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March 28, 2013

The New York Times is making me think I’m reading the Onion.

Truck Stop Tiger in Louisiana Stirs Legal Battle. “Tony is only the latest in a line of tigers to live here. Thirteen cubs were born at the truck stop, and several adult tigers brought in, including a white tiger named Salena who died of pancreatic cancer in the early 2000s and is now stuffed and sitting in the Tiger Cafe atop the salad bar.”

Senate Barbers Get Trimmed in Latest Budget Cuts. Two things: One, there’s an official Government office of Senate Hair Care??? And someone at the NYT had far too much fun with the lede and the headline on this.

Dairy Finds Way to Let Cows Power Trucks. “electricity generated using an endless supply of manure runs the equipment to milk around 30,000 cows three times a day.” This makes the list for two reasons- It took me a while to stop picturing the cows driving the trucks, like something out of The Far Side. Also, this seems like a sensible thing to do. Why hasn’t every dairy farm been doing this for years?

The news that Amazon has taken over GoodReads merits adding to a list of news items that includes cow-powered farms and truck stop tigers.

Bronx library workers help pregnant woman give birth. Things that are definitely not covered in my library science classes. Maybe I ought to renew my CPR certification from when I was a personal trainer.

Also, can this please stop being the month for e-book and copyright news? I have enough articles for my paper. I do not need news about e-books being resold, or Penguin deciding to play nice with libraries. Seriously, publishers and copyright legislators, go fly some paper airplanes and gaze at your navels for a few weeks, would you?

Senate Hair Care exists????

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Eugenia permalink
    March 28, 2013 2:44 pm

    The Truck Stop Tiger article is actually very disturbing in that there are thousands of big cats all over the US, owned by people who should NOT be allowed to own wildlife. While this particular tiger seems to have a resasonable enclosure, thousands of other cats life lives ranging from sub-optimal to downright torturous.

    Big Cat Rescue ( does a lot of great work in educating the public about the abuses these animals go through, as well as the possible danger to human life that they represent.

    I think it’s important to educate the public about the painful lives that these gorgeous creatures end up living, and encourage people to speak up about stopping people from running roadside zoos and exhibits like this one.

  2. Anonymous permalink
    March 28, 2013 3:55 pm

    Cows powering trucks? Gives new meaning to getting your sh*t in gear.

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