Smart, not smart

This makes me think of so many things … motivation, curiosity, perseverance, and of course my (and everyone’s?) wariness of crows.

I discovered this video via a project aiming at getting these smart crows to pick up cigarette butts. Fascinating.

Smart = crows

Not smart = people who throw their cigarette butts in the street. To the people who do this in my neighborhood (or anywhere), I want to say, “These streets are not your ashtray!”

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Curious George

In Japan, he’s known as George the Monkey (おさるのジョージ). Easy to understand, but not as descriptive.

Did you know that he escaped the Nazis during WW2? Here’s the story:

I was looking around for something else related to Curious George and found a couple of easy-to-read articles:

“Curious George celebrates 76th birthday”

“85-year-old cycles from home to library every day”

The second one isn’t really about the character; it’s about this elderly man’s energy, inquisitiveness, and love of reading. Towards the end of the article, it says that people who know him were asked to liken him to a character in a book. One person said he was like Curious George.

That leads to a writing prompt for people who like to read fiction: Which character in fiction do you most resemble? How about a parent or grandparent or a teacher or coach? Or an eccentric neighbor?

Isle of Dogs

Something more enjoyable for today: a movie trailer for “Isle of Dogs”.

Can’t wait to see this. Opening in March in the US. Hope it doesn’t take another 6 months to hit the theaters here.

Directed by Wes Anderson. And look at  the voice actors! Bill Murray … of course he’s in it.

 

CSI: Animals

Learn about the only full-service crime lab for animals in the world. Turn on the subtitles for the video to help with your listening comprehension if you need to (the subtitles on this YouTube channel are mostly very accurate).

Ok, so maybe the title “CSI” isn’t the right one, since that stands for crime scene investigators, and these people mostly just work in the lab. But a CSI: Animals might have been better than some of those other spin-offs (CSI: Miami and CSI: Cyber were both pretty terrible).

Questions for debate and discussion:

  • Should animals have the same rights as humans?
  • Which animals should have more protection under the law?
  • What kinds of organizations exist in Japan to protect the rights of animals?