My Picks for Top Tweets: 11 September 2017

There are tweets aplenty today – so many I’ve had to cut a few out. I’ll keep some of them for tomorrow as I often do though.

The big news in the religious world is the pope had an accident in Cartagena today. During a drive-by in the pope-mobile, he was, as usual, swarmed by well-wishers and people wanting to get close. The pope-mobile driver had to stop all of a sudden and Pope Francis lost his balance and banged his head and nose. The perils of being popular! It must have hurt a lot but, of course, he kept on smiling.

He was dripping blood all over his nice white cassock. You’d think that would be a bad thing, but a lawyer in the crowd named Ricardo Morales said to reporters, “This holy blood is staying in Colombia.”

Of course, there’s a lot I disagree with Pope Francis about, but as popes go he seems like a pretty nice bloke. His focus on helping the poor is something we can all get behind I think. He seems to be genuinely humble too, which makes a nice change. He’s also spoken in support of efforts to stop climate change, which is something else I can agree with him on.

None of us is ever going to agree on everything, but if we can work together on the things that we do agree on, the world would be a better place.

Cat Tweets

Isn’t it sweet!


It’s hard to tell where one stops and the other begins!


Awww …


This cat knows what to do when it wants a hug!


Cats and boxes – it’ll always be a thing.


Dog Tweets

This dogs back legs don’t work, but now it can get around thanks to this harness. Look at the joy on its face!


I’m on the puppy’s side! Celery? FFS! It’s only edible in small quantities at the best of times, but dog’s digestion systems are designed for meat.

Other Animals Tweets

Poor wee thing! I hope it got looked after properly.


Squirrel photo shoot!


Nature Tweet

Just about everything gets a look in here, so it gets it’s own section. The photography is great!

Political Tweets

This nun is fantastic! There is obviously plenty she and I would disagree on, but I’d be happy to work with her on this issue. Good on her for having the courage to speak up.

Human Rights Tweets

Even if all this does is make men understand women DON’T feel “complimented” when someone whistles at them, it will be an help.


Gun Tweets

No comment (should be) necessary.

History Tweets

Very cool!


Life was different then …
(Via Ann German.)

Scenic Tweets

Another place I want to visit. There’s a plethora of lovely temples in India.


Pakistan (which used to be part of India of course) also has a lot of gorgeous buildings. The idea of going there is currently a bit scary to me though.


Space Tweets

Astronomer was another career that I considered as a child.

Bizarre Tweets

You know this video came from the US media – they call them “mugs” of beer!


I bet this wouldn’t have happened at a Mormon or Christian College!


Weather Tweets

Gotta get those flamingos to safety!


They’re doing it tough in Florida right now. As if Hurricane Irma isn’t enough to deal with.


Remember the tweet about the breathing ground from yesterday’s Flora Tweets section? Well, it’s happening in Florida now too!
(Via Ann German.)


So, the wind’s quite strong down there then …

Another amazing sight in Florida.

Here’s what NASA’s satellite technology gives us on Irma.



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6 Responses to “My Picks for Top Tweets: 11 September 2017”

  1. GravelInspectorAidan says:

    Cats and boxes – it’ll always be a thing.

    Since SF has a non-trivial line of “Cat-alien” stories, I’m slightly surprised that I can’t think of an example.

  2. Lee Knuth says:

    The Dominican nun really put Ryan in his place. His social conscience is nonexistent.

    • That’s the difference between the main centre-right party here and there. Ours significantly increased benefits, regularly increases the minimum wage, supports universal healthcare etc. They come out significantly further right on the political spectrum than most of our political parties, but in the US they’d be further left than the Democrats on most policies.

      I can’t work out if Paul Ryan really believes his policies would work, or he’s just plain cruel.

  3. nicky says:

    I did not know the expression “to rub one out”, but the advice is not unsound (although in healthy young males rubbing 2 or 3 out might work better).
    Contrary to what the ‘moral crusaders’ want you to believe there is a negative correlation between access to pornography and rape incidence.
    In Denmark and the Netherlands it was seen after legalisation of pornography a few decades ago. More recently the access to internet is used as a measurement for access to pornography.

    • It is good advice, but can you imagine the Bible bashers thinking it’s acceptable? I know this advice has been given in sex ed in high school here, with almost no controversy. Those who protest are seen as ridiculous.

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