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Love This Thinking: It’s Illegal to Keep Just One Guinea Pig in Switzerland

Guinea Pigs via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)


I came across this article at TheGuardian earlier today about the happiest countries as ranked by the U.N.:  Which Countries are Happiest?

I clicked on it because, of course, who wouldn’t?  Denmark and Norway are #1 and #2.  Switzerland is #3 (the U.S. is #17).

What caught my eye about Switzerland was this (h/t to Roger, the guinea pig I had when I was about 10-years-old):

It’s illegal to keep just one guinea pig in Switzerland. You must have them in pairs and there is a “rent-a-guinea pig” service to provide companionship for lonely animals in their twilight years.


If a lawmaker here in the U.S. proposed such a law they’d be run out of the country.  For all intents and purposes, animals don’t have rights here.  They aren’t thought of as having feelings or needs.  So bravo Switzerland.  I can only imagine how the thought that guinea pigs need companionship radiates out into your wider society.




November 26, 2014 at 7:15 PM Leave a comment


Giraffes are people too (love these faces):

Giraffes via Fascinating Pictures on Twitter

(Image via FascinatingPictures on Twitter)

Look at those eyelashes.  I’m too lazy to look into it right now but I bet they’re meant to protect against blowing sand.




November 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM Leave a comment

Queso the Pit Bull Conquers His Fear of Walking Through Doorways

Queso the dog is afraid to go through doorways so he solves that problem in very logical way:


You gotta love dogs!

Oh, and what a great name, huh?


November 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM Leave a comment

Friday Puppy

Three weeks ago I threw my back out after moving boxes and boxes of apples at the food bank.  Everyone has apples! around here.  We’ve got apples out the wazoo probably because of last years flood; the ground was soaked and the trees were very happy (that, and we didn’t have a late frost to kill the buds this spring).

Anyway, after another day at the food bank I’m better but still taking aspirin when I can’t stand the gnawing pain anymore (I held out until 2:30 today — hooray).  I’m hoping to feel just a tad better every day (or two) as a sign that things are going the right way.

Not only that, it was 82º in the Denver area this afternoon, “about 1/100 year heat for date” according to Josh Larson, a Colorado weather guy I follow on Twitter so hey, you know, I should be outside.  I’m not outside because I’m staring at this photo. I can’t stop looking at it. SO CUTE!

Here’s a shout-out to all of you who live with chronic pain.  God.  It’s.  Exhausting.

Okay, enough of that.  Happy Friday. Happy fall.  Thanks to the universe for puppies!

Puppy 10-24-14 via Buzzfeed Animals

Image via BuzzfeedAnimals on Twitter)




October 24, 2014 at 6:54 PM Leave a comment

Itty-Bitty Baby Gorilla Reacts to a Cold Stethoscope

Look at that face! This little guy reacts just like you or I would:

Via Science Porn

(Image via @SciencePorn on Twitter)

October 10, 2014 at 8:05 PM Leave a comment

Drone v. Hawk (Hawk Wins)

We humans think we’re so cool but maybe we’ve got a thing or two coming (love this):

On Oct 8th, I was flying my quadcopter at Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, when a hawk decided he wasn’t too happy with my invasion of his airspace…

As far as I could tell, the hawk came out unscathed, and having defeated his prey, was happy to retreat. (As soon as he flew at me, I throttled down the props to try to minimize any harm to the bird.) The quadcopter came out unscathed as well.



October 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM Leave a comment

Image: 35,000 Walrus Resting on an Alaskan Beach

What an amazing photo but the story behind it is heartbreaking:

Image NOAA via

(Image: NOAA via

In this aerial photo taken on Sept. 27, 2014, and provided by NOAA, some 35,000 walrus gather on shore near Point Lay, Alaska. Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska’s northwest coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms an estimated 35,000 walrus wer photographed Saturday about 700 miles northwest of Anchorage. The enormous gathering was spotted during NOAA’s annual arctic marine mammal aerial survey.


October 1, 2014 at 9:15 AM Leave a comment

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