The Daily Word in Nude Clowns, Fast Food Ghosts and Anti-Martian Sentiment
Here's your spooky video of the day: A snake catching cave bats. Enjoy.
A Burger King in Queens, NY dressed their entire building as the "ghost of McDonald's."
Edward Snowden tells journalists to become more "adversarial" when lobbying against state-sponsored surveillance. Technological countermeasures are not enough.
A woman from Alabama was arrested after police received calls of a partially or fully nude female wearing clown make-up and chasing cars.
The mayor of a French town refuses to lift their ban on flying saucers. If any are found, they will be impounded. And don't let the sun set on your green ass, either.
Artist Chris Locke has made a sweet how-to-draw book that looks pretty promising. Check it out.
Saturday, Oct 22: Naturalist Series: Bats Found Around the World
The Daily Word in Slave Labor, NASA and Honeybees
A new study gives insight into treating anxiety disorders. Scientists determine that the key isn't simply lowering cortisol levels in the brain, it's lowering them in particular areas of the brain.
NASA always seems to be working on something mind-blowing and certainly larger than life. These days, it's a mission for a spacecraft called Osiris-Rex. Ever wondered what ingredients were involved in the making of the solar system? This spacecraft aims to follow a 500 meter, carbon-rich asteroid holding the answers.
Coffee is an essential component in many Americans' lives, but how much do you think about the origin of your precious roast? Not to put a damper on your beautiful, caffeinated morning but you can most likely thank slave labor for that latte.
Wake me up when the election ends.
I can almost smell musty pages and feel the buzzing yearning for knowledge from here.
In an attempt to kill mosquitoes carrying Zika virus, an aerial pesticide sprayed in South Carolina killed millions of honeybees. The sweet creatures crawled from their hives to escape the poison but died just outside the entrance.
It's bat season! Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to hundreds of bats that head to Mexico when the weather gets chilly (so, right about now). Before you take a road trip to watch them pour out of the caves at dusk, here's some info about these little winged creatures.
Would you run 8.8 miles to school every day while barefoot? This guy would (and did). Read about the importance of education to Uganda native James Arinaitwe, who gladly took the lengthy journey to learn in his youth.
The Daily Word in Street Art, Prosthetic Limbs and Space
Portuguese graffiti artists have taken their work to a whole new dimension.
A town supervisor in New York is looking towards environmentally friendly ways to combat viruses carried by mosquitoes. More specifically, getting help from our nocturnal, vision-impaired friends. Have you thanked a bat today?
Australia's complicated voting system leaves citizens with no clue who won the election, 48 hours later.
Inspired by a generation of praising computer-like accuracy, scientists reevaluate child-rearing methods in a new book and discuss the importance of communication and encouraging questions.
Police departments in some cities are exploring the possibility of texting for help in situations where making calls might feel too risky.
A 9-year-old girl who was born without a right hand was given a prosthetic arm from students at Sienna College. Complete with a Frozen theme.
Winter's Feather Forecast
Saturday, Jan 9: Winter Bird and Bat Festival
The Daily Word in donuts, rabies and the Italian mob
A Texas resident was the first person to have a partial skull and scalp transplant.
Happy Donut Day! Here are a few creative ways to show your love for donuts.
In local news, a Walmart shopper on Coors unknowingly gave a rabid bat-hitchhiker a lift on her motorized wheelchair.
A man broke into a home in Hobbs, baked himself a potato, and did some yard work.
A 91-year-old man backed into a garage door for kicks.
Several dozen politicians and mobsters were arrested in Rome yesterday as the Mayor cracks down on organized crime.
Two years after he blew the whistle on the NSA, Edward Snowden is seeing the fruits of his efforts.
The Daily Word in Beck, brains, vaginas and soy sauce
Exculpating evidence suggests no criminal charges will be filed in the Bruce Jenner traffic fatality.
Kanye tried to interrupt Beck’s Grammy Award accpetance speech.
I am so tired of all the complaining.
What would you pay for Abe Lincolns hair?
Learn how to escape from a moving car.
When you microwave humans the brains are always cold in the middle.
Goodbye, Tent City.
A shoplifter was shot on Menaul.
Happy birthday, Brian Donlevy.
You're probably cleaning your vagina all wrong.
Your Samsung TV might be spying on you. No, seriously. It's listening.
It's a sad day for Chinese food and fast locomotives.
Blood type and brain function: something else to worry about.
Ozzy Osbourne's bat karma has caught up to him.
Darth Vader's toilet is free on Craigslist in Albuquerque.
The Daily Word in Branson, Bronson, bats and bands.
Space tourism may not happpen.
Brittany Maynard decided to die.
The World Trade Center is open for business.
You can buy a Microsoft Band right now, if you want.
Relax to the soothing sounds of bats.
Bats invaded a courthouse in Utah.
It’s a good time to learn more about bats.
Hyundai/Kia will pay $360 million for lying about fuel economy.
Daredevil Nik Wallenda survived his latest tightrope stunt in Chicago.
Meanwhile, an extreme sports enthusiast laughed in the face of danger by impulsively jumping onto a floating whale carcass surrounded by sharks.
A new “ruby slippers” app allows you to trigger responses on your phone by clicking your heels.
Taylor Swift removed her music from Spotify.
Here are some ideas for your next stupid rock band tattoo.
Alexandra Greenwall’s disappearance and return remain shrouded in mystery.
The DOJ/APD settlement agreement aims to overhaul law enforcement practices in Albuquerque.
Happy birthday, Charles Bronson.
The Daily Word in gay marriage, rabid bats and stolen balloons.
The Supreme Court rejected appeals from five states seeking to ban gay marriage.
A rabid bat attacked a guitar-playing camper on video.
Get ready for a new nine-episode Twin Peaks series.
The BTK killer is writing a book about his exploits.
The Coast Guard rescued a man inside a plastic bubble who was trying to run from Florida to Bermuda inside it.
Test your knowledge of Motorhead.
A balloon was stolen from the Nativo Lodge.
A shooting threat ruined Homecoming for Cibola High School.
Marble Brewery won big at the Great American Beer Festival.
Happy birthday, Matthew Sweet.
What Sounds Sexy to a Moth?
¡Viva la Science!
Moths avoid bats. It’s nothing personal, just an understandable desire not to get devoured. In the perpetual evolutionary arms race between the nocturnal creatures, moths seem to have developed ears for the sole purpose of hearing bats’ echolocation cries—because if you want to avoid becoming someone’s midnight snack, getting wind of their approach is key.
Do you remember that part in Dead Poets Society where Robin Williams asks his students why language was invented? “To communicate,” suggests one. “No!” he replies, “To woo women.” Well, humans aren’t the only mammals that have a way of making everything about sex. Until recently, scientists believed that moths could hear sounds, but not produce them. Turns out, though, that most male moths make sounds when they want to engage in a little nookie. And not just any sounds, either—their calls are distinctly bat-like.
A sensory physiology researcher from the University of Southern Denmark, along with colleagues from the University of Tokyo, has been studying two different species of moths to find out exactly how sound is used for courtship. It’s not quite the same for everyone.
In the Asian corn borer, a moth much prettier than it sounds, males make a call that’s indistinguishable from a bat’s hunting cry. Females instinctively freeze at the sound, making it harder for the bats to find them. But in Asian corn borer society, immobility apparently equals consent, because when a female holds still, that’s when the magic of reproduction can happen.
On the other hand, male Japanese lichen moths also make sounds like bats gone a’hunting. But the females of that species aren’t fooled—they can tell the difference between a bat and a suitor. The sound the males make, then, has evolved into a specific mating call.
“The acoustic communication between bats and moths is a textbook example of the interaction between predator and prey,” says Annemarie Surlykke, the researcher from Denmark. “However, our studies show how such a system can evolve, so also moths use their ability to hear and produce sounds to communicate sexually and that they have developed many different ways of doing it. It is a beautiful example of evolutionary diversity.”
If you were wondering how moths can make sounds like bats without attracting their mortal enemies, the key seems to be volume. Moths essentially whisper their calls while only inches apart, whereas bats are pretty much just screaming through the night sky. Spooky! Since we humans aren’t equipped to hear any of it, you’ll just have to imagine what sweet nothings moths murmur to one another.
Source: Science Daily
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #250: A white bat flies from the light pole.
I sit with my dad at night on a pickup truck tailgate in front of our house. A white bat flies from the light pole across the street. It lands on my hand. I turn him upside down and it reaches up and bites me. My arm goes numb.
The Daily Word in Leap Years, wins for Romney and APS lockdown
Kick out the jams, it's Leap Day!
Catholic priest in Washington D.C. denies lesbian communion at her mother's funeral mass, leaves during eulogy.
Romney manages to win in Michigan and Arizona.
Lockdown at 5 APS schools after student found with gun.
Was that the dean from "Community" accepting an Oscar on Sunday?
I'm sorry, but this is just jacked.
McDonald's newest/saddest sandwich is the McBaguette.
The Pirate Bay replaces all torrent links with magnet links, nothing really changes.
Women's health experts discuss birth control.
Kickstarter poised to provide more arts funding than the National Endowment of the Arts.
Was Elvis' manager, Colonel Parker a murderer?
New bat species discovered in Vietnam.
After seeing these official LEGO Avengers sets, I'm still not sure who the villains in the movie are going to be.
Nice collection of unproduced Star Wars merchandise.
Is it even possible to fix The Phantom Menace? (YES!)
"The Wire" wind up toys you'll never see in your happy meal.
Say it with me: umami
The Daily Word in Labor Day history, Canada's crazy week, and more vintage sexism.
Family trio jailed in Alamogordo murder case.
Lobos lose opening game to CSU Rams 14-10.
Be sure to check your cheap laptops before you take them home just to, ya know, make sure they aren't really stacks of paper wrapped in duct tape.
Man sues his coworkers for his share of their $99 million lotto winnings.
California PhD student swears off mirrors for a year.
Jose Maldonado caught a fairy (yeah, thanks, Nick Brown).
New "demon" bat species found in Taiwan.
"So you admit it! Your coffee really is murder!" Men being rude to their wives about bad coffee in vintage commercials.
The Daily Word says farewell to bats, Osama bin Laden, Meredith Viera and the Morning Fix.
Bin Laden and Hitler were both declared dead on May 1.
Pro wrestler John Cena announces bin Laden’s death.
One guy announced that Obama died.
I thought this was funny. Here’s a link for “best jokes at the Whitehouse Correspondents’ Dinner.”
Fare thee well, Meredith Viera. We never knew ye. Really.
Upcoming elections in Germany are hidden.
Learn how to make big slices from small pizzas. Mmm! Triangles! And semi-circles!
Colorado politicians lobby to make adultery legal. Schocking.
It's the end of the Morning Fix at DCF.
Richard P. Woodsum died in a small plane smash.
Happy birthday, Jo Ann Pflug.
Thanks for the links, Tom Nayder.