Today In History
1718, hundreds of French colonists arrived in Louisiana, with some settling in present-day New Orleans.
(Trivia: The city is named after Orléans, a city located on the Loire River in Centre, France, and is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music and its annual celebrations and festivals, Name the most notable festival??? **** Mardi Gras.)
1916, the National Park Service was established within the Department of the Interior.
(Trivia: In total the U.S. has almost 400 different nationally protected areas today that range from large national parks to smaller national historic sites, monuments and seashores.Name the state of the largest national park in size? ***** Wrangell-St. Elias Area: 13,005 square miles in Alaska)
1981, the U.S. spacecraft Voyager 2 came within 63,000 miles of Saturn's cloud cover, sending back pictures of and data about the ringed planet.
(Trivia: Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and the second largest planet in the Solar System. Name the largest? ***** Jupiter)
Game show host Monty Hall is 91.
Monte Halperin better known by the stage name Monty Hall, is a Canadian-born MC, producer, actor, singer and sportscaster, best known as host of what television game show??? ****Let's Make a Deal)
Actor Sean Connery is 82.
Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes. Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in how many Bond films between 1962 and 1983. *****Seven)
Television chef Rachael Ray is 44.
(Trivia: Rachael Domenica Ray is a television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef and author. And in 2003, she posed for a men's magazine. The shots feature Ray in short-shorts with an exposed midriff, licking chocolate off a big wooden spoon, eating a strawberry and sitting in a sink, laughing as suds cascade down her thighs. Name this magazine? ****FHM)
The Lucky Ones - My Passionate Fight For Farm Animals by Author Jenny Brown joins Jon and Talkin' Pets Saturday at 5 PM EST to discuss her book and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary - Call in for book give away
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National Dog Day is Sunday. What will you do to celebrate man's best friend?
Animal advocates have proclaimed that this Sunday August 26th is National Dog Day.
It’s a day to celebrate a big part of your family, like Grandmother’s day or Mother’s Day. It’s dedicating a specific time to give back to somebody or something that’s made a big part of your life.
And according to the American Pet Products Association, Americans will spend more than $53 billion on their pets this year.
So on National Dog Day and everyday... you should go that extra mile to make sure you dedicate some specific time to give back for what they’ve given to us over the years.
Which is a lot…when you count them in dog years.
A mountain lion in a casino? Don't roulette out
An underage mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, Nev., ahead of the breakfast rush.
Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat's behavior was "almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager."
Healy says coming-of-age cougars often end up where they shouldn't after being chased out of a territory by adults.
Guests at Harrah's reported seeing the 100-pound cat trying to walk into the casino Friday morning. When the animal couldn't negotiate the revolving door, it hid under an outdoor stage in a nearby plaza.
State wildlife officials tranquilized the roughly 2-year-old cat and plan to release it into the wild after tagging it for participation in a University of Nevada, Reno study.
No injuries were reported.
Imagine being stuck in a cage for two months while going through customs. That's the border limbo 16 tigers and lions have faced in Paraguay because Argentine officials refuse to approve their paperwork for re-entry.
The nine Bengal tigers and seven African lions belong to an Argentine circus that performs in the Paraguayan capital each August. Their owner, Oswal Wasconi, brought them back for this year's circus only to learn that a new law in Paraguay bans live animal acts at circuses.
With no chance of performing, Wasconi tried to ship his big cats back to Argentina. But then they got stuck at the border.
Estela Gomez, director of Paraguay's wildlife agency, said the animals all have good-health certificates, but their entry to Argentina was blocked by officials demanding more information about the protected species.
Aides to Argentina's quarantine office director, Raul Castelli, said he was in a meeting and could not explain the holdup.
After inquiries from The Associated Press on Friday about the cats' plight, Gomez said her ministry decided to move the big cats two by two to the Asuncion zoo, "so that they can live in some comfort and not in a strange area."
Furthermore, she said that "Wasconi has promised to provide them with food and liquid because these animals are physically quite large."
"In the next few days we will continue investigating the true reasons why the Argentine authorities aren't authorizing their return," she said. "I can't anticipate whether these beasts will remain forever in Paraguay or eventually go to Argentina."
Man and His Dog On Their Way to the Record Books for Frisbee
A Calgary, Alberta man and his dog are making the record books – again!
Rob McLeod and his pup, Davy Whippet have set a new quadruped world record in Denver, Colorado. McLeod threw a Frisbee 116.5 yards, which was caught by quick-footed Davy.
To put that distance into perspective, picture an NFL football field. Between the goal-lines, that’s 100 yards.
McLeod and Davy first broke the world record at a competition in Houston. This year, the pair beat their original record by 15 yards at the 2012 Quadruped National competition.
McLeod and Davy are the 2012 Quadruped National champions.
If McLeod and Davy can achieve their goal, they will be indicted into the Guinness record book.
McLeod and Davy plan to make their next world record attempt on August 25 at Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary, Alberta.
Dog found with jar on head may have been 'blood bait' in fighting ring
A black Labrador Retriever that was found with a plastic jar stuck around his head and cuts to one of his paws is doing well after surgery, according to volunteers from a North Texas animal group;Animal Allies of Texas.
Because the jar prevented him from eating or drinking, rescuers said Pappy was severely malnourished and underweight when they took him in.
Rescuers suspect someone cut the animal's paw so his blood would attract other dogs being trained to fight, and the jar kept him from fighting back.
After receiving a call from a woman who found the dog, now named "Pappy," wandering the streets of Oak Cliff, Texas, rescuers from Animal Allies of Texas were able to catch him and take him to the vet.
Pappy had fleas and ticks and was severely dehydrated and emaciated when he was found. Rescuers said the jar prevented him from eating or drinking, and he weighed 65 lbs. when he should have weighed 90 lbs.
In addition to the jar, rescuers said Pappy had bite marks on him, which they say are evidence he may have been used as a bait dog in a dog-fighting ring.
“This was deliberate. The bottom of the jar had been cut out so he would not be able to get out himself,” an Animal Allies of Texas volunteer, Melody Hamilton, told NBC News. “In my opinion, he was thrown into a situation where he was made to provoke another dog to fight.”
After removing the jar, veterinarians had to amputate one of Pappy's toes that had been badly injured
Rescuers removed the jar the lab-mix had surgery at Metro Paws Animal Hospital to amputate the first toe on his left paw. Hamilton said she suspects Pappy will stay there for a few more days to recover.
As Pappy’s physical condition stabilizes, vets and volunteers will shift their focus to his emotional state.
“Dog fighting is rampant in all socio-economic areas,” Hamilton said. “Lucky for him, he escaped that situation. Now it’s a matter of dealing with all of the emotional distress.”
After Pappy has had all of his medical treatment, Animal Allies of Texas will be looking for someone to adopt him.
They are currently accepting donations to help with Pappy’s hospital bills.
An eco-friendly motorbike powered by poo has been kicking up a stink across Japan after being unveiled this week.
Created by Japan's leading toilet makers TOTO, the energy efficient bike certainly meets the motor industry's demand for more climate friendly vehicles.
Talks to turn the ambitious project into reality have been on-going since 2009, with the latest version of the 'Toilet Bike Neo' making its debut in Japan this week.
The environmentally friendly three-wheel 250cc motorcycle features a specially customised toilet-shaped seat that runs on bio-fuel from the discharge of livestock or waste water.
Despite the eye-catching seat, TOTO is keen to point out that the motorcycle does actually not run on the rider's waste.