Saturday, 08 December 2012
INTERESTING STUFF: 8 December 2012
BRAND NEW BABY ELEPHANT
It happened eight days ago right here at the Portland, Oregon zoo. After a 21-month pregnancy and five days of labor, Asian elephant Rose-Tu gave birth to a 300-pound daughter.
This video was shot on 30 November, the day the adorable baby was born. Isn't she the cutest thing. (There is no audio on the clip)
EVEN EARLIER EMOTICON
In Last week's Interesting Stuff, I told you about the origin of the emoticon dating to 1982. But then, TGB reader John Gear emailed with some additional information – antecedents to modern-day smilies and frownies:
These were published in Puck magazine in 1881. There is a lot more information about pre-emoticon emoticons at Wikipedia.
WHAT IS THE REAL PURPOSE OF LIFE?
An age-old question worth pondering. This answer is from philosopher Alan Watts via South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. (Hat tip to Pam Gallagher of Costa de la Luz Gardening)
DOES THE UNIVERSE HAVE A PURPOSE?
A bigger question by magnitudes than the item just above. An answer and animation from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson:
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
”Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has been taking his daughter hunting for years, but this Thanksgiving she took a successful shot of her own.
“Ryan’s 10-year-old daughter, Liza, brought her own weapon for the first time, and matched her Dad by bagging her own deer in the woods of Oklahoma.
"'Congressman Ryan was grateful to spend time with his family over the Thanksgiving holiday. He was able to hunt with his daughter Liza,' said Kevin Seifert, Ryan’s spokesman. "'Both of them had successful and safe outings, each shooting a buck.'"
If you really want to know more, you'll find it here.
SANTA TRIES TO RETIRE
Residents of the Erickson Living Maris Grove retirement community in Delaware County, Pennsylvania obviously had a lot of fun producing this video. They took all the acting parts too. Nice.
FOR SHERLOCK HOLMES FANS
I've been reading Sherlock Holmes for half a century. Maybe a decade or more goes by for me between stories, but I always return to them. Now, an interview with Holmes's creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has turned up.
According to a commenter at YouTube, this was shot in October 1928 for Movietone News. The location is Doyle's garden at his Windlesham estate in Surrey, England, with his Irish terrier, Paddy.
LATEST CONGRESS RATINGS
Gallup recently took the temperature of American's attitude toward Congress. As you might guess, in honesty and ethical standards, the only job the nation rates lower than Congress is car sales.
Click here to see the Gallup chart and what job ranks number one.
BO INSPECTS THE WHITE HOUSE DECORATIONS
This White House sure knows how to charm us. Take a look at the first dog checking out the eye-popping Christmas décor.
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.