The last living person from the 1800’s died in April of 2017. She watched the world change beyond her wildest dreams. I wonder what the oldest living person from our current society will see within the next 117 years.
Status: Critically Endangered; there are 153 as of 2016
Names: Night parrot, owl parrot, tarapo, tarepo
(wild): 23 – 25 in, 58 – 64 cm
(wild): 2 – 9 lb, 0.95 – 4 kg
58 years, but have potential to live into their 90s. Their exact
lifespan is unknown. Researchers in the recovery program will know
when the kakapo hatched in the recovery effort die of old age, which
could be decades from now.
(Above: Historic range; Below: Current range)
Used to live from the far north of the North Island to the south of
the South Island. Now they are only found on offshore islands that
are protected areas without introduced predators. It is not believed
that there are any left on the main land of New Zealand, when the
recovery program began they were all captured from the Fiordland
National Park and brought to protected zones. They currently live on
Codfish Island (Whenua Hau), Little Barrier Island (Hauturu ao Toi),
and Anchor Island.
Formally from sea level to near tops of mountains. They are ground
dwellers who live in forest substrate and scrubland.
They are solitary, gathering only to breed
They do not breed every year, as they will only breed when there is
enough rimu fruit.
starts around December and lasts until April
They engage in
“lek” breeding, which is when the males compete for female
attention. They are the only parrot species and New Zealand bird
species to do this.
inflates like a balloon, and then emits a low boom which can be
heard from up to 5 km away. This lets any females in the area know
that he is ready to mate
After 20 -30
booms, the male emits a high-pitched ‘ching’, which pinpoints his
position, allowing females to find him
and chinging can last for 8 hours nonstop every night for 2-3 months
during breeding season
(Above: Booming Sketch)
female lays 1-4 eggs. They are similar in size to chicken eggs and
will hatch after 30 days. The female raises them by herself, and has
to leave the nest at night to search for food. After 10 weeks, the
fledglings leave the nest, but may still be fed by their mother for
up to 6 months.
The berries of the Rimu plant (see picture) are their favorite food.
They also eat parts of other native plants, including the fruits,
seeds, bark, bulbs, leaves, stems, mosses, ferns, fungi, and roots.
Species include pink pine, stinkwood, Hall’s totara, and mountain
flax. When food species that are important to their diet become
abundant, they feed exclusively on it.
are also fed pellets, freeze-dried and frozen fruit, walnuts, and
pine conelets by the recovery effort.
Dimorphic: Yes, the males are larger
(wild): The upper side of their body is green with random black,
brown, and yellow barring and mottling. Their underparts are a
yellow-green and have irregular yellow and brown barring. The face is
yellow-brown and the beak is grey and smaller in females. The primary
wing feathers are tipped with yellow in males and green and brown in
females. The tail is green and brown with yellow and black barring
They are nocturnal and solitary and roost on the ground or in trees
during the day. When disturbed, they freeze, trying to blend in with
Concerns: They are not equipped
to deal with human intrusion and introduced predators, which caused
their numbers to decline rapidly. By 1970, there were only 18 males
left in Fiordland. In 1977, a small population of both males and
females were found.
Recently there has been an increase in cases of “crusty butt”,
which is a viral infection that causes the cloaca to become inflamed,
and presents like severe dermatitis.
It is still unknown what is
causing the virus and if it is infectious. There has been one death
due to this infection, and treatment, a topical cream, seems to only
help some individuals.
As of now, it is only found on Codfish Island,
and has been since 2002.
It is being taken very seriously and is
being closely monitored, with research being done to learn more about
Captivity: Some young chicks are raised in captivity as part of a
Conservation attempt to save the species. Conservation and recovery
of this species has been going one since 1977, when a population of
both females and males were found on Stewart Island.
They are the largest parrot species in the world (by weight) and
possibly the oldest living bird!
Sirocco, a male
kakapo born March 23, 1997, was raised in captivity due to a illness
that required he be hand raised and quarantined from other kakapo. He
now thinks he’s human and is a conservation ambassador for the kakapo.
proved that kakapo can swim, after deciding to join one of the
rangers’ family who were swimming in the ocean. He jumped off the jetty and paddled around for a bit before going back to shore, completely nonchalant.
He is also the kakapo who made
his species famous after “shagging” Mark Cawardine on the BBC
series “Last Chance to See”.
Had a pretty incredible morning hanging out in East Austin with the oldest living WWII vet Richard “Ritchy” Overton.
He is such an inspiring man. He still drives his Ford truck & his 1971 Monte Carlo that he bought new. Drinks Whiskey and smokes cigars every day. he’s Such an Amazing American. I could have stayed and talked all day.
I took by Jesse Jr’s 1943 M1 Garrand for him to check out (That’s what he carried as an Army sharp shooter) He swore it was way heavier in WWII..
Oldest living subject kept in an old storage room. Actually we are not quite sure if they are alive or how, as Coco does not seem to need to eat, drink or sleep. Despite being blind and mute Coco seems fascinated by fire and sounds, the latter we assume they can hear somehow since they react to our voices.
It is difficult finding a caretaker for this subject as many seem afraid thinking Coco is “cursed”. A silly thought I say as someone who only believes in facts and science.
The first time he saw you, he was barely ten years old. You were in the same class than him in Gotham Academy, and he noticed you right away because your uniform was old and had clearly been used before. He guessed pretty fast that you were one of those kids from poor families that his father gave a scholarship to, which meant, you were a smart one.
“Smart”, didn’t even do justice to your intelligence. He never met anyone (that wasn’t his father or brothers) like you, you were extra-brainy, sometimes he even thought you were almost as astute as him…But not only, you were also full of wit and quick responses, and so damn brave. You were a short one, and yet, when he saw you get bullied by sixteen years old, he didn’t even had time to react and come help you that you already shot your foot to one of the guy’s crotch mercilessly. And then kicked his face. The two others bullies were so stunned, they just ran away. They ran away from a short ten year old girl…You were amazing.
He pleaded to his father so that you wouldn’t get fired from school for kicking that guy’s ass, and Bruce was so impressed with you, and how his son defended you, that he pressured the school into keeping you.
-I know it’s thanks to you I’m still here, so…yeah, thank you dude.
-I didn’t do anything.
-Lier. I know who your dad is. I know it’s thanks to him I have the opportunity to be in the best school of Gotham. And I know he convinced the school’s board not to fire me. My guts are telling me you’re the one responsible for your father’s intervention. So…Thanks.
And that’s how you became friend with him. You quickly guessed he was the night vigilante “Robin”, and it wasn’t really a big deal. Maybe it was your child’s brain telling you that a hero, with all the costume wearing a people saving, such as him was just wicked cool, that you thought it really wasn’t a big deal On the contrary, you thought Damian was like, the coolest guy you ever met. After Batman and Nightwing of course. He made it his life goal to show you he was better than them…and it made you slowly fall for him as the years went by, and as you grew up together.
An incomplete list of stuff in the pjo-verse that I would love to know more about:
Demigods who made it into adulthood. There must be a lot, especially if they lived their whole childhood at Camp Half-Blood. It’s assumed that there are no campers past college-age, which means that they all “graduate” and go into the mortal world. This wouldn’t even be a new concept; all of the Ancient Greek heroes were already adults, so making it in the mortal world might even be considered some kind of rite of passage. I would particularly love to know how the Greek demigods handled the Battle of the Labyrinth and the Battle of Manhattan—some of them must have wanted to help. Maybe there were some adults that joined Kronos. It’s peculiar, because the oldest modern demigod we know of by name is Luke, but there must have been some players in the war that were older than him.
Think about old campers coming back to visit and seeing their little siblings and bringing their kids!
There must be Hunters of Artemis who are daughters of the Big Three, which would add an incredibly interesting dynamic once Percy, Nico, Bianca, and Thalia emerged
Demeter’s kids could technically be eligible for the Great Prophecy, if we assume that “eldest gods” is used because the masculine form is dominant in the English language. This must have come up at least once over the 70 years that they were trying to figure out the prophecy, and I wonder how they came to the conclusion that her kids couldn’t be prophecy children.
How and when did the gods move to America? If they move with Western civilization, would they stay in England until America became a world power? Or did they sense the shift in the air as soon as the Revolution was won? Did George Washington lead the Revolution against the gods’ will (and have a huge fight with Athena about it)?
Literally how did Chiron not know about the Labyrinth entrance in the camp
When did the last Oracle die and like… who was she
When did Dionysus first come to camp
To what extent were the children of the Big Three involved in World War II and what happened to the ones under 16
To what extent were demigods involved in the Civil War
how many kids are in each cabin?
How many siblings does Annabeth have? are they really all blonde, and why, like does Athena just have a thing for blondes or something? does Annabeth like her siblings? is she the oldest?
Do Percy and Annabeth have actual friends at camp besides each other and Thalia and Grover?
Who are these famous demigods that we keep hearing about and like, do campers brag about their famous siblings ever? And do you honestly expect me to believe that no one in the camp besides Piper has ever been related to somebody famous? Like, hear me out: the gods definitely fuck celebrities all the time.
Are there any kids at camp with gay parents, because like… gods can do that (I’m looking at you, Athena)
How do things work at camp like where do they wash their clothes and does every cabin have bathrooms inside and how many bunks are in each cabin and which cabins are always sparse and which are always full?
Are they really not allowed to have technology? Surely the borders would protect them from attracting monsters when they’re using cellphones?
Is their a hierarchy at camp depending on godly parent? There must be. And there must be some people who are bitter about it. I bet the Zeus cabin used to rule the camp, back in the day
JUST GIVE ME SOME MORE DEMIGOD HISTORY, MAN. How was the camp founded? When was the camp founded? Oldest living demigods? Heroes of the Civil War and World War II and the Revolutionary War? Are all of the Beatles really demigods? Was camp ever segregated? Did George Washington have other demigods or was the army mostly mortal? Are we supposed to think that all wars throughout history had a demigod side and a mortal side? Who built the camp? Honestly, did they really only accept Olympian children until Percy came around? Like, frankly, I just don’t believe that it was never a problem until Luke???
Happy Birthday Leigh Daniel “Dan” Avidan! (March 14, 1979) → “Don’t make fame your goal. Make your goal doing what you do to the best of your ability, and that’s something no one can take away from you.”
(MAGFest concert photo in the mid-right corner courtesy of @kawaiittrash)
“Dan is one of the best human beings I’ve ever met in my life…if Dan says you’re cool, then you’re cool.” ~ Arin Hanson
“Danny is literally the worst person I know…one of the least talented and most selfish people I’ve ever met. I also think Danny is a total diva.” ~ Brian Wecht
“Danny is a cute motherf*cker.” ~ Vernon Shaw
“He’s like 7 feet tall and a palm tree of hair.” ~ Barry Kramer
“I peer review Dan all the time. I look at him like ‘His thumbs look stupid’. I mean Dan looks like a big f*cking muppet, you know.” ~ Ross O’Donovan
“I would say Dan’s whole personality is badass positivity. He’s an awesome rock star, a hyperactive 8-year-old, and the world’s wisest oldest man, all living in the same brain.” ~ Phoenix Carver
Consistently fair and reasonable (Giving up Dragonstone to Renly at Robert's command, offering peace with Renly and offering to name Renly his heir, offering freedom to the Free Folk, knighting Ser Davos and taking his fingers, burnings notwithstanding)
Explicitly shown to truly love his daughter
Best claimant to the throne, oldest living legitimate heir to King Robert Baratheon
Only claimant to the throne to seriously consider threat of the White Walkers, and consider the justice and the laws of the land
Tried and tested battle commander
Explicitly shown as still having doubts about the Lord of Light
Seriously, the only fucking claimant to the Iron Throne who sees the White Walkers as a real threat
So... This guy is the bad guy, right?
Meh let's just make him evil and incompetent, and then send him meekly to his grave
Better make him fanatically murder his daughter at the first opportunity just before he dies too, despite this being completely out of character, otherwise people might sympathise with him, he needs less fans as it is