I recently watched a fascinating segment of the 2009 BBC show “The Secret Life of the Dog”. I’d never seen it, and wanted to share it here. It’s about domesticating foxes in Siberia.
The ten-minute show is embedded below and on YouTube here. Give it a watch:
The gist: Over the course of more than 40 years, scientists took normal foxes, which were aggressive toward humans, and looked for the tamest ones.
Then they bred them.
In just a few generations, the foxes — animals that would typically attack humans when threatened — had become completely tame creatures that snuggled the scientists rather than biting their hands.
What’s more, over time, the foxes started to look like…dogs.
The tame foxes even developed floppy ears, the color of their coats lightened, and their tails curled.
One theory is that the least aggressive foxes were less fierce because they had retained their juvenile traits into adulthood. And so dogs — domesticated wolves, that is — similarly display the traits of juvenile wolves.
I also came across some domesticated fox footage on Youtube taken by someone who appears to own a couple of the creatures. The video becomes extra-remarkable at 1:14:
And finally, in case you’re wondering: It appears that you can purchase your own domesticated Russian fox. (The Cost: $8,900.)
A snippet from a New York Times story yesterday:
The new menu items added by fast-food chains this year indicate as much: a brownie-batter-filled doughnut (Dunkin’ Donuts), a bacon habanero ranch Quarter Pounder (McDonald’s), bacon-filled tater tots (Burger King), a six-slices-of-bacon-and-cheese burger (Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s), a choco-covered pretzel and choco chunk vanilla Blizzard (Dairy Queen), and a chocolate molten lava cake (Arby’s).
Then there’s the Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich from Dunkin’ Donuts that Mr. Moran tried. It was rolled out nationally this month after a Massachusetts test that was a ‘viral hit,’ the company’s executive chef told The Boston Globe earlier this month. ‘Within days of the test, people were sending pictures, tweeting ‘look what I got!’ or ‘this is so wrong!’ and it was just incredible.’
If unhealthy food is wrong, restaurant visitors apparently don’t want to be right.
Related: See my 2012 post — especially points two and three — about my favorite nutrition book, “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics.”
(Image: Dunkin’ Donuts.)
Last month I mentioned that the first two episodes of “The New Myanmar,” hosted by Anasuya Sanyal — also known as my amazing wife — were available online.
The show’s final four episodes have now aired on Channel NewsAsia, as well, and I wanted to embed them here.
Again, here are the first two shows:
Episode one, “Artistic Freedom,” about music and the arts in the country:
Episode two, about Yangon’s architectural heritage:
And now for the newer shows:
Episode three, on business development in Myanmar:
Episode four, on media in the country:
Episode five, about resolving the country’s ethnic conflicts:
And, finally, episode six, on what lies ahead for Myanmar:
Back in August, I shared the news that I’d be coming here to New York this academic year to study business and economics journalism.
Nine months later — and I can still hardly believe it’s true — I’ve finished. Here’s the proof:
Here I am with some pals before the main Columbia commencement ceremony yesterday morning:
And below — and on YouTube here — is an especially fun moment from the conclusion of the event.
Once things had ended, Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” blasted from the loudspeakers. And then came this more contemporary New York-related anthem…
Yesterday afternoon was the Journalism School commencement event, which included a talk by Errol Morris and remarks by Nicholas Lemann, our outgoing dean, and others.
You can find more details about that gathering on the Journalism School’s site.
So what comes next for me? Stay tuned.
Thanks, as ever, for reading.
- Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finds Missing Dog During Live Interview — Gawker
- Myanmar’s Mandela Moment — Bloomberg
- High-Intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment — ACSM’S Health & Fitness Journal
- Complete Broadcast Day: “WJSV Complete Broadcast Day On September 21, 1939…” — Archive.org
- Diaries, the original social media: How our obsession with documenting (and sharing) our own lives is nothing new — Nieman Journalism Lab
- North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns — Aschmann.net
- 60 thoughts about turning 60 — Ian Martin, The Guardian
- Video embedded above and on Vimeo here: “London in 1927″
(Previous link round-ups are available via the links tag.)
I mentioned a few weeks back that Anasuya’s new Channel NewsAsia TV show, “The New Myanmar,” would soon air.
Well, the first two episodes have been broadcast, and they’re now available online.
Embedded above on online here is episode one, “Artistic Freedom,” about music and the arts in the country.
And embedded above on and online here is episode two, “Saving Yangon,” about the city’s architectural heritage.
There are several more episodes to come. You can see them live on Channel NewsAsia on Mondays from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Singapore time.
File under: Just because.
Ashley turns five in August, so she’s technically a middle-aged pooch. But, as you may be able to tell in this image, she still has a youthful face and many puppy-like traits.
Normal programming will resume shortly.
Tom Wolfe visited the Columbia Journalism School last night.
Rene Auberjonois read from some of Wolfe’s work, then Wolfe chatted with Richard Wald.
Here, in chronological order, are my Tweets (and re-Tweets) from the event.
Here’s the trailer for a new Channel NewsAsia documentary series called “The New Myanmar.”
The series is hosted by Anasuya Sanyal, otherwise known as my amazing wife.
The first show airs Monday, May 6 from 8:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Singapore time, and the series runs through June 10.
Keep an eye out if you receive Channel NewsAsia, or try to catch the show live online when it airs.
(Note: The trailer, as embedded above, may not display properly on a mobile device, but it should be viewable on a laptop or desktop computer.)