For years and possibly centuries people have made claims of a gigantic, humanoid ape roaming around the woodlands if their region. In some places he is called the Sasquatch, some call it a Yeti, but it is most commonly known in North America as Bigfoot. Bigfoot is an urban legend or hoax that is widely believed and has been passed down by story tellers for years. I have never believed in the story of Bigfoot, but I have always wondered why and how anybody actually could. Stories of Bigfoot vary from encounters with ferocious manlike beasts to being captured by families of allegedly timid creatures, and while some of these tales have proved to be quite compelling, they don’t actually seem to corroborate the same story. I would probably believe there is a Bigfoot like creature roaming around the woods if all of the sightings sounded similar, but with the major differences in the narrative it is hard to fall for such a tale. I find it had to believe that in this technological age we live in, where an ant can be tracked via satellite, we can’t find a hairy seven foot tall creature roaming in the woods. Everyone has a smart phone these days, so if this creature actually exists, I expect to see some sort of visual proof in the near future. I know that some people out there fully believe in the legend of Bigfoot, but until this mythical creature is exposed, I will stay firmly planted in the camp of the unbeliever.
Thanksgiving is days away, and before I state what makes me thankful, I would like to take a moment to admire the bird of the hour, the turkey. A turkey is the bird that millions of Americans will be gathering around, but why exactly do we eat a turkey of all birds? I know that turkeys are delicious, and they are rather large birds so they can feed many, but I like to wonder what the day would be like if we just ate chicken or duck. One of the major reasons for turkey being eaten on thanksgiving is because, during the early years of this continent’s colonization, these birds were quite plentiful and native. The early celebrators of the holiday possibly had easy access to the birds, and due to the large size of these fowl, I’m sure they were extremely thankful for their bounty. While I don’t exactly like turkeys since they are known for chasing people around, I still find them quite tasty, so I definitely can’t wait to “dig in” this Thursday.
I am not generally fond of insects, but of all insects or bugs in existence the type that I simply can’t stand is the bee. Bees are those striped, flying menaces, that are known for making honey and for their annoying and sometimes deadly stings. I have to admit, my aversion to bees is based entirely on their ability to sting. If bees were unable to sting, I would probably never even look at them twice, but the sheer fact that these little creatures pack such a painful punch is all I need to never want to see one again. While I love honey, I think I would be willing to give up on honey if it meant I would never have to encounter another bee in my life. The odd thing about my hatred for bees is that it all started from a hornet attack I was subjected to as a child. A hornet once found its way under my hat and began releasing a flurry of stings into my head. That single hornet traumatized me enough to keep me far from these insects, and all types of flying stinging insects in general. I am not allergic to bees, wasps, or hornets, but I definitely don’t want to ever be stung by one of these creatures again, especially in the head. Some may say that I need to outgrow this fear, but as small as these creatures are, the memory of the pain they caused me as a child is enough for me to stay out of their path.
On this day, as it is “raining cats and dogs” here in the city, I started thinking about which pet is actually the better option. I know the Internet is obsessed with cats, and they can come off as pretty cute, but dogs have been regularly labeled as “man’s best friend.” I have never actually had a pet other than a small creature such as a fish or a hamster, but I have always been drawn more to dogs than cats. I guess my issue with cats is their air of indifference. Cats are great pets for people who have little space, but they seem to walk around like they own the place, and they often ignore the wishes of their owners. I know that cats can be affectionate at times, but I am used to dealing with cats that really don’t care much for people, unless food is involved. Dogs don’t come problem free, they must be trained well to avoid in home mishaps, and they can be too clingy at times. If a dog is not trained well it could be big trouble for its owner, as some poorly trained dogs have been known to bite strangers and ruin important documents. Even though there are negatives to both dogs and cats, the positives of well trained pet ownership far outweigh the negatives. To be honest I don’t think one is better than the other when it comes to cats and dogs, each of these creatures has their separate perks, but they are both known for being solid companions to their owners when they need them most. The great debate of cat or dog has no clear winner, and since it is so hard to look at this topic objectively, I think it is time for us to realize that these animals are equally as qualified to be the perfect pet.
Goat simulator is a game that is available on almost all major platforms, but for the sake of this review, I will be sticking with the iOS app. With a name like Goat Simulator it may seem a forgone conclusion that this app is a joke, but after playing it, it is hard to deny its charm and addictive qualities. Goat simulator is a parody app, even on the purchase page there is a disclaimer warning the buyer to spend their money on something more worth while, but with a sale price of three dollars as this is being written, I decided to give it a shot. The object of this game is to run around, as a goat, causing damage to a small town, with absolutely no limits or consequences. Goat simulator is basically poking fun at the absurdity of “open world” games by making the character a mindless goat with an unexplained vendetta against humanity. Aside from the obvious jokes pointed at the gaming world and the blatant glitches thrown into the game, Goat Simulator is actually pretty fun. I wouldn’t go as far as to nominate this as the greatest app ever or to say it is a must buy, but for the money, it does exactly as it promises. It provides the user with minutes of useless time wasting fun that could have been used for more productive means. If you have a little time to waste, try this app out, it is pretty fun. I have only had it for a couple of days and while I enjoy playing it, I am starting to think I should have taken heed to the disclaimer and found a better use of my three dollars.
This past weekend, I got a chance to hang out with an old friend who just happened to have his first child. I had a series of interesting questions to ask him about parenthood. Most of my questions were serious, but the one that stood out was a random joke question I asked that somehow managed to be relatively sensible. I asked, “If you and your wife had to go away for a year, and leave your child with a clown, a dragon, or a bear, who would you choose?” I fully understand that this is a foolish question, but it seems like most people I ask this question have the same answer. While I’m sure that everyone understands the most logical answer to this query is the clown, it is astounding just how many people don’t trust a clown with their baby. The most common answer I received was a bear, and funny enough, that was the answer I had in mind. Now, this was just meant to be a random comical question, but the answer of bear does make sense when it comes from someone in my generation. When you consider the three choices, a dragon should be immediately omitted, not just because it is a reptile, but also due to the fire breathing aspect. As for the clown, I said it before, but there is just seems to be a negative stigma on clowns, I know they are humans, but parents don’t want their children raised in a wacky and unstructured environment. The bear is my choice because of The Jungle Book. Baloo raised Mowgli and he did a perfectly fine job at it, I would love fore my children to grow up understanding the “bear necessities of life.” Try asking this question to friends and family, I know it sounds foolish, but I guarantee most people will answer bear.
This morning I just randomly started thinking about a cartoon I really enjoyed as a child, and thanks to the magic of the internet, I was able to type in the most memorable line from this cartoon and find the full video. The name of this cartoon is “Chow Hound,” it is a story about a dog who bullies a cat and mouse into getting him steaks. Every time the cat and mouse got the dog a steak, he angrily tells them, “you forgot the gravy.” The cartoon ends with the dog stuffed with food in at a doctor’s office, and the cat and mouse finally getting their revenge for his bullying by remembering to bring him his gravy. I love this cartoon because it harkens back to a time when cartoons were more creative than wacky. This cartoon had a message and it told it in a funny and slightly dark way, while still being funny and memorable. This cartoon was part of a segment on the original Looney Tunes show, and to be honest I don’t think I’d be able to remember it if it was like the shows of today. The cartons of today focus on weird characters and obscure topics, nothing in most of today’s cartoons has substance at all. I understand that television is not generally seen as the prime method to use for intellectual or personal betterment, but there is just something about seeing a relatable topic on a cartoon that keeps it fresh in the minds of viewers 20 years down the line. I don’t think much will change for the better when it comes to cartoons, I am just happy that I will always be able to watch the old stuff online. If you are curious about this cartoon, head over to YouTube and search “Chow Hound,” Im sure you will enjoy it.
The title of this post sounds like a great name for a children’s book, unfortunately the story behind this title is less jovial. The web is running wild with hate for Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist who is now infamous for killing Cecil, a protected lion in a Zimbabwe nature preserve. I have to start my opinion on these proceedings by stating that I love wildlife, I am a huge wildlife advocate, and I have previously stated my displeasure with the safety or lack of safety in many nature preserves. With that said, I think everybody is essentially missing the point when it comes to this anger being pointed at this individual. The dentist did wrong, that much is true, it was incredibly stupid for him to take a trip to another country just to spend such an exorbitant amount of money on killing a majestic and protected lion, but the biggest issue is the fact that there is a market for this type of foolish behavior in the world. Death threats against a dentist will not change the system, and to be honest threatening to kill a human being is a bit excessive no matter how upset you are by their actions. I think what it comes down to these days is “fad outrage,” bloggers and social media users seem to be scouring the web for topics to be upset about, regardless of how they actually feel about the issue. I am confident that Dr. Palmer will face prosecution for his idiotic and selfish crime, but until that happens, I would love to see more Americans focus on the problems we still face as a country in hopes of finding some solutions.
Today, I started a new job in the city, and while I am still somewhat convinced that I will not end up living in New York for long, the city always seems to have a way of keeping me around. It has been a while since I worked in Manhattan, and now my days of driving and enjoying the relative serenity of the Bronx are going to be limited to weekends. Whenever you start something new there are obvious apprehensions, but with time and patience things can quickly become the usual, and that is the great thing about adaptation. Adaptation is the ability to get acclimated to a new situation in such a way that the stresses that were once problems are now handled with ease. I understand that it is difficult to get used to a new home or job, but when you consider the fact that humans are not the only creatures that go through active adaptation, it makes the whole process seem less difficult. One of the most common examples of adaptation in the wild can be seen in many forms of plants. Most plants grow towards the sun in order to increase their light intake, this usually involves bending and stretching to a location with better coverage, a tactic plants in brighter circumstances wouldn’t need to employ. Adaptation is not exactly a necessary trait in humans, but in order to survive a difficult situation it must be part of a persons working repertoire. Right now, it may seem like I have less time to blog daily, but I’m sure that I will be able to adapt to my new schedule shortly and get back on a pace in which I am better accustomed.
I have always been an animal lover, and I have generally been intrigued by the plight of endangered and threatened species. It bothers me to think that there are entire populations of animals being destroyed before the general public gets a chance to see them in person. I understand that there are many conservationist groups doing all they can to keep these animals alive, but as long as these creatures are being hunted and ousted from their natural habitats, there is little chance they will exist 10 years down the line. The biggest problem conservationists have with protecting rare species is the fact that these animals are usually heavily desired on the black market. It is unfortunate that hunters and poachers fail to realize that they are doing irreparable damage to the planet, and completely depleting their own source of income. What it comes down to is greed, the people who want these animals hanging on their mantels are depriving the world of a species in the name of owning a trophy. In my opinion, the best way to save endangered species is to make a truly enclosed artificial habitat for them. I understand that the captivity of a zoo is not ideal, but nature preserves are not as secure as the could be, so the only way to actually keep these animals safe is to simulate the wild. It may take years to figure out the best way to keep endangered animals safe, hopefully with new methods being formed daily, these animals will be able to last until a more permanent fix is in place.