Woman Hosts Miniature Parties For Squirrels

It’s time for something completely different…and completely nice.



From The Dodo,

Woman Throws Little Parties For The Squirrels Who Come To Visit Her
She builds them dining rooms and even food trucks.

by Caitlin Jill Anders


“After a woman discovered some injured baby squirrels in her yard, she felt a bond towards them, and decided to start doing something special.


Ashly Deskins woke up one morning to find that four baby squirrels had fallen from two different nests in her backyard. She watched in awe as one of the mother squirrels came down to save her babies — but unfortunately, the other two were left behind.


My husband and I attempted to save the other two abandoned squirrels by rushing them to a wildlife center,” Deskins told The Dodo. “Sadly, the injured babies did not survive, but the encounter sparked a special interest in the squirrels, which caused me to appreciate and enjoy them during my daily routine.”


From that moment on, Deskins couldn’t help but notice how many squirrels there were living near her apartment complex, and started to feel connected to them. Many of the squirrels would hang out on her back patio, and so she began leaving almonds for them occasionally. Then, she had a brilliant idea…”


For the rest, and more pictures, click here.


Book Heist in London!

So many elements of a great crime novel here!


  • A criminal mastermind known as “The Astronomer
  • Scotland Yard
  • Drilling holes in a skylight and then rappelling down to avoid motion detectors


From The Smithsonian,


Thieves Rappelled Into a London Warehouse in Rare Book Heist

The burglars made out with more than 160 books worth an estimated $2.5 million



“Do you remember that scene in the original Mission: Impossible when Tom Cruise hangs suspended above a computer? Well, it appears that criminals recently seem to have taken a page from Ethan Hunt’s spy book. Three thieves robbed a west London warehouse in late January by drilling holes in the building’s skylight, and then using rope to descend vertically into the space to avoid motion-detection alarms, George Sandeman at The Guardian reports. In total, the robbers made out with more than 160 books worth an estimated $2.5 million.



The theft was a precision hit; the burglars came well-equipped and appeared to know exactly what they wanted. They specifically targeted the boxes containing valuable rare books, with one source saying they compared the titles in the containers to a list, reports James Cook at Business Insider. The books were being temporarily stored in the warehouse on their way to the California Book Fair.



The rarity of the books would make them incredibly hard to unload on the open market, Cook notes, and investigators theorize that a wealthy collector known as “The Astronomer” may have hired the thieves to steal the books for him…”



Read the rest here.


Behold: A richly furnished Celtic burial chamber

They had me at “shoe ornaments” —



From The Vintage News,


The Hochdorf Chieftain’s Grave – intact and richly furnished grave of an Early Celtic chieftain


“Discovered in 1968 by an amateur archaeologist near Hochdorf an der Enz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and excavated in 1978/79, the Hochdorf Chieftain’s Grave is a richly furnished Celtic burial chamber dating from 530 BC.


It is one of about 100 such graves dating from the second half of the sixth century BC found in France, Switzerland, and Germany.


The man in the grave,who was laid out on a lavishly decorated 9 ft (275 cm) bronze couch on wheels, was about 40 years old and unusually tall for the Iron Ages, being just over 6ft tall. Judging by other objects found there, this man had probably been a Celtic chieftain.


He had been buried with a gold-plated torc on his neck, amber jewelry, a gold-plated dagger made of bronze and iron, a bracelet on his right arm, a nail clipper, a comb, fishing hooks, a flat cone-shaped hat made of birch bark adorned with circle patterns and punched decorations, arrows, a razor knife, and most notably, thin embossed gold plaques were on his now-disintegrated shoes….”


For the rest (many lovely photos), click here.



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