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08/27/11 11:37AM

Before Tina debunked the street shark photo the other day, Rachel remarked that she found the idea of it kind of creepy and Bill confessed flat out that he harbors a general fear of things that will eat him for lunch. For some reason that image doesn't trigger anything for me, but when I really feel that cold chill is watching the video of the Hurricane Irene from the International Space Station. Nothing would make me want to go home faster than looking back at Earth and seeing that giant, violent mark on it. read more

Challenge: name those caterpillars

Challenge: name those caterpillars

08/26/11 08:22PM

The other day I was elated to find a monarch caterpillar clinging to a scraggly patch of milkweed on a busy roadway. Today I found another one in the exact same spot! I have freed them both from the perils of life in the wild (what with a hurricane coming and all), and now they are safely munching away in a shoebox in my house. So now I think I need to name them.The little one on the left is the first one I found. The big one on the right is the one I found today. I don't know if they are boys or girls. read more

Ahead on the 8/26 Maddow Show

08/26/11 07:30PM

Tonight's guests include:Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center  Bill Karins, NBC meteorologist  Gov. Bev Purdue, (D) North Carolina   Executive producer, Bill Wolff, shares a preview of tonight's show:  read more

The Friday Awesome

08/26/11 04:56PM

Yes, yes, yes all of us here know what else is happening in the world today. Totally aware. As in, looking out our windows every five seconds aware. But if showing two Jedi kittens dueling with light sabers is wrong, I don't want to be right.Today is also National Dog Day. See? Fair and balanced.Why do we love Cyndi Lauper? For hundreds of solid reasons, but this week, it's for this.Reading and texting and walking around and AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!Also, it's National Toilet Paper Day. read more

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in flames.

Ron Paul: FEMA's not a good friend in Texas

08/26/11 04:12PM

Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) on the campaign trail today in Gilford, New Hampshire:I live on the Gulf Coast. We put up with hurricanes all the time. I have Galveston in my district. And FEMA's only about 30 or 40 years old or I don't know exactly how old. The worst disaster we've ever had was in my district in Galveston in 1900 before FEMA. The local people rebuild the city. Built a sea wall and they survived without FEMA.And FEMA is not a good friend to most people in Texas because all they do is come in and tell you what to do and can't do. You can't get in your houses. read more

Video: The cheap sheep of Pennsylvania

08/26/11 01:33PM

The other day Rachel tweeted a story about Pennsylvania's Carlisle School District using sheep to mow the grass as an austerity measure. "Nothing says '21st century global superpower' like schools turning to sheep because they can't afford lawnmowers," Steve Benen wrote.You could argue, of course, that the Carlisle sheep are also a greener way to keep the grass down. That calculation might take awhile to run. read more

"Not safe for drinking"

Don't drink this. Seriously, don't.

08/26/11 11:42AM

 Phew! Thank goodness this sign was there above the toilet! I was this close to dipping my cup in.As goofy as this sign is, it's actually in reference to something pretty cool. It is from the bathroom at the Hollywood Beach in Chicago, which I visited yesterday. This other sign in the bathroom explains the "cool" part a bit better though:The building collects rain water through the roof and the permeable pavement around the bathroom. The water gets filtered (not enough to drink it, apparently), then stored and pumped into the toilets for flushing. read more

Irene's likelihood of redrawing your coastline for a while

08/26/11 10:08AM

This is a map of storm surge flood zones in New York City based on the information in this NYC.gov map (pdf) that Rachel showed on the air tonight.The National Hurricane Center has a similar map for the whole coast so you can zoom in on your particular spot to see how it would fare in a direct hit by different category storms. I found that link via this somewhat alarming blog post from Dr. read more

Why is Mitt Romney like that?

08/26/11 09:10AM

 ertain moments seem to leave him genuinely touched. In Keene, N.H., Lucy Opal, 83, who immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1957, hugged Mr. Romney and asked him to sign her tattered red autograph book. The book, filled with politicians’ scribbles, contained the signature of Mr. Romney’s father, George Romney, a former governor of Michigan.“Thank you, Lucy, for reminding me of my dad,” Mr. Romney said as he signed his name. “Love ya.”Love ya. Love it.P.S. The voter tells the paper, “He’s an awful nice person — I always like the way he smiles. He comes through as humanlike.” read more

Morning Maddow: August 26

08/26/11 07:51AM

Jon Huntsman says the wealthy should "sacrifice."Republicans are going after the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.Noooooooooooooooo!Fmr. Rep. Pete Hoekstra laments the lack of "consistency" in Obama's foreign policy.The long, painstaking process of setting things right at Arlington National Cemetery.Republican fundraiser sells lobbyists facetime with legislators.What's up with the solar panels that were supposed to be on the White House roof by now?Fugitive Oath Keeper captured after giving in to his craving for Sonic. read more

Land Shark?

Land Shark?

08/25/11 09:31PM

Did this picture inundate your inbox today too?Attributed to Ramon Garganta, and sent to a TV station, this photo purportedly shows a SHARK swimming in the flooded streets of Ponce, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irene.Smell something fishy?You're not alone.Swift-eyed denizens of the internet point out that the shark in that photo is actually THIS shark, snapped by Thomas Peschak.THAT is great white shark, chasing a kayak.But even without the aid of experts in online shark photos, there's another route to debunking the photo of the Puerto Rican passing-lane predator. read more

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