July 2010

Sneezing Bear Viral Star

America? World? Who are your stars? Your top performers? Entertainers? Those blessed by Heaven to bring laughter and joy? What are their names? Where do you find them? Where else but on You Tube. The Sneezing Bear is the latest You Tube sensation. He's a cute, cuddly little fella. His popularity is easier to explain than Justin Bieber's.

He doesn't sing, he sneezes, but he does dance. A whiff of pollen and he's doing the "cute sneezing bear."

He is a star who won't embarrass us like people stars. I don't think he knows how to use a phone, so he won't go Mel Gibson. He sneezes a lot when around pollen. I guess he doesn't do cuss words. He won't appear in a LA court with F-U on his fingers and get sent away for 90 days, with 90% off for good behavior!

This cute, cuddly little sneezer, is perfect for a hay fever commercial, and as the model for a line of cuddy teddy bears. See the video.

The fight to free a little bear

"A mother bear and an Alaskan fisherman team up to rescue a black bear cub from a fishing net." See the video.

Why do I like this video? It shows a mother's love for her cub. It shows a man's respect for nature. It shows what a little cooperation can do.

Note that the man helped the bears, and he didn't jump out of his vehicle to try to help the mama bear wrestle the cub from the net. He understands the nature of bears and man, and he used the tool that he had to help, (the truck). He helped the best and most effective way that he could. If he had forgotten his place and the bear's, and had run out to help at the mama bear's side, his intentions probably would have been misunderstood, and instead of helping the bears, it is very likely that he might have had to fight the bears. Actually, more than very likely, almost a certainty.

Our leaders should see this.

Bear Rescues Bear

In Laconia, New Hampshire a black bear entered a home of humans to rescue a bear. Well, a stuffed bear.

The Associated Press reports that a black bear walked into a New Hampshire house through an open door, (In New Hampshire are doors still left unlocked and open? Isn't that a neighborly thing?), ate two pears and a bunch of grapes, (This bear seems to be a healthy eater), took a drink from the family fishbowl (Well, maybe the bear couldn't find a clean glass), and grabbed a stuffed bear on its way out the door (Maybe the bear needs glasses and mistook the stuffed bear for a relative? So this wasn't theft but a rescue attempt!.)

Tell Travelzoo to Stop Promoting Ringling Brothers

When I was a little girl, animal rights—specifically the rights of circus animals—was one of the first social issues that I learned about from my mother. She taught me to never cross a picket line, that girls were never inferior to boys (though we had to fight for the same rights and freedoms), and that the circus was a cruel place. I remember at first feeling sad that she wouldn’t let me attend the circus when it came to town when I was five or six years old; then, when I was a bit older, I began to understand why she wouldn’t support such cruelty.

Bear Steals Car for a Joy Ride

Maybe the bears in Colorado are smarter than the average bear? Maybe they are just curiouser?

The Associated Press reported --" A bear got into an empty car, honked the horn and then sent it rolling 125 feet into a thicket, with the bear still inside -- The bear managed to open the unlocked door of his 2008 Toyota Corolla early Friday and climbed inside. A peanut butter sandwich left on the back seat is probably what attracted the bear."

Peanut butter sandwich, huh? I wonder if this bear watches television? Could it be too much Yogi Bear?

Wise Oracle Quits While Ahead

The Octopus, Oracle Paul to retire. Such wisdom!

The Associated Press reports that with World Cup over Octopus Paul, who became a world renown oracle, is retiring from the swami business. Paul, a German -- rather a resident of the the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, -- I 'm not sure if he has German citizenship. His handlers have not taken me into their confidence. I haven't seen his papers. He could be from outer space.

Protesting for Animal Rights?

The Associated Press reports that, "A group of animal-rights activists staged a semi-naked, anti-fur protest in Johannesburg, on Thursday, calling on people not to wear animal products." See the video.

Protest, I get. Protesting for animal rights, I get. Protesting in South Africa, the host of the World Cup, I get that too. Protesting, demonstrating, calling on people not to wear animal skins or furs, I get. But being semi-naked? Looking clothes less? Wearing the make-up? The body paint?