Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Nature hates us

Naturam expellas furca, tamen usque recurret.

"You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, yet she still will hurry back." Horace, c 23-13 BC

My theme today is "nature." And just how much nature doesn't really care if we're happy or not, or whether we get eaten by larger animals.

Let's go for a bike ride! It's good to stay fit, if you don't get eaten by a bear.

They're no good at fighting Germans, Vietnamese or Algerians, but the French stand tall against bears.

Dogs and man, fighting bears.

Table turned on bear hunter.

Go ahead. Dress your monkey in a fez and give him a cigarette, he's still a killer.

One minute you're hiking along the mountain trail. Next minute a mountain lion grabs your kid by the head.

In Africa, crocodiles and hippos are now coordinating their attacks. God help us if our bears and alligators find out about this.

I've saved the best for last. Police in Madison, Wisconsin, were attacked by a vicious wild turkey while investigating a burglary. This story contains what is now, possibly, my favorite news quote ever: "The taser momentarily stunned the turkey, which froze and then flew toward the ceiling, breaking a light fixture..."

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