Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

August 31, 2012

Gorillas also have bad days

By JAMES BROWN
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — Everyone has a bad day. One of those where they crawl from bed, step on the sleeping dog – that yelps – and wakes their spouse, who had faded into the slumber abyss 30 minutes before, after getting home from a 12-hour, third-shift job. The spouse jerks awake and yells, “What the ...” (because all they know is some weed-whacker chopped through their flowing field of Monet-like sunflowers.) “It’s OK,” they are assured by a calm voice that carries an undertone that reveals it really wants to scream: “I stepped on this darn rug of a dog you love so much.”

The voice carries on. “Go back to sleep. You need your rest. It will be OK.” Into the bathroom they go, where a mirror confirms the vitality of life in the eyes gazing into it.

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Everyone has a bad day, but why take it out on a fake gorilla.

CARBONDALE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman says a 400-pound gorilla statue was stolen from her home, used for target practice and then returned.

Patricia Rudalavage’s beloved lava-rock statue Greystone was returned to her Scranton-area home on Thursday. The statue had bullet holes in its head, stomach and extremities, but is still standing.

Rudalavage tells The Times-Tribune of Scranton that two men arrived with the statue in the back of a pickup truck, saying they’d found him about five miles away at a makeshift shooting range on a mountain. She says they refused the $100 reward for his return.

Rudalavage says her adored ape disappeared from outside her home on Monday.

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Here is proof the world isn’t going to the dogs.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis tested the boundaries of legitimate art with a film festival devoted to the online cat videos that pervade YouTube and social networks.

It’s not unheard of for some cat videos to rack up as many as 50 million YouTube views. Most are simple: A cat tries and fails to jump into a cardboard box, or makes a ridiculously cute noise while eating a spoonful of sour cream. Some are more cinematic, with tricky angles, animated graphics, mood music and other tricks of the filmmaking trade.

Organizers of Thursday night’s festival said they wanted to find out whether the private experience of viewing the videos online would translate to a shared and social experience when shown on an outdoor screen on the museum’s grounds.

The festival made room for various kinds of cat videos, with categories for comedy, drama, foreign, animated, musical, art-house and documentary.

Organizers say what started as a lark quickly took on bigger dimensions when they got thousands of submissions for the festival.

James Brown is editor of the Glasgow Daily Times. He can be contacted by e-mail at jbrown@glasgowdailytimes.com