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The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Grace Speaker » Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:01 pm

Now, having known many of you both virtually and in person for some time now, I know without a shadow of a doubt that you are a wonderful bunch of very clever buggers*, with all sorts of weird, wonderful and fascinating facts rattling around in your respective noggins :D and it's about time you let them out into the fresh air and present them for the inspection and delectation of your fellow Discworldians and Pratchetteers**

*Is there a collective noun for clever buggers?
**which term, if either, is the most acceptable collective noun*** for Sir Terry Pratchett fans?
***is there a collective noun for collective nouns?

Anyway, to start thing off:

Did you know . . .
. . . that the feline world has its very own Yeti, or possibly, Abominable Snowcat? The Pallus or Manul cat, Otocolobus manul is native to mountainous regions of Central Asia, from the Caspian Sea through Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India to central China, Mongolia and southern Russia.
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They have the longest and densest fur of any cat and have evolved to live at high altitude and have been recorded at 15,000 feet/5,000 m.
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Pallas cats are best adapted to cold arid environments and occupy steppes, alpine deserts and rocky country at fairly high elevations.
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About the same size, but slightly heavier, than an average domestic cat, they have a stocky build and short legs so tend to be ambush predators.
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They make their dens in caves, crevices, or burrows dug by other animals.
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Like all cats, they enjoy a good snooze . . .
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. . . but unlike other cats, their pupils are round and not vertical slits
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They are incredibly cute as kittens
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And their fur changes colour in the summer becoming more red/brown
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BUT these beautiful wild animals . . .
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. . . do not do well at low altitude or in captivity, where they are prone to infections and diseases and therefor have a very high mortality rate, which is even worse in their kittens
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Unfortunately, they are still hunted in the wild for their fur as well as for food, their habitat has been diminished and their main food source, the pika, is frequently poisoned by humans leading to the cats themselves being poisoned. Sadly, they are also trapped and bred for the exotic pet trade. :(

However, many zoos are part of a captive breeding programme and there are now conservation projects dedicated to protecting Pallas cats in the wild. :meow:
Pallas Cat Study and Conservation Program
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby I.B.Igor » Thu Jun 11, 2015 07:15 am

Sqweee! Well fluffy cat!! :meow: I bet they don't get cold paws , makes Dinky my short haired caramel tabby, look like a real skinny specimen.

Love the round pupils they have, and the kittens are adorable. its sad they are hunted and sold as pets, poor things, thanks for sharing that, made my day. :D
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Basement » Thu Jun 11, 2015 09:15 am

I don't think that I've ever seen a photo of a Pallas kitten.

*faints from the cute*
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Grace Speaker » Thu Jun 11, 2015 09:28 am

Basement wrote:I don't think that I've ever seen a photo of a Pallas kitten.

*faints from the cute*
:lol: Then look away now!

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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Grace Speaker » Thu Jun 11, 2015 09:41 am

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'nuff said! :lol:
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Basement » Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:30 am

Squee levels reaching supersonic!
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Alan » Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:53 am

Cute factor overload!!
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Catch-up » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:54 am

OMG! So adorable.
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby phalarope » Fri Jun 12, 2015 01:40 am

The EARS!!! are soooo cute! I, too, may faint from the squeeeeee factor. Wanna wanna wanna kitty (though knowing they do so poorly in captivity, I don't really. But wanna see one in the wild!
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Jun 12, 2015 01:59 pm

phalarope wrote:The EARS!!! are soooo cute! I, too, may faint from the squeeeeee factor. Wanna wanna wanna kitty (though knowing they do so poorly in captivity, I don't really. But wanna see one in the wild!
They are solitary cats in the wild + living so high up means that their immune systems aren't able to deal with Toxoplasmosis and all the other nasties that our domestic moggies are carriers for. Their amazingly long and thick coat also means they can't handle hot and humid conditions. If you ever move to Alaska or halfway up the Rockies, it could be an option though :wink:
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby chrisboote » Fri Jun 12, 2015 06:14 pm

Grace Speaker wrote:*Is there a collective noun for clever buggers?

A forum
**which term, if either, is the most acceptable collective noun*** for Sir Terry Pratchett fans?

A convention (or an unconvention)
***is there a collective noun for collective nouns?

A Panoply
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Grace Speaker » Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:08 am

chrisboote wrote:
Grace Speaker wrote:*Is there a collective noun for clever buggers?

A forum
**which term, if either, is the most acceptable collective noun*** for Sir Terry Pratchett fans?

A convention (or an unconvention)
***is there a collective noun for collective nouns?

A Panoply


:lol: LOVE "A Forum of Clever Buggers" :D :D :D and also "Panoply of collective nouns" as in my dictionary, Panoply means an 'extensive or impressive collection' and, rather pleasingly, Panoply* is also a NASA cross-platform application that can be used to 'slice and plot geo-referenced latitude-longitude, latitude-vertical, longitude-vertical, time-latitude or time-vertical arrays from larger multidimensional variables' - seems rather fitting!

Not so sure of 'convention' though, as people could get the wrong idea and think that we're **shudders** conventional . . . the horror! :shock:

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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Grace Speaker » Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:12 pm

Did you know . . .

. . . that a member of this Forum owns their very own Oyster Reef in New York Harbour?

Can't help wondering if Carol also owns a veggie patch full of carrots so that she can make Nanny Ogg's famous Carrot and Oyster Pie . . . :lol:
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Jun 19, 2015 02:44 pm

Did you know . . .

. . . that Mandy Patinkin, who played Saul Berenson in Homeland
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. . . and Jason Gideon in Criminal Minds
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. . . was the same bloke who played Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride??
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All together now:

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You killed my father
Prepare to die "


:D :D :D
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Re: The Repository of Weird and Wonderful facts

Postby Kelshandra » Fri Jul 03, 2015 09:11 pm

Sorry, late to this party. I must now resist the urge to bore everyone to tears with my many many useless factoids.

Did you know that a baby platypus is called a puggle? And that the plural of platypus is either platypus or platypuses but NOT platypi? Well now you do.
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