Weird, Wild, and Wonderful

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Weird, Wild, and Wonderful

Happy Fri­day! Here are some odd­ball things I came across, sub­mit­ted for your enjoyment…

It is “spring” here in New York’s Scenic Hud­son Val­ley, but The Win­ter That Will Not Die rained ice chips on me while I walked the dogs yes­ter­day and there are still mounds of unmelted snow along side dri­ve­ways and park­ing lots in the neigh­bor­hood, but I don’t think I have much to com­plain about because at least we are not buried in tum­ble­weeds like they are in Vic­torville, Cal­i­for­nia:

High winds have left a Cal­i­for­nia desert town buried in tum­ble­weeds. Res­i­dents of Vic­torville, which is north­east of Los Ange­les were shocked when hun­dreds of tum­ble­weeds blew into their town, bury­ing every­thing in their wake, includ­ing 150 homes. There were so many weeds that they reached the sec­ond story of some of the houses.

Video cap­tured and posted to YouTube showed mas­sive piles of the weeds blow­ing through the town, com­pletely cov­er­ing some homes as clean-​up crews worked to remove the tum­ble­weed. MORE

H/​T iOTWRe​port​.com

When I saw a head­line ear­lier this week about how some human beings have a genetic muta­tion that allows them to remain under­wa­ter for longer than most peo­ple, I expected I’d find out that they’d grown gills, but it turns out that they have spe­cial spleens. Via National Geo­graphic:

If you hold your breath and plunge your face into a tub of water, your body auto­mat­i­cally trig­gers what’s called the div­ing response. Your heart rate slows, your blood ves­sels con­strict, and your spleen con­tracts, all reac­tions that help you save energy when you’re low on oxygen.

Most peo­ple can hold their breath under­wa­ter for a few sec­onds, some for a few min­utes. But a group of peo­ple called the Bajau takes free div­ing to the extreme, stay­ing under­wa­ter for as long as 13 min­utes at depths of around 200 feet. These nomadic peo­ple live in waters wind­ing through the Philip­pines, Malaysia, and Indone­sia, where they dive to hunt for fish or search for nat­ural ele­ments that can be used in crafts.

Now, a study in the jour­nal Cell offers the first clues that a DNA muta­tion for larger spleens gives the Bajau a genetic advan­tage for life in the deep. READ MORE

H/​T: Instapun­dit

Two cops were hav­ing a rough time try­ing to arrest a cou­ple of mis­cre­ants who were vio­lently resist­ing. One cop was knocked uncon­scious, when a female off duty med­ical assis­tant came to the res­cue with a BODY SLAM to one of the thugs (also a female) who was attack­ing the cops. The bystander turned hero­ine then held the crook in place until the downed offi­cer was back up and the cops could fin­ish the arrest. Via FoxNews:

Offi­cer Brian Lowen­hagen and Sgt. Eric Wal­ters were attempt­ing to arrest the sus­pect, later iden­ti­fied as 21-​year-​old Jacob R. Hel­len­brand, out­side of a con­ve­nience store on Sun­day when a woman who was with him punched Loewen­hagen “numer­ous times,” accord­ing to the police department.

As Sgt. Wal­ters attempted to restrain the woman, iden­ti­fied as 21-​year-​old Olivia J. Boomsma, the “male was able to blade his body toward Sgt. Wal­ters and force­fully kick Sgt. Wal­ters on the right side of his face and head,” accord­ing to the police department.

Around that same time, an off-​duty med­ical assis­tant who had stopped in the con­ve­nience store on her way home came to the rescue.

Divine Sav­ior Hos­pi­tal employee Vanessa Guerra ran toward the offi­cers after she noticed Wal­ters had fallen uncon­scious. As she was check­ing on him, the “female sus­pect was begin­ning to fight with Offi­cer Loewen­hagen again and was yelling about hav­ing a knife in her pocket,” police said.

That’s when Guerra “dis­re­garded her own safety to help pro­tect the offi­cers,” the police depart­ment explained. She “body-​slammed” Boomsma against a wall and “held her there until Sgt. Wal­ters resumed con­scious­ness and was able to hand­cuff the female,” the sta­tion added.

I’m in the med­ical pro­fes­sion. When you get into that mode, you’re there for your patients, you’re there for the per­son that you see in need. And that’s what you do,” the med­ical assis­tant later told WKOW.

Portage Police Chief Man­they of the Portage Police Depart­ment thanked Guerra for her brav­ery, WKOW reported. RTWT

Dogs. They really do make every­thing bet­ter! Via Sun­nySkyz:

A group of Bor­der Col­lies are hav­ing the time of their lives and they don’t even real­ize how much they are help­ing the planet.

Last year, wild­fires in cen­tral Chile destroyed over a mil­lion acres of for­est land.

Months later, a unique team was brought in to help restore the dam­aged ecosystem.

A bor­der col­lie named Das and her two daughters,Olivia and Sum­mer, have been fit­ted with spe­cial back­packs that allow them to dis­trib­ute native plant seeds through­out burned forests.

Although the task is a seri­ous one, it’s an excuse for the dogs to have fun.

They reeeeeally love [it]!!” their owner, Fran­cisca Tor­res, told Mother Nature Net­work. “It’s a coun­try trip, where they can run as fast as they can and have a great time.”

Depend­ing on the ter­rain, the four-​legged trio can cover as many as 18 miles in a day and dis­trib­ute more than 20 pounds of seeds.

[cap­tion id=”” align=“aligncenter” width=“700”] Credit: Insta­gram /​sum­mer­bor­der­col­lie via SunnySkyz[/caption]

Dogs help­ing to refor­est the for­est. The longer I live, the longer I come to believe that there is lit­tle in this world that can­not be improved with dogs.

Have a nice weekend!

*******

MJ Steven­son, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla​.com. She lives in a wood­land shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her fam­ily and a large pack of guardian com­pan­ion ani­mals.

Happy Friday! Here are some oddball things I came across, submitted for your enjoyment…

It is “spring” here in New York’s Scenic Hudson Valley, but The Winter That Will Not Die rained ice chips on me while I walked the dogs yesterday and there are still mounds of unmelted snow along side driveways and parking lots in the neighborhood, but I don’t think I have much to complain about because at least we are not buried in tumbleweeds like they are in Victorville, California:

High winds have left a California desert town buried in tumbleweeds. Residents of Victorville, which is northeast of Los Angeles were shocked when hundreds of tumbleweeds blew into their town, burying everything in their wake, including 150 homes. There were so many weeds that they reached the second story of some of the houses.

Video captured and posted to YouTube showed massive piles of the weeds blowing through the town, completely covering some homes as clean-up crews worked to remove the tumbleweed.   MORE

H/T iOTWReport.com

When I saw a headline earlier this week about how some human beings have a genetic mutation that allows them to remain underwater for longer than most people, I expected I’d find out that they’d grown gills, but it turns out that they have special spleens. Via National Geographic:

If you hold your breath and plunge your face into a tub of water, your body automatically triggers what’s called the diving response. Your heart rate slows, your blood vessels constrict, and your spleen contracts, all reactions that help you save energy when you’re low on oxygen.

Most people can hold their breath underwater for a few seconds, some for a few minutes. But a group of people called the Bajau takes free diving to the extreme, staying underwater for as long as 13 minutes at depths of around 200 feet. These nomadic people live in waters winding through the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, where they dive to hunt for fish or search for natural elements that can be used in crafts.

Now, a study in the journal Cell offers the first clues that a DNA mutation for larger spleens gives the Bajau a genetic advantage for life in the deep.  READ MORE

H/T: Instapundit

Two cops were having a rough time trying to arrest a couple of miscreants who were violently resisting. One cop was knocked unconscious, when a female off duty medical assistant came to the rescue with a BODY SLAM to one of the thugs (also a female) who was attacking the cops. The bystander turned heroine then held the crook in place until the downed officer was back up and the cops could finish  the arrest. Via FoxNews:

Officer Brian Lowenhagen and Sgt. Eric Walters were attempting to arrest the suspect, later identified as 21-year-old Jacob R. Hellenbrand, outside of a convenience store on Sunday when a woman who was with him punched Loewenhagen “numerous times,” according to the police department.

As Sgt. Walters attempted to restrain the woman, identified as 21-year-old Olivia J. Boomsma, the “male was able to blade his body toward Sgt. Walters and forcefully kick Sgt. Walters on the right side of his face and head,” according to the police department.

Around that same time, an off-duty medical assistant who had stopped in the convenience store on her way home came to the rescue.

Divine Savior Hospital employee Vanessa Guerra ran toward the officers after she noticed Walters had fallen unconscious. As she was checking on him, the “female suspect was beginning to fight with Officer Loewenhagen again and was yelling about having a knife in her pocket,” police said.

That’s when Guerra “disregarded her own safety to help protect the officers,” the police department explained. She “body-slammed” Boomsma against a wall and “held her there until Sgt. Walters resumed consciousness and was able to handcuff the female,” the station added.

“I’m in the medical profession. When you get into that mode, you’re there for your patients, you’re there for the person that you see in need. And that’s what you do,” the medical assistant later told WKOW.

Portage Police Chief Manthey of the Portage Police Department thanked Guerra for her bravery, WKOW reported. RTWT

Dogs. They really do make everything better! Via SunnySkyz:

A group of Border Collies are having the time of their lives and they don’t even realize how much they are helping the planet.

Last year, wildfires in central Chile destroyed over a million acres of forest land.

Months later, a unique team was brought in to help restore the damaged ecosystem.

A border collie named Das and her two daughters,Olivia and Summer, have been fitted with special backpacks that allow them to distribute native plant seeds throughout burned forests.

Although the task is a serious one, it’s an excuse for the dogs to have fun.

“They reeeeeally love [it]!!” their owner, Francisca Torres, told Mother Nature Network. “It’s a country trip, where they can run as fast as they can and have a great time.”

Depending on the terrain, the four-legged trio can cover as many as 18 miles in a day and distribute more than 20 pounds of seeds.

Credit: Instagram / summerbordercollie via SunnySkyz

Dogs helping to reforest the forest. The longer I live, the longer I come to believe that there is little in this world that cannot be improved with dogs.

Have a nice weekend!

*******

MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals.