Saturday, 02 November 2013
INTERESTING STUFF – 2 November 2013
EDITORIAL NOTE: Interesting Stuff is short by a couple of items this week because I am running short of time in getting ready to leave town tomorrow for a conference on aging in Rhode Island. But I'll be back before next weekend so don't let my absence prevent you from sending your Interesting Stuff items.
OLDEST FACEBOOK USER
Edythe Kirchmaier is 105 – apparently the world's oldest Facebook user. According to a Huffington Post story,
”Kirchmaier first gained attention when Facebook would not allow her to enter her birth year of 1908, a problem the site's engineers ultimately fixed.”
Here's a short video interview with Ms. Kirchmaier from the Oprah Winfrey Network. (Hat tip to Nana Royer and others)
You're on your own on this video. I have no idea what to say except that it's strange, really strange. Hat tip to Celia of Celia's Blue Cottage.
A NEW SIMON'S CAT
And it's kind of Halloween-ish.
NO WOMAN NO DRIVE
Hisham Fageeh explains that he is a Saudi artist social activist. His video mocks the kingdom's ban on female driving and it's gone wildly viral. According to Raw Story,
"The video that sarcastically tells women not to consider getting behind the wheel was posted on the day set by female activists to launch an new campaign to defy the kingdom’s ban on women driving.
"At least 16 women were stopped by police while at the wheel on Saturday. They were fined and forced along with their male guardians to pledge to obey the conservative-kingdom’s laws.
“Nearly 3.5 million people had seen the 4:15-minute video by Monday, two days after the adaptation of the reggae legend’s No Woman, No Cry had been posted on YouTube.”
THIS MAYBE BE A BIT TOO MUCH NOSTALGIA
TGB Reader Diane Sartell sent a Pinterest page title “Back in the Day” with such images as
Sally Balm has collected an amazing number of different images of mostly forgotten artifacts from our childhoods. Take a look – there is certainly something for everyone in the collection.
Remember that item from Interesting Stuff two weeks ago called Poopourri? This may be a perfect companion product. It seems to me they could be sold together.
These Shreddies should not be confused with the Canadian breakfast cereal of the same name.
You can find out more about Shreddies here.
FANTASTIC MARCHING BAND MOVES
Here's my dilemma: I have zero interest in any spectator sport but I love marching bands. Solution: YouTube. Hurray!
This video of the Ohio State marching band has been all over the internet this week. It's an amazing, gorgeous, fantastic show and accomplishment. Pay special attention at just after six minutes to the tyrannsaurus rex – watch carefully to what happens.
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.