Cannibal Rats Infesting Ghost Ship?

Here’s a weird story for your Freaky Friday. An abandoned ship is drifting in the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s thought to be infested with rats. Since the rats have no other food source, they are believed to be feeding on each other.

That’s right. Cannibalistic rats, on a ship, possibly headed for Scotland.

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This story has made-for-TV movie written all over it. Something in the neighborhood of “Sharknado,” like Ship-Rat-Wreck. RodenTitanic? Rat-pocalypse? Cannibal Pi-Rats of the North Atlantic? And a heroic exterminator in a kilt! What do you think?

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The Walking Dead: Online Class

I’ve been infected! I’m obsessed with “The Walking Dead,” the zombie apocalypse television series on AMC. The show has just entered its fourth season, and I’ve found a scholarly extension to enhance my zom-pocalypse enjoyment and expertise.

The Walking Dead course header
The Walking Dead course header

I’m taking the online course called, “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead,” via the Canvas Network. The class is free and online, taught by faculty from UC Irvine. There are video lectures, reading modules, video clips from “The Walking Dead,” and interviews of cast members. I’ve just completed the first week’s work, and it was quite enjoyable and interesting.

The Walking Dead (season 2)
The Walking Dead (season 2) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The course uses examples from “The Walking Dead” to examine the way people live during survival situations. It’s a multi-disciplinary approach, examining “themes from the social sciences, health sciences, physics, and mathematics…”

Course topics include:

  • Foundation of Survival
  • Public Health and Infectious Diseases
  • Deconstructing Society
  • Social Identity
  • Modeling a Zombie Outbreak
  • Thriving on a Post-Apocalyptic Diet
  • New Materials and The Science of Damage Control
  • The Science of Hope

Not only do I enjoy having an excuse to watch “The Walking Dead” every week (it’s educational!), but I really do find it fun and rewarding to exercise my brain and learn some new things. If you’re interested in the course, go sign up. And let me know what you think!


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Game of Thrones Interactive Map

The realm of Game of Thrones is so expansive in geographical and genealogical dimensions that it can be difficult to keep track of characters and storylines. So here is a handy interactive map that might help with that.

kingsroad interactive map Season Three of HBO’s fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” kicks off this Sunday (March 31, 2013)! Game of Thrones fans around the world are  gearing up for a grand return to Westeros, George R.R. Martin‘s imagined world of conflict, romance, magic, duty, ice, fire, and DRAGONS! (Yes, I’m a teensy bit excited about the dragons!)

The realm of Game of Thrones is so expansive in geographical and genealogical dimensions that it can be difficult to keep track of characters and storylines. So here is a handy interactive map that might help with that. As you scroll over the map, you can see which family rules an area, as well as a summary of any episodes that occurred in that part of the land.

Go check it out to refresh your memory of the first two seasons. And as Season Three progresses, the map will be updated.

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Survival Essentials Infographic

Although television shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Doomsday Preppers” are popular with viewers, it’s not very entertaining to think about what would really happen in a survival situation. Here’s an interesting infographic that shows what you might need if you were in a real-life “apocalyptic” disaster.

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Are you prepared? Click for full size.
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Game of Thrones Season 3 Coming Soon

The third season of “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin‘s fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” kicks off on March 31. As fans quiver in anticipation, the official publicity machine has shifted into high gear, with new trailers and cast interviews hitting the media.

If you haven’t already read the books or seen the previous two seasons, you might not want to watch this Season 3 trailer. Spoilers! It’s awesome! It is known…

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Another Geek Mom Treat: Family Guy’s “The Empire Strikes Back”

If you’re not a regular watcher of Family Guy, you probably missed Seth Macfarlane’s animated version of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. (If you’re wondering, that’s the one that starts on the ice planet Hoth, and Han Solo gets frozen in carbonite.) That’s okay, though, because it’s now available on, and you can see the whole thing online for free!

And even if you’re not a fan of Family Guy, you’ll still understand the parody and humorous asides, as long as you’re familiar with the dialogue and jokes from the original version of “Empire.” Enjoy!

P.S. I’ve watched all of the Star Wars movies more times than I can count, and I’m embarrassed to admit that I still don’t know what a nerf-herder is. Am I the only one who doesn’t know?

Mike Rowe is one dirty TV host

Mike Rowe makes filth look good
Mike Rowe makes filth look good

I’ve been watching the Discovery Channel today, and there happens to be a marathon of one of my favorite programs: Dirty Jobs! The host of Dirty Jobs is Mike Rowe, who hosts, narrates, and/or appears in more programs and commercials than Ryan Seacrest. I love Mike Rowe!

Mike was once an opera singer, and now he travels all over the US, showcasing hard-working people whose jobs are filthy, smelly, and/or disgusting. He puts his hands (and sometimes his whole body) into some nasty stuff, such as slime eels, port-a-potties, rotting animals, coal hoppers, and all manner of feces! And he does it with a quick wit and a good sport attitude that makes it enjoyable to watch. I don’t know many people who can throw up on TV, and manage to smile afterwards. And did I mention he’s quite handsome? Yes, he is. đŸ™‚

Here’s a clip from Dirty Jobs, in case you haven’t seen it yet. There’s a new season coming up, so set your DVR! Love ya, Mike! Don’t forget your respirator!