I can’t even with this being so cute:
CU Boulder gets in on the April Fools’ fun, but Bobak takes it and runs with it:
Can't wait to see @WilliamShatner as instructor again https://t.co/3Me0xQJvT3
— Bobak Ferdowsi (@tweetsoutloud) April 2, 2019
The Academy wouldn’t let me get past the three interns I accidentally beamed into one person in the sim. We’re still not sure how that happened.
— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) April 2, 2019
Pbbbt. By then you can get it funded as an experiment.
— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) April 2, 2019
I still have pet pics to post, but can always use more – and any fun stories you might like to see front paged.
Non-Politics Open Thread
/Dr. Johnny Fever
How do I submit a pet pic to you?
@eclare: whats4dinnersolutions (at) live (dot) com
After watching the video five times, I have satisfied myself that the parrot is indeed cute.
@Mary G: OMG, that’s the sweetest thing ever! Excuse me, I’ve got to get this dust out of my eyes.
@TaMara (HFG): I am a sucker for a Scot talking about his wee cat.
@Mary G: OMG that was adorable! My cats are not that laid back.
Adam L Silverman
The best April Fools prank I saw today: REI’s usual customer email announcing the start of travel adventures for pets.
Lines like “For many of us, our pets are a valuable member of our family, sometimes even more than a child or spouse, so expanding into REI Adventures trips for pets felt like the next logical step,” make the concept sound really plausible. It wasn’t until “Cats wanting to tread outside their comfort zone can sign up to raft the rollicking Class III rapids of the Nantahala River, while others can choose to fly high above the forest floor on a mountaintop zip-line tour,” that it hit me that taking cats rafting was probably an April Fools prank. Well done REI.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
7 hours ago
I never would have guessed how this morning would begin for me. Unstructured time is rare especially these days, but I got to the Mayor’s office early today after my morning run, and took a few minutes to read the news and answer text messages before my first meeting.
After going out into the hall to use the restroom, I ran into a young couple coming out of the elevator, saying I was just the person they were there to see. In my mind I saw the rare few minutes of free time I…
had left vanishing, and without meaning to be discouraging, tried to hint that I did not have a lot of time for unplanned meetings. Reluctantly, I showed them in to the front part of our office and promised someone would try to take care of whatever their issue was.
That’s when Mary and Gabe explained that she was on her way to the hospital for a 9:00 a.m. appointment for a c-section. And they were hoping they could be married before she delivered. (It must have been 8:15 or so.) She had the paperwork and everything in a folder along with her hospital papers, and they wanted to see if I could do the honors.
Obviously there’s only one answer to that question. I corralled a few staff members as they were trickling into the office, to serve as witnesses, and filled out the paperwork. Their rings weren’t ready, so one of my colleagues found a ribbon that would do the trick.
A few minutes later, Gabe and Mary, newly married, left my office with just enough time to get to the hospital. And a few moments ago, they sent Mark in my office this photo of Gabe with young Jade Katherine Jones, South Bend’s newest resident. It’s moments like this that I’ll miss when my term as mayor comes to an end.
Congratulations to the newlyweds and new parents, and welcome, Jade, to this unlikely and lovely world!
Photos at the link.
Speaking of April Fools, the Chicago Bears had a good one.
I managed to talk politics at work and not get in trouble. Can I talk politics on a no-politics open thread and stay out of trouble?
P.S. Trump sucks
West of the Rockies
That was crazy cute and touching! Thank you!
On “The Price Is Right” today, one of the prizes was a trip around the world – a nonstop trip around the world, 60 hours on a plane from Los Angeles to Los Angeles.
Come to the thread right below this one and marvel at the bonkers video from Vice that lamh36 found on Twitter. It’s amazeballs. That woman in the pink sweater is my secret sister.
My favorite April Fool was the AKC’s announcement of the newest dog breed they’re recognizing. They had a long very AKCesque writeup of the characteristics of the Silver-Coated Pouch Terrier. Easy coat maintenance, difficult to train, and so on. And then the picture, on a leash apparently showing in the conformation ring, was a possum.
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
Doggies 2020 (photo)
hmm. I don’t mean to be a killjoy — really I don’t — but there’s something just a tad calculated about PB’s public sharing of that heartwarming little story.
#NOTTryingToDissAllOurDemsAndReelectDump #NOTaBernieBro #NOTaRussianTroll
@eemom: Beto O’Rourke’s dog’s twitter in the comment above yours is pretty nauseating.
Loved the rabbit and the chihuahua. My beloved calico cat, Nadine, was 17 and a half and died about 10 days ago. I am so sad. I’ve never had a cat live that long. I come here to be cheered up and the rabbit video above did that.
@Bonnie: I’m so sorry for your loss Bonnie. Seventeen and a half is a long kitty life, I’m sure she loved you as much as you loved her.
@SutterBrown and @ColusaBrown OWNED political dog Twitter. No one else should even try. ?
I’m so sorry. Calicos and torties are a cut above.
@Mnemosyne: Exactly what I was thinking. Sutter and Colusa were hilarious, and Beto’s dog is just forced. Puts “paw” into every tweet randomly, emojis gone wild, and he has two other dogs that are barely even mentioned.
ETA: fixt Sutter’s name.
Thanks. Nadine had a tortiseshell calico sister, who died at 13. They were both adorable, lovable, and are missed greatly. Nadine was actually still in good shape until about two months before she died. When she took this sudden turn for the worst, my heart started breaking because I knew the end was coming. I’m looking for another calico–maybe.
Beto rubs my fur the wrong way, big time. (If, again, I may say so without singlehandedly being responsible for handing the presidency to dump for another 4 years.)
@Mary G: thank you for sharing this video. So wonderful. I found his account on Instagram. This guy. He not only adopted the cat, now named Nala, but rescued a pup who after being cared for at a vet, got adopted by someone in the UK. He also visited a refugee camp and cleans up plastic at the beaches he camps at if he has the time. He’s met so many generous people who have let him couch surf. Seems he would fit In rather well in the Juicer community. Looking at his account is a reminder that in these dark times there is light. Side bar: after The Dodo video read in a comment on one of his posts that the numbers of his Instagram followers went from like 6k to 87k!
@eemom: Well done, comment 28 in the no politics thread, well done.
“Don’t mention politics! I mentioned it once but I think I got away with it.”
Am I the first to see that the bird in the video is a Cockatiel and not a Parrot? Or is this some April fools thingy?
@Bonnie: if you come back to this thread, I’m happy to post photos and a little blurb about your Calico. My heart has been owned by three over the years. They are something else. As anyone who follows Bixby and Scout, they know all my Danes were raised by Emma. As she hits 16 in June, I cherish every day with her, knowing she’s slowing down a bit.
May Nadine be romping with kitties and bunnies over the rainbow bridge.
@Mr. Kite: Well in her defense, I guess I did it when i brought Mayor Pete into the thread.
@TaMara (HFG): Thanks, TaMara. I will have a friend help me with the pictures. Yes, Nadine is across the Rainbow Bridge.