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BBC Earth – Hamsters!

An evening pause: Boy, does this guy make a great caver!

Hat tip Tom Biggar.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Phill O

    That spot to get through to the second drop in Crystal comes to mind for that bendy spine!

  • I am trying to get rid of rats on the property, so the first thing I see on BtB is a rodent staring me in the face.

    Fun video. I had no idea hamsters could store and transport that much food. And, I can understand, popular in a cave.

    “Hey, you got s spit-free nut?”


  • wayne

    My daughter had a hamster when she was younger. We had one of those plastic hamster-balls so the little guy could navigate the living room without undo attention from the Cat.
    Long story short– those hamster-balls are not 100% cat-proof.

    ref your rodent problem–don’t let things get out of hand!

    “Willard” (1971)

  • Joe

    Cats. Cats are good for rat problems.

    I used to raise hamsters. They are amazing creatures, but prefer their solitude rather than socializing in groups. Rats, on the other hand, tend to be more social animals and can develop depression if they are alone.

  • Phill O


    You just explained Washington and Ottawa.

  • wayne

    that, is hilarious.


    Chief Mouser –
    The Downing Street Cats
    A Mark Felton Production
    “Since 1929, the British Prime Minister has employed an official cat called The Chief Mouser to exterminate vermin at 10 Downing Street.”

  • Joe

    Phill O

    That was funny. Good thing I wasn’t drinking or I would be down a keyboard right now.


    A chief mouser. I might have to get me one of them.

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