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How does one contend with a dream where the eldritch powers beyond Time and Space spin, whorl, and engorge on themselves while keeping you in rapt attention? Where your dream is no longer your own to command, but that "they" have taken the stage and made it their own? What then, of this, does it speak about us? Am I merely a vessel for "them", or is simply a bad dream, just that - a bad dream? I shall meditate upon this and for safe measure, put up a few extra Elder Signs.
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Mongoose has no fear!
#wow   #mongoose    #lion   #nofear   #gif  

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Interesting Mongoose Facts

Can you believe that the mongoose, a mammal which is courageous enough to attack some of the deadliest snakes in the world, can be a lovable pet, too?

As unbelievable as it may sound, but mongooses were revered by various ancient civilizations, including the Egyptian Civilization; the mummified mongooses found in the Egyptian tombs validate this very fact.

Mongooses are found abundantly in Eurasia and Africa. There exist 33 species of mongoose, which are grouped into 14 different genus.

These carnivorous mammals are active hunters which feed on eggs of the birds and other smaller animals like frogs, insects and worms. Some of the species do supplement their diet with fruits and nuts.

The Basic Facts

» Mongooses are weasel-like animals, which have long bodies and faces, combined with small, rounded ears. They have short legs and long, tapering tails.
» Most of the time, they have a gray or brown streak or a pattern in gray or brown fur.
» While the smallest mongoose, the dwarf mongoose (Helogale parvula), measures approximately 10 inches, the largest of the lot, the white-tailed mongoose (Ichneumia albicauda), may measures around 28-30 inches at times.
» You also get to see a great deal of diversity when it comes to their weight, with the same ranging somewhere between ½ lb to 8 lb.
» There are mainly two types of species: one is the yellow mongoose, which likes to live a community life and the other, i.e., Egyptian mongoose, lives a solitary life.
» These animals live in crevices of rocks and burrows. Some species are nocturnal, while others come out in the daylight.
» Their life expectancy is about 20 years.
» In mongooses, scent plays a very important role in case of demarcating the territories of various species and they also use it to mark their reproductive status. They have a large anal scent gland for the reproduction purpose.

The Gripping Facts

» Though they live in burrows, but the interesting thing is that they seldom dig these holes themselves; most of the time, they just move into the burrows that have been left by other animals.
» Mongooses hunt with their claws and these animals have claws that cannot be drawn back because, they are non-retractile.
» Apart from the scent, they also make a high-pitched noise, which is termed as "giggling" as a sign of mating. Giggling is a form of courtship when the animal is choosing a partner.
» Mongoose is a very fast animal and in a conflict with a snake, it can dodge the snake and save itself from the strikes of the snake easily.
» When hunting for snakes, it uses several tricks and then ultimately when the snake is tired, it attacks the snake and catches it by the back of its neck.
» The quality of mongoose's being snake-killers, have been highlighted in Rudyard Kipling's story called Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, in which the mongoose saves the whole family from the Cobra.
» Mongoose has a great tolerance towards the venom of the snake, apart from its swiftness and valor.
» In spite of the tolerance they possess, there have been times when it has passed off by eating the head of the snake it has just killed. What happens is that when the mongoose eats the head and the fangs, it pierces through the walls of the blood vessels and the venom leaks into the bloodstream, leading to the death of the animal.
» As pets, they can learn tricks and follow the orders easily. Hence, they are tamed easily. Nevertheless, it is advised, not to keep them as a pet as they have a freakish temperament.
» In the Indian subcontinent, snake charmers domesticate mongooses and use them for their shows. In Japan, mongoose fights, wherein these mammals are pitted against highly venomous habu snakes, are very common.
» Some species of mongooses use various defense mechanisms to save themselves from the bigger carnivores. One of them acts as the guard who keeps a watch on the surroundings and makes a loud noise that works like an alarm call for others to understand that there is danger lurking around. Once the other mongooses hear this alarm call, they rush to the nearest hole as soon as they can.

These facts must have given you a complete insight about the mongoose. An amazing creation of nature, this animal reminds us that, "size doesn't matter, it's the power that matters."


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When I speak about one of my characters and one of the subconscious inspirations, Guts (manga/anime series "Berserk"), and find out one of my friends hasn't heard of Berserk, I grin deliciously and enjoy telling them the horrible awesomeness of Kentaro Miura.
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+Moby D  & +Tom Scott , I figure you two could find this amusing :p Makes me love bull dogs even more.
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My buddy +Georg Mir is offering up his RPG system, Michtim, up for free. Give it a shot and say thanks.
 
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Lately, life has been good to me. 

I got through a heart surgery without lasting complications. I found an awesome job: now I’m working part-time with great colleagues and interesting work assignments. I got through a phase of serious depression and burnout, relatively unharmed. I’ve been really lucky. Not to forget my bf.

I want to give something back. 

Take the product for free, if you like! Share this post with others, so that they don’t miss out on the opportunity. I want to say thanks, and that’s my way of doing it. Just punch in 0 and download my game!

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This sounds great, but is sorely lacking anything beyond half a verse. Very disappointed.
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Some of my coworkers and I have just finished a brief conversation about vaccinations and the current outbreak(s) of Measles in the USA.
We came to general consensus in that, unless you've got a known allergy to the ingredients in a given vaccine, a compromised immune system that wouldn't handle the vaccine well (for that time period at least), or some other medical issue (that is proven and backed up empirically), you are excessively risking your kids'/kid's life by not vaccinating them, as well as risking your own.

I consider myself general, run of the mill for being vaccinated against such diseases, both now as an adult and when I was a child. Guess what? No worries about polio, measles, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), one or two of the hepatitis variants. A year or two ago I had to get a check-up and re-vaccination for my childhood disease prevention (far less terrifying now than when I was a kid; I hate/d needles).

This is the end of my rant. If I've offended anyone, to which I don't believe I have, that was not the intent.
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