THE LAST CAROUSEL CRAFTSMEN
Remember carousels? I loved them when I was a kid. I still do. I suppose for today's kids they seem tame compared to the thrill rides at big amusement parks. Too bad. They are beautiful pieces of art.
Carousel Works is the last, they say, hand-made carousel manufacturer in the United States. Take a look:
You can visit the website here.
PAINTED EYES ON COW BUTTS
Don't laugh at the headline – well, go ahead but it is serious too. In Africa, lions eat a lot of the livestock farmers are raising. So an Australian came up with the idea of painting eyes on the butts of cows to scare off the lions. Take a look as he explains:
Read more at Gizmodo. And thank Peter Tibbles, who holds forth in the music column here on Sundays, for finding this story.
RESTRICTIVE VOTER ID LAWS EASED IN TWO STATES
Many states have enacted laws aimed at keeping minorities (and old people) from voting. This week federal judges revoked those laws in two states:
”The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman temporarily eases the impact of a 2011 Wisconsin law requiring voters to show photo identification before being allowed to cast a ballot.
"Although most voters in Wisconsin either possess qualifying ID or can easily obtain one, a safety net is needed for those voters who cannot obtain qualifying ID with reasonable effort," Adelman said in his order.”
As regards the Texas law:
”The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a close decision among a special 15-judge panel, also sent the case back to a district court to examine claims by the plaintiffs that the law had a discriminatory purpose.
“The New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit, which has a reputation as one of the most conservative federal appeals courts, asked the district court for a short-term fix to be used in Texas in the November general election.”
A JOHN OLIVER WEB EXTRA: ENDORSEMENTS
John Oliver's HBO program, Last Week Tonight has been on hiatus but the host makes a point to provide us with our Oliver fix via short Web Extras when there's not show.
This week's was about political endorsements:
A STUNNING BOOKSHOP IN BUENOS AIRES
The Bored Panda page explains the history:
”Tucked away in Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires is a beautiful bookshop called El Ateneo Grand Splendid. It is built within the almost 100-year-old Grand Splendid Theater, which opened in 1919.
“The theatre was later converted into a cinema and eventually, in 2000, it was converted into the El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookshop, which currently welcomes over one million visitors each year.”
Here are a couple of photographs.
And here is a shot of the exterior:
SATIRE: GUN MANUFACTURERS OF AMERICA
Here's another from Peter Tibbles – a video from satirist Deven Green in her Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian guise taking on the U.S. gun industry.
If you think it is too soon to post something like this, here is Green's response to that question on the YouTube page, and I agree:
“In deference to you 'too soon' folks, I was going to wait until a day not close to a mass shooting (or the anniversary of one) to release [this video] – until I realized that no such day exists in America anymore."
Comedian Deven Green, an alumna of Second City who holds dual Canadian/U.S. citizenship is well known for her satire. Her website is here.
THE COMMA QUEEN: IS “NONE” SINGULAR OR PLURAL?
The Comma Queen is Mary Norris, a copy editor at The New Yorker magazine.
I have always believed “none” is a singular noun requiring a singular verb but Ms. Norris says time moves on and grammar rules can change. Take a look:
NETWORK NEWS ANCHOR PEOPLE
Let's just call this Peter Tibbles Day at Interesting Stuff. This cartoon is also from him – a more-powerful-than-you-would-think commentary on how unimportant the three broadcast networks' evening news programs are nowadays.
The cartoonist is Jimmy Johnson. There are more from him at GoComics.
WHO RESCUED WHOM?
Get out your hankies, folks. You will need them in the best possible way. It's an old story that doesn't get old.
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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