Amazing Small Wild Cats [Nina Reznick]

Forget the lions and tigers, these prowling felines have much more to tell us about the natural world

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Margay

The margay is among the many small, spotted cats of Central and South America, but this nocturnal hunter has a clever ability that hasn’t yet been seen in any of its neighbors.

Margays are adept at hunting among the rainforest trees, where they try to nab anything from frogs to squirrels. But the cat is also capable of setting a trap. A 2009 study reported that a margay mimicked the call of a small monkey called a pied tamarin to lure the primate closer. The cat’s attempt was foiled that time, but the fact that the margay tried to fool the monkeys shows that it’s a very clever kitty.

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Bay Cat

Borneo’s bay cat is so elusive that it took over a century before researchers got a chance to study a live one in detail. Covered in striking, rust-red fur with white under the tail and face stripes, this cat was officially named  in 1874 on the basis of a skull and torn skin sent to England by the famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace. 

Naturalists didn’t have a chance to study a live one until a bay cat was captured in 1992, and the cat remains so difficult to find that researchers know very little about how this secretive cat actually lives. The fact that the cat is so difficult to find is all the more frustrating because conservationists list the felid as endangered. The deforestation of Borneo may wipe out the bay cat before scientists get a chance to find out more about it. 



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Serval

Found among the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa, the serval looks like a cat on stilts. Immediately recognizable by its long legs and large, rounded ears, this graceful felid’s stretched-out look is perfectly suited to detecting and pouncing on prey in the tall grass. Capable of jumping 12 feet into the air, servals can nab fleeing birds in mid-air and get the drop of scurrying small mammals. And this cat’s genetic legacy isn’t restricted to the savannah. Cat breeders have created a domestic cat-serval cross called the Savannah cat, and they’ve become accepted enough that The International Cat Association now recognizes them as a championship breed.





Pallas’ Cat

These felines are the original grumpy cats. Found over a wide swath of central Asia, Pallas’ cats have short ears and fluffy faces that give them a perpetually miffed look. That’s befitting their temperament – like many other small felids, Pallas’ cats are mainly solitary hunters that wait in ambush until an unwary pika or partridge comes within pouncing range. Sadly, though, these puffy cats are coming under increasing threat. While currently listed as near threatened, continued hunting, accidental poisoning, and habitat degradation complicate the Pallas’ cat’s future.

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More Things You See Only in Dubai [via Nina Reznick]

11. Bikes with a serious amount of horsepower.

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12. Lamborghini cop cars.

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13. Seriously, don’t mess.


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14. Cops busting themselves.


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15. Road hogs.


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16. Reeeeeeeaaallllly double-wides.


Day In Dubai 15 35 Things You See Every Day In Dubai17. Stand-up paddle boarders.
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18. People walking their camels.


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19. Bizarre balancing acts icon sad 35 Things You See Every Day In Dubai

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20. Cell phones worth more than your house.

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21. ATMs spitting out gold.

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Things You See Only In Dubai [via Nina Reznick]

As one of the world’s most popular holiday destination, Dubai has firmly established itself as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to tourism. Below are a few of many things you can see when you are in Dubai.

1. Guys texting and driving with their pets.

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2. Strange dogs hanging out of windows.

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3. People getting taken for walks by their pets.

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4. Pets getting exotic snacks.


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5. Supercar traffic jams.


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6. Smart solutions to traffic jams.
Day In Dubai 5 35 Things You See Every Day In Dubai7. Pets on boats.
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8. Parked camels.


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9. Car park attendants you don’t want to mess with.


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10. Backseat drivers you back away from.

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If you love trees ... [via Nina Reznick]

The oldest tree on earth, great basin bristle cone pine, Oldest trees, over 5000 years old, in California
The oldest tree on earth, great basin bristle cone pine, Oldest trees, over 5000 years old, in California

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If you love trees ... [via Nina Reznick]




Trees are the oldest and the largest living things on earth.  Some are weird, some extraordinary, some gorgeous, and some shaped by the human hand to fascinate and amuse. Please enjoy these  images–or better yet, take a walk in the woods and greet them in person with appreciation.


 2000 years old tree in South Africa known as tree of life (Baobab)





Trees are the oldest and the largest living things on earth.  Some are weird, some extraordinary, some gorgeous, and some shaped by the human hand to fascinate and amuse. Please enjoy these  images–or better yet, take a walk in the woods and greet them in person with appreciation.

As Patricia Hays suggested in the comments below, if you’re inclined, you can listen to Paul Robeson sing about trees while you meander through this post.  Thanks to Tom Reiter for forwarding the link.
 2000 years old tree in South Africa known as tree of life (Baobab)
2000 years old tree in South Africa known as tree of life (Baobab)

The oldest tree on earth, great basin bristle cone pine, Oldest trees, over 5000 years old, in California
The oldest tree on earth, great basin bristle cone pine, Oldest trees, over 5000 years old, in California

General Sherman tree, Sequoia Redwood, the largest living single-stem tree and largest living organism on earth in California
General Sherman tree, Sequoia Redwood, the largest living single-stem tree and largest living organism on earth in California

 

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 Jabuticaba, a Brazilian grape tree The fruit grows directly from the trunk and branches of the tree.
Jabuticaba, a Brazilian grape tree The fruit grows directly from the trunk and branches of the tree.  


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Dog Tricks [via Cacciatore ]


I bet your dog can't do this.



KJA: She’s never met me so she obviously thinks of me as a 6’4” Scandinavian with blonde hair and blue eyes.

L.C.: I’ve met you, and that’s what I think.


The Nelson Mandela Sculpture in Howick KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.

The artist of the sculpture is Marco Cianfanelli. The sculpture is made up of 50 poles that symbolize the 50th Anniversary of his arrest in Howick KwaZulu-Natal. The poles range in height from 5 meters to 10 meters. When one walks through the poles, the practical pattern gives the effect of a gunshot which symbolizes the political uprising of the ANC . The Length of the sculpture is 20 meters. The front of the sculpture is a portrait of Mandela, it has vertical bars which represents his imprisonment. The portrait of Mandela can only be viewed at 35 meters from the front of the sculpture when all the poles line up. 

Just Write It! A fantasy author and his impatient fans

 George R. R. Martin’s story suggests a new sense of what an author owes his readers.

In the six years since [his last book], some of Martin’s fans have grown exceedingly restless. The same blogging culture that allows a fantasy writer like Neil Gaiman to foster a sense of intimacy with his readers can also expose an author to relentless scrutiny when they become discontented. Fans desperate to find out what happened to Martin characters like Tyrion Lannister—a smart, cynical dwarf born into one of the most powerful families in the Seven Kingdoms—found it irksome to check Martin’s Web site for updates about the series’ fifth book, “A Dance with Dragons,” and find instead postings about sports or politics. They began to complain in the comments section of Martin’s blog and on Westeros.org.

As the chief moderator of Westeros.org, García deleted forum posts that he regarded as “not constructive,” including increasingly wild speculation about the cause of the delay and the ultimate fate of the series. Martin’s blog was similarly monitored. Even so, the discontent soon spilled over into other platforms—from science-fiction and fantasy forums to discussion boards on Amazon.com. One poster wrote, “George R. R. Martin, you suck. . . . Pull your fucking typewriter out of your ass and start fucking typing.” Another joked that Martin had written a book called “How to Cash in Big Time After You Write Half a Series.” Such invective has flourished even after Martin, in early March, announced that “A Dance with Dragons” will finally be published on July 12th. One skeptic, posting on Amazon.com, said of the release date, “Don’t hold your breath on this one unless you like passing out.”

An entire community of apostates—a shadow fandom—is now devoted to taunting Martin, his associates, and readers who insist that he has been hard at work on the series and has the right to take as much time as he needs. Even Gaiman got dragged into the feud when he responded, on his own blog, to an inquiry about Martin’s tardiness by issuing this reproof: “George R. R. Martin is not your bitch.”

The online attacks on Martin suggest that some readers have a new idea about what an author owes them. They see themselves as customers, not devotees, and they expect prompt, consistent service. Martin, who is sixty-two, told me that Franck calls the disaffected readers the Entitlement Generation: “He thinks they’re all younger people, teens and twenties. And that their generation just wants what they want, and they want it now. If you don’t give it to them, they’re pissed off.”

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Check out 28Towns In Italy You Won't Believe Are Real Places [via cacciatore]

1. Burano

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2. Lake Como

3. San Quirico d’Orcia

4. Venice

5. Odle Mountain, Dolomites

6. Sorrento

8. Lipari

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9. Portofino

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10. Monte Lussari

11. Manarola

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12. Urbino

13. Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

14. Burgos, Sardegna

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15. Orta San Giulio

16. Verona

17. Positano

19. Alberobello

20. Cala Gonone, Sardegna

21. Misurina Lake

22. Scilla

24. Sant’Agata de’ Goti

26. San Leo

28. Cala Dogana, Levanzo

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