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The Road to Happiness ~ Inspirational Friday

THE ROAD TO HAPPINESS – BEAUTIFUL AND INSPIRING MOVIE

A quote from the book, “The Road to Happiness”, by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher: “I believe that happiness is an attitude of gratitude; and I commit to giving thanks.” 

                          Enjoy the video further down…

“Happiness depends on ourselves.” More than anybody else, Aristotle enshrines happiness as a central purpose of human life and a goal in itself. As a result he devotes more space to the topic of happiness than any thinker prior to the modern era.

“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”  ~ Thoreau

“Being happy doesn’t always mean that everything is perfect.  It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”   ~ Unknown

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” ~
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948), Indian leader and politician

“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.” ~ Desiderius Erasmus (1466 – 1536), Dutch humanist


ARISTOTLE“Happiness depends on yourselves.” ~

Aristotle (384 BC322 BC), Greek philosopher

 

   
Let us all strive to travel  our own road to happiness
with “The Happiness Creed”.

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDHere in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada we have a long weekend to look forward to. Labour Day is also celebrated in the USA this weekend.  Were looking forward to some glorious sunny and warm weather – hope you are also, wherever home is for you and that you have been inspired by the video and plan to share with others.

 

Noah’s Ark

 WATER DROPLET1_FOR BLOG ICONThis is a re-post of one of our very popular blogs and I’m certain you’ll agree that Noah’s Ark deserves as much exposure as possible.  Enjoy the presentation and be sure to share with your family, friends, co-workers, etc.

NOAH3If we could all just get along like these three unusual friends: Leo the lion, Babloo the bear and Shere Khan the tiger, our world would be a much better place in which to live.

YouTube video, “Noah’s Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center (Noahs-Ark.org / Locust Grove, GA)”, uploaded by 4444Jama on Dec 9, 2009 ~ Lions, Tiger, and Bear living together. Watch as 3 three play and give each other affection. Please visit their website and help them raise money for the other animals to eat. Any size gift would be appreciated and is tax deductible, visit http://noahs-ark.org/donate.html

The following Youtube video, “A lion, a tiger, and a black bear have been best friends ever” was published by abdullah’s videos.

~ Noah’s Ark of Locust Grove Georgia Promo ~

“Bringing children and animals together for the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service, and a future full of hope”

Noah’s Ark is a rehabilitation center for animals and a group home for children from birth to 18 years old. The non-profit facility is home to over 1,000 animals and is licensed by the State of Georgia to provide residential care for up to 24 children.

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WATER DROPLET1_FOR BLOG ICONWithout a doubt you will all be as deeply touched as I was watching this incredible account of the caring dedication of the staff and volunteers as they provide sanctuary to hundreds of injured or abandoned animals, birds and reptiles, and of the unconditional love they give the children in their care as they nurture them through rehabilitation using their remarkable animal therapy  

To all our readers ~ I hope that you will make a donation to Noah’s Ark and help make all of Jama’s dreams become a reality by visiting http://noahs-ark.org/donate.html!

Here is a link to a series of videos uploaded by on Apr 17, 2009

Join Aurea McGarry as she travels through a wondrous place in Locust Grove, Georgia called
“Noah’s Ark Animal And Children Rehabilitation Center.”
Founder, Jama Hedgcoth, had a dream when she was four years old and never let go of it. A non-profit organization that has helped over three hundred abused and abandoned children and over 1000 animals find love and comfort during their darkest days. The only place where a lion, tiger and bear live together as family in the same den. Filmed on location, Aurea has the time of her life being kissed by a monkey named Clark Gable and a 1000 pound bear named Baloo. A show the entire family can enjoy together. Find out how you too can visit them and see first hand what the dream of one small child can do to help the lives of so many.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxoFS_e9Yp8&feature=bf_prev&list=ULgLlFq1UyHOo

Read more at http://planetsave.com/2009/12/21/friendship-between-lion-tiger-and-bear-video/#pT4LoYCGAXsQcM9c.99

 

Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival ~ Paddles Up Everyone

PADDLES UP FOR THE 2015 TIM HORTONS’ 

OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

TIM HORTONS OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES                                  FREE CONCERT LINEUP 2015

HEADLINERS INCLUDE TOKYO POLICE CLUB, HEY ROSETTA!, DAN MANGAN + BLACKSMITH, THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE, YUKON BLONDE AND MORE – JUNE 25 TO 28

Now in it’s 22nd year, Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat is proud to announce their 2015 lineup. The festival, taking place at Mooney’s Bay Park in downtown Ottawa from June 25th-28th, will include performances from Canadian heavyweights Hey Rosetta!, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Tokyo Police Club, Yukon Blonde and many more.

The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is the largest festival of its kind in North America. It is a three day event held at Mooney’s Bay Park.

Admission is FREE and features non-stop racing, concerts, children’s area, cultural performances, local delicacies, artisans and fun shopping! It is a great destination in the heart of the Nations Capital and is an easy getaway for visitors from Ontario, Quebec and the United States.

THE 22nd ANNUAL OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL WILL TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 25-28, 2015

In partnership with the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation, paddlers raise funds through the Pledge Challenge for local charities. To join the Pledge Challenge, visit http://www.dragonboatfoundation.net.

The following is a YouTube video of the 2011 Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival –

I just had to include the following inspirational video I found on YouTube, “Must Watch Dragon Boat Clip!!!”, taken from various dragon boat events in Singapore.

This video was created to show that the sport, dragon boating, is not just about training hard to win, but to enjoy and embrace all the elements that it encompasses.

Three fun filled days for everyone –

Have a great time –

Best of luck to all participants

“WINNING PADDLES TAKE ALL!!!”

           MUSIC BULLLET 2 “…dip, dip and swing your paddles, 
                         splashing with silver,
                         follow the wild goose flight
                         dip, dip and swing…”

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Happy Victoria Day 2015! Canada

 

Happy Victoria Day!

from your friends at

Rainsoft Ottawa.

Victoria Day is celebrated on the first Monday preceding May 25th, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday.  On this day we also recognize Canada‘s reigning sovereign’s official birthday.It is a statutory holiday throughout all of Canada except the Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island).

The holiday has been observed since before Canada was formed, originally falling on the sovereign’s actual birthday, and continues to be celebrated in various fashions across the country on the fixed date. In Quebec, the same day was, since the Quiet Revolution, unofficially known as Fête de Dollard until 2003, when provincial legislation officially named the same date as Victoria Day the National Patriots’ Day. It is a statutory holiday federally, as well as in six of Canada’s ten provinces and all three of its territories.

Victoria Day Happy Canada Icon Icons Emoticon Emoticons Animated Animation Animations Gif Gifs Happy Canada Day Niagra Falls Horseshoe Falls Fireworks Pictures, Images and Photos

 Who was Queen Victoria?

Victoria, who was queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India, was born in 1819. She was only 18 when she took over the throne in 1837 after her uncle George IV died. She ruled until her death in 1901, when her son Edward the VII became the King of England.

Queen Victoria was born on May 24th but Canadians celebrate Victoria Day on the Monday before May 24. Victoria Day became a popular holiday in Ontario (it was Canada West back then) in 1845 and a national holiday in 1901.  First Victoria Day was called Empire Day, then later called Commonwealth Day and now we call it Victoria Day.

“Timewatch: Young Victoria”, a BBC documentary was published on Oct 18, 2012.  Many of us have an image of Queen Victoria as a dour, restrictive woman. But, as Dr. Kate Williams explores in ‘Young Victoria’, the reality is very different. Based on her research, ‘Young Victoria’ will show the hidden story of behind the Queen who brought us into the modern age – and how she saved the very institution of monarchy itself.

Victoria Day Trivia
  • The earliest postage stamps in the world were the Penny Black of the United Kingdom and had the head of Queen Victoria on them. They were first used on May 6, 1840.
  • As a kid, Queen Victoria was trained to keep her chin up. To help her out, holly was put under her collar to irritate her if she put her chin down.
  • Victoria’s mom spoke German at home and even though she ruled England for 64 years, Victoria never learned to speak perfect English.
  • Queen Victoria was the last teenager to rule England.
  • Some cities celebrate this day with fireworks in the evening.

After the death of Queen Victoria, an Act was passed by the Parliament of Canada establishing a legal holiday on May 24 in each year (or May 25 if May 24 fell on a Sunday) under the name Victoria Day. An amendment to the Statutes of Canada in 1952 established the celebration of Victoria Day on the Monday preceding May 25, making it the first long weekend of the summer season.

From 1953 to 1956, the Queen’s birthday was celebrated in Canada on Victoria Day. In 1957, Victoria Day was permanently appointed as the Queen’s birthday in Canada. In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s birthday is celebrated in June.

Victoria Day has also been known as the Queen’s Birthday, Empire Day, and Commonwealth Day. The holiday name was changed to Empire Day in the 1890s when enthusiasm for the British Empire was at a peak. By the mid-20th century, however, the Empire had given way to the Commonwealth, so the holiday became known as Commonwealth Day. In 1977 Commonwealth Day was moved to the second Monday in March and Canadians continued to celebrate Victoria Day in May.

http://www.calendar-updates.com/info/holidays/canada/victoria.aspx

A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS EVERYWHERE

FLOWERS FUZZY COLLAGE

COLUMBINE2I thought it would be interesting to check into the history of Mothers Day and also thought it would be nice to create a YouTube video with inspirational quotes on motherhood. I’d appreciate you watching it on YouTube and ‘liking it’. I dedicated my Mothers Day tribute to my amazing daughter who is the fabulous Mom of my now 7 year old grandson and is my inspiration, “my hero” and “the wind beneath my wings” ~ I hope you enjoy it and you are welcome to share with all the Moms near (or far) and dear to you.

EARLIEST HISTORY OF MOTHERS DAY:
CRONUSThe earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. CRONYS AND RHEAThe Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be CYBELEnoted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and ROMAN CELEBRATIONSincluded parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.

History of Mother’s Day in England:
MOTHERING SUNDAYThe more recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent MOTHERING SUNDAY2(the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers… Custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales.

Mother’s Day in the United States:
JULIE WARD HOWEThe idea of official celebration of Mothers day in US was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872. An activist, writer and poet Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War song, “Battle Hymn of the Republic“. Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mothers Day and should be dedicated to peace.
ANNA JARVISAnna Jarvis is recognised as the Founder of Mothers Day in US. Though Anna Jarvis never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mothers Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers… The hard work paid off. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day in Canada:
TULIPSIn North American country of Canada, Mothers Day is the most popular festival after Christmas and Valentines Day. Just as in USA, Mothers Day in Canada is celebrated in the second Sunday in the month of May. People pay tribute to their mothers on the day and thank them for their constant support and love.  Here in Ottawa we have the Tulip Festival which coincides with Mother’s Day.

http://www.conservapedia.com/Mother’s_Day

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NYC Water Tank Project ~ Fabulous Results!

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Launching summer 2014, The Water Tank Project will transform the New York City skyline.  Look up! Some 300 water tanks around NYC are getting artsy makeovers all in the name of water conservation.

Run by Word Above the Street, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering environmental awareness and water conservation through art, the Water Tank Project looks like it will be a gushing success.water-tank-project-new-york-2.jpg

Art gets wrapped around NYC water tanks | ZoomIN

The Water Tank Project is the inaugural initiative of Word Above the Street, a non-profit dedicated to fostering environmental awareness and social advocacy through art. The incredible Water Tank Project will see approximately 100 local artists, including NYC public school students and internationally acclaimed artists such as Laurie Simmons and Odili Donald Odita, wrapping their artwork around selected city tanks. JORDI FORNIESArtwork by acclaimed artists and New York City public school students will be wrapped around rooftop water tanks throughout the city, celebrating the talents of established and emerging artists, and calling attention to the global water crisis. IMAGE3The Water Tank Project is part art exhibition, part awareness campaign. For the duration of the project, art above will be complemented by action on the ground through educational programs, public tours, social media activities and a symposium dedicated to inspiring fresh views on global water issues. 

For the duration of the city-wide event, tanks from Staten Island to the Bronx will be wrapped in vibrant artwork in hopes of bringing much-needed attention to global water issues. Often overlooked as rooftop eyesores, some of the 17,000 water tanks in Manhattan date back as far as the Industrial Revolution. While some may consider the rusty relics a thing of the past today, the Water Tank Project brings an important environmental purpose to the large iconic barrels.

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If you happen to be at Union Square, look up at the water tower above the Burlington Coat Factory. There’s a picture of a surfing dog on it, taken by fashion photographer Bruce Weber. Part of the Water Tank Project, this is one of several water towers around the city that will be wrapped in artwork to raise awareness about the global water crisis.
“I once had a dog named Palomino. He was an English Golden Retriever who loved nothing more than freewheeling like a hot dog surfer on the level of Kelly Slater. Whether on water or on land, with Palomino life was always an adventure”
. Bruce Weber, “Palomino Takes a Wave”.

ODILI DONALD ODITA
This painting called “Current” by Odili Odeta  – 282 11th Ave  (Chelsea) can be seen in the skyline to the left of Laurie Simmons’ Love Doll .

SWIMMER LAURIE SIMMONSSince I moved to New York many years ago I’ve wondered what it would be like to swim in a water tank. The Love Doll gets to enact this fantasy for me.” Laurie Simmons 

BACTERIA“Despite the fact that Georgia, the country where I was born, has numerous rivers, in the days of the Soviet Empire, when nothing was working well, there were many hours a day when we were without water. During my life I have lived in different countries, countries where water only runs during certain hours of the day. For my work for the water tank, “Bacteria”, my thoughts were focused on the contamination of water. Water can cause health problems; that made me think of the bacteria in water. We associate water with purity, cleanliness, and well-being. In many areas of the world, this is not the case. I imagined water bacteria in my painting for The Water Tank Project to raise awareness.” — Eteri Chkadua

SIGRID CALON

The Sigrid Calon tank at 530 West 25th St. in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood.

FEMALE FIGURE LORENZO PETRANTONIWater Means Life – Lorenzo Petrantoni – 393 W Broadway (SoHo) 

GUSH As you stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge toward Manhattan, look to the South to view Marilyn Minter’s Gush atop 264 Water Street. SCOTT CHRISTOPHERTessa Traeger – 110 Fulton Street Tessa Traeger (Financial District)

IMAGE1Our aim is to produce art as social intervention, to inspire awe and joy, to educate, and to alter attitudes and habits among those who experience The Water Tank Project, ultimately creating meaningful and long-lasting change.

POTTERYThe organizers of the event hope that by decorating the tanks, the artsy initiative will inspire awe and joy as well as educate and alter everyday attitudes and habits towards water conservation. In addition to the water tank makeovers, the organization is planning tours, parties, educational programs and multiple forums discussing global water issues.

seen from Union SquareInterestingly, the printed wraps are installed on the tanks by Isseks Brothers, a family-owned NYC business established in the late 1800s. Isseks is one of only two companies in New York City that build and maintain water tanks. 

Canadian humour ~ laugh along with us, eh?

Canadian Eh!

 

Funny Canadians

I AM CANADIAN

Hey!

 

I’m not a lumberjack
or a fur trader

 

And I don’t live in an igloo

Or eat blubber or own a dog sled

I have a Prime Minister,
not a President

I speak English and French,
not American

I can proudly sew my country’s
flag on my backpack.

 

I believe in peacekeeping, not policing
Diversity, not assimilation

 

And that the beaver is a
truly proud and noble animal.

 

A toque is a hat.

 

Canada is the second largest landmass
in the world.

 

The first nation of hockey

 

 And the best part of North America!

 

My name is [insert your name here]
And I AM CANADIAN!

 

The following humour describes Canada and Canadians alike in a most apt fashion…

Someone in a Home Depot offers you assistance… and they don’t work there.
You’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time.
You’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number.
You measure distance in hours.
You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.
You have switched from “heat” to “A/C” in the same day and back again.
You can drive 90 km/hr through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching.
You install security lights on your house and garage, but leave both unlocked.
You carry jumpers in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
You design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
The speed limit on the highway is 80 km and you’re going 90 and everybody is passing you.
Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
You find 2 degrees “a little” chilly.
                                  If you actually understand these Canadian jokes,

                                        Canada-Flag  you definitely live in Canada!  Canada-Flag

WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDAnd ………
we’re great enough to make and take these jokes about ourselves and about some of the quirky aspects of our lives.

Laugh along with us and have a great weekend ‘y’all’. (yeah, I know – not Canadian)

Dogs and Puppies ~ Snow and Ice ~ Funny!

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WATER DROPLET HAPPY ICON GIMPCROPPEDWith winter set in and a few snow storms behind us already, we’re now experiencing a lengthy cold spell.  I for one don’t plan to skate, ski, snow shoe, toboggan, or engage in any of winters’ outdoor activities (not a fan of frostbite).  

So call me an armchair winter enthusiast as I chuckle away at our furry friends frolicking in these videos as they cavort in the snow and try to keep it all together on slippery icy surfaces.  

For you outdoor enthusiasts – when you return from your activities why not watch these hilarious antics, while sharing a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Enjoy you weekend.

Running, jumping, playing, these dogs just can’t get enough of snow, it’s so fun!

Funny dogs and cats playing in the snow – Funny animal compilation, published on Dec 17, 2013

Here’s a compilation about funny animals ( dogs, cats, ducks…) that have some problems on ice. They slip, fall through ice and so on…

Funny dogs and cats playing in the snow – published on Oct 31, 2013

 

 

Underwater Tunnel at Sea Life Orlando, Florida – Wow!

ICONBe one of the first to experience the all new SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium! SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium will transport you into a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures! From face-to-face encounters with sharks, to a hands-on touch-pool experience, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium!  To get any closer you’d have to get wet! SEA LIFE Orlando is located in the heart of Orlando at I-Drive 360 next to Madame Tussauds Orlando and The Orlando Eye. All three attractions will open Spring 2015! Explore the amazing creatures of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans!
360 Degree Ocean Tunnel
More than 5,000 creatures
Touch pool experience
Interactive “Talking Aquarium” Educational Talks and Feeds
See how we Breed, Rescue and Protect creatures and how the SEA LIFE Trust is working to preserve our oceans for generations to come.

The short article “360 degree underwater tunnel installed inside Sea Life Orlando” appeared in attractionsmagazine.com (Orlando Attractions Magazine) on November 30, 2014 

       

SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium_360 Degree Underwater Tunnel Installation

A key element has been placed in the construction of Sea Life Orlando. Workers have installed the 360 degree ocean tunnel for the brand new aquarium opening at I-Drive 360 next spring.

The acrylic tunnel weighs almost 18,000 pounds, or as much as five cars, and will provide a new immersive way for guests to view in their own habitats. The concept art below gives you a look at what the space will eventually look like:

4-24-12 --- Sea Life Aquarium, Grapevine, Texas

Sea Life Orlando will offer a new wave of underwater adventures with displays of colorful fish, sharks, jellyfish, sea horses and more. Winding tunnels, floor-to-ceiling tanks, bubble aquariums and touch pools featuring more than 5,000 sea creatures from the oceans of the world provide an immersive experience for everyone. Additionally, the aquarium, will have unique educational components for young marine life enthusiasts.

Take a look around the construction site for The Orlando Eye observation wheel, Madame Tussauds wax museum, Sea Life aquarium, and view some concept renderings. The whole shopping plaza with these attractions will be called I-Drive 360 and will open in Spring 2015.

At Sea Life Orlando, you will experience a journey from the wetlands and swamps around Lake Apopka – to the fun and colorful Florida Keys and tropical shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Diverse species are displayed within authentic and fantastically themed environments, influenced by all the language and look of the subtropical southern environment.

Seahorse

Sea Life will offer a new wave of underwater adventures with beautiful displays of colorful fish, sharks, jellyfish, sea horses and more. Winding tunnels, floor-to-ceiling tanks and bubble aquariums provide an immersive experience for children and adults alike. Additionally, the aquarium, known for its strong conservation efforts, will have unique educational components for young marine life enthusiasts.

Ocean tunnel Garuda

Features:
• 25,000-square-foot indoor attraction
• 360° underwater ocean tunnel
• Over 5,000 creatures, including sharks, sea turtles, seahorses, octopus, jellyfish and rays
• Over 30 displays
• 350,000 gallons of water in the ocean tank
• 12’ deep ocean tank
• Interactive touch pool experience
• Educational talks and feedings throughout the day
• Kids’ quiz and activity trail
• Presentation video theater
• Children’s soft play area
• Retail store

More information can be found at visitsealife.com/orlando.

See more at: http://attractionsmagazine.com/360-degree-underwater-tunnel-installed-inside-sea-life-aquarium-drive-360/#sthash.SQf3CAry.dpuf

Link to article – http://attractionsmagazine.com/360-degree-underwater-tunnel-installed-inside-sea-life-aquarium-drive-360/

Shrimpercise ~ Wha-what???

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As you’ve come to expect my Friday blogs usually deal with humorous, inspiring, bizarre, puzzling, etc. topics and this one is right up there!

What a shrimp treadmill can teach us about science funding b

The following viral (1,926, 006 views) Youtube video, “Shrimp Running On A Treadmill With The Benny Hill Theme” was posted in 2006  

When you picture the extravagancies of government spending, what do you see? If your answer is “a tiny marine crustacean jogging in place,” then your memory is a weird place — in 2011, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (Republican, duh) made some fuss about science grants awarded by the NSF to various projects, deemed by him to be “wasteful.”

Among those Coburn singled out, including the entirety of the search for extraterrestrial life and a robot that can fold laundry, was a project at the Grice Marine Laboratory at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Coburn complained that the lab had received 12 separate grants from the National Science Foundation, for a total of $3 million … though, to be fair, this was over 10 YEARS of work.

Last week, David Scholnick, a biologist from Pacific University, slowly jogged back with his rejoinder — we can only assume with his legs and arms and miscellaneous appendages flailing. It may have taken three years, but it was worth the wait: “My name is David, and I am the marine biologist who put a shrimp on a treadmill — a burden I will forever carry.”

A burden we all must carry, Dave! Scholnick points out that reports — including a gibe from Forbes and a commercial from the AARP — of the $3 million treadmill price tag are just flat-out wrong. While it’s not chump change, a couple of million is reasonable for a decade worth of lab expenses — but the treadmill itself, he estimates, cost about $47 in spare parts. And he paid for those himself.

What’s more, the shrimp weren’t just experiencing the benefits of cardiovascular exercise for the heck of it, says Scholnick:
S[hr]imply put, my colleagues and I were studying how recent changes in the oceans could potentially affect the ability of marine organisms to fight infections — an important question, given that the amount of bacteria a shrimp is able remove from its body is directly related to how much bacteria could potentially end up on seafood-filled plates. And since shrimp are active animals in nature, it was logical to study the immune response of shrimp during activity.
In an era of public skepticism about the basic tenets of the scientific method, Scholnick’s defense of his shrimpy research stands as a defense of science in general:
In science, it is often necessary to develop creative solutions to complex problems. How do you get active marine animals to move naturally in a laboratory setting? How do marine animals fight off the glut of pathogens they are exposed to in the harsh environments where they live? These are not simple questions, there are no easy solutions, and they require an enormous amount of time and effort to answer.

Amelia thinks, “With such symbolic weight to carry, this little shrimp deserves a more dignified anthem – here’s the Grist remix:” and so ended her article with the following:

link ~ http://grist.org/news/what-a-shrimp-treadmill-can-teach-us-about-science-funding/

Have a great weekend.

TURKEY

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in the U.S.A.