Thursday, March 21, 2019

First Icebreaker of Sping

CCGS Pierre Radisson breaks ice near Clark Island in St. Lawrence, east of Cornwall, Ontario, March 21, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Monday, March 18, 2019

Piastres not in use in Ontario

I was speaking to a store clerk in French today and I used the term "10 piasse" (Ten dollars) and she blinked a little and corrected me to 'dix dollars' - I thought about it and realized I only heard piastres in Quebec (I haven't spent much time further east so I cannot say if it is in use in New Brunswick.) After looking a little on the internet, I see that "piastres" was on dollar notes issued by banks in Lower Canada and Quebec in the 19th century, and the word comes ultimately from the Spanish 'peso'. The Spanish had found large amounts of silver in the Americas and their coinage dominated much of the world - even the Japanese yen derives from Spanish and Mexican coins that were in circulation in Asia.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

First buzzard of spring!

They're back! A big mass of black rose up off the ground where it probably was eating something - I thought it was a turkey at first but it flew way up in the tree.
Turkey Vulture, Urubu à tête rouge, Cathartes aura,

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Barred Owl on hydro line

Barred Owl, Strix varia, Chouette rayée
Seen on hydro line after sunset

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Baby two-toed sloth Choloepus and other animals

Crested Gecko, Correlophus ciliatus,  Gecko à crête
Sleeping ferrets

Baby Skunk. I learn they get eaten by owls.

 Gray Ratsnake, Pantherophis spiloides, Couleuvre obscure

Cathartes aura , Turkey Vulture, Urubu à tête rouge, vautour aura

Saturday, March 2, 2019

No, that's not a talking fish from Minnesota

Fishing in Hawk’s Lake near Clarkson, Minnesota in 1971, Jim Hughes, 16, landed what he thought was a ‘really big, ugly fish.’ He dropped it after unhooking it when it said, ‘Hurts! Hurts!’ in a clear, deep voice. It then slid back into the lake. Pic taken by his brother, Bill Hughes, 19, who said he heard it too. Both claimed it had ‘man-like hands with fingers—and blue eyes.’ It scared the 'holy crap’ out of them"
There is no "Hawk's Lake" or "Clarkson, Minnesota" listed on current maps and other sources.
The fish in the photo is a blobfish, Psychrolutes marcidus, and the original photo can be found on the cover of a children's book,THE BLOBFISH Do Your Kids Know This?: A Children's Picture Book (Amazing Creature Series) (Volume 39). It's been reversed and turned into black and white for the hoax meme. The blobfish,  a deep water fish found in seas around Australia and New Zealand, is not known to be able to survive in freshwater lakes. It also swells up due to decompression when it is brought up from its natural habitat of around a kilometre deep.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Dottie, Ice fishers, Chickadee

 Dottie in the sun
 Ice fishers at mouth of Raisin (or Black) River, South Lancaster, Ontario, Lake St. Francis 
Chickadee with sunflower seed

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Monday, January 21, 2019

Amaryllis, Squirrel, Rusty on the edge

 The multiple petal amaryllis is a split-off bulb, I think from the one behind it - I don't know how the flowers changed shape.
 Rusty likes to live on the edge
Red squirrel

Sunday, January 20, 2019

No, the fat little boy with the guns is not serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

The earliest internet copy of this I could find appears on an eBay listing that ended August 29, 2013, as "75lb. Two Year Old 1940 WEIRD VINTAGE BIZARRE Press Photo " from a company that sells historic press photos. John Wayne Gacy was born in 1942, so this can't be him. The cutline on the back of the photo says that the baby is 2 years old, named Charles Hudson, son of Mr and Mrs Henry Hudson, and is in good health, and the dateline is Forth Worth, Texas, 3-8-40, (August 3, 1940) .

copy via Pinterest

 This is a photo that ran in newspapers - it used to be that chubbier infants were considered healthy and would often be entered in 'Bonny Baby' contests, such as in this British Pathé newsreel from 1931, which showed a baby that looks about one year old with the caption "Fair, fat - and forty - (pounds!)"

In early posts of this photo, no mention is made of Gacy, like this Got Funny Pictures entry for July 8, 2014, entitled A Little Tony Soprano in the Making or this entry from Imgur date September 15, 2016, If USA was i (sic) child it would be this little fat bastard .
It may be that someone thought that this looked like the adult Gacy, who was obese and had gray hair, but real photos of Gacy as a child show him as having much darker hair and being thin:
And unlike the fat baby, he looks very unhappy - he was abused physically by his father, according to his sister.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Random dog pics

Bongo visits a scientist, University of Guelph

 No dogs on the patio! Maybe Montreal or Toronto
Dog on balcony, Stratford, Ontario


Amaryllis in the snow

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The End of The Earth

The End of The Earth on my GPS. Really, there's no there there. Or nothing there. Or not there.