Up: By Choice or Chance

by: LauraFall

Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 03:06:52 AM EST

Do you ever find yourself in awe of where you travel to, without physically moving, when you wander off to various paths in search of a question on the intertubz?

In trying to come up with some brilliant, original, mind blowing, spectacle of an overnight type diary I started pondering whether moose are nocturnal creatures.

An hour later I had learned a LOT about the animal and how much effort has been put into learning about them, too. Let's not talk about what I should have been doing with that hour, I'll just say I'm glad the friend I was almost an hour late to pick up for a dinner event we were going to doesn't read MM.......  

LauraFall :: Up: By Choice or Chance
I learned that they walk upwind before picking a place to sleep, standing up, to deter their predators. Traveling the Al-Can four years agao I saw a lot of moose, way too up close and personal, so it surprises the hell out of me that they have any predators.

In all my googlmandering(meandering aimlessly around the internet while googling..insert the TM sign there since I just invented that!) I never did come up with a definitive answer about the nocturnal question, but I did find an answer I liked:

"What are moose sleeping habits?"

Best answer was: "Generally not long, they keep moving to stay away from Sarah Palin."

Hopefully it's late enough when I finally post this that a few of you get a chuckle.

This has been a busy weekend so tonight's posting isn't anything like I'd hoped it might be, a work in progress as they say.

A few breaking stories from the last few hours:

Kathleen Wynne to become Ontario's first female and openly gay premier

Kathleen Wynne has won her battle for Ontario, becoming the province's first female premier and the new leader of the Liberal Party.

Wynne grinned and cheered as she heard the results, which were read out at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on the floor of the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention.

The Don Valley West MPP beat runner-up Sandra Pupatello by winning more than 50 per cent of the vote.

United Nations to investigate Israeli drone strikes

The United Nations launched an inquiry on Thursday into the use of unmanned drones in counter-terrorism operations in the Palestinian territories among other places, after criticism of the number of innocent civilians killed by the aircraft.

The inquiry, announced in London, will investigate 25 drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories.

Missile launcher turned in at Seattle gun buyback

A nonfunctional missile launcher was among the weapons that showed up Saturday at a gun buyback event in Seattle.  

The military weapon was a single-use device that had already been used, SeattlePI.com reported  Police say a man who was at the event bought the surface-to-air missile launcher for $100. It was confiscated by police, and they replaced the weapon with a gift card.  

The gun buyback in a parking lot in downtown Seattle was scheduled to go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but ended early because of the large crowd. Police say that after two hours, more than 160 guns had been turned in and $35,000 in gift cards had been distributed. Other buybacks are planned for later this year.

All stranded hikers make it out of Bear Canyon safely

Rescuers assisted at least 50 hikers in Bear Canyon after they were stranded Saturday night because of floodwaters.

All missing hikers were safe and accounted for around 8:30 p.m., Pima County Sheriff Tom Peine said, ending a six-hour ordeal. The first call to 9-1-1 came at 2:18 p.m. Saturday.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter carried six hikers out of the popular destination east of Tucson.

Some were located by sheriff's deputies, and others walked out by themselves.

Nude woman hits nude fiance with car, CHP says

Authorities are investigating after a woman in San Bernardino County allegedly struck her fiance with a car. The California Highway Patrol said both were naked at the time of the Thursday incident.

CHP officials told KTLA News that the couple were in the parked car on Phelan Road in Phelan when Alberto Giovanni Bravo got out and walked in front of the vehicle. For reasons that are not clear, the woman, identified as 22-year-old Hesperia woman, got behind the wheel and ran into him.

Bravo was thrown onto the hood of the car and then tossed to the ground as the vehicle preceded to cross the road and run into a chain-link fence and some trees before coming to a stop.

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After the nude woman hitting nude man story I figured I just couldn't top (2.00 / 16)
that for the night so I used it as a good excuse to stop there.
One additional thing I wanted to share was a somewhat romantic story that my most times not so romantic husband sent me a link to:

The Race Grows Sweeter Near Its Final Lap

Visiting some friends in Omaha this weekend. Most of whom go to bed at (2.00 / 10)
what is considered a normal time. They actually talked me into going to breakfast with them in the morning.
In light of that I most likely won't hang around long since the front desk at my hotel won't bring an air horn up to my door instead of just the usual wake up call. geezz, service these days, huh?  

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Yeah. Loved that story (2.00 / 11)
...reality is always more bizarre than anything you can make up

But I would be interested in the follow up report

Fascinating stuff on Moose nocturnalities - but I'm fascinated by this: despite looking like classic herd animals Moose are mainly solitary - or did I get that wrong?

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'

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Here are a two links for peroosing moozoog facts: (2.00 / 11)
Nice website dedicated to us (Alert: sekrit admirer site)


A list of links from above website on all things moosey:


Just these are great for starters... :-)

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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Thanks. I thought about including the ones I found. The truth is I was too dang (2.00 / 6)
tired to go back through my history to find them again.
Progress not perfection? lol

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They are for the most part. Being polygamous was another fact I didn't know, (2.00 / 5)
although I'm not sure why that would surprise me.  

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Not usually nocturnal (2.00 / 11)
Just on prednisone for poison ivy, which has the joint pleasure of giving me a pounding headache and then inflicting insomnia so I have more hours to enjoy it. Ah, well. This too shall pass, and soon.

No news in this part of the woods that could even come close to matching the above. We are a boring lot here in the Shenandoah Valley.

I could have used an air horn for wake up when I was in college. My freshman year I stayed in a friend's dorm room overnight a weekend night not long after school started, forgetting that I had left my alarm clock set on daily repeat. The alarm, hand-picked for this feature, went off with a blare that could be heard the length of my wing BWAAAP-BWAAAP-BWAAAP. No-one could figure out where it was coming from and some of the girls evacuated.

If you think I ever lived that down, you sadly underestimate the memory of enraged freshman awoken at 6 AM on a Saturday morning and dragged out into the pouring rain.

Good times.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013

Poison Ivy/Oak tip (2.00 / 8)
Hairdryer for about two minutes.

Heating the rash area causes the histamine to leave the skin, stopping itching. You can find spots infected due to the feel, something like an extreme itch/mild pain.

This will give you 3 or more hours of relief during which you will not scratch, letting the rash heal.

Very hot showers work as well, though not as effectively.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Thanks! Will try this next time (2.00 / 8)
And unfortunately, there will be a next time.


Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013

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I learned about it from painful experience. (2.00 / 6)
It is written up and validated, and it very much works.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

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Prednisone...ugh. Influenza took me down really bad at the beginning of Dec. (2.00 / 4)
I even ended up on a ventilator for four days, so they pumped me full of it,  even after I was discharged.
The combination of that and the sodium chloride in my IV made my food tasted like metal for about five days.
Hope your poison ivy clears up quickly, it's so miserable.  

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Still up.... (2.00 / 10)
after having tried sleep an hour or so ago. I've been playing a very low-tech video game that is akin to the Intellivision Snafu game (for those old enough to remember that). Rather mindless and hypnotic.

If still up in an hour I will take in a run...hopefully, though, I will be traveling in the land of Nod.


Mindless and hypnotic for me is Doodle Jump on my phone. It's what I turn to (2.00 / 3)
when I'm very bored, usually waiting on an appointment and had my fill of reading news/politics for the moment.  

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only up this early (2.00 / 12)
because I am watching the Australian Open live. I don't normally get up this early.

That's my story, anyway ;)

Go, Andy!

mmmmmmmm...asparagus wrapped in bacon!

I must confess total ignorance of the Australian Open and Andy. :-( (2.00 / 5)

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It's tennis (2.00 / 5)
and Andy Murray lost ::sniff::

mmmmmmmm...asparagus wrapped in bacon!

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Some positive news about the Euro (2.00 / 11)
Caveat: I'm about as far from a numbers/econ person as you can get, so no clue about how it all works. As a Eurozone resident, I'm just glad that my currency no longer seems to be in imminent danger of collapsing.


European banks are planning to pay back cheap loans provided by the European Central Bank ahead of schedule, at the end of January. The move suggests that Europe's financial sector is slowly recovering.

Tech question:
I wanted to quote a little more, but the preview would not allow it, or not show it. Any reason or trick required for that?

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

That's just weird (2.00 / 10)
Never noticed a limit on blckquote - any one else have this problem?

The p***artist formerly known as 'Brit'

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I've never noticed it. (2.00 / 11)
I try to limit blockquotes to the 2-3 paragraph fair use suggestion  but I know I have blockquoted more than Moozmuse has in that comment.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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I tried it in steps when I realized that it was not "taking", but even (2.00 / 11)
adding one paragraph didn't work. However, I've noticed that loading the Moose meadow is getting slower and slower, maybe I just need to clean out the cache and run my defrag program.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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I vote for "cache". (2.00 / 10)
Disk defrags won't likely help your screen displays.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

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I did both, anyway, since I was due for a defrag. I generally clean the (2.00 / 7)
cache out daily, using the Chrome setting, but this time I did a more thorough clearing,and that helped. Just elaborating here for anyone experiencing similar hiccups.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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Hey...I see that you are quoting from Spiegel.... (2.00 / 5)
was there perhaps a 'foreign symbol' in the body of the quote? For whatever reason the Moose REALLY balks at times when it comes to displaying some signs/symbols.

Symbols like those used foreign currency...and some of the 'accent' characters (things like the tilde or umlaut may not work) as well as foreign type characters like the French C cedille and German Sharp).

It may not ALWAYS be the case that such symbols do not work, but, it has been my experience enough times that I just avoid them.


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Yes, that could very well have been the cause. There were (2.00 / 4)
a couple Euro symbols sprinkled around the text. Thanks! Next time I'll check it.

Hm, let's see what happens if I put it in manually...
   <----  (missing symbol here)

ding, ding, ding
That's IT! I tried posting with and without the symbol, and it wouldn't accept the post with it.

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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Good morning! (2.00 / 11)
Is "Up" the title you settled on? Or are you still morphing?

Moose sleep standing up? That is Something I Did Not Know.

I fear that googlmandering™LauraFall may not make the cut as a new word because the "mandering" part of it triggered my PTSD. Too close to gerrymandering which gave us, once again, Speaker John Boehner.  

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.

True that about ending gerrymandering. Maybe I'll edit it to (2.00 / 4)
Still not certain on a name. It's what popped into my addled brain last night. ;-)
Open for any suggestions.  

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Actually, they lean against trees to sleep. I do it all the time. ;-) (2.00 / 1)

Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.
                       - Bertolt Brecht

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