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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21945 on: June 27, 2013, 09:28:59 AM »
N.J. man faces fines in bear attack.

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[He] was hiking at Worthington State Forest in Warren County with his three children late last month when he saw the black bear and tossed a bagel its way in the hope of getting a snapshot.

But the plan backfired. The bear devoured the bagel and went after Jacobs' 5-year-old son, Billy, who was left with claw marks on his arm and shoulder blade.

This kind of thing makes me feel ill. This sort of person should not be allowed to care for children or perform in any role involving responsibility for others. "Oh, look, a wild and deadly animal which is much stronger than me and about which I know next to nothing! I'll just lure it over here near my children whom I have forgotten in my much more important quest to get a photo!"

I have a Darwin Awards Omnibus (who doesn't?) and one of the most unsettling ones was about a woman who was merrily spreading honey on her child's face so that she could take a wonderful photo of the bear licking the toddler.

Thank you! I know I wasn't imagining things but i just could not find this.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21946 on: June 27, 2013, 09:54:54 AM »

This is the same man who decided that ten-year-old me was responsible for making sure our toms didn't fight. If he'd come over and said Moonbeam was causing him trouble it would have been one thing, but going up to a young girl and berating her that her cat is horrible isn't going to help you.
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That is a pretty hippie name for a military pet.  My dad was in the field artillery - our pets tended to have names like Howitzer.

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« Reply #21947 on: June 27, 2013, 10:26:26 AM »
That is a pretty hippie name for a military pet.  My dad was in the field artillery - our pets tended to have names like Howitzer.

Haha, hubby tried to name our bulldog "Tank".
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« Reply #21948 on: June 27, 2013, 11:08:29 AM »
then driving home from there, I saw something lope across the road, and it was 2 cubs. While mama was on teh other side. i stopped my car to look, and she gave me such a stink eye!

I once stopped my car to let a goose and her 6 goslings finish waddling across the road. Mama goose reared back, hissed at my car, and tried to peck it. SS indeed..

As a goose owner I can confirm that they are indeed the very specialest of snowflakes... My gander throws a tantrum whenever he finds that the feed-bowl is empty. He attacks it and flings it round the garden.  ::)
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« Reply #21949 on: June 27, 2013, 11:40:10 AM »

This is the same man who decided that ten-year-old me was responsible for making sure our toms didn't fight. If he'd come over and said Moonbeam was causing him trouble it would have been one thing, but going up to a young girl and berating her that her cat is horrible isn't going to help you.

That is a pretty hippie name for a military pet.  My dad was in the field artillery - our pets tended to have names like Howitzer.
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Well, he was named by pair of nine- and six-year old girls, so... ;) And let me tell you there was nothing 'hippy' about this cat. He was a little sweetheart toward us, but if the only other animals he would tolerate were the dogs. Cats, coyotes, bears? Anything else was a threat and had to be disposed of.
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« Reply #21950 on: June 27, 2013, 12:44:53 PM »

This is the same man who decided that ten-year-old me was responsible for making sure our toms didn't fight. If he'd come over and said Moonbeam was causing him trouble it would have been one thing, but going up to a young girl and berating her that her cat is horrible isn't going to help you.

That is a pretty hippie name for a military pet.  My dad was in the field artillery - our pets tended to have names like Howitzer.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21951 on: June 27, 2013, 01:38:04 PM »
Re: the bear/idiot incident.

I've seen a bear *once* in the wild, and my response (amusing to my companion) was to attempt to take off (in a very "let's not make any sudden movements" manner) in the opposite direction, while muttering "Dear deity - that's a bear!"

For someone to *throw food* at one, while having a tiny child beside him, is an insanity that I cannot fathom.
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« Reply #21952 on: June 27, 2013, 01:44:05 PM »
We vacationed in our future retirement area (mountains) in 2010. On our first full day in the cabin, we saw a bear leave the sanctuary down the mountain to go across for the day. I remember DH standing still and silent as we were less than 10 feet from a young bear, who already weighed more than 400 lbs.

We saw him or another on our last full day there as well. We were very cautious not to leave any food lying around and to keep the bear-proof garbage box locked constantly.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21953 on: June 27, 2013, 01:46:12 PM »
I nominate the truck driver who parked his rig smack in the middle if the distribution center lot preventing us and about ten other trucks from getting in or out of the docks and causing us to waste a half or and be late to the next delivery. Seriously, you drive one if these things and you know how much space you need to maneuver, plus you know that everybody has a schedule to keep. Why would you do that?
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« Reply #21954 on: June 27, 2013, 01:48:23 PM »
I really hope you meant to type "docks"!

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« Reply #21955 on: June 27, 2013, 01:52:50 PM »
I really hope you meant to type "docks"!

I did. Oops. I just noticed that. I am posting from my phone while in the passenger seat of a moving semi.  Typos happen.
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« Reply #21956 on: June 27, 2013, 01:55:53 PM »
I really hope you meant to type "docks"!

I did. Oops. I just noticed that. I am posting from my phone while in the passenger seat of a moving semi.  Typos happen.

Does... does the site change a certain word that rhymes with "docks" to say "wingadingdingies"?  If so, that is fantastic.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21957 on: June 27, 2013, 02:48:29 PM »
No, think of changing the "o" in "docks" to another vowel.

Took me a while to figure it out myself.
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« Reply #21958 on: June 27, 2013, 02:53:43 PM »
No, think of changing the "o" in "docks" to another vowel.

Took me a while to figure it out myself.

Ahhh, the typo wasn't accidentally using the letter c, it was using the letter i.  Gotcha.  Wingadingdingies works either way.  :-D 

I spent a minute trying to figure out what mmswm was talking about before ladyknight1 asked her question.  I still think it's a great replacement. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21959 on: June 27, 2013, 04:02:46 PM »
I have a Darwin Awards Omnibus (who doesn't?) and one of the most unsettling ones was about a woman who was merrily spreading honey on her child's face so that she could take a wonderful photo of the bear licking the toddler.
This probably belongs in the "ya ... don't do that" thread, but the "honey on her child's face" reminded me of when I was young (tweenage) and I had a pet rat.  Peter Ratit weighed a pound; His body was a foot long and his tail was almost a foot long, so he was a big pet rat.

Someone told me that rats like peanut butter.  I stuck my finger in the peanut butter jar and then put my hand in Peter's large cage.  Peter grabbed my finger in his mouth and took off for his shoebox so he could consume the p'nut butter in privacy.  I know he didn't want to bite or eat my finger; He just wanted the p'nut butter.  Still, if I had resisted, those sharp teeth would have pierced my skin.  I let him take my finger into his shoebox and held still until he finished licking the p'nut butter off my finger.  He was normally a mellow guy, except when p'nut butter was involved.  I imagine a wild bear would be even more excited about honey and, even if s/he (the bear) did not intend to hurt the child, the process of taking the honey-covered object to a safe place to consume it would probably damage the child in some way, especially if s/he resisted.
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