Dandelions Archived - 8 December 06

8 December 2006: Two gifts...

I have two gifts for you, both of which came to me by e-mail, neither of which I'd ever have expected to receive (even though I asked for one of them).

"The Man with the Sign" is the (almost complete) lyric that Sheldon Harnick wrote to the tune of John Philip Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever." The how-this-happened is here, though I still can't quite believe it happened. Thank you, MA!

"The Man with the Sign," the best anthem to free speech I have ever heard is here. Thank you, Sheldon Harnick!


The Thicket Theater is the journal of a zookeeper who takes stunning photos of the animals in his/her care and who tells wonderful anecdotes about them and about zookeeping as well. Do not miss how to tickle a slow loris out of its dish so you can change the dish, the baby porcupine that dances with brooms, the young tom ocelot who can't quite figure it out (NSFW, if your boss is an ocelot), and the turtles and the fruit bats and the leopards and the bears and....

This is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes they lose animals and they always have to muck out the enclosures. But, oh, there are so many things here I need to know that I didn't know I needed to know and the photos are just plain amazing. Thank you, ungulata! 

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