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Smarter than the average bear….


Another dull Sunday. The weather is horrid, so I have decided to hole up and sort this room out once and for all and get the Etsy store up and running. Procrastination is all very well but enough is enough. I wish the sun would shine though. It doesn’t encourage a cheery mood when the sky is grey for weeks on end.

On a brighter note, I discovered these videos. The first one continues the animal theme which has recurred several times this week. We do tend to anthropomorphize animals. This video reminds us that as cute and cuddly as pandas look, they still need keeping an eye on. Particularly if you have one with an eye for fashion.

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This next video, I shall post without comment. Except to say it did make me smile (or is that a grimace?)

Before you despair at the intelligence of the human race altogether, I just read this at Inhabitat

“Researchers at the Giant Panda Breeding Base in Chengdu, China are preparing to follow in the footsteps of Thailand’s Chiang Mai Zoo and turn tons of panda poop into paper. Bing Bing, Ya Guang, Qing Zi and the other thirty-seven pandas at the center produce roughly 2 tons of high-fibre bamboo poop a day! Liao Jun, a researcher at the center believes all the panda poop will be ideal for making souvenir cards, bookmarks, notebooks, even fridge magnets. A product line should be out in about a year (just in time for any Olympic visitors). If you can’t wait until then, you’ll have to travel to Thailand where visitors to the Chian Mai Zoo may purchase an assortment of panda poop paper products thanks to China’s own—Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui.”

Cue gratuitous cute panda photo


I have tied myself in knots trying to think of a smart link between the two videos and this news story and failed miserably. Over to you…

13 responses to “Smarter than the average bear….

  1. strugglingwriter January 20, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I hope you get everything you accomplished today that you want. The weather is not very pleasant here, either. It was 10 degree Fahrenheit when I woke, and isn’t supposed to get much warmer.

    Our plan for today is church and then a trip to my parent’s house for a visit. At least we’ll eat well!

    Have a great day!

  2. Daddy Papersurfer January 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    The Panda Party, after the shock discovery of rogue members running illicit pick-pocketing scam, team together for the common good to provide writing materials for illiterate humans.
    “We felt we had to do something” said Chairman Bing Bing who was wearing plenty of bling.

  3. creechman January 20, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    “Got the cam set up with pandas in background? How’s the sound for you?”

    “Check. Go Casey.”

    “Hello from Panda City! I’m Casey GoLacy, your intrepid reporter on the scoop here at the San Diego Zoo, where no wall is high enough to keep prisoner wild animals assaulted by slingshots.

    Wait, here comes another cuddly example up the path. Back to you Bob.”

  4. Diane January 20, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    SW – well, procrastination rules here in Dorset! Decided I needed stuff to progress with clear up – storage boxes, shelves so I put it off – again! Hope you enjoyed your visit!

    DP – marvellous – got it in one! Love it :-)

    Creechman – I’ve always wanted to go to San Diego zoo. I’ve heard it’s really good…. you should go and check out the pandas with your Flipcam…
    You could have pandas in your podcast!!

  5. Plum January 20, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Oh Geez! I hope that isn’t typical of most Americans. I keep seeing those videos. Jay Leno manages to find some real doozies.

    I did hear about the panda poop paper.

  6. Diane January 20, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I’m sure that the video is edited to show the worst of all the people they asked. Well, I hope so anyway!

    Re-cycling is right up your street! I hope they are making toilet paper out of it – that seems appropriate somehow :-)

  7. laketrees January 20, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    very smart book Diane …it reminds me of mother of pearl….

    well I haven’t heard of recycled panda poop before…
    the panda video is absolutely hysterical…
    and our Chaser does a great job of summing up US intelligence….
    though they have done this sort of thing over here too and a fair percentage of our own Aussies leave a lot to be desired when it comes to general knowledge and common sense :)

  8. Seok Lee January 21, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Why do people like Panda bear?
    Somehow, they are different than other bear.
    Diffenence is good and stands out among the others.

  9. Bridget Jones January 21, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Di!!!!! It was all i could do not to LAUGH OUT LOUD at the office over the US dudes clip! It’s hilarious how clueless and stupid these folks are!!

    In which state KFC originates from? Huh?
    Name a country starting with U. Ugoslavia! Ohlala!! :D

    If you don’t mind Di, can I reproduce the clip at my blog please?


    Tennis balls huh.. ? ;)

  10. Diane January 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Kim – I’m not too sure how we Brits would do in a man-in-the-street general knowledge quiz either. I have a head full of junk facts – you want me on your team when playing Trivial Pursuits – but my memory for everyday stuff is dreadful :-)

    Seok Lee – I think it’s the colouring – those black eyes! So sweet! But they can be fierce too :-)

    Bridget – be my guest! It made me laugh so much!

    Flowers – it is adorable isn’t it? :-)

  11. jon January 23, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Wonderfully lovely! As usual! :)

  12. Diane January 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Is that a gratuitous comment, Jon? :-D

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