Saturday, 01 February 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 1 February 2014
NO ONE YOUNGER THAN 50 UNDERTSTANDS
Huffington Post came up with 50 things people younger than most of us at this blog don't get. There's Howdy Doody, dial telephones, Burma Shave signs, drive-in movies, life without beepers, answering machines or cell phones.
My favorite is this: when women dressed up - really dressed up to go shopping:
You can read the rest of the 50 things only people 50 and older understand at Huffington Post.
There is a man, Walter Chandoha, who has been photographing cats and other animals all his long life and he's got some tips for you on how to do it well.
HOW MANY KIDS ARE INJURED BY GUNS EVERY DAY?
Did you know this? I didn't. In the United States, 20 children and adolescents are injured by guns every day.
Shameful. Shameful. Shameful. You can read more here.
IS DECORUM TOO MUCH TO ASK OF ELECTED OFFICIALS?
Remember when, at a past State of the Union Address, Representative Joe Wilson yelled, “You lie” while President Barack Obama was speaking? Or at that speech another year when Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito mouthed the words, “Not true.”
This year, it was Republican Representative Michael Grimm of New York not during but just after the State of the Union address. He didn't like a question a New York1 reporter asked so Grimm threatened to throw the reporter off the Capitol balcony. Watch.
(Click the rectangle next to the YouTube logo at the bottom of the screen to watch a larger frame for easier reading of the transcript.)
So do you think it is too much to ask for some decorum from our elected officials? Not just for the president, although that is important, but for the dignity of the offices they hold and the building where they work.
HOW MANY DAYS OLD ARE YOU?
This comes from Darlene Costner – a website that gives you a bunch of statistics about how old you are in days, weeks and months. Here are some of my stats:
• You are 26598 days old
• Which is 3799 weeks and 5 days
• That's 72 years and 300 days
• Or 72 years, 42 weeks and 6 days.
There are more numbers but you get the idea. Go try it for yourself here.
I never heard of parahawking until Darlene Costner sent this video along and wow-o-wow. The YouTube page explains:
“Parahawking is coming to the USA. These are a few shots of training a Harris's Hawk to fly with a paraglider. More to come! Music by Asche & Spencer...”
Take a look – bird and man flying together.
THE OLD TABLECLOTH TRICK
Or, as it says on the YouTube page, Der Tischdeckentrick. With an unintended ending. (From Darlene Costner again)
FROZEN IN OHIO
A fourth shoutout to Darlene today for this photo and poem titled simply, Winter.
It's winter in Ohio
And the gentle breezes blow,
70 miles per hour at 52 below!
Oh, how I love Ohio
When the snow's up to your butt;
You take a breath of winter air
And your nose is frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful,
You may think I'm a fool.
I could never leave Ohio,
Cause I'm frozen to the stool.
With so much bad news almost daily about extinction of plants and animals around the world (have you read about the monarch butterflies this year?), it was good to get this video from TGB reader Ali.
You can read more about the otters here.
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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