PETRA – ONE OF THE GREAT MYSTERIES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD
The ancient city of Petra has fascinated me for decades and although I've been to Jordan, been to Israel nearby, I've never visited and doubt I will now.
But here is a new video of the interiors of some of the buildings I've never seen before. I don't know that I believe this video narrator's speculations but they are no worse than anyone else's and I like seeing the inside of the rooms.
BEST LEVI'S COMMERCIAL
At least that's what TGB reader and my friend Darlene Costner says and certainly she's not far off.
The latest Emmy Award nominations were published this week but television commercials are every much an art form (they have their own award, the Cleo). This is a fine example from 2011.
TRUMP WANTS A NEW AIR FORCE ONE PAINT JOB
In a Thursday morning scoop, here is what Axios imagines he wants it to look like:
Axios reports that
”...Trump had one specification for the plane that could cause tension with the Air Force and surprise around the world...
“We’re told that Trump wants a color scheme that "looks more American" and isn’t a "Jackie Kennedy color." He doesn’t think the current blue (technically "luminous ultramarine") represents the USA. The president's preferred design is believed to include red, white and blue.
"'He can do it,' said a source familiar with the negotiations, when asked about whether Trump can make the change. But the change could cause friction with the Air Force. We're told some top officers like the current look, which they point out is 'known around the world.'"
By Friday, the internet had run with Trump's idea, posting their own ideas of a Trump Air Force One paint job. Here is one of the more polite ones:
SPIDERS CAN TRAVEL ACROSS OCEANS
Did you know that? I sure didn't. Here's our science lesson for the day from, in this video, The New York Times:
GLASS GEM CORN - WOW
Take a look at this – and yes, it's real corn:
”Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer from Oklahoma, liked to experiment with ancestral corn varieties. After breeding several varieties together, the result was vibrantly-colored corn...
“The fresher the corn is, the shinier its kernels. But since it’s flint corn and not sweet corn, it’s not too tasty when it’s fresh. However, it can be made into cornmeal, and is just fine as popcorn.”
Available at your favorite online giant retailers.
DAD ADOPTS FOUR KIDS AT ONCE TO GIVE THEM THE LIFE HE NEVER HAD
After all the ongoing, horrible stories of how the U.S. government treats small children, we can use this story of love and selflessness. Take a look:
FOREIGN MILITARY RECRUITS BEING DEPORTED
Just when you think the U.S. federal government couldn't possibly behave worse in regard to immigrants, they prove you wrong. As the AP reports:
”Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged...”
”The immigrants who were recently discharged had all signed up as part of the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI, program. It was established in 2009 to create an opportunity for the military to enlist people with specialized knowledge, including highly sought-after language and medical skills.”
Margaret Stock, in the AP video below, is an Alaska-based immigration attorney and a retired Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who helped create the immigrant recruitment program, said she's been inundated over the past several days by recruits who have been abruptly discharged:
TIMES SQUARE MAGICIAN – GREAT CARD TRICK
From Darlene again. Enjoy:
Bruce and Terry Jenkins take in dozens of older cats who have been abandoned due to death or sickness of a previous owner. As the YouTube page notes:
“'The cats come with different neuroses from where they were before…it’s very gratifying to see the transition from what they were when they came here to what they become,' says Bruce.
“'It’s like they bloom,' adds Terry. 'They get to be what they’re meant to be.'”
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