Humane Society’s ‘Seals Need Our Help’ Video.

Seals Need Our Help - HSIBelieve it or not, they’re still clubbing harp seal pups in Canada. The “Seals Need Our Help” video is a reminder that even though demand for products containing seal fur is down, and even banned in many countries, the hunt continues. Calling it a hunt is a stretch; it’s more like real-life Whac-A-Mole with a hakapik instead of a padded mallet.

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Post Hurricane Sandy Real Estate Deals: ‘The Great Sandy Sell-Off’ Video.

“If the storm was just isolated to Rockaway, I would understand the fear. But this wasn’t isolated to Rockaway – this happened throughout all 5 boroughs [of New York] and I think that’s why people feel this isn’t going to happen again. This was the perfect storm.”
Lisa Jackson, Rockaway Properties

Yes, the damaged homes of Rockaway are selling at a discount but what do you do when the ‘Perfect Storm’ becomes an annual event? Deal or not, I can’t understand why home buyers would actively seek out homes that not only suffered significant damage but are still in harm’s way. Oh wait, I found an old Far Side comic that explains it:

Far Side - School for the gifted.

[Climate Desk via Guardian]

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Nature’s Game Changer: ‘Great White Shark Gets Head Into Shark Cage’ Video.

What would’ve happened had the Great White Shark gotten into the cage? Best comparison we could come up with looks a like this:

Cat with its head stuck in a cat food can.

“Innovative capitalists have tried to rewrite nature, but to no avail.”Terri Guillemets [Neatorama]

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Andrew Ucles Enlists The Help Of Venomous Snakes To Catch Invasive Rabbits In Australia.

Andrew Ucles barehanded animal catchesThis is so Aus-some. Skipping the pindone poison treated carrots or oats, Andrew Ucles is going old-school to catch rabbits by chasing them into their holes and then siccing some venomous snakes on Australia’s invasive rodents. After watching the video below, it came to me that the most Jubbling way for the US to get rid of our invasive species (ie Asian carp, Burmese pythons etc.) is to import a bunch of shirtless Aussies to do the job. Just sayin. [Treehugger]


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GEOlino’s MELTDOWN Board Game: Lead A Polar Bear Family To Safety Over Actual Melting Ice.

GEOlino MELTDOWN Polar Bear Board Game.GEOlino’s MELTDOWN is a board game and the object is to save a family of polar bears before actual ice melts. Here’s a description of MELTDOWN from their website:

“The aim of the game is to take a polar bear family from the permanent ice floes to safety on the mainland. It’s a race against time, as the way leads across real, slowly melting ice floes, which children can make themselves with the accompanying mould, a bit of water and a freezer compartment. The chunks of ice are arranged on a blue polar sea sponge to form a small Arctic. The sponge is used as the game board and absorbs the melted ice at the same time. Now you can start saving polar bears.”

GEOlino MELTDOWN board game polar bearsMy take: after playing 100+ mind-numbing games of Candy Land, playing MELTDOWN would be a treat. Saving the polar bear family is a group goal in MELTDOWN so there are no winners or losers and MELTDOWN’s message about our environment is subtly delivered. What’s not to like?

Another nice feature of MELTDOWN: for parents who get stuck in the “lets play it again” loop – the melting ice is the clock and once it’s gone, you have to wait for it to re-freeze to play another game. Take that Candy Land. [MELTDOWN via Grist]


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Bullfrog Mousetraps?

Bullfrogs eat everything - National GeographicMy garage has a mouse problem and the mice are winning. Out of four attempts, the mice have nibbled around my peanut butter baited trap without ever releasing it. They’ve even left behind some potty business that looked like it spelled out their preference for chunky peanut butter.

I won’t go the poison or the sticky trap route and I’ve tried the furry-friendly method of capturing mice in a bucket after they walk the baited plank but they keep brazenly coming back. I swear one of the little buggers, after I released it, gave me the finger and squeaked out a “Sucker!

Time to bring in the bullfrogs. Can’t think of a more Jubbling way to get rid of the mice and a couple dozen spiders. [Laughing Squid]

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