Buttkiss, the 41 Year Old Pacu

From Pawnation comes the inspiring story of Buttkiss, the 41 Year Old Pacu Below is the full story:

“Buttkiss, a 20 lb. black Pacu (related to the Piranha), has been living in the same Queens pet shop since the Summer of Love. That’s right, he was born in 1967, and 41 years later he’s still going strong. Why is this so special? The average life expectancy of a Pacu is 2 to 20 years — so pet shop owner Steve Gruebel must be the reigning king of Pacu care!

In 1968, Buttkiss was sold to a man named Kurt Emerick. At the time, the fish was only about two inches long but soon grew to be much bigger and became very aggressive. Emerick wasn’t so psyched when the Paco started knocking things over in his fish tank, so he returned him to the pet shop, where Gruebel named him after linebacker Dick Butkus. (Gruebel likes to spell it Buttkiss.)

Gruebel has been working at the Cameo Pet Shop in Queens, New York for 47 years. He now owns the shop that originally belonged to his wife’s father, and Buttkiss has been there pretty much since the beginning. “He’s my mascot,” Gruebel tells Paw Nation.

Buttkiss even does tricks. He comes to Gruebel’s hand because he knows that’s where the grub comes from. (Okay, so maybe it’s not the most impressive trick, but the fish is elderly! Cut him a break!) When asked if Butkiss bites, Gruebel laughs, “Well, I stick my hand in there all the time to clean the cage and he just goes and lays in the corner.”

Asked if Gruebel has done anything special to keep Buttkiss around so long, Gruebel says, “No, just feed him 20 goldfish every day, every other day depending.” So why has Buttkiss lived so long? Gruebel shrugs, “I don’t know.” And the mysteries of longevity continue…”

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Starting out Small: T-Rex Discovery

Success doesn’t happen over night. Failure might… but success is a long road with many mile stones. The perfect metaphor for success comes from our prehistoric friend the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Do you think he was really king of the dinos since setting foot on earth? If you did, think again, because the towering beast we all know from Jurassic Park actually started off as a pint sized cute-y 60 million years prior to being crowned king. According to researches, a newly discovered fossil reveals an earlier species, Raptorex kriegsteini, that would have weighed around 65kg; its descendants were 90 times as massive. (Source: BBC News)

Success sure gives you a big head.

Success sure gives you a big head.

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John Huges: a voice of a generation

02/18/50 - 08/06/09

02/18/50 - 08/06/09

Via twitter I was notified of the passing of the great John Huges. He has done a number of notable films, most quotable Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, spawned The Brat Pack, and penned many childhood classics such as Home Alone and Beethoven. But to glorify his successes would not do this cinematic genius justice; I’d much rather take this time to revisit some of his “lesser” works that I hold dear to my heart.

Baby’s Day Out – The brain child of John Huges, about a baby outwitting his kidnappers in the big city… it’s Home Alone meets Baby Geniuses.

Flubber – Based off a classic film starring Dick Van Dyke, John Huges created real characters out of a flubbery substance and managed to write comedic material that Robin Williams couldn’t out act.

Home Alone 3 – A sequel to the first two successful family outings, this film was made sans director Christopher Columbus and star Macaulay Culkin. Underneath the poor acting and over direction, all the charm and wit from the originals is still twinkling.

Later in his career, he started working under the pseudonym Edmond Dantès where he produced many sequels to his earlier successes along with original ideas such as Maid in Manhattan and Drillbit Taylor

Here we recognize a man who leaves a legacy of films that touched and inspired millions of lives.

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Where were you when…

 In the confrontation between the river and the rock, the river always wins...not through strength but by perseverance.

In the confrontation between the river and the rock, the river always wins...not through strength but by perseverance.

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Today we have witnessed one of those moments where you always remember where you were when you heard the news. One of those memorable moments that give you a lump in your throat and maybe even make you shed a tear. Witnessing Laura Ling and Eun Lee step off that plane and in to the arms of their emotional and waiting families after four and a half harrowing months of hard labor truly personifies inspiration. The mothers, wives and journalists persevered in unimaginable circumstances and survived what can only be described as a nightmare. Their strength and courage and their determination to survive and thrive truly make them heroes.

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Reaching the Summit Together

Different people, different beliefs, different hopes, different dreams...we have become not just a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.

Different people, different beliefs, different hopes, different dreams...we have become not just a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.

While I am not one to get all political and stuff, I wanted to highlight the “BEER SUMMIT” today. Now, no matter who you think was right, and what should have happened with this whole ordeal, in my opinion the beer summit is a teaching moment of how we can deal with things. When we work together, conflict often arises, how could it not? We are all different people, with different opinions, style, work ethic and values. But instead of taking conflict and letting it become ugly, or in this case uglier, taking a step back and maybe grabbing a drink with your coworker, or a friend, and taking a step back and seeing what you can do to change or how you can mitigate the situation, or seeing how you can best work together in the future, could be just what the bartender ordered.

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