles also have reserve fat pads that they can draw on when food is scarce, Anthony Pilny, a veterinary surgeon and specialist in birds and reptiles at the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine in New York City, said by email.

Like snakes, turtles are able to go for long periods without eating. Wild turtles can also lower their body temperatures and other physiological processes and enter into temporary states of suspended animation from which they’re able to recover. But Pilny does not recommend that pet owners try this with their own turtles.

As for Manuela, Pilny has some advice for the family. “They should go very slowly—start by warming her up and rehydrating Manuela before feeding … Give her warm water soaks and offer a small meal after she seems stable. Then take her to a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles for a checkup and some bloodwork.”

~Eowyn

They grow them on trees in Brazil !

Chayote is an edible plant belonging to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae, along with melons, cucumbers and squash.

Also known as pear squash, vegetable pear, christophene, cho-cho, chouchoute, choko, pipinola, merleton, and xuxu (in Brazil), chayote is originally native to Mexico or Central America where it grows abundantly and has little commercial value. The gourd has been introduced as a crop all over Latin America, and worldwide. The main growing regions are Brazil, Costa Rica and Veracruz, Mexico.

The gourd usually looks like this:

chayote

But in Brazil, one woman’s xuxu decided to grow like this. The poor woman looks so embarrassed. LOL

Chuchu

H/t FOTM’s Miss May.

~Eowyn

The Face of Agenda 21

Do You Trust This Man?

His name is Sha Zukang.  He is the U.N. under-secretary-general heading the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and is the secretary-general of the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20 At Rio.  This is what he wrote about the Rio+20 Conference taking place in Brazil later this month:

 I hope to see action on how to advance a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Indeed, action on a range of issues are calling for attention: decent jobs, especially for the nearly 80 million young people entering the workforce every year, social protection schemes, social inclusion; energy access, efficiency and sustainability; food security and sustainable agriculture; sound water management; sustainable cities; protection and management of the oceans; and improved resilience and disaster preparedness.

Governments will also need to decide what institutional framework can best advance the sustainable development agenda, and provide space for civil society and the private sector to play their role.

Indeed, all sectors of society can and must engage on these issues. Business and industry can develop technologies that help transform the world for the better, generate green jobs, and positively influence society through corporate social responsibility.

FOTM has other posts on this “Fearless Leader.” See:

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/agenda-21-fearless-leader-has-hissy-fit/

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/agenda-21-atheist-sha-zukang-wishes-god-will-bless-rio-20/

http://fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/agenda-21-politico-3-pager-avoids-the-a-word/

~LTG

The Coat Hanger

A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her small daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car.

She didn’t know what to do, so she called home and told the baby sitter what had happened. The baby sitter told her that the fever was getting worse. She said, “You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door.”

The woman looked around and saw an old rusty coat hanger that had been left on the ground, possibly by someone else who at some time had locked their keys in their car. She looked at the hanger and said, I don’t know how to use this.” She bowed her head and asked God to send her help.

Within five minutes a beat up old motor cycle pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head.

The woman thought, “Is this what you sent to help me God?” But she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.

The man got off of his cycle and asked if he could help. She said, “Yes, my daughter is very sick. I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car. I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?”

He said, “Sure.” He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said,

Thank You So Much! You are a very nice man.”

The man replied, “Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out less than a day.

The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, “Oh, thank you God! You even sent me a Professional!”
~Steve~                                                H/T Joseph

Out of the mouths of babes…

The President goes to a school to talk to the kids.
After his talk he offers question time.
One little boy puts up his hand, and the President asks him his name.

“Walter,” responds the little boy.

“And what is your question, Walter?”

“I have four questions:

First, Why did the USA Bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?

Second, Why do you keep saying you fixed the economy when it’s actually gotten worse?
Third, Why did you say that Jeremiah Wright was your mentor, then said that you knew nothing about his preaching and beliefs?

Fourth, Why are we lending money to Brazil to drill for oil, but America is not allowed to drill for oil?”

Just then, the bell rings for recess. The President informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess.

When they resume Obama says, “OK, where were we? Oh, that’s right: question time.. Who has a question?”
A boy puts up his hand. Obama points him out and asks him his name.

“Steve,” he responds.

“And what is your question, Steve?”

Actually, I have two questions.

First, Why did the recess bell ring 20 minutes early?

Second, What happened to Walter?”

~Steve~                       H/T  Jean

With age comes wisdom!

The guys were all at a deer camp. No one wanted to room with Bob, because he snored so badly. They decided it wasn’t fair to make one of them stay with him the whole time, so they voted to take turns.

The first guy slept with Bob and comes to breakfast the next morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot. They said, “Man, what happened to you? He said, “Bob snored so loudly, I just sat up and watched him all night.”

The next night it was a different guy’s turn. In the morning, same thing, hair all standing up, eyes all bloodshot. They said, “Man, what happened to you? You look awful! He said, ‘Man, that Bob shakes the roof with his snoring. I watched him all night.”

The third night was Fred’s turn. Fred was a tanned, older cowboy, a man’s man. The next morning he came to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. “Good morning!” he said.

They couldn’t believe it. “Man, what happened?” they asked.

Fred said, “Well, we got ready for bed. I went and tucked Bob into bed, patted him on the butt, and kissed him good night. Bob sat up and watched me all night.”

~Steve~                               H/T  Joseph

Skippy goes to school. Or rather skippy gets schooled.

Gotta get me some of that Kool-aid

Obama goes to a sixth grade class to talk to the kids to get a little PR.

After his talk he offers question time. One little boy puts up his hand and Obama asks him his name.

“Walter,” responds the little boy.

“And what is your question, Walter?”

“I have 4 questions:

First, why did the USA bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?

Second, why do you keep saying you fixed the economy when it’s actually worse?

Third, why did you say that Jeremiah Wright was your mentor, then said that you knew nothing about his preachings and beliefs?

Fourth, why are we so worried about Brazil drilling for oil, but we aren’t allowed to?”

Just then, the bell rings for recess. Obama informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess.

When they resume Obama says, “OK, where were we? Oh, that’s right: question time. Who has a question?”

Another little boy puts up his hand. Obama points him out and asks him his name.

Steve,” he responds.

“And what is your question, Steve?”

“Actually, I have 6 questions.

First, why did the USA bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?

Second, why do you keep saying you fixed the economy when it’s actually worse?

Third, why did you say that Jeremiah Wright was your mentor, then said that you knew nothing about his preachings and beliefs?

Fourth, why are we so worried about Brazil drilling for oil, but we aren’t allowed to?

Fifth, why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early?

And sixth, what the F— happened to Walter?”

Sharp kid that Steve is. LOL

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~Steve~                              H/T Our Miss May.

What Happened to Walter?

Accompanied by the Secret Service and two teleprompters, Obama goes to a primary school to talk to the kids to get a little PR.

After his talk, it’s Q & A time. One little boy puts up his hand and Obama asks him his name.

“Walter,” responds the little boy.

“And what is your question, Walter?”

“I have 4 questions:

First, why did the USA bomb Libya without the support of Congress?

Second, why do you keep saying you fixed the economy when it’s actually worse?

Third, why did you say that Jeremiah Wright was your mentor, then said that you knew nothing about his preaching and beliefs?

Fourth, why did you lend billions of American taxpayers’ dollars to Brazil for off-shore oil drilling, but we aren’t allowed to do that in America?”

Just then, the bell rings for recess. Obama informs the kiddies that they will continue after recess.

When they resume Obama says, “OK, where were we? Oh, that’s right: question time. Who has a question?”

Another little boy puts up his hand. Obama points him out and asks him his name.

“Steve,” he responds.

“And what is your question, Steve?”

“Actually, I have 6 questions.

First, why did the USA bomb Libya without the support of the Congress?

Second, why do you keep saying you fixed the economy when it’s actually worse?

Third, why did you say that Jeremiah Wright was your mentor, then said that you knew nothing about his preaching and beliefs?

Fourth, why did you lend billions of American taxpayers’ dollars to Brazil for off-shore oil drilling, but we aren’t allowed to do that in America?

Fifth, why did the recess bell go off 20 minutes early?

And sixth, what happened to Walter?”

A big h/t to Tina!

~Eowyn

School Shooter in Brazil was Muslim Extremist!

From the Libertarian Republican Blog 4/8/2011

Muslim kills 11 Schoolchildren in Brazil Execution Style – 36 Paragraph AP article; no mention of Islam

 

BREAKING NEWS…

From Eric Dondero:

11 School Children were killed and at least another 18 injured in a western Rio de Janeiro school yesterday. According to various reports he came into the classroom shouting “I’m going to kill you all.” He then lined many of the victims, mostly all girls, up against the wall, shooting them in their heads execution style.   Continue reading

Allen West – Who Is Leading America?

AS EVENTS UNRAVEL, WHO IS LEADING AMERICA?

By Allen West (Scribe) on March 22nd, 2011

Greetings constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans across our great land. It is again time for our weekly Congressional update. As I travel throughout the district, I certainly appreciate the feedback on these missives, and even the emails and support from those outside our district who are receiving these reports.

There are those who feel the issues facing America are not threatening, certainly not of immediate concern. As I did my regular Saturday morning run along Fort Lauderdale beach this weekend, I pondered a simple question: “Who is leading America?”

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