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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:

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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...”

R-i-i-i-i-ght.

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:

You can see the entire first British episode here and/or read more here about the U.S. version of Sex in a Box.


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.

Obamastatue

Here is the original news report with video. And here is Mediaite's follow-up after recovery of the statue.


KITCHEN HELP

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.


LIGHT RAIN

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.

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 include the name of the blog and its URL.


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Comments

My eyes are raining tears of gratitude for the innocent faith of a young child, and the wisdom of adults in listening to her. Thanks, Jim, for the video find, and Ronni, for sharing!

I can't believe I've been annoyed when tearing out plastic wrap and aluminum foil all these years when there was such an easy fix right before my eyes.

After reading about the tabs, I immediately checked my cupboard. It appears that only one product line (Glad) has the tabs. Great idea!

I LOVED the video about running in the rain. Children are so incredible.

In my cupboard, Safeway brand aluminum foil (undoubtedly manufactured by Reynolds or some other major brand) and Saran plastic wrap both have the tabs.

Wonderful collection of posts today. The article about the young ice bucket challenge was pretty amusing. The piece on plastic wrap and aluminum foil left me wondering how many other simple things like this I still don't know. Thanks for the epiphany.

Apparently I am not the only one that had no clue about the tabs on the foil and plastic wrap...I have been fighting those rolls for years and making a mess out of them...thank you yet again Ronni for this great information!!

Went right to my aluminum foil and plastic wrap boxes and pushed the tabs in. Nearly broke my thumb on the former, but hey, that's a small price to pay for securing the roll :)

Sex in a Box leaves me shaking my head in wonder and disbelief at what has become acceptable in mass entertainment these days. What's next? Cameras in the confessional booth? In toilet stalls? "Yes, and can you tell us how you felt after taking your first good crap in three days?'"

Loved the message in Light Rain, and although I thought the film was cloyingly sweet -- and its ending so obvious once the child and teddy bear appeared -- I still teared up by the end.

As usual, a thoroughly entertaining and informative edition of Interesting Stuff. Thanks so much.

I love the video of the little girl and the people running through the rain. When we were children we used to love running through the rain; where did we lose the childhood pleasure of simple things?

Count me in as not having a clue about those tabs. I just pressed the tabs in on 3 boxes and they clearly say "Press tabs to lock box" Who knew?

The Robot video reminded me of the first joke I heard and didn't understand. That's probably why I have remembered it all these years.

My mother had returned from a movie some 80 years ago about life in the future. I heard her telling my grandmother about the character buying a baby by putting a coin in an automat. A man watching said, "Me for the good old days." My mother thought that this was very funny and I didn't see the humor.

So I guess there is nothing new under the sun. The demise of the labor force has been predicted for many, many years. Who will keep the robots running in good shape? More robots. Sigh!

Robots was interesting. And the 102 year old. Very able at his age.
Light rain was good.
The sex in a box will bomb.

On a program that has frequent moments of brilliance, The Daily Show's segment on Ferguson may be their best.

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