Winter break is long gone, and mother nature is getting all kinds of fierce up in this January. Whether you’ve been hit by the flu or battling post-inauguration fatigue, there are some stories that have just too much “je ne sais quoi” to be missed.
Make yourself a cozy cup of hot cocoa and pull that snuggie just a little tighter while we get you all caught up with “The Week In WHAT?!”
An Environmentalist Goes on the Cat-tack?!
When it comes to Twihards, it’s Team Edward or Team Jacob. For Hunger Games fans, it’s Team Peeta or Team Gale. For Kiwis, a new battle has begun: Team Tweety Bird or Team Sylvester? Gareth Morgan, a self-proclaimed environmentalist in New Zealand, recently sparked a debate on whether or not to eradicate domestic cats with claims that they’re “natural born killers” and a danger to the environment. Since almost half the island consists of cat owners, it appears the country’s Lord Tubbingtons and Fluffys are safe. For now, the nation’s birds will continue to inform each other of impending danger using their signature song, “I tawt I taw a puddy tat!”
One Miraculous Cat: Holly-lujah?!
Meanwhile, one American cat recently showed the world what feline fortitude is all about. A 4-year-old tortoiseshell known as Holly was vacationing with her family at an RV rally in Daytona Beach, Florida when she made the rash decision to go exploring on her own. Holly became lost in an unknown environment. Two months later, in an uncanny turn of events, Holly found her way back to the family’s home — a mere 200 miles from the spot where she disappeared. For all the non-believers out there, the cat’s identity was confirmed through microchip technology. Seems like it’s only a matter of time before Disney buys the rights to this one…
Drinking and Driving Don’t Mix… Unless You’re Irish?!
Earlier this week, a handful of Irish lawmakers voted on a motion that could legalize “moderate” drunk driving in a rural part of the country. Councillor Danny Healy-Rae, who proposed the change, suggested that a lack of public transportation in Kerry county has many locals staying home after enjoying a few hard drinks for fear of a DUI charge. Should the bill pass, locals will instead fear the risk of committing vehicular manslaughter. Either way, here’s hoping that some of that famous luck is on their side!
From iPad Revolution to Primate Evolution?!
Just when you think Apple has maximized its market share in tablet sales, another hungry audience rears its head. The latest iPad consumers? Orangutans! The Apps for Apes program, which uses iPad applications to tap into the primates’ creativity, is now live at 13 zoos across the globe. Zookeepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. hope Apps for Apes will help visitors understand both the importance of protecting the animals and how similar humans are to orangutans. You don’t have to just take their word for it, either. Check out these primates at play and found out how you can get involved:
And there you have this week in “WHAT?!” Can’t wait to see what’s in store for humanity next!
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