ELDER UPTOWN FUNK
Canadian TGB reader doctafil alerted us to this video by a group of elders in Sarnia, Ontario. They call themselves the Landmark Village Players (after the name of their retirement community) and what they have done here, according to CBC News is
”...a remarkably accurate re-creation of the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars music video for Uptown Funk.
I dare you not to smile and, maybe, even get out of your chair to dance along with them.
You can compare the Landmark Village Players version of the video to the original Bruno Mars vid here. Note there have been more than 2.8 BILLION views of this video since its release in November 2014.
GENEROUS PEOPLE LISTEN TO THEIR HEARTS – LITERALLY
Now who could resist a headline like that. Especially when it comes from a medical news website. In appears that some researchers in the U.K. and Sweden have discovered a link between altruism and people who listen – literally – to their hearts.
”Interoception — a fancy word that describes how in tune you are with your own body — has been found to be linked with how willing you are to give.
“...participants had to decide, in repeated scenarios, whether to give different amounts of real money to others or keep it for themselves...there was no way that the receiver of this giving act could penalize the giver in any way, and the giver was assured that they would never meet the receiver...
“To assess interoception, participants were [also] asked to complete a 'heartbeat detection task.' In it, they had their own heartbeat recorded with an electrocardiogram.
“They were then asked to listen to a range of sounds that were either in or out of sync with their heartbeats, and they did so without being able to feel their own pulse.
“Those better able to tell whether the sound was in or out of sync had higher interoception.”
Those are just some bare-bones explanation. There is much more at Medical News Today.
THE RARE WHITE STRAWBERRIES OF JAPAN
As the YouTube page explains:
”In Japan, there's a specialty fruit craze sweeping the nation, from square watermelons to grapes the size of Ping-Pong balls. Still, the crown jewel of the luxury fruit basket is the white strawberry, bred to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot sweeter than its classic red counterpart.
“We took a tour of Yasuhito Teshima's farm in Karatsu, Japan, to find out why so many people are spending a pretty penny for a taste of these famous white berries.”
Take a look:
STEPHEN HAWKING'S PREDICTIONS FROM 2017
1. “Humans must colonize another planet within a hundred years.
In a BBC documentary released earlier this year, titled Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth, the physicist explained his prediction that soon, the human species will have to leave Earth and repopulate somewhere else in the universe, either on a spacecraft or on another planet.
“The physicist warned that if humans don’t become a multi-planetary species and settle on other worlds, our species could die out within the next century.
2. "Trump Will Push Earth Over The Brink
Hawking is not a fan of U.S. President Donald Trump, and earlier this year commented that the president’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could lead to irreversible climate change, The BBC reported...
“According to Hawking, Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of this deal could be the final step towards drastic climate problems that may have serious effects on all life on Earth.”
More Hawking predictions at Newsweek.
HOW POOP SHAPES THE WORLD
I've explained in past posts what a surprise it has been to learn to speak about pooping with my various cancer doctors, nurses, etc. It doesn't come to me naturally.
Then this video showed up on my screen and it's amazing what it has to tell us. As the YouTube page explains:
”One creature’s waste is another’s fuel, and all over nature these leftovers help new life spring up. Here’s how whales, birds, worms, bats, and more help the world breathe clean, thanks to their poop.”
LEST WE FORGET – TRUMP'S 2017 RACISM
As The Root notes on its page with this video:
”Water is wet, the sky is blue and Donald Trump is a racist. And in 2017, Trump was on a roll. Here’s a quick rundown:
HOW ANIMALS SLEEP
A short, little video about how important sleep is to all earth's creatures.
2017 COMEDY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS
This is the third year of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards and these three winners will leave you laughing for sure.
"What's Up Doc" by Olivier Colle:
"The Laughing Dormouse by Andrea Zampatti.
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