TODAY IN HISTORY:
1883, the island volcano Krakatoa blew up; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36,000 lives in Java and Sumatra.
1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful oil well in the United States, at Titusville, Pa.
1962, the United States launched the Mariner 2 space probe, which flew past Venus in Dec. 1962.
1989, the first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. � a Delta booster carrying a British communications satellite, the Marcopolo 1.
Ex-porn star Harry Reems is 64.
Actor Paul Reubens is 59 *Pee Wee
Actress Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids") is 23.
HOST: Jon Patch
CO HOSTS: Scott A. Klick & Frank Taberner of TK Acres Pampered Pets - Pet Sitting, First Aid and Behavior Advice
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Bob Page
Special Guests Hour 1: Eve Adamson – Author – Animal Planet Complete Guide To Dog Grooming (Book Giveaways during interview)
Also in Hour 1: Steve Gruber – Director of Communications Mayor’s Alliance of NYC’s Animals
Special Guest Hour 2: Erin Terjesen – Public Relations Specialist, Jarden Consumer Solutions/ECT Public Relations – Project discussion on SHEDMONSTER (Product Giveaways during interview)
Special Discussion Hour 3: I am maru by mugumogu (Book Giveaways on the most famous Youtube cat from Japan)
Funtastic Mr Fox! Young cub has the time of its life sliding down quarry conveyor belt
A disused gravel quarry became a playground for a young fun-loving fox and his family.
A photograph, taken by British man Duncan Usher, shows how the clever four-month-old creature turned an old conveyor belt into a make-shift slide, before travelling down it twice.
Mr Usher photographed the amusing sight in the German countryside.
The 56-year-old said: 'One morning I arrived at the quarry and saw from a distance two young foxes playing on the conveyor belt. One ran back to the top of the conveyor belt and then started to walk back down it, stopped and sat down.
After a few seconds it started to slide down the conveyor belt using its front paws to drag it forwards.
Mr Usher spent three weeks at the quarry before he managed to capture the elusive foxes at play.
He said: 'Obviously my determination paid off in the end. It was really a combination of repeatedly going back to the same spot and patience. I knew from past photographic experience that if I remained persistent, something unusual or worthwhile can, or may happen.
The picture is adorable and if you want to see it... Head over to our facebook page, just click the facebook icon on the top of our website, talkinpets.com
Doggy has expensive taste...
When $10,000 worth of diamonds went missing from a Georgia jewelry store, employees say they suspected the heist was an inside job.
So they took X-rays of Honey Bun, a beloved dog who greets customers at the store, and determined that the pooch ate the diamonds.
Workers at John Ross Jewelers in Albany were able to retrieve the diamonds the next day.
Co-owner Chuck Roberts said he had left his chair near his desk while he went to help a customer earlier this month. When he returned, an empty jewelry pouch was lying on the floor.
Roberts said an X-ray showed two suspicious looking spots inside Honey Bun. The next day, they recovered the missing earring back and two diamonds.
So would you still wear diamond ear rings a dog ate and then pooped out???
Flaming raccoon starts grass fire
Authorities say a raccoon that clambered up a power pole, touched electrical wires and burst into flames caused a grass fire in an industrial area of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Fire Crews extinguished the fast-moving blaze that started when the burning raccoon fell to the ground around.
Investigators say the fire burned about 10 acres and threatened several nearby businesses. No damage or injuries were reported, other than probably not the smartest racoon you know.
Salt Lake City Fire Department officials say low humidity and wind, along with dumb racoons are increasing the risk of similar fires. ok they didnt say the dumb racoon part...
No longer reserved for the rich & famous cosmetic surgery for pets is on the rise.
Dogs aren't perfect � the excessive drool, the droopy eyes, the wrinkly skin � but those quirky flaws are part of what makes them so lovable� right? Apparently not. For vanity and health reasons, more and more U.S. pet owners are turning to plastic surgery to alter their furry companions. The trend has even taken root across the pond, with U.K. pet insurers reporting a rise in cosmetic-treatment claims over the last three years. While vets and animal lovers have mixed feelings about surgery for the sake of cuteness, medical companies insist that some of the procedures actually allow animals to live "healthier and more active lives."
So... what kind of surgeries are pets getting?
Botox for wrinkles, tummy tucks, nose jobs, braces, and eyelid lifts, which are common for breeds like the bloodhound and bulldog. There are also implants such as "Neuticles" � bean-shaped silicone implants to replace the testicles of neutered dogs.
But some surgeries are done for health reasons? Several surgeries are suggested by vets to keep pets healthy. Skin folds caused by wrinkles in breeds like the shar-pei can be prone to infection, so Botox can help. Nose jobs can help flat-nosed dogs like the pug and some cat breeds breath easier. And for pets with extremely crooked teeth, which can cause mouth sores, the "Rin Tin Grin" braces will fix them right up.
And it is not cheap... some surgeries can cost in the thousands of dollars or more...
So is this the dumbest idea ever??? Or something you would consider???
In the rush to prepare for Hurricane Irene, it might be easy to overlook the family members with four legs.
Pet owners must remember to include their cats, dogs and other animals in their plans as they identify evacuation destinations and pack their bags and disaster kits in anticipation of the storm.
Here are some things to remember to keep pets safe until the hurricane passes:
� Do not leave dogs chained outside as the storm approaches, as the force of winds and driving rain may escalate quickly.
� Make sure your pet has an updated identification tag with a cellphone number on it, in case you are separated and emergency personnel must reunite you and your pet. Home phone numbers are not a good idea, as your home may not be there after the storm, always use a cell number.
� Similarly, if your pet is microchipped, provide your cellphone number to the tracking service. Contact information for a friend or family member outside the hurricane zone can also help ensure you'll be reunited if you are separated.
� Pack a go-bag for your pet with bowls, a leash and collar, any needed medications, a familiar toy, some treats and three-to-five days of food and water. Include a manual can opener if your pet eats canned food, and litter for your cat. Also include a photo, veterinary records � particularly vaccination and prescription records � and a contact number for your vet, along with your pet's microchip number if applicable, sealed in a waterproof bag. All of this information may be needed if you must evacuate to a shelter. A pet-focused first-aid kit can also be useful.
� Make sure your evacuation destination is pet friendly.
And lastly do not leave your pet home alone. If you're not sure where to take your pet, contact your vet or local animal shelter for advice.
A kitten tossed from a moving car on New York City's Verrazano Bridge has found a home with a celbrity.
Whoopi Goldberg... "The View" co-host posted a video of the cat, nicknamed Vinny, on her Facebook page. It shows the adorable gray kitten grooming himself and batting a feather toy with his paw.
Vinny was rescued in July. An Animal Care & Control officer who happened to be driving on the bridge witnessed the kitten being thrown.
"For all of you who remember me on 'The View' meeting Verrazano," she wrote, "I adopted him and I was finally able to take him home."
She added that her other cat, Oliver, is "not too happy" about the new family member.
But, she added, "I think he'll get Oliver to come around sooner than later."
Jellyfish will evaporate in the sun.
Deers do not have a gall bladder.
Ants don�t have lungs.
Humans share 70% of our DNA with a slug.
A moth, like the cow has multiple stomachs. ****LIAR**** A moth does not have a stomach.