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THESE DAYS, NEWS NEGATIVITY isn’t hard to come by. But the Nice News website offers a much welcome reason to visit online (as well as a great source for SimanaitisSays). Here are tidbits, based on recently appearing items at the Nice News website.
Fido’s Vision. Nice News cites the American Kennel Club reporting research correcting the myth that dogs see only black and white. Actually, it isn’t that simple and a great reason for getting Fido a yellow tennis ball or blue tug-toy.
Humans and a few other primates are trichromatic, with their eyes’ retinal cones sensing red, blue, or yellow. There are animals, in particular fish and some birds, that are tetrachromatic, with additional cones sensing ultraviolet. Dogs, and most placental mammals, are dichromatic, with cones sensing yellow or blue, but not red.
In compensation, canine evolution has given dogs more retinal rods, larger lens and corneal surfaces, and a reflective membrane known as a tapetum, all enhancing night vision. (Fido’s ancestors used to hunt at night.)
By the way, unlike the vertical slits of cat eyes, dogs have circular irises, akin to those of humans, other primates, and larger felines.
The Brothers Cevallos. Nice News cites the tale of Carlos and Miguel Cevallos reported on abcnews.com: “For years, Miguel and Carlos made a living by drawing posters for neighborhood nightclubs, taco trucks, and restaurants in Queens, painting in the businesses’ basements or on their tables and attracting clients by word of mouth.”
Appearance of their work on Instagram brought other businesses: “They’re in demand in San Francisco music stores, national restaurant chains, bars in Belgium, and bakeries in South Korea.”
The report continues, “It doesn’t matter that the brothers are more than 80 years old or that the two, born in Ecuador and raised in Colombia, speak limited English. They have embraced their new customers and draw all day in the Manhattan apartment they have shared for nearly 20 years. ‘Destiny is like this. Sometimes one finds success later in life,’ Carlos Cevallos said recently….”
In Other News. In addition to its feature items, Nice News also has capsule comments with linked sources. A favorite: “The National Toy Hall of Fame (yes, that’s a thing!) has announced its annual finalists, with Lite-Brite, Bingo, and Nerf among the top contenders. Vote for your favorite through September 21.”
It isn’t only a thing for toy conglomerates: Among the twelve finalists is the piñata, the centerpiece of kids’ parties throughout Hispanic cultures.
“Commonly associated with Mexican culture,” the Strong National Museum of Play notes, “… the object may date back to early 13th-century China. Although there is an inherent impermanence to the piñata as a plaything, it has been and continues to be used in religious and secular celebrations all over the world.”
Tidbit Gleaning. What a great place Nice News is for gleaning tidbits! ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2022