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Is it over? Did you die?

From this side of the pond, it looked like everyone in America was running in circles quacking. Why the overreaction – anyone know? Or was the news deceiving us again?

Photo from NASA.

Yesterday, we had a bumble bee stuck in Uncle B’s greenhouse. We like bees and we’re always being told how endangered they are. We had to try to free him.

Problem was, he’d gotten himself stuck under the bubble wrap that serves as insulation and it was going to be tricky to free safely (female bumblebees can sting, though rarely, the internet tells me).

I know, a soup ladle!

There I am, skipping around the greenhouse trying to scoop up a bee with a silver ladle without breaking any glass and I thought, “I don’t even know why I’m playing the Hogwarts game.”


Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 8, 2024, 8:17 pm

I think the media were enormously cheered up to talk about the eclipse instead of politics. But now Biden is blathering about canceling student debt to the tune of $23 billion, so it’s back to the screaming again.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 8, 2024, 8:22 pm

The most exciting things today: I got to eat leftover pizza for breakfast, a favorite, and will have leftover roast beef for dinner, another favorite. Whee! Eclipse? *yawn*

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: April 8, 2024, 9:23 pm

Clear skies for the last couple of days and even this morning, couple of hours before the eclipse it gets overcast 😛 …took a few pix but it was just a bright hazy blob…it did get quite a bit darker though.

Comment from OldFert
Time: April 8, 2024, 11:33 pm

Too far on periphery to “enjoy” eclipse.
Didn’t feel the NJ earthquake.
Got my taxes filed.
Still not voting for Biden.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 9, 2024, 1:18 am

I live near Houston, which was overcast.
The cloud line extended just north of the totality path.
I’d really hoped I’d get to see an eclipse, but no. This was probably my last chance.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 9, 2024, 1:34 am

Stoaty—you mentioned bees:



Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 9, 2024, 1:47 am

Our cloud cover vanished just in time.
It was pretty cool really.

Thank heavens “Sunny Hostage”, one of the harpies on “The Poo” explained eclipses are caused by climate change.
I’m not sure if she’s as stupid as the Congressman from Atlanta who thinks Guam might capsize, but she’s definitely in the running.

Best part of the eclipse was was when “third contact” occurs (the eclipse starts it’s end phase…) and suddenly it’s like someone turned the closet light back on.

Oh, expect someone to sue NASA or the guy on the corner selling knockoff eclipse glasses and people end up burning their eyes out.
We’ll probably have to have mail in voting in November as a result.

Comment from Jon
Time: April 9, 2024, 5:51 pm

There seemed to be two things going on that I’m aware of.
1) Stupid people going to the internet asking about basic science. (So many repeated Reddit questions lacking basic physics knowledge, it hurt to read some of them…)
2) Progressives were convinced that conservatives were freaking out about the end of the world. Their source: a few memes about the LHC and biblical apocalypse that a “reasonable” person would take as jokes, but joy scolds cannot because they must “own the MAGA”.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: April 9, 2024, 7:29 pm

The name for my next band . . . Eclipse Zombies!

And for stupid comment of the decade – whoever the idiot was on “The View” for “The eclipse was caused by climate change!”

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: April 10, 2024, 1:16 am

@Tim Carlson – Texas’s own Shiela Jackson Lee, just yesterday, assured school children she was speaking to during the eclipse that the moon is “mostly made up of gases”.

She are an expert, being a former member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology you see.

And the fake name “Sunny Hostage” I mentioned above, is Sunny Hostin, and she’s the twit that attributed the eclipse, and the recent earth tremor in the Northeast, to climate change.

America, where even morons can succeed.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 11, 2024, 3:36 am

The media overhyped it for sure…and the path mostly sliced through fly-over states and we normies don’t flock in masses wearing weird gear and speaking in tongues at the drop of a hat…so it was mostly “Oh, okay, that’s neat.” and they all went back to work. Now had that been over California all manner of strangeness would ensued for days mostly buck-nekked, faces painted, tons of merch to sell, cuz we like them silk screened tee shirts…and lots of herb imbibing and mystic music.

We witnesssed a total eclipse in Melbourne in the 70’s and it was a very big deal. Huge viewing parties, work cancelled news crews blathering from every screen and radio. We thought it was eerie, and a bit unsettling in a asmr way..gooseflesh and neck hair tingling at totality. I can understand why our ancestors thought it was end days.

Sheep and cows laid down as they are wont to do anyhoo, so maybe not in response to the eclipse…but the newsies were selling it pretty hard. Birds fled to their nests and perches. Oz has a zillion noisy bird species, so when they all go quiet it’s striking…oh and goannas ran up the trees in the dark and then fell out when the light returned. Now that’s a picnic! Top that California!

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