Saturday, 02 March 2013
INTERESTING STUFF: 2 March 2013
HELEN MIRREN'S PINK HAIR
When I was a kid, a lot of old women had blue hair, the result of too much rinse to counteract gray hair going yellowish.
Now, actor Helen Mirren has a much better idea which she showed off on 10 February at the BAFTA Awards (the British Oscars) in London. Take a look:
RUSSIAN SAILORS RESCUE STRANDED DOG
Russian fishermen in the Sea of Okhotsk caught sight of a dog stranded on a way-too-small ice floe. Thanks to those brave fishermen, Dzulka the dog was saved. Watch.
ARE YOU AMONG THE 94 PERCENT...
...of Americans who do not know that the federal deficit is falling faster than at any time since the end of World War II?
According to Campaign for America's Future and other sources, the deficit
“...is down about 50 percent as a percent of GDP just since Bush’s huge $1.4 trillion fiscal 2009 deficit. And the deficit is projected to be stable for a decade.”
Even so, just about everyone in Washington and a whole lot of other places are screeching about the how the deficit is killing the country.
Read more at the link above and here too, and you might want to let your legislators know too.
SHARK SEEKS HELP FROM HUMANS
Like the dog on the ice floe above, here is another tale of an animal in need, with humans to the rescue. In this case what is fascinating is that the shark appears to have sought out the humans for the help he (she?) needed.
Take a look. (Hat tip to Nikki Lindquist of From Where I Sit)
FBI RAIDS SCOOTER STORE
If you are anything like me, you always wondered how those ubiquitous Scooter Store commercials could promise that with their help, anyone, anyone at all, could get a scooter and Medicare would pay. Well, just as we suspected, it turns out that's unlikely to be true.
Last week, the FBI stepped in:
Before the raid, a government audit had found that between 2009 and 2012, the Scooter Store had overbilled Medicare by $100 million. You can read more here.
PORTLAND STORE FEATURED IN SWEDISH NEWSPAPER
Powell's book store in Portland, Oregon, is justifiably famous for its vast collection of books - millions. Mainly because the store's section on aging is pitiful, I would rank Powell's slightly below a similar store, The Strand, in New York City. But there are plenty of people who would disagree with me.
There are not many stores in the U.S.or even in the world as big as Powell's and the Strand but I was still surprised when Nikki sent me this two-page layout in her local paper in Sweden about Powell's.
FACEBOOK IMPROVES COGNITION, SAYS STUDY
It is pretty well understood now from many studies that learning any new things will help maintain healthy brains as we get older. Now there is one study reporting that learning to use Facebook will sharpen one's mind.
”Preliminary research findings from the University of Arizona suggest that men and women older than 65 who learn to use Facebook could see a boost in cognitive function.”
Of course, I cannot say if that's true. All I know is that for me it's harder to understand Facebook functions that it would be to learn to speak Klingon so I don't bother. Have you noticed my mind slipping? You can read more here.
There's not much to say about this video. It's just a man, his dog and a motorcycle. Enjoy.
BEARDED DRAGON PLAYS ANT CRUSHER ON IPHONE
There are a lot of animal videos this week. It's just the way things fall sometimes.
This one comes from TGB's assistant musicologist, Norma, about a bearded dragon playing an iPhone game. Each time I watch I wonder why the dragon doesn't get hungry and frustrated.
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.
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