A happy ending: Blossom and Frankie find love!

Love this story!


March 28, grab your binoculars: Five planets visible in night sky

This should be a pretty incredible sight!

From Daily Mail:

“Stargazers are in for a treat later this month as five planets of the solar system will be visible from Earth as part of a rare planetary alignment. On March 28, JupiterMercury, Uranus, Mars and Venus are expected to line up together in a small section of the sky shortly after sunset.

Two of the brighter planets – Mercury and Jupiter – will be noticeable near the horizon, while Venus is expected to shine higher in the sky. Although binoculars will be needed to spot Uranus, Mars should be viewable in the alignment near to the first quarter of the moon.

While it is not unusual to see two or three planets in the sky, an alignment of five is less common. It happened last year, and in both 2020 and 2016 prior to that. 

To easily identify the planets this month, the educational astronomy application Star Walk recommends using the app Sky Tonight, which can be pointed at the night sky to give a live display of what is going on. 

The planets are expected to be aligned in a 50-degree sky sector, which means that they will appear closer together from Earth in a small area above.

Beth Biller, of the University of Edinburgh, told MailOnline that some planets would be much easier to see than others. She said: ‘Venus and Jupiter are both very bright and easy to pick out and you may have already seen them close together over the past few weeks. (We saw them both, it was pretty ccool.)

‘Mars is a bit fainter, but still easily observed with the naked eye. Mercury starts getting tricky – you need to be at a dark site with a clear view of the horizon if you want to see Mercury. ‘Uranus is the faintest and hardest to see – you’ll need binoculars or a telescope to see Uranus.’

Senior contributing editor at Sky & Telescope, Rick Fienberg, also stressed that seeing all five planets at the same time on March 28 may be difficult and will depend on a person’s location. 

‘Unless you have a clear sky and a nearly flat western horizon free of obstructions such as trees or buildings, you won’t see Jupiter and Mercury,’ he said of those in the US while speaking to FOX 35.

While specialist equipment may be needed to spot Uranus, Mr Fienberg claimed that the five planets should be viewable with binoculars.”

Read the whole story here.

If you are interested, visit Astronomy for all things related to the stars and planets.


We need a smile: Baby takes his first steps straight to his dog

I don’t know about you, but I can brealy handle reading/watching the news most days. Seems everything (Russia, banking sector, economy in general) is so disturbing and distressing.

So let’s take a break! Watch this wonderful story of Boxer Vito meeting and growing up with his human “brother.”


NFL player saves man from burning car

I know nothing of this NFL player, KJ Osborn, other than that he was in the right place at the right time…and did the right thing!

KJ risked his life to save a man from a burning car in Austin, Texas. Read all the details here about KJ (and his Uber driver) coming to the rescue!


Retired NYC fireman puts out fire on Spirit Airlines flight

Another hero saves the day!

Retired fireman Rocco Chierichella

Some idiot left their vapor smoking device in their carry-on, attached to a battery so it could charge. Good grief!

Retired NYC fireman Rocco Chierichella sprung into action to extinguish the fire. Good man to have on your next flight!

Watch the story in the video below or read the details here.


Retired Florida Marine finds missing toddler after frantic 24-hour search


Photo from Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

From NY Post:

“A retired Florida Marine who miraculously found a missing toddler in dense woods Friday after hearing his faint whimpers is being hailed as the Sunshine State’s “man of the year.”

Joshua “JJ” Rowland, 2, vanished Thursday after wandering away from his home in Brooksville, setting off a frantic search involving law enforcement, canines, drones, and hundreds of volunteers.

Roy Link, 62, a retired parks department worker in Hernando County, was preparing to go fishing when he heard of JJ’s disappearance and joined the desperate effort as hopes began to fade.

“Something told me no, gotta do this.” Link later told reporters.

After 24 hours passed with no sign of the tot, Link said, he was combing through a wooded area several miles from JJ’s home and strained his ears for any unusual sounds.

“I listened good,” he said. “I heard like a whimpering kind of noise and at that point, I was like, there’s no kids here, it’s gotta be JJ. And sure enough, I went in the woods, 100 feet from where I was at.”

The frightened boy reached out to Link and began calling for his mother.

“We were just talking and both of us were getting a little emotional,” Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis said alongside the local hero in a video posted to Facebook. “Little JJ climbed onto him and didn’t let go. He was so excited to see him.”

Read the whole story here.


Saturday Funnies!


Amazing: Watch this bird weaves her nest

For the video, click below!

Baltimore Oriole bird weaves nest

The Baltimore Oriole is a small icterid blackbird common in eastern North America as a migratory breeding bird. It received its name from the resemblance of the male’s colors to those on the coat-of-arms of 17th century Lord Baltimore. The Baltimore oriole is the state bird of Maryland. It is also the namesake and mascot for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.

Baltimore orioles are basically solitary outside their mating season. The species is generally considered monogamous, although evidence suggests that extra-pair copulation is relatively common. The Baltimore oriole’s nest is built by the female. It is a tightly woven, bindle-like pouch located on the end of a branch, consisting of any fine plant or animal materials available, hanging down on the underside. The nest is usually located around 23 to 30 ft. above the ground. The female lays three to seven pale gray to bluish white eggs, with the norm being around four. The incubation period is 12 to 14 days. Once the nestlings hatch, they are fed by regurgitation by both parents and brooded by the female for two weeks. After this the young start to fledge, becoming largely independent shortly thereafter. If the eggs, young, or nest are destroyed, the oriole is unable to lay a replacement clutch.


Wednesday Animal Funny!

What a clever doggie!


The Balloon-Man Caption Contest

This is our world-famous 267th Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

About the pic: Sam Smith, 30, is an English singer and song-writer who first identified himself as “gay,” then in September 2019, announced himself a
“non-binary” and changed his gender pronouns to they/them, stating, “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out,” whatever that means. On Feb. 12, 2023, Smith appeared at the 2023 Brit Awards in an inflatable latex balloon body suit.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • Body and Soul‘s writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by our writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed at the end of Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

‘To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Sadly, the more appropriate pronoun for Sam Smith is “it,” as attested to by his choice of the clownish balloon outfit.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.