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INTERESTING STUFF – 27 September 2014


BACKSTAGE AT THE METROPOLITAN OPERA

The New York Times posted a lovely little montage video of what it's like at the Met a week before the season premier.


JOHN OLIVER ON THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT

This is a funny and masterful take-down of the Miss America Pageant and, in passing, Donald Trump. But it is also something that no comedian I recall has ever done: investigative journalism. Don't miss it.


FROGSICLES

I wish I had made up that headline but credit must be given to the accuweather website which tells us:

”Alaskan wood frogs freeze solid each year in order to survive the harsh, unforgiving Alaskan winter.”

Frogsicle370

There is a lot more information at accuweather.com.


A NEW SIMON THE CAT

Usually, Bev Carney keeps me in good supply of Simon but this turned up some other way. A cat's life is never easy or, at least, that's what they'll tell you.


HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS BEFORE?

This is fantastic and wonderful and just my kind of thing. I am amazed I am learning about it at this late date.

There is a parking garage attached to the Kansas City, Missouri library. A very special parking garage. Take a look at the video. I discovered this in an email from Darlene Costner.

A few years ago, someone asked Snopes if a photograph of the garage was legit. It is and Snopes helpfully supplies a short history along with a list of all the 22 books depicted.


JON STEWART REPORT ON THE CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH

It is undoubtedly not news to you that last weekend there was a gigantic march in New York City to raise aware of climate change.

Among the estimated 300,000 marchers were Mayor Bill deBlasio, Al Gore and even U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in a teeshirt and baseball cap.

Jon Stewart's report on The Daily Show is magnificent, especially the section on Congressional climate deniers. You gotta love Stewart's line about the GOP deniers: “pushing a million pounds of idiot up a mountain.”

Stewart's clips of scientist John P. Holden demolishing those neanderthal Congress people are from Holden's testimony at a House hearing. ThinkProgress has longer videos of his testimony that are worth watching.


WHAT YEAR WILL YOU DIE?

It's just a stupid game with dumb questions but I took the quiz anyway. It said I would die at 91.

One of the commenters reported that the quiz said he would die at 57 and he was already several years older. But what the heck – it's nothing but a clickbait page and kinda fun to play with.


TRAFFIC COPY GETTIN' IT ON

In the past, I've posted a similar traffic cop but when you're good, you deserve your 15 minutes. Enjoy this with a hat tip to my friend Jim Stone.


DOG PUPPETEER IN ARGENTINA

Another from Jim Stone. In our high-tech, GoPro world, this seems almost archaic. There is no big-deal excitement, no slam-bang ending. It's just sweet, almost magical and beautifully low-tech. Stick with it through the end and you will be charmed.


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Comments

91 for me too. Meh.


Love the dog puppet and the traffic cop!

I took the "What year will you die" test. Actually, I took it twice changing just one answer. The first time I listed frank Sinatra as my favorite and was told that the age of my demise would be 91. When I took the test a second time and chose Elvis, I was told I should have died 12 years ago. I sure am glad I was never a big Elvis fan. I wonder what the results would be if I said Rudy Vallee.

Much as Bruce Cooper, 91 with Frank, and 83 with Elvis? I really enjoyed the backstage with the met. Did stage sets in high school and college, crazy fun.

An entertaining selection - dog puppeteer was charmingly cute, as was traffic cop rockin out. Awesome creativity/whimsy and eye-pleasing is the library garage facade - hope this idea spreads.
The Jo(h)ns continue to nail whatever they're covering - the un-sanity of rituals, attitudes and misguided expectations (all politicans are intelligent) - that causes great chuckling, while also instilling appropriate and serious concerns based on solid information for us watching. Links for Dr. Holden are appreciated, Ronni.

Great column today; so much to see. I can't believe frogs can freeze solid every year and live.

I loved watching that beautiful young man dance to Billie Jean.

However, on a more serious note, the officer is a fine example of a problem I have had all my life. I frequently cannot tell what it is that traffic cops are telling me to do with their flailing arms. On several occasions I have made these police officers angry at me by pausing, instead of moving. But I stare right at them and cannot figure out for the life of me whether they are telling me to go left, right, forward, or stop.

Yikes, I missed a Simon. So glad you have a 2nd supplier!

Unbelievable that the Republicans on the committe of Science, Space and Technology are so incredibly stupid. I am as disgusted as Jon Stewart seems to be. In fact, it's really frightening that these ignorant people are members of the government that make very important life altering decisions that affect all of us.

Thank goodness John Oliver gave me a big laugh to bring my blood pressure down.

Liked the traffic cop the best and Simon.

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