Saturday, 30 August 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 30 August 2014
THE ALS ICE CHALLENGE
Unless you've been under a rock for the past week, you know about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during which mostly celebrities and politicians who want a few more minutes than usual in the spotlight sit still to have ice water poured on them.
It is intended to raise money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's Disease and from some reports, it seems to be working. Me? I'm more interested in the non-celebrities who have taken the challenge and today, let's look at two of those who are at the extreme ends of the age spectrum.
First, here is Jack Reynolds, a Brit wearing only Union Jack boxer shorts – he's 102 years old and he celebrated after the icy drenching with a glass of whiskey.
Read more about Jack here.
At the other end of the age scale is another Brit, two-year-old Scarlett who, after being soaked in ice cold water, dropped the F-bomb on her mother:
Unfortunately, since I first saw this, the video has been pulled from YouTube and I'm really sorry you can't see it. The kid says to her mother in a little two-year-old girlie voice, "Fuck your mouth," and it's really funny.
No harm done but even so, someone believed little Scarlet needed to make a formal apology for her naughty language. You can watch the 14-second video at Mediate but I prefer that website's punchline to the event:
“Okay,” Scarlett mumbled, before running out of her mother’s grasp to the fucking swingset.”
ROBOTS ARE HERE TO TAKE OUR JOBS
This 15-minute video report about how robots are taking over all but the most menial jobs went viral last week. It's worth watching:
It sounds like a miserably awful work future for humans. There is a good discussion here from Richard Eskow about how true this prediction may or may not be.
GIANT WASP NEST IN GUEST ROOM
I have a guest room. In winter, I keep the door closed so that I don't need to heat the room and the door stays closed most of the rest of the year unless guests are expected.
I'm pretty sure a month or two sometimes go by when I don't enter the room. That may be why this photo in the Guardian forced me to rethink the closed door policy:
That is a giant wasp nest discovered in a spare bedroom in Winchester, England:
”A man who went into a rarely used spare room in his mother's home was shocked to discover that 5,000 wasps had made a giant nest in the bed.
The nest, 3ft wide x 1.5ft deep, was still expanding and the insects had chewed through the mattress and pillows to build it.
When pest controller John Birkett was called to the scene he realised it had been growing for several months.”
There is more to know in the Guardian story - some interesting comments from that exterminator too.
JON STEWART ON FERGUSON
After a two-week vacation, Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show this week and immediately took on the media response to events in Ferguson following the shooting of Michael Brown. It is Stewart at his indignant best.
SEX IN A BOX
That's the name of a real TV show that will debut on We tv in the fall. The president of that network says it is
“...one of the most unique and compelling show concepts we’ve ever seen.” “Our featured couples will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, while our viewers will get the kind of bold, break-through-the-clutter programming they increasingly associate with WE tv...”
Actually, it is a copy of a program that has been broadcast in Britain for the past year. Here is an excerpt from the first episode:
DOLPHINS FISHING ON LAND
We have always been told how smart dolphins are but I still think we don't give them (or a lot of other animals) enough brain power credit.
Watch this video sent by Alan Goldsmith:
LIFE SIZE OBAMA STATUE STOLEN
My question about why someone, anyone, would pay to have a life size statue of President Barsack Obama made and then place it on a bench on the front porch goes unanswered.
My second question is why anyone would steal it. But they did, leaving it on a park bench with a six-pack and some cigarettes.
When he sent me the link, my friend Jim Stone wrote “How did I not know this?” in the subject line of his email. I had exactly the same thought when I watched this video about plastic wrap and aluminum foil:
I checked both boxes in my kitchen: yup – those little tabs are right where the man in the video shows us and in more than half a century of using those products, I've never noticed them before. My life is changed.
Jim Stone was on a roll that day when he sent the plastic wrap video and this one too. It is a short film based on a lovely, little true story written by Bob Perks.
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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