ThinkingShift good news story

April 22, 2007 at 3:00 am 2 comments

Rooster photoFour stories intrigued me this week – things are looking up! First, we found out that the fearsome predator, Tyrannosaurus rex or T-Rex as he’s more affectionately known is nothing more than a….. chicken. Maybe not such good news for T-Rex :)- I always thought those small arms were a bit suspicious and if you’ve ever wondered how T-Rex managed to get up off the ground and raise himself to such heights given those tiny arms, wonder no more. Here’s the answer (sort of).

Our second story is a heart-warming one. It’s about a long, long taxi ride, all for the sake of a couple of beloved felines, Pretty Face and Cleopatra. Anyone who has pets they adore will instantly understand this good news story. Bob and Betty Matas of New York were making the move to Sedona, Arizona – 4,000km away. They were looking forward to retirement but didn’t want their furry friends to schlepp all the way to Arizona in the cargo hold of a plane. So Bob, Betty, Pretty Face and Cleopatra got into a yellow New York cab and enjoyed a very long $US3,000 scenic ride to Arizona. They became quite the celebrities along the way. As the distinctive yellow cab entered each State, people would ask “are you the ones from New York?” and the mayor of Sedona welcomed them with an official ceremony. Way to go Pretty Face and Cleopatra!

Next up is a story that makes you wonder – what’s in a title? The Oddest Book Title of the Year award was received by Julian Montague, who went on a 6 year odyssey roaming the streets of the USA photographing an item that personally I would like to see kicked off the planet – the supermarket trolley. Montague’s book is entitled The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification. Now, I suppose if I bought this book it would help me identify the “loose cannon trolley”; the “screeching wheels that drive you insane trolley”; and the “sharp edges that are bound to hurt you trolley”. As the publicity blurb surrounding the award said: “For everyone who has ever seen an abandoned supermarket trolley and wondered how it got there, The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America is an indispensible guide“. Funny thing, I was only the other day gazing at a shopping trolley pondering its abandonment :)-

Montague’s book beat off Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan (what the?). Previous winning titles have been: Living with Crazy Buttocks (2002); The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories (2003); Bombproof Your Horse (2004); and, I save the best for last – People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It (2005).

Clearly, there’s a theme going on with horses. So… I must rethink the title of my next book! Perhaps a Horse’s Companion Guide to Knowledge Management?

Finally, we have NASA who are usually associated with space exploration. But this story is about Aries, a very cute golden retriever pup – check out her photo here. Aries is a NASA employee and shows up for work everyday at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia as part of the “Leader Dogs for the Blind” program. Her mentor is structural engineer Evan J. Horowitz and NASA allows puppies like Aries to experience the work environment and become a well-socialised dog. Top dog stuff NASA!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joseph  |  May 6, 2007 at 4:19 am

    Very good website you have here. I found it very interesting.
    Thank you.

  • 2. thinkingshift  |  May 6, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Thx for visiting ThinkingShift blog Joseph. Many more interesting posts to come!


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