Bison: America’s First National Mammal; Bad Tourist; Edible Nail Polish; and Project Talk with Coffee: RTT

Whoa. It just hit me there’s just under 4-1/2 weeks of left. Princess Nagger is looking forward to being done with the institution she refers to as ‘prison’…heh. 

At least next year she’ll have fun, since I did successfully get her enrolled in a Virtual Academy. Which is technically Homeschooling, since as her ‘learning coach’, I’ll be preparing lesson plans and making sure she’s staying on task with her subjects and doing what she needs to do to meet the state requirements in education.

But she’ll have interaction with a ‘real’ teacher online who will run virtual classrooms weekly and communicate with Princess Nagger and myself on a daily basis. It’s going to be extra work for me, but I’m actually looking forward to it – and hopefully I’ll be smarter than an 8th grader. Or learn something along with her.

Speaking of learning things… Did you hear that effective yesterday,  is America’s first national mammal? Pretty cool, no? 

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The bald eagle now has a large, furry friend. The House approved the National Bison Legacy Act last Tuesday, it passed the Senate last Thursday, and President Obama signed it into law yesterday. Sweet!

The measure says the bison is considered a “historical symbol of the United States” and it is “integrally linked with the economic and spiritual lives of many Indian tribes through trade and sacred ceremonies.”

The bison is, after all, on two state flags, and it was the official mammal or animal of three states already. A bill needed to pass for it to go national. Which it did.

The bison’s comeback from a low of just hundreds is amazing. Back in the 1500’s there were 30-60 million living in – enter the colonists and pilgrims and pushing everything Westward, plus the hunters killing the bison for their hide to sell, the numbers started falling.

Then you have General Phil Sheridan, who appeared before the assembly in 1875 suggesting that “every hunter be given a medal with a dead buffalo on one side and a discouraged Indian on the other.” He felt that “once the animals were exterminated, the Indians would be controlled and civilization could advance.”

Somebody should have smacked General Sheridan upside the head. Just sayin’.

Personally I think it’s a great idea to make the bison our national mammal. The bill says efforts early last century to save the bison “resulted in the first successful reintroduction of a mammal species on the brink of extinction back into the natural habitat of the species.” Bison now have a presence in every state, with about 20,000 living on public land. Awesome!

Speaking of bison… Did you hear about the tourist who put a baby bison in the back of their vehicle at last week? You can’t fix stupid, people.

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A father and son transported the bison calf in the back of a Toyota Sequoia to a ranger station – they were apparently worried that the calf was going to freeze.

I wonder if they pick up all wild animals they think might be too cold? The really sad part of the story is that the baby bison ended up having to be euthanized. Park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd, but their efforts failed. The poor baby was rejected and abandoned.

I don’t know why they decided to euthanize the poor thing – couldn’t they find someone with a private herd to give it to as a rescue? I sure hope the tourists who caused the domino effect end up getting more than just the ticket they ended up getting.

Especially now that bison is our national mammal.

Speaking of crazy… KFC has introduced ‘Finger Lickin’ Good’ edible . Say what?!

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It’s true, people! KFC has produced edible nail polish for customers in Hong Kong, because they think you should take its “Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan literally.

KFC, along with marketing giant Ogilvy & Mather, has produced edible nail polish for customers in Hong Kong that comes in two flavors and colors: Original (kind of a beige) and Hot & Spicy (red).

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To use it, customers can paint the polish on their nails, let it dry, “and then lick — again and again and again.”

KFC says the nail polish is “sourced from natural ingredients, with a recipe that is unique and specifically designed to hold the flavor, but also to dry with a glossy coat similar to normal nail polish.”

All the nail biters of the world can rejoice – now their nail biting can be tasty. I’m not a nail biter, but I think I’m going to pass. Would you get it?

It’s time once again for Leslie’s (aka Rory Bore) Tuesday !

This week’s prompt or question is:

“My home still has several projects requiring starting or finishing. I hate leaving something unfinished. Are you a starter or a finisher?”

I do not like having to stop on projects and leave them unfinished, so I’ll tend to actually hold off on starting the project until I know I have a number of hours to work on it uninterrupted (read: when I’m home alone) so I can work non-stop to get it done.

Granted, there are some projects that won’t be completed in a matter of hours, let alone a number of days, but I will finish one project before moving on to a different one. The hubby, on the other hand, is a start-stop-fuggetaboutit kind of guy. I thought I got distracted by shiny objects – the Absent Minded Professor takes the cake.

Of course, if it’s something he enjoys doing, he’ll take less breaks and finish it – I’m sure that’s true for most of us.

I’m looking forward to starting (and finishing) the transformation of my shed into a SheShed this .

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Now if only my money tree had taken root, I’d be set.

I’ll be getting creative trying to do what I want to do on a budget. I’ll be sure to share the progress with you once I get started. And yes, I will finish it this summer so I can enjoy it year ’round.

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7 thoughts on “Bison: America’s First National Mammal; Bad Tourist; Edible Nail Polish; and Project Talk with Coffee: RTT

  1. My kids get out of school next week. I’m kinda sad that both my boys will be Seniors next school year. Interesting info on the bison.
    My fingers are pretty clean, but I’m not into licking them over and over. I’ll skip on the nail polish.

  2. Turbo and Bruiser have two weeks left, plus a half day to make up for the snow day. Then it’s summer vacation in these parts. Although it does not feel at all summer like out side right now. We have snow, yes snow falling. We truly have blink and you’ll miss it springs.

  3. You are right about having to be alone to get big projects done. When there are too many people around, it’s too easy to stop and tend to everything but the project.

  4. I wish I hadn’t read about the baby bison. That’s so sad! Why in the world would they do that? People really are stupid! Don’t they know that often times an animal is shunned by their species when they smell like humans? And the KFC nail polish? I guess you can’t make up something that stupid!

    Congrats on your decision to “homeschool” next year. It does take a lot of time, preparation, and discipline, but at least you’ll have the virtual academy to support you. Who knows your daughter’s needs better than you?

    I’m glad we only have just short of 3 weeks left. Of course, we start the last week of August, so we’re probably in school the same amount of time, but June, July, and August in Texas would be expensive due to the need for air conditioning.

  5. Stupid people, really? Did they not notice the THICK HIDE on the animal – you know, the very one it was hunted and killed to make WARM clothing for people??!! Duh. honestly, there oughta be a law about certain people running about unsupervised. Poor thing. I can’t believe they killed it over a stupid human trick.
    I will not buy that, nor would I lick it. Just eewwww.

    I cannot wait to see the SheShed, but I am sure my hubby hopes you do not start or finish, because once I see it — I’m gonna want one too!! Ha.

  6. You all must start later than we do. Our last day is TOMORROW. I would die if I had another month. Truly. My daughter’s officially going to be a 10th grader but man was it close.

    I love the shed idea and would love one myself. I would turn it into my personal clubhouse where no kids or hubbies are allowed. Just girlfriends and wine 🙂 You’re invited if I ever get one.

    Have a great week my friend!