Category Archives: God’s creation

Thursday Funny! Cat burglar steals men’s socks and underwear

Most cats, if allowed to roam outdoors, bring home trophies like dead rats for their humans. One special cat even brings flowers for a kind woman in the neighborhood.

But Brigit, a cat in New Zealand, however, has a fondness for men’s underwear shorts and socks.

Selina Sykes reports for Express, March 21, 2016, that 6-year-old Brigit in Hamilton East, New Zealand, had stolen 11 pairs of men’s shorts and 50 socks, much to the embarrassment of her owner Sarah Nathan, who posted leaflets in the neighborhood apologizing for her cat’s theft.

Brigit became an internet sensation after red-faced Nathan posted a picture of Brigit’s haul on Facebook with a caption reading: “Now it’s getting silly. This is Brigit’s haul from the last two months. Every morning we wake up to more.” The post received received thousands of likes and hundreds of shares on Facebook.

Nathan asked anyone who thinks they’ve had their underwear stolen to come forward and reclaim them:

“It’s all men’s. It’s really, really weird. She’s [Brigit] got really specific taste. In our last house she’d bring home a bit of everything – she’d bring home men’s undies, women’s undies, togs, she even brought home a hockey shin pad and a jumper. She was much less discerning – now she’s decided menswear is the thing – and it’s a very specific kind of underpants that she likes. It’s an absolute obsession. A night does not go by without her bringing things home. I got up this morning and there were another four socks in the house.”

Luckily, Nathan believed the underwear to be all clean:

“They feel as if they’ve come off the washing line – they’ve got that crispy feeling. I’ve put notes in every letterbox in the street. Someone must be missing this stuff. Please share if you know someone who lives in the George St. area.”

~Eowyn

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Sunday Funny! Cat says ‘Well, hi!’ in a southern accent

An orange tabby cat named Gambino has taken the Internet by storm.

Gambino’s human(s) created an Instagram account for him: gambino_911.

On December 1, 2019, a video of Gambino saying “Well, hi!” in a Southern accent was posted to gambino_911, with 1,173,316 views as of this morning. 

The video was also posted to TikTok, where it has 1.8 million “likes”.

As you saw and heard for yourself, the video shows Bambino running into the kitchen. The cat’s owner followed and rounded a corner, taking Bambino by surprise.

In a decidedly non-cat voice, Bambino said: “Well, hi!”.

H/t PawMyGosh

See also “Astonishing: bulldog says ‘Mom, I love you!’”.

~Eowyn

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God’s Creation: 17 y.o. NASA intern discovers circumbinary planet 1,300 light-years from Earth

A 17-year-old student, Wolf Cukier from Scarsdale High School in New York, was just three days into a summer internship at NASA’s Goddard’s Space Flight Center in Goddard, Md., when he made a remarkable discovery that should make us lift our heads from our human disposition of navel-gazing, look up in wonderment, and realize how puny we and Earth are in the unimaginably vast Universe.

Wolf Cukier

According to NASA, Cukier’s “job was to examine variations in star brightness captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and uploaded to the Planet Hunters TESS citizen science project.”

TESS monitors millions of stars with four cameras, which each take a full-frame image of a patch of the sky every 30 minutes for 27 days. Scientists use the observations to generate graphs of how the brightness of stars change over time. When a planet crosses in front of its star from our perspective, an event called a transit, its passage causes a distinct dip in the star’s brightness.

As recounted by Cukier:

I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit. About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.

TOI 1338 b, as it is now called, is TESS’s first circumbinary planet, a world orbiting two stars. NASA’s Kepler and K2 missions previously discovered 12 circumbinary planets in 10 solar systems, all similar to TOI 1338 b.

Circumbinary planets orbiting two stars are more difficult to detect than those orbiting one star. In the case of TOI 1338 b, it is even more difficult to detect because the planet’s transits are irregular, between every 93 and 95 days, and vary in depth and duration because of the orbital motion of the two stars it orbits. TESS only sees the transits crossing the larger star; the transits of the smaller star are too faint to detect. This explains why Cukier had to visually examine each potential transit.

The planet, TOI 1338 b, is the first circumbinary planet that has been spotted using TESS data. After eagle-eye Cukier notified NASA of what he saw, scientists used a software package called eleanor, named after Eleanor Arroway, the central character in Carl Sagan’s novel “Contact,” to confirm the transits were real and not a result of instrumental artifacts.

Around 6.9 times larger than Earth, or between the sizes of Neptune and Saturn, TOI 1338 b is the only known planet in its system, which lies 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Pictor.

A light-year, which measures distance in space, equals 6 trillion miles, which means TOI 1338 b is 7,800 trillion miles from our Earth.

The planet TOI 1338 b orbits in almost exactly the same plane as the stars, so it experiences regular stellar eclipses. The two stars orbit each other every 15 days. One is about 10% more massive than our Sun, while the other is cooler, dimmer and only one-third the Sun’s mass.

Cukier’s discovery was featured in a panel discussion on Monday, Jan. 6, at the 235th American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu. A paper Cukier co-authored with scientists from Goddard, San Diego State University, the University of Chicago and other institutions, has been submitted to a scientific journal.

However, Cukier will not get the opportunity to name his discovery. As he explains to the New York Post: “New planets discovered by TESS get a TOI number if they don’t have another significant name already.”

H/t Fox News

~Eowyn

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Street dog repeatedly kicked by passers-by whom he followed, hoping to be adopted

This is heart-breaking, but there is a happy ending!

Scribble was a tiny, forlorn little street dog — one of countless homeless dogs in Manenberg, South Africa.

Scribble would wander the streets of Manenberg, following passers-by to catch their attention, hoping that some kind human would adopt him. But no one would.

One day, Sidewalk Specials — a Capetown non-profit that rescues dogs from abusive situations and off euthanasia lists, but does not have a shelter —  found Scribble limping in the streets, and took him for a checkup at a veterinary clinic, Vet Point.

The vet discovered that little Scribble’s limp was from being repeatedly kicked.

Sidewalk Specials convinced Hill’s Nutrition and TV station SABC 3 to feature Scribble on the Expresso Morning Show.

Happily, a family in Johannesburg saw Scribble and fell in love with him.

So Scribble boarded a plane to Johannesburg and met his forever family.

H/t PawMyGosh

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~Eowyn

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The Epiphany: The Magi and the Christmas Star

Matthew 2:1-2, 9-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”

And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

The Oxford Dictionaries defines “ephiphany” (with a small “e”) as “a moment of sudden revelation or insight” and “a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being”. The word “Epiphany” (with a capital “E”) refers to “the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi”.

Today is the great feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the Magi — an event that had been foretold in Isaiah 60:1-6 some 800 years before the birth of Christ.

Isaiah 60:1-6

Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you….
Nations shall walk by your light,
and kings by your shining radiance.
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you….
Then…the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.
Caravans of camels shall fill you,
dromedaries from Midian and Ephah;
all from Sheba shall come
bearing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of the Lord.

The Magi were wise men — non-Hebrew pagans from the East. Bearing gifts fit for a king — those of gold, frankincense, and myrrh — their coming to Jerusalem to pay homage to “the king of the Jews” shows that they seek in the messianic light of the Christmas star, the one who will be king of all nations.

It is noteworthy that the first creatures to see the newborn Jesus were his human parents, Mary and Joseph; angels on high; humble farm animals; lowly shepherds; and Gentiles — the Magi.

The Epiphany, therefore, signifies the manifestation of Jesus as Son of God and Savior of the world — not just the Old Testament‘s oft-prophesied messiah of the Jews. God is not a tribal deity, exclusive to only the so-called “chosen people”. Jesus the Christ came for Jews and Gentiles. He came for all of us, no matter our race, gender, language, country, or creed.

As St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians 3:6:

[T]he Gentiles are coheirs,
members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise
in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Noteworthy also is the fact that the Magi, as the first Gentiles to find Jesus, were also the first Gentiles to receive His salvific grace. As recounted in Matthew 2:12:

And having been warned in a dream
not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country
by another way.

By the way, astronomers, using software programs reproducing the night sky exactly as it was thousands of years ago, have determined there really was a Christmas Star or Star of Bethlehem. David Reneke, news editor of Australia’s Sky and Space Magazine, said: “We found out something startling. It looks like the ‘Christmas star’ really did exist.”

It’s generally accepted by most researchers that Christ was born between 3 BC and 1 AD. On 12 August, 3 BC, Jupiter and Venus appeared very close together just before sunrise, appearing as bright morning stars. It would have been visible in the eastern dawn sky of the Middle East from about 3:45 to 5:20 a.m.

But it didn’t stop there. The crowning touch came ten months later, on 17 June 2 BC, Venus and Jupiter joined up again in the constellation Leo. This time the two planets were so close that, without the use of our modern optical aids, they would have looked like one single, brilliant star.

Venus is known as the planet of love; Jupiter as the planet of kings; and Leo denotes royalty and power.

See these other cases of science confirming Biblical accounts:

May the joy of the Epiphany and the peace and love of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, be with you!

~Eowyn

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Elephant visits her injured dog-buddy every day

St. Bonaventure called animals “creatures without sin”.

Time and time again, animals of different species would befriend each other.

One such pair, Tara the elephant and Bella the dog, lived in the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

Tara and Bella were best friends.

But Bella injured her back and was confined indoors while she healed.

So Tara visited the dog every day for three weeks.

Sadly, Bella passed in 2011.

H/t PawMyGosh

~Eowyn

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Rescue puppy became SPPD’s official ‘cuddles officer’ Sgt. Fuzz

Source: SPPD Facebook

In the bitter winter cold of St. Paul, Minnesota, police found a homeless mommy dog and her babies outside a farm.

The St. Paul Police Department (SPPD) kept one of the pups, who became their official cuddles officer, Sgt. Fuzz.

As reported by WCCO CBS4 Minnesota, 11-week-old Sgt. Fuzz has two very important jobs: He helps officers and crime-victims via cuddles, and serves as a community icebreaker.

Reserve Officer Kathryn Smith said: “Some of the things that officers have to deal with on a daily basis, he would just come in and give them attention and kind of get their mind off of it.”

Unlike K-9s or other working dogs that the SPPD brings to community events who should not be petted, Sgt. Fuzz is all about being petted.

Officer Armando Abla-Reyes said: “We want to reach more of our community, we love talking to our community, we want to meet more members of our community. And what better than to bring a nice, cute-looking dog like this to be able to help us do that.”  Officer Jean Barber said Sgt. Fuzz visited about 50 people who “all thanked me for bringing him down because some of them didn’t have a good day, so this brightened up their day.”

H/t PawMyGosh

~Eowyn

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Sunday Funnies: How to pet-proof your Christmas tree

Wrap it in plastic.

Guard the tree with the Vacuum Monster.

Put the tree behind bars.

Denude the tree of ornaments or branches (although that kinda defeat the purpose of having a tree).

Hang the tree upside down from the ceiling.

Put the tree on top of or inside a piece of furniture.

Or banish the tree outside.

And my favorite: Use an abstraction of a Christmas tree and ornaments instead. LOL

H/t PawMyGosh

~Eowyn

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Are you as smart as an African Grey Parrot?

You’ll be surprised by how you measure up. 😉

Parrots and crows are among the smartest of birds.

The African Grey Parrot (or just Grey parrot) is a medium-sized, predominantly grey, black-billed, red-tailed parrot, weighing 0.88 lb, with a length of around 13 in. and a wingspan of 18–20 in. A native of equatorial Africa, these parrots may live for 40–60 years in captivity, although their mean lifespan in the wild is shorter, about 23 years.

These parrots are one of the most popular avian pets, prized for these ability to mimic human speech. Grey parrots are also highly intelligent, as shown in experients:

  • Grey parrots perform at the cognitive level of a 4- to 6-year-old human child in some tasks.
  • The parrots can learn number sequences and can associate human voices with those humans’ faces.
  • Dr. Irene Pepperberg‘s work with Alex the parrot showed his ability to learn over 100 words, differentiating between objects, colors, materials, and shapes.
  • A recent study found that Grey parrots possess probabilistic reasoning, being able to make inferences about a sample based on information from a population. (Journal of Comparative Psychology)

Researchers have put African Grey Parrots through all kinds of intelligence tests. Baba Mail has one such test — a 12-question test that you’ll have to answer at least 10 of the questions correctly to outsmart African Grey Parrots.

Take this hint seriously:

Pay close attention to the photos in each question and try to memorize everything you see.

To take the quiz, click here.

How did you do?

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