Thursday, April 28, 2005

Business as Usual and Toads Explode

As many of you know back in January The Ebb & Flow Institute awarded honorary fellowships to three highly distinguished personalities. I did this to recognize their not so insignificant contributions to the blogosphere, and because I was going to be very busy training The Onlette™ to perform her very important duties here.

While I am not sure The Onlette™ is taking her career here as seriously as she should, she nonetheless has put her foot down and is demanding to take on more of the workload.

In the mean time honorary fellow KJ has started his own blog called No Government Cheese, "the Cheese" and spd rdr has recently started a blog called Heigh-Ho, "the Ho?". Rodney has his twice weekly caption contests to run at OTB. Go check out their sites, and for a 10% discount tell them Pile sent you.

I am sure they all would like to have more time to devote to their solo careers, so, it is time to get back to business as usual.

You may still see them post from time to time, honorary fellowship is a lifetime appointment at the Institute, provided they don't sink into a cesspool of moral turpitude.


In related news, more than a thousand toads in a pond near Hamburg Germany have exploded.

Yep, they are blowing up like balloons until they finally pop. Scientists have yet to explain why.

Both the pond's water and body parts of the toads have been tested, but scientists have been unable to find a bacteria or virus that would cause the toads to swell up and pop, said Janne Kloepper, of the Hamburg-based Institute for Hygiene and the Environment. "It's absolutely strange," she said Wednesday.

Institute for Hygiene and the Environment?

It seems like there is an Institute for everything these days.