Seriously, though, it’s encouraging to know that, decades after the ban on hunting went into …

Seriously, though, it’s encouraging to know that, decades after the ban on hunting went into effect, the humpback whale population has rebounded so successfully that most populations are no longer threatened by extinction. The world population is an order or magnitude greater than it was in the mid-1980s.

The Plan to Save the Humpback Whales—and How It Succeeded

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Star Trek IV, imagining the whales’ reaction at the end

Wow! We’re in the open sea! And we talked to aliens! And the humans have stopped hunting us! And they’ve stopped polluting the oceans! This is AWESOME!

Well, except for the whole thing with us being the only humpback whales on the planet. But it’s not like we were really able to talk to much of anyone from the aquarium to begin with.

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Star Trek IV, imagining the whales’ conversation with the probe

— Hey! We’re still here! Or, we’re back, anyway!
— Oh, good! What happened to you? We’ve been trying to reach you for ages.
— Apparently the humans killed us all.
— Wait, they did WHAT?
— Well, some of them did. But some of them brought us through time to make up for it. They won’t kill us now.
— They’d BETTER NOT!
— I think we’re OK now.
— *sigh* OK, good to know. We’ll go report back. Keep in touch.
— Thanks!

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L.A. Comic-Con is officially re-cancelled for the year

Whew! L.A. Comic-Con is officially re-cancelled for the year, with some of the guests already scheduled for 2021. Tickets can optionally be refunded or saved for next year. The more I think about it, the more I think they were hoping to get at least some revenue in this year, even if it ends up being just a super-early pre-sale for next fall.

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covid, reptiles, funny

Manchester man boards bus wearing a snake wrapped around his neck and mouth.

Officials’ comments on what constitutes a suitable face covering: “While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin – especially when still attached to the snake.”

BBC: Snake used as face mask on bus

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Smoky sun, late afternoon.…

Smoky sun, late afternoon.

We’ve had some ashfall over the past week, but for the most part, the air quality at ground level has only been awful, not unbearable. Especially since the heat wave subsided.

But the light has just been *wrong*. Normal clouds in the morning breaking up to reveal a layer of smoke behind them, letting through yellow-orange, almost but not quite late afternoon light at midday. I went out for a walk after work, once it had cooled down and saw this.

#photo #smoke #sun

kelsonv: “Smoky sun, late afternoon.…”

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So, who had “rain of chocolate” on their 2020 bingo card?

A broken ventilation system in a Swiss chocolate factory led to chocolate powder raining (or snowing, if you prefer) down on nearby towns.

“The company says one car was lightly, and possibly deliciously, coated. It has offered to pay for any cleaning needed but hasn’t yet been taken up on the offer.”

I’ve got to say, I’d prefer a light dusting of cocoa to the wildfire smoke we’ve got around here.

It’s raining chocolate: Factory glitch dusts Swiss town in cocoa

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Seriously, who had “rain of chocolate” on their 2020 bingo card?

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So, who had “rain of chocolate” on their 2020 bingo card?

A ventilation malfunction at a Swiss chocolate factory released cocoa powder and winds spread it around nearby towns. (ok, “snow of chocolate” is probably more accurate)

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I don’t have a clever caption for this one, but thought it was cool that …

I don’t have a clever caption for this one, but thought it was cool that I caught the Croagunk *right there* while trying to decide what to do with the frog statue.

Incidentally, the frog statue is a Pokestop. And so is the historical cabin in the Sneasel picture.

I don't have a clever caption for this one, but thought it was cool that ...

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