New Sub Species of Monkey: Mura Saddleback Tamarin

The small gray and brown tamarin monkey which weighs 213 grams (0.47 pound) guy was named Mura’s saddleback tamarin in honor of the Mura tribe. Not an alien life form in a sewer, but much cuter. Read more on the tamarin: New long-tailed monkey discovered in Amazon, MSNBC New monkey discovered in Brazilian Amazon, Reuters Newly Discovered Monkey Threatened by Amazon Development, National Geographic

Enemy Combatants Don't Surf

The Guantanamo beat and News of the Weird collided last week when it was announced that the likely destination of 13 soon to be released Uighur “non-terrorists”/”possible nationalist separatists”/”guys we mistakenly imprisoned for seven years” is the island nation of Palau.  This move, of course, has nothing to do with any upcoming U.S. aid package to Palau, a small cluster of islands administered by the U.S. until 1994. While the opinions of China (‘hey, let us get a crack at ’em’), the Palau tourist industry (‘shit.’) and the U.S. (‘anywhere but a swing state’) were duly recorded by journalists, absent from any of the news reports was mention of how the Uighur ex-suspecteds (let’s start calling them ‘mistainees’) felt about moving to a tropical paradise. Carnival Cruise ads aside, it is not the dream of every human to sweat glamourously near a vast blue ocean.  Xinjiang, the region that the […]