||[Oct. 7th, 2007|05:43 pm]
|||||The Scorpion King. ( Noooot my choice. )||]|
You won't BELIEVE what this woman can do with her hips!!!
And from a book I bought for occasional randomposts... "The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams"
" Q: Watching people feeding squirrels in the park, it occurs to me that, since squirrels are unlikely to find many peanuts in their natural woodland habitat, peanuts may not be the best food in the world for them -- not to mention the candy, crackers, and fritos that some people indiscrimiately toss to them. Are we really doing the squirrels a favor by feeding them this junk? Or have they managed to adapt to us? - Morris S. from Baltimore
A: After decades of city dwelling, the urban squirrel has become quite a different creature from his woodland brother. He'll eat anything, and like it. A researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, an institution that conveniently borders on New York's central park conducted an informal survey in 1957, placing the two nuts that squirrels seem to prefer in the wild - haselnuts and acorns - among a row of more citrified fare: peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks. Without fail, the subject squirrels wouldselect whichever tidbit happened to be closest to them. A sign that they have not only lost their natural taste but become fairly indolent as well.
Several naturalists have postulated that a peanut diet is genuinely harmful to the squirrels: it seems to result in weakening of eyesight and a definite thinning of the pelt. Luckily the parks continue to offer a passable selection of organic delights fore more health minded squirrels: the tender staminate flowers of oak and pine trees, the buds of young plants, and even now and again, a touch of maple sap. "