Archive for September, 2007

Even more Mantis movies

September 29, 2007

Close up of cracking a clam open I finally took a close-up of the mantis cracking a clam open. Even so, it is not easy to see exactly what he’s doing. (23 MB)

Another mid-“air” swirl grabbing at food. (10 MB)

What can I say: he’s amazing! Sometimes he swirls in mid “air” and heads back to his cave; sometimes he comes out, turns around on the ground, and returns head-first; and sometimes he backs into the cave. Who knows how he decides which method to employ! This time he backs around on the ground and enters the cave head first. (21 MB)

More Mantis Shrimp Movies

September 24, 2007

Here are three more mantis shrimp movies, all quite cool. He seems to be coming out into the tank more and more fearlessly, for reasons that are not at all apparent.

Another brief, graceful mid “air” swirl (6 MB)

And still another! This time, the food landed way on the other end of the tank. He comes out fully, is not sure where the food is, heads back to the cave, and then “smells” the food in the “air” and then heads for it. Good side shots of his entire body. The squawks are from the parrots. (14 MB)

What can I say: he’s amazing! I missed the first part of this aerial display, but watching all of his “legs” swimming is interesting. He bobbles the food and has to go back to grab it again in mid “air”. (5 MB)

The Seven Degrees of Blonde

September 12, 2007


A married couple was asleep when the phone rang at 2 in the morning. The very blonde wife picked up the phone, listened a moment and said “How should I know, that’s 200 miles from here!” and hung up. The husband said, “Who was that?” The wife answered, “I don’t know, some woman wanting to know if the coast is clear.”


Two blondes are walking down the street. One notices a compact on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up. She opens it, looks in the mirror and says, “Hmmm, this person looks familiar.” The second blonde says, “Here, let me see!” So, the first blonde hands her the compact. The second blonde looks in the mirror and says, “You dummy, it’s me!”


A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door she finds him in the arms of a redhead. Well, the blonde is really angry. She opens her purse to take out the gun, and as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and puts it to her head. The boyfriend yells, “No, honey, don’t do it!!!” The blonde replies, “Shut up, you’re next!”


A blonde was bragging about her knowledge of state capitals. She proudly says, “Go ahead, ask me; … I know ’em all.” A friend says, “OK, what’s the capital of Wisconsin?” The blonde replies, “Oh, that’s easy … it’s W.”


Q: What did the blonde ask her doctor when he told her she was pregnant?

A: “Is it mine?”


Bambi, a blonde in her fourth year as a UCLA Freshman, sat in her US Government class. The professor asked Bambi if she knew what Roe vs. Wade was about. Bambi pondered the question; then, finally, said, “That was the decision George Washington had to make before he crossed the Delaware.”


Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her houseransacked and burglarized. She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime. The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the radio, and a K-9 unit, patrolling nearby, was the first to respond. As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash, the Blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog, and then sat down on the steps. Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, “I come home to find all my possessions stolen. I call the police for help, and what do they do? They send me a BLIND policeman!”

Small But Wonderful Mantis Shrimp Movie Clip

September 11, 2007

A few days ago, my mantis shrimp decided he couldn’t wait for his food to drop down into the bottom of the tank, so he rushed out and grabbed it in mid “air”, and then did a swirling flip and ducked back into his cave. I took a chance that he would do it again, and this is the result. He had just molted, so maybe he was especially hungry. Divers and gymnasts will be envious…

Mid “air” swirl (4 MB):

Mid “air” swirl 2 (5 MB):

Mid “air” swirl 3 (5 MB):

I slam Islam…

September 8, 2007

If you enjoy vitriolic hyperbole, then you will find the following to be amusing, if not entirely educational: