Pickled snakes in bottles, real shark dissections and owl barf.These are some of the really cool and gross things on display atthe Museum of Natural History in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 22,Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24. Friday, Oct. 22 is a school in-service day and the beginning of athree-day weekend for children. “We’ve planned lots of fun thingsfor kids to do on their days off,” says manager Janet Maltby. “Wetruly enjoy opportunities to share fascinating aspects of natureand display unique museum specimens which are often not on publicdisplay.” Did you know that baby sharks are called pups? Budding biologistswill enjoy such information as well as the opportunity to view adissection of a Spiny Dogfish Shark, the most abundant of allshark species. For some, the up-close and personal experience ofseeing what a shark ate for breakfast might easily be considered”totally gross.” As part of the event, museum naturalists will also dissect owlpellets, the non-digested and regurgitate food parts of what anowl has eaten. They will also be cooking up crunchy mealworms and providing taste tests at their Bug Bistro each day. Other “gross”activities include looking at compost under a microscopes, seeingbats, rats and a mummified cat. The Get Gross at the Museum display takes place on Friday, Oct.22 and Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday,Oct. 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum of Natural History is located at 1747 Summer St.,Halifax. Regular admission will be charged. For information anddissecting schedule call 902-424- 3563 or visit the website athttp://nature.museum.gov.ns.ca .
NEW YORK, N.Y. – With the help of Dolly Parton, an iconic Christmas tree lighting, “The Voice” and the Dallas Cowboys, NBC enjoyed one of its best weeks in television ratings in years.Aside from times when NBC had the Olympics or Super Bowl, the week ending Sunday was the network’s most-watched in 19 years, said Bob Greenblatt, NBC chairman.The Parton movie, “Christmas of Many Colours,” finished among the Nielsen company’s top 10 programs last week. The network also had strong weeks for “The Voice” and the growing freshman drama, “This is Us.”NBC hopes its success continues this week with the high-profile musical “Hairspray Live!” airing Wednesday.“We always plan for these December bumps (in the ratings) because we have so many specials,” Greenblatt said. “They just give us a little lift that we’ve come to expect. Thankfully, it’s the case this year.”With the Cowboys playing on NBC Thursday night, that NFL game accomplished the unusual feat of getting a higher rating than NBC’s Sunday night game.NBC averaged 10.6 million viewers for the week. CBS was second with 6.7 million viewers, Fox had 5.8 million, ABC had 5 million, the CW had 2.1 million, Univision had 1.8 million, Telemundo had 1.7 million and ION Television had 1.4 million.The election’s over, but Fox News Channel was still the most popular cable network last week, averaging 2.59 million viewers in prime time. ESPN had 2.57 million, Hallmark had 2.25 million, AMC had 1.57 million and ABC Family had 1.53 million.“NBC Nightly News’” won the evening news race, averaging 9.3 million viewers to 9.1 million for “ABC World News Tonight.” The “CBS Evening News” had 7.6 million.For the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Dallas at Minnesota, NBC, 21.76 million; NFL Football: Carolina at Seattle, NBC, 17.75 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.54 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 13.65 million; NFL Football: Green Bay at Philadelphia, ESPN, 13.06 million; “Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 12.23 million; “The OT,” Fox, 12.18 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.85 million; Movie: “Christmas of Many Colours,” NBC, 11.58 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.64 million viewers.___This story has been corrected to show that for the week ending Sunday, “NBC Nightly News’” averaged 9.3 million viewers, “ABC World News Tonight” had 9.1 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.6 million. The story originally reported the season-to-date numbers.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 2:27 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Parton, Christmas tree lighting, Cowboys give NBC big week