Sea lion pup stranded 100 miles inland


HoppieMarineMammalCenterA hundred miles is quite a hop.

Well, 101 1/2 miles to be exact — and that’s as the crow flies (or the car drives) not as the sea lion swims. But that’s how far inland a sea lion pup was when ranch hands in a California almond orchard recently found him, disoriented and “emaciated.”

Sea lions are a common sight around the bays of San Francisco, lounging and chortling in the sun. Veterinary staffers at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito figure that the youngster might have gotten separated from his mother, taken a wrong turn into the San Joaquin River and then kept on going until he was eight miles west of Modesto late last month.


(Click on the map to see a larger image. (A) marks Modesto, not where Hoppie was found. But the map shows the scope of Hoppie’s amazing journey.)

The ranch hands were so stunned, they called their boss,  the Fresno Bee reports. Continue reading


SAT is revised. Take a sample test.


There is no doubt that Larry is a genuine [BLANK]; he excels at telling stories that fascinate his listeners.

A) braggart
B) dilettante
C) pilferer
D) prevaricator
E) raconteur

The SAT is evolving. No more will students get such a fill-in-the-blank sentence. That method of testing vocabulary isolates the word from its context, the College Board has decided.

Instead, high schoolers will read passages and answer questions based on them.

You can see how you’d do on a sample test here.

The sample test will even give you a score. The first section of questions relies on the opening remarks made by Democratic Rep. Barbara Jordan at the Watergate hearings, in which the Texan argues for the impeachment of President Nixon.

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Photos: Mitt Romney, Donald Rumsfeld pay their taxes



Take that, Harry!

Josh Romney jabs Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who taunted the GOP presidential candidate during the 2012 campaign, by tweeting a photo of his dad in line at the post office.

Meanwhile, the former secretary of Defense finds the confusing tax code “a sad commentary on governance in our nation’s capital.”



Amazon offers workers $5,000 to quit


In Amazon’s letter to its shareholders, CEO Jeff Bezos explains why the company pays employees to quit:

Once a year, we offer to pay our associates to quit. The first year the offer is made, it’s for $2,000. Then it goes up $1,000 a year until it reaches $5,000. The headline on the offer is “Please Don’t Take This Offer.” We hope they don’t take the offer; we want them to stay. Why do we make this offer? The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want. In the long-run, an employee staying somewhere they don’t want to be isn’t healthy for the employee or the company.

h/t Business Insider


Jesus said to them, ‘My wife…’


US Scholar Jesus WifeA piece of papyrus with the words “Jesus said to them, my wife” has been dated to the 6th to 9th centuries, Harvard Divinity School reports.

The small fragment — a mere 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches — caused a storm of criticism in 2012 when Karen L. King, a professor at the school, announced its existence in 2012. The origin and author of the papyrus remains a mystery. All we know is a collector, who owned the papyrus and wishes to remain anonymous, had asked for King’s help in finding out more about it. Continue reading