The Endeavour’s Western Tour and Other News of the Week

Well, it appears to be that time again. Time to tell you what we’ve been reading here at Caterpickles Central this week.

Go West, Young Shuttle!

First up this week is a photo published on the Rice History Corner on Wednesday showing the shuttle Endeavor being flown over the main quad at Rice University (my alma mater).

The space shuttle Endeavour being flown over Rice University, September 19, 2012. (Photo: Rachel Kimbro)

Turns out this was just one of many sightings of the Endeavour on its way to its new permanent home in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to Houston, the space shuttle’s final journey included flyovers in Tucson, Arizona and Austin, Texas.

Holy Swirling Apocalypse, Batman!

It’s a tornado made of fire.

Congratulations to our favorite new animal moms!

On September 16, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a baby cub. Although zoo keepers have yet to examine the cub in person, The Five-Year-Old and I have peered into the panda cam and are pleased to report that the cub is adorable. See for yourself.

Not to be outdone, on September 18, the Novosibirsk Zoo in Siberia announced the birth of the world’s first liliger. Baby Kiara was born to mom Zita (a liger – a lion crossed with a tiger) and pop Sam (an African lion) in August. Sadly, Zita was unable to produce enough milk to feed her cub, so Kiara has been adopted by the zoo’s domestic cat.

Speaking of kids…

Don’t forget about the Very Special Kids’ Night the Gymnastic Academy of Boston – Norwood tomorrow. Party for your kids, night out for you. What could be better than that? For those of you who can’t make the party, I have it on good authority that the catalog of items up for bid in the Silent Auction and raffle has been posted on the waiting room walls. Stop by and place a bid before 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wash my reusable shopping bags. Apparently, you’re supposed to wash them after every use to get rid of the e.coli and other bacteria that thrive in the reusable bag environment (especially the environments provided by bags stored in car trunks). Who knew?

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