Here’s the thing about zoos: Despite the fact that those wild animals are behind bars, they’re still wild animals. So no matter how fuzzy and furry that lion looks, it’s not a good idea to pet it unless a zookeeper says to go ahead and do so. But one Michigan woman claims that after she was allowed into a lion’s cage, she ended up losing part of her finger..
She tells WNEM.com that a zookeeper allowed her into the cage with the big cat over the weekend, and that the guide told her “yeah,” when she asked if she could pet it. But as she tried to pet it, she claims the lion ripped off part of her finger.
“I was totally in shock. I really didn’t believe that was part of my finger laying on the ground,”she said. “I put my hand down there to pet it and it ripped my finger.”
Afterward, she alleges that the staff tried to cover it up.
“They just told me not to tell. They told me to lie,” she claims.
But the owners of the zoo tell the news station that the woman went into an area where she wasn’t supposed to, and tried to pet the lion against the zookeeper’s warning.
“The lady went into the security area and was told by the guide to get back and the lady stated she wanted to touch the lion and continued, against the guide’s warning, to put her finger inside the fence and the lion nipped the end of her finger,” the owners said in an email to WNEM, adding that the zoo has posted warning signs and bite signs everywhere.
The woman says she’s considering legal action, although she wants the zoo to stay open. But if you’re ever tempted to stroke a flowing mane, don’t, she advises. Because everyone likes having full fingers.
“They are beautiful, but don’t do it,” she says.
I’m not here to burst your happy grilling bubble, but come on — can you really consider yourself a master of the art of grilling if you haven’t tried cooking with hot lava? What about lightning? Maybe. But bending the forces of nature to do your culinary bidding? There’s no topping that, at least not yet. Call me when you beat an egg with a tornado.
Don’t feel too ashamed, my fellow normal people who do not have access to hot lava or lightning on demand, it’s not like Pat and Terry next door are going to top you anytime soon, as these two methods aren’t things anyone should be trying at home.
Over at DesignBoom, however, a video made by a London-based creative team knowns as Bompas & Parr shows how it could be done if you’ve got the right tools: An artificial volcano, allowing grillers to get molten hot liquid to 2,100 degrees using an industrial furnace, an ice flue and dry ice.
The resulting stream of hot lava flows beneath a normal grilling surface to cook steak and corn on the cob, basically instantly roasting both foods.
The B&P team also cooked with lightning, using a high-voltage laboratory that again, isn’t going to be easy to replicate but is super cool.
I don’t even have to warn you not to try this at home, because unless you happen to have the abovementioned tools or live on top of an active volcano (in which case you’d have other things to worry about besides ribeyes), you’re not going to be able to top Pat and Terry next door anyway. But it’s still fun to watch.
Hash yer dothrae chek? Oh, I’m sorry, fellow equine enthusiast hanging out at this stable. I thought you might speak Dothraki. No fear, you’ll soon be able to learn all the phrases you need to pick up fellow horse lovers at the stable or tell your boss she reminds you of an enraged wild boar.
When George R.R. Martin created the Dothraki language for his Game of Thrones series of books, he didn’t build an entire vocabulary or grammar, but he did a good enough job that a linguist has expanded it to an actual language, reports CNET.
Language consultant David Peterson introduced a new Living Language course at San Diego Comic Con this week, a course based on the series that offers grammar lessons, pronunciation guides, vocabulary, and cultural notes that tell you exactly when and where you should use certain words.
“Living Language Dothraki” will sell for $19.99 starting on Oct. 7, with 200 words and phrase included. For an additional $10 you can buy an expanded online course, or a mobile app for an additional $3.99.
“I always like Dothraki because it’s non-European,” Peterson said, noting that its roots in mostly Arabic and Spanish really makes it roll off the tongue, especially with those trilling Rs.
“It’s great for picking people up,” he joked.
This is the first language he’s invented that was based entirely on someone else’s work — Martin started the process and Peterson says he’s kept the author’s structure.
“George R.R. Martin did an incredible job for someone who says he’s not a language guy,” he explains.
Beyond saying “how are you” to the hottie with the horse, which literally translates to “you ride well” — the best compliment a Dothraki could give — you can learn to call your annoying neighbor an “ifak” which means, “one who walks.” BURN! Thanks, Dothraki!
I gave a short talk at W00tstock this year about animals in space.View