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Saturday, 26 April 2014

INTERESTING STUFF - 26 April 2014


MARRIED 70 YEARS, THEY DIE A FEW HOURS APART

Imagine being married – to the same person - for 70 years. Some people don't even get to live that long. This is the sweetest story:

”A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

“Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, [Ohio], died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning...

“Although both experienced declining health in recent years, [their daughter] Cody said, each tried to stay strong for the other. 'That's what kept them going,' she said.”

You can read more and see a photo of the Felumlees here.


IS A HOT SAUCE FACTORY A TOWN MENACE?

The Huy Fong Food company has been making Sriracha hot sauce in Irwindale, California for 32 years. But recently, some residents have complained and the city took action:

”Irwindale filed a lawsuit against Huy Fong last October saying the smell of peppers being crushed at the plant was causing headaches and irritating the eyes and throats of nearby residents, forcing some to remain indoors.”

Here's a report from a local TV station:

Sriracha is my favorite hot sauce. There's a half-used bottle sitting in the cupboard right now. You can read more about the dispute here.


ENTIRE BRITISH PATHE NEWSREELS NOW ONLINE

Your grandchildren won't but certainly you remember newsreels at the local movie theater when you were a kid. Now, British Pathe has released its entire library to YouTube for everyone to see and some of it is fascinatingly old.

This a series of London street scenes from the late 19th century:

Here is some footage of Nazi bombers attacking British ships in the English Channel in 1940. The footage was shot from the cliffs of Dover. The announcer's old-fashioned delivery brings back Saturday matinee memories for me.

The British Pathe channel at YouTube is here with what they say is 85,000 historical films.


TOP U.S. FINANCIAL WORRY

According to a recent Gallup poll, 59 percent of Americans list “not having enough money for retirement” as their top financial worry.

”A strong majority of Americans, particularly those aged 30 to 64, worry about having enough money for retirement, and this concern has regularly topped the list of Americans' top financial problems.”

The second spot on the worry chart is “not being able to pay medical costs in the event of serious illness or accident” - 53 percent.

You can read the entire story at Gallup.


DEER RESCUE

The YouTube page tell us:

”James saw a Facebook post about some deer stuck out on the ice in the middle of Albert Lea Lake, so he called up his dad and they broke out the hovercraft. It's a father son rescue mission unlike anything you've ever seen.”

Hat tip to Darlene Costner for the video.


WHERE JOBS GO

Darlene sent this video too – a nicely done animation about where American jobs have gone and how to get them back.

As Darlene noted in her email:

While I agree with this video, I want to ask where you can find things that are made in America anymore. If the product was constructed in America the parts were probably made in Bangladesh or Viet Nam or China or some other country.”

She's right you know and the only “Made in USA” article I could find in a quick search around the house was a travel water bottle. Darlene continues:

“The best way to stop this in my opinion is to tax the h--- out of those corporations who manufacture their clothing, appliances, etc. in another country - thus making it unprofitable for them to outsource jobs.”

PLAY BY PLAY COLONOSCOPY

My friend Chuck Nyren is a funny guy. He has been writing for HuffPost50 channel lately and he recently posted a play-by-play of – wait for it - his colonoscopy.

”On a stretcher and gussied up for gut-wrenching, I'm wheeled to the Endoscopy Suite. Nurses are all over the place, rummaging around. I'm told that I'll be half-awake during the procedure, probably in a state of bliss. It ends up more a state of 'I don't care!'

“I recognize the Doctor, had watched a few online videos of him on the hospital web site. Huge smile, white teeth blinding me. Maybe this is where that hackneyed phrase comes from, the one about a grin - no, I'll skip that gag.

“Off I float into the cerebral mush, they ask me to roll over on my side, and I feel something - but I don't care.”

All of Chuck's play-by-play is here and although it's fun to read, especially if you've been in his – um, position, it's also serious business and he includes a batch of good links for more information.


CLASSICAL MUSIC COMEDY TEAM

The translation at the YouTube page tells us:

”Hamburg-based classical quartet Salut Salon performs their signature comedic 'instrumental acrobatics' in the hilarious and impressive performance entitled Wettstreit zu viert.

At first, I was thinking, "hunh?" And then it got funnier and funnier. Stick with it. Hat tip to Nana Royer.


BRILLIANT BADGERS

TGB reader Alan Goldsmith sent this amazing video of a very smart honey badger.

The full program is available online for another three weeks or so but only to viewers in the U.K.


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.


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Comments

I loved Mr. Nyren's comments on the colonoscopy. The worst part is indeed that stuff they make you drink beforehand. Mine was lemon-lime flavored which was like drinking Mountain Dew laced with chalk. Despite the humor, Chuck does make a good point. I cannot stress enough the importance for everyone of a certain age to get this test done especially my fellow males who have an avergence to going to the doctor. I, unfortunately had my exam done after the fact when I was already experiencing symptoms. I could have saved myself much misery had I taken this test earlier.

In reference to Darlene's article, I have been lucky in finding items(not a lot)lately "Made in America"....

I also continue to hold onto decades old things simply because they are made in the USA ... most are still useful especially the kitchen gadgets.

My husband and I have gone out of our way in past years thinking we were buying major things made here but finding that was only partly true.

I'm really touched by the couple that lived so closely that they died together. G's mom and dad died exactly one year apart. Yes, that hot sauce is my number two hot sauce. Only four folks actually complained. Loved the newsreels. What a resource.

Yes, this entry is a wonderful resource all in it's self. I shall make a real effort to buy only in the USA.

My great-grandparents were married for at least 73 years that I know of. When she died at 91, he went 3 months later. He didn't want to live without her around and went into a quick decline. Up to that point, he had shaved with a straight razor every day.

The pianist' performance reminded me of a time when I saw Victor Borgia playing upside down and I tried it. You sure don't want to do it for very long as that piano bench becomes most uncomfortable. The performers have created a very funny act and on top of that they are excellent musicians.

One of the joys of being very old is that you no longer have to endure colonoscopy's, mammograms or pap smears. I guess they figure that by the time you get to be my age you will die soon anyhow, so why bother.

That jobs video is not my favorite;).

First of all, the Great Recession was caused by financial machinery, not the migration of jobs, per se. Second, all R&D is following factories? I don't think so. Third, while there is a role for choosing to Buy American, and go for it, the forces of the factors of production are inexorable.

Finally, are not the Vietnamese, Chinese, and Bangladeshis also human beings? We have an astonishing standard of living, even those who lose their jobs live better than the poor in Bangladesh. Is it not better to focus on programs increasing the humane practices of offshore factories/

End of rant. But seriously, emotional arguments in this arena can be quite dangerous.

This is not the first time I've run into problems trying to view BBC videos. They do such wonderful wildlife programs but they don't seem to put them out in formats viewable in the US.

Loved the newsreel. When I was little, I enjoyed those almost more than the feature films they accompanied.

I'd argue with Lisa that the issue is the lesser quality we are getting from overseas manufacturers. At least that's what I've been noticing in the majority of my purchases, particularly clothing.

Mr. Nyren thanks Mr. Cooper for his comment, and hopes all is well with him.

The Pathe collection could keep me glued to my computer for the rest of my life. Not sure if I should thank you for that, Ms. Bennett.

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