One way that a lot of people die is by going out in the snow to ride sleighs, partying too hard, and then getting frostbite and hypothermia. BEWARE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! you’ll be safe if you drink a lot of hot cocoa, probably.
The New Yorker has released a special animated cover by cartoonist Chris Ware in collaboration with This American Life for the December 7, 2015 issue. The cartoon visualizes a story by Hanna Rosin that was recorded for the recent This American Life episode “Regrets, I’ve Had a Few” but did not make the final edit.
image via The New Yorker
The West Japan Railway Company recently partnered with the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, to implement a strategy to make the tracks safer for native turtles who often get caught between the rails when trying to cross. Stuck turtles create a hazard, not only to themselves, but also can cause dangerous situations for the humans on the train. The turtles can also cause damage to the railways and the trains. To remedy the situation, the partnership created tiny channels that run under the tracks and are terrapin, human and train-friendly, which was was put to use on April 10, 2015 after experimentation proved helpful. So far, the system has save 10 turtles.
(translated) A turtle was put into a U-shaped groove, a method for safely securing the animal. Turtle rescue equipment was installed in April this year and because it helped 10 turtles in April-August, perhaps it will be considered to have avoided 10 accidents to the railroad.
image via Suma Aqualife Park
The original version of the song premiered on the December 3, 1994 episode of Saturday Night Live. Part 2 was recorded for Sandler’s album Stan and Judy’s Kid, and Part 3 was included on the soundtrack to Sandler’s animated film Eight Crazy Nights and features Rob Schneider and The Drei-Dels children’s choir.
At last! TMBG is returning to the world of kids stuff! You might have heard some of the tracks previewed on Dial-A-Song, but we can now confirm the arrival of a fantastic set of 18 new songs called Why? What kind of album is Why? Well, it’s not bad for you but it’s not good for you either. It’s just about fun, like TMBG’s first kids album No! Why? is memorable songs in family-friendly package with none of that pandering aftertaste.
Like previous TMBG kid productions it’s a family affair with John Flansburgh’s wife Robin “Goldie” Goldwasser singing a couple of tracks, while bassist Danny Weinkauf, joined by his daughter, steps up to the mic for the song Elephants. Alison Cowles, the daughter longtime video animation collaborator David Cowles (The Mesopotamians, We Live in a Dump, Science is Real) has contributed all the illustrations for the album. Right out of the gate TMBG hits the listener with the odd brilliance of “Oh You Did” through the folkie charm of “Out of A Tree,” the full rocking of “Or So I Have Read” the perky “I Just Want to Dance,” and wrapping things up with the optimism of “Then The Kids Took Over.” Why? has everything to delight both kids and parents.
While vacationing in the Bahamas with his friend Scott, an amusingly stubborn man named John repeatedly responded in kind to a playful dolphin at Dolphin Encounters, who spit water at him whenever he went in for a kiss.
On our recent cruise to the Bahamas, we went on a Dolphin Encounter off an island near Nassau. During a kiss from a dolphin, we could not believe it when the dolphin just kept spitting water back at John.
The online retailer Steiff Shop is offering an Alpaca Teddy Taurus, a half-teddy bear/half-horse stuffed toy. The hybrid creature is made of alpaca and features posable wires in the legs. The Steiff Shop website lists the item as a Steiff product, but we were unable to find the Teddy Taurus listed on the official Steiff site.
photo via Steiff Shop