Despite their usefulness and the fact that people in many areas of the world depend on them for their very survival, donkeys have an unfortunate ignoble reputation. They're used to represent all sorts of unpleasant things.

In Jordan, a Valentine's Day protestor dressed one up in red cloth and affixed roses to its ears (I don't want to know how) to illustrate his dismay at the celebration of the holiday, according to a news item in the daily al-Dustour, discussed on

"The move is intended to send a clear message to all that celebrating Valentine's Day is strange to our religion, traditions and culture," Ayman Quaider told the paper.

Different area of the world, same basic idea, and--bonus--also involving a donkey. (Don't miss the last line: "But a group calling themselves the “Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women” responded robustly to the extremists’ campaign by sending them boxes containing pink knickers as a Valentine’s Day gift.")

Earlier this month, 15 people were arrested after investigators with the Los Angeles Border Enforcement Security Task Force discovered $1.5 million worth of marijuana hidden in a shipment of concrete donkey yard statues.

Now, there are at least two potential puns here. And I'm happy to report that MSNBC got not one but both them--and huge bonus points for putting them right in the headline! Snaps!

Granted, "drug mule" is pretty obvious. But "Donkey Kong," brilliantly morphed to "Donkey Bong"? Best headline award for the week, hands down.

(I was tempted to use this as the lead, with a headline utilizing "it's on like Donkey Bong," but frankly wasn't sure if it's recognizable enough. For future reference, "on like Donkey Kong" is a phrase used to express enthusiasm for an upcoming big event. Urban Dictionary's top-rated definition is "Used to describe it's on and time to party big time.")

PSA: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating after eight eagles became ill or died after feeding on a euthanized horse that was not buried promptly, The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports.

Bald eagles are considered a "sensitive species" in most states. Department officials said they're trying to contact the owner of the horse.

Just something to keep in mind: "Anything that's euthanized with a drug needs to be buried or rendered," (Fish and Wildlife Officer Bruce) Richards said. "Even burying them--unless you went really deep, birds and coyotes can dig them up."