Are you the kind of New Yorker whose neuroticism and depression sometimes combine to make you think you're not simply sad, you're actually a prisoner to a city which, in spite of all its obvious greatness and endless opportunity, can on certain days make you feel like the most invisible, most lonely, least loved person in the world? Well, get over yourself: No matter how blue you may be, you are still a human being, with agency. Take some pills or move to Cleveland and be all "boo-hoo" there, but either way remind yourself that, no matter how much you suck, it's your own fault and not New York [...]
"A man was mauled by a bear near the Eklutna Lake Campground on Saturday after he threw barbecued meat at the animal, the Alaska State Troopers said Sunday. The man was at the lake, north of Anchorage, for a church picnic, said Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. 'He’d been drinking,' she said." [Via]
If you started off your day in a state of depression because of that bear-milking story, hang on:"A bear is wandering through a residential area Wednesday morning in Sun Valley. The bear has been climbing fences and roaming through residences' back yards. The bear surprised two horses as it emerged from one backyard, then walked through another corral with three horses a few blocks away." I am not sure yet how this whole thing will play out, but it has got to end better than "caged bear getting liver drained for medicine." I mean, right? This week has been pretty rough already, I don't know if I [...]
There's no use fighting it, just give in to the awww.
The dancing woman in this lovely new video from Louisvillian troubadour Jim James (a.k.a. "Yim Yames," also of My Morning Jacket and The Monsters of Folk) is a lot like this guy in this picture taken by Romanian photographer Alecsandra Dragoi—one of the many excellent photographs cited by the recent Sony World Photography Awards. (Trigger warning: Bear lovers may find that image upsetting.) If you have not yet checked out this year's crop, you should. Bounteous desktop backdrop material.
The World Of Bear Rub Videos Will Never Be The Same After This Ursine Friction Cinematic Masterpiece
"Glenn Naylor is a Park Ranger and photography enthusiast who lives and works in Alberta, CA…. It’s not uncommon for Naylor to set up outdoor cameras in the Alberta Parks he works at, picking his spots based on where he knows he’s most likely to catch glimpses of the local wildlife. But his most recent video caught a little bit more than that. Compiled into a video called 'What goes on when you are not there!' the camera wound up snapping an impromptu time-lapse when a group of bears showed up and decided to have something of a party at the local scratching tree." —Take it from a man [...]
The absolute WORST thing about the web is the way everyone is so determined to declare that they are being ripped off, that they had an idea first and their fashion is being masticated by someone else. It is also just as annoying when someone claims credit for a concept or format that has been around forever. You know the first person to do a list? God, whose CMS was stone tablets. You know where the original slideshow happened? On some cave wall in France. (This also counts as the first "animals doing wacky things" post.) There is absolutely nothing new, and it's beyond ludicrous to try and assert ownership [...]
"Terrifying footage shows what it is like to be eaten by a bear." Trigger warning, I guess, if you've been eaten by a bear before.
Did you know that bears have a fear of heights? Apparently it is only surpassed by their fear of being beaten by their trainers. :(
"The male bear, known as M13, was shot dead by wildlife rangers on Tuesday, said Adrian Aeschlimann, spokesman for the Federal Office for the Environment. 'The cull was carried out according to the management plan for bears in Switzerland,' he told AFP on Wednesday." —Imagine that quote in the original German.
I can't vouch for the vintage or provenance of this video but whatever, it is TOTALLY AWESOME and all I can say is that even if it were staged I would still be making a big doody in my pants if I were starring in it. (As the guy, not the bear. Bears don't wear pants, usually.) [Via]
Have you seen this already? Well shut up and watch it again. Good lord, it's not going to kill you to enjoy something more than once.
Couldn't we all do with a little bear rub during these difficult times? Yes. Yes we could.
Is this 39-year-old momma bear who has successfully evaded two generations of drunken Minnesota hunters the oldest bear in the world? Sure, why the hell not.