Office Workers Save Ducklings

From Cute Overload:

“Joel worried all night how the momma duck was going to get those babies safely off their perch in a busy, downtown, urban environment to take to water, which typically happens in the first 48 hours of a duck hatching.”

“Tuesday morning, Joel came to work and watched the mother duck encourage her babies to the edge of the perch with the intent to show them how to jump off!”

“The mother flew down below and started quacking to her babies above. In his disbelief Joel watched as the first fuzzy newborn toddled to the edge and astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing onto the cement below. He couldn’t watch how this might play out. He dashed out of his office and ran down the stairs the sidewalk where the first obedient duckling was stumbling near its mother from the near fatal fall. Joel looked up. The second duckling was getting ready to jump!”

(via del.icio.us/wcitymike)

Speaking of People Fired For Sending Hate Email From Work…

This woman is suing Perez Hilton because she was fired when he posted an email she sent using her work address to call him a “fat gay pig”:

JULY 15–An Ohio woman who lost her job after blogger Perez Hilton posted an e-mail in which she called him a “FAT GAY PIG” and Angelina Jolie a “fag lover” is suing the online columnist for $25 million for publishing her name and e-mail address, which she claims triggered hundreds of angry letters and phone calls from fans of the gossip site. Last December, Diane Wargo, 42, sent Hilton (real name: Mario Lavandeira) a nasty e-mail in response to an item he had posted regarding Jolie and Brad Pitt spending Christmas with their children in New Orleans. As seen below, Lavandeira responded by publishing the missive, along with Wargo’s name and her office e-mail address (she worked for a senior living center called Menorah Park). According to a Court of Common Pleas lawsuit filed yesterday by Wargo and her husband, the publication of the e-mail resulted in Wargo receiving “several hundred emails threatening her and her family” and “many threatening phone calls to her listed home phone number.” Additionally, Wargo’s Menorah Park supervisors were also contacted by angry Perez Hilton readers, some of who posted scathing comments about her on the popular blog. Wargo contends that she was fired as a “direct result of the negative publicity and ongoing harassing emails and phone calls” triggered by her e-mail with its anti-gay sentiments.

Woman Fired Over Death Threat Sent From Work E-mail

Apparently, her husband used her work email account.

An employee of 1-800-Flowers.com has been fired after an e-mailed death threat was linked to her account.

The crudely worded e-mail was sent Sunday to Paul “PZ” Myers, an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morris, who is known for his criticism of religion and creationism. It was one of several hostile messages he had received following a controversial July 8 blog posting. The address on the e-mail showed that it came from Melanie Kroll at 1-800-Flowers.com, an online floral delivery service.

The note gave Myers until the first of the month to resign from his position at the University. “You have two choices,” the e-mail read. “[Y]ou can quit your job for the good of the children. Or you can get your brains beat in.”

On Monday, Kroll send Myers a confusing e-mail, explaining that while the threat was sent from her computer, she didn’t write it. “It seems an e-mail went out from my work account,” she wrote in an e-mail message obtained by IDG News. “I apologize and will look into the issue.”

More about this at Pharyngula.

And here’s a link to the threat.

Attempting the Charles Atlas Fitness Regimen Started in 1922

From Salon:

In every lesson, I found something I’d heard echoed by contemporary fitness experts. Atlas’ instructions to avoid acidic, spicy foods like pickles, ketchup, vinegar and mustard are remarkably similar to one of the main principles in “Dr. Joshi’s Holistic Detox,” a recent best-selling diet book heartily endorsed by actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Although I’m not sure if Dr. Joshi, like Atlas, also recommends dousing one’s genitals with icy water each morning until you experience a “pleasant warm glow in that region.”

Of course, for each good idea contained within the Atlas course, there is an almost equal measure of bat-shit crazy. Sometimes I found his methodologies questionable, such as his advice for avoiding muscular stiffness: “feed the tissues by rubbing them gently with pure olive oil.” (The course also suggests reserving some extra olive oil to rub into your scalp, which must have produced a smoky rotisserie-chicken aroma at the beach.) He also suggests a few too many bracingly cold morning baths. Combined with Atlas’ insistence on leaving windows open year-round to let in fresh air, I wonder if he should have added an appendix to his course, titled “Coping With Pneumonia.”

(via Kottke)