Saturday, 15 February 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 15 February 2014
TWO ELDER ICONS DIE
It seems so cruel, doesn't it when someone dies, that you realize you thought they were already dead. That happened to me this week when Shirley Temple died at age 85 and Sid Caesar at 91.
These two, each one in their day, were stars as big as the British royal family is today or Kim Kardashian or Kanye West and, well, there are so many more stars these days than in my youth.
The New York Times did their usual good job of reminding people who Shirley Temple and Sid Caesar were once upon a time.
GORGEOUS RUSSIAN COMMERCIAL
Darlene Costner who, you will see, is well represented in this list today, sent this beautiful, clever and, given Sochi this week, appropriate car commercial.
MY BRAGGING RIGHTS
Darlene sent the link to this online Pew Science test. Thirteen questions which, they say, only seven percent of the population answer all correctly.
Ahem. Moi is now a member of that select group and here's the proof – a screengrab showing in tiny print at the bottom, “You answered 13 of 13 questions correctly.”
Actually, I quite surprised myself - science is not my strong suit. You can test your science knowledge here.
AMAZINGLY SMART CROW
Maybe this crow could answer all 13 questions correctly. Take a look at this video from the BBC:
You can read more here.
As Jim Hood, who emailed this video, wrote: “You really must imagine what this was like had you been there.” As the YouTube page explains:
”Every night of the All State Choir conference [in Louisville, Kentucky] at about 11pm, everyone comes out to the balconies of the 18-story Hyatt hotel to sing the National Anthem.
Take a look – and a listen:
CAMERA FALLS OUT OF SKY
And into a pigpen. The person who posted the video explains that he found the camera eight months after it fell from a sky diving plane. Silly, but it makes me laugh.
FREE TAX HELP FOR ELDERS
It's just two months until tax day but there is help.
The AARP Foundation Tax Aide program offers free tax help to people age 60 and older in more than 5,000 locations throughout the United States.
It's a simple form to find a location near you – you can do it with just a Zip Code. When I tried, 48 places within 10 miles turned up, each listing with address, phone number and days when the service is available. By appointment only so you know you'll get your turn.
Check locations near you at this webpage.
THE BEST RETRIBUTION I CAN THINK OF
A restaurant owner in Enid, Oklahoma, refused to serve what he calls “freaks, f*ggots, disabled or those on welfare.” Take a look at the local TV news story and/or read more here.
As you undoubtedly noticed, Gary James has a very long list of people he hates. In a case of near-perfect, turn-the-tables, deserved retribution, the gay community on Facebook, Twitter and all over the web posted such reviews of Gary's restaurant as this from Yelp:
”Best gay restaurant in Oklahoma City. The chef used to work at the Hilton downtown and many of his dishes are now at home here. Sunday night is beer bust and you'll see more than enough men wearing only underwear and drinking budweiser.
“Don't be afraid to come just for drinks. the bar area is always hopping and the shirtless bartenders are hot hot hot! Some of the hottest men OK has to offer.”
That's one that can be printed on a family-friendly blog but we're all grownups here probably won't be shocked by less circumspect comments about the restaurant at Yelp.
I haven't been able to find a followup to this “advertising campaign” to see how it's turned out for the bigoted restaurant owner.
WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR BACKYARD
Hat tip to Darlene Costner again for this beautiful video about pollination. It is from a feature-length Disney film, Wings of Life which you can learn about here.
Meanwhile, enjoy this gorgeous video from the film.
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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