Friday Wrap: Cannibalistic Rats on a Ghost Ship, Anti-Ivory Activism, and More…

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It's time for the Friday Wrap, where your Burnt Orange Reporters comment on all the news that fits in a blockquote.

At BOR, we play pretty close attention to trends in website headline-writing, so we found this list of classic book titles rewritten to get more clicks pretty funny.

Below the jump, read all about how you can help save the Texas Memorial Museum, how the animals weathered the storm at the National Zoo, scientific discoveries about sloths' pooping rituals, and, no really, a boat full of cannibal rats…

Air FLOTUS, they call her!

-Michael Hurta


Animals in the National Zoo managed to survive this week's snowstorm. I guess the pelt of fur helps!

-Katherine Haenschen


The Houston Zoo is ready to become a political activist on behalf of endangered African elephants. While it has been illegal to import elephant ivory into the US since 1989, ivory that has been in the US since then may be sold. However, it is impossible to document what ivory was here before 1989 and what ivory was illegally brought in after the ban, which is why a ban on selling all ivory is being discussed. You can stand with the Houston Zoo and sign their petition to legislators encouraging a complete ban on selling ivory here.

-Joseph Vogas


We just found this, but the Texas Memorial Museum is facing huge cuts to its budget.  

How steep are the cuts?  $400,000, or two-thirds of its budget.  As a result, it will be staffed by only three people, meaning reduced hours, reduced preservation, reduced science, and reduced dinosaurs.   What?  Yep. Dinosaurs.  

The Texas Memorial Museum is the only natural history museum in Austin.  You want to see dinosaurs?  Go to the only natural history museum in Austin.  You want to go to the only natural history museum in Austin?  Lobby to restore their budget.  You want to restore their budget? Start here:  

Fund science.  Why?  Because dinosaurs.  

Did we mention dinosaurs?

-Edward Garris


What a lede:

“There are fears a ghost ship full of diseased cannibal rats could be about to crash into the coast of Devon or Cornwall.”

Read more:…

-Katherine Haenschen


As all purveyors of cute sloth videos know, pooping is a big deal for these mammals. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison discovered a link between this weekly ritual (poo dance included) and the sloth's symbiotic relationship with moths and algae. Sloth science!

-Genevieve Cato


The NBA announced twenty eight players who will be on Team USA for the 2014-2016 team. Among the players selected were Houston Rockets James Harden and Dwight Howard as well as Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs. No players from the Dallas Mavericks were selected to represent the US. The first competition will be the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Barcelona, Spain.

-Joseph Vogas


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