Friday, January 4, 2008

"A zoo spokeswoman said memorials would be welcomed both for Carlos Sousa Jr., the 17-year-old from San Jose who died, and for Tatiana, the 4-year-old Siberian tiger who was shot by police after mauling Sousa and his two friends, who survived.

"'Tatiana was always friendly," said Susan Pettit, a Santa Clara homemaker who gingerly set down photographs, a stuffed animal, and flowers in the tiger's memory. 'I never saw her act aggressively even once.'"
-- Los Angeles Times, 1/4/2007.

[Bringing to mind the old phrase, "as docile as a tiger."]

Thursday, January 3, 2008

"In fact, Caltech professor of embryology Albert Tyler once suggested that the only life-detecting equipment a Mars lander really needed was a mousetrap and a camera."
-- Douglas L. Smith, "The Fall and Rise (and Fall?) of Life on Mars," Engineering and Science, Volume LXX, Number 4, 2007.