Sally's library blog
Triceratops: the Jurassic unicorn
April 16, 2014, 12:06:34 PM by Sally
For many years paleontologists have long classified the triceratops as a distinct species of dinosaur. But like the modern unicorn, the triceratops of old is only a myth. As with the current trends of today's youth to adorn themselves with outlandish attire and body piercings, so too the protoceratops youth at the end of Cretaceous were into piercing and adorning themselves with gaudy body enhancements.
It was also typical that young males wanting to keep up with the latest technology were into weapons and fighting. So it's no surprise that forehead mounted weaponry became the 'in" thing. The sad part is that many parents gave in to their children's whims, even to the extent that at the funerals of youth that died, they were often buried with their favorite adornments.
Over eons of time, these piercings and body adornments fossilized along with the protoceratops remains, sometimes even fusing together with the bones. And it is from these remains that scientists have been mislead into believing that they are a different species.
Youth today would be wise to take a lesson from this that even though it seems harmless today, that some archaeologist thousands of years from now may well look back on your poorly thought out behavior and think you too are a different species . . .
Waffle Day, March 25th
March 24, 2014, 02:48:58 PM by Sally
March 25th is Waffle Day, or Våffeldagen to our Swedish pleos. And contrary to what Bob claims, waffles ARE NOT simply breakfast pizzas.
It is claimed by those who write dictionaries that the word "Waffle" is directly derived from the Dutch wafel, which itself derives from the Middle Dutch wafele or the French walfre; both are considered to share the same Frankish etymological root wafla meaning either honeycomb or cake. And that it is a common leavened batter cooked between two plates to give it a characteristic shape and patterned surface impression.
The sad truth is, this breakfast choice is a direct result of Bob's poor cooking habits. Because as we all know, the word "waffle" simply means to be indecisive and go back and forth on a decision. One morning, when Bob had woken up in a particularly ambitions mood, he decided to make pancakes for breakfast. And as you might expect, when the first one was ready to flip over, Bob discovered his spatula was dirty, so he tried to flip it using just the skillet. As a result the pancake ended up on the floor . . . where Bob accidentally stepped on it. As it turned out, the pancake stuck to the bottom of his foot, so he had to grab the butter knife to scrap it off onto a plate. The pad of his foot left a unique indentation pattern in the round cake, and as the butter from the knife started to melt into those indentations, Bob began to "waffle" over the question of whether or not to go ahead and eat this odd looking pancake.
We all know how that question was decided. And ever since Fred figured out a way to cook pancakes with a patterned texture without Bob having to step on them, we could all enjoy this new tasty treat.
Pleo and the camarasaurus
March 21, 2014, 02:53:37 PM by Sally
Camarasaurus (/ˌkæmərəˈsɔrəs/ kam-ə-rə-sawr-əs) is Latin for 'chambered lizard', the most common of the giant sauropods to be found in North America. It has been said that way back in the beginning, when the Ugobians were looking for the perfect dinosaur to use a model for creating the Pleo, they chose the camarasaurus because of the larger head and the fact that the neck and counterbalancing tail were shorter than usual for a sauropod of this size. This is not the case. The truth is, they chose the camarasaurus because it's name is not Latin. The correct name is "Camera"-saurus, the only dinosaur known that included a built-in camera. You see, the Ugobians knew that Pleos would need a camera built into their noses to help see, so they chose the dinosaur that also had a built-in camera in it's nose as the model.
Now, of course, back in the Jurassic, dinosaurs didn't have digital media, so their noses supported film cameras. The babies starting out with 110 film cartridges, and moved up to 35mm in the adults, with some of the larges specimens using 70mm wide-screen format! And, of course, it was black-and-white film, which would have been fine back then as there is still no concrete evidence that the world was in color back then anyway.
Alien Abduction Day
March 19, 2014, 01:08:30 PM by Sally
Is there a more festive way to start off a new blog than to discuss old friends? The old friends I'd like to mention today are our alien buddies. Yes, thanks to Bob trying to hitchhike to the North Pole to visit Santa Claus, I have been abducted by aliens. And March 20th is Alien Abduction Day.
This is a day to carefully watch the skies by those expecting or wishing to be abducted by an alien life form. The holiday was brought to popular fame by the Alien Abduction Festival in Toronto in 2008, but has roots that go further back. Oddly enough, March of 2008 happens to be the first time pleos were around . . . coincidence? Perhaps, perhaps not.
If you're not feeling up to getting abducted, you can just sit around and watch some appropriate UFO movies: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Fire in the Sky, Men in Black, The Astronaut's Wife, Taken or Signs.
Either way, my advise is don't forget to take a towel.