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People With Interesting Names: A Weatherman Named “Ken Weathers”.

by Anura Guruge


Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.



Made my day when I saw in the U.K. “Daily Mail” this morning — the “Daily Mail” (which I have read most of my life) being the first thing I read every morning, while still lying in bed.

Wonder whether his name ‘Weathers’ influenced his desire to become a ‘weatherman’? Wonder if many comment about it … at all?

But now … it gets more ‘amusing’.

Who would have thought. A castrated ram! Poor Mr. Weathers. Wonder if he knows that?

Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. From: ancestry.com


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People With Interesting Names: Would YOU Handover Your Life Savings To A “Rude”?

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Click to ENLARGE and admire here. From “marketwatch.com”. Search ‘rude’.


Click to ENLARGE. From: houseofnames.com.


Click to ENLARGE. From: mynamestats.com.


Cracked me up when I read the story on “marketwatch.com“. 

You have to have both magical chutzpah & huge kahunas to be able to run a ponzi scheme with a name “Rude”. I am in awe. Wow.

It gets better. The article says he had excellent ‘soft skills’ and was non-threatening. I guess he was NEVER rude.

I had never heard of ‘it’ as a name.

Nearly 9,000 folks in the U.S. Wow.

Per the last U.S. census we are supposed to have 151,671 last names in the U.S.

Click to ENLARGE. AGAIN from: mynamestats.com.

So, 4,553 in the ranking is kind of down there — BUT way more than I would have suspected.

Hhhmmmmm!

I hope that they will not be too rude to him when he is prison.


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Yet Another Female Zoo Keeper, The 5th To My Knowledge Since 2013, Attacked By Captive Tiger; I Suspect Hormones.

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From the UK “Daily Mail“, Nov. 6, 2017.

Click here to access article & pictures.


This attack, in Russia, of a female zookeeper by a ‘Big Cat’ is not the first — though she was lucky in that she was NOT killed.

I am familiar with, and have documented 4 instances of such attacks by tigers on female zookeeper, since 2013. They are: Dianna Hanson in California in March 2013, Renee Radziwon of Portland in November 2013, Sarah McClay in the UK in May 2013 and then Rosa King, at Hamerton Zoo Park, also in the UK, in May 2017.

That so many young female zookeepers are being attacked by Big Cats could, of course, all be but an unfortunate coincidence.

BUT, there is something else we should consider. These are all women were still of childbearing age. I think that there is an hormonal connection, something to do with ‘scent’ that tigers and lions can smell. IF you think they can’t smell changes to our scent due to hormonal changes, then you are probably not that familiar even with domestic dogs.

It is something, I think, that should be studied further. We might be able to save some lives of other female zookeepers.


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Yet Another Female Zoo Keeper, The 4th To My Knowledge Since 2013, Killed By A Captive Tiger — Are Hormones To Blame?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access BBC original.


This attack, at the Hamerton Zoo, in the U.K., of a female zookeeper is not the first.

I am familiar with, and have documented 3 instances of such attacks by tigers on female zookeeper, since 2013. They are: Dianna Hanson in California in March 2013, Renee Radziwon of Portland in November 2013, and another from the U.K., Sarah McClay in May 2013.

Yes, of course, this could all be but an unfortunate coincidence.

BUT, there is something else we should consider. These are all young women still of childbearing age. I think that there is an hormonal connection, something to do with ‘scent’ that tigers and lions can smell. IF you think they can’t smell changes to our scent due to hormonal changes, then you are probably not that familiar even with domestic dogs.

It is something, I think, that should be studied further. We might be able to save some lives of other female zookeepers.


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People With Interesting Names: Nick Confessore Of “The New York Times”.

by Anura Guruge


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What a great name. Saw him (and his name) on TV Wednesday morning. 

“Confessore” — ‘confessor’ in Italian.

Not a common name in the U.S. According to the last U.S. census there were less than 250 people, living in the U.S., with that last name.

What a great name for an investigative reporter. Make them confess.

Would love to know the origins of the name. Definitely some clerical connotations — or one of his distant ancestors, way back, was a noted ‘Confessor of the (Christian) Faith’.

I wonder if he knows where this name comes from.

Anywho … I just wanted to share.

Have been meaning to document names like this, that catch my fancy, so that others too can ponder and marvel.


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‘Fancy That’ — Assorted Trivia With Anura Guruge [I].

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In 2002, I had bought a cheap “cute dogs” wall calendar. It contained a pithy observation for each day. I soon realized that they had compiled quite a good collection. Come year end, and January 1, 2003 was when Deanna and I got married, I decided to hold onto the calendar so that I can preserve its content. I have held onto it for 12 years. I always knew where it was. So what I am going to do is transcribe 10 to 20 sayings from it, as often as I can, until I capture all of the good ones. There are a few that are a tad mundane. But I suspect that there has to be at least 300 good ones. I will number them as I transcribe so that we can all keep track. I was going to do them randomly but if I do, I might miss some. So I will start from January and go through the months.

I cannot vouch for the veracity of these items. I do NOT have the time to check them. I am just transcribing them for posterity. So be WARNED. Check the facts IF you intend to use it. IF I do check any of them out, I will add annotations at the bottom.

I also do not see any copyright on the calendar. IF the copyright genuinely belongs to someone and they can prove it I will immediately and gladly take all of this down. I have no desire, whatsoever, to infringe on anybody’s copyright.

Enjoy.


1. Herbert Hoover was the first president to have an asteroid named after him.

2. The first roll of toilet paper was introduced in 1871.

3. When astronauts first shaved in space, their weightless whiskers floated up to the ceiling. A special razor that worked like a vacuum cleaner was developed.

4. Frank and Jesse James committed the first daytime bank robbery on February 14, 1866.

5. The first US marines wore high leather collars to protect their necks from sabers, hence the name leathernecks.

6. Florence Nightingale carried a pet owl in her pocket.

7. Bats are the only mammals that fly.

8. Annie Oakley shot a cigar out of Kaiser Wilhelm’s mouth while touring Europe with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

9. According to law, stores cannot sell a toothbrush on the Sabbath in Providence, RI, but they are allowed to sell toothpaste and mouthwash.

10. Calvin Coolidge was sworn into office by his own father.

11. A black surgeon, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, performed the first successful heart operation.

12. Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest Chinese community outside of Asia.

13. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built by William Harley and the three Davidson brothers in 1903.

14. A stack of $1 dollar bills one mile high would be worth more than $14 million dollars.

15. During her husband’s presidency, Martha Washington was formally addressed as Lady Washington.

16. Twenty-five percent of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1871.

17. A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.

18. A recent study conducted by the Shyness Clinic in Menlo Park, CA, revealed that almost 90% of Americans label themselves as shy.

19. Giants baseball catcher Roger Bresnahan introduced shin guards in 1907.

20. The satin shorts worn by Sylvester Stallone in the original Rocky movie fetched $16,896 at auction in New York City.


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