ACTOR ABE VIGODA DIES - AGAIN
Remember Barney Miller? And remember the loveable Detective Fish on that show. His daughter announced this week that he died in his sleep at age 94.
But he had died once before – sort of – when it was erroneously reported and believed by many news outlets in 1988, that he had died. Here's how David Letterman handled that on his show.
And here's a little clip from Barney Miller with Vigoda as Detective Fish:
You can read more about Abe Vigoda here.
WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY IN SPACE?
As you may know, astronaut Scott Kelly's year in space will soon end. It's been an important trip to study, in preparation for future long trips to Mars, what happens to the human body when it lives in a weightless environment for a long time.
What's unique about this is that Scott has left an identical copy of himself back on earth, his twin and also astronaut, Mark Kelly. Researchers will be able to compare their bodies to when Scott returns.
That's Mark Kelly on the left and Scott on the right.
Meanwhile, a week or so ago, RawStory pubished a list of five things that are known to happen to the human body in space. The short version is:
- You get weaker
- So does your heart
- Fitness suffers
- You lose bone
- Your immune system suffers
Go to RawStory to read full explanations of those five bodily changes in space.
You can read more about the Kelly brothers twin study here.
GREAT BERNIE SANDERS CAMPAIGN AD
Not being a resident of Iowa or New Hampshire or South Carolina, I probably would have missed this if not for reading Charlie Pierce's blog in Esquire magazine each day. Here's what he wrote:
”Call me an aging Boomer sap, but I think this Bernie Sanders ad is just about the best political commercial I've ever seen. The song is perfect. The selection of visuals is dead on—the little kid carrying the calf just kills me—and it's so welcoming and positive that it makes the old Reagan 'Morning In America' ads look like death-metal videos.
“If all the Sanders campaign does is inject the spirit of this commercial into our money-drenched, dead-assed politics, then it is already far more than merely a worthwhile endeavor.”
I sure don't disagree. See what you think.
THE RADICAL BROWNIES
Hey, my fellow elder woman friends here, were you a Brownie when you were a kid? With at least one troop of them in California, it ain't their mothers' or grandmothers' Brownies anymore:
”The Radical Brownies, a social justice-oriented version of the Girl Scouts, was set up only a few weeks ago to 'empower young girls of colour to step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership to make the world a more radical place,' reports the Guardian.
“The group of 12 girls are not affiliated to the Girl Guide movement and there are no badges for hostessing.
“Instead, the members, aged between eight and 12 years old, learn about black history, civil rights and social justice; their reward system includes a 'Black Lives Matter' badge and lessons in sustainable agriculture for a 'Food Justice' badge. 'Radical Beauty,' 'Radical Self-Love,' and 'LGBT Ally' badges are also on the curriculum.”
Fantastic. When my friend Jim Stone forwarded the story to me, he noted in his email, “This picture slays me.” Me too. Take a look:
Read some more about the Radical Brownies here.
WHAT CONGRESS LOOKED LIKE AFTER THE BLIZZARD THIS WEEK
Washington, D.C. took a big weather hit with last weekend's blizzard and wasn't nearly as well prepared for cleanup as New York City. Even so, some Congress members turned up for work on Tuesday. And some did not. Can you guess who they were?
What happened to the men? Senator Lisa Murkowski told Huffington Post that
”...she spent much of her weekend shoveling and was ready to 'be back at work where it's a little less rigorous.'”
SNOWBOARDING IN MANHATTAN
As I think I mentioned last week, I still lived in Manhattan in 2006 when the last gigantic snowstorm hit town. Big blizzards make the city so beautiful and force everyone - everyone - to stop and take a break for a day or two. In my case, I can't resist behaving like a kid - last time it was making snow angels.
I suffered a bad case of envy for not to be in New York last weekend and I sure did enjoy watching these guys who defied the rules (and, apparently, paid the price) to have a great time in the snow, big city style.
AN EAGLE AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Peter Tibbles sent this story about Oorik the wedge-tailed eagle who “works” at the annual matches:
”With uncommon vision, an enviable wing span and an inbuilt killer instinct, he belonged in this place as much as any tennis player. Holding court on centre court, he walked slowly, claw foot by claw foot, exploring the now empty space where Daria Gavrilova had only just dispatched Petra Kvitovz.
“Then he sat still in the vacant stadium, perched on the net, feeding on a bit of fresh rabbit meat, like a dragon alone in his lair.”
Konrad Marshall, writing in The Age, continues:
”Such is life for the young rescued raptor, one of many birds raised in captivity and now a star. He is at the Australian Open under a pest control research program, with permission from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. It is the first major study of its kind locally.”
It's a fascinating story that you can read more of here. And this photo shows off Oorik's magnificent wingspan.
F/A HORNETS AND SUPER HORNETS
No, not the bugs. These are combat jet planes as they takeoff and land aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
“The video includes the aircraft flying in tandem formation at low altitude above the water, conducting banking and rolling maneuvers at high-speed, and making high-speed passes over the aircraft carrier. Filmed from the cockpit and pilot point-of-view.”
I'm not much fond of heights but this is amazing to watch. Maybe you'll think so too.
Betcha don't know what undercats are. I didn't but I do now. Photographer Andrius Burba explains that he was at
“...the international cat show which recently took place in Vilnius, Lithuania. The idea about taking photos from underneath came from the similar photo which I randomly found on the internet.
“I was fascinated by their cute little paws which were impossible to resist to look at. But the main idea which I wanted to express through these photos, is that cats feel embarrassed about this part of a body which people don’t get to see daily.”
Here are a couple of examples.
You can see a whole bunch more of Burba's undercats at Bored Panda.
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