WHAT MILLENNIALS THINK OLD PEOPLE ARE LIKE
From AARP, here's an experiment with millennials and elders.
IT'S NOT JUST US OLD FOLKS WHO FALL DOWN
Over most of the history of this blog, I have posted a story about preventing falls at least once a year, sometimes twice. That's because one-third of people 65 and older fall every year. Many do not survive their broken bones.
Now comes a study telling us we elders are far from alone:
”'...in this four-month study, more than half of the college students fell during daily activities,' said Shirley Rietdyk, a professor of health and kinesiology, who only looked at young adults in this study.
"'The fall rate may be lower for older adults because they are more cautious due to the higher risk of serious, even fatal, injuries from falls. These findings also highlight that walking on two legs is a challenging task that is mechanically unstable, even for young, healthy adults.'"
Maybe we would be better off now if mankind had stayed on all fours. You can read more here.
SETH MEYERS ON THE WISCONSIN PRIMARY
No one can dispute that John Oliver (see below) is brilliant and that he manages to be so week after week after week with hardly a glitch.
Recently, however I have discovered another comedian who is doing some excellent political take-downs on his daily NBC show, Late Night with Seth Meyers.
It's not that I hadn't heard of Meyers before; I just hadn't paid attention. Now I know that he is putting his regular feature, “A Closer Look,” to excellent use.
There are plenty of laughs but like Oliver, the topic is a serious one. In this case, voter ID laws. Take a look.
Meyers' show is now on my VCR recording schedule.
FAMOUS TABLE TOP DANCE FROM 1955
From the 1955 film, The Seven Little Foys, comes this excellent dance with Jimmy Cagney, playing George M. Cohan, and Bob Hope as Eddie Foy.
This kind of movie production number has been out of fashion for decades but what fun to watch these two old pros from an earlier era.
ON THE NATURE OF TIME
A friend emailed this joke:
A tortoise walks into a sheriff's office and shouts, "I've just been attacked by three snails."
The sheriff says, "Tell me what happened."
The tortoise shakes his head in confusion. "I don't know, it all happened so fast."
Such silly fun but sometimes these days I know how the tortoise feels.
JOHN OLIVER CONGRESSIONAL FUNDRAISING
Congressman Steve Israel of New York is retiring after 16 years because he cannot face even one more call begging for money. John Oliver shows us on his HBO program, Last Week Tonight, why Israel made that choice.
JOHN OLIVER NUCLEAR SECURITY AND TRUMP
For all good (and bad) comedians, Donald Trump is irresistible fodder and Oliver did not even try to ignore the candidate last week while commenting on the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.
MADAGASCAR VANILLA SHORTAGE
Yup. That's right. According to the Guardian, the price of my favorite ice cream flavor is about to skyrocket:
”The price of Madagascan vanilla surged by nearly 150% last year after the island, the dominant producer, experienced a poor harvest. Now food industry executives are reporting a fresh rise in prices as supply tightens.
“Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron, a result of its long and labour-intensive cultivation.”
These days, I don't allow myself to eat ice cream as much as when I was younger, but this is till catastrophic food news for me.
”...the pain will be felt most acutely by ice-cream makers, as it is the most expensive ingredient in the production process and some will be forced to pass on the increased cost to consumers.”
Yes, exactly what I'm afraid of. The Onion chimed in which some pithy “reader responses”:
“I have this six-year-old bottle of extract in my cupboard, if that helps things.” - Don Buckley, Systems Analyst
“Edy’s can gouge me all they want for that real slow-churned stuff.” Chet Baisell, Unemployed
“We should be able to get through this. There’s no vanilla in pizza.” Eva Landiss, Element Namer
EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER'S
King5 News in Seattle won a 2013 local Emmy for this affecting documentary. Alive and Thankful, about a man diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Hat tip to Chuck Nyren of Advertising to Baby Boomers.
Three of Lon Cole's poetry books have now been published. You can find out about them here.
TOKYO'S NEW HEDGEHOG CAFE
Japan has a history of being in the forefront of animal cafes, cats being the most obvious kind that have been copies the world over. This is their latest:
Cute little buggers, aren't they. You can read more at the Guardian.
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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