Beach-going is fun for a lot of reasons beyond swimming and sunbathing. In particular, if you pay close attention, you can spot unusual wildlife, in and out of the water. Last weekend, for example, the guests at Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg were treated to a rare public sighting of the double-breasted American booby, and we’re not talking about the tropical bird.
Several women decided over the weekend to exercise what is, in fact, their right in New York State to go topless in public. They said they were making a statement about gender equality, but reactions, not surprisingly, were decidedly unequal.
The women were eventually kicked out for unruly behavior. Go figure.
Here we go again. Children of indeterminate age vandalized a statue of Christopher Columbus in the park of his name this week, spray painting it with the words “slave,” “rape” and “genocide.”
Columbus’ reputation has taken a hit over the years, and legitimate questions surround his legacy. It’s a fit subject for public debate. The statue, however, is public art and deserving of more respect, if only because of its place in the neighborhood. Find the vandals, make them clean the statue and then send them on an ocean voyage in a tiny ship.
Now, it all makes sense. In South Africa, following up on the explorations of spelunkers, scientists have identified a new human species.
The bones of the previously unknown Homo naledi were found in what is believed to have been a burial ground at the bottom of the cave. The remains are believed to be at least 2.5 million years old.
We are now awaiting word on whether Homo naledi were known for an orange-hair comb-over, inconsistent beliefs, insulting behavior and a strange ability to beguile others into believing their terrible behavior is worthy of tribal leadership.