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  • [Expletive deleted][Expletive deleted] The mediocre doctor NorwayRegistered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Aridhol wrote: »
    I would like to chime in and say that there are some truly heinous aquariums and zoo's out there that abuse and exploit animals which should absolutely be shut down and people prosecuted.
    There are also zoo's and aquariums that are basically hospitals with viewing rooms where injured or abandoned animals go to for care and survival.
    The "zoo" part of this pays for the staff and care of these animals and it pisses me off when people advocate for them to be shut down because the outcome for the animals is now death.
    Not every rehabilitated animal can go back into the wild and some required constant care. Allowing the public to see and be educated about these animals "in real life" is huge and the money that comes along with that goes to help the animals survive where the alternative is nature taking it's course.

    I have a lot of issues with how some animals are cared for and shipped around and exploited but I'm not at all an advocate for shutting down all zoo's or sanctuaries where animals are kept.


    Anyway, bears are awesome and nature cams are addicting as fuck.

    Yea we have a raptor rescue center here that does amazing work. They do their best to rehabilitate birds that have been injured, especially ones struck by vehicles or hurt by other man made means, but not all of them can go back. They have pretty good enclosures that help to mitigate their disabilities and the more personable birds are part of teaching shows.

    Having a giant ass barn owl sit on your arm is amazing. Also burrowing owls are the best, and I wish they were domesticated so I could have one as a pet.

    Our coastal aquarium was the one who built a giant enclosure to help rehabilitate the killer whale Keiko (the whale from free willy) while he was being prepped to return the the wild. It was an amazing tank for the time, and they did their best to make it interesting for him while he was there. The walls and floors were rough with unique geometric shapes so he could have something to "look at" with his echo location instead of perfectly smooth tank walls. In the years since they've rebuilt it into a pacific northwest fish and shark tank with one of those viewing tubes running through it that you can walk around. It's pretty nice.


    I guess the issue is that Zoo is a broad term that covers the shittiest for profit parks and on the other end rescue and recovery parks that are at least trying to be decent and really consider the needs of their charges.

    The second sentence in your post does not quite live up to the first.

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  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Aridhol wrote: »
    I would like to chime in and say that there are some truly heinous aquariums and zoo's out there that abuse and exploit animals which should absolutely be shut down and people prosecuted.
    There are also zoo's and aquariums that are basically hospitals with viewing rooms where injured or abandoned animals go to for care and survival.
    The "zoo" part of this pays for the staff and care of these animals and it pisses me off when people advocate for them to be shut down because the outcome for the animals is now death.
    Not every rehabilitated animal can go back into the wild and some required constant care. Allowing the public to see and be educated about these animals "in real life" is huge and the money that comes along with that goes to help the animals survive where the alternative is nature taking it's course.

    I have a lot of issues with how some animals are cared for and shipped around and exploited but I'm not at all an advocate for shutting down all zoo's or sanctuaries where animals are kept.


    Anyway, bears are awesome and nature cams are addicting as fuck.

    Yea we have a raptor rescue center here that does amazing work. They do their best to rehabilitate birds that have been injured, especially ones struck by vehicles or hurt by other man made means, but not all of them can go back. They have pretty good enclosures that help to mitigate their disabilities and the more personable birds are part of teaching shows.

    Having a giant ass barn owl sit on your arm is amazing. Also burrowing owls are the best, and I wish they were domesticated so I could have one as a pet.

    Our coastal aquarium was the one who built a giant enclosure to help rehabilitate the killer whale Keiko (the whale from free willy) while he was being prepped to return the the wild. It was an amazing tank for the time, and they did their best to make it interesting for him while he was there. The walls and floors were rough with unique geometric shapes so he could have something to "look at" with his echo location instead of perfectly smooth tank walls. In the years since they've rebuilt it into a pacific northwest fish and shark tank with one of those viewing tubes running through it that you can walk around. It's pretty nice.


    I guess the issue is that Zoo is a broad term that covers the shittiest for profit parks and on the other end rescue and recovery parks that are at least trying to be decent and really consider the needs of their charges.

    The second sentence in your post does not quite live up to the first.

    Why? Not every animal can go back, for a number of reasons. Up here, there's a center for grizzly bears who are too acclimated to be returned to the wild, where they can live safely. (And they earn their keep by doing product testing of "bearproof" containers.)

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  • AridholAridhol Daddliest Catch Registered User regular
    Also, domesticating animals is not evil.

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  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    edited June 26
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Aridhol wrote: »
    I would like to chime in and say that there are some truly heinous aquariums and zoo's out there that abuse and exploit animals which should absolutely be shut down and people prosecuted.
    There are also zoo's and aquariums that are basically hospitals with viewing rooms where injured or abandoned animals go to for care and survival.
    The "zoo" part of this pays for the staff and care of these animals and it pisses me off when people advocate for them to be shut down because the outcome for the animals is now death.
    Not every rehabilitated animal can go back into the wild and some required constant care. Allowing the public to see and be educated about these animals "in real life" is huge and the money that comes along with that goes to help the animals survive where the alternative is nature taking it's course.

    I have a lot of issues with how some animals are cared for and shipped around and exploited but I'm not at all an advocate for shutting down all zoo's or sanctuaries where animals are kept.


    Anyway, bears are awesome and nature cams are addicting as fuck.

    Yea we have a raptor rescue center here that does amazing work. They do their best to rehabilitate birds that have been injured, especially ones struck by vehicles or hurt by other man made means, but not all of them can go back. They have pretty good enclosures that help to mitigate their disabilities and the more personable birds are part of teaching shows.

    Having a giant ass barn owl sit on your arm is amazing. Also burrowing owls are the best, and I wish they were domesticated so I could have one as a pet.

    Our coastal aquarium was the one who built a giant enclosure to help rehabilitate the killer whale Keiko (the whale from free willy) while he was being prepped to return the the wild. It was an amazing tank for the time, and they did their best to make it interesting for him while he was there. The walls and floors were rough with unique geometric shapes so he could have something to "look at" with his echo location instead of perfectly smooth tank walls. In the years since they've rebuilt it into a pacific northwest fish and shark tank with one of those viewing tubes running through it that you can walk around. It's pretty nice.


    I guess the issue is that Zoo is a broad term that covers the shittiest for profit parks and on the other end rescue and recovery parks that are at least trying to be decent and really consider the needs of their charges.

    The second sentence in your post does not quite live up to the first.

    Yea, let me be clear, when I say "Not all can go back" it means that if they did go back, they will die, due to a permanent disability. So in those cases the rescue center keeps them on and takes care of them.

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  • klemmingklemming Registered User regular
    I think it was referring to what many people first think of when they see the word 'raptor':
    bqdpwgc9zbmc.jpg
    And the disappointment of finding that it was wrong.

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Aridhol wrote: »
    I would like to chime in and say that there are some truly heinous aquariums and zoo's out there that abuse and exploit animals which should absolutely be shut down and people prosecuted.
    There are also zoo's and aquariums that are basically hospitals with viewing rooms where injured or abandoned animals go to for care and survival.
    The "zoo" part of this pays for the staff and care of these animals and it pisses me off when people advocate for them to be shut down because the outcome for the animals is now death.
    Not every rehabilitated animal can go back into the wild and some required constant care. Allowing the public to see and be educated about these animals "in real life" is huge and the money that comes along with that goes to help the animals survive where the alternative is nature taking it's course.

    I have a lot of issues with how some animals are cared for and shipped around and exploited but I'm not at all an advocate for shutting down all zoo's or sanctuaries where animals are kept.


    Anyway, bears are awesome and nature cams are addicting as fuck.

    Yea we have a raptor rescue center here that does amazing work. They do their best to rehabilitate birds that have been injured, especially ones struck by vehicles or hurt by other man made means, but not all of them can go back. They have pretty good enclosures that help to mitigate their disabilities and the more personable birds are part of teaching shows.

    Having a giant ass barn owl sit on your arm is amazing. Also burrowing owls are the best, and I wish they were domesticated so I could have one as a pet.

    Our coastal aquarium was the one who built a giant enclosure to help rehabilitate the killer whale Keiko (the whale from free willy) while he was being prepped to return the the wild. It was an amazing tank for the time, and they did their best to make it interesting for him while he was there. The walls and floors were rough with unique geometric shapes so he could have something to "look at" with his echo location instead of perfectly smooth tank walls. In the years since they've rebuilt it into a pacific northwest fish and shark tank with one of those viewing tubes running through it that you can walk around. It's pretty nice.


    I guess the issue is that Zoo is a broad term that covers the shittiest for profit parks and on the other end rescue and recovery parks that are at least trying to be decent and really consider the needs of their charges.

    The second sentence in your post does not quite live up to the first.

    Why? Not every animal can go back, for a number of reasons. Up here, there's a center for grizzly bears who are too acclimated to be returned to the wild, where they can live safely. (And they earn their keep by doing product testing of "bearproof" containers.)

    I know I'd be willing to pay to see a grizzly fuck up some Tupperware

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  • VeeveeVeevee WisconsinRegistered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Aridhol wrote: »
    I would like to chime in and say that there are some truly heinous aquariums and zoo's out there that abuse and exploit animals which should absolutely be shut down and people prosecuted.
    There are also zoo's and aquariums that are basically hospitals with viewing rooms where injured or abandoned animals go to for care and survival.
    The "zoo" part of this pays for the staff and care of these animals and it pisses me off when people advocate for them to be shut down because the outcome for the animals is now death.
    Not every rehabilitated animal can go back into the wild and some required constant care. Allowing the public to see and be educated about these animals "in real life" is huge and the money that comes along with that goes to help the animals survive where the alternative is nature taking it's course.

    I have a lot of issues with how some animals are cared for and shipped around and exploited but I'm not at all an advocate for shutting down all zoo's or sanctuaries where animals are kept.


    Anyway, bears are awesome and nature cams are addicting as fuck.

    Yea we have a raptor rescue center here that does amazing work. They do their best to rehabilitate birds that have been injured, especially ones struck by vehicles or hurt by other man made means, but not all of them can go back. They have pretty good enclosures that help to mitigate their disabilities and the more personable birds are part of teaching shows.

    Having a giant ass barn owl sit on your arm is amazing. Also burrowing owls are the best, and I wish they were domesticated so I could have one as a pet.

    Our coastal aquarium was the one who built a giant enclosure to help rehabilitate the killer whale Keiko (the whale from free willy) while he was being prepped to return the the wild. It was an amazing tank for the time, and they did their best to make it interesting for him while he was there. The walls and floors were rough with unique geometric shapes so he could have something to "look at" with his echo location instead of perfectly smooth tank walls. In the years since they've rebuilt it into a pacific northwest fish and shark tank with one of those viewing tubes running through it that you can walk around. It's pretty nice.


    I guess the issue is that Zoo is a broad term that covers the shittiest for profit parks and on the other end rescue and recovery parks that are at least trying to be decent and really consider the needs of their charges.

    The second sentence in your post does not quite live up to the first.

    Yea, let me be clear, when I say "Not all can go back" it means that if they did go back, they will die, due to a permanent disability. So in those cases the rescue center keeps them on and takes care of them.

    My one consistent dream in life is to win the lottery in order to build the best non-returnable raptor center in the world.

    And Klemming, those possibly actually are an ancestor of a modern raptor species

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  • CalicaCalica Registered User regular
    klemming wrote: »
    I think it was referring to what many people first think of when they see the word 'raptor':
    bqdpwgc9zbmc.jpg
    And the disappointment of finding that it was wrong.

    You wanna see some dinosaurs, visit a parrot rescue sometime. Under all that fluff, they're still terror lizards.

    Adorable terror lizards, but terror lizards nonetheless :biggrin:

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  • [Expletive deleted][Expletive deleted] The mediocre doctor NorwayRegistered User regular
    I read "raptor" and was then immediately disappointed to read about some birds.
    Birds are great.
    Possibly with the exception of the seagulls screaming outside my window whenever the sun is up (i.e., 24/7 except about two hours around midnight).

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  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    Calica wrote: »
    klemming wrote: »
    I think it was referring to what many people first think of when they see the word 'raptor':
    bqdpwgc9zbmc.jpg
    And the disappointment of finding that it was wrong.

    You wanna see some dinosaurs, visit a parrot rescue sometime. Under all that fluff, they're still terror lizards.

    Adorable terror lizards, but terror lizards nonetheless :biggrin:

    We have wild turkeys around here. Watching them strut around the fields? Yea you can see the lizard clearly in them.

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  • VishNubVishNub Registered User regular
    Birds I hate (or would, if they were real): Seagulls, pigeons, pelicans, grackles, geese.

    All other birds ok.

  • HevachHevach Registered User regular
    I read "raptor" and was then immediately disappointed to read about some birds.
    Birds are great.
    Possibly with the exception of the seagulls screaming outside my window whenever the sun is up (i.e., 24/7 except about two hours around midnight).

    Re:the spoiler: I accidentally door checked a seagull once in a parking lot. It followed me to the building screaming until I got inside. When I came back out it followed me back to my car screaming at me, whereupon I door checked it a second time, on purpose.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Decomposey wrote: »
    I enjoy how you're talking to me like I clearly never went to a zoo as a kid

    Look Smof, until you have the experience of being near a real living lion, which everyone on these forums knows you have never had, you just couldn't possibly understand.

    I wonder what that's like

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against the Irish) Registered User regular
    Decomposey wrote: »
    I enjoy how you're talking to me like I clearly never went to a zoo as a kid

    Look Smof, until you have the experience of being near a real living lion, which everyone on these forums knows you have never had, you just couldn't possibly understand.

    I wonder what that's like

    I hear it's similar to going for a stroll, seeing fresh kill drag marks across the road in front of you, and then continuing to stroll onward before going, 'wait a minute...'

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  • CarpyCarpy Registered User regular
    Peacocks are an underrated nuisance bird. Back in the Corps there was a flock that lived on base and without fail every morning at 5:00 am they would be outside our barracks yelling like:

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  • webguy20webguy20 I spend too much time on the Internet Registered User regular
    That is an amazing preview image. Our neighbors had peacocks growing up and they would always roost on my dads work van. Pissed him right off.

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  • PhotosaurusPhotosaurus Registered User regular
    We had a neighborhood peacock until pretty recently. Apparently the previous owners (read: assholes) just left him behind when they moved. Luckily it's pretty temperate here and he made his way for a few years before being taken in. Unfortunately due to noise complaints he had to be relocated outside the city, but now he's out on a ranch with some other critters and apparently doing well.

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  • Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    edited June 27
    Veevee wrote: »
    webguy20 wrote: »
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Aridhol wrote: »
    I would like to chime in and say that there are some truly heinous aquariums and zoo's out there that abuse and exploit animals which should absolutely be shut down and people prosecuted.
    There are also zoo's and aquariums that are basically hospitals with viewing rooms where injured or abandoned animals go to for care and survival.
    The "zoo" part of this pays for the staff and care of these animals and it pisses me off when people advocate for them to be shut down because the outcome for the animals is now death.
    Not every rehabilitated animal can go back into the wild and some required constant care. Allowing the public to see and be educated about these animals "in real life" is huge and the money that comes along with that goes to help the animals survive where the alternative is nature taking it's course.

    I have a lot of issues with how some animals are cared for and shipped around and exploited but I'm not at all an advocate for shutting down all zoo's or sanctuaries where animals are kept.


    Anyway, bears are awesome and nature cams are addicting as fuck.

    Yea we have a raptor rescue center here that does amazing work. They do their best to rehabilitate birds that have been injured, especially ones struck by vehicles or hurt by other man made means, but not all of them can go back. They have pretty good enclosures that help to mitigate their disabilities and the more personable birds are part of teaching shows.

    Having a giant ass barn owl sit on your arm is amazing. Also burrowing owls are the best, and I wish they were domesticated so I could have one as a pet.

    Our coastal aquarium was the one who built a giant enclosure to help rehabilitate the killer whale Keiko (the whale from free willy) while he was being prepped to return the the wild. It was an amazing tank for the time, and they did their best to make it interesting for him while he was there. The walls and floors were rough with unique geometric shapes so he could have something to "look at" with his echo location instead of perfectly smooth tank walls. In the years since they've rebuilt it into a pacific northwest fish and shark tank with one of those viewing tubes running through it that you can walk around. It's pretty nice.


    I guess the issue is that Zoo is a broad term that covers the shittiest for profit parks and on the other end rescue and recovery parks that are at least trying to be decent and really consider the needs of their charges.

    The second sentence in your post does not quite live up to the first.

    Yea, let me be clear, when I say "Not all can go back" it means that if they did go back, they will die, due to a permanent disability. So in those cases the rescue center keeps them on and takes care of them.

    My one consistent dream in life is to win the lottery in order to build the best non-returnable raptor center in the world.

    I initially read this as you wanting to build a place people picked up raptors from and would refuse people like [Expletive deleted] a refund when they found out it wasn't the bipedal dinosaur.

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  • Atlas in ChainsAtlas in Chains Registered User regular
    We had a neighborhood peacock until pretty recently. Apparently the previous owners (read: assholes) just left him behind when they moved. Luckily it's pretty temperate here and he made his way for a few years before being taken in. Unfortunately due to noise complaints he had to be relocated outside the city, but now he's out on a ranch with some other critters and apparently doing well.

    Oh, sweetheart, your peacock went to live on a farm upstate? I think it's time for the talk about Grandma and Grandpa going to sleep for a really long time...

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    edited June 30
    Bad news: A couple voted for Brexit without grasping what that means to them, blames the Gemmifera Group.

    Gone Right: Their neighbor's response (it goes on for some time)

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    We had a neighborhood peacock until pretty recently. Apparently the previous owners (read: assholes) just left him behind when they moved. Luckily it's pretty temperate here and he made his way for a few years before being taken in. Unfortunately due to noise complaints he had to be relocated outside the city, but now he's out on a ranch with some other critters and apparently doing well.

    Oh, sweetheart, your peacock went to live on a farm upstate? I think it's time for the talk about Grandma and Grandpa going to sleep for a really long time...

    I was the rare child whose pet actually did go to live on a farm upstate. We had a cat when I was small who was not equipped to deal with a grabby infant so he got shipped off to my sister's grandma's farm to be a barn cat. I got to visit him as he lived to a ripe old age doing what he loved: murdering small animals. Bosco was a real one.

    So, exception that proves the rule, I guess.

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  • Inquisitor77Inquisitor77 2 x Penny Arcade Fight Club Champion A fixed point in space and timeRegistered User regular
    It'd be funny if it wasn't so fucking stupid and didn't have such a massively detrimental impact on so many other people.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Yeah, I find it hard to laugh at Brexiters discovering they've fucked themselves when I've spent the last 4 years knowing they fucked me and everyone else who voted against it

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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    This is why we declared our independence, so we wouldn't be beholden to terrible voting decisions by a small number of ignorant awful people...

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  • AuralynxAuralynx Darkness is a perspective Watching the ego workRegistered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    Bad news: A couple voted for Brexit without grasping what that means to them, blames the Gemmifera Group.

    Gone Right: Their neighbor's response (it goes on for some time)

    I don't even approximately understand French and I still want to be a fly on the wall for that meeting with the mayor. I don't think translation will really be necessary.

    That thread really goes places, even by "really goes places" standards.

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  • PhotosaurusPhotosaurus Registered User regular
    We had a neighborhood peacock until pretty recently. Apparently the previous owners (read: assholes) just left him behind when they moved. Luckily it's pretty temperate here and he made his way for a few years before being taken in. Unfortunately due to noise complaints he had to be relocated outside the city, but now he's out on a ranch with some other critters and apparently doing well.

    Oh, sweetheart, your peacock went to live on a farm upstate? I think it's time for the talk about Grandma and Grandpa going to sleep for a really long time...

    Lol, I knew someone was going to do this the moment I mentioned the farm.

    Here is Kevin's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/kevintheurbanpeacock/

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    We had a neighborhood peacock until pretty recently. Apparently the previous owners (read: assholes) just left him behind when they moved. Luckily it's pretty temperate here and he made his way for a few years before being taken in. Unfortunately due to noise complaints he had to be relocated outside the city, but now he's out on a ranch with some other critters and apparently doing well.

    Oh, sweetheart, your peacock went to live on a farm upstate? I think it's time for the talk about Grandma and Grandpa going to sleep for a really long time...

    Lol, I knew someone was going to do this the moment I mentioned the farm.

    Here is Kevin's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/kevintheurbanpeacock/

    Wow. Your parents have really gone all out to uphold the illusion :P

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    The parents were actually replaced by four peacocks in two trenchcoats.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    We had a neighborhood peacock until pretty recently. Apparently the previous owners (read: assholes) just left him behind when they moved. Luckily it's pretty temperate here and he made his way for a few years before being taken in. Unfortunately due to noise complaints he had to be relocated outside the city, but now he's out on a ranch with some other critters and apparently doing well.

    Oh, sweetheart, your peacock went to live on a farm upstate? I think it's time for the talk about Grandma and Grandpa going to sleep for a really long time...

    Lol, I knew someone was going to do this the moment I mentioned the farm.

    Here is Kevin's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/kevintheurbanpeacock/

    Wow. Your parents have really gone all out to uphold the illusion :P

    Is this the meanest post in D&D

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  • Moridin889Moridin889 Registered User regular
    We had a neighborhood peacock until pretty recently. Apparently the previous owners (read: assholes) just left him behind when they moved. Luckily it's pretty temperate here and he made his way for a few years before being taken in. Unfortunately due to noise complaints he had to be relocated outside the city, but now he's out on a ranch with some other critters and apparently doing well.

    Oh, sweetheart, your peacock went to live on a farm upstate? I think it's time for the talk about Grandma and Grandpa going to sleep for a really long time...

    Lol, I knew someone was going to do this the moment I mentioned the farm.

    Here is Kevin's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/kevintheurbanpeacock/

    Wow. Your parents have really gone all out to uphold the illusion :P

    Is this the meanest post in D&D

    Only if the truth is cruelty

  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    edited July 1
    wrong thread!

    spool32 on
  • PhotosaurusPhotosaurus Registered User regular
    Bad news: climate change will likely kill us all.

    Good news: we're gonna see some interesting stuff along the way.
    Marine mammal experts and federal officials are stumped by what’s believed to be the first-ever West Coast sighting of a beluga whale off San Diego.

    Typically, beluga whales are found at the North Pole and along Russia’s northern coast – some 8,000 miles away from the Southern California coast.

    “It’s a remarkable surprise that nobody would have expected,” said Michael Milstein, spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “We would like to learn something from this. Everybody is baffled.”

    The 15-foot pearly white whale was last seen on Friday, June 26, by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew that spotted it in the afternoon swimming south just off Point Loma.

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  • VishNubVishNub Registered User regular
    There’s been lots of weird shit off the coast of San Diego in the last ten years but most of it is tropical stuff coming north.

  • AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    Apparently, there was a ride too crazy for Action Park:
    Frank touched the surface as though it were an alien spacecraft made of a strange alloy. He nudged it as though physical contact might reveal its mysteries. The ball wobbled a bit before going still. He slid a hand behind the railing surrounding the exterior. It got stuck, prompting a brief panic. With a sheepish grin, Frank plucked it out.

    This would soon be the least of Frank’s problems.

    Inside this ball was another ball, one equipped with a seat and a shoulder harness like the kind found in race cars (just not Action Park’s race cars, which were engineered for bone-smashing mayhem). Ball bearings separated the inner ball from the larger exterior ball, which allowed the inner ball to swivel independently and orient itself so the seat always remained upright. Behind Frank, stretching in a zig-zag pattern down the foot of the mountain, was a long track made from PVC piping like the kind used in plumbing, five or six inches in diameter. On the outer surface of the ball were casters and wheels like the ones found on office chairs. With these context clues, I began to understand Frank’s apprehension.

    “Once you’re in the ball, Frank,” Gene said, “you’re going to roll along that track …”

    “I don’t think—”

    “Don’t worry,” my father said, acting as though climbing into a giant ball was routine. “You’ll roll along the track and come to a gentle stop. You get in there and try it out and we’ll take it for a spin when the ride inspectors come.”

    Before Frank could protest further, my father handed him a 100 dollar bill. Frank stared at the cash, temporarily placated. He opened a hatch on the ball and peered inside. Charlie O’Brien and Big Al Lazier, my father’s dependable but not strictly sober maintenance men, helped him in. Once Frank was strapped to the seat, the two began rolling him around the grass like they were bored children playing with a toy.

    “You’re not gonna find this at Disney,” my father said, beaming.

    Rarely did he stop to consider there might be a very good reason for that.

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  • Captain InertiaCaptain Inertia Registered User regular
    I don’t know, looks like it had a perfect record of not killing its rider

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  • CalicaCalica Registered User regular
    Apparently, there was a ride too crazy for Action Park:
    Frank touched the surface as though it were an alien spacecraft made of a strange alloy. He nudged it as though physical contact might reveal its mysteries. The ball wobbled a bit before going still. He slid a hand behind the railing surrounding the exterior. It got stuck, prompting a brief panic. With a sheepish grin, Frank plucked it out.

    This would soon be the least of Frank’s problems.

    Inside this ball was another ball, one equipped with a seat and a shoulder harness like the kind found in race cars (just not Action Park’s race cars, which were engineered for bone-smashing mayhem). Ball bearings separated the inner ball from the larger exterior ball, which allowed the inner ball to swivel independently and orient itself so the seat always remained upright. Behind Frank, stretching in a zig-zag pattern down the foot of the mountain, was a long track made from PVC piping like the kind used in plumbing, five or six inches in diameter. On the outer surface of the ball were casters and wheels like the ones found on office chairs. With these context clues, I began to understand Frank’s apprehension.

    “Once you’re in the ball, Frank,” Gene said, “you’re going to roll along that track …”

    “I don’t think—”

    “Don’t worry,” my father said, acting as though climbing into a giant ball was routine. “You’ll roll along the track and come to a gentle stop. You get in there and try it out and we’ll take it for a spin when the ride inspectors come.”

    Before Frank could protest further, my father handed him a 100 dollar bill. Frank stared at the cash, temporarily placated. He opened a hatch on the ball and peered inside. Charlie O’Brien and Big Al Lazier, my father’s dependable but not strictly sober maintenance men, helped him in. Once Frank was strapped to the seat, the two began rolling him around the grass like they were bored children playing with a toy.

    “You’re not gonna find this at Disney,” my father said, beaming.

    Rarely did he stop to consider there might be a very good reason for that.

    Gone right?

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Pretty sure I've seen videos of those gone horribly wrong on a mountain before. And there was no gone right in that case.

  • MortiousMortious The Nightmare Begins Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    Seems similar to zorbing

    Move to New Zealand
    It’s not a very important country most of the time
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  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Calica wrote: »
    Apparently, there was a ride too crazy for Action Park:
    Frank touched the surface as though it were an alien spacecraft made of a strange alloy. He nudged it as though physical contact might reveal its mysteries. The ball wobbled a bit before going still. He slid a hand behind the railing surrounding the exterior. It got stuck, prompting a brief panic. With a sheepish grin, Frank plucked it out.

    This would soon be the least of Frank’s problems.

    Inside this ball was another ball, one equipped with a seat and a shoulder harness like the kind found in race cars (just not Action Park’s race cars, which were engineered for bone-smashing mayhem). Ball bearings separated the inner ball from the larger exterior ball, which allowed the inner ball to swivel independently and orient itself so the seat always remained upright. Behind Frank, stretching in a zig-zag pattern down the foot of the mountain, was a long track made from PVC piping like the kind used in plumbing, five or six inches in diameter. On the outer surface of the ball were casters and wheels like the ones found on office chairs. With these context clues, I began to understand Frank’s apprehension.

    “Once you’re in the ball, Frank,” Gene said, “you’re going to roll along that track …”

    “I don’t think—”

    “Don’t worry,” my father said, acting as though climbing into a giant ball was routine. “You’ll roll along the track and come to a gentle stop. You get in there and try it out and we’ll take it for a spin when the ride inspectors come.”

    Before Frank could protest further, my father handed him a 100 dollar bill. Frank stared at the cash, temporarily placated. He opened a hatch on the ball and peered inside. Charlie O’Brien and Big Al Lazier, my father’s dependable but not strictly sober maintenance men, helped him in. Once Frank was strapped to the seat, the two began rolling him around the grass like they were bored children playing with a toy.

    “You’re not gonna find this at Disney,” my father said, beaming.

    Rarely did he stop to consider there might be a very good reason for that.

    Gone right?

    Look, Zorb is a different company, a different quality of rolling.

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  • TNTrooperTNTrooper Registered User regular
    Bad news: AZ gym refuses to follow government mandate to shut down.

    Gone right: They lost their liquor licenses.

    https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-suspends-liquor-licenses-at-lifetime-fitness-biltmore-location

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