Off the Trodden Path

Published June 3, 2021 by Nan Mykel

I got lost in my search for truth this week.  I trace my Alice in Wonderland experience back to two different sources.  The first topple was when I looked up “civet” on Google and was taken to the www.britannica site…

Civet, also called civet cat, any of a number of long-bodied, short-legged carnivores of the family Viverridae. There are about 15 to 20 species, placed in 10 to 12 genera. Civets are found in Africa, southern Europe, and Asia. Rather catlike in appearance, they have a thickly furred tail, small ears, and a pointed snout. The coloration varies widely among the species but commonly is buff or grayish with a pattern of black spots or stripes or both. Length ranges from about 40 to 85 cm (16 to 34 inches), with the tail accounting for another 13 to 66 cm (5 to 26 inches), and weight ranges from 1.5 to 11 kg (3.3 to 24 pounds).

African palm civet (Nandinia binotata). Robert C. Hermes from the National Audubon Society Collection/Photo Researchers

Civets are usually solitary and live in tree hollows, among rocks, and in similar places, coming out to forage at night. Except for the arboreal palm civets, such as Paradoxurus (also known as toddy cat because of its fondness for palm juice, or “toddy”) and Nandinia, civets are mainly terrestrial. The Sunda otter civet (Cynogale bennetti), the African civet (Civettictis civetta), and the rare Congo water civet (Genetta piscivora) are semiaquatic. Civets feed on small animals and on vegetable matter. Their litters usually consist of two or three young.

The anal glands of civets open under the tail into a large pouch in which a greasy, musklike secretion accumulates. This secretion, known as civet, is used by the animals in marking territories. The secretion of the small Indian civet, or rasse (Viverricula indica), and of the Oriental civets (Viverra) is employed commercially in the manufacture of perfume. In addition, coffee beans fermented within and excreted from the digestive tracts of civets in the Philippines and Indonesia are sometimes used to enhance the taste of coffee.

This article was most recently revised and updated by John P. Rafferty, Editor. Encyclopaedia Britannica’s editors oversee subject areas in which they have extensive knowledge, whether from years of experience gained by working on that content or via study for an advanced degree….

Already off-center after reading how civet excretion adds pleasure to our lives, I began surreptitiously reading in Colin Wilson’s Alien Dawn–surreptitiously so as not to model questionable behavior for my children.  On page 233 I came across a description of Ebe, the extraterrestrial biological entity.  “They have been visiting Earth for 25,000 years…They have been manipulating DNA, and aiding human evolution.  It was also stated that Jesus was an extraterrestrial, created by the aliens, placed on earth to teach men about love and nonviolence.”

I had quit believing in UFOs after Trump said they were real… But I reckon  we need all the help we can get, especially now…

10 comments on “Off the Trodden Path

  • From civet cat-scat…
    …to Trump bat-scat.

    I’m not a cat person and my coffee is just fine in its present form. No need to soak it in anything, However, as a subject for conversation, I prefer any cat-scat to Trump bat-scat.

    Any life form able to visit earth at will, probably won’t be back.

    After several delays, NASA’s James Webb Telescope is set to launch in October this year.
    Now, maybe, we can locate Ebe and the ET. And maybe, Larry Niven’s Ringworld. (Oh, its out there!)


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