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Henry The Bear, Chick Magnet

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Hugh Reed, the human friend of Henry the Bear, has observed a measurable difference between the way that women and men react to his 800 lb. black bruin. The women really like Henry. He’s the biggest cuddly toy ever. Or something.

Makeover For Portland Paul

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

A towering statue in Portland, Oregon, of Paul Bunyan — terror of the Beaver State’s many trees — has just received a $12,000 paint job.

Nature Calls: Talking Trees

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

In these ecologically sensitive times, maybe we all should start listening to the trees. Unfortunately, real trees have a hard time communicating clearly with their limited vocabulary and poor diction.

Catching Monorail Mania

Friday, June 12th, 2009

This Sunday, members of The Monorail Society will gather at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System. Back on June 14, 1959, ever-cheerful then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon dedicated the original three-car Mark I monorail. His daughters Julie and Tricia were official ribbon cutters, as can be seen […]

Former Outlaw Bikers Get Monument

Friday, June 5th, 2009

They aren’t Hell’s Angels. They’re Zoobombers, who ride mini-bikes (kid’s bikes) down the hills from the Portland, Oregon zoo, to the annoyance of the city’s police. Now the mayor of Portland has dedicated an official city monument to Zoobomb, topped by a gold-plated mini-bike. It’s designed so that “loaner” bikes can be stacked around it […]

Fish Landmarks: Is Being on Land the Problem?

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Roadside landmarks succumb to the cycle of damage, both natural and man-made. They’re a magnet for pranksters, thieves, and vandals.

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