These are just a few of the things that have caught my attention today:
“Newborn dolphins, killer whales never sleep -study
A study has shown the young of those two species do not sleep at all during the first month of life. They are active 24 hours a day — and their mothers have learned to cope.
“Somehow these seafaring mammals have found a way to cope with sleep deprivation, facilitating rather than hindering a crucial phase of development for their offspring,” Dr Jerome Siegel, a neuroscientist at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), said in a statement.
Siegel and his colleagues said the developmental pattern they discovered in the dolphins and whales is different from all other mammals.
As the calves of both species grow, their sleep gradually increases to adult levels.
“Their bodies have found a way to cope, offering evidence that sleep isn’t necessary for development and raising the question of whether humans and other mammals have untapped physiological potential for coping without sleep,” Siegel said.”
In Ireland, few safe havens for an ancient tongue
“Irish Gaelic is still the native tongue of some 55,000 people who live mostly along the west coast. But it is under siege. Even Inis MeÃ¡in, one of three Aran Islands off the coast of County Galway famed for old-fashioned ways, is no longer a safe haven.
“Irish is in trouble,” says CuomhÃ¡n Ã“ FÃ¡tharta, Inis MeÃ¡in’s sole shopkeeper. “When I was young, you had to learn English in school because there was no TV. I couldn’t really speak English until I was 12, but now the kids are all picking it up young.”
As Ireland’s mother tongue struggles to survive, the government has stepped up its contentious efforts to save the language, known here simply as Irish.”
What about this one:
“TAIPEI (Reuters) – It may take a strong stomach to eat curry or chocolate ice cream out of a toilet bowl, but a commode-themed restaurant in Taiwan does booming business serving up just that.
The Martun, or toilet in Chinese, restaurant in the southern port city of Kaohsiung boasts lengthy queues on weekends as diners wait for a toilet seat in its brightly colored tile interior.
Food arrives in bowls shaped like Western-style toilets or Asian-style “squat pots.”
Manager Hung Lin-wen said the original inspiration came from a toilet-shaped spaceship in a Japanese cartoon. The theme has attracted droves of novelty-seeking young people who come to play with their food and gross out their friends.”
It is a wild and wacky world that we live in.