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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1140 on: August 04, 2012, 01:54:42 pm »
Cat video was hysterical.  Thanks for posting.  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


Ember and Forest slinking about:


Oh, pretty pretty.   :-*

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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1141 on: August 05, 2012, 07:26:50 pm »
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/01/at-sign-foreign-languages_n_1730015.html#slide=1316979



9 Animals
(and 2 Things)
Foreign Languages Call the
'@'

By Britney Fitzgerald
The Huffington Post
Updated: 08/02/2012 10:51 am



What do sleeping cats, dog heads, and strudels all have in common?

To speakers of different languages around the world, these objects all resemble "@," the little symbol that likes to populate our emails and tweets.

English is no-nonsense in its description of @. If fact, we call it like we see it -- simply the "at-sign," "at-symbol," or just "at." Pretty boring, right? Other languages are much more colorful in what they refer to it, using animals (or even pastries) to spice up their vernacular.

But that always wasn't the case. According to the Museum of Modern Art, linguists believe @ derived from "a unique pen stroke" of the Latin preposition "ad" (meaning "at," "to," or "toward") in the sixth or seventh century -- well before the Internet age. By 1885, the at-sign was inserted onto typewriters and later called the "commercial 'a'" by the American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking.

It wasn't until the 1970s that the symbol would get its big break, when electrical engineer Ray Tomlinson inserted the little-used sign into email addresses.

Since then, the @ has taken on several different uses online, becoming a staple of our email addresses and handles on social networking sites. According to CNN, one Chinese couple even tried to name their child @ in 2007, pronouncing it "ai ta."

Take a look at the slideshow below to see a few different translations for the at-sign. If you could rename this curly character, what creative description would you associate it with? Let us know in the comments section below, or tweet your suggestions to (!!) @HuffPostTech.



@


Danish speakers refer to the @ as an "elephant's trunk."  




@

German, Polish, Bulgarian and Indonesian all call @ a "monkey's tail" or "little monkey."




@

Greek speakers have come to call @ the word "papaki," meaning little duck.  




@

In Hebrew, the @ is called a "strudel." (Yum!)





@

Italians call @ a "chiocciola", meaning "snail." Another Romance language, French, also use this spirally
mollusk in their translation, or say "at" like in English.




@

Chinese speakers use the word "mouse" for the @.




@

Kazakh speakers refer to @ as a "moon's ear."




@

The Russian language uses the word "dog" for the
at-sign. Kazakh speakers also refer to @ occasionally
as the "dog's face."




@

The word "miukumauka" or "the sign of the meow" is how Finnish speakers describe @,
which they believe looks like a sleeping cat. Finns also might call the symbol a
"kissanhnta" or "cat's tail."




@

In Korean, @ is called "golbangi," which translates into a word similar to "sea snail."




@

The @ for Hungarian speakers means "worm" or "maggot."



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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1142 on: August 05, 2012, 07:50:31 pm »

http://www.katu.com/news/weird/Stranded-walrus-calf-rescued-from-Alaska-lagoon-164506296.html?tab=video&c=y


Stranded walrus calf
rescued from Alaska lagoon


By Associated Press
Last Updated: Jul 31, 2012 at 4:01 PM PDT
















SEWARD, Alaska (AP) - A Pacific walrus calf is under care at a marine rehabilitation center after it was found stranded near Barrow, Alaska.
 
The Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward says in a release that the male calf is estimated to be 4 to 6 weeks old.
 
Officials report a large group of walrus floated on sea ice past Barrow on July 17, and believe this calf became separated from them. Barrow fishermen saw the calf in a lagoon.
 
Staff members at the Alaska SeaLife Center say the calf appears to be in good health.
 
It's the first walrus calf at the center since 2007. Four calves were cared for at the center between 2003 and 2007.


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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1143 on: August 06, 2012, 07:59:32 am »
Those walrus pics are so cute!
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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1144 on: August 06, 2012, 01:12:34 pm »
Walruses are the greatest.  8)

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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1145 on: August 06, 2012, 07:26:06 pm »
Adorable walrus pup.  Is it aggressive?  It appears very gentle.

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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1146 on: August 09, 2012, 07:41:31 pm »






"Tu doives entendre je t'aime."
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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1147 on: August 09, 2012, 07:44:08 pm »
The story is so touching.  Elderly dog with arthritis falling asleep when his aches are eased by the warm lake water.









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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1148 on: August 10, 2012, 11:01:20 am »



                                                  Adorable little Corgi having the time of his life...


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Re: Animals In Our Lives
« Reply #1149 on: August 15, 2012, 08:25:34 am »



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Published on Aug 10, 2012 by AssociatedPress



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