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?

If you love animals…

The Dodo is a website “for animal people”. If you love animals, you’ll find videos in three different categories: pets, farm animals, and wild animals.

Here’s the video I saw on Twitter yesterday that made me want to visit the site:

And speaking of shelter dogs, there’s a TV show on in the US called “Downward Dog”. Here’s the trailer. We can’t watch the series on the ABC site over here because of annoying international rights agreements, but maybe it’ll show up on Netflix Japan or Hulu Japan, if you’re using either of those to stream TV and movies.

To tell the truth

In some classes this week, we played a conversation-starting game called “True or False” where you have to make three statements about your winter break experiences and we have to guess which of the three is  true.

And speaking of truth-telling, I happened across a video from an old TV game show called “To Tell the Truth” — it was a quiz show from the 1950s and 60s (and still going on today in a different incarnation) where panel members (TV celebrities) have to guess which of the three contestants is the real person.

Most Japanese students know about Rosa Parks, yes? She, along with Mother Teresa, were two historical figures I remember being popular research topics in the Japanese junior high school where I used to teach. Ms. Parks was the African American woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in the segregated South in 1955.

Here’s Ms. Parks as one of the contestants on “To Tell the Truth”. Can you guess which one she is?

There’s lots to talk about her, including Ms. Parks, the format of the show, the hairstyles and fashions of the time (this episode aired in 1980).

If you’re curious, you can try searching for other famous people appearing on this show. For instance, Frank Abagnale, the man whose life the movie “Catch Me If You Can” (with Leonardo DiCaprio) was based,Or, jumping ahead 5 decades, Sergei Brin, the founder of Google.

This is from a different 1950s quiz show, but here’s a man who witnessed the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Jaw-dropping, yes?