Here’s another edition of my ersatz column. I’m working on compiling these more often.
First, presenting Seamus, a wolverine who outsmarted a team of scientists.
THIS WILY WOLVERINE THREW SCIENTISTS FOR A LOOP
By Martin Robards and Tom Glass, Wildlife Conservation Society
“Because he was first caught on St. Patrick’s Day this year, we named him Seamus. After we collected data on Seamus and fitted him with a GPS tracking collar and a small ear tag, we released him back into the wintery landscape. Our team did not expect to see him again anytime soon; he’d just be a series of new dots on a computer screen each day. However, he circled around to another trap some 15 miles (24 kilometers) away and was caught again four days later, on March 21.”
“He had traveled great distances in order to enjoy a free meal from our box trap and, as a result, found himself caught in the name of science until we found and released him back into the wild.”
They caught and released him twice more, and after that fourth free meal and nap, they moved him twenty miles away. He hasn’t been found in a trap but was tracked by satellite with a lady Wolverine. They should collect his DNA. Other wolverines avoided the traps after their first capture.
From England, a fish story.
My Fun With News Humble Pineapple Edition tells how a pineapple placed on a table at an Art Exhibition at Robert Gordon University for a joke was put in a case and treated as an exhibit.
Now, from another museum in Albion, the Hayward Gallery:
ROTTING FISH ART EXPLODES, CAUSES FIRE IN LONDON GALLERY
By Mindy Weisberger, Senior Writer
The artwork in question was a rotting fish covered in sequins and put in a plastic bag.
“‘The installation — a piece called Majestic Splendor by Lee Bul — was part of an exhibition of the Korean artist’s work, scheduled to open at the Hayward Gallery on May 30. Then, hours before the show’s first preview, the gassy art blew up, causing a fire that damaged part of the gallery,’ Artnet News reported.”
Majestic Splendor was removed from MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in 1997 when a refrigeration unit failed and it stunk up the place.
When the exhibit was moved to England, Potassium Permanganate was added to curb the scent. Unfortunately, PP is very reactive. When gases from decomposition hit the PP, the work of art went boom.
GRINNING OR NERVOUS FACE? PEOPLE INTERPRET EMOJIS DIFFERENTLY
By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer
“The original set of 176 emojis, first developed for cellphones back in 1999, now has a place in the contemporary artistic canon — becoming part of the collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).”
But do you know what an emoji you’re looking at signifies or means?
“A new study finds that people often interpret emojis in different ways. For example, the researchers found that people who looked at the exact same emoji disagreed on whether the picture expressed a positive, neutral or negative feeling about a quarter of the time.”
The question is what you are seeing them on. A study “showed that interpreting emojis could be particularly problematic when the sender and the receiver are using different mobile platforms (for example, when the sender has an iPhone, but the receiver has a Samsung phone). That’s because each platform has its own versions of emojis.”
So, I don’t know. I prefer words.
Here’s the MOMA emojis.
That’s that for this This And That.