Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Thank you all for the stories about the giant squid currently invading California waters! The key words in this tale are: enormous, carnivorous, ink-blowing, mean, and delicious.

But allow me to tell you about another invasion. The other day, while sitting in my living room, I spotted a bug just like the one shown above. I picked it up and tossed it out the window. (Because I love all the little creatures.) Good thing I didn't squash it. Apparently, it was a stink bug--a particularly foul class of beasties which emit a terrible odor when stomped. And the one in my apartment may not have been alone! My neighborhood in Brooklyn is being invaded by stink bugs! The horror!

And to top it all off, there's a coyote loose in Central Park as I write! What is this world coming to? Giant squid, stink bugs, coyotes! AAARGH!

UPDATE! Pictures of the coyote here!


Anonymous The Irregular Girl said...

There's a COYOTE loose in Central Park?!?!?!?!?

Man. I know that there was once a black bear loose in Cooperstown (I used to live, like, half an hour away) but nothing like that!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Gossamer said...

Well, like my grandmother used to say, "When all other life on earth is extinct, there will still be one cockroach crawling around. And then a coyote will run up and eat it".

6:00 PM  
Blogger montana irregulars said...

Well were I live we have back bears and grizzly bears in town all the time

7:14 PM  
Blogger montana irregulars said...


7:14 PM  
Blogger kathleen said...

good for you and completely gross!!!!

7:23 PM  
Anonymous hJames said...

yeah, I had to catch a couple of those for a my bug collection in Biology. Opening the box was like a new form of torture. Watch out for the green ones. They're the worst.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Anna said...


8:43 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

haha gossamer.
<3 your grandma.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Al Fonzo said...

I live kinda in a woody area so there's deer and foxes and such. On my way home from dance we saw a dead deer on the road. So sad. :(

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a COYOTE in central park!?!?!?!?!?!? how the heck did that happen

P.S. there is a cool new font out based on Jane Austen's handwroting, which you can find here:
it's really nice looking, I suggest you download it.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous gymnast20 said...

eeew i hate bugs!!! the only time i ever squished one i screamed so loud my neighbor came over to see if i was being robbed or something lol

9:17 PM  
Blogger Rileydog said...

A coyote in Central Park?!? Weird! Here in WA sometimes schools have lockdowns for cougars, and one was seen a few backyards.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous 42 said...

You live in a really weird place.

I love it!

8:58 AM  
Anonymous sad girl said...

The Irregular Girl; There's also lunatics loose in Central Park. That's what Dad says anyway.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous The Irregular Girl said...

sag girl; There are always lunatics loose :(

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

look! there are sheep invasions!

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mushroom Cloud! This is Reel Dancer and I have a very important question. do you know why Irish dancers wear poodle socks and curly wigs?
Reel Dancer

8:51 PM  
Blogger Irregular Kiki said...

Oooooh good luck with the stink bug invasion. Maybe you can invent something like a Reverse-pied-piper for stink bugs.. hehehehe
Oh that reminds me, I was watching RSPCA: Animal Rescue, a show that plays in Australia, and there was this one case where there were about 600 rats in someone's backyard shed, apparently kept as pets. They were scattered all over the place, unhealthily, some stacked up in cages, and the whole place was full of faeces! It was pretty gross, they had to get rid of them. But it was interesting to see it because I couldn't really imagine so many rats while I was reading about them in Kiki Strike, now I can... o_0 :)

7:23 AM  
Anonymous The Irregular Girl said...

Oops. I meant "sad girl"


7:51 AM  
Anonymous Kira said...

LOL kirsten! My geography teacher has her own philosophy with bugs....
once, when we were in class, some girl screamed because there was a spider on the floor. when i was about to stomp on it (because i'm just that kind of bug lover) my teacher waddled as fast as she could to stop me. "wait!" she yelled. "it has a soul!" (because thats the kind of hippie she is) and so she gave me a glowering look and carefully, caressingly, picked the bug up and took it outside. she's so weird.....

charlotte: thanks for the font link! i absolutely LOVE jane austen!!!! sense and senibility & pride and predjudice are some of my most favorite books & movies!!!!! (besides kiki strike, of course!)

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kra i but you think i'm a "hippie" because i was BITTEN by a spider and i still SAVED IT'S LIFE!!!!!!!

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Katie! said...

We have coyotes in our city because it's on Lake Michigan and there's a lot of park land. I usually only see them early in the morning, like when the sun is coming up. They're really only a threat to small children and pets outside alone.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Julia Branches said...

At least you're not being chased by tarantulas! (has happened to me, lol). For those Beatles fans out there--
search john lennon robot in google to find an awesome site where you can chat with the robot of JL!! Love it!

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Mia said...

o_0 There's coyotes down in the Ozarks, where I live. There so pretty, but one of them got my friend's dog. They creep me out, because at night you can hear them howling. *shudders*

10:07 PM  
Blogger Al Fonzo said...

post #998!!

9:40 AM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

The coyote is beautiful!

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Louise said...

For the post after next I think we should get to read the first chapter of Kiki Strike #3. We have waited in agony and suspense for this long. Please. Please. Please. And maybe we could do one of those story things where each person comments a sentence. It would be interesting to see what we come up with.

1:12 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

ok reel dancer: Upon consulting with m cousins we have come up w/ the answer: whoever came up w/ competitions was trying t torture small children. irish people don't even have curly hair! think about it: we are told to dance at shows where our shcools get paid (child labor), they make us lock our knees (causes knee damage) they make us tan our legs (causing skin cancer),we are supposed to, quoting my dance teacher, " point our toes and go so high that it hurts", and we're supposed to attach poodle socks to our legs w/ sock glue.... need I continue? and yet, for some unfathomable reason, every weekend hundreds of small children are woken up at three in the morning o go to feises (dance competitions). and enjoy themselves between mental breakdowns. I know, sounds like h- e double tooth picks, right? but we do it. I, however only go to a couple of these wonderful things each year. I can't imagine why i don't want to wear sequin covered carboard, and glue my legs, and pin itchy plastic hair to my scalp more often. :)

2:05 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

did that help reel dancer? i just reread that and realized how awful i made it sound. it isn't that bad actually. besides the fact that u can't sit in one of the dresses or remove them yourself. feel free to search kelly oster school of irish dance on google to see wonderful pictures of smiling children.

2:08 PM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

im on the show troupe page. I i am the lucky owner of one of those curly wigs and neon skirts and red sequined dresses! yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hear it's really snowing back east...
Reel Dancer

5:09 PM  
Anonymous The Irregular Girl said...

I dunno about snowing "back east", at least in some places.

I live in NY (Broome) and we hardly got any snow. (BOOOO!)

I think it's just MD and maybe Wash D.C. that's getting the snow.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous The Irregular Girl said...

Well, now it's snowing.

7:15 AM  
Blogger MushroomCloud said...

yeah no snow in NY that i can c....

4:27 PM  
Anonymous EQ said...

Don't bash coyotes, they have it bad enough without...

How about instead of celebrating 1000, celebrate 1001. Just to be funny.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bugs sound gross! In Seattle, we also had coyotes.

10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont really know anything about coyote's but, they look kinda cute. I mean, minus all the sharp teeth and killing instincts and all.
Kristin? Isn't this the #1000 post? ... Bye!

I am anyonmous, but please call me Ms.CawtLover

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Extra stuff i forgot to write:

I saw a stinkbugs guts come out. Gross. And they have come into my classroom in 4th grde more than once. And I have smelled them more than once too.
but its weird because i barely know anything about them, except for that they smeel. Oh wel. let the scientists experiment, because i wont.... ewwwwww brings back the thought of the stinkbugs guts. (since i was young and stupid, i thought the stinkbug was giving birth. but it was gut birth. eeeeww!!!!)

- Ms.CawtLover

5:26 PM  

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