Tuesday, November 28, 2006

What’re Words For, Part 11
You know the feeling you get when you have to go back to work after being away for several days? Usually happens after a long holiday weekend, or a vacation. You feel slow, and it’s hard to get going. Feels like you could be going backwards, perhaps?


I present, this week’s word.

Word: Barse-ackwards (Adv.)
Definition: Reversed
“Sit yourself the other way in that canoe! You’re paddlin’ it barse-ackwards!”
(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

Or, in my case after having been out of the office for 6 days for the Thanksgiving holiday:
“Joe, you need to turn your chair around at your desk cuz you’re sitting at it barse-ackwards
Sometimes, that’s just the way it is.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hanging Out In Allentown

For the past few Thanksgivings, and this one is no exception, I’ve gone up to Allentown from my home in South Philadelphia to spend the holiday with my closest friend. Now, she doesn’t want me to mention her by name, so I’ll call her…..ummmm……Cupcake.

I’ve known Cupcake for about 15 years, and we get together several times a year to hang out. The Thanksgiving hang-outs have been going on for about 4 years. With my family (Mom and Dad) living in Maine, it’s rare that I get up there for holidays, so I spend them with Cupcake and her family in Allentown.

Cupcake is a first-grade teacher who is so awesome that she comes down to Philly to pick my no-car ass up whenever we set aside days to hang out. She picked me up after work yesterday (Tuesday), and will be dropping me off at work Monday morning. How cool is that???

Today, while she was educating America’s first-grade youth, I was busy shopping at Wegman's picking up the stuff that would be assembled into our contributions for the Thanksgiving dinner we’ll be attending tomorrow with her family, at her sister and brother-in-laws. What, you ask, will be our contributions?

Well, to start with, we’re bringing tortellini salad. Not store bought brand, but tortellini salad we’ve made. And I’d like to add…the BEST tortellini salad you could ever have.

We’re also bringing homemade onion soup. Onion soup, for Thanksgiving, you ask? Well, not a traditional part of the American tradition, but a favorite of mine. And the soup will be served in the hollowed-out onions that provide the main component of the soup. I’ve made this one time in the past, and it turned out great. This seemed like the perfect time to pull this out again for some other people to try. We’ll see how it goes over tomorrow.

And the final thing we’re bringing for dinner tomorrow is a green salad. Easy to assemble, and loved by all.

As of Wednesday night, the tortellini salad has been made, and the soup has been made. The salad will be put together tomorrow before we head over to join the rest of Cupcake’s family for this annual gathering and giving of thanks.

I can’t wait to stuff my face, and lay around all day watching football. To that, I give thanks! (Cupcake is NOT into the football part of the day, but she’ll get by okay. Heh heh heh)

One additional great aspect of this year’s Thanksgiving is my best bud is coming back to Bethlehem, PA (the next town North of Allentown) to visit his family, so we (Cupcake and I) will be getting together with him Friday night to down some beers and hang out. I don’t know if he wants his name plastered on my blog so I’ll call him…..Judgement.

Then on Saturday, Judgement and I will be getting a round of disc golf in at Jordan Creek Park Disc Golf Course here in Allentown, the course where both Judgement and I learned the sport, and where we met, back in 1994.

Gotta go for now though…there’s some tortellini salad that I need to check just ONE MORE TIME to make sure it’s perfect.

So, to all of you reading this, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. If you’re reading this from outside the US, I hope that your country’s day of observance, whenever it is held, is also great, and full of food, sports, and suds!


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What’re Words For, Part 10

What with Thanksgiving being just a couple of days away, I thought it appropriate to give you all a New England Yankee word that addresses eating. Good idea, eh?

Word: Chahdge (N.) (spelling. “charge”)
Definition: a quantity
“You ain’t hungry?”
“No, I et an awful chahdge for breakfast”

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

Here’s wishing all of you a great Thanksgiving (if you’re in the US). I hope your turkey (or Tofurky) is cooked just right, and that you eat an awful chahdge. I know I plan to, ayuh.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Have We Become This Lazy??

The office building where I work has been undergoing renovations for at least a year, and the renovations are continuing.

One of the things that occurred within the building was that the bathrooms were updated with auto-flush urinals and toilets.

The auto-flushers on the pissers and shitters contain a light-meter, and when you get done your business and either get up from the toilet or back away from the urinal, the light meter registers the change in light intensity, and this triggers the flush mechanism.

Have we, as a society, become so lazy that we can’t even flush a toilet anymore?? That’s quite pathetic. Flushing a toilet is one of the easiest things you can do during a day, and now that’s being taken away from us.

Now, the biggest problem with these auto-flush units is that they run on batteries. So, when the batteries run out, there’s no flush. And there’s no way to flush the waste disposal unit because the addition of the auto-flushes meant the removal of the normal flush handles. This means that when the auto-flush ain’t working, the waste piles up, and the bathroom REEKS!

This has already happened numerous times in the 4 or 5 months that these units have been used in our building. And with no Glade or Lysol sprays to cover the poopy odor of the toilet-collected deposits, our bathroom can reek. All for the purpose of hands-free flushing.

So if you visit me at work, and have to use the bathroom, don’t be surprised if you see this when you enter the john:

My advice? Go before you come to visit, or have your catheter ready. Of course, you could always pee in the sink, and just hope the auto-faucet is working.

Friday, November 17, 2006

I’m Stumped…..

So, I have no idea how this works, but check it out for yourself. I don’t think the beaver can actually “read my mind” (he’s reading in the dark if he can), but I just don’t know how this thing works.

There’s probably some sort of mathematical probability formula that makes this work, but until I know it, color me stumped!

Check it out:


Thursday, November 16, 2006

Making Their Debut, Here at TFKoP!!!!

The Axis of Incompetence

Need anymore be said?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What’re Words For, Part 9

So, the elections are over. FINALLY. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some idiotic politicians still in office.

The inspiration for this week’s “How to Talk Yankee” submission has to do with these seemingly brain-dead people.

Phrase: Number’n a Hake (Adj. phrase)
Definition: Stupid, dunce
Why the poor hake---which is delicious corned and served with potatoes and salt pork scraps—is so singled out is unknown.

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

Here are some of my examples of this phrase:

George Bush Jr is number’n a hake. (Although he was smart enough to fool enough Americans, who were number’n a hake, into voting for him)

Karl Rove, once thought to be a genius within the Republican party, is actually number’n a hake.

Until next time, chummy, have a good day, ayuh.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Can He Keep a Promise?

The elections held last week were nasty and ugly campaigns. Maybe the ugliest in US history. It’s good….very good…that the 47% of Americans who voted finally sent a message to Bush and his highly corrupt cronies that they’ve done enough damage to this country, to other countries, and the world in general, and overwhelmingly voted many Republican(t)s out of office, giving control of the US House and US Senate to the Democrats. It’s not a big surprise that the GOP lost the election more than the Democrats won it, but the Dems now have the opportunity to step up and make a difference, and bring respectability back to this great nation.

As a Democrat….though wavering, and considering moving to Independent…..I will admit that there are some Republicans who are worthy politicians, and maintain the priorities of the country as being their mission, and NOT taking care of their rich friends. A small list of these politicians, as far as I’m concerned, are: Olympia Snowe (R, Maine); Susan Collins (R, Maine), Lincoln Chafee (R, Rhode Island), Arnold Schwarzenegger (R, California), and Arlen Specter (R, Pennsylvania), just to name a few.

One Republican that I’ve held in high regard is John McCain (R, Arizona). He’s a moderate, and with his military background, and most importantly, the fact that he was a POW for 5 ½ years shows that this man is dedicated to this country, and he paid the greatest of sacrifices for the United States. And the fact the dickheads hired by George Bush (ie Karl Rove) had the nerve to verbally attack McCain as mentally incompetent to be President (during the 2000 campaign) because of his POW days highlighted how dirty the GOP had become. That McCain stood by and let them say this about him made me respect him even more…turn the other cheek and all.

However, the past few years have shown McCain to be a follower of Bush’s continually failing policies. I still had respect for McCain as a politician, assuming he’d soon see that supporting an incompetent failure would drag him down also. But still he carried on supporting the Presidunce.

October 18, 2006 was the day that I lost all respect for John McCain the politician. While on the campaign trail in Iowa stumping for some GOP congressmen that day, John McCain was asked how he would react if the Democrats took over the Senate in the as-yet-unheld-at-the-time mid-term elections. His reply? “I think I’d just commit suicide. I don’t want to face that eventuality because I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

What a shame. Mr. McCain, the Democrats did indeed win control of the Senate, in addition, they won control of the House.

Let’s see if you can keep your campaign promise.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

LOST, Season 3, Episode 6 “I Do”

Kate: This Kate flashback shows her engagement and eventual marriage to a cop named Kevin. At the flashback point of her life, she’s living in Florida (NOTE: Sawyer was in jail in Florida), and getting ready for her marriage. Kevin is unaware of her past, and knows her as Monica. Kevin’s mom gives Kate a necklace that she had planned to give to her daughter on her wedding day, but since she had 4 (NOTE: one of the numbers) boys, she is giving the necklace to Kate as a wedding token. Kate and Kevin (K&K) even have a “taco night”, which, ironically, was also something that Hurley & his buddy Dave went through in the nut-house from last year’s episode (they had “taco day” at the psych unit). Kate, while apparently happy with this guy, can’t escape the fact that she’s still on the run from the FBI, and eventually has to leave Kevin. She does this after: 1) an at-home-pregnancy kit (from Widmore Pharmaceuticals, natch) reveals she is not pregnant and 2) he presents her with 2 airplane tickets (on Oceanic Airline, natch) to Costa Rica for their delayed honeymoon. She decides at this point that she cannot stay in the marriage, drugs Kevin and as he’s passing out, tells him she’s on the run, and doesn’t want to drag him into her situation. On the island, Kate professes her love for Sawyer by climbing out of her cage (again), and breaking the lock(e) on Sawyer’s cage and then they proceed to boot-knock. Wonder if Benry was perversely watching this on the monitor? Or, if Kate will get pregnant from this encounter.

Sawyer: This guy so far is having the most luck with the ladies on the island. First, Ana Lucia, and now Kate. Hmmmm…relationships haven’t been good for the Losties: Sayid and Shannon (Shannon dead); Hurley and Libby (Libby dead); Sawyer and Ana Lucia (Ana Lucia dead). But, he “loves” Kate, and she loves him, so we’ll see where it goes. Danny, however, hates Sawyer, and wants him dead. And, after catching Kate and Sawyer in the cage post-sexing, he’s ready to shoot Sawyer while Kate watches.

Jack: Still being held in the empty, no longer used dolphin tank, is given a visit with Kate. She pleads with him to do the surgery on Benry, because otherwise, the Others will kill Sawyer. Jack, irate that she would ask him to betray the Losties by helping the Others, screams to “get her out of here”. Benry talking to Jack about the tumor when Jack tells him that the tumor is borderline operable, and that the surgery should’ve been done “yesterday”. When Benry tells Jack to do the surgery, Jack laughs and says he won’t….”I just wanted you to understand how you’re going to die”. Benry replies that he’s “disappointed” in Jack’s decision, to which Jack says, “Well, at least you won’t have to be disappointed for very long”. Classic line. Later, hearing a female voice over the intercom in his cell telling him to “try to door”, Jack finds the door to his cell unlocked, and he’s able to go out into the hallway where he finds the armory, and grabs a loaded handgun. He sees the room of monitors, and is able to see Kate and Sawyer snuggling up after they’ve done the deed. Benry comes up behind him, and Jack tells Benry to get ready for the surgery after Benry rubs it in Jack’s face that Sawyer and Kate were together: “If I were a betting man, Jack, I’d’ve thought she’d pick you”. Jack tells him that tomorrow morning he’ll do the surgery, but I need your word: I need to get off this damned island”. During the surgery, Jack intentionally nicks Benry’s kidney sac, and tells the Others that Benry has one hour to live unless they let Kate go. Jack tells Kate over a walkie-talkie to run, and after an hour, he wants her to contact him, and tell him the story he told her when they first crashed on the island (do you remember? he told her about how he had done surgery on a woman, and he made an incision that caused her nerves to spill out like “spaghetti”…..presumably he’s made the same incision in Benry…)

Juliet: I. Still. Don’t. Trust. This. Woman.

Locke: With the gang who had gone to the Pearl Station, they bury Eko, but not before Locke goes to get Eko’s Jesus Stick, upon which Locke sees the message: Lift your eyes, look North John (3:15). Obviously, this is some kind of clue that Locke will follow in the days to come. Could it be that it will direct him to the second island? Or maybe another hatch? Explains to Sayid what he believes killed Eko (the Smonster), as Sayid has yet to encounter this island phenomenon.

Sayid: Not much to do in this episode except doubt Locke’s story of the polar bears being the thing(s) that killed Eko.

Alex: Turns out she’s very good with a slingshot. She trips the “Compound Breach” alarm when she comes out to try free Sawyer and Kate, all while trying to find out from Danny what happened to Carl (her assumed boyfriend; he was the guy in the cage across from Sawyer earlier in the season). As Danny takes her to see Benry, she screams to Kate: “Don’t believe anything they say. They’re going to kill your boyfriend (Sawyer) just like they killed mine!” However, we don’t currently know if Carl is dead.

Benry: Prior to having the surgery started on him, he asks Juliet if Alex asked about him. “No”, she says. So, what’s the relationship between Benry and Alex? My thought is that she was the first kid that was taken by the Others, so he’s a father-figure, but I don’t thinks he’s Alex’s father. If he was her father, that would mean he was with Rousseau at some point after she crashed on the island, and she lied to the Losties about her history on the island. Or, maybe she’s another insider planted by the Others, the same way Ethan Rom was, and the same way Goodwin was.

Jacob: It was mentioned that the “doctor” wasn’t on Jacob’s list. Who is this Jacob? Could he be the Spooky-Eye-Patch-Guy? Is he someone off the island that the Others have contact with? And more importantly, does Jacob have a ladder??? Ba-dum-dum


Walter and Michael: Where are they? Have they made it out of the circular-sailing-path that doomed Desmond when he tried to get away in his sailboat? Have the run out of gas and are drifting in the middle of the Pacific?

You all have 13 weeks to ponder what the hell is going on before a new episode airs. What’re you gonna do during that time? Me, I’ll be pondering….and pondering….and pondering…..

There won’t be any LOST updates from me on this blog until February 7, 2007.

So until that time….Namaste.
What’re Words For, Part 8
Wow! I’ve been pretty busy for the past week, and I totally forgot to post this on Tuesday. I know all both of you have been waiting in anticipation for this week’s “How to Talk Yankee” word or phrase, and now the wait is over. Whew!

Now that we’ve entered the heavy holiday season, it’s a time when people, both friends and families, will be getting together to celebrate. And what’s a celebration without booze! So, this week’s selection is inspired by….*hiccup*…..libations.

Word: Aidge-on (N.) (sp. ‘edge-on)
Definition: Intoxication
Of all slang expressions, those for being drunk constitute one of the longest lists: snookered, slopped, zonked, hammered, stoned, etc., but if you want to talk Yankee, use “aidge-on”.
“Ralph had quite an aidge-on, didn’t he?”
“Ayuh. He drinks like it was coming out of his grandfather’s well.”

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Which One Is Guilty?

Saddam Hussein, a brutal dictator to be sure, was found guilty today for ordering the killing of 148 Iraqis back in 1982 when he was the dictator of Iraq.

So, was Donald Rumsfeld congratulating him on those killings when this picture was taken in 1983?

Just wondering……

Don't forget: during his failed Presidential run in 1988, he said one of his greatest achievements was restoring diplomatic ties and relations with Iraq while serving as Reagan's envoy to the Middle East.

We've come a long way, eh?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Lost, Season 3, Episode 5, “The Cost of Living”
So, the season picks-up right before it gets ready to go on break. But that’s not a complaint.

Eko: Is there an Eko in here? Well, not anymore. We see in his flashback (which did not contain a lot of new information that we hadn’t seen in his previous flashbacks) that he is originally chastised for breaking into a food locker to get food for his brother (Yemi) and himself. The village woman who catches him (who looks a lot like, but is not, Mrs Klugh from the Others village of the island) tells him to confess. Also in the flashback, after telling the men’s leader that “I am not afraid of you” and “You don’t know who I am” (a reference to a last-season flashback where Eko killed a man to prevent his brother Yemi from being killed by that same militia leader who does not now recognize the older Eko), Eko takes out the militia men who had been terrorizing Yemi’s church for the polio vaccine, and this causes the villagers, who see Eko with the bloody hands and machete after the killings, to lose their faith in him as a priest. And as the little girl, with the braids (Armina) tells him after the machete-madness, “You will be judged. You owe God for every life you have taken. And you Yemi one church”. This would explain why Eko began building a church on the island. People telling Eko to confess for his ‘sins’ is a central theme in this episode (Yemi says it in flashback, the little girl says it in flashback, the villager who caught him stealing food says it in flashback), and the Smonster, disguised throughout the episode as a Yemi mirage, or a Yemirage (heh heh heh), passes judgment on Eko, and completely pummels him. When Armina, in the flashback, asked Eko if he was a bad man, he replied “Only God knows”. Hmmm…when the Smonster scanned Eko last season, it obviously was able to absorb Eko’s memories, and may have decided that he was “a bad man”. And as we’ve seen on the island, the Others also did not select “bad” people. But ultimately, Eko did not confess for his ‘sins’, saying instead that “I ask no forgiveness, Father, for I have not sinned. I have only done what I needed to survive. I did my best with the life I was given.” Apparently, Smonster God disagreed with him, and we all know what happens when a vengeful God disagrees with a mere mortal...... (NOTE: For those of you who wonder ‘why did they get rid of Eko’: the actor asked to be released from his contract due to his parents both dying last year, and he wanted to return to London to direct a movie he’s written about them/his life.)

Smonster: This ‘thing’ is still a mystery. It has appeared to only a couple of the Losties, and appears to be more than just the security system Rousseau declared it to be. Interesting that when Locke talked to Eko and asked him what he saw, Locke said “I saw a bright light. It was beautiful”. But Eko replied, “That is not what I saw.” Could this imply there’s maybe TWO Smonsters? One that finds good, one that finds evil? I’m just supposin’…. One thing’s for sure, it can get nasty (remember, it almost took Locke in Season 1 when it was dragging him across the jungle before Jack lobbed dynamite down the hole). Also, with the Smonster imitating Yemi, and Yemi’s bones no longer existing in the burned-out drug plane wreckage, I’m wondering if the Smonster/Island is able to absorb bodies and materialize as that person later. Why? Well, Yemi’s body disappeared, but came back in Smonster-form, and in Season 1, Jack’s Dad’s body was gone from the coffin, but Jack had seen his Dad on the island. This theory, however, breaks down if you wonder how Hurley saw his psych-ward buddy Dave and how Kate saw that black horse, and how Shannon saw Walt.

Jack: Tells Juliet “I don’t like mysteries” when she asks him what he thinks she brought him for dinner. Hamburger and fries? Pretty sophisticated at the Hydra Station, eh?
Jack gets Benry to admit that he’s the one with the spinal tumor, but again, Benry is a lying bastard, so who knows. But, I think this may actually be true, and I believe that it may have been Juliet who made sure Jack saw the XRays. Jack is becoming a bit more inquisitive, and definitely seems to be trying to take in as much information as possible. Most likely to use against the Others at some point, possibly during an escape down the road. Will he operate on Benry? Well, it is something he can “fix”, and we all know how obsessed Jack is with fixing things.

Juliet: I. Just. Don’t. Trust. Her. Yes, she made Jack a hamburger by “slaughtering the cow”, and cooked the fries in the oil she “rendered”, but, the Others are all about deceit. No reason to think this is any different. However, at the beginning of the show, when the Others were having the Viking-style, complete with pyre, funeral for Colleen, Juliet said “I hate funerals”. Wonder if that meant the Others have had to have a lot of funerals. And what was with the Polyphonic Spree dress-up at the funeral? Wacky. I was just waiting for the entire attendance to break out in song. Using the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” as a disguise, Juliet’s video showed her flashing cards to Jack implying that many of the Others want Benry gone, and the signs encouraged Jack to do the surgery to remove Benry’s tum-ah (tumor). Card: “It has to look like you tried to save him” Card: “It’s a complicated surgery, no one would ever know” (implying if Benry died…oh well). However, she served Jack a burger and fries WITHOUT ketchup. Totally she’s not to be trusted just on that principal alone.

Funerals: The Others don’t bury their dead, they light them on fire and set them adrift. Is this to prevent them coming back in Smonster-form? If so, they must have encountered the Smonster….or maybe have something to do with it.

Locke: Sets himself apart from Jack’s controlling ways by inviting anybody who wanted to go to the Pearl Hatch with them to see about using a computer to communicate with the other hatches. When Desmond wondered if they were going to look for Eko, or the computer, since both were going to be in the same place, Locke said “Don’t mistake coincidence for fate”, which is what Eko had said to Locke in Season 2. At the Pearl hatch, Locke shows them (Sayid, Desmond, Nikki and Paulo) the Marvin Wickman/Marvin Candle film. Funny when Locke says “Suddenly I feel very stupid” when newbie-character (Nikki) says that maybe all the screens in the Pearl hatch will show other hatches. Sayid gets to work on this, and soon they’ve got a live screen from another hatch (most likely the Flame/Fire hatch) when Spooky Eye Patch Guy looks into the camera, and shuts it off. “Guess he’ll be expecting us”, says Locke. While in Pearl hatch, they hear the Smonster noise, and come out to find Eko pummeled. Before dying, Eko whispers in Locke’s ear. When asked what he said, Locke says: “We’re next”. But, it’s hard to say what Locke was actually told by Eko. We’ll see.

Desmond: He’s the one who suggests that the computers are used in the hatches to communicate with each other. Was is a vision that gave him this idea?

Paulo and Nikki: The two newly introduced Losties are boring. I’m guessing that they’ll have some more of a major role down the line. For now, they don’t do much.

Eye Patch Guy: Not sure who this is, but is it possible that it was the guy on the island with Kelvin (the guy who was in the hatch before Desmond)? Yeah, I know, he told Desmond that his partner was killed, but…… Another question: does the glass eye that Eko found in the Arrow station last season belong in Eye-Patch-Guy’s eye socket?

Benry: Unless he’s lying, he admitted to Jack that he is indeed the one who’s XRays Jack saw. “Do you believe in God, Jack?”, he asked. Jack: “Do you?” Benry: (and I’m paraphrasing cuz I couldn’t write fast enough): “Two days after I find out I have cancer of the spine, a spinal surgeon fell out of the sky”. That’s funny: I figured Benry thought HE was God.

Tailies: Well, with the exception of the children taken by the Others, all of the people who had been seated in the tail section of the plane have died. And, before you say, “Rose’s husband Bernard is still alive, you dork”, I’d like to remind that Bernard was seated in the FRONT of the plane, and was only in the back of the plane at the time of the crash because he was using the bathroom.

So, next week’s ep will be it until February 7th. The preview was a busy one……can’t wait! But the drought of episodes until February will be nerve-wracking, cuz you just know the next ep will end with some sort of cliffhanger!

Until then, Namaste.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Repeat Story!

I originally posted this on October 8th, but since I believe it's an important item, I wanted to re-post it. Plus, November 15th isn't too far away....Read on....

....In 1994, 200 miles North of Sydney, Australia, a Wollemi Pine tree was found.

Hmmm, you're thinking, what's so big about that? Well, this species of pine had previously been thought to be extinct. Records of the Wollemi existed in fossil records dating back to the dinosaur's days, but until that day in 1994 had been only in the archeological history of the pine.

With the discovery of this one living tree, efforts to find more got underway, and soon, about 100 of them had been found in the same small gorge as the one initially discovered. Now, a preservation effort is underway to bring this tree back to stronger numbers. And you can help! Buy and plant a Wollemi Pine and you'll be helping to bring back a tree species on the brink of extinction. You can order one here at the National Geographic site. They'll begin shipping the orders on November 15, 2006.

I've already ordered mine. Helping to bring back a tree that was thought to be extinct? That's....The Finest Kind of Pork.