Don’t Ruffle My Feathers!


_MG_1696I am not sure, but I think this is a thresher of some sort. I’m sure my wife would be able to tell me, but she’s upstairs and I’m just too tired to go up and ask her! After she sees this and tells me for sure what it is, I’ll probably have to update this post, but such is life. 

Take a close look at this character. Check out the eyes. Look rather piercing and angry. If only they were red! (I could color them red, I guess…)  The beak looks ready to fence with anyone who crosses his path. And the feathers on his back end are rather ruffled looking, as if warning us not to mess with him. So, that’s why I shot him. With my camera, of course.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1975, Norma Jean Armistead checked herself into Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, with a newborn that she claimed to have given birth to at home. Some staff members were already aware that Armistead, a nurse at the hospital, had a pregnancy listed on her medical charts the previous year, but dismissed it as a mistake because they didn’t believe the 44-year-old woman was still capable of getting pregnant.

Examining doctors were even more confused when it appeared that Armistead hadn’t actually given birth. The mystery was soon solved when a 28-year-old woman turned up dead in her Van Nuys apartment. The baby she was carrying, and expected to give birth to shortly, had been cut from her body. Doctors quickly pieced the evidence together and Armistead was arrested for murder.

Armistead had planned the strange and horrific crime almost nine months earlier. In October, she managed to sneak into her medical records to create a false report of her pregnancy. Then, in May, she used the hospital’s files to find a woman who was due to give birth. Armistead went to the woman’s apartment and stabbed her to death before ripping the baby from her womb to pass off as her own.

Armistead, unsuccessfully pleading insanity, was convicted of murder and sent to prison for life.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Japanese Kobe beef is famous worldwide for its succulence and taste. The Japanese cows this beef comes from receive daily massages and, in summer, are fed a diet of saké and beer mash. True Kobe beef comes from only 262 farms in the Tajima region, of which Kobe is the capital, and each of which raises an average of 5 of the animals at a time. In the United States, Kobe beef is called Wagyu beef.


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