Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 22, 2019

  • Recently I mentioned how DaughterGeeding said she’s going to miss me driving her and her brother to school, that she’s going to miss the smell of coffee in the car and listening to The TICKET. I thought it would be something nice the Musers would like to hear so I sent them an email. Yesterday morning they were kind enough to read it on the air.
  • Dallas will be the first U.S. city to get this fancy cured ham I never heard of until now – Spain’s famous Jamón Ibérico store chooses Dallas for its first U.S. location.
  • I had no idea a movie about Roger Ailes and FOX News was coming out, but I was amazed at how well Charlize Theron captured Megyn Kelly’s look.
  • Maybe it’s because I’ve lived all my life in Texas, but I thought it was interesting the author of this article wanted to make the distinction that the cow was female. All cows are female. Maybe it’s a geographical linguistic thing, this happened in England.
    • Cow shot dead by police in Newfield Drive in Carlisle
      • A large female cow was seen roaming through gardens and roads in the area of Newfield Drive in Carlisle. Police were called to contain the cow at about 12pm today, before armed officers shot the animal dead two hours later.
      • In case you are lacking in bovine literacy:
        • Cow: A cow is a female animal that has had at least one calf.
        • Heifer: A heifer is a female animal that has never had a calf. Once a heifer has a calf, she automatically becomes a cow.
        • Bull: A mature male animal that is used for breeding. (And for the record, I did know what a bull was when I initially asked my city kid question!)
        • Steer: A steer is a male animal that has been neutered.
        • And for good measure:
          • So, what do you usually eat when you eat meat? Generally speaking if it’s good quality meat it’s usually a heifer or steer. If it’s lower quality meat, it’s usually a cow.
        • I’m sure a lot of you thought this series of bullet points was a bunch of bullshit. Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all weak. Sorry if you were offended this blog tipped slightly un-family friendly, but you can’t live sheltered all the time.
  • New Orleans was already challenged with drainage problems simply being under sea level – Cars (yes, entire cars) found crammed in underground Mid-City canal, clogging drainage pipes
  • Wired – There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram
    • Pre-2016, if you were in the market for human remains, eBay was your go-to website. But after the site banned the sale of human body parts (with the exception of scalp hair) in 2016, Instagram has taken over. Selling remains on the photo-sharing network works much like other informal commerce on the platform. A user will post an image of, say, a skull and offer a price in the comment section below. Interested users will then reach out via direct message, and if a price is agreed upon, payment is made directly, and the goods packaged and shipped.
    • Unlike other illicit markets on Instagram—exotic animals, looted antiquities, weapons—there is nothing explicitly illegal about trading human remains on the platform.
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6 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, August 22, 2019

  1. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Good job on the bovine gender identification. As a public service, now do swine and chickens. People need to know their capons from their gilts from their cockerels from their barrows, etc. Knowledge is power.

  2. AndreaJN says:

    So what to do you call a cow/bull if you don’t know the gender? “Hey look at that ‘cattle (singular)/ living beef/ bos taurus/ mature calf’ in the field.”

  3. RPM says:

    Russell Crowe was amazing as Roger Ailes in The Loudest Voice.

  4. Bryan B. says:

    I appreciate the bovine vocabulary refresher, but I think it’s time to mooove along.

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