The poop on service animals

(I like that title.)

From 538 Significant Digits, and please pay attention to the specific list of animals now banned from American Airlines flights. Because…they’re service animals? Oh, you know what I’m going to do? Bold the ones that particularly intrigue me, as I sit around thinking…emotional support?

40 percent

American Airlines is taking a page out of The Book of Leviticus and issuing a list of banned service and emotional support animals that cannot be brought aboard flights starting July 1. This list includes amphibians, ferrets, goats, hedgehogs, insects, reptiles, rodents, snakes, spiders, sugar gliders (would love to know the story behind how this animal earned an extremely specific mention), poultry, waterfowl, birds of prey, all animals with tusks, horns or hooves* (with the exception of the noble miniature horse), and any animal that smells bad. The policy is due to a 40 percent rise in the number of people transporting a service or support animal between 2016 and 2017. [CBS Dallas, American Airlines]

* Now this group begins to sound, like, a discussion a bunch of us recently had re what animal meats are or aren’t kosher.

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A Daily News reader apologies to the world community

It’s concise, factual, heartfelt and fully representative of my thoughts — and it appeared today in the Voice of the People (Letters to the editor) page of the Daily News.

Thanks Paul Harris from Cathedral City, California. You made my day a lot easier.

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The Facts of Life: Can hip-hop trump a vagina? Not in court it can’t

From 538 Significant Digits (and this is all I have to say about it):

$5,000

Dr. Dre, hip-hop star, has lost a trademark lawsuit against Dr. Drai, gynecologist. Dre, who founded a company that later sold to Apple for $3 billion, objected in 2015 when Dr. Draion Burch tried to trademark “Dr. Drai.” Burch has a brisk business charging $5,000 per speaking engagement and selling his book, “20 Things You May Not Know About A Vagina.” The ruling said Dr. Dre, who is not a medical doctor, failed to demonstrate that people would be confused when purchasing Dr. Drai’s wares. [BBC]

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