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Mon, Jun. 12th, 2006, 10:45 am

I'm not normally one for "amazing animal stories" but when I see two indestructible domestic household pet stories in one day - a dog that survives a 450ft drop off a cliff (Jack russel naturally) and the cat who treed a bear... well, a fella has to sit up and take notice. Signs of the apocalypse and all that.

Mon, Jun. 12th, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
ulaire_daidoji

How do you find these things?

Mon, Jun. 12th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

I have four links I open every morning when I get in and I browse them during the day when I have a minute free here and there or just need to take a break from whatever it is I'm working on at the time and have a giggle.

www.boingboing.net (one of the bestest sites on the entire internet)
www.fark.com (horribly american, partisan and irritating discussions/link descriptions but a good source of news)
www.crooksandliars.com (lefty american political news source that I read mostly in the hope that they've posted a "Daily Show" or "Countdown" clip)
www.breakingnews.ie (generally rubbish but better than most)

boingboing.net and fark.com are the most fun to read in my opinion. Fark gets old pretty quick but theres a sense of delight to boingboing's newsposts that makes a monday morning something to look forward to (I make a deliberate point of never reading these at home in the evening).

I very specially avoid other news sources like indymedia and guerilla news network and all the other ones that like to link to stories about violent tossers acting up and calling it "civil disobedience" and obviously I'm not big on right wing american sites, regardless of how much funny they might post.

Mon, Jun. 12th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
utterlymundane

I was kind of dissappointed to hear the dog tumbled down 450 foot of cliff, rather than just falling 450 feet straight down. That cheapens it, somehow.

Mon, Jun. 12th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
mr_wombat

Yeah, I had pictures in my head of a carelss game of "Fetch", an overeager leap, a moment of stark realisation and perhaps a Wile Coyote style attempt to reach the safety of the cliff edge again.
Still, this way the dog should have died fifteen or twenty times instead of just once, makes it sort of more miraculous.

Mon, Jun. 12th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
evilrobotshane

There's a rock face near me where people climb called Bonas' Defeat. Bonas was a doggie who similarly was after a bunny, which made a hard right just before the cliff. Bonas couldn't brake in time and sailed into space and history and the big National Wilderness Area in the sky. The funny part though is that his name was actually Boner, but you can't write that on a map apparently.

Mon, Jun. 12th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Heh... Boner's defeat - a crevice too big to overcome.