As you know, I didn't have the most pleasant flights to and from Rhode Island in early November so when TGB reader [oops - I've misplaced her name, so sorry] sent this video from the Fascinating Aida comedy group, I got a great laugh. Be sure to watch clear to the end.
12-YEAR-OLD SMACKS DOWN A SEVEN-TERM SENATOR
Watch young Madison Kimrey set the adults straight on what democracy and voting rights are all about. I'm pretty sure she and Malala Yousafzai, with a little coaching from Senator Elizabeth Warren could save the world.
You can read more about Madison Kimrey at the YouTube page.
THE WEEKLY CAT FIX
British TGB reader Hilary Blackstock introduced me to a blog from London called Spitalfields Life and a post there with a eulogy to a favorite feline friend, For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry.
The blogger, who styles himself “gentle author,” writes:
”Whenever I walk along Old St, I always think of the brilliant eighteenth century poet Christopher Smart who once resided here in St Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics, with only his cat Jeoffry for solace.”
If you are a cat fancier, you will be as delighted with Smart's poem as I am. A small taste:
“...For this he performs in ten degrees.
For First he looks upon his fore-paws to see if they are clean.
For Secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.
For Thirdly he works it upon stretch with the fore-paws extended.
For Fourthly he sharpens his paws by wood.
For Fifthly he washes himself.
For Sixthly he rolls upon wash.
For Seventhly he fleas himself, that he may not be interrupted upon the beat.
For Eighthly he rubs himself against a post.
For Ninthly he looks up for his instructions.
For Tenthly he goes in quest of food.”
Go to Spitalsfields Life to read the entire eulogy to Jeoffry the cat, find out why the author was stuck in a looney bin of the era and see the rest of the charming poster drawing of the poem.
HOW TO GET TO MARS
In January 2004, NASA successfully landed the robot Spirit on the surface of Mars. Like the more recent 2011 Mars landing, it was a nail biter for the engineers who waited seven months to see if their work would succeed or crash and burn.
Darlene Costner sent this video – a clip from the from the IMAX movie Roving Mars released in 2006. I dare you not to tear up at six-minutes plus when the engineers know for sure the rover arrived safely.
Read more information on the YouTube page.
80-YEAR-OLD WILLIE NELSON ON OLD AGE
As far as I can tell, nobody doesn't like Willie Nelson and to me, he is ageless so I'm surprised to find out he celebrated his 80th birthday this year.
My friend Bill Pederson sent this ditty he received via email. It's titled, I Have Outlived My Pecker – A Poem by Willie Nelson. If you're offended by any of it, go read another blog.
My nookie days are over,
My pilot light is out.
What used to be my pride and joy,
Is now my water spout.
Time was when, on its own accord,
From my trousers it would spring.
But now I've got a full time job,
To find the friggin' thing.
It used to be embarrassing,
The way it would behave.
For every single morning,
It would stand and watch me shave.
Now as old age approaches,
It sure gives me the blues.
To see it hang its little head,
And watch me tie my shoes!
ANOTHER FANTASTIC DOMINO CHAIN
This one, from Peter Tibbles, is more intricate than most I've seen. And, apparently, there are professional or, anyway, semi-professional “domino magicians." From the Open Culture website:
” It took 3 months and 25,000 dominoes to make the video you’re watching...Actually you’re really watching two videos in one.
The fIrst part was made by Hevesh5 in the US. Then, at the 1:35 mark, it switches to millionendollarboy’s segment created in Germany. It’s amazing to watch the domino structures come down.”
You can read more at OpenCulture.
GERIATRIC TRAFFIC JAM
From the pranksters at Just for Laughs comes this candid camera style caper shot in Canada. Another video discovered by Darlene Costner.
WHAT IF YOU HAD TO LIE ABOUT WHO YOU LOVE
The video speaks for itself.
Read more at the YouTube page.
DOUBLE MASTECTOMY OPERATING ROOM DANCE
On 5 November, Deborah Cohan was scheduled for a double mastectomy. What happened in the OR just before they got started is brave and joyful and wonderful. (Thank you to reader Alan Goldsmith)
The song is Beyonce's hit, Get Me Bodied. You can read more at Huffington Post.
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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