THE ONLY KNOWN FOOTAGE OF ANNE FRANK
It's grainy, black-and-white shot on 22 July 1941, but you know immediately that it is Anne Frank.
She is leaning out of the second-floor window of her home in Amsterdam watching a bride and groom leave the house next door on the way to their wedding. It's only 20 seconds and as far as anyone knows, it is the only moving footage of her.
IDEAS ARE SCARY COMMERCIAL
It is not my habit to promote corporations and in no way does this imply endorsement of the firm. But the currently airing GE commercial delights me every time I see it.
It is as stunning a good idea as the ideas it is designed to make us think about - as thoughtful as it is charming. The commercial was produced by the agency, BBDO, and there is a list of production credits here. They all deserve our applause.
MODERN EGYPTIAN MUMMY BURIAL
Just a simple grave marker, right? Nothing important about it unless you are friend or family. If that is what you think you would be wrong.
For the past 25 years of his life, until he died in January this year at age 92, Frederick W. Guentert, Jr. worked on his own casket, a close replica to the ancient burial containers of the Egyptian pharoahs.
"Since the mid-1980s when he began working on it, the eventual three-hundred-pound, seven-foot-long reminder of mortality reposed in two pieces within his home garage...,” explains Mary Ellen Markant at the Finishing Touches blog.
"Occasionally, he 'tried it on for size,' but only when his wife wasn’t looking and wouldn’t witness him bedding down in this blatant representation of destiny."
Even the inside of the casket is carefully decorated:
On the lid is a depiction of Osiris, Egyptian god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead.
As elaborate as Mr. Guentert's final resting place is, his funeral was as simple as his gravestone:
”There would be no viewing or funeral,” explained Ms. Markant. “He wanted only to have his body embalmed, wrapped in a shroud, and placed in the box he had finessed to its completion.
“In spite of disavowing an afterlife, his face would be covered by a fiberglass mask depicting...Osiris.”
There is much more to Guentert's lifelong Egyptian obsession and you can read about it at Finishing Touches.
TEXAS DMV HAS NO SENSE OF HUMOR
This is so silly and would not warrant a mention here except that perhaps it explains why the really important stuff governments should be taking care of is so often ignored. Actually, I think the license place is clever and it makes me giggle when I see it.
BABY DEER RESCUE FROM PORCH
No explanation needed – just a lovely backyard rescue. Thank Darlene Costner for sending it.
JOHN OLIVER ON THE IRS
Last Wednesday was tax filiing deadline day in the United Statesand on the Sunday before, John Oliver used it as a reason to feature the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)on his Last Week Tonight show.
He explained in simple, clear detail why the agency is crucial to the ongoing health of the U.S. economy and how Congress's budget and staff cuts have dangerously undermined it.
Keep in mind, too, as you watch, that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is running on a platform of abolishing the IRS.
Oh, and you'll enjoy Oliver's laughs, of course, too.
BUSINESS OWNER RAISES COMPANY MINIMUM WAGE TO $70
Dan Price is CEO of Gravity Payments, a Seattle-based, credit card payment processing company. He announced this week that over the next three years, he will raise the salaries of all 120 employees to at least $70,000 a year.
”[He] said would pay for the wage increases by cutting his own salary from nearly $1 million to $70,000 and using 75 to 80 percent of the company’s anticipated $2.2 million in profit this year.”
Price told The New York Times that the idea came about after he read an article about happiness that said “for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives.”
Here is a video of Price making the announcement of the salary increase to the company's employees:
You can read more at The New York Times.
THAT TERRIBLE DAY IN POMPEII IN AD79
A few years ago, a company named Zero One created an animation for a 3D museum installation for the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. The idea was to show visitors an up close and personal sense of what happened when Mt. Vesuvius erupted destroying the town of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
It's an amazing recreation. Thank Darlene Costner for sending it.
CAT PLAYS DEAD TO AVOID GOING FOR A WALK
The headline tells you all you need to know except – be sure you've swallowed your coffee or tea before watching. It will make cat lovers laugh out loud and make dog people too. (Hat tip to Joan McMullen)
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