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It started with zoo keepers, but the funniest ones are from the punters, naturally. Twitter hashtag #rateaspecies rates animals as if they were Amazon products.

I buy a lot of stuff on Amazon. If you pay too much attention to the ratings, you’d never buy anything.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 16, 2018, 10:51 am

Do they have any ratings on Rodrigo Alves?

Comment from SomeVegetable
Time: March 16, 2018, 1:08 pm

I was in our local hardware store yesterday, and they had several boxes of baby chicks peeping happily. I wish I had thought to write down the names of the breeds, but your ordinary “cooking variety” (sorry 😉 ) chick was $2.99 and then there was a beautiful heritage-breed something,something, blue chick for $7.99.

They were soooooo cute that for just a moment, I was tempted to bring home a couple and try my hand as an urban chicken farmer.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 16, 2018, 3:19 pm

@SomeVegetable. Re: Urban Chicken Farmer. The city of San Antonio does not allow “farm animals” within the city limits. Except every golf course in the metro (20 of them) and most of the city parks have ducks and geese. My house is about 200 ft. from a “7th hole,” and the geese love to come rest on our lawns, lay eggs in the flower beds, and menace neighbors walking their dogs. I live on a corner, and sometimes a group of geese will stand right in the intersection and just quack and honk like they’re having a contentious business meeting.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: March 16, 2018, 4:19 pm

@Deborah HH
My ancient and limited experience with the alleged sport of golf recalls they are prone to leave many large and fertile offerings. Especially them furrin Canadian geese.

How does the saying go – “faster than green grass through a goose”?

Comment from bikeboy
Time: March 16, 2018, 8:14 pm

Random related thoughts:

On Amazon ratings: The vast majority of reviews seem to be penned by people shortly after opening the box. “Oh, it’s beautiful – just what I wanted!” Of the remaining, many are totally unrelated to the product, but rather complaints about slow shipping, wrong product shipped, etc. Neither is helpful! How about USING your new widget for a year, and then let us know if it’s lived up to your dreams for the long haul?!! (And reviews of MUSIC? Fugeddaboudit! How many reviews of Katy Perry songs do you need, when each is written by a Life Member of the Katy Perry Fan Club? How about something OBJECTIVE?!?”) Okay… I’ve vented on that.

On poultry: Ms. Weasel – did you see the recent article on the Washington Post, about chickens being the latest status symbols for the Silicon Valley Elite? It’s quite fascinating! $50k chicken coops, with “apps” to operate the climate control, warn of predators. Chicken diapers. Pedigreed chickens.
See it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/03/02/feature/the-silicon-valley-elites-latest-status-symbol-chickens/?utm_term=.cd0a57d98556

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 16, 2018, 8:38 pm

Yes, bikeboy, I did see that article. That’s us: ahead of the fashion curve as usual.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 17, 2018, 2:59 pm

#rateaspecies is a hoot.

Comment from json formatter
Time: March 20, 2018, 6:38 am

the funniest ones are from the punters, naturall

Comment from Nicole John
Time: August 14, 2018, 5:35 am

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