Overheard on CNN.com: Of moose and men
September 9th, 2011
05:27 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Of moose and men

Comments of the Day:

"That moose is literally hung over."–Goochx

"In an ever-gloomier world, this story was sorely needed. Thanks, CNN."–Gaucho420

Drunken moose ends up stuck in Swedish apple tree

Per Johansson was returning to his home near Gothenburg, Sweden, when he heard "something screaming with a very dark voice." At first he thought it was his "crazy neighbors," but it turned out to be a drunk moose stuck in his apple tree. CNN.com readers were delighted with the story. Some shared that it is not unusual for animals to get drunk on fermented fruit.

flyingrhino said, "You pretty much have to click a link like this when you see it, and when the picture loads it is its own reward." hildaman4 said, "Kudos CNN, for helping Gustav out and purchasing some of his photos!"

Numan7 said, " 'Once free, the moose collapsed on the ground and fell asleep. So we let him sleep it off and went back home': I've got tears streaming down my face." Leylahur said, "Me too! I about fell off my chair laughing when they said 'Today the moose came back and walked around the yard. ... I think it likes it here.' Ya think?! TOO funny!"

huxleia asked, "Who hasn't gotten drunk and fallen asleep in an apple tree?" LaChupacabra said, "CNN, I'm also saving up to buy a 'Playstation.' Can I send you photos of the aftermath of a drunken stag night?"

DelishusCake said, "I bet he'll have a wicked hangover." amandarose28 said, "I will have what the Moose is having, and make that a triple." drift said, "Must have been drinking Moosehead beer."

fleabite said, "I had a horse in an apple orchard pasture who got falling-down drunk on apples every fall, and I had to move her or she would be drunk for days. Bleary-eyed and wobbled-footed, she loved her apples when they fermented."

ActivistJudge said, "Fun experiment: After Halloween, leave your Jack O'Lanterns in the garage in a cardboard box. Sprinkle a little sugar on them and just a little water. Wait a week. Once it smells sweet and rotten, take it out, set it in the yard and wait for the squirrels to find it. Drunk rodents are hilarious to watch."

ttmt said, "I want to see the other two photos." Jac999 said, "Me too!" Leylahur said, "Me three!" :)

Americans going to Canada to find work

The weather may be cold, but the Canadian economic climate is warm and bright, and many U.S. citizens are crossing the border to take advantage of it. Canadian officials say the number of Americans applying for temporary work visas doubled between 2008 and 2010. Many CNN.com readers, on both sides of the border, testified to the pleasant life Canada can offer.

Tracy said, "I lived in New York state happily for ten years and then moved back to Canada with my wife who is American, now a permanent resident. The dollar may bounce but it stays strong, and the economy and employment never fail here. We have had less worry, less stress, and a better healthier life here."

Tim said, "I am a Canadian who is married to an American. My wife saw the economic crisis coming in 2005 and suggested we move to my home. She made me see that I had taken Canada for granted. The stability of our financial system, health care and government is a blessing for all Canadians. However, I do not see why it should be an anomaly in North America; all that is needed is a little more common sense in government and a lot less rhetoric in the media."

JAMES OLIVER said, "Americans are more than welcome as where I live: we have a constant labour shortage. Oil, gas, and coal are screaming for workers."

Kevin said, "As a Canadian I'd like to welcome any American wishing to move up North! It's difficult to understand why we often face labour shortages up here in British Columbia, when there are probably qualified Americans within driving distance that could fill the job. Our taxes aren't that high anymore. Our income tax here in BC is similar if not less than in California or Oregon. Our sales tax is higher, but so 'should' the sales tax be in the USA. We have the programs/spending that we want, and we agree to pay for it. Americans, please consider moving up North."

Ray said, "Sign me up! I'm a physics PhD. There are no jobs here in the U.S. even in a supposedly 'in demand' field like physics. And the way that the Republicans in Congress want to cut funding for sciences ... it doesn't bode well for any of us doing active scientific research. If the anti-science climate continues in this country, there's going to be a massive 'brain drain' of American scientists. Several of my friends and colleagues are considering work in Canada, Europe, and Asia. Canada has a higher standard of living, socialized medicine, and a post-Medieval view of science. Even though I'm American, born and raised, I will happily pack up my family and trek north if that's what it takes."

Bigmouth said, "This can't be. Canada, according to most libertarians and tea party people, is a communist state run by communists. It has a socialized health care system that is 100 times more evil than Obama care. This can't be."

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.


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  1. fernace

    This is hilarious! That moose needs to visit Mooseknuckle Lounge on 6th street here in ATx! The college kids would love him! It's a well recorded phenomenon that animals seek out ways to get loaded, just as their human counterparts! A few weeks ago it was the Australian wallabies that kept plundering poppyfields! This moose will keep visiting Per Johanssons apple tree from now on & will probably bring some of his moose buds, as well! My cat & dog loved the smell of weed & would always come to get a contact high! Animals are no fools! Hey to all my blog friends : banasy, Scottish Mama, RuffNutt, raven, Jazzzzz, Layminister herman, Drakorex et.al. hope your week-end got off to as good a start as Mr Moose's did!Lol!!

    September 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    @bobcat2u:

    They're getting worse.
    I don't mind the trolls who post thongs under a made-up u/n; it's the ones who hijack known posters that lessen our posting experience. (Like the George Patton troll)
    That's too bad, because I like most everybody here, and I enjoy coming here; not as much as I used to, though.
    Ah, well.

    @fernace: how are you, Nannyfern?
    You're always a bright spot of sunshine!
    Thanks for *always* brightening my day!

    September 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. pmk1953

    In the 80's, my buddy Angelo used to have a doberman that liked to drink beer and have us blow shotguns to him. Klutzy would stumble around the house to everyone there and lay his head in your lap and drool all over you and try to get you to pet him (or give him more beer or another shotgun). We played cards at Angelo's house every saturday and Klutzy would get so excited waiting for us to start partying. We still laugh about it now. We miss that dog.

    September 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. RUFFNUTT © ( 15th lvl warrior and pontiac engine builder and lover of widowed elves )

    my buddies dog would knock our beers over and drink them.. only problem is sometimes we would forget to let him out and the dog would have a bbig beer pi$$ in the house..

    September 11, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RUFFNUTT © ( 15th lvl warrior and pontiac engine builder and lover of widowed elves )

    you might be right.. think we'll ever get our jobs back? and if so what will happen to all the chineese children that make all our stuff we buy?

    September 11, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. TexasWildfire

    Perhaps the inebriated animal should try detox........Elkaholics AnonyMoose.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Dave

    Oh wow... I have some swedish blood in me and this in hilarious...I must share this with my family

    September 17, 2011 at 3:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mrbluii

    What a morbid picture...at first I thought it was a decaying carcass, a victim of a tragic tornado. Way to get clicks CNN!

    September 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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