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I've been working a bit on hard copy photos from long ago, and scanned several for blogging. This is one of them. I believe these are gazelles. The photo is from the San Diego Zoo. Now, wonder what they're saying to each other? Something like: "I'll never kiss and tell!!!" perhaps? What's a good caption, y'wonder.


The Crist family worked at a zoo. Each year they predicted the general luck and overall mood of the year by watching the the gnu. If the gnu's ears were forward, that meant a successful, joyous year was almost certain to happen. But if his ears were laid back flat against his head, it meant that an unlucky or very unhappy year was sure to come. One year it was young Mary's turn to "survey" the animal and come up with the prediction. It was her first time solo, and in her excitement, she forgot to take the key to the cage. She was late in coming to check on the gnu. Well, she saw the wrong ear position and predicted a bad year, when in fact it was quite good. To explain the error, the local newspaper ran the following headline a year later: MARY CRIST MISSES AN HAPPY GNU'S EAR!

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An enterprising mayor of the city of Granby, Quebec, a community south of Montreal, established a municipal zoo that has become a significant tourist attraction. It has also given rise to many unusual events. Last September one of the star attractions, Arnold, an Indonesian ape, escaped to the dismay of the zoo director. The matter was a serious one because the members of the staff of the zoo, while expert at caring for animals, had no experience whatsoever in rounding them up or capturing them. The zoo director appealed to the office of the mayor for help and the secretary to the mayor asked, "Have you looked in the yellow pages"? The director said he hadn't, but would, immediately. To his surprise, under "animal capturing service" he found a listing for the Acme Ape Apprehenders. He called them immediately. Within 20 minutes, a panel truck arrived at the admin office of the zoo and a small man emerged and rushed to the director who was waiting at the door. "Is there a wooded area in the vicinity?", the little man asked. The director said there was, within one half mile from the zoo. "Hop in the truck", the little man said. The director did and they drove off. Minutes later they arrived at a small grove and immediately spotted Arnold on a branch about 25 feet above the ground. The two men got out, went to the back of the truck and the little man opened the door. An excited little dog jumped out and began running around in circles. The little man reached into the truck and took out a suitcase, which he opened. In the suitcase were a pair of handcuffs, which he handed to the zoo director, a sawed off shotgun, which he leaned against the trunk of the tree, and a baseball bat. "Now," the little man said, "I'm going up into the tree with the baseball bat, and I'm going to knock the ape out of the tree. The instant the ape hits the ground the dog, well trained, will bite the ape by the crotch and chomp-down with his jaws. The ape will, instantly and instinctively, grab at his crotch with both hands due to the pain, and you snap the handcuffs on and we've got him. The zoo director, pointing to the shotgun leaning against the tree, said "I'm not too sure about this -- what's the gun for?"

The little man said, "Look, I'm an expert. I know what I'm doing and things will go just fine, after all, I have the baseball bat. I know my job and it'll never happen but if the ape should, by any chance, knock ME out of the tree, SHOOT THE DOG!!!"

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What's the difference between a Northern zoo and a Southern zoo?
In a Northern zoo you have the name of the animal and the Latin name underneath. In a Southern zoo you haven the name of the animal and a recipe underneath.

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Not really a joke per sé, but quite funny in context. A Quote:

"There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry."
~George Armstrong Custer

Custer, and the men of the 7th Cavalry died at the Little Bighorn, June 25th, 1876. At the 'hands' of the Native Americans, on Crow the Sioux Nation. 135 years ago, to the day.


  1. `You picked up the super glue not the lip salve! Durrr.`

  2. I enjoyed the humor for the day, and that picture is great!

  3. You put a smile on my face this that photo too!

  4. Anonymous6/25/2011

    Such cute little butts on those critters. A charming shot!

  5. I think they are saying, we have beautiful butts, lets show em!

  6. Hopefully the one to the left wasn't lonely. What a great capture!

  7. LOL Southern Zoo and Northern Zoo difference.
    and another difference this time of year is the
    animals at the Southern Zoo do not come out in this heat.
    Madi and Mom

  8. unique like you sandy haha Happy weekend !!

  9. The gazelles look like they are wearing pants! How funny!

  10. Guess that teaches us not to think ourselves superior.

    Mama Bear