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INTERESTING STUFF: 6 August 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.

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WITNESS TO THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION
When I was a little girl in first or second grade, an old, old man visited our class to talk about having shaken President Lincoln's hand when he was a little boy and I got to shake his hand.

This video from a 1956 episode of I've Got a Secret has surfaced of another old man age 96 who, when he was five, witnessed the shooting of Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater.

It wasn't hard for the panelists to guess his secret, but it's still amazing to see an eyewitness to such long ago history.

SNAKE ON A CAR
You've probably heard of the film, Snakes on a Plane. Now there is snake on a car. A passenger in the video says it a water moccasin but I wouldn't know one of those from a garden snake and I'd freak if this happened to me. Take a look.

25 THINGS LEARNED FROM THE DEBT CEILING CRISIS
Crooks and Liars has put together an excellent list of things we learned from the debt ceiling crisis. Examples:

“Income inequality is at its highest level in 80 years.”

“Every budget plan now on the table adds trillions to the national debt over the next decade.”

Read the other 23 here.

SALT LAKE CITY SLUTWALK
How many times over decades have we had to listen to someone telling women that if they dress a certain way they should expect to be raped?

Patty Henetz of the Salt Lake City Tribune reports that after a Canadian constable was overheard recently saying that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized” spontaneous “slutwalks” have erupted in protest all over North America and even London, including her town last week.

Here is video from one in Toronto where it all began.

You can read more about these viral slutwalks here.

THE LEGACY PROJECT
During the past six years, a gerontologist at Cornell University, Karl Pillemer, has collected more than 1200 responses from elders who were asked what kind of advice they would give young people about love, marriage, careers, health, aging, the purpose of life and much more.

One short excerpt from 94-year-old Gloria:

”I made a lot of mistakes but everybody does. I wish we could go back, but none of us can, that’s what you learn, you have to keep going whether you make a mistake or not. We all make mistakes.”

Karl has collected all these responses at a blog titled, The Legacy Project: Lessons from Living from the Wisest Americans. He told me in an email that he wants to “get some of the practical wisdom of the elders out there before we lose this generation.”

You can read many more of these elder life lessons at Karl's blog and you can add your own too. It's an fine project and I'm adding a link to it in the right sidebar of our own Elder Storytelling Place.

DETERMINED DOGGIE
TGB reader notdotdot sent this hilarious video of Gus the bulldog who thought it was just too damned hot to use his wading pool outdoors.

THE IMMIGRANT PICKLE PROBLEM
As with Muslims nowadays, the U.S. has never quite lived up to the lofty aspiration of Emma Lazarus's “Give me your tired, your poor...” As a nation, we have always been wary of the behavior of our newest immigrants.

Last week in a New York Times Op-Ed, Jane Ziegelman explained how politicians and health experts attacked the eating habits of certain immigrants a hundred years ago:

”They used too much garlic, onion and pepper. They ate too many cured meats and were too generous with the condiments. Strongly flavored food, these officials believed, led to nervous, unstable people. Nervous, unstable people made bad Americans.”

Most of all, the officials despised the cheap, homely pickle:

”No immigrant food was more reviled than the garlicky, vinegary pickle. Pungent beyond all civilized standards, toxic to both the stomach and the psyche, the pickle was seen as morally suspect.”

This is a terrific, little slice of obscure history. You can read the whole thing here.

FIRED 80-YEAR-OLD TEACHER SUES
Following a string of alleged incidents of harassment and then dismissal from her job as a kindergarten teacher, 80-year-old Lillie Leon is fighting back in court in New York City. Take a listen:

Why shouldn't any capable teacher keep going for as long as he or she wants? Age discrimination is evil and demeaning at any age, not to mention illegal. There are more details at the Huffington Post story.

SOME MUSIC TO PLAY US OUT
In 2003, I was so charmed by the French animated film, Les Triplettes de Belleville, I went back to see it two more times in the theater.

As the story goes, while searching for her kidnapped grandson, Madame Souza teams up with three elder sisters who had been, in their youth, a renowned jazz singing group. Here is a video of them from the soundtrack singing Rendezvous with a variety of clips from the film.

Comments

Thanks for a perfect start to the w/end.:) Love determined Gus! And the "Triplett" video is so creative & a refreshing departure from Disney's blah animations. Have a great w/end, Ronni. Dee

Good stuff!!!!!!!

I read the "pickle article" the other day. Interesting how attitudes change.

Three cheers to Gus for knowing what he wanted and going for it. I wonder if he thought the pool was his new, great big water dish.

Yes, yes, and yes....

No better City than Salt Lake for a Slut Walk.

LOVE the 'Music To Play Us Out!'..... What fun!

Loved "Les Triplettes ..." and all the other miscellany.
Happy Saturday morning to you, too!

Some fun and some serious stuff. Age discrimination must stop. And society should be enlightened enough by now to stop blaming the victim.

Yes, a slut walk draws support from men as the geeks and doofusses proudly walk in the middle of it all to "express their solidarity." And to gawk at the women. Men -- are so transparent.

Thank you, thank you for introducing me to Les Triplettes! I'm reserving the film at my local library...and considering sending the Bach a la Jazz clip to my Music Guild Board members, who need a little shaking up!

I wish that there was someone like Heather Jarvis (the organizer for the Slut Walk)who would take on just ONE of the horrible slurs muttered in Congress against the American people over the deficit and slammed them into admitting their error via Social Media.

I'm beginning to think that young American women are the only people who have the power to put our country back on track and they don't seem to be aware of many of the issues beyond their back yard. They kicked some serious arse over the Planned Parenthood cuts.

Just sayin'...when it comes to our generation tapping into the power of Social Media in making American politics accountable, there seems to be no one manning the guns in a creative manner of our generation...male or female! It makes me feel as though we are all missing the point somehow by not thinking about the challenges we face in a more creative manner.

Loved Gus, that is one smart dog!

Loved the determined dog video and I agree about the entertainment value about Les Triplettes de Belleville. I saw the entire film on HBO shorts around 2005

I always look forward to these interesting articles--thanks, Ronni! And ps, I would have loved your get-together, but was already booked for Phoenix that weekend...

I got confused and put my comment on the other blog. I hope the 80-year old teacher gets her job back. As for the poor snake, see the other blog.

when I saw that snake on the car video last week, I said that I thought they must have been very glad their car wasn't a convertible!!

Gus knows best! (And I love, love, love Les Triplettes!)

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