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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Creepy Christmas Critters: 2014's Holiday Book Trend is the Dead and Stuffed

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Christmas critter joy. - ANDREW MCMEEL PUBLISHING
  • Andrew McMeel Publishing
  • Christmas critter joy.


Forget the cute and cuddly — want to stand out and be a part of the trend? It's time to gift the animal kingdom's misfits who are preserved for our posterity (although we don't know if it's for better or worse). Some seem like human mistakes and others look like they were born that way, but for that pesky little relative who insists on a pet for a Christmas gift, wrap up these joys.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Hundreds of Starlings Fly through Downtown San Francisco (Video)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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Starling murmurations, where hundreds to thousands of birds perform synchronized acrobatic feats, are a rare sight to behold, and even more rare when such feats occur in downtown San Francisco. Barbary Coast Consulting captured this beautiful video of the birds shimmying around Mason Street.

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San Francisco Time Lapse in 30,000 Photos (Video)

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Meet the Man Who Had Sex with a Dolphin (and Wrote a Book About It)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Malcolm J. Brenner, with his book, Wet Goddess - MATT SAINCOME
  • Matt Saincome
  • Malcolm J. Brenner, with his book, Wet Goddess

Malcolm J. Brenner, the controversial author of Wet Goddess, the autobiographical novel of a young man's love affair with a dolphin, relaxes on a computer chair inside a San Francisco apartment, gently stroking one of the two cats occupying the room with us. His red sweater is wiry and frayed, like the hairs on his balding head. He's 40 years older than he was when he drove to a near-abandoned Florida amusement park with the intent to "make love" with a dolphin he had been photographing for nine months.

See also: You can have sex with a horse in more states than you can get gay married

The Sweet Spot: The Truth Behind Puppy Play

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

These Cats Will Help Motivate You to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:30 AM

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Many of us make New Year's resolutions each January. We decide we're going to finally learn ukelele, or replace beer with quinoa, or quit being a disappointment to our parents. And yet, despite our clean slate, idealistic hopefulness, only 8 percent actually succeed in keeping their resolutions. This year, however, we have a new motivating factor: Cats.

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Instagram Parody of Nickelback's "Photograph" Is Hilarious and True (Video)

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cute Overload: SPCA Pet Adoption Holiday Windows and 3D Light Show with Nutcracker Dancers

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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  • Jennifer Jamieson

The holidays are upon us (We're basing this on Safeway breaking out the Christmas decorations five minutes after Halloween), which means we can finally listen to Mariah Carey's holiday album un-ironically and that we once more have an excuse to pour eggnog on everything -- Hello, huevos nog-cheros! Adding to our festive spirits this Friday is the SPCA's Pet Adoption Holiday Windows Unveiling at Macy's, featuring adorable and adoptable puppies and kitties to melt our hearts this winter.

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The Olympic Sport We'd Like to See in 2016: Kitten Wrestling

Cute Dogs in Costume: The Whole Enchihuahua

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Monday, October 29, 2012

10 Funny Halloween Costumes -- for Pets

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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While we're sure you're super busy getting together your Sexy Bert and Ernie costume for this week, don't forget about your pups -- after all, in our experience, San Francisco pets love to join us on our nightlife escapades, and Halloween is no different. Every other day might be a Gaga day, but here are some other canine and kitty costume ideas from Petco to mix it up for the the city's favorite holiday. Wonder what Boo's gonna wear?

10. Orange you glad

Dressing your dog as a hot dog? Yawn. So mid-90s. We far prefer this banana costume, which is both less obvious and has greater conversational potential -- not to mention potassium! What San Franciscan doesn't want an excuse to talk to you about their latest smoothie detox? None.

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Bow Wow Ooh Ra Ra: Club Night for Dogs with "Doggie Gaga" Photographer

Top 10 "Sexy" Halloween Costumes

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Happy National Feral Cat Day!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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Remember when being a crazy cat lady was an outsider thing reserved for shut-ins who wore turtlenecks and ankle-length skirts? Now, thanks to YouTube's viral cat charms and the ability to post and share videos of kitties running around in circles with cones on their head and sabotaging their owners, we can all be unabashed feline fans.

Though I'm highly allergic, I am getting used to this idea of loving cats, thanks to my exposure to Acrocats and the incessant adorable videos online. So in the spirit of loving krazy kitties, I stand in solidarity with all felines today -- National Feral Cat Day -- a day dedicated to increasing awareness about feral cats and the importance of the trap-neuter-return philosophy.

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The Amazing Acrocats

Acrocats in GIFS!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Video of the Day: A Fish Come True

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

"Land Sharks," the creation of artist and maker Todd Williams - CHIP SCHEUER
  • Chip Scheuer
  • "Land Sharks," the creation of artist and maker Todd Williams

The Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" is the Carnival of nature programming. There's just something about the big fish: It's like a festive, temporary reprieve from those societal rules developed over centuries of Catholic influence. Only it's documentaries of sharks. (Maybe the reprieve is in being able to cheer for the Jerk of the Seas for a week.) In any event, the shark has become acquainted in our culture with some kind of festivity, which is harnessed in Sharktoberfest.

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Street Fashion of the Academy of Sciences' "Nightlife"

Shamu Is Out to Get You: Death at SeaWorld Author on Why Killer Whales Kill

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hunting Video Game Prepares You for Wildlife Mauling, While Monitoring Your Heart Rate

Posted By on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2013 is a video game that uses an innovative controller, the Top Shot Fearmaster, to measure players' heartbeats and breathing patterns while they hunt their virtual prey. It's shaped like a gun, much like the ones you would see in an arcade, but features two metal plates where you grip the rifle, in order to measure your heart rate and an infrared sensor to measure stability.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

What to Do This Labor Day

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 6:30 AM

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  • Tim Wagner

This Labor Day, we'd like to give you some alternatives to getting drunk in the backyard again (not judging, just sayin').

Dig some tunes

A Labor Day tradition, Doin It In the Park, is a music fest and BBQ thrown by the Triple Threat DJs, Mr. E, and Sake One in Golden Gate Park that must not be missed. You've worked hard all year (if you were lucky enough to find employment) so today is the day to kick back and enjoy some tunes. You've earned it. Choice quote from our 2008 review: "Better Than: Going to Hippie Hill and listening to the drummer circle again."

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