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Additional Accolade Badges Needed

Updated on October 4, 2015
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Rochelle Frank wrote humorous bits for her college newspaper many years ago. Her funny observations have continued in print and online.

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HubPages accolades are those curious little round badges which are usually displayed as victory wreaths of various colors --with numbers, letters or symbols inside.

They represent various attributes worthy of hubber praise and adulation. They appear off to the right side and a bit further down from your avatar picture on a profile page.

How do you feel about accolades?

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Mixed Feelings

Actually, they don't appear for all hub authors. A new hubber may not yet have any suitable attainments deserving a glorious badge, and other writers are just too humble to display their awards.

There are also those who think of the awards as being silly, distracting, meaningless, misleading, or even infantile. We therefore have the been given the choice to display our honors proudly and gloriously, or keep them a deep, dark secret. You can choose not to display them if you are proud of your humility.

As I said, there are mixed feelings about the little symbols, but I'm here to suggest that we need even MORE accolades for numerous achievements, accomplishments and feats which have been heretofore unrecognized. There are even several "non-achievements" which should be recognized. I'll explain those as well.

Opinions about current accolades run the range of reaction from "What are those?" to "I am both extraordinarily proud and very humbled by my Accolades and would like to thank the academy.. or whomever..".

I have taken it upon myself to design a number of new accolades to pay tribute to many ignored attainments of hubbers. Though these have not yet been officially approved, I am giving both hubbers and staff a chance to preview and comment upon the ideas before they are adopted.

An alternative-- Stick them on your computer screen.

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Some Unofficial Definitions of Current Accolades.

  • Accolades indicate HubPages achievements and milestones.
  • One looking like a gold police badge indicates hub views .
  • The violet faceless head enumerates followers .
  • An olive green pen nib shows total number of hubs, (no one uses pens anymore).
  • The dull grey number shows the number of years one has been on HubPages. You can be honored just for being here.
  • There is an olive drab green Q and an A to indicate numbers of Questions and Answers.
  • A certain number of "Best Answers" gets a gold wreath with a little crown . OOoooh.

Others accolades celebrate ways people contribute to the site, including those listed here:

  • A brick red cartoon dialog bubble identifies a "Great Commenter" and responder.
  • The black loving cup -- probably silver, before it tarnished -- is the popularity prize, for those who get loving feedback to their Hubs.
  • An aqua-colored giant single quote and unquote means "Great Discussion Starter" or has as hubs with a buco-buncha really good comments.
  • The deep pink thumbs up and thumbs down is awarded to "Great HubPages Citizens" who help new users, and also rat out those who are breaking the rules.
  • A yellow hourglass--Engaging Writer: A writer who is engaged, or writes Hubs which visitors love to read from start to finish or vice versa.
  • One large brass color star rising over a Kremlin type building indicates a "Rising Star", or a new Hubber winner in the R.S. competition.
  • A solemn black ribbon, reminiscent of a Victorian funeral decoration, denotes a "Hub of the Day Winner"
  • The golden flowing pen nib-- "Hubbie Award Winner" who was selected by our community annually as worthy of acclaim or infamy!

New Suggestions


The Bell -- award for clarity of writing, clear easily understood messages with no garbled thoughts, grammar or punctuation. (Not to be confused wit the No-bel prize.)

The Smiley --The wreath of this one is gold, though the smiley, itself, should be "smiley face yellow". It is earned by a person using lots and lots of emoticons. This would be mainly for forum posters.

The Evergreen -- With an evergreen wreath we can't use a deciduous type of branch, because the standard looks more like a deciduous leaf -- and therefore wouldn't be evergreen. The fir tree in the center also looks a bit Christmasy, although these are not seasonal. These would be awarded to hubbers who have a quantity of articles that will never go out of style, despite season, holiday, time or eternity.

Fuzzy Paw award -- with a fuzzy wreath, for hundreds of cute pet photos. Dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, jackalopes and any other cute fuzzy pets qualify. Sorry,Those of you with reptile, amphibian, insect or parasite pets will not be considered.

NON-ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
The Unattributed Photos accolade -- is a question mark superimposed on a camera icon, for those who don't let us know the source of their pictures.

Band Aid Award -- Is a beige wreath with a band-aid icon, for having over 10 hubs that need some first aid or little fixes that might help stop hubscore bleeding.

Conspiracy Theory Award -- With a cloak-and-dagger shadowman in the center, could be awarded for more than 10 hubs describing alternative clandestine plots, schemes and machinations which oppose conventional wisdom, common sense and firmly established facts about historical events. These may involve secret societies, intergalactic beings, corporate think-tanks, or muppets.

Diamond in the Rough accolade -- is for more than ten hubs that get close to having everything right, but still need considerable cutting and polishing.

Bigfoot Award -- for more than ten hubs about dubious sightings of mythical or semi-mythical or hoaxed creatures.

The Brace and Bit award -- For having a certain number of hubs that keep going round and round and are-- frankly-- boring. Similar to the Bulwar-Lytton award of "dark and stormy night" fame. (A Brace and Bit is an old fashioned carpenter's drill.)

Kicked off the Forums award -- shows a big combat boot surrounded by poison ivy. It is closely related to the...
Banned from the Forums accolade -- displays an executioner's hood, mask and axe

Wildflower Accolade -- is a totally random accolade with a wildflower in the center. It is given for no reason whatsoever, and relevant to no attributes or calculations, it just pops up and down wildly from time to time, for no particular cause -- kind of like hubber scores.


Passion Accolade -- Has a large red bleeding heart in the center, and is given to people who write passionately about something, and don't care one whit about earnings. It is related to the...
Misplaced Passion Accolade -- which shows a heart falling out of the surrounding wreath and is given to people who write passionately about something no one else cares about.



The No Accolade Award -- A big zero for someone who wants to display their accolades but doesn't have any to display. This award continually blinks on and off, because once it IS displayed, it is no longer applicable, and once it disappears, it again applies.

Finally, the ultimate accolade, the 
Flabbergastterisk- is a combination of exclamation point !, question mark ?, and asterisk *, given for collecting all of the other accolades, or the highest number of accolades, ever-- so far.

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One Additional Accolade


Night Owl Award -- surrounded by a black wreath for darkness.

Only presented for the publishing of a certain number articles that seem to written by people who have typed and edited all of their hubs in the dark, or by someone who seems to be completely in the dark about spelling, punctuation, grammar and their subjects.

Disclaimer: Basically for HubPages writers, these are suggestions that should not be taken too seriously. Please reserve judgement and engage your sense of humor.

Note to Staff: If this reduces my current accolades, I will deny, retract, recant and do appropriate penance.

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      Rochelle Frank 18 months ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks a lot, easy exerecise.

      One thing I would seriously like to see is some indication of which hubs are appearing on the "niche" or "network" sites. As far as I know there is nowhere to see this statistic (or accolade).

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      Kelly A Burnett 18 months ago from United States

      Rochelle Frank,

      This was delightful! Yes, yes, and YES!

      And while this is all fun in the name of "tongue in cheek", I would like to see more icons available perhaps in the arena of KPI's denoting quality issues.

      If I could take the unattributed photo one step further and ask HP to place an icon on a blurry photo. I know that sounds silly but I have hundreds of photos and sincerely need guidance as to what photo is blurry.

      Also, I would love to see icons for more QA - Quality Assurance. The upper right portion has some but I need more assistance. Do I need spell check, do I need grammar check? I know it guides me as to the number of words, images, etc... but I need a icon that says hey dummy there are no search terms, there hasn't been any promotion of this hub for over xxx months, etc... Also, I need to know when my promotions help.

      Yes, I love these ideas but if we could consider translating this over to practical KPI (key performance indices) that help the writer to draw more traffic, to craft better hubs with specifics beyond the "just not featured", I would be very supportive.

      And perhaps these KPI's would be only for those who opt in - perhaps not everyone is ready for criticism and guidance.

      Thank you for listening....

      Thank you very much for a delightful experience - you are the best!

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      Rochelle Frank 18 months ago from California Gold Country

      Glad you enjoyed it RTalloni. Thanks for the nudge.

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      RTalloni 18 months ago from the short journey

      Some fun and funny stuff here. I'm in for the Conspiracy… award. It would be great fun to come up with a new theory each week and write convincingly about it! What a writing exercise that would be… :)

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      You'll have to be on your toes to get that one. Thanks, Niecey.

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      Niecey Docherty 2 years ago from Firth, Nebraska

      Ooh,ooh, I want the big foot award.

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      You are very deserving, Randy, In many categories. Your comment is appreciated.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Very nice, Rochelle! I know I'd qualify for both of the "banned from the forums" accolades. Unfortunately for us qualifiers, HP removes some of the accolades when we get banned from the forums. Little known fact! :(

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thank you, cat! .. and all recommendations are welcome. I like the imagry you suggest.

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Rochelle, These are all just too good! I agree that some actually should be added to our current ones, and the rest just brightened my day! How about a "psychic" accolade featuring a fortune teller over a crystal ball? It could be awarded to those followers who never read nor comment on anything

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      At the very least, it shows that the staff and moderators are paying attention to what we do, so it's all good. Thankd for commenting.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      So funny but clever at the same time. I actually wouldn't mind having some of these accolades assigned. As far as liking the accolades, I do enjoy seeing them on my page because it serves as a morale boost. Even if it doesn't mean much, it still feels good to have and it looks like you've accomplished more even if that's not the case. Great and fun hub.

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thank you, Life. Some times I like to poke a little fun. I did enjoy your Art Theory hub-- very insightful.

      BTW you can (but don't have to) respond to comments on your own hubs.

      I will be looking at more of your work.

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      Corinna Nicole 2 years ago from Huntsville, AL

      This is brilliant and humorous! I can tell you've read a lot of hubs and know your way around the good and the bad ;) Very enjoyable read!

      Also, I wanted to thank you for your wonderful comment on my "Why I hate art theory" hub :)

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      I think a lot of people do. Thanks for commenting, Easy Exercise.

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Rochelle,

      Fun! Oh, I feel like the owl many a day (and night too)!

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks for commenting, CASE1WORKER. Yes, that is another possibility.

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      CASE1WORKER 2 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      I like the Fuzzy Paw award - I guess the fishy people could have a slimy fish as an accolade?

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      Yes, dogs, cats and night owls are all over the place. :)

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Iwould like to have the fuzzy paw and night owl award, i am sure lots of hubs are on these

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks, Anika. I spent way too much time thinking about this, but alas, noe have been officially adopted.

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      Anika Diaries 2 years ago

      This was super fun to read. I guess there is something for everyone here. Laughed my heart out specially on reading the fuzzy paw and no accolade awards. Gud one.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thank you, Billllrrrr, for reading and adding to the list. (BTW, you know you can check interesting, funny and awesome all at once.) You know what is awesome.... the ad bar above this hub is advertising a variety of Christmas wreaths and it looks rather festive.

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      Bill Russo 3 years ago from Cape Cod

      I just found this Rochelle and I am going to give myself a "Shudda seen this sooner" non-award for being tardy. But I will also give me a "Better Late Than Never Award" so that I don't feel totally bad.

      Seriously, this was a very entertaining item and it's just what I needed.

      I am having trouble deciding whether to give you an "up" award by saying this Hub is Interesting...or maybe I should say "awesome" or perhaps I will just click on "Funny".

      I have made up my mind......you can chalk up one more "Awesome".

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks, DealForALiving. These would give lots of people lots of reasons to be obsessed, and many of them would be pretty easy to attain. I still haven't heard from the staff on this, but I guess they are pretty busy right now.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      The Wildflower would be a good addition and perfect for the speculators. Thanks for reading ChristinS.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I'm secretly obsessed with accolades and would love more to work towards. Fantastic idea!

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      All of these are very clever :) I particularly like the wildflower accolade. This would be great forum fodder for people to come up with lists of at least 50 reasons why they do or do not have one. Reading the same threads on scores going up and down has grown boring because there are no more new creative reasons cropping up. We need something else to speculate endlessly and run around in circles about :) Fun hub!

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Venkatachari M .

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      It is very interesting going through the new suggestions. Some are funny, some depressing. Very creative thinking.

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      Sed-me 3 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      Uh... yeah. Very impressive.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      The picture of my hand drawing an accolade?

      I think I took a screenshot of my badges, printed it out, , drew part of a garland, then took a photo of my left hand holding a pen. I am right handed, but it was awkward to click the camera with my left hand while holding the camera.

      Thanks for coming by.

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      Sed-me 3 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      You are hilarious. hahaha. I love your dry wit.

      How did you get that pic? That was awesome.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Indeed, CMHypno, but you must know that accolades have to be earned and deserved.

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      CMHypno 3 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Can I have them all? We all know that accolades don't real mean that much, but it's a tough world out there so its good to have a bit of recognition and a bit of a pat on the back. Bring them on, the more the better lol!

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      I like your take on the subject, Breakfastpop.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      You're welcome, MsDora. though there may be a lot of subjectivity involved in determining what people care about.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks, Susi10. That might be a good one, however a lot of people tend to answer and comment on their own hubs, so it might be a slightly skewed number.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      The more accolades the better! I never look at them, but with more added I will have tons of accolades to ignore! Up and funny and awesome, too!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the humor. Actually, some of your suggested accolades--for example, the Misplaced Passion Accolade might help keep hubbers attuned to what matters.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      What a funny hub! I enjoyed going down through these accolades. In all seriousness, I think that there should be an accolade for the amount of comments that a Hubber got, for example over 50 comments or over 200 comments. I proposed that to the HP staff but got no reply. I think that new accolade would be very handy indeed.

      Great job here Rochelle, voted funny and shared!

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Not everyone agrees, Millionaire Tips, but maybe adding a few would make it seem less serious--- (really, I'm NOT serious).

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      These are funny! Let's use them all! I like accolades - the more the merrier!

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Good Idea, Sharkye11. Maybe we can adapt the LOLLY-- that I mentioned to suzettenaples (above). I have started adding disclaimers to some of mine after being called a numbskull a few times.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Brilliant! Can we have one for those of us who write humor hubs? And what about a special accolade for the number of times a commenter didn't get that they were humor hubs? :)

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      I'm starting to worry a little, Sunshine. My Hubber score has dropped two points in the past hour.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks so much, Suzette. It's just for fun.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Funny stuff, but I like your "Note to the Staff" the best!:)

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hilarious! What a clever idea and write. I so enjoyed reading this. Bravo!

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks, and yes, It could have a big lollypop on it and be called The LOLLY.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This was really funny. I laughed out loud at the "Kicked off the Forum" award. I would like to see another accolade award for people who excessively use lol on all their comments. lol

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks, Victoria Lynn.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thank you, Examiner. Maybe we should be able to choose the ones we want.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, that was really, really funny!

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Sorry, Jan. I should do this on my desktop computer. My tablet must have been thinking of Brie and jam.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      Nice to know someone was thinking of me ;)

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks for voting, jam shares. I also think we should be able to nominate people for these.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      Thanks, Brie. I was thinking of you when I added the conspiracy one. Yes,they are all rather silly-- but why not go all in?

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      That was funny Rochelle. I can see that you really put some thought in this. I would have to think about which ones I would want/need.

      Kevin

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Lol, Rochelle, this is hilarious! Thanks for the good humor. I do, however, think I deserve the "Bell" and the "Evergreen." Ha ha ha ha, voted up and funny.

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      I would get a conspiracy one for sure! I think they are stupid..like getting a gold star in elementary school. I would much prefer HP to fix other areas, like the links section that says it's still pending after having published a hub..oh say 3 years ago! Or fixing the hubber score which seems to be based on nothing at all.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      You certainly would be a candidate for the Fuzzy Paw Accolade, Dr. Mark. Thanks for being the first to comment,

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      Dr Mark 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

      I like that fuzzy paw accolade, but what about a forked tongue accolade for the reptile people. Come on, Rochelle, throw them dragon owners a bone (or a cricket).