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Friday, August 26, 2011

Ponderings by Picasso

I know that stupid kid in the movie could see dead people.

Big deal. I can feel earthquakes before they happen.

It's true.

Did I feel the earthquake the other day?

Please, I felt it before the Earth did.

Animals have this sixth sense, or maybe for cats, it's a ninth sense to go along with our nine lives.

Did you know that at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, the day the East Coast was rattled by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake, the red-ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake hit, and then again just as it occurred.

OK, I have no idea what a red-ruffed lemur is, but that is still pretty amazing stuff.

The howler monkeys sounded an alarm call just after the quake. Not as amazing, but hey, it's a howler monkey.

Then, 3 seconds before the quake, a gorilla named Mandara let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of a tree structure.

I heard Kibibi's dad never left his recliner. Typical.

So the next time you see your cat acting strange, head for the hills. If your dog is acting that way, well, he's just a dog, so just go about your business.

I know where I'm going now ... for a nap.

Later, P.



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