"The last interview I did on mushrooms, I said something about the Beatles, and then I'm like, 'Sorry, I can't do this.'" The day after his first show with his new band, Andy Animal's Cannibal Tribe, Andy Animal is driving me to the Bronx Zoo to eat mushrooms and commune with his non-human brethre ... More >>
Imagine your morning commute. You're riding the train when, suddenly, a guy jumps you and takes off your arms and legs. "See ya," he says, walking away with your limbs under his arm. "Have a nice day." That's sort of what it's like to be a shark that's been "finned"--harvested for its chewy appenda ... More >>
We vowed earlier this year to never waste your time with cute kitten videos -- and we will uphold that vow. Awesome walrus videos, however, are a different story -- and there is nothing more awesome than a walrus dancing to Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal."(See some video of rehearsal below).
Avians and airplanes are a bad mix -- and the skies above New York City are no exception. On Tuesday, a bird strike prompted a JetBlue plane to make an emergency landing. Last week, also, a bird strike forced a Delta flight to make an emergency landing. And don't forget the Miracle on the Hudso ... More >>
A dead baby dolphin washed up on the Queens shoreline, and scientists think the infant might be part of a lager group that had recently been stranded off the Cape Cod coast. Officials from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation told the New York Daily News that the 3-foot d ... More >>
The goose barnacle, shown about twice normal size We've all had the usual tapas - slices of Serrano ham, toasts brushed with fresh tomato, potato tortillas, and pale white pickled anchovies - but one of the advantages of going to a fashion forward tapas bar is stumbling on actual Spanish p ... More >>
Following last year's mass slaughter of Prospect Park geese, the Department of Environmental Protection is trying to appease its numerous critics. Not by emphasizing its concern for animal welfare, mind you, but by touting its dedication to recycling. This summer, instead of being left to rot ... More >>
Prince William And Duchess Kate (née Middleton) are the perfect picture of romance right now. Their wedding went off without a hitch, the frenzy around them has died down, and they've gone back to normal royal lives. But they're already adding a third member to their family; no, Kate's not p ... More >>
In this day and age, it is common that many of the key mysteries of life are solved via YouTube videos. "What does a baby penguin sounds like when being tickled?" is clearly one. "What is bumblefoot?" remains unsolved by this video, however, which is why we will tell you that Cookie's ailment is "a ... More >>
"Don't look at us, we have feathers." Photo via HighlandBladePenguins on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have been struck with a peculiar ailment that is leaving scientists confused and the birds chilly. It has been dubbed "feather-loss disorder," and its root cause is unknown. The Wildlife ... More >>
Strife in the Middle East got you down? Union-busting bills taking the shine off your afternoon? Are you Lindsay Lohan? Time to cheer up, because a group of dolphins in Florida helped save a dog stranded in a canal. South Florida's NBC 2 reports that Turbo, an 11-year-old Doberman, was strand ... More >>
After repeated face-offs between Japanese whaling ship the Nisshin Maru and the Bob Barker and the Gojira -- boats helmed by anti-whaling activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society -- Japan has called off its yearly Antarctic whale hunt citing "safety concerns." Via BBC News, "Putti ... More >>
It's hard to say who we feel for more in this video of animal mishaps -- the adorable small penguin who "accidentally" stumbles over the wallowing sea lion, or the sea lion who is awoken from his nap by the sudden appearance of a penguin upon his back. Antics ensue! Faces are red! There is thrashing ... More >>
You may have put it out of your mind temporarily, in an effort to heal, but you should never forget. We're talking about those hundreds of geese (and baby geese!) brutally murdered over the summer because they might "accidentally" fly into planes. According to the Brooklyn Paper, they "were o ... More >>
Bill Allen1/flickrDinner, anyone?This summer, New York State announced a plan to help control its Canada Goose population by eliminating some 170,000 birds through gassing, hunting, and birth control. In Prospect Park, some 400 geese were rounded up and euthanized, their bodies then tossed in ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Drunken Dragon Nights Macao Trading Co. Monday, October 25 at 11 p.m. Calamity Chang and her sexy cohorts are back for another evening of burlesque cabaret, featuri ... More >>
Protest the killing of dolphins in Japan
In the epic battle of humans vs. geese, it seems that geese have a win. A little more than a month after the mass gassing of some 400 Prospect Park geese that included the goosicide of folk hero Sticky, the birds are back like part two of a good zombie movie. We imagine they are none too happ ... More >>
A one-act program at 59E59 Theaters offers short plays by Deb Margolin, Timothy Mason, Roger Heddin, and Neil LaBute
Had you lost all hope for New York State's beleaguered, massacred geese? Fear not! The Brooklyn Paper reports today that our avian friends are making a comeback. At least 37 geese have been seen in the lake in Prospect Park since the recent mass euthanasia, and the rebel birds are being aided and ... More >>
Via Metro UK/Bob Couey.When he's not besting Chuck Norris by smoking weed, rapper/actor/father/husband/philanthropist/botanist Snoop Dogg is now besting everyone by pimping out not a "ride," not a goblet, not even a small child, but a sea lion. Yes: A Sea Lion. While other rappers are busy doing ... More >>
You thought it was bad that 400 Canada geese in Prospect Park were killed? Now the state is planning to euthanize 170,000 of them. Run for your lives, geese! According to City Room, who got hold of a report by some government agencies, "The nearly 400 geese gassed to death this month after ... More >>
New babies! We love new babies. Especially when they are super-cute baby sea lions born at the New York Aquarium: An as-yet-unnamed female sea lion has been born to mama sea lion Clarice, and is the first sea lion to be born at the Aquarium.
It seems only yesterday that 400 Canada geese were tragically euthanized in Prospect Park. We thought that the park's goose population was done, finito, kaput. But today, just when we had given up hope, good news! As many as four survivors of the mass slaughter have been spotted near the lake ... More >>
The gay ghetto known as Fire Island is starting to recover from a bad 2009, which is good news for the gays who work out all day so they can do drugs all night.
Sei whale is no longer on the menu at the Hump.What a difference a federal misdemeanor charge makes: three days after the U.S. Attorney's Office charged the owners of the Santa Monica, Ca., sushi restaurant the Hump and its sister restaurant, Typhoon, with violating the Marine Mammal Protecti ... More >>
But what about the uglies?
Starbucks yesterday opened its first café in Poland, located in downtown Warsaw. The company said it has been wanting to enter Poland, a country that has embraced coffee culture, for awhile. [Seattle PI] Hamptons restaurateur Ed "Jean Luc" Kleefield was arrested Friday after turning himself in fo ... More >>
Researchers at the University of Belfast say that the results of their recent study proves that crabs (and therefore other crustaceans) feel pain. They figured this out by delivering electrical shocks to the bellies of hermit crabs; the crabs, unsurprisingly, turned out not to like that. (Mmmmm, cra ... More >>
People are always sending us twitter faves like The_Real_Shaq and the fake Pam and Jim, but we find few of these accounts as delightful as that of the Museum of Natural History's Blue Whale. Suspended from the ceiling of the Whale Room, the large mammal shows wit and verve of a sort we are unaccusto ... More >>
Could Sludgie the Whale, who briefly graced the Gowanus last year, have been an urban pioneer? Bioacoustical researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation say that, for the first time ever, their recording devices in New York Harbor a ... More >>
Bringing the girls into the boys club
Via Michael Ruhlman's blog, I discovered this article in Lancaster Farming about Chef Dan Barber's trip to visit Spanish farmer Eduardo Sousa, during which Barber says he sampled the best foie gras he had ever tasted. The big news here is not that Barber had a tasty trip, but that Sousa produces f ... More >>
A whale of a cultural clash in an early New York legal battle
Thar s/he blew, in Gowanus Bay, on Tuesday. The minke whale that wandered into our foul urban stew this week has died. Weighing as much as 5,000 pounds and leaving one heck of a carcass to haul out, the young critter braved the outer reaches of the Gowanus Canal before breaking hearts all over brow ... More >>
Kirsten Childs's dolphins play dangerous human games. But referee Tina Landau's asleep.
Sullen Japanese twentysomethingsand pet jellyfishadrift in neo-Buñuelian fantasy