90 YEAR OLD STRIPPER ON AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
Her name is Dorothy Williams, she is 90 years old and she appeared last week on America's Got Talent.
You might think this is a joke. Or maybe you think it is tasteless. Or maybe, like the audience and the panel, you think it's a great thing to fulfill a dream at any age.
"LOIS LANE" DIES AT AGE 95
When I was a kid, I loved going to Saturday afternoon movie matinees. What a smorgasbord: newsreels, coming attractions, usually two features and one or more serials. One of my favorites was Superman and of course, I identified with his coworker at The Daily Planet, reporter, Lois Lane.
Noel Neill played Lois Lane to Kirk Alyn's Superman (pictured above) in one 15-episode movie serial and then moved on to the same role in the television show when George Reeves played Superman.
Later, she was cast as young Lois Lane's mother when Christopher Reeve debuted as Superman in the 1978 movie. You can read more about her life and career in The New York Times.
YOU PROBABLY DON'T NEED TO SHOWER – THEY SAY
Some people think we're too clean, that we bathe and shower too often and that it's making us sick. Take a look at this video from James Hamblin, a physician and senior editor at The Atlantic and see what you think.
You can read more about this at The Atlantic.
Volte-face, loosely translated means “about face.” As the Bored Panda wesite explains, the photographer is Oliver Curtis:
“His inspiration came in 2012 when Curtis was visiting the Pyramids of Giza. 'In the mid-distance I saw a newly constructed golf course, its fairways an intense green,' he said on Creative Boom.
“'I found this visual sandwich of contrasting color, texture and form intriguing...because of the oddness of my position; standing at one of the great wonders of the world facing the ‘wrong’ way.”
Here's that Pyramids of Giza shot:
And here's another shot at the Louvre in Paris – the reverse direction from the Mona Lisa.
There are a lot more of Curtis's' Volte-Face shots at Bored Panda.
WHY PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE SO EXPENSIVE
This is a pretty good explanation of drug costs from Bloomberg News. It leaves a lot of question unanswered but it's a start:
ELDERS BECOMING THE BACKBONE OF CONSERVATIVE POLITICS
Harry R. Moody is a widely respected thought leader in the area of ageing, the author of many books and articles on the subject, a teacher and, in 2008, he was named by Utne Reader Magazine as one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”
Not long ago, he wrote a piece titled The Elephant in the Room that “gerontologists and aging advocates don't want to talk about.” But, he says,
”...we must...talk about it. We need to recognize how far our own views (typically liberal or progressive) are opposed by the very same older people we claim to represent.”
No kidding. I've been noticing that for the entire 12-plus years I've been writing this blog. Moody goes on:
”...as we all know, opponents of the ACA [Affordable Care Act] spread misinformation (e.g. “death panels”). Sadly, many older people believed the misinformation. As a result, older voters, more than any other age group, favored repeal of the ACA...
Moody goes on to explain that 30 percent of members of the tea party were 65 and older in 2012. He includes more statistics of older voters in many states casting well over 50 percent of their cohort's votes for Republicans, again 2012 numbers.
”The aging, white electorate is dying off, but is fighting a battle as it goes down. The last-ditch response of the conservatives in power is voter suppression; essentially, working to destroy the Voting Rights Act and other measures to promote democracy in America.
“The other response is to pour vast sums of money into politics as the Supreme Court Citizens United decision makes easier. In 2016, we have already seen the impact of such 'dark money' in the political process...”
Moody continues, calling for open discussion among ageing advocates about the conservative values of so many older voters and stepping up efforts to educate them.
It's important insight to our age group. Go give it a read at Aging in Place.
SIR PATRICK STEWART SINGS COWBOY CLASSICS
My favorite Star Trek captain, played by Sir Patrick Stewart, has recorded a western music album. Or has he?
There is a video, a kind of parody of those cheesy, late-night commercials for compilation albums of long-ago hits. Stewart sings snippets of such cowboy classics as Rawhide, Buttons and Bows, Don't Fence Me In and a whole lot more.
But if you go to the website, you find that the album, priced at a discounted $29.99, is sold out – if it actually ever existed and I don't believe it did.
I think he's having us on but it's a load of delicious fun and he's pretty good singer, too. Take a look.
WHY OUR HAIR THINS AS WE AGE
It may be enough to know that our hair does thin as we get older and explanations don't matter. I suppose that depends on one's mindset.
Anyway, the STAT website explains that the mechanism that causes hair loss has not been known before.
”Now, two new studies point a finger at the scalp’s constantly-renewing stem cells. Mutations in these cells appear to make hair follicles shrink, causing regular hair to be replaced by thin wisps. Understanding the genes at work in this process may allow scientists a way to prevent such hair loss.”
Until then, remember: no matter what the snake oil salesmen tell you, nothing known to man regrows hair. If it did, believe me, we would all know about it.
There's a whole lot more about how the studies were done at STAT.
THE BIRD THAT FLIES FOR TWO MONTHS WITHOUT TOUCHING GROUND
The frigate bird (if I've heard of it before, I don't recall) is amazing. They fly for week and even months over tropic seas without ever touching down.
”Their large, lightweight wings...allow them to take advantage of the slightest breezes. They soar upward on thermals, much the way hang gliders do, and then glide back down gradually over the course of many miles.
“Unlike gliders, they also take advantage of the air currents within clouds to rise even higher when they need to; inside a cloud, they can ascend as fast as four to five meters per second. Few other birds and even most planes wouldn't attempt this because of the potential for turbulence.”
Here's the video:
You can read more about frigate birds here.
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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