Today In History:
1961, the Antarctic Treaty, intended to ensure that the continent would be used only for peaceful purposes, came into force.
1931, aviators Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on a round-the-world flight that lasted eight days and 15 hours.
1972, President Richard Nixon and White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman discussed a plan to use the CIA to obstruct the FBI’s Watergate investigation. (Revelation of the tape recording of this conversation sparked Nixon’s resignation in 1974.)
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 64.
“American Idol” judge Randy Jackson is 56.
Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is 35.
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Drunk man with kitten refused entry to strip club; repeatedly calls 911
By Ned Hepburn 21 hours ago
This incident occurred on June 5th but only now is it coming to light, and let me tell you, it is a doozy: a drunk man in Florida tried to take a newborn kitten into a strip club. He was denied entry and was called a cab. He refused to tell the cab driver anything and called 911 on the strip club. The cops arrived and told him he was drunk and causing a disturbance. He kept calling 911. The cops arrested him and took the kitten away.
All because he wanted to see some breasts while petting a cat. That’s practically the kind of “pursuit of happiness” idea that this country was based upon! This Obama government is taking away our basic American rights. If a guy can’t look at some titties and pet a purring, furry animal at the same time then I just don’t know what this nation is coming to. What kind of social injustice is that when you can’t pet a kitten while looking at some sweet, sweet Floridian boobage?
Somebody call Amnesty International on every strip club in Florida and rectify this situation or else I’m going to start showing up outside every single one with a box full of kittens.
Ex-'NYPD Blue' writer punches poodle to death
By The Hollywood Reporter
Ted Shuttleworth, a one-time TV writer whose credits include a brief stint on "NYPD Blue," has been arrested after punching a poodle in the face so hard it died.
According to the New York Post, police arrested Shuttleworth on Saturday at his home in Sunnyside, Queens. The 51-year-old allegedly hit the dog May 29 because he was angry with the 4.5-pound canine.
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He then took the dog to see a vet. After the dog died, the vet's staff became suspicious and called the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which performed a necropsy.
“Lola sustained a traumatic brain injury secondary to the application of blunt force to the right side of her head at the hands of the suspect, her owner,” ASPCA spokesman Joseph Pentangelo told the Post.
Shuttleworth's wife, Isadora Monk Shuttleworth, called it “a horrible accident.”
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According to the Post, Shuttleworth once worked for Steven Spielberg but now earns money reading scripts and working as an administrative assistant at New York University. However, IMDb.com lists his only credits as a 2000 episode of ABC's cop drama "NYPD Blue" and an episode of USA's 2000-01 series "Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family." (He also is credited as a production assistant on the 1990 Harrison Ford movie "Presumed Innocent.")
Shuttleworth reportedly faces up to a year in prison.
Bottlenose dolphin falls under attack by 'naughty octopus'
By: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com
For the dolphin it seems to have been a painful lesson learned, and for the octopus, a joy ride it will not soon forget....
A scientist who studies dolphins off western Greece last week captured an incredible sequence of images -- perhaps the first of their kind -- showing a leaping bottlenose dolphin with a large octopus clinging to its belly.
"I have never seen anything like this," Joan Gonzalvo of the Ionian Dolphin Project told New Scientist. "My hypothesis is that the dolphin might have attacked - tried to prey on the octopus - and somehow to avoid it the octopus just attached to the dolphin's belly."
Makes sense, considering that whales are known to breach in order to shake free of parasites.
Gonzalvo posted a short story about the peculiar encounter on the Dolphin Project blog, under the headline, "Naughty octopus," because of the sensitive region on which the crafty cephalopod latched onto.
It was one of four dolphins in a pod swimming off the island of Kalamos in the Ionian Sea. "Right on the spot we were not sure about what exactly was hanging from the dolphin's belly," Gonzalvo wrote. "What was our surprise when we examined the photos and discovered that naughty octopus!"
The dolphin was able to shake the octopus loose and resume normal swimming behavior with the pod, perhaps having learned to be more careful the next time it decides to dine on a creature that is considered to be highly intelligent, and with so many sticky arms at its disposal.
Bret Michaels launches line of pet clothing
After spawning six top 10 singles with Poison, starring in his own reality show dating competition and being portrayed as a guest singer on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Bret Michaels is taking the next logical step in any ex-rocker/curent love guru’s career: releasing a line of pet accessories with PetSmart.
Like all good celebrity designed fashion experiments, Michaels’ Pets Rock! line looks like it’s designed to make your dog or cat look a little more like a Bret Michaels; which, admit it, is a great thing for every day of the year besides Halloween, when the cutest possible option is dressing you dog up like Harry Potter.
“Even the cat products have got a rocker vibe,” Michaels says... in what seemed like a subtle dig to cats. The line includes bandanas of all sizes, shredded T-shirts, scull motifs and cool toys like stuffed guitars. So far we haven’t seen any cowboy hats.
All items are on sale now.
A Chinese crested's short snout, beady eyes and white whiskers earned it the title of World's Ugliest Dog at the annual contest in Northern California this week...
Competing for fame, $1,000 and a year's worth of dog cookies, Mugly won the honor by beating out 28 other ugly dogs from around the world.
The 8-year-old rescue dog from the United Kingdom will also be invited for a photo shoot and will receive a VIP stay at the local Sheraton.
"I couldn't speak when they announced Mugly's name," said Bev Nicholson, the dog's owner. "I didn't know which way to look. I was shaking as much as the dog."
It's not the first time Mugly has been recognized for his unattractiveness. Nicholson said he was named Britain's ugliest dog in 2005.
The contest at the Marin-Sonoma Fairgrounds gets worldwide attention, with reporters and camera crews from around the world traveling to the town that sits about 40 miles north of San Francisco.
Organizers say the competing dogs are judged for what they term their "natural ugliness in both pedigree and mutt classes."
Mugly's victory was the latest for a Chinese crested. Last year's winner, Yoda, was a Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix.
In case you haven't noticed, it's been one HOT week. Surely, this won't be the last of the summer, so here are some tips to help with your pets.
The HSUS and Talkin Pets Radio offer the following tips for keeping your pets safe and cool during the extreme heat this summer:
Never leave your pets in a parked car. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. If you see an animal in distress in a parked car, contact the nearest animal shelter or police.
Shade and water are a must. Anytime your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun (a doghouse does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water. Heatstroke can be fatal for pets as well as people.
Limit exercise on hot days. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.
Recognize the signs of heatstroke. In case of an emergency, it's important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress caused by exposure to extreme temperatures. When in doubt, contact your veterinarian immediately. Some signs of heatstroke are: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and unconsciousness.
If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke, act quickly! Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take her directly to a veterinarian.