Brian McMahon: 10 Living Things Thriving in Death Valley (Neatorama)
There's a reason it's called Death Valley. This vast expanse of the Mojave Desert gets less than 2 inches of rain per year, the daytime temperatures can reach upwards of 120 degrees, and the landscape is so salt-laden and windswept that it's nearly impossible for anything to take root. But there's more life in Death Valley than you'd imagine. Here are 10 stubborn plants and animals that refuse to retire to greener pastures.
The Boondocks originally referred to a remote rural area, but now is often applied to an out of the way city or town that is considered backwards and unsophisticated. What language gave us the word 'Boondock'?
The Boondocks is an American expression which comes from the Filipino word bundok. It originally referred to a remote rural area, but now is often applied to an out of the way city or town that is considered backwards and unsophisticated.
The expression was introduced to English by American military personnel serving in the Philippines at the beginning of the 20th century. It derives from the Tagalog word "bundok", meaning "mountain".
Lois Of Oregon was first, and correct, with:
'Boondock' is Tagalog for "Yay, the Americans have come to
free us filipinos from Spanish oppression! Wait a minute,
hey, we're free, you can go home now. HEY! I said, HEY! STOP
KILLING US! ARRGGHH!"
I had to look it up - turns out, "boondock" is from the Filipino word "bundok"
Baron Dave wrote:
"Boondocks" is from the Philippines, so that would be Tagalog.
I watched "Heckle and Jeckle" as a kid. They were nasty tricksters, less polite than Chip and Dale, and I was happy when they got their comeuppance.
"'Being the bigger man' is overrated." -- Huey Freeman, The Boondocks
Alan J said:
Straight up guess here
I'm going with French. Second choice would be dutch.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
The Boondocks is an American expression which comes from the Filipino word bundok
I'm glad I looked this up: Boondocks comes from the Filipino word "bundok", which referred to a rural area.
Now I have another trivia nugget in my arsenal. Thanks, Marty!
Boondock is an American expression from the Filipino word bundok.
Dale, Father of A dog, Diamond Springs, Norcali, answered:
The Filipino language of Tagalog, the most beautiful language in the world accordingly to someone that worked for me 25 years ago. It might be the fastest. They fucking eat everything there. Balut are duck eggs that have been incubated until the fetus is all feathery and beaky, and then boiled alive. Anything that crawls. Pig penises and dog brains.
How could anyone ever eat their brains, let alone him!
Joe S said:
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase "the boondocks" is derived from the Tagalog word bundok, which means mountain. Here's
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CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS: The 3rd One', followed by '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline Saturday Night Mystery', followed by a RERUN'SNL' (from 12/15/84) with Eddie Murphy hosting, music by Robert Plant & The Honeydrippers.
'SNL' is FRESH, hosted by Kevin Hart, music by Sia.
ABC starts the night with the movie 'Just Go With It', followed by a RERUN'The Goldbergs'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.
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AMC offers the movie 'Gladiator', followed by the movie 'Terminator Salavation', then the movie 'Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines'.
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[7:00AM] The Musketeers - Season 1 - Ep 9 - Knight Takes Queen
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[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 4 - Black Pearl
[11:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Fleming
[12:00PM] Top Gear - Season 9 - Episode 2
[1:00PM] Top Gear - Season 9 - Episode 3
[2:00PM] Top Gear: Uncovered
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[10:15PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 14 NEW
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[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 24 - Menage a Troi
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[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 26 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 1)
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 1 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2) (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'Bravo's First Looks', then the movie 'Pearl Harbor'.
Comedy Central has 'Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain', 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain', followed by the movie 'American Wedding'.
FX has the movie 'The Fighter', followed by the movie 'Taken 2', then a whole lotta 'Mike & Molly'.
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The band announced Friday that surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will perform three shows from July 3-5 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the shows will mark its final performances, the band said. They last performed at the Chicago venue in 1995 with band member Jerry Garcia, who died a month after the show.
Tickets for "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead" will be available through a mail order system on Jan. 20. They go on sale online Feb. 14.
The Grateful Dead will be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and pianist Bruce Hornsby at the concerts.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry congratulates singer James Taylor after he performed, during a ceremony at the Paris city hall, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Kerry is meeting top officials in France to express America's solidarity with the French people after last week's deadly terrorist attacks.
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State and local police in the United States will no longer be able to use federal laws to justify seizing property without evidence of a crime, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday.
The practice of local police taking property, including cash and cars, from people that they stop, and of handing it over to federal authorities, became common during the country's war on drugs in the 1980s.
Holder cited "safeguarding civil liberties" as a reason for the change in policy.
The order directs federal agencies who have collected property during such seizures to withdraw their participation, except if the items collected could endanger the public, as in the case of firearms.
A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy's journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story.
Spokesman Todd Starowitz of Tyndale House, a leading Christian publisher, confirmed Friday that Alex Malarkey's "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond This World" was being withdrawn. Earlier this week, Malarkey acknowledged in an open letter that he was lying, saying that he had been seeking attention. He also regretted that "people had profited from lies."
"I did not die. I did not go to Heaven," he wrote. "When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough."
"The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven" was first published in 2010 and told of a 2004 auto accident which left Malarkey in a coma. According to the book, co-written by Alex's father, Kevin Malarkey, he had visions of angels and of meeting Jesus. In 2014, Tyndale reissued "The Boy," which on the cover includes the billing "A True Story." As reported by Nielsen BookScan, which tracks around 85 percent of the print market, the book has sold nearly 120,000 copies.
Actors Chris Pratt and Amy Poehler, and producer Mike Schur (L-R) speak about the NBC television show "Parks and Recreation" during the TCA presentations in Pasadena, California, January 16, 2015.
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A jury has ruled that 1980s pop star Rick Springfield didn't injure a woman at a New York State Fair concert a decade ago.
The state Supreme Court jury reached its verdict Friday morning after deliberating for an hour.
The singer known for his 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl" was sued by 45-year-old Vicki Calcagno of Liverpool, New York. She says she suffered serious injuries when Springfield fell into her during a 2004 concert in suburban Syracuse. She said Springfield's buttocks hit her head, causing lasting injuries.
His lawyer said in closing arguments there were no witnesses, photos or video to support Calcagno's claim.
Calcagno sued in 2007 and there was an earlier mistrial in 2013.
A judge revoked Chris Brown's probation on Thursday but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin said Brown can remain free at least until a March 20 hearing when the judge will receive an update from probation officials.
Brown was ordered by those officials in December not to leave Los Angeles County without permission. However, the Grammy-winning singer performed at a nightclub in San Jose on Jan. 11 without obtaining permission to travel.
Defense attorney Mark Geragos told Brandlin that his office incorrectly advised Brown that he didn't need permission to travel for the show.
The judge said he accepted Geragos' explanation, but needed to revoke the singer's probation to keep control of the case. Brandlin also said it was not unexpected that Brown failed to complete his community service on time.
Record-breaking temperatures scorched the planet last year, making 2014 the hottest in more than a century and raising new concerns about global warming, US government scientists said Friday.
The much-anticipated report by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was confirmed by an independent analysis from the US space agency NASA that reached the same conclusion.
For the year, the average temperature was 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit (0.69 Celsius) above the 20th century average, beating the previous record-holding years of 2005 and 2010 by 0.07 F (0.04 C).
Parts of the world that saw record heat included Russia, western Alaska, the western United States, parts of interior South America, parts of eastern and western coastal Australia, north Africa and most of Europe.
Land surface temperature was 1.80 F (1.00 C) above the 20th century average, marking the fourth highest in history.
A visitor looks at a collection of wooden masks from around the world at the 'Museum der Kulturen' (Museum of Cultures) during the 15th Museum's Night in Basel, Switzerland, 16 January 2015.
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California health officials on Thursday confirmed 13 new measles cases connected to an outbreak at Disney theme parks last month, bringing the total number of illnesses to 39.
The new cases of the airborne illness include five in Los Angeles County and one in San Diego County.
Craig Sturak with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency said Thursday that the public may have been exposed at that clinic and eight other places including drugstores, grocery stores and gyms.
Officials said 35 of the confirmed cases are in California, two are in Utah and one apiece in Colorado and Washington.
Of the 10 total cases in San Diego, only one patient had been vaccinated, Sturak said. Exact figures were not immediately available for other areas.
Utah's Brigham Young University, the Mormon Church's flagship education institution, has for the first time issued guidelines on when students may grow beards without violating its rule that men must be clean-shaven.
Under the private school's honor code, which forbids premarital sex, tattoos and drinking alcohol, and requires that men and women dress modestly, only certain students will be permitted to grow facial hair.
Exceptions will include medical conditions, theatrical production requests from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints media and drama departments, as well as religious observance and practice, according to the new standards published on Wednesday by the university in Provo, 50 miles (80 km) south of Salt Lake City.
BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said religious cases, including for example beards worn by Sikh and Muslim students, will be worked out in coordination with the school's chaplain. Students with skin conditions that prevent shaving must get a note from the campus doctor.
A visitor poses for a photograph in front of a 3D painting depicting a Japanese Imperial army soldier at a 3D art gallery in Beijing January 16, 2015. The gallery attracts visitors with various 3D paintings and installations depicting world famous political leaders , celebrities and famous movie scenes.
Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon
A British-built probe which vanished 11 years ago has been found on the surface of Mars, scientists said on Friday, solving an enduring mystery of space exploration.
Joy at the discovery was tinged with sadness that it came a year after the death of Professor Colin Pillinger, the eccentric but brilliant driving force behind the 2003 mission.
Pillinger, whose mutton-chop sideburns helped make him one of Britain's favourite mad scientist figures, raised much of the money for the launch himself and died frustrated at the lack of support for a follow-up mission.
The Beagle 2 was a £50 million (65 million euros, $76 million) mission to establish whether there was, or had ever been, life on Mars but it was lost without trace on December 26, 2003.
The probe was detected during an analysis of images taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) last year but scientists said it would now be impossible to retrieve the data which it gathered.
A Tongan volcano has created a substantial new island since it began erupting last month, spewing out huge volumes of rock and dense ash that has killed nearby vegetation, officials said Friday.
The volcano, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of the South Pacific nation's capital Nuku'alofa, rumbled to life on December 20 for the first time in five years, the Lands and Natural Resources Ministry said.
It said the volcano was erupting from two vents, one on the uninhabited island of Hunga Ha'apai and the other underwater about 100 metres offshore.
The ministry said experts took a boat trip to view the eruption on Thursday and confirmed it had transformed the local landscape.
"The new island is more than one kilometre wide, two kilometres long and about 100 metres high," it said in a statement.
Kim Fowley, the colorful rock musician who produced for The Runaways and co-wrote songs for Kiss and Alice Cooper, has died after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 75.
His wife, Kara Wright Fowley, said in an email Friday to The Associated Press that her husband died Thursday morning at their home in Hollywood.
"Even from a hospital bed, Kim worked all the time," said Wright Fowley. "He gave the world over 55 years of entertainment that still exists ... from 'Nutrocker' to 'Alley-Oop' to the Runaways to KISS to Helen Reddy to 'Guardians of the Galaxy' ... and was respected all the way. Kim was also one of the most caring people in the universe."
Fowley's career ranged from promoter to musician to manager to record producer. In the 1970s, he launched the all-female rock band The Runaways - a rarity at the time - thus introducing the world to a then-teenage Joan Jett.
Fowley was based in Los Angeles. He released several solo albums. His father is actor Douglas Fowley, best known for his role in the film "Singin' In the Rain."
A man prepares to fly a kite as the sun sets behind a tree on a hazy day in Jinan, Shandong province January 15, 2015. China plans tougher pollution limits and heavier penalties in a revision of its air pollution law, state-run news agency Xinhua said, as the government battles to reduce smog that takes hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Picture taken January 15, 2015.
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