Legacy of the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō

Extinction is a fate that is claiming an increasing number of species. Extinction is declared when there is “no reasonable doubt that the last individual member has died.” The Kauaʻi ʻōʻō, a bird native to the Hawaiian islands, received this ruling in 1989. This bird was the last surviving member of the Moho genus and given an onomatopoeic name for the way its call sounds. … Continue reading Legacy of the Kauaʻi ʻōʻō

TIL: Snowplows Have Names

The title really does say it all. Presumably discontented with the lack of appreciation for hardworking snowplows and snowplow drivers, the Michigan Department of Transportation has launched a new and, if I may say so, brilliant campaign to glorify the humble snowplow. The lumbering craft have now officially, at least in this state, taken their rightful place alongside ships, rockets, and certain magic swords as … Continue reading TIL: Snowplows Have Names