It's a well-known fact that most band names are essentially gobbledygook, but here at Rocks Off we're doing our best to find meaning in the oddest monikers. My absolute favorite kind of music is stuff that isn't in any way goth, but sounds like it should be. Especially if it leans towards the coun ... More >>
Twin Reticulated Giraffes, the only living set of twins, were born at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in central Texas. The female and male twins are fascinating quirks of nature because OH MY GOD, THEY ARE BABY GIRAFFES, YOU GUYS! Okay, everybody, just calm down. The female is named Wasswa and the m ... More >>
The tiny, peckish crawfish I ate over the weekend at The Hideaway on Dunvale -- my preferred spot for crawfish -- would seem to indicate that although crawfish are available in Houston, crawfish season has not yet truly arrived. This is a point of contention every year among crawfish lovers, who cl ... More >>
On October 24, scientists from around the world will come to San Antonio to discuss how testing on monkeys might one day lead to an AIDS cure. They'll be talking baboons, macaques, and vervets at the 30th Annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS, not chimpanzees. Once thought to be the ... More >>
Whales, gold rings, messages in bottle, cokeA jogger found 55 pounds of cocaine on the beach in Galveston this morning, a bigger haul than the 37 pounds someone else found there a year ago. In both cases, they turned it over to the cops instead of going all low-rent Breaking Bad. Of course, ... More >>
Ground crawfish powder, one of the "mother" spices in Nigerian cooking.Louisianans like to think they've got the world on a string when it comes to crawfish, with small towns like Breaux Bridge laying claim to titles such as "Crawfish Capital of the World." But there are a few people in Niger ... More >>
Dedicated mountain lion says Yes We Can, learns otherwise.We know not the name of the mountain lion who was chased through the downtown streets of El Paso this morning, continuing to escape pursuers even with two tranquilizer darts in him. We only know the cat must have really wanted to see ... More >>
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water....a piranha has been found in Lake Woodlands. The good news: It's only "a cousin" to the piranha. The better news: This is "a vegetarian" type of piranha. Still, sophisticated scientific research has proven just what can happen:
Photo by John SuhThe mudbugs before I tore them up.I used to host crawfish boils and cook the critters myself -- that is, until my garage started to smell like Galveston at its worst and then stayed that way for the next three months. I gave up and got my seasonal crawfish fix elsewhere, but ... More >>
Today Katharine Shilcutt counted down her top 10 places to eat crawfish, and commenter Matt wrote in about the proper way to do things: I believe Calliope's also seasons the water (that's what the owner told me, I look forward to trying them). I'm from New Orleans and will never understand w ... More >>
When NASA employee April Evans questioned animal experiments, her career fell apart.
Calamares en su tinto at Lemon Tree
Go into the dark with some furry, flying creatures
Photo courtesy Houston ZooDeano, 26, with Cali, 5: That's what I love about these high school seals, man. I get older, they stay the same age. The Animal God giveth, and the Animal God taketh away.Not long after the birth of the World's Cutest Giraffe, an old soul has left the Houston Zoo: Deano ... More >>
If you live in Needville or "the unincorporated portion of Beasley," the Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Department is warning you to stay away from skunks.We've never quite lived in a place where people had to be warned to stay away from skunks, but then again we've never even be ... More >>
Some exciting news for fans of Westside indie-rockers Young Mammals, of which Rocks Off understands there may be a few out there in Houston (including himself). The Strokes-ish quartet is wrapping its debut full-length, begun way back when the band was still known as the Dimes, today and already a ... More >>
Comparing the synth-popper with his mammalian namesake
JAWS Unleashed is as sloppy as it is gory
Thanks to the Endangered Species Act, alligators are everywhere in southeast Texas. So now the state is going to make it easier for you to shoot you one.
Teaching kids to keep their heads
Ziggy's Healthy Grill
For business or pleasure, here comes the Great Butterfly Chase
Floyd's Cajun Kitchen
Can't Buy Love -- or Armadillo
February 11 - 17, 1999
A Bug's Life brings out the best of Pixar's new breed
An apartment complex loses the battle against guano
Cecil Hopper subdues the wilderness -- then enshrines it in his museum
Last fall, environmentalists thought they'd finally put a stake through the heart of the West Side Airport. But the mayoral race seems to have given it a new lease on life.
Butterflies are nature's floorshow and the Natural Science Museum's cash cow. John Watts' job is to keep the performers alive and flitting.
To animal control, Pedro was ring-tailed vermin. To Jimmy Vonderglotz, he was a friend.
The oil is gone from High Island, but the birds still come. So do the bird watchers.
How many winters more will Arctic waterfowl make their 10,000-year-old journey to the western edge of Houston?