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INTERESTING STUFF – 12 May 2018

THE AVERAGE PERSON HIDES 13 SECRETS

Secrets, the YouTube page tells us, are not something you should keep locked away. Do that, and they'll eat you from the inside out:

Curiosity reports:

”According to a May 2017 study, you likely have around 13 secrets brewing in that head of yours — five of which you'll never tell a soul. The researchers say that it isn't the number of secrets you keep that's significant. Rather, it's the burden of those secrets — they weigh on you, literally.”

There are other effects you can read at Curiosity and at The Atlantic.

I don't recall 13 secrets, but most of the ones I do have, that I'll never tell you, are the times I behaved badly and am still ashamed of. What about you?

REAL-LIFE RAPUNZELS

The YouTube page tells us that for thousands of years, the Yao women of Huangluo Village have been keeping up an incredible beauty regimen, growing long, luxurious locks.

Believed to symbolize beauty, wealth and longevity, long hair is considered sacred, and women in the village only cut their hair once in a lifetime. Take a look:

REANIMATING PIG BRAINS

This story freaks me out, a nightmare to end all nightmares. MIT Technology Review explains:

”In a step that could change the definition of death, researchers have restored circulation to the brains of decapitated pigs and kept the reanimated organs alive for as long as 36 hours...

“The work was described on March 28 at a meeting held at the National Institutes of Health to investigate ethical issues arising as US neuroscience centers explore the limits of brain science.”

Ethical issues? No shit. Imagine your living brain sitting in a box somewhere – wait. It's better if I quote MIT:

The setup, jokingly dubbed the 'brain in a bucket,' would quickly raise serious ethical and legal questions if it were tried on a human.

“For instance, if a person’s brain were reanimated outside the body, would that person awake in what would amount to the ultimate sensory deprivation chamber, without ears, eyes, or a way to communicate? Would someone retain memories, an identity, or legal rights? Could researchers ethically dissect or dispose of such a brain?”

It is madness to contemplate this act, even on a pig or any other animal.

More at MIT Technology Review and at Alternet.

WHAT ARE BITCOIN AND BLOCKCHAIN?

According to The New York Times, Goldman Sachs will open a Bitcoin trading operation on the New York Stock Exchange:

”Some of the biggest names on Wall Street are warming up to Bitcoin, a virtual currency that for nearly a decade has been consigned to the unregulated fringes of the financial world...

“Many corporations and governments have expressed interest in the technology that Bitcoin introduced, particularly a form of database known as the blockchain.

“The moves by Goldman and Intercontinental Exchange, or ICE, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, mark a dramatic shift toward the mainstream for a digital token that has been known primarily for its underworld associations and status as a high-risk, speculative investment.”

Oh dear. Apparently the time has come for me to figure out what Bitcoin and blockchain are.

I've tried to understand this without much success. It's a huge puzzle. But this New York Times video gave me my first inkling that with some more work, I might just figure it out.

Clear as mud, right? Read more at The New York Times.

FAKE FOOD FOR REAL RESTAURANTS

In Japan, it's customary for restaurants to display their offerings inside their front windows. Think restaurant window shopping.

The displays come from one city only: Gujo. This ancient town is the epicenter of artificial food. The people who make the displays are real artists, but the "food" they create is not.

It may be one city in Japan, but I have seen this amazingly real-looking food in U.S. restaurant windows in several cities.

SAVING DUCKLINGS FROM CERTAIN DEATH

Is bad news the only kind there is these days? It sure feels that way but then TGB reader Joan McMullin sent this video. My god, there just keep coming and coming and coming.

(This is getting irritating. You may need to click the link in the video to watch on YouTube. If I had time, I would substitute another video but not today. I'll be more careful with my choices in the future to avoid this.)

LETTER TO MY BOSS

All of Congress, both houses, even those members who are not rabid opportunists feeding at the public trough, enrage me these days. A handful come out of their caves now and then to “bravely” denounce the president's latest stupidity or outrage, but then scurry back to hibernation bunkers.

They do nothing at all and every one of them deserves to be booted. So this email from Darlene Costner that is making the rounds gave me some relief for a few moments:

“I have enjoyed working here these past several years. You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream about.

“Despite this I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position. During this time I will show up for work when it is convenient. In addition I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.

“Oh yes, if my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status. Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter. I can and will do this.

“Sincerely,
Every Senator or Congressman running for President."

Try that at your job and tell me how it works out.”

ANOTHER FROM DARLENE COSTNER

A baby elephant who appears to believe he is a lapdog. Irresistible.

THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST JOB

Interviews for the world's toughest job. Yes, it's a joke, but it's a good one. Stick around for the ending.

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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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Comments

Maybe I'm being naïve, but the Congress people I know work their tails off. The above letter reminds me of those written to teachers. "Teachers get three months off and lots of holidays ... they go home early etc., etc.." The truth is teaching is a 24/7/365 high energy and challenging job (not to mention underpaid). So I take all these letters with a grain of salt.

I like having a few secrets--a little part of me the rest of the world doesn't know. So, contrary to the evidence, I think it's actually *good* for my health. ;-)

Secrets: of my own? I have a few; some of the more significant ones at least one other person is aware of. It's the intergenerational family secrets on both sides, some of which only the women are(were) aware of. Some had significant effects on choices that I made throughout my life. And I am of the last generation who will know of these; not that I would be adverse to sharing some with the descendants (distant young cousins, for the most part) but they have no interest in listening to an old woman they barely know, or of the people more than 3 generations back, whom they never laid eyes on.

About having secrets - My poor memory is probably a blessing and I can only think of one that will go with me to my dying day. To tell it would serve no purpose and I do not think that after a lifetime of keeping it it's harming my health.

Every mom that I know can identify with the world's toughest job. I thought my job was over when my children grew up, but, as it turns out, it never ends. A safe ear is welcome and grown children find that the safest listener is a mom who will never blab their secrets. So maybe the video on secrets is also applicable.

I still don't understand Bitcoin and hope I never have to.

Secrets? Hmmm, if I'm the only one left who would understand the reason for the secret, who's to tell? Yeah, I also have one or two that would perplex someone had they been revealed in their lifetime, but now? Is it a secret if there's no one to tell it to or would care?

Otherwise, I really enjoyed the videos you selected and posted today. That elephant one was priceless.

And I'm with Darlene on that Bitcoin business.

Secrets -my wish is that I don't say anything incriminating on my death bed or if I get really sick and hallucinate. May my children continue to think I'm the unexciting mother they know.

I have to chuckle at Jean's comment. I have some secrets I've never shared with anyone and don't ever plan to. Not sure anyone would believe them anyway (I hope).

That pig brain thing is deeply disturbing. And probably giving false hope to the relatives of people who've had their bodies frozen.

*If you have had secrets and forgotten them all, are they still secrets?

*Until we figure out a better system of electing a president instead of this insanity we go through every three years, we can't complain about it.

*Duckies, baby elephants...all cute, until you have to clean up after them.

*Damn, I miss my mom.


* * * * Happy Mother's Day* * * *

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