Thursday, April 30, 2009

Does your dog glow red?

Does your dog glow red? Mine does not, thankfully. If it did I'd be pretty freaked out in a major way.

If your dog glows red, chances are pretty high that you've got a clone on your hands. Freaky to say the least, Koreans have found a way to clone dogs that glow red. Didn't know there were any in the first place.

Benefits of owning a dog that glows red:

You can find your dog easiily in the dark.
You can find your own way in the dark using your dog as a nightlight.
You can use your dog as an SOS in case of emergency.
You can scare neighborhood children.

Yes, these fluorescent dogs are true clones, but they are not for personal use, nor are they for sale (at least not at the moment), and they are not the first fluorescent animals. They are, however suppose to help researchers study information on human deseases and possibly even finding cures.

If you ask me, what a dog has to do with a human, I couldn't tell you. However, what is significant about this study, apparently, is the fact that they have found ways to inject genes, not just alter them.

Here's a read on the subject:

If you can get to this article, great, but since I can't get any links to work, here is the AP article for your reading pleasure.

SKorean experts claim to have cloned glowing dogs
By HYUNG-JIN KIM – 1 day
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean scientists say they have
engineered four beagles that glow red using cloning techniques that could help
develop cures for human diseases. The four dogs, all named "Ruppy" — a
combination of the words "ruby" and "puppy" — look like typical beagles by
But they glow red under ultraviolet light, and the dogs' nails and
abdomens, which have thin skins, look red even to the naked eye.
National University professor Lee Byeong-chun, head of the research team, called
them the world's first transgenic dogs carrying fluorescent genes, an
achievement that goes beyond just the glowing novelty.
"What's significant in
this work is not the dogs expressing red colors but that we planted genes into
them," Lee told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
His team identified the dogs
as clones of a cell donor through DNA tests and earlier this month introduced
the achievement in a paper on the Web site of the journal
Scientists in the U.S., Japan and in Europe previously have cloned
fluorescent mice and pigs, but this would be the first time dogs with modified
genes have been cloned successfully, Lee said.
He said his team took skin
cells from a beagle, inserted fluorescent genes into them and put them into eggs
before implanted them into the womb of a surrogate mother, a local mixed
Six female beagles were born in December 2007 through a cloning with a
gene that produces a red fluorescent protein that make them glow, he said. Two
died, but the four others survived.
The glowing dogs show that it is possible
to successfully insert genes with a specific trait, which could lead to
implanting other, non-fluorescent genes that could help treat specific diseases,
Lee said.
The scientist said his team has started to implant human
disease-related genes in the course of dog cloning, saying that will help them
find new treatments for genetic diseases such as Parkinson's. He refused to
provide further details, saying the research was still under way.
A South
Korean scientist who created glowing cats in 2007 based on a similar cloning
technique said that Lee's puppies are genuine clones, saying he had seen them
and had read about them in the journal.
"We can appraise this is a step
forward" toward finding cures for human diseases, said veterinary professor Kong
Il-keun at South Korea's Gyeongsang National University. "What is important now
is on what specific diseases (Lee's team) will focus on."
Lee was a key aide
to disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk, whose breakthroughs on stem cell research
were found to have been made using faked data. Independent tests, however, later
proved the team's dog cloning was genuine.
Copyright © 2009 The Associated
Press. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Late Night Jazz with Duke Ellington

Today's birthday, Edward Kennedy Ellington. Learn more about him on Wikipedia, including street addresses where he lived, his father's interesting employments, and other interesting facts and tidbits I found fun to learn about. While you're doing that, enjoy these fine examples of his work. It'll take you to another time. You may want to get yourself a scotch on the rocks or some other such drink and have a good time of it. Enjoy.

Here's the link that will open in a new window for you: Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington

Monday, April 27, 2009

Oink Oink Swine Flu In the US via Mexico?

No, I'm not poking fun. By now you've probably heard about it. If not, well, here you go.
I'm saying CRAP! because I had pork for dinner last night. Yummy delicious barbequed pork. Tender and perfect, with a side of home made mashed potatoes. YUMMY!

I'm also saying, OMG! Because this just in from npr breaking news. Swine flu. In the US. Epidemic, in fact. Have I swallowed any?

Known cases mostly involve recent Mexico visitors. No, I have not been to Mexico. Phewf! But people are dying over there because of this Swine flu.

States with known infected people: California, Texas, New York, Ohio, and Kansas.

  • Russia and Serbia have banned meat products from Mexico, California, Texas and Kansas.
  • Other countries, like Korea, are hightening their check on imported pork products.
  • Tokyo's Narita airport as even "installed a device to test the temperatures of passengers arriving from Mexico." -
I really don't want to know about that last one, if you know what I mean; just the thought of it shuts my mind off. I start thinking of stupid songs like the ones that get stuck in your head. But the situation itself can't be ignored. I can't go I singing forever, can I?

People are being quarentined in a variety of places all over the world...

We're suppose to stay calm...

We're suppose to take precautions...

"12 million doses of antiviral drugs will be moved from a federal stockpile to places where states can quickly get thier share if they decide they need it."


  • Swine Flu Symptoms
  • Symptoms include a fever of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit,
  • body aches,
  • coughing,
  • a sore throat,
  • respiratory congestion and,
  • in some cases, vomiting and diarrhea.
  • The virus is usually contracted through direct contact with pigs, but Joseph Domenech, chief of animal health at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, said all indications were that the virus is being spread through human-to-human transmission.
  • No vaccine specifically protects against swine flu, and it is unclear how much
    protection current human flu vaccines might offer. -- NPR.ORG

You can also find information previously published on HubPages by John Z at


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ready for some 1920-1930s Jazz

If you're ready to chill to a funky tune, this is your lucky evening.

Enjoy a little Frankie (Tram) Trumbauer:

Saturday morning retro commercials

Enjoy this related Andrew T. find!

Welcome to Twilight Zone & Friday Night Freefer

Welcome to Twilight Zone
Polulation Unlimited
Comedy or fact?
Truth or hysterics?

Welcome to something unexpected this Friday night... Saturday morning... Friday night...

Are you in the zone?

Friday night freefer:

Don't forget to visit Andrew T. is on the Cut for Andrew T's Late Late Late Show.

We hope you've enjoyed and now we return you to your regularly scheduled programme...

Tune in 7 AM for Saturday morning commercials and again at 7:04 PM for Saturday evening Jazz! Don't forget to come back!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Zorba the Greek

Today is Anthony Quinn's birthday. I know, I'm a bit obsessed with birthday's as of late. But he was a very interesting man and had a great career. So here's to Anthony!

Final scene from Zorba the Greek

Anthony Quinn "love"

"Quinn was a Mexican-American painter, writer, and Oscar-winning actor. Quinn boxed in his youth and studied art and architecture under Frank Lloyd Wright. He later turned to acting and achieved international stardom in the 1950s and 60s for his ability to portray ethnically diverse characters, most notably Zorba the Greek. He fathered 12 children and wrote two memoirs, and his paintings have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars."- Wikipedia

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Charlie Chaplin and Me

Today is my birthday. I am 38 years old and I share my birthday with a very special person. Someone who has been making people smile, for decades.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Sarcasm and You

One of my cyber friends, Andrew T. (Incidentally one of the most fabulous bloggers I've come across) has admitted to a burden he must bear. It is the burden many of us hold. It is the burden of sarcasm. Sounding like one is being sarcastic whether one is or not.
Ah, yes, sarcasm.
  • the ever elusive,
  • the never elusive,
  • the humorous,
  • the not so humorous,
  • the friend making,
  • the enemy making,
  • sarcasm

I feel for Andrew. It's something all us sarcasm and dark humor users often endure. People tend to wonder about where we're comming from with our comments and daily banter.

  • are we serious?
  • should they laugh?
  • should they agree?
  • disagree?
  • be offended?
  • be flattered?
  • cry?
Some of us are misconstrued as being a serious and overzealous user of sarcasm just by being us. Is it something about the way we look? The way we say things? Our demeaner? Our use of words? Do others think we are like this all the time?
Here's a great example I think we can all appreciate, despite the side of sarcasm we're on. Check it:

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Stag Beer on a Saturday Morning

Have I gone mad?! Beer for breakfast?

Why, YES!

It's Saturday morning cartoon time again. This morning's topic: Stag beer, courtesy of Mr. Magoo. A bit of nostalgia you won't wanna miss.

And don't forget to catch Andrew T's Saturday morning cartoon. He's promised us a classic. (will post link specific post as soon as I get it.) Morning Andrew!

Have fun and enjoy everyone!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Learn to save a life. Do you know what to do?

Came across this and it's fantastic. So this hubber came across my stuff and liked it. Thank goodness is all I can say, because it's all about cpr and stuff to do in emergencies.

I mean IMPORTANT STUFF. His posts are short and sweet, informative and easy to follow.

Hope you tae the time to read this, and other hubs of his. The knowledge he offers is empowering.

Learn to save a life. Do you know what to do?

Opening The Airway

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Dear God! Could this be for real?

Okay, so I'm going through my e-mail today and am noticing I've got junk mail.

I check it occasionally because I have friends who's e-mails, for one reason or another, keep getting plopped in there, despite the fact that I have them as friends in my contacts. If not for that recent discovery, my junk mail would be deleted by a push of a button every time.

I have received that spam before about the South African or England bank having funds for me because someone died and left me an inheritance. Yeah right. Please. I know every one of my family members and most are dead or in Greece, or are lightly scattered about the United States and Canada. And even those are mostly distant. And if they were distant, they wouldn't know about me, and if they did would they not have tried to contact me by mail or legal documentation via mail? I mean please. Besides which it's not like you can google my e-mail, right?

I once received a tracking number. Well, whatever it was, was already picked up. (I did check because I didn't want to be responsible for anything like that. I assumed it would let me know who it was from and who it was to. Not the case on either count. And my name meant nothing to the money wiring place, whatever it was called, I've forgotten now. At least not via the tracking area. I went no further than that.) This was a few months ago.

I have since gotten letters asking for all sorts of personal information, which I get rid of immediately. I'm not stupid, after all. Perhaps a bit naive, but not stupid.

There was even a woman from South America who's husband died or left her or something and she needed me to take her money. WHAT? Delete... forever.

Well, I have to say, I wish I had kept all those letters. They would have made quite the story, or save my ass if the following e-mail is indeed true.

The following e-mail was sent to me via Robert Mueller III (, apparently I'm that popular, LOL, though it truly being from him is seriously doubtful. It is e-mailed to: Undisclosed recipients. No e-mail, that info in undisclosed. Apparently there is more than one recipient. It is the first e-mail I have received that may possibly be a real "from" e-mail, so I do have to say I'm rather tickled by it.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Dept: Anti-Terrorist & Monetary
Crimes Division
Office: Washington, D.C. Headquarters
Address: J.
Hoover Building 93 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw Washington, D.C.


This is to officially
inform you that a
foreign bank from West Africa have transferred funds worth
Millions of
United States Dollars with your name as the
beneficiary. This
bank knows that they do not have enough facilities to effect this
from their location to your account and therefore they
used what is
known as Secret Diplomatic Transit Payment (S.T.D.P) to do this transfer and
they are currently awaiting a confirmation from you for final
your account. Secret diplomatic payments are not made unless the funds
related to terrorist activities, so if you are not intending to
terrorism and your transaction is legitimate, why then did you
agree to receive
these funds through this means that was used instead of a
transfer to
your account?

We demand your immediate
response with full details
of the transaction you are doing that involved
this huge sum because the funds
are currently being held in our custody. You
must provide us with a Diplomatic
Immunity Seal of Transfer (DIST) within 3
days from the world local bank that
authorized the fund transfer to
certify that the funds you are about to receive
are clean and free from
terrorist and drug. Until this document is provided we
shall have cause
to cross and impound the transfer and will come to your
house to arrest



1. Credit payment instruction:
irrevocable credit
2. Beneficiary has full power when
validation is cleared.
Beneficiaries bank in can only release funds.
4. Upon confirmation from the
world bank / united nations.
Bearers must clear bank protocol and


We have requested for the DIST document to make available the
most complete and
update records possible for the enhancement of public
safety, welfare and
security of Society while recognizing the importance of
individual privacy
rights. If you fail to provide the Document to us, we
will charge you with the
financial crimes. The United Nations Department of
Justice Order 556-73
establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an
FBI Identification
Record to obtain a copy of his or her own Record for
review. The FBI Criminal
Justice Information Service (CJIS) Division processes
these requests to check

Robert S.
Mueller III,

What I want to know is:

  • Who sent this?
  • Why send it?
  • Should I be concerned?
  • Should I report it?
  • If I should report it then to whom do I report it to?
  • WTF?
  • Does this e-mail have any relation to the idiot e-mails about monies transfered that "would not be sent to me unless I provided my important information" which I didn't? The ones written in improper English.
  • Should I be laughing?

Hmmmm. Something for all of you out there to ponder. Any thoughts? Anyone ever hear of anything like this or receive anything like this? Should I let the FBI know? Should I report this? I'll be researching this online. Let you know if I have any answers.

Much love,

Frieda Babbley

Hopefully my next post won't be coming from the slammer.

p.s. this man apparently has the same issues.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Rocket fuel's got baby formula soaring off the shelves... or does it?


You may have heard, but if you haven't you're in for a scary doozy. Apparently, rocket fuel has been found in baby formula. Yes, baby formula.

According to the Atlanta (AP), Traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel were found in samples of powdered baby formula, and could exceed what's considered a safe dose for adults..." However the formula would need to be mixed with water that has also been contaminated.

The government knew about the studies being done, but it wasn't until the EWG (Environmental Working Group) made a stink about it that it is finally being looked at seriously.

Certain cities across the country have contaminated water supplies. So if these people use their tap to mix with their baby's formula, well, there are going to be a lot of babies with some possible thyroid problems which can, "impact fetal and infant brain development", especially if the formula uses milk as a base.


Which brands, you ask? Only the CDC (Center for Disese Control)knows. And they're not telling!

All I can say is, thank goodness I had sense enough, and the ability to breastfeed.

For more information go to

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Cartoon Transfer

Thought you guys may get a kick out of watching some Saturday morning cartoons and why I posted a couple on my wordpress blog.

Check out the great article that goes with it! Great stuff. Must read!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Ellen Degeneres, Gladys Hardy, Meatloaf, Borat, Movie Theatres, Fifteen Dollar Sixpacks, and More

This is not the phone Ellen used to call people with when she's on her show. She uses a rotary phone.

As you all probably know, I absolutely love Ellen Degeneres and always have, since the first time she did her stand up show that aired on television so many many years ago. I think she's totally got it going on. She really does! Don't disagree with me because I can't hear you. Lalalalallalaalalaa, can't hear you, lalalalalllalalalaaa!

Enough of that.

My favorite part of her show is when she calls people. And I must say some of her best is her calls to Gladys, an 88 year old woman. Can this woman talk! She's funny, she's hysterical, and for a while, it was her voice you could hear that introduced Ellen on The Ellen Show (which by the way airs on NBC at 1pm Monday through Friday Central Standard Time).

Gladys loves Tom Selick, David Spade, and Brad Pitt. She says, "I may be old, honey, but I'm not dead." Oh, and she's married to Floyd who's slept through 10 years of their marriage... so the magic is still there.

My sister sent me a great video of Ellen talking to Gladys about American Idol and the opossum haired guy on there that she likes, well, she likes his voice. From there I went to another and another and another. I laughed myself silly!

So, in commemoration of dear Gladys, thought I'd share a clip with you. Take a look...

In case you missed it:
Gladys' Meatloaf Recipe
  • Cook it in a crock pot (hamburger meat)
  • add some regular store bought ketchup
  • some grated cheese
  • and tad bit of beer
  • just let it cook like that until it's done.

photo found at a great blog about Ellen giving out free razr 2's on her show.

Whole Foods Sells Air!

This is NOT a joke... Or is it? Got tweeted this morning by Chris Brogan (who's cyber birthday it is today, so visit his site and be sure to give him a quick Happy Birthday and tell him Frieda sent you), tweeting that Whole Foods is selling air. And sure enough, on their site they are selling air. They are also selling:

  • Deep fried pork eclaires
  • Arugula compost surprise
  • Ham and Asparagus Shortcake
  • Chianti-Gorgonzola Popsicles
  • Toast
  • and Indian Amazonian Guatemalan Honduran Balinese Rice
Their Whole Story Blog at offers great stories today as well:
  • When milk goes bad: 12 daring recipes
  • No such thing as too much salt
  • Experts find: eating food curbs hunger
  • "Whole Deal" splits into 500 tiny deals
  • Money-saving tip: bathtub wine
I can't seem to find them, but maybe it's just me.

The greatest thing ever?
Whole foods has a fabulous treat for all banana bunch purchasers today:

Featured Local Grower
Peter Parker of Tulsa, OK raises Huntsman spiders, often mistaken for deadly Brazilian Wandering Spiders. Whole Foods Market is proud to offer one free spider with every 50-lb. purchase of organic bananas.

I'm sure many of you have heard about the Brazilian spider found in a bunch of bananas the other day.

Yes, you heard me right.

If you got bitten by one of these Brazilian spiders, this very second, you would have only 25 minutes to live, give or take a few seconds.


Don't be, the spider was found and captured into a jar by a Whole Foods employee and subsequently destroyed? I'm thinking they have really good transit systems in South America, because in fact the banana's were from Honduras, so... well, let's just say you do the math.

Go-o-o employee (perhaps of the month?!) anyway. Good for you. Quick thinking.

No? It wasn't a Brazillian spider? Okay, confusing. But not so much, considering the bananas WERE from Honduras.

Here's something a little less confusing, or more confusing depending on how much confusion you're feeling:

On the Whole Foods Market homepage, today only, you find a video called "Change a flat tire the organic way with our step by step turorial". Unfortunately, I tried to view it, with no luck. Perhaps your luck will be better. But I doubt it.


Because, silly, it's April Fools 2009. Get with the program.

photos are screenshots of Whole Foods homepage from my computer

For more on the Brazillian spider story, go to:,0,315535.story or,2933,509876,00.html

DON'T FORGET TO WISH CHRIS BROGAN A HAPPY BIRTHDAY! GO TO AND LET HIM KNOW FRIEDA SENT YOU! If it weren't for his tweet, this post would not have been!

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