An Elder Book Contest
ELDER MUSIC: 1960

INTERESTING STUFF: 30 July 2011

Category_bug_interestingstuff 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 have one.


KITTEN SURVIVES WASH CYCLE
This kitten undoubtedly used up at least one of her nine lives. Amazing survival story.

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY FOLLIES
A production number from the Clark Retirement Community performing I Feel Good from Kay Dennison via Mage Bailey.

WHAT DID ABE LINCOLN MEAN?
For many decades, the word “cool,” in addition to meaning not warm, has been used as a slang term for hip, in-style, laid back, etc. We are all familiar with that usage.

During the presidential campaign of 1860, Abraham Lincoln gave a famous speech at Cooper Union in New York City. I recently ran across the text of the speech and found this odd word usage in a paragraph near the end. Note the bolded sentence:

”Under all these circumstances, do you really feel yourselves justified to break up this Government unless such a court decision as yours is, shall be at once submitted to as a conclusive and final rule of political action?

“But you will not abide the election of a Republican president! In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then, you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! That is cool.

“A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, 'Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!'”

I'm curious to know what you think Lincoln meant by the word “cool” in this context?

MONTREAL SEWER GEYSER UPENDS CAR
A broken sewer main. A car parked in the wrong place and the wrong time. This gets more amazing toward the end of the video.

GIANT CRYSTAL CAVE
In Chihuahua, Mexico, worker dig for lead and silver. But in establishing the mine, the giant crystal caves were discovered. Made of gypsum, the crystals measure as wide as four feet and as long as 50 feet.

The temperature in these caves is 120 degrees with 80 percent humidity. People can remain in only about 10 minutes. A special cooling suit allows them to stay for up to an hour, but no more. That's how this astonishing video was made.

IMPROVE EVERYWHERE STRIKES AGAIN
ImprovEverywhere is a New-York based collective whose goal, they say is to cause "scenes of joy and chaos in public places. Recently, they got 3500 people to download an MP3 file to their smartphones and press play at a specific time and place simultanously, then follow the instructions.

They have posted the edited video of the event and it is fabulous. Watch for yourself.

MAN WAKES FROM THE DEAD – REALLY
In Johannesburg, South Africa, an 80-year-old man had “died” and his body was being stored in a refrigerator at the morgue. Well, people only thought he was dead.

The next day, morgue workers heard someone yelling for help and found the man in the drawer – alive. Here's the kicker. After the incident:

”...the health department spokesman urged South Africans to call on health officials to confirm that their relatives are really dead.”

Read more here.

SLEEPING CATS SLIDESHOW
No explanation needed. A whole bunch of sleeping cats sent in by Pamela of Costa de la Luz Gardening.

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Comments

Perhaps the good president meant "cold"? That works for me unless it's a typo from way back. In any event, have a wonderful w/end.:) Dee

I'm with Dee in thinking that Pres Lincoln meant "unfeeling" in his usage - which may not have been uncommon in his day.

As for confirming death: perhaps we should go back to installing bells and posting a graveyard watch.

Lots of good stuff today. There is something new under the sun - er - under the earth. Those crystals are amazing.

I love your Saturday posts! The distractions are nice. My Googling found a nice article from the NYT Magazine on the evolving usages of "cool" and mentions Lincoln's speech. Not sure if I can post the link but I'll try. ttp://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C01E7DA1638F933A05756C0A9669D8B63
Gosh, that link looks awful!
I Googled "What did 'That is cool' mean in 1860?" and this article came up.

Yep .. I agree with Dee, too. I think Lincoln meant "cool" as "cold-blooded". This may have been the colloquial meaning of the word in Lincoln's day.

There have been many meanings to the word "cool" over the years -- from the temperature to jazz.

I'm thinking Lincoln was perhaps using a milder term of "cold-blooded" when he said "that is cool".

That's the best I can gather for an expression that would not be a part of the hip generation's vernacular for another 100 years.

Thanks for the link!!!

Good stuff today! A very 'cool
post! (grin)

Adjectival meanings of cool include impudent, audacious, cheeky, brazen, and so forth (Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002; see more at http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cool).

This is how Lincoln is using the word in his speech, i.e., that is cheeky, that is impudent.

The passage in full reads: “But you will not abide the election of a republican President! In that supposed event, you say, you will destroy the Union; and then you say, the great crime of having destroyed it will be upon us! That is cool. A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, ‘Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!’ To be sure, what the robber demanded of me – my money – was my own, and I had a clear right to keep it; but it was no more my own than my vote is my own; and the threat of death to me to extort my money, and the threat of destruction to the Union to extort my vote, can scarcely be distinguished in principle.”

Abraham Lincoln, of course, was our first Republican President.

I can only wonder how the car's owner explained this incident to the insurance company.
Love the retirement community video. That must have taken a lot of planning and work to implement. Good job.
Thanks for sharing. I love your stuff!

Another batch of fun and interesting stuff. Thanks!

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