Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Birthday From Mike

My birthday was a little confusing this year. It happened in Australia before it happened here, because of the international date line. Australia doesn't have Thanksgiving, so in Austrailia I had a birthday to myself, but I spent it on the airplane, and in the US I had a birthday on Thanksgiving and nobody around me except Chad knew until the following day. I kinda just didnt really have a birthday this year.. but I still did, as people keep reminding me. How bizarre...

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Runtime is about 30 seconds

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Koalas are not Snuggly.

We learned a lot about the cute, cuddly koala bear while in Australia. Namely, that they are not really any of these things. While they are fairly cute, the common conceptions stop there. They are not bears and, as we discovered, they are also not snuggly.

We were watching this guy,and then we noticed there was a mom with a baby on her back higher up in the tree.

My sister decided to take a video of the mom and baby duo, and as she was doing so the cute, cuddly, innocent guy pictured above tried to (or did) rape her with her baby still on her back. Apparently, this is the norm for koalas. In fact, the ranger said that koalas simply do not have consensual sex. Ever. Nice eh?

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Runtime is a little over 30 seconds

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Takahe Attacks my Dad

The Takahe is one of the most endangered birds in the world. It was actually thought to be extinct for a good stretch of time, before being rediscovered and relocated to a protected island. Well, since my vacation in New Zealand was accompanied by my ornithologist father, we had to go to that island and check it out, along with all the other protected birds there. We were lucky enough to see it munching during lunch time by the picnic tables, and as if that isn't enough, it tried to eat my dad's pants. It makes you think, is it really any wonder this bird isn't doing so well? It's not like it can get by on its charm and good looks, either...

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