Thursday, February 22, 2024

Turtle Thursday: Escape Artists!

from 2012...

Brian & Stewie

Stewie (left) and Brian chillin' on their floating log
Both are types of diamondback terrapins

Looks are deceiving! While turtles are usually viewed as sluggish creatures, they are actually very clever at escaping from their enclosures. Whether it's from intelligence, or commitment, once a turtle decides to escape from his pen, he won't rest until he finds it!

This past weekend Stewie escaped from her tank for the second time in six months. Both times she used different methods, which means I have to figure out a way to block this latest method.

Thursday, February 22, 2024


ad rem \ad REM\, adverb:
1. Without digressing; in a straightforward manner.
  • 1. Relevant; pertinent.
Ad rem is a useful Latin phrase that literally means "at thing" from the roots ad and rēs.
  • Watching several episodes of a TV show in a row, usually from an online streaming service. This can be done over several evenings, or a marathon weekend.
I missed the first three seasons of Mad Men, so I spent the past two weekends powerstreaming all the episodes in order to be up to date for the premiere of season four later this month.
NPG 2041; George Washington - Portrait - National Portrait Gallery
Who owned the largest commercial whiskey distillery in 18th-century America?
  • George Washington. At its peak in 1799, the five-still distillery produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey. Located three miles from Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, it was reconstructed and opened for guided tours in 2007.
  • George Washington's Birthday (USA 2/22)
  • Transcontinental Treaty: Spain ceded Florida to the US (1819)
  • Woolworth's store: general-store clerk Frank Woolworth opened his first five-and-dime, in Utica, NY (1879)
  • Daytona 500: NASCAR's most important race was first held in Daytona Beach, Florida; Lee Petty came in first, driving at 135.52 mph (213.22 kmph) (1959)
  • 1978 - Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York and charged with drug possession.
  • Miracle on Ice: the US beat the Soviet Union at ice hockey in a major upset at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York (1980)
  • 1989 - Milli Vanilli won a Grammy for Best New Artist. It was admitted later that they were not the vocalists on the album.
  • 1993 - Radiohead's first album, "Pablo Honey", was released.
  • Securitas depot robbery: a group of men pulled off Britain's biggest crime in terms of cash stolen — £53 million (2006)
  • George Washington (U.S.) 1732 - First President of the United States.
  • Johann Nikolaus Forkel 1749
  • Rembrandt Peale 1778
  • Frederic-Francois Chopin 1810
  • James Russell Lowell 1819
  • Robert Baden-Powell 1857
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892
  • Luis Bunuel 1900
  • Robert Young 1907
  • Sheldon Leonard 1907
  • John Mills 1908
  • Robert Wadlow 1918
  • Bud Yorkin 1926
  • Paul Dooley 1928
  • Edward M. Kennedy 1932 - got away with murder
  • Ernie K-Doe 1936
  • Bobby Hendricks 1938
  • Jonathan Demme 1944
  • Oliver (Swofford) 1945
  • John Ashton 1948
  • Ellen Greene 1950
  • Julie Walters 1950
  • Julius Erving II 1950
  • Miou-Miou (Sylvette Hery) 1950
  • Amy Alcott 1956
  • Kyle MacLachlan 1959
  • Steve Irwin 1962 - The Crocodile Hunter
  • Jeri Ryan 1968
  • Jose Solano 1971
  • Lea Salonga 1971
  • Michael Chang 1972
  • Scott "Flip" Phillips (Thomas Scott "Flip" Phillips) 1973 - Drummer (Creed)
  • Drew Barrymore 1975 - Actress