The German Shepherd has won Best in Show at Westminster only once, in 1987. The Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever have never won.
Plague Rises in Africa
More grain planting in Africa, combined with dry thatched roofs, means more rodents and more black plague. The recent flurry of articles about the plague originally being carried by gerbils is nonsense, and shows lack of understanding of how and where black rats lived in the Middle Ages. They lived up high, in warm dry thatched roofs -- hence the term "roof rat." The "oriental rat fleas" (Xenopsylla cheopis) on these black roof rats originated in Mongolia among Tarvag (tarvaga), and it is the flea on the Tarvag that first carried Yersinia pestis to Europe, probably in the form of Tarvag skins used in shoe-making, as marmot hides are very tough. Along with Tarvag and black rats, the Xenopsylla cheopis flea can also be carried by American prarie dogs, but the wet and cold that we have here in the eastern part of the U.S. keeps the plague out of our local groundhog population.
Faith Trumped by Fact on GMO
Bill Nye ran on faith and ignorance. Then, after 10 years, he actually went and got the facts. And then he shifted his position. Because faith always folds to facts, or else it's not science. Read the whole thing.
Hell on Wheels
This who have watched "Hell on Wheels" will recognize the character. More real in that series than you would imagine!
Cloning Now-Extinct Species Will Someday Be Possible
A frozen baby woolly rhino has been uncovered in Siberia.
Maryland is a Horrible Place
Maryland is a horrible place and Virginia is even worse. Full of ticks, Lyme disease, and drunken hillbillies. It's like Deliverance, but without the good soundtrack. Stay away!
Kiss Me, I'm Vaccinated
Great shirt. And half profits to UNICEF for vaccines. Do it!
Anti-Vaxxers are Dangerous
In 2013, measles killed more kids than car accidents or AIDS.
Congressman and His Family Are Dangerous
The tree of stupid is (eventually) self-pruning: GOP Chair of House Science and Tech Subcommittee: I Didn't Vaccinate My Kids