Mint Chip Monkey

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Happy Earth Day April 22, 2009

Filed under: Education — MintchipMonkey @ 4:30 pm
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Mood:

tired-2“When is this Earth Day that I keep seeing articles for?” *heads for google* “Oh – it’s today.”

11Happy Earth Day!11

“Great, wonder what that actually means.” *heads for wikipedia*

Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. This date is Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Gre…at – a holiday founded by Gaylord.” *goes to the Earth Day website*

Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental protest “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda. ” “It was a gamble,” he recalls, “but it worked.”

“Wow, wiki was telling the truth

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Seen from the sky, a colorful sand sculpture on Islamorada in the Florida Keys encourages people to "Embrace the Earth" as part of Earth Day activities in April 2004.

This holiday is for the environmentalists – which I have to admit, although I look into the issues, I turn my lights off when they’re not in use, don’t leave things on standby – I have never been an active campaigner for this. Don’t get me wrong, I think looking after the planet is great, but I guess I just get on with it without really thinking about it. I was completely ignorant about this holiday that has been around as long as Queen Latifah. So if you’re like me but want to participate next year here’s ‘What you can do‘ from the official site!

On a similar but altogether different topic, National Geographic has thrown up some interesting news today: Most Earthlike Planet found, May have liquid oceans.

I am a sucker for this kind of thing, and I suppose if Earth Day doesn’t work out – it’s probably good to have a plan B.

First discovered in 2007, Gliese 581d was originally calculated to be too far away from its host star—and therefore too cold—to support an ocean. But Mayor and colleagues now show that the extrasolar planet, or exoplanet, orbits its host in 66.8 days, putting it just inside the cool star’s habitable zone.

If life is going to be found out there, then this could be where – how exciting is that? Did I mention the irony at finding a possibly habitable planet around the same time we celebrate ‘We’re destroying this world, let’s get back on track’ day?

Hagoonea’

x

 

Homosexual sex is the biological equivalent of apple pie. April 4, 2009

Filed under: Education — MintchipMonkey @ 7:00 pm
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“Today, I handed my PhD dissertation, which I have spent the past year researching and writing full-time. Last night, my roommate set an autocorrect on Word that changed “neither” to “nigger.” I didn’t notice until after I handed it in. My professor is black. FML” Courtesy of Fmylife.

Animals can be gay: if you needed any more proof then Legally Blonde 2 (seen below), here’s two gay bunnies in their life long love and obsession for each other.

And actually, since Mint Chip Monkey likes to educate the masses (all 2 of you that read this blog), here’s an excerpt from Petter Bøckman, the scientific adviser of the exhibition Against Nature?.

“When the exhibit originally launched, scientists had witnessed and documented homosexuality in nearly 500 species of animals, with over 1500 species being observed acting in a homosexual manner. Many herding animals solve conflicts by practicing same gender sex, while some species of monkeys (bonobos) use homosexual sex as a form of a handshake.”

It’s not really homosexuality though is it,  if  it’s because of behavioral patterns and what-not.? Nope for animals to be actually gay I’d say they have to be sexually ‘attracted’ to the same gender. More researching (Basically shifting though the actual articles and the links to animal porn on google) shows that scientists believe ‘every species’ (though I can’t see that they’ve actually gone through every species on the planet) has ‘gay members’. Thing is, they still don’t know why – which inevitably has lead to this;

“According to Roughgarden, sexual selection can’t explain the homosexuality that’s been documented in over 450 different vertebrate species. This means that same-sex sexuality—long disparaged as a quirk of human culture—is a normal, and probably necessary, fact of life. “

Which has lead to my favourite quote of the day:

“As this list of activities suggests, having homosexual sex is the biological equivalent of apple pie: Everybody likes it.”

In fact, it would seem like Humans are the only species to have ‘members’ that see anything wrong with homosexual sex. What a bunch of weirdos.

In other news, I was actually going to talk about The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library, which is an awesome website, especially for lazy film lovers like myself where they now have 54 videos in 30 second bunny form and with Harry Potter and Twilight soon to be joining the gallery. Very funny – definitely worth keeping tabs on future releases.

Geronimooooooooo! x

P.s. The full article that I found most interesting is here.

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