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Pets, Animals & Social Media by Ron Callari

Welcome to my Homepage. As a freelance writer and editorial cartoonist, my published work explores current trends on the digital horizon, social media, humor, politics and innovation. I treat global geo-political issues with the same weight of importance as cartoons and Twitter.

Also keenly interested in the safety of our pets, and will be writing here about various issues pertinent to pet travel, pet innovation and how social media intersects with the pet world. 

Ron has also been a contributing writer for InventorSpot - the most popular invention site in the world, where he focuses on social media issues and evolving technology.

In a world where we are barraged daily by data overload, I try to cut through the clutter by delivering new insights with off-center, but hopefully insightful commentary.  Your comments and feedback are always welcome. If you're on Twitter, please give me a follow. If you need a friend, let's connect on FacebookBut in any event, please come back often!

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Earth Day 2015 Kicks Off With 'Monkey Kingdom' & Tina Fey

This year’s Earth Day not only gets the Disney treatment, it’s got one of Saturday Night Live’s leading comedy writers to do it justice. Hanging with a clan of macaque monkeys living in a Sri Lanka jungle, narrator Tina Fey follows the life and times of Maya, a female who’s low-ranking status excludes her from obtaining the finer things in (monkey) life. This is the basis for a full-length documentary, titled Monkey Kingdom.’

Science Proves Man’s Best Friend Falls In Love With Their Masters

While you might have thought your dog loved you. . . well, just because -- more recent studies by animal behaviorists point to something physical versus emotional. They have actually isolated what they are calling a “love hormone,” that’s shared by both masters and their dogs.

Three Blind (Bionic) Mice, See How They Run (With A Compass)

Actually our subjects totaled 11, and they were rats versus mice. Their task was to navigate that typical maze that scientists are known to design for these types of research studies. However the challenge for this particular group of rodents was to run the entire course blind.

Cock Of The Walk, Or How Did The Chicken Cross The Sea?

The chickens of Hawaii are a very hardy breed, dissimilar to any that have made their way to your dining room table. While domestic chickens on the mainland no longer resemble their ancient ancestors, those that reside on the Hawaiian islands are a different story. The Red Junglefowl — the chicken's closest living relative — is believed to have been introduced to Hawaii by Polynesians centuries ago.

Nomadic Songbirds Capable Of 1700 Mile Nonstop Flights

There are very few turboprop planes that can fly a 1,000-mile nonstop trip. That’s about the distance from New York to southern Florida. Some can fly that many miles downwind, but when the wind is pushing against the aircraft, it’s nearly impossible.

Monkeys Used To Cure Polio In 1900s, Now Polio Used To Cure Cancer In 2015

Who could have imagined that a dreadful epidemic could actually be instrumental in potentially curing another disease, equally as heinous. Yet over the course of the last 100 years, medical science has seemingly found a connection between two disparate diseases that is as startling as it is miraculous. . . and it all started with a group of test monkeys.

Hey Dude, Where’s My Panda?

Perhaps if Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott were equipped with GPS technology on their smartphones back in 2000 they might have been able to track down their car with less difficulty. But wait. . .it's not the writers' fault they failed to include a mention of that technology in their screenplay of “Dude, Where’s my Car,” it’s just that ‘assisted GPS for mobile devices and desktops,’ didn’t really go mainstream until 2004.

The Six Million Dollar Dog?

Remember the days of Steve Austin’s transformation from an appendage-damaged astronaut into a stealth CIA operative? The TV Show, The Six Million Dollar Man became an instant TV hit, positioning actor Lee Majors as pop culture icon of the 1970s and spawned a good number of spin-offs including The Bionic Woman.

That’s A Horse Of A Different Chameleon

You’re probably familiar with the two animated chameleons who’ve been actively selling Valspar Paint for the last couple of years in TV commercials. You know . . . those two lizard-like creatures who are able to camouflage the color of their body to blend into their surroundings.

When The Elephant In The Room Is No Longer In The Circus

As we acknowledge some of our fondest childhood memories, I’m sure you'll agree, there's a common denominator for most of us. Those were the special times when our parents treated us to a day at the circus. When Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey came to town it was an event for the young and old to behold --  particularly if it was proceeded by the pomp and ceremony of an exhilarating parade marching through town.


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