Saturday, 19 March 2011
INTERESTING STUFF – 19 March 2011
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog if you have one.
BETTE DAVIS AND HER FAMOUS PILLOW
It always annoys me when people misquote Bette Davis's most famous utterance or mis-attribute it to someone else. Now we have the lady herself holding the pillow on which it was embroidered.
FURTHER PROOF THAT BILLIONAIRES ARE $%^&*
A good friend overheard a conversation among Wall Street investors last week as one of them made reference to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami:
"Well, I'm back in the city. I had to cut short my family spring break vacation to come back to the office because of this market mess."
This week's Interesting Stuff is heavy on cute animals. Maybe it's that I just need to wallow for a bit in something totally apolitical that no one can complain about.
IT'S NOT OVER IN WISCONSIN
Yesterday, a Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order on the publication of the anti-collective bargaining law that Governor Scott Walker rammed through the legislature while the Democratic member were out of town.
A lawsuit has been filed questioning the legality of the speeded-up vote. You an read more here.
A DOG WORTH $1,623,514?
Or 1 million British pounds. He's a Tibetan mastiff named Hong Dong. Here's what else, according to the Guardian UK writer who has a mighty good sense of humor about this:
A million! What's it made of? It's a dog. It's made of dog.
Age: As a breed, ancient; in dog years, incalculable.
Appearance: Oversized Aslan plush toy, fresh from being washed and dried with a Manchester United jersey.
Funny looking lion: That's because it's a dog.
Go read the rest of the story – it's really funny.
BMI BASED ON YOUR BOOTY
I'm not kidding. There was a story in my local paper this week about how the size of your booty may be a more accurate measurement of body fat than the traditional body mass index.
Called the Body Adiposity Index (BAI), it is said to be “quite accurate” when compared to the dual energy x-ray absorption method. The formula is rather complicated and must be done in metric, but if you want to try it, you can read more here.
A PENGUIN'S MIGHT LEAP
Some of the people commenting at YouTube think this video is a fake. I have no idea, but it's sure worth a look.
ELDER EMERGENCY ROOMS
The New York Times reported this week about an emerging trend in emergency rooms suited to the needs of elders, like this one is Ann Arbor:
”Handrails line each wall, and a nonskid floor resembling hardwood reduces the risk of falls. Every bed has a thicker, pressure-reducing mattress and can be set to sound an alarm if a patient prone to wandering gets up.
“Room lighting is softer, and the clocks are larger. Each room comes furnished with a walker; patients can request reading glasses or hearing devices.”
Every time I read about improvements with elders in mind, I am struck, without exception, by how the changes would be good for everyone. You can read more about the coming emergency rooms here.
IT'S BEEN A LONG, HARD WINTER
William Weatherstone – The Diesel Gypsy – sent along this photo. If you have trouble reading the sign, it says, “If you have had enough cold and snow, please raise your hand.”