the eagle movie

Fun animal facts I have learned being a zoo docent

1. There are several ways to classify the large cats, one of the more useful ones is into the roaring cats (tigers, lions) and the purring cats (bobcats, lynxes). The puma (also known as the mountain lion) is the largest cat that purrs. I’ve heard it up close, it’s amazing. A cheetah’s purr sounds like an idling motorcycle engine.

2. Kangaroos cannot move their legs independently of each other, they have to move them in sync - when they’re on land. When they’re swimming, they can move them separately. Hopping is their most efficient way to move - a walking kangaroo is awkward as hell. They swing both legs forward using their tail as a third leg to prop up while their legs swing.

3. People often think that flamingoes’ knees bend the wrong way. They don’t - the joint you’re seeing in the middle of their leg isn’t their knee, it’s their ankle. Their knee is up by their body, and it bends the same way ours does.

4. Giraffes only sleep 1-2 hours a day.

5. Bald eagles’ vocalizations are not what you expect. When you see a flying bald eagle in the movies and hear that majestic caw sound? That isn’t an eagle, it’s been dubbed over with another bird, usually a red-tailed hawk. Bald eagles actually sound…not majestic. Kind of like if a kitten could be a bird.

6. Elephants are one of only a handful of animals that can pass the mirror test - in other words, they can recognize their own reflection (and not think it’s another animal, as dogs and cats usually do). They tested this by placing a chalk mark on an elephant’s forehead and then showing it a mirror. The elephant investigated the mark on its own forehead, indicating it knew that it was looking at itself.  The only animals that pass this test are the higher primates, the higher cetaceans (orcas, dolphines), elephants, and weirdly, magpies.

7. One-fifth of all the known mammal species are bats.

8. A kangaroo mother can have three joeys simultaneously at different stages of development: an embryo in her womb (kangaroos can do what’s called embryonic diapause which means sort of putting the development on pause until she’s ready for it to develop further), a joey in her pouch attached to one nipple, and a joey out of the pouch on the ground who nurses from the other one. The amazing thing? Each of her nipples make different formulations of milk for each joey’s different nutritional needs.

9. Bonobos, our closest genetic relative (they are more closely related to us than they are to either chimps or gorillas) are almost entirely non-aggressive, matriarchal, and use sex to solve all their problems. They engage in both same and opposite sex interactions, non-penetrative sex (oral, rubbing, manual) and with any age. That’s an interesting area to work in, lemme tell you.

10. Tortoises have super loud sex. Like, really loud.

11. All grizzlies are brown bears, but not all brown bears are grizzlies (grizzlies are a sub-categorization of the brown bear).

12. Reindeer are the only deer species where both males and females grow antlers. The males shed theirs the beginning of December, the females shed theirs in the spring. So all of Santa’s reindeer are girls, heh. I love telling little kids that.

13. If a rhinoceros knocks off its horn, it grows back faster than you’d expect. One of ours, Rosie, has knocked hers off twice.

14. Gorillas get crushes on each other. And on the humans that take care of them. Male gorillas also masturbate. I don’t know if the females do, I’ve never seen it. Sometimes it’s like a soap opera up in there.

15. Langur monkeys are silvery-gray in color - their babies are bright orange. Like Cheeto orange, I do not exaggerate.

16. Polar bear fur is not white, it’s transparent, like fiber optics. Also, their skin is black.

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I’m not deluded. I know there are plenty of athletes more deserving of publicity than me. And I would like to apologize if my silly antics have cast a shadow over their achievements. […] I know I originally only intended to jump 70 meters. But as people much wiser than me say: Competing the Olympics doesn’t mean anything as you sell yourself short. I didn’t come here as a novelty act. And I will not be coming home as one.
Eddie the Eagle (2016)

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What motivates you in the end?
Apart from being creatively satisfied? When I’m thirty, I want to have made it so far that I can care for the people around me. I already started to change the lives of my family. I come from a working-class family — my parents split up when I was three years old and both built new families. My mum has two daughters, aged three and five. My dad has four children and my oldest brother now attends a movie course at college. And one day I’ll have a family of my own. Those people are not there yet but they’re my motivation, as well.

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Creepy Girls Appreciation Part 4

“Raven hair and ruby lips, sparks fly from her finger tips, Echoed voices in the night, she’s a restless spirit on an endless flight. Wooo hooo witchy woman, see how high she flies." (Pt. 1:X)(Pt: 2: X)(Pt: 3: X)

why you should watch: what we do in the shadows

• the characters are cool and goofy and vampires
• like literally viago is pure as heck
• the actors are awesome
• they have jemaine clement ( vladislav ) who also voice acts as tamatoa from moana
• also taika waititi ( viago ) who directed this movie, eagle vs shark, boy and hunt for the wilderpeople
• 99% of the movie was improv
• the movie’s funny as hell
• its filmed like a documentary?????? isn’t that cool or what?????
• “werewolves not swear-wolves”
• there’s a video on “funny or die” where viago and vladislav explain truths about vampires
• all the characters make you want to hUG THEM
• stu’s my favourite
• i’d hug him
• yeah watch this movie

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During the winter months of 1913 at the Alexander Palace, Nicholas’s diary is a testament to his hand-on parenting of his four daughters in lieu of his perpetually sick wife. No matter the amount of paperwork on his desk, the number of meeting with ministers, public audiences and military reviews that filled his day, at this time of the year when they were home at Tsarskoe Selo he always found time for his children. History may have condemned him many times over for being a weak and reactionary Tsar, but he was, without doubt, the most exemplary of the royal fathers. The months of january and february were a special time for him and his daughters, during which he treated them all to trips to see the ballets ‘The little Humpbacked Horse’, ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘The Pharaoh’s Daughter’ – in which last they were thrilled to see Pavlova dance.

As the eldest, Olga (and Tatiana, until typhoid fever prevent her) enjoyed the added bonus of seeing the operas ‘Madame Butterfly’, ‘The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh’ and Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’, which latter Olga found particularly beautiful and moving. But in the main, time with Papa was spent out in the park, whatever the weather sharing invigorating walks, riding bicycles, helping break the ice on the canals, skiing, sliding down the ice hill and joined – when he was well enough – by Alexei wearing his specially made boot with a caliper. The girls so enjoyed having their father to themselves; he was fast, unrelenting walker and they had all learned to keep up or left behind, Olga in particular always walking closest to him on one side, Tatiana on the other, Maria and Anastasia running back and forth in front of them, sliding on the ice and throwing snow ball. It was clear to anyone who encountered the Tsar and his daughters at the Alexander Park how much pride he had in his girls. “He was happy that people admired them. It was though his kind blue eyes were saying to them:Look what wonderful daughters I have.””

The Romanov Sisters – Helen Rappaport