NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Today's Interesting Stuff is longer than usual and there are no animals this week. But there are several campaign-related videos and a whole lot related to old age.
There was a large amount of good stuff this week that I've had to leave out or you probably would skip the whole thing. So I hope you enjoy the ones I've selected – just pick and choose what most interests you.
THE PHOTO SAYS IT ALL
What a great week for little girls:
102-YEAR-OLD DEMOCRATIC DELEGATE
When Jerry Emmitt was born, women had not yet won the vote. Last week, she was the oldest delegate at the Democratic Convention and she cast 51 of Arizona's votes for Hillary Clinton.
You can read more about Ms. Emmitt at CBSnews.com.
WHAT IF YOU TOLD A JOKE AND NOBODY GOT IT
At a press conference on Wednesday, Republican nominee Donald Trump invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's email. Treason, said some and if not quite that, certainly terrifying to think an American would encourage a foreign cyberattack.
The next day Trump and his surrogates tried to say he was being sarcastic, that it was a joke. Do you think it sounded like a joke?
GRANDPARENTS FOR HILLARY
During the convention last week, young people posted photos of their grandparents – people like you and me who have been waiting for a woman president for a long time.
You can see more grandparents for Hillary here and thank TGB reader Momcat Christi for sending the link.
JOHN OLIVER – THE REPUBLICAN CONVENTION
I know, I know, the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia just ended. However, John Oliver's HBO show, Last Week Tonight returned from hiatus last Sunday, a week ago, and then the Republican Convention had just ended.
It may feel like ancient history now but what Oliver brings to his review of the Republican Convention is an important addition to what we need to understand about Donald Trump.
The Emmy Awards will be presented this year on September 18 broadcast on ABC-TV and this week, when the nominees were announced, Last Week Tonight received six nominations including Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Talk Series. I think they deserve to win both.
ANOTHER JOHN OLIVER VIDEO
That first Oliver video is shorter than most of his righteous rants on HBO's Last Week Tonight and there was another on last Sunday's show about how candidates use anyone's music any way they want without permission.
Take a look at Oliver's solution: a new song, Don't Use Our Songs.
If you don't know all the singers – I didn't – here is a list:
You can read more about politicians' unauthorized use of music here.
HOW TO DRIVE A FORD MODEL T
It's fun to compare our increasingly digital automobiles with this video about driving a Model T. As the YouTube page explains,
”Starting in 1908, Henry Ford sold his novel Model T cars as the first to be really accessible to the masses. What's more, he marketed them as easy to handle for casual drivers and (gasp!) women since they started with a button rather than a crank. Thing is, those old Model Ts were still pretty complicated to drive.”
OLD AND ALONE IN CHINATOWN
This video was produced by filmmaker Mantai Chow. It is heartbreaking and there are too many old people who are alone with no one to help except one other.
This video is from The Atlantic online which is increasingly producing interesting video work.
THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD OAK TREE
According to the Daily Mail, this oak tree that lives among a large stand of ancient trees at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, is 1,076 years old.
”The latest measurement, made four weeks ago,” explains the Daily Mail “means the oak started growing in AD970, a century before the Norman Conquest. It was more than 500 years old at the Battle of Bosworth and 700 years old when the first Duke of Marlborough began to build Blenheim in 1705...
“Like ageing humans, the ancient oak has got shorter in old age as its crown has ‘retrenched’, or reduced in size. ‘It starts to shrink and loses its outer limbs,’ says Roy Cox. ‘It goes back to its minimal form.’
“Again, like many humans, the tree has grown fatter and more squat, building up extra bulges of timber at its base to support the gangly mass of branches above.
“The rule of thumb for ancient oaks is that they grow for 300 years, mature for another 300 years and then ‘veteranise’, or decay, for another 300. And this king of the forest just keeps on veteranising, without dying.”
The newspaper reports that Blenheim is home to the greatest collection of ancient oak trees in Europe. You can find out a whole lot more here.
OLD-FASHIONED INSULTS WE SHOULD BRING BACK
TGB Reader and poet Tom Delmore sent the link to this wonderful list of 50-plus old-fashioned insults that the webpage says we should bring back. They are from the 19th century but you will recognize a lot of them.
Here are a few I had never heard before:
One whose buttocks may be seen through his pocket-hole; this saying arose from the old philosophers, many of whom despised the vanity of dress to such a point as often to fall into the opposite extreme
An unsteady, volatile person
A loutish youth who has never been taught manners; from the tradition that a bear’s cub, when brought into the world, has no shape or symmetry until its mother licks it into form with her tongue; ill-trained, uncouth, and rude.
You can find a lot more at this website.
ACTOR MATT DAMON EXPLAINS JASON BOURNE
Maybe like me you feel hopelessly out of touch in regard to Game of Thrones. There is hardly a site on the internet that doesn't write about it almost every day with gazillions of videos, interviews, rumors, recaps and speculations.
But it is all a mystery to me and likely to remain so. I've never read the books or seen the TV shows.
That happens these days. We can get left way behind current pop culture because there is just so damned much of it.
Yesterday, a new movie, Jason Bourne, opened in theaters. I had to check Dr. Google to find out this is the fifth(!) in the Bourne series - I may have seen one but I can't be sure.
Anyway, it amused me that someone connected with the production thought it might suffer from the same kind of pop culture overload as Game of Thrones and that it would be useful for the actor who plays Bourne to make this one-and-a-half minute video explaining all you need to know to catch up to the latest chapter in the series.
It's a funny video, a terrific promotional idea and Damon carries it off well. Take a look.
MAKING MINI WORLDS IN MINUTE DETAIL
I loved doll houses when I was a kid and I still love doll houses and miniature scenes of all kinds – the more detail, the more magical they are.
This Frenchman, Dan Ohlman, has been making miniature spaces for 25 years and in doing so, as he says at the end of this video, he has “contributed to the world of dreamers.” Take a look.
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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