Tiger Numbers Increasing

I read an uplifting article today which deserves to be shared because quite often we don’t hear the good side of the news – for the first time in a century, the number of wild tigers is rising.

National tiger surveys carried out show that we have approximately 3890 tigers living in the wild, an increase from the 3200 estimate of 2010. The survey attributes the rise to the improvement of surveys; greater protection for the species and rising numbers in Bhutan, India, Russia and Nepal.

After the 2010 survey results were published, the 13 countries which are indigenous to tigers gathered and put in place the Global Tiger Recovery Plan. This plan is the combined countries plan to double the number of wild tigers by 2022 which coincides with the next Chinese Year of the Tiger. The 13 Tiger Range Countries are – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam and North Korea.

Governments, species experts, scientists, park rangers, conservation experts and communities are all coming together to give tigers their just deserts. The plan to double numbers include taking on the illegal wildlife trade, training rangers and improving the level of conservation to reduce hunting.

We share this planet and I think if we can achieve these targets for one species, we should be able to do it for the others. On a side note, if you want to see our very own mini-tiger, check my other post out.

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Introducing The Latest Family Addition

Hey guys and gals, just a quick post showing our new bundle of fluff! His name is Louie and we’ve have had this little fella for a week now, he is turning out to be a cool little cat. We already have a cat called Lulu and she’s 2 now, she wasn’t best pleased when we first brought him home. She would hiss and growl at everyone in a huff. She’s coming around to him now though and they’re starting to play around the house together. I’ve chucked a few photos below for your daily dose of aww.

Hydraulic Mesmerisation

Hey there folks. I’ve got a pretty fascinating channel I’ve been watching on YouTube and it’s called the Hydraulic Press Channel. It’s a pretty simple principle behind the videos – the YouTuber has a hydraulic press and uses it to squish things. It probably doesn’t sound that great initially but you should check out some of the videos below and maybe give the guy a subscribe on YouTube!

This is his latest one to date which is awesome. He take a hockey puck it’s really satisfying watching that little puck going pop.

Ever heard that you cant fold a piece of paper more than 7 times? Here’s a hydraulic press to try and debunk that with explosive results.

A (funny) blind man’s perspective

So I happened to stumble across this YouTube channel the other day and it was amazing. In a nutshell, its about a man called Tommy Edison who talks about how things are different for him being born blind. His personality to be upbeat and infectious, he seems to be a genuinely nice guy. I’d love the opportunity to sit down and have a laugh with him. You really have to check it out – Tommy Edison XP. I’ve popped two of my favourite videos of his below –

It’s easy to take it for granted how much we use our eyes to understand things which we can’t always use our other senses. I love how he describes the Grand Canyon as a hole. His language is juxtaposed in places using words like circuitous and tippy-top but it all just adds to the charm.

This video is pure unbridled fun. Game show/elevator music, jelly beans and plenty of laughs, this is my favourite. His response to getting some right (spoiler alert) is great – I’m on fire! Describing a taste as “bright” is a little odd to people who have their sight, or possibly just me, but I get what he means. Like I would describe an orange to be bright. I find it crazy how his use of vocabulary is different because he is blind.

He has a tonne of videos on his channel. You should really go check out some more, I was on for a good hour or so the other day! If not, hopefully these two have gave you a laugh and insight into the perceptions of Tommy Edison XP.

An Ode to Mam

Being Mother’s Day today, I thought it would be quite fitting to give a bit of an extended shout out to my Mam (Mum, Mom, Mother, whatever your word of choice is) because she’s class. Hopefully you have been kind to your Mam this Mother’s Day and showed her how much she means to you. I feel with the advent of technology making people connect more online but disconnect in person so we don’t often tell our Mams how much they mean to us.

Well I love my Mam loads, she’s ace. She puts up with my sister and my crap on a daily basis, albeit my sister causes more of it (Hi Charlie); is there when we need someone to talk to or have a laugh with; provides for us even though some of her meals are pretty questionable; but most importantly, loves us unconditionally.

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Me and my Mam (mid 90’s)

She has done all of this primarily as a single parent and I think my sisters will agree with me when I say, she’s done a good job on all of us. She is my rock. There will be a day when her last marbles are going and we have to look after her but for everything she has done and will continue to do, thank you.

Love you Mama G

 

Shower Brainstorms

I don’t know if any of you go on Reddit but if you don’t, you should. It is a goldmine of funny stories, amazing scenery, celebrity ask me anything’s and everything in between. Two of my top picks for subreddits are the TIFU (Today I Fucked Up) and Shower Thoughts sections. Today I’ve been hovering around the Shower Thoughts subreddit and thought I’d pick some out to share. I asked my pal Darren for his, often unique, insights on the three I picked out.

I wonder what cars think in the car wash.

Jack – a stroke of genius. I love the idea of the car having different personalities depending on what kind and colour car it is. I think with the water being so cold they would all let out a little squeal. Like the ice bucket challenge but soapy!

Darren – the car would probably be like “I’ll scrub that part, don’t worry about it, just get the parts I can’t reach.”

Redditor comment – “Ow! Soap in my headlights! ‘No tears’ my trunk!”

Darren has a good point, like a T-Rex trying to scratch it’s knee, those tyres aren’t going to be any good for reaching those tricky spots. Maybe they could work together, car and dinosaur in unison, it’d be quite a sight and I’m sure it’d rack up a tonne of YouTube hits. The way I see the car is the headlights would be like goggles and the bulbs the eyes but if those bubbles get in there, it’s game over. Unless L’Oreal have a car version of this 90’s wonder below.

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Botox could be considered a performance enhancing drug for poker players

Darren – I’d agree to that. It’ll be great if I had it in school when the teacher is bollocking you in front of your mates and you know if you laugh it will make it worse.

Redditor comment – relevant image from Dick Tracy.

Jack – this could genuinely be a possibility. If there are drug governing bodies for poker, they need to get this on their list of things to do asap. It would also be useful if you let a fart slip in an elevator and wanted to keep a straight face.

There are some pretty controversial comments in this thread but that image tickled me, had to give it a mention! Darren offering an insight into the mind of, what we call in Newcastle, a worky-ticket or a trouble maker. There are a few situations I can think where excessive Botox might come in handy but I’m sure NASA will have already beat me to them.

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Every time I have to chase a ping-pong ball, I feel like a 3 year-old. I’m convinced there is no cool way to chase a ping-pong ball.

Redditor comment – The secret is to not chase the ping pong ball. Let it bounce itself out and settle, wherever that may be. Then, and only then, do you casually walk over and pick it up.

Cool guys don’t look back at explosions, and cool guys don’t chase things. Especially tiny, bouncy things.

Jack – My personal favourite of the day. This Redditor has hit the nail on the head. There is definitiely no way to chase a ping pong ball and keep your dignity if people catch a glimpse! If there hasn’t already been a sketch in a comedy about this, there really needs to be. I can see Peter Griffin chasing it for miles already.

Darren – It’s the same as chasing a Frisbee.

I like how we have something similar to the car in the car wash with the Redditor comment. Playing it off as if the ball is alive and going wild, David Attenborough narrating the whole ordeal. “And here we have, a wild ping pong ball losing it’s shit” Some cool guy logic at its finest here, don’t give in to the temptation to chase the ping pong ball. Darren know’s his stuff here. Dogs make it look so effortless to pluck a Frisbee out the air with a degree of decorum and grace. When we human try it looks more like a shot put face, if you haven’t heard of this phenomenon, give me a click.

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So what are you waiting for, get yourself on the front page of the internet. It’s like freshly bakes Krispy Kreme doughnuts hot out of the oven. Oh and if you clicked on all the links, I’m sorry. Your browser is probably screaming right now with all the open tabs.

Superhero or Supervillain?

In the advent of all the superhero films being released such as The Avengers, Man of Steel, Guardians of The Galaxy and more recently Deadpool, I often think if I had super powers – what would they be and what would I use them for? I decided to have a little dig around to see what’s on offer and limit the amount I could pick by two.

I found a page which had a pretty comprehensive list of powers – http://uk.ign.com/top/super-powers

Looking through some of the options on offer, there were some weird ones. Super Maggots which eat other things to increase the host’s strength and stamina. They must have been scraping the barrel with this one. Explosive Farting, does what it says on the tin really which most 5 year old would think is cool and could make quite a comical evil genius. Detachable Limbs which can be removed at will. Great for scratching an itch you can’t reach I suppose but what would that Superhero/Supervillain even be called?

After a good perusal I settled for my two powers of choice -Magnetic Manipulation and Healing Factor.

The ability to influence magnetic fields and therefore metals sounds pretty cool to me and the most memorable user in comics being Magneto. Thinking about it you could make intricate and complicated structures with ease; stop bullets; make a Renault Clio go around the Nurburgring faster than any Ferrari; or fly around on a metal disc like Magneto did in X-Men 2. One metal disc to Jamaica please.

The Healing Factor is more of a passive ability rather than something which you control. Seen in a few Superheroes, most notable being Wolverine and Deadpool. Worried about a tree being too high to jump out of? Accidentally get your arm trapped under a rock and need to hack it off all in 127 hours-esque?  Not very good at Kickboxing but you’ve been offered £500 to last a few rounds with a pro? No problem with the Healing Factor. You’ll bounce right back from that fall, grow a new arm back and those bruises will fade faster than that tan you got from Benidorm.

In all fairness, I probably wouldn’t be a Superhero or Supervillain, assuming I’m the only one with powers. I’d probably just use them to do stupid stuff, go on holidays for free (floating metal discs) or maybe make the occasional Audi driver slow down below the speed limit. However if there were other people with powers, I’d be an antihero. So overall I would be on the good side but with a dash of sarcasm and the occasional dick kick.

What powers would you pick? Would you be on the good or bad side?

Brought back from extinction

I sparked a bit of a debate in work the other day and thought I’d share it with you. I asked my colleague if he had the power to bring any creature back from extinction, what would it be and why?

His response was  a typical blokes answer – a Saber-Toothed Tiger. I asked him why and what he’d use it for but he didn’t really have a response. More for the cool factor of having one I think. I moved on and asked around the office. There was a mixed bag of results from a Dodo for no reason to a Tyrannosaurus Rex to go on a rampage.

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However, the best answers came in the form of a Wooly Mammoth, Steller’s Sea Cow and my Pachycephalosaurus so bare with me here.  The reason that made this collection stand out was the reason why – a crime fighting team TV show. Think about it.

  1. You need a battering ram to get in a house or to stop a speeding car, got that covered with the Pachycephalosaurus. Headbutt is super effective!
  2. You need support and the intimidation factor, call the Wooly Mammoth in. It could potentially be used to sniff drugs out with the right training.
  3. Pirates and drug smuggling a problem in your area? No problem for the naval division secret weapon. The Steller’s Sea Cow’s majestic prowess and power in the water will make short work catching crims.

If someday the science behind Jurassic Park becomes a reality, this would make one epic show. It would be prime time on Dave and possibly have all round hard man Ross Kemp as the presenter.

What do you think of our list? What would you bring back and why?