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by Robbie Daniels posted Sep 3 2015 10:00AM
by Robbie Daniels posted Sep 3 2015 7:25AM
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight.
Tammy Ven Dange, chief executive of the Canberra RSPCA, which rescued the wild, castrated merino ram dubbed Chris, said Thursday she hoped to register the fleece with the Guinness World Records. An official of the London-based organization was not immediately available for comment.
The fleece originally weighed in at 42 kilograms (93 pounds), but that included the weight of the wool bag.

  • In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, an overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland is prepared to be shorn in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The wild, castrated merino ram named Chris, yielded 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedded almost half his body weight.
  • The overgrown sheep named Chris was found near Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary outside Canberra, Australia.
  • In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, an overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland is prepared to be shorn in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.
  • The overgrown sheep named Chris is prepared to be shorn in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.
  • Champion shearer Ian Elkins trimming the rescued Merino sheep.
  • Shearing the Merino sheep yielded a record-breaking 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool.
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In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, an overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland is prepared to be shorn in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. The wild, castrated merino ram named Chris, yielded 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedded almost half his body weight.

In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, a sheep found in Australian scrubland stands in a pen after it was shorn for perhaps the first time in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.© RSPCA ACT/AP Photo In this photo provided by the RSPCA/Australian Capital Territory, a sheep found in Australian scrubland stands in a pen after it was shorn for perhaps the first time in Canberra, Australia…The woolly coat dwarfs that of New Zealand's hermit ram dubbed Shrek, who spent six years hiding in caves to grow his ragged fleece that weighed 27 kilograms (60.5 pounds) when it was clipped in 2004. Shrek was often described as a record.
"He's looking really good, he looks like a new man," Ven Dange said, as the now 44-kilogram (97-pound) sheep recovered at the Canberra animal refuge. "For one thing, he's only half the weight he used to be."
Champion shearer Ian Elkins said the sheep appeared to be in good condition after being separated from his huge fleece under anesthetic.
"We've smashed Shrek's record of 27 kilos, no dramas," Elkins told Australian Broadcasting Corp.
"I don't reckon he's been shorn before and I reckon he'd be five or six years old," he said.
Chris was found near Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary outside Canberra by bushwalkers who feared he would not survive the approaching southern summer. He was found several kilometers (miles) from the nearest sheep farm. A bushwalker named him Chris after the sheep in the "Father Ted" television comedy series.
Chris was rescued by the RSPCA on Wednesday and taken to Canberra, where he was shorn under anesthetic because he was stressed by human company and because of the potential pain from the heavy fleece tearing skin as it fell away.
Ven Dange said he had suffered skin burns from urine trapped in his fleece and could have died within weeks if left in the wild.
"When we first brought him in yesterday, he was really shy, he was shaking, he would move his head away from people and he could barely get up and walk," she said.
"The drugs might be wearing off right now, but he's actually coming to you and actually wants a pat. He's certainly moving a heck of a lot better," she added.
She said Chris would be found a new home after vets gave him an all-clear.
Elkins said the fleece was too long to be sold commercially. He hoped it would end up in a museum.
"I wouldn't say it' high quality, but you wouldn't expect it to be running around in the bush that long unshorn," he said.
Australian merinos are breed for wool and are shorn annually, with fleeces averaging about 5 kilograms (11 pounds).
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by Robbie Daniels posted Sep 3 2015 6:23AM
This a great picture for you to check out. Maybe it'll make you feel old.


A car dealership in Lockport, New York recently had a teenager come in to complain about his Ford. He said the iPhone dock in the car didn't work, and it was scratching up his screen.


But they found out his car didn't actually HAVE an iPhone dock. It was an older model that had a TAPE DECK . . . and the kid had no idea what that was. So he kept shoving his phone in, and didn't understand why nothing was happening.


The dealership shared a photo of the guy's phone in his tape deck on Facebook, and it's been shared more than 160,000 times.

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by Robbie Daniels posted Sep 2 2015 11:00AM
Opening today (Wednesday September 2nd) is the new comedy, A Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Kristen Schaal and Nick Offerman. The film follows travel writer, Bill Bryson, played by Redford, who, instead of retiring and spending more time with his wife, challenges himself to hike the Appalachain Trail.
According to Cinema Blend, Redford orginally wanted to star in the film opposite Paul Newman, which now stars Redford opposite Nick Nolte. But when Newman passed away in 2008, Redford, according to the film's director, Ken Kwapis, "shelved the project for a while." Kwapis explained, "he couldn't imagine doing it with anyone else. He'd developed it as a vehicle for Paul and himself."
Newman and Redford starred together in The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

by Admin posted Sep 2 2015 9:06AM
NASA took a bunch of photos taken by the New Horizons spacecraft when it flew past Pluto back in July, and turned them into a 23-second video that's pretty cool.


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by Robbie Daniels posted Sep 2 2015 6:24AM
Social media was abuzz yesterday (September 1st) over something you wouldn't expect -- the news that it looks like Kermit the Frog has a new girlfriend, just weeks after breaking up with longtime love Miss Piggy. People unveiled the first photos of Denise, who's also a pig, and is described as head of marketing at ABC, which will be airing the upcoming series The Muppets, a rebooted version of the old The Muppet Show. People "reported" that Kermit's been spotted around town with Denise, and that's she's always stopping by the set of Up Late with Miss Piggy, Miss Piggy's late-night talk-show-within-a-show on The Muppets. This soap opera-style love triangle is all promo for The Muppets, of course, which is debuting on September 22nd, but that isn't stopping people from loudly voicing their opinions about Kermit and Denise on social media. For what it's worth, Kermit took to Twitter yesterday to deny that Denise is his girlfriend, saying they are just "close friends." Yeah, right.




by Huffington Post posted Sep 1 2015 12:00PM
A toddler at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium played peek-a-boo with Kamoli the gorilla and the zoo posted the video on its Facebook page.

by Robbie Daniels posted Sep 1 2015 10:00AM
A Texas dachshund delayed a minor league baseball game after deciding to take a lap around the field. The El Paso Chihuahuas help an "El Paso's Fastest Wiener" dachshund race during the game but it went on longer than expected when one of the dogs got away from his owner and ran around the field...

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