When confined to one place with no hope of ever leaving, it is normal to be curious about what the rest of the world has to offer. The slightest chance of getting away from the situation is often met with enthusiasm. But what happens when you find out that the outside world does not feel as good as you expected or that you would not like living anywhere else? Curiosity got the better of a three-year-old hippo at an Israeli Zoo. The hippo escaped from the zoo in search of a little adventure and perhaps, greener pastures.
Some people feel that zoos are a great way to keep animals safe while giving members of the public a chance to appreciate wildlife. Others feel that they take away the freedom of animals to be in their natural habits which is oppressive and selfish. Whichever the case, this little hippo wanted some time away from the zoo at that time, or so he thought. Wanting to get out into the open world may not be shocking. It is what she did later that left many with more questions than answers.
The Gate Is Open
Most zoos try to put in place measures that ensure their animals are safe at all times. The Israeli zoo that is home to the hippo is no different. On one night, however, they made a mistake that many zoos make at one point or another. They left the gates open after the zoo was closed to members of the public. The hippo took advantage of this rare opportunity and escaped. She did not rush out of the gate as one would expect. Instead, she strolled out through the main gate in no hurry taking in sights on the way, and eating some grass as she walked much to the surprise of the night guard. It is not clear what changed her mind, but the hippo appeared to rethink her decision as she approached the city. All this was captured in the zoo’s security cameras.
Going Back Home?
Once the nightshift guard realized that the hippo had escaped, he went after it. The fact that he was one man against a hippo meant that he couldn’t do much. He could only attempt to ask it to go back to the zoo. Shockingly, the hippo did as it was instructed. It went back to the zoo and its cage. The questions remain, why did it go back? Was she simply unsure of what to expect from the outside world? Did she obey the instructions from the guard? Or did she prefer to go back to the home that was more familiar? Maybe the outside world wasn’t as good as the curious hippo had imagined. According to the guard, she did not appear to be afraid. However, she seemed confused. She was happy when she got back to her home.
She Is One of Many Such Cases
The Raat Gan Safari has been conducting investigations to determine why the hippo tried to escape from the zoo. They suspect that the unfamiliar environment may be the main reason. This hippo is not the first caged animal to try escaping from her cage. There have been plenty of similar cases. A recent case is when a Eurasian lynx tried to escape from Borth Wild Animal Kingdom in Wales. The park warned members of the public to be careful as they tried to find it and take it back to the park. A few years ago, three female rhinos escaped from the Safari zoo when the security guard that was in charge fell asleep.
The Infamous but Hilarious Canadian Sign War of 2021
Towards the end of April 2021, an odd thing happened in the town of Listowel, Canada. Two businesses decided to get snarky with each other in a public manner. On the one side of the street was a Speedy Glass venue, a small business firm that serviced the locals with glass and vehicle window repair. On the other side of the street was the local Dairy Queen, a fast-food chain venue for burgers, fries and milkshakes.
Big Things Come in Small Packages
The sign battle started off simple enough. Both businesses had a typical elevated advertising sign in front of their venue visible from the street which could utilize letters to customize messages. Speedy Glass decided to use theirs to goad the Dairy Queen in a word battle. It started off as a copycat. Trevor Cork had seen a similar little tiff in Virginia that went bonkers on the Internet, so he decided to try the same in his own town. Gathering the staff, Cork had their Speedy Glass street sign modified to send the invite, basically asking the Dairy Queen if they wanted to have a sign war. It took off from there like wildfire. Trevor had no idea where the reaction was going to end up going, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Dairy Queen sassed back pretty quick and put Speedy Glass on the spot. From there, both double entendres and outright one-up’s started flying back and forth, much to the amusement of the locals driving by and living in the area. Interestingly, both stores have kept their cool and not gone below the belt with their snips, but they have been pretty funny and challenging as the signs keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
Of course, anytime someone is having fun, others want in on it too. The local casket store got in on the mix pretty quick and started their own shots. However, they didn’t have a big road sign and had to settle for a street-level A-sign instead. The locals loved it so much they started telling their friends and contacts outside of town, and Listowel started attracting tourists for the same as well.
A War is a Good Thing These Days
The timing of the sign war couldn’t have been better. The Covid pandemic was just depressing people something fierce, and the lack of social connection was making things worse. Suddenly, having a bit of humor and a good laugh with many of the business signs and their message conflict got everyone laughing their heads off driving by. It also amazingly brought the whole together as a community again when it needed that feeling the most. As some folks reflected on social media, the Listowel sign war was the best thing that could happen to them right there and then. Even now, folks still keep driving through town just to see the latest zingers and zaps on the local signs.
Will Listowel sign war eventually end and become a memory? Who knows? Even the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud finally died out at some point. In the meantime, Listowel business owners like Trevor Cork are just enjoying the attention and the visitors, even in a pandemic.
Man Creates AI Program To Alert Him And Greet Dogwalkers in His Community
Dogs are deemed as man’s best friend for a multitude of reasons. What we have to understand, though, is that the love has to be shown to the dog as much as we want to be delivered to us.
Watching someone walking their dog is a pastime that never grows old, to the point that one man decided to build a hi-tech machine to detect when dogs and their owners were passing by his home.
Is that a thing? Certainly it is, and it has been bringing immense joy to him as well as the pups and their masters as they pass by his home.
Some people think it’s cute, others eerie, but no one can deny the thought and creativity behind developing that machine.
This may become the new greeting technology based on the incredible level of responses that have been pouring out towards both the owner and his creation, as you’ll learn below.
If you have at any point spent an evening(or the whole year 2020) on the internet looking at adorable dog videos, you’ll understand why Ryder of YouTube fame decided to create a computer, powered by Artificial Intelligence, which is able to discern dogs walking along the street pass their house and instantly shout praises to the dog walkers or owners.
His Youtube program is called Ryder Calm and has earned quite a following.
Getting things done by looking at the real puppers has always been better than wasting time and looking at only pictures of puppies, so the development began as an automated manner for Ryder to identify when somebody was walking down the street past their home. The computer, which is based on a Raspberry Pi, assesses a live feed from the camera module and employs a machine learning model (in this case, the YOLOv3) that has been programmed to recognize about Eighty different items, including people, vehicles, and dogs.
When a passing puppy is detected, an alarming automated text-to-speech voice warns Ryder via an actual megaphone, allowing them to rush to the window on time to catch sight, no matter what they’re doing.
Watching dogs is obviously not just his passion, but clearly an activity that his entire family enjoys doing. They enjoy it so much that they’ve programmed the system to function even during their absence. If that isn’t innovative, then what is?
For those occasions when they aren’t home to hear the alarm, the system can be programmed to play a pre-recorded “I like your dog!” message through the window, providing a complimentary dopamine boost to anybody walking their dog down Ryder’s street.
It’s a random and somewhat weird act of generosity, but I think we’d all take something at this stage. After all, any good gesture is better than the negativity endured throughout 2020, right?
Caught On Camera – Funny & Wild Trail Cam Photos
Wild trail camera photos are great. They catch wild animals in their real habitat doing their real behavior unaffected by the intrusion of humans or anything else. And, animals being animals, some of them do the most oddball things caught on camera when they think nobody is looking. After all, animals work on a totally different ruleset and world than us. How we interpret that perspective, however, tends to give a giggle once in a while.
Look Into The Future and See How Your Favorite Celebrities Will Age
Time and age have been a blessing or curse for humanity through the ages. Regardless of being rich or poor, time eventually catches up with everyone. The effect is welcomed by some and feared by others, but we all get there eventually. Age has been reflected in the arts in thousands of ways which, ironically, has allowed images of people to live thousands of years longer than their biological form. Today, our celebrities are no different; they age just as much as anyone else. However, successful stars have a lot of tricks up their sleeve with cosmetics, exercise and similar to fend off the appearance of aging far better than most, which is not surprising given how much appearance matters in their industry. So, it was a bit of a shock for everyone when a computerized what-if via Face-App was displayed recently showing a number of the stars aged significantly. Some turned out okay, even more distinguished. Others, well, not so much.
Dirty Sock Goes Viral
Social media is a very intriguing place, and just about anything can go viral these days—anything from a dancing cat to a romantic proposal. Sometimes, people post things on social media without the expectation of going viral, but some stories like the one today were just too good not to be viewed by millions of people.
Kids are notorious for leaving dirty laundry thrown around their room. They expect their parents to clean up after them, but it’s just something kids love to do. A mom from Port Townsend, Washington, had quite an interesting response to her daughter leaving dirty socks around the house.
Ms.Campbell had the idea of waiting for her daughter out, in a sort of “social experiment” with the hopes her daughter would clean up after herself. She left the dirty sock in place without picking it up.
The “Forgotten Sock,” the name the dirty sock on the bathroom floor came to be known as wasn’t an uncommon thing around the home of the Campbell’s. Just like most parents usually have to do, she would pick up the socks and throw them in with the dirty laundry, but this time she wished to switch things up a little. She decided it would be a great idea to play the waiting game with her daughter and see just how long she would leave a dirty sock lying on the floor. I know I’m guilty of leaving dirty clothes around my home once or twice before.
To her surprise, a week had gone by, and the sock was still on the bathroom floor. This was when she took to social media with her master plan of sorts. She did what any other parent would do, took pictures of it and labeled them, posting it on her Facebook account. She wrote about a paragraph describing what was taking place and hilariously calling her daughter an artist and describing the sock as “mixed media.”
The Campbell’s are a light-hearted family, and Ms. Campbell looked at this as more of a joke than anything else. She figured her daughter would find her post a bit funny and roll along with it. She assumed her daughter, who is her friend on Facebook, would eventually run into the post and pick her sock up, but that wasn’t the case. The series of events following this is best described as comical.
Most kids use social media nowadays, so it’s not surprising that her daughter ran into her mom’s post. After seeing the bar, her daughter sent her a text asking if she put the label on the picture. Instead of getting mad like most people her age would, she had a surprising response. Instead of picking up the dirty sock on the bathroom floor, she hilariously put the iconic “Forgotten sock” on a small pedestal she made.
According to her interview done with Today’s Parents, she did not expect that reaction from her daughter. It took her by surprise when she went as far as making a pedestal for the sock, but they did have a really good laugh at the situation. They did enjoy the social media attention it received, and now it’s just an enjoyable time for them to look back on in the future.
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