* HAT TREE ORNAMENT
Maybe it's not enough, all those red Make America Great Again hats. Now you can have a miniature one as a Christmas ornament at a whole lot more than a miniature price:
If you need to know more about it, you can read it at The Hill. Merry * Christmas.
WORLD'S OLDEST PERSON TURNS 117
The standard reporter question when old, old people are interviewed is always about what they attribute their longevity to. A whole lot of men mention whisky and cigarettes and there are often other funny answers – I always think they're pulling our collective leg.
The current oldest person in the world is Emma Morano of Rome, Italy, who turned 117 last Tuesday and is, according to the story, the last person alive in the world born in the 19th century. She lives at home helped by a niece and two other caregivers.
Ms. Morano attributes her longevity to eating three raw eggs a day since her teen years (she recently cut back to two a day) and also to the fact that she has been single for most of her life.
”On Tuesday, Ms. Morano took it all in good stride. She blew out the candles, posed graciously for countless photographs and accepted cheek kisses galore.
“Then at one point she said, ‘Hey, isn’t there anything to eat here?’ and she ate,” said [her physician] Dr. Bava, who honored her Tuesday morning.
“Then she took a nap.”
Sounds like a smart idea to me after a big birthday party. You can read more about Emma Morano at The New York Times.
THE 2016 SONG FROM FLO AND JOAN
My friend Jim Stone sent this video song which is a raucous recap of the events of 2016. It's wildly funny and all too true so I sent it to a couple of other friends wondering if I should post it today (it is a whole, hell of a lot more crude that other stuff I post).
The friends said yes so here it is. You've been warned. Also, this is a disclaimer from Flo and Joan on their YouTube page: “We got our facts wrong and it wasn't a bombing in Nice. We're sorry for any offence this may have caused.” Enjoy.
FANTASTIC 3D STREET ART ILLUSIONS
I really like 3D street art and usually Darlene Costner sends them to me. I found this one all my own and the entire first half of the video is new to me.
I've seen the second half - “the making of” - before but it was just as interesting to see again. I hope it delights you as much as it delights me.
There are more “best of 3D street art” videos at YouTube.
A GOOD READ: THE ELECTION OF *
Utne or Utne Reader has been around in one form or another since the 1980s when it was founded by Eric Utne to reprint the best of the alternative presses on politics, culture, and the environment along with some original stories.
Although Eric sold the magazine 10 or so years ago, he still writes for it now and then and a few years ago I was privileged to have lunch with him and his wife when they visited Oregon.
It's one of the magazines I check in with regularly online and last week I was surprised to find this at the top of the third paragraph of one story:
”Let’s start with Ronnie Bennett...who puts out a must-read blog on aging called Time Goes By. She writes...”
I'm abashed to be included with the likes of Rebecca Solnit, Naomi Klein and Bill McKibbon among others that Eric quotes in his essay of a sampling of post-election ruminations.
Utne's essay is this week's “Good Read” (which it would be even without me in it) and you will find it here.
STEPHEN HAWKING DECLARES NEW THREATS TO HUMAN RACE
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, age 74, has had a couple of busy weeks predicting disaster for humanity – first in November, as reported by Raw Story, during a speech at Oxford:
“'We must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity,' he said. 'I don’t think we will survive another 1000 without escaping beyond our fragile planet.'”
And then this:
NYC SUBWAY ELECTION CATHARSIS
The shock of the election result was still new and raw when, on November 9, Matthew “Levee” Chavez came up with Subway Therapy in Manhattan's Union Square subway station to help people cope:
The idea quickly spread to other subway stations in New York and to other cities. See more about it and more photos at Chavez's website.
COCKATOOS MAKE TOOLS
I've read a lot of stories about how certain kinds of apes make tools to get to otherwise unreachable food. But birds? YouTube explains:
”Researchers from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna and the University of Oxford report that Goffin cockatoos can make and use elongated- tools of appropriate shape and length out of amorphous materials, suggesting that the birds can anticipate how the tools will be used.”
LANAI CAT SANCTUARY
Why not two animal stories in week. There are never enough animals, right?
More than 500 cats(!) live together at the Lanai Cat Sanctuary in Hawaii. This video is three years old but the sanctuary is going strong and if you happen to live in Hawaii, you might want to adopt one of their cats.
Find out more at the sanctuary website.
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” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I 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.