VIDEO: ???? As France continues its #coronavirus confinement, wildlife is claiming back some of the public space. Ducks are no longer content to stay near the Seine river, they now wander the quiet streets of Paris as on Friday evening near the Comédie Française theatre pic.twitter.com/gacaOvvcbK
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 29, 2020
Wildlife finally returning to Thames. Nature is healing?? pic.twitter.com/d6uBxSaIAx
— ruby?? (@roobeekeane) March 29, 2020
Not ducks, just a few Brooklynites failing to observe proper social distancing:
Start your week off with a moment of #ZooAndAquariumZen, courtesy of red panda cubs! pic.twitter.com/KFahdROEnT
— Prospect Park Zoo (@prospectparkzoo) March 30, 2020
Jim, Foolish Literalist
what is a “semi-respite” thread?
Shouldn’t French ducks be wearing berets?
Many scenes of goats venturing with increasing confidence into the emptied streets of a Welsh town that’s shut down.
eta: From the 3rd or 4th day of his story:
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: “semi” means “half-assed” and “respite” means “welcome break”. That is my reading, at least.
Buddy Hackett has a duck story.
@NotMax: You can keep the duck.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
it’s the Eric the Half Bee of respite threads.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist
A thread about truck stops?
@Jerzy Russian: That’s like the classic definition of ‘seminar’: “Semi, meaning half” and “ars, meaning ass”, ergo “any half-assed discussion”.
My old neighborhood in Orange County had a coyote problem even before this. Can’t imagine what it’s like now.
@dmsilev: Ze French Ducks, it does not matter what dey wear upun dair heads. It is ze attitude zat iz important, ze style, ze élan.
@scav: Ze je ne sais quack!
I was once chase by a goose in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. A lot of wildlife in there.
I had never heard of that, which is amazing considering the hundreds of seminars I have gone to over the years.
Speaking of which, a “burro” is an “ass”; a “burrow” is a “hole in the ground”. Evidently not everyone knows/knew this, since my late father often spoke of people who struggled with these concepts.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
If there was any more evidence needed, Biden has a thirty point lead for the nomination. But some just refuse to get it. kos pointing out AOC is consciously uncoupling from Sanders won’t help. The Senator and his inner circle see politics as a zero sum game, and anything short of a metaphorical pipe wrench to the head, will not register. Because self-validation can only occur if a corrupt system keeps him down.
If Senator Sanders wishes to continue to tilt at windmills while a minimum 200,000 of his fellow citizens die, that’s his choice, but history will not judge him kindly.
My personal definition: We’re still (mostly) talking about The Only Topic These Days, but trying to keep it to uplift, jokes, personal stories & light snark. You can blow off steam about your besieged family or idiot coworkers, share rude jokes, lament the tragedies & triumphs going unnoticed elsewhere.
No impersonal tragedy porn or copypasta rants about politics/politicians. I think I give y’all enough other threads where you can share that already!
epistemic closure is not just for “conservatives”
@Jerzy Russian: Pretty much, yeah.
If they’re like New England coyotes, they were mostly taking advantage of the people-related trashcans, the rodents those trashcans attracted… and the feral-or-not cats connected to the people.
Those coyotes are probably pissed that their new food resource has suddenly collapsed on them!
@dmsilev: And have big walrus mustaches.
And the topic is “ducks”, so …
Why a duck?
@NotMax: Home On The Road
FYI, Cooking with Cannabis drops on Netflix on 4/20.
@burnspbesq: Who’s getting chomped? We have so many rabbits in Chicago.
You should feel honoured. This post is dedicated to your … people, as it were.
Oh that ship sailed in 2016. Pouty Asshole’s supporters fucking over Hillary and bringing on 4 years of horrors.
Because goose doesn’t rhyme.
@NotMax: Cannabis as ingredient, or cooking while stoned? ?
West of the Rockies
Okay, that right there was funny!
James E Powell
I don’t think most people care how history will judge them and if they do, they have an inexhaustible capacity for justification.
It’s possible that in 2016 Sanders did not realize that his bullshit smearing of Hillary Clinton would help Trump win. But in 2020, it is no longer possible to justify opposition to the Democratic nominee.
@Cleardale: Let’s put that to the test.
Works for me.
@Amir Khalid: “The Cocoanuts” with the Marx Brothers.
Groucho: “Here’s the viaduct leading over to the mainland.”
Chico: “Why a duck?”
At about 33:33 into the movie.
Buddy was good.
That was hilarious.
Comrade Colette Collaboratrice
@burnspbesq: @Anne Laurie:
Huh. Two nights ago a raccoon walked up to our front door, bold as brass, and stood there looking at me through the kitchen window with an obvious, impatient air of “Well, what are you waiting for? Let me in already.” We see plenty of raccoons in our very urban neighborhood, but generally at a distance and in the act of getting out of sight. This was a first – it didn’t occur to me that it might be because the world has changed so much around them.
I didn’t let him in, though.
Ducks struttin’ around like they own the place.
@Comrade Colette Collaboratrice: I swear, raccoons (at least the suburban/urban ones) now regard us the way humans regard hoofstock — large, dumb, potentially dangerous but too useful not to keep around!
Even (almost) 50 years ago, the bucolic Midwestern college where I had my first work-study job was home to some very pushy coons. Was vacuuming in the Ag Dept office building when I was startled by a *very* large trash panda stomping down the hall; one of the professional janitorial staff said, Oh yeah, usually he joins us for [night shift] lunch on the loading dock, and he gets a little pushy when we don’t show up on time…
Dammit, I got all excited for a Pearl post.
@Emma: Me too.?
@Anne Laurie: Must’ve been cold in winter with the lack of external doors and all. ?
@mrmoshpotato: hey, I take ducks where I can find them, don’t get me wrong ;)
But a Pearl post wouldn’t go amiss, just saying ;) ;) ;)
@mrmoshpotato: Night shift janitors — not us work-study kids, the professionals who did the serious cleaning — tended to leave a loading dock door open, unless it was really cold. They were the ones shifting heavy equipment into / out of the building, and when the suits weren’t around to bitch, the fewer interruptions the better…
@Emma: Hehe, so true.
@Anne Laurie: And the draft just blew in a trash panda.
@mrmoshpotato: As a fresh immigrant from the Bronx, I actually worried a bit at first about human blow-ins, since the loading dock door was ‘invisible’ from the outside. But my shift was 8pm-midnight, and there was always another janitor or two within earshot.
Also, any random strangers would probably have been scared off by the raccoons, protecting their turf. They got pretty territorial about the dorm dumpsters — we learned not to try putting our trash out after the bars closed. :)
Never want to mess with a drunk raccoon.
Never want to mess with a drunk raccoon.
We once left out a bowl of mini candy bars after retreating from the deck at the lake, and the next morning we found only the wrappers, neatly sliced open.