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The 'Sistine Seagull' code

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin March 14, 2013 01:31 PM

Dan Brown would appreciate the symbolism.

A seagull decided yesterday that the perfect place to perch for the evening was on a chimney. But not just any chimney. This seagull decided to sit atop the Sistine Chapel smokestack. Yes, the same chimney the world was watching as it eagerly awaited holy (white) smoke. The bird sat there, giving the crowd gathered below a reason to smile in the cold, damp day in Rome and news stations a story to report when no other signal had yet to appear.

Naturally, a Twitter handle was created almost immediately for the Sistine Seagull (gotta love social media). For a creature who already tweets (or caws "mine"), his social voice brought laughter worldwide. My favorite: "OMG somebody dropped a Cheeto! BRB, somebody keep an eye on the smoke for me." (The bird followed it up by saying it wasn't a Cheeto, but actually Cardinal Scola.) Apparently, Italian seagulls and those on the beaches of Cape Cod have a lot in common.

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Yellow ribbons on dogs' leashes...and other ethical dilemmas

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin March 5, 2013 08:10 AM

There is a poster making the rounds on Facebook. I've seen it at least seven times in the past two weeks. Besides presenting a cute photo, it informs readers who may see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its leash, to recognize that it's a sign the dog needs space and that respect should be given.

My initial reaction was "what a great idea." I appreciate a universal sign to let people know that the dog needs his space. Maybe he's being rehabilitated, maybe he doesn't do well with other dogs, and maybe he doesn't do well with people. Whatever the case, it reminds people to keep their distance. Dogs can get the exercise they need and can slowly become more comfortable with their new surroundings.

But, being the person I am, I thought more about it.

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