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Only Kori Learns May 3, 2010

Filed under: Animal Kingdom,Crossword,Science — Kori Learns @ 2:47 PM

Today Kori Learns learned about the Loris, which is not to be confused with the Lorax of Dr. Seuss fame.  Lorises are small primates that apparently come in one of two subfamilies, slender or slow.  I am uncertain as to whether they can be both slender and slow, but it appears unlikely.

Lorises are nocturnal and insectivores.  Also, the females practice infant parking, which sounds like something amusing but really only means they leave their babies at home in the nest.  Most interestingly mothers groom their babies with their allergenic saliva to deter predators, which is simultaneously cool and gross.

The reason that only Kori learned is because Amanda already knew about the Loris and this is not the “Kori Learns and Amanda Remembers What She Learned” blog.  Kori Learns finds it surprising that Amanda Learns is the one familiar with this small tree dwelling primate since Kori Learns is the one who has cable and watches too many nature programs like Life, Planet Earth and When Animals Attack.

Lorises are also cute.

Learn Loris Lore here.

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How to count penguins. April 21, 2010

Filed under: Animal Kingdom,Science — Kori Learns @ 10:46 AM

Five easy steps for counting emperor penguins:

1) Have your government develop a sophisticated satellite imaging system.  Convince them to do this by telling them they should really track potential nuclear weapon sites and other dangerous sorts of things.

2) Once the satellite is up and running, convince them that their fancy shmancy satellites can be used for other types of good, like scientific research.  Everyone loves science!

3) Sob story time.  Plead your case about how it’s really, really hard to try and count emperor penguins.  Explain how you’ve tried attaching radio transmitters, climbing on ladders above their huddling masses, and even attempted to use jets to track them from the air, but to no avail.  These suckers are hard to count.  Plus Antartica’s really cold so no one wants to go there in person.

4) Tell the super secret government spy people that they could easily solve the worlds penguin counting problems if they just took a few minutes out of their day to take satellite photos of emperor penguins in Antartica!

5) Offer to pay.

Please note that these five steps only work for counting emperor penguins in the wild.  If you just want to count any old group of penguins, there are easier ways.  One way would be to go to the New England Aquarium.  Or South Africa, which is way warmer than Antartica and has lots of penguins.

For a more detailed account of penguin counting please click here.

 

Auk a Doodle Doo April 16, 2010

Filed under: Animal Kingdom — Amanda @ 3:20 PM
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As KoriLearns and I were working on the Wall Street Journal crossword today, a curious clue popped up: “Puffin’s Cousin.”  The answer was only 3 letters, so it couldn’t be penguin.  What could it be??

Auks are birds of the family Alcidae in the order Charadriiformes. They are superficially similar to penguins due to their black-and-white colours, their upright posture and some of their habits.   However, auks have one big advantage over penguins don’t: the ability to fly (though, they are much better swimmers than flyers).

 

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. April 15, 2010

Filed under: Animal Kingdom,Idiom,Vocabulary — Kori Learns @ 3:00 PM

This phrase or proverb is to remind you to be grateful for what you are given.  It comes from the idea that if you are given a horse as a gift, you should not open it’s mouth to examine it’s teeth to see how old it is [the phrase “long in the tooth” also comes from this indicator of a horse’s age].  Be grateful you got the horse in the first place.  An old horse is better than no horse at all.  And it’s much better than a bagel twist.

Some people in our office thought that this phrase was associated with the Trojan horse.  If you are given a large wooden horse instead of the real kind, feel free to look in its the mouth since it might have armed invaders inside.  That is not the same thing nor does it have any relation to the above phrase.  So look away!

By the way, this saying does not apply to bagel twists.  Even if you get a free bagel twist, run away and leave it in the dust.  No bagel twist is always better than a free bagel twist.

Read the whole explanation of “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” here!