The Widdershins


Posted on: September 14, 2013


So did we all survive Friday the 13th?  We had a cool front pass through and last night actually got into the 50s!  Eek!  That being the case I thought the picture above looked sorta “fallish”.  Of course by next week we could be back to highs in the mid 90s and lows in the 70s.  Well let’s take a look at some of the odd or humorous things that crossed my path lately.  No heavy lifting required.

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s NASA frog!!

I’m sure you heard about the frog that had it’s peaceful existence disturbed on Wallops Island when NASA launched the rocket containing the LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) on a Minotaur V rocket.   While NASA has the facility there to launch suborbital and low orbit payloads, it is also home to a National Wildlife Refuge, hence lil froggie’s home being on the island.  So why was lil froggie so close to the launch site?  This probably explains it:

The launchpad at the Wallops/Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport has a “pool” for the high-volume water deluge system that activates during launches to protect the pad from damage and for noise suppression, and likely there was a (formerly) damp, cool place that was a nice spot for a frog to hang out.

I’ve got a picture of the flying frog here:  (it’s that little tiny speck you see in the rocket exhaust)

Nasa-frogbut to get a clear image of the critter you need to go here to see the full sized pic of it.  Of course this isn’t the first time that NASA and wildlife have clashed as seen by this clip of a Turkey Vulture meeting the space shuttle.

NASA could provide no definitive information on the current status of the frog.

If I were this eagle I’d be trying to get the hell out of there too

Oral Roberts University (I kind of got shaky as I was typing that phrase) has a (to me) strange little thing they do on campus at the start of each new academic year.  It seems they have a “spirit day” chapel service and I don’t think it’s of the rah-rah type.  They have a bald eagle and golden eagle that are part of the service.  At some point the bald eagle is supposed to be released and then fly to its trainer.  Well, not all things go according to plan when you are involving wildlife as you can see from the video.

Perhaps those kids shouting USA! USA! USA! scared the poor thing.

Oral Roberts University students gasped and shrieked Wednesday morning when a bald eagle that was part of a special chapel service failed to fly to its trainer, crashed into a window at Christ Chapel on campus and collapsed to the floor.

“It was a bit shocking to see, but we’re thankful the eagle is OK,” said ORU spokeswoman Carissa Bratschun.

She said the eagle was supposed to fly straight to the trainer who was standing on stage. Instead, it circled the auditorium.

Like I said, I’d be trying to get the hell out of there too!  😉

Yes this does appear to be animal theme weekend

As the author of this piece says, it seems that motorcycle riders like to wear those GoPro cameras on their heads or helmets to record their breathtaking rides.  And this one’s a doozie.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers watched a motorcyclist accelerate from a dead-stop to 80 mph on a Canadian highway before something very unfortunate happened.

A passing train spooked a young black bear that ran across the road in a direct line with the approaching motorbike.

You know where this is heading, don’t you? The guy was wearing a helmet-mounted camera. Check out the video.

By the way, the rider suffered significant but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the RCMP.

I can’t say I blame the Mounties for staying clear of the debris field.  They had to be able to go in after the fact to help the poor idiot.

So Widdershins, how is your Saturday going today?  Let me know in the comments.  Looking at the schedule it looks like I’ll be busy with a full day of SEC football.  I’ll be especially interested in the game between Texas A&M and that certain university from Alabama.  Gig ’em!

This is an open thread.


16 Responses to "SATURDAY LIGHT FARE"

Oh, dear. Poor eagle.
How did they get a permit for an eagle, or did they just acquire one?

Fredster, are you channeling Jack Hanna this weekend or what?

Poor frog — talk about the rudest of awakenings. Sitting there minding your own business and someone shoots a rocket up your a$$. How rude!

chat@1: Don’t have any idea how they got the eagle. I forgot to put the link in there but there was a trainer who was supposed to worked with the eagle and possibly it was his or he had the permit for it? I was concerned that the univ. would try to “heal” it. 😉

As you know Auburn has a similar thing with the bird flying around the stadium. I’ve always been concerned about when LSU played at Jordan-Hare that some LSU coon@ss fan would take the bird down with a slingshot or something and then, voila! gumbo. 😆

Prolix indeed I must have been channeling Mr. Hanna this week. It’s just that whenever i see a “funny” I bookmark them and have them for a reference. This week it seems what struck my fancy was “critters”.

@3: Auburn has a permit because the first eagle arrived with a student in 1865. well before the law was written. The eagle lives at Auburn during football season and with Fish and Game the rest of the year.

chat said: Auburn has a permit because the first eagle arrived with a student in 1865.

Awww, just like Harry Potter and his owl! I was just making a weak attempt at humor with the Auburn thing, LSU fans and the Louisiana propensity to cook and eat just about anything.

Jack Hanna! Haha! Poor critters! I hope the eagle and the bear were ok, doubt if froggy survived that. Great stories as usual.

As I type this it looks like AL & TX are tied.

@6: So I figured, but there are some folks on the blog that don’t know the history of War Eagle.

chat@8: I sometimes forget that not everyone is well-versed on SEC lore.

socal, Bama is ahead right now but there’s a lot of football left. Who does USC play today? LSU has Kent State (yawn) and I won’t be able to watch it. 😦

@10: Vanderbilt.

Oh no chat, Vandy is playing S. Carolina. I was wondering who Southern Cal was playing. That’s what I was asking socal about.

Oops. Sorry. Forgot all about the other USC.

chat@12: Well everybody likes to watch a train wreck so was just curious as to who they were playing.

USC (socal’s) is playing Boston College.

chat@14: Yeah, I looked at espn and they already played. USC won.

LSU: 45-13 against Kent State

A win is a win.

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