Moving

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The big move across town. At last. All deals closed.

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Did You Know?

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The world record frog jump is 33 feet 5.5 inches over the course of 3 consecutive leaps, achieved in May 1977 by a South African sharp-nosed frog called Santjie.

The average outdoor only cat has a lifespan of about three years.
Indoor only cats can live sixteen years and longer.

Did you know that at Disneyland they have like hundreds of wild domesticated cats running around the park? They never come out during the day because there’s too many people, but the reason they’re there is to catch the mice.

The Maine Coon cat is America’s only natural breed of domestic feline.

Julius Caeser, Henri II, Charles XI and Napoleon all had ailurophobia, a fear of cats.

Electric light or light from your TV set will make your cat shed her fur.

According to experts, whale songs rhyme.

Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.

The oceans contain 99 percent of the living space on the planet.

Penguins “fly” underwater at up to 25 miles per hour.

The catgut formerly used as strings in tennis rackets and musical instruments does not come from cats. Catgut actually comes from sheep, pigs, and horses.

The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats hold their tail horizontally, or tucked between their legs while walking.

A group of herring is called a seige.
A group of jelly fish is called a smack.

A Holstein’s spots are like a fingerprint or snowflake.
No two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.

The male penguin incubates the single egg laid by his mate.
During the two month period he does not eat, and will lose up to 40% of his body weight.

The cat’s brain needs so much energy to function that over twenty percent of blood that the heart pumps goes immediately to it.

Cats respond better to women than men. One reason this might be is that women have higher pitched voices than men.

Horseshoe crabs have existed in essentially the same form for the past 135 million years. Their blood provides a valuable test for the toxins that cause septic shock, which previously led to half of all hospital-acquired infections and one-fifth of all hospital deaths.

The Pacific Giant Octopus, the largest octopus in the world, grows from the size of pea to a 150 pound behemoth potentially 30 feet across in only two years, its entire life-span.

A cat sees about six times better than a human at night because of the tapetum lucidum, a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light.

Animal gestation periods: the shortest is the American opossum, which bears its young 12 to 13 days after conception; the longest is the Asiatic elephant, taking 608 days, or just over 20 months.

A father sea catfish keeps the eggs of his young in his mouth until they are ready to hatch. He will not eat until his young are born, which may take several weeks.

The first house rats recorded in America appeared in Boston in 1775.

Australian termites have been known to build mounds twenty feet high and at least 100 feet wide.

Camel milk does not curdle.

The oarfish, Regalecus glesne, is the longest bony fish in the world. With its snakelike body_sporting a magnificent red fin along its 50-foot length, horselike face and blue gills, it accounts for many sea-serpent sightings.

An adult lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away, and warns off intruders or reunites scattered members of the pride.

The stuff (allergens) that people are allergic to in cats is a protein in cat saliva. When the cat grooms and the saliva dries it can become airborn.
This protein is 1/3 the weight of ordinary housedust, so it can travel farther. You can find this allergen where cats have never been.

Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run.
The only other animals to do this are the giraffe and the camel.

Many fish can change sex during the course of their lives.
Others, especially rare deep-sea fish, have both male and female sex organs.

The cat was domesticated over 4,000 years ago.
Today’s house cats are descended from wildcats in Africa and Europe.

When a queen bee lays the fertilized eggs that will develop into new queens, only one of the newly laid queens actually survives. The first new queen that emerges from her cell destroys all other queens in their cells and, thereafter, reigns alone.

The remains of diatoms, algae with hard shells, are used in making pet litter, cosmetics, pool filters and tooth polish.

Despite its reputation for being finicky, the average cat consumes about 127,750 calories a year, nearly 28 times its own weight in food and the same amount again in liquids. In case you’re wondering, cats cannot survive on a vegetarian diet.

Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.

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Floundering

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Today I had some excellent broiled Flounder and fries at RB’s at Shem Creek.

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Another Eye to the World