In the beginning of things men were animals and animals men. ~ Algonquin saying

"For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons." ~ The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Coon Dong: Root and Bone Apothecary

If you need a raccoon penis bone for you spell doings, here's the place:Root and Bone Apothecary

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dogs: The Latest in High Tech Para-tainment

My new Trickster's Realm column is up now at Tim Binnall's place. Be sure to read all the great columns over there. Plus, Greg Bishop is the most recent audio guest. Lots to explore at Binnall of America: Animals react to the strange in their own eerie ways. UFO lore, ghost tales and Bigfoot stories are full of examples of how their animals, mainly dogs, reacted to "something." Something usually unseen by the human witness. Barking wildly at something out there. Or, cowering under the bed. Cats hiss and flee, sometimes the family dog takes off and is never seen again. Sometimes their bodies are found; tragic demise; from Sasquatch?

Dogs, cats and other animals alert us to something...something alien, something ghostly, something definitely weird. We watch and listen to the animals, waiting, wanting, hoping to see what they see. Often times we never do see what it is they're reacting to. We just know they are. We too often sense something is wrong, something is there, and heed the animals in our lives, listening to their anomalous responses to this ... something.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

11 killer whales free after being 'locked' in ice, mayor says - World News

11 killer whales free after being 'locked' in ice, mayor says - World News
Eleven killer whales that were “locked in” by ice in a Canadian bay, with only a small area of open water for them to surface, are now apparently free, possibly due to a change in current that helped break open a path to the sea, the mayor of a nearby village said Thursday.
Two scouts sent to check on the killer whales around 8 a.m. local time found a passage of water had been created in Hudson Bay all of the way to the open sea – nearly 25 miles away -- and the ice hole that the marine mammals had been trapped in was empty, said Petah Inukpuk, mayor of Inukjuak, a remote Inuit village home to 1,800, in Quebec.
“They are free. They are no longer here. When there is a new moon, the water current is activated. It could have helped … completely trap them, but in this case it caused an open passage out to the open water,” he told NBC News, adding that they probably were freed overnight. “It was mother nature that helped them. ... They are no longer icelocked.”

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Birdsong Stirs Birds' 'Emotions' Much As Music Affects Humans, Brain Imaging Study Suggests

Of course they do!
Birdsong Stirs
Birds' 'Emotions' Much As Music Affects Humans, Brain Imaging Study Suggests
Birds can sing. They can dance. And they may even experience an emotional response to music similar to humans.

A new study from Emory University in Atlanta found that when birds hear birdsong, their brains show activity similar to that seen in humans when they listen to music.