I often watch a PBS show called Nature; the last episode I viewed was about the White Tail Deer. Again, it's surprising how fascinating such shows can be. And how much one can learn from them.
As most dedicated hunters know, the whitetail deer's best defense is it's ability to smell. Their noses are equipped with 297 million olfactory receptors, which allow them to smell everything in the woods. To put their ability into perspective, humans have only 5 million olfactory receptors. So to sum it up, the whitetail deer can smell 60 times better than a human.
I also learned that a White Tail buck grows a completely new set of antlers every year, and that the new antlers grow an inch every 2 days.
White Tail Deer
Last night I watched the show I mentioned in yesterday's blog entry which was titled simply "Salinger" which started at 9 P.M. and ended about 11:15. Much too late for me to still be up. But when I was watching it there was no question of stopping. No question about it.
Now I will have to look up my old copy of Catcher In the Rye and reread it... again.
Tonight that same PBS channel will be presenting on Nature an episode about a new animal called a Coywolf. Neither a coyote nor a wolf. But a strange mixture of the two, I am guessing.
Thankfully it begins at 8 o'clock and lasts only an hour.
Did You Know . . .?
Recently collected data has shown that political conservatives on average report being more easily disgusted than liberals.
The New York Times
The fight over whether to criminalize abortion has grown increasingly fierce in recent years, but opinion polls suggest that most Americans prefer that women be able to have abortions in the early stages of pregnancy, free of any government interference.
WORD FOR TODAY
1. Of or like twilight; dim.
2. Zoology Becoming active at twilight or before sunrise, as do bats and certain insects and birds.
(born January 22, 1937)
Joseph Wambaugh is a bestselling American writer known for his fictional and non-fictional accounts of police work in the United States. Several of his first novels were set in Los Angeles, California, and its surroundings, and featured Los Angeles police officers as protagonists.
(born January 22, 1932)
Piper Laurie is an American actress of stage and screen known for her roles in the television series Twin Peaks and the films The Hustler, Carrie, and Children of a Lesser God, all of which brought her Academy Award nominations.
(Jan 22, 1934 - Nov 21, 1993)
Bill Bixby was an American film and television actor, director, and frequent game show panelist. His career spanned more than three decades, appearing on stage, in films and on television series. He is known for his roles as Tim O'Hara on the CBS sitcom My Favorite Martian, Tom Corbett on the ABC comedy-drama series The Courtship of Eddie's Father, stage illusionist Anthony Blake in the NBC crime drama series The Magician, but is perhaps best known for his role as scientist Dr. David Banner on the CBS sci-fi drama series The Incredible Hulk.
(born January 22, 1959)
Linda Blair is an American actress. Blair is best known for her role as the possessed child, Regan, in the film The Exorcist (1973), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes, winning one. She reprised her role in Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977).
I hate to say this, but I'll repeat it: After death, all we know that you do is stink.