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Topic: Happy Possum Day
Message: Posted by: randirain (Oct 13, 2011 08:13PM)
Happy Possum Day everyone!

Today is the day. October 13th.

Who's your choice for Possum Queen? Granny, Granny.
She don't ride no limousine, Granny all the way.

Happy Possum Day everyone!
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Oct 13, 2011 08:49PM)
I wish we had possums :verysad:
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 13, 2011 09:13PM)
Yeah, and there is nothing like waking up on a steamy, Alabama July morning to find one that tried to invade the yard during the night and the dog found before you did. It usually happens the day after the trash ran. Finding something to do with it can leave you hating possums.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 13, 2011 09:21PM)
Well, you do have a trashcan... I'm not saying you should drown it... No, no, that would be mean. Forget it. Forget it.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 13, 2011 10:26PM)
No... Imagine that is was already full of holes (from the dog), laying there, and somewhat over there, too... not "playing" possum. Now imagine that it is already 95 degrees, near 100% humidity and still early in the day. The trash doesn't run again for 5 or 6 more days...

It tends to leave you in a lurch. :(
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 13, 2011 10:27PM)
Yeah, that's nasty.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Oct 13, 2011 10:36PM)
Hmmm. Maybe I'll be content with skunks and porcupines.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 13, 2011 10:39PM)
I am a fan of hedgehogs. I like the little kind. Squirrels are probably my favorite of the varmint type animals though.
We have a really lot of wild turkeys around my house. Turkeys are pretty fugly too, but much better than possums. We still like to see the turkeys.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 14, 2011 01:15AM)
Skunks are cool, and some people keep domesticated skunks as pets.

I've noticed the brown squirrels here in Illinois are much larger than the skinny gray ones down south.

Well, here it is October 14th... so we survived another Possum Day. It's finally over and we can go back to our normal lives again... unless of course other plans are on the agenda!
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 14, 2011 01:25AM)
At the Bighorn show way back in the day there was a vendor who had a fat raccoon as a pet. I had never seen a raccoon so docile. Maybe because it was so fat. My friend Tienne unloaded an entire clip from her husband's .22 into a raccoon once and it still took forever to die. (It was killing her chickens, had it coming.)
Message: Posted by: Destiny (Oct 14, 2011 10:08AM)
I get on very well with possums - delightful animals. The place I stay at when I'm working in the state capitol, Brisbane, is managed by a mature aged American couple and the wife is quite sure possums are the most dangerous animal on Earth. A few months ago I rescued 3 English sportsmen who were too scared to put their keys in the gate because a baby possum about 7 inches long was sitting on the fence nearby. Big burly blokes standing timidly outside in the rain at midnight, about 15 feet from the little cutie calling "Shoo, shoo" because the manageress had warned them how dangerous Australia's man eating possums are.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 14, 2011 10:10AM)
A next door neighbor found a baby raccoon and kept it as a pet. It was cool and fun to play with... then it hit puberty.The thing went totally postal in its cage (very large, walk-in cage). It was everything the guy could do to release it without getting killed. (I guess he had it coming, too! Ha!)
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 14, 2011 11:04AM)
Saw a dead porcupine on the side of the highway this morning and remembered John talking about porcupines. Was sad. That porcupine probably did not have it coming. Big one too. Hope it had a good life.

But, the hell with possums.

"There's a raccoon stealing my trash!"
"NOPE! Chuck Testa!"
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Oct 14, 2011 11:34AM)
We lose a lot of fine porcupines that way. Sad.

Message: Posted by: randirain (Oct 14, 2011 12:27PM)
Um.. ok... a lot of animal talk, but nothing to do with Possum Day.

Possum Day was a holiday that the Beverly Hillbillies always celebrated.
October 13th was the day in history that the first Possum Day episode aired.

So according to Beverly Hillbillies fans, that is when Possum Day is.

Now for something on the creepy side.
On the episode, there is a secretary with black hair in it.
The black hair is a wig, and that woman is the actress Sharon Tate.

You can watch it on youTube... just search.

Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 14, 2011 12:30PM)
I knew what you were talking about, I just like talking about critters.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 14, 2011 12:31PM)
Very few possums here compared to down south. Raccoons here though, are sometimes as big as bear cubs. I try to bang on things if I'm going to approach the trash cans at night. I don't want to accidentally corner one of those monsters.

There are a few skunks around here... you smell them but rarely see them. No porcupines that I've seen. Also some other critter... looks like a big fat squirrel with not much a tail. I haven't figured those things out because they scoot off too quickly. I think they might be woodchucks.

One odd thing when I lived in Birmingham... we started to get a bunch of armadillos laying around as road kill. It used to be that you'd have to travel far enough south in the state that moss was hanging from the trees. I guess their habitat is spreading north... either global warming or too many hurricanes near the coast.

Edit: I missed the last couple posts as I was typing, but I am also familiar with the Beverly Hillbillies connection. I did not know about Sharon Tate, though.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 14, 2011 12:35PM)
Most of the folks in Spokane are not aware that we have black widows and rattlesnakes. People just don't get outside enough.
Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Oct 21, 2011 07:00AM)
On 2011-10-13 21:55, critter wrote:
On 2011-10-13 21:49, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
I wish we had possums :verysad:
You wouldn't if you'd ever seen one in person. Ugliest ever. Seriously. I trapped one under a milk crate once and for a second I thought I'd caught the chupacabra. This thing was hideous beyond belief.
You are breaking my heart!
That sentiment is pure possum sacrilege and species-ism! I love the possum and would raise 1000 babies if I had the time. I have fostered so many orphaned baby possums you would not believe. They are smart, clean and awesome! :) I LOVE the possum!
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Oct 21, 2011 08:05AM)
Where in the Blackfeet Nation do you have possums? My geography and/or Siksika knowledge must be lacking.

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 21, 2011 08:08AM)
Boy! That's my day for doing "Doves to Possum"!

Bubba Whodini
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 21, 2011 11:08AM)
I submit to the jury:



I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Message: Posted by: randirain (Oct 21, 2011 11:47AM)
But they sure are cute when their young.


Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 21, 2011 11:49AM)
And yet the image is from "fugly.com" ;)
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Oct 21, 2011 03:44PM)
Why did the Possom try to cross the road?

To show the world it really could be done.

Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Oct 22, 2011 09:10PM)
Just happened... not dead... playing possum... I brought the dog in so the possum can leave.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hilly (Oct 22, 2011 09:49PM)
Sharon Tate had the recurring role of Janet Trego, sometimes assistant to Miss Jane. Sharon and Max Baer dated once or twice while she was on the show.

In the entire history of Beverly Hills, there has never been a Possum Day Parade held in the morning.

Proud owner of nearly every broadcast episode, and can recite most of them by heart. Talked with Buddy on the phone once. Have a picture of my mom & dad with Donna when she came to visit. Talked with Earl on the phone a few times. Braggin' about all of it right here.

"That's the thing about possum inards, they's just as good the second day." (`course, it's agin the law to eat possum on Possum Day.)
Message: Posted by: randirain (Oct 23, 2011 12:52AM)
"Jethro was the highest one in his class... by a good two feet."
Message: Posted by: Bill Hilly (Oct 23, 2011 01:28AM)
Hehe, that boy sure can cipher.

"Oh I got joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart, down in my heart..."
Message: Posted by: Destiny (Oct 23, 2011 02:53AM)
Those American possums look positively vicious - ours are quite cute in Australia - though they do give a good bite.

I must google Granny - I seem to remember she died while onstage in a play - and also that she was quite a looker in her younger days.
Message: Posted by: critter (Oct 23, 2011 09:38AM)
On 2011-10-23 03:53, Destiny wrote:
Those American possums look positively vicious - ours are quite cute in Australia - though they do give a good bite.

I was obsessed with the Tazmanian Devil for a while. And very interested in the Tazmanian Tiger. I remember watching the episode of 'Crocodile Hunter' where they were trying to find a Tazzie Tiger to see if they really were extinct. I was glued to the TV just hoping that they would find one.
I still love the Tazzie Devils.
Message: Posted by: Destiny (Oct 23, 2011 10:42AM)
We had some Tassie Devils in the wildlife park where I worked for a decade, but they were not in any shows so I never had anything to do with them and don't remember taking much notice of them.

As for Tassie Tigers, we have any number of people who when they're not busy watching for a flying saucer to land on their front lawn, or trying to prove some vaguely pyramidic hill was built by visiting Egyptians millenia ago, search the bush for animal droppings and paw prints to prove the tiger survives. I had great fun one night inventing Tassie Tiger sightings and marking them on Google Maps.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Oct 23, 2011 01:15PM)
Well, I saw my first non-zoo possum about two months ago, sitting near a bush in front of the apartment building that is next door to me here in the urban wild of Brooklyn. Raccoons have hit here long ago, so I thought that's what it was at first, but when I saw the tail, I knew it was a possum. I looked for it the next day, but it was gone, probably scared away by the local cats.
Message: Posted by: Autumn Morning Star (Oct 27, 2011 09:57AM)
On 2011-10-21 09:05, Magnus Eisengrim wrote:
Where in the Blackfeet Nation do you have possums? My geography and/or Siksika knowledge must be lacking.
You are correct, Not a possum can be found on the Blackfeet rez. However, my mom's people are Choctaw and I grew up in Louisiana! I had the habit of finding baby possums with great regularity (much to the dismay of my mother). I still love the possum more than I can say.
Message: Posted by: Magnus Eisengrim (Oct 27, 2011 10:10AM)
Thanks Autumn. I knew there had to be a reasonable explanation.