THE AVERAGE PERSON HIDES 13 SECRETS
Secrets, the YouTube page tells us, are not something you should keep locked away. Do that, and they'll eat you from the inside out:
”According to a May 2017 study, you likely have around 13 secrets brewing in that head of yours — five of which you'll never tell a soul. The researchers say that it isn't the number of secrets you keep that's significant. Rather, it's the burden of those secrets — they weigh on you, literally.”
I don't recall 13 secrets, but most of the ones I do have, that I'll never tell you, are the times I behaved badly and am still ashamed of. What about you?
The YouTube page tells us that for thousands of years, the Yao women of Huangluo Village have been keeping up an incredible beauty regimen, growing long, luxurious locks.
Believed to symbolize beauty, wealth and longevity, long hair is considered sacred, and women in the village only cut their hair once in a lifetime. Take a look:
REANIMATING PIG BRAINS
This story freaks me out, a nightmare to end all nightmares. MIT Technology Review explains:
”In a step that could change the definition of death, researchers have restored circulation to the brains of decapitated pigs and kept the reanimated organs alive for as long as 36 hours...
“The work was described on March 28 at a meeting held at the National Institutes of Health to investigate ethical issues arising as US neuroscience centers explore the limits of brain science.”
Ethical issues? No shit. Imagine your living brain sitting in a box somewhere – wait. It's better if I quote MIT:
The setup, jokingly dubbed the 'brain in a bucket,' would quickly raise serious ethical and legal questions if it were tried on a human.
“For instance, if a person’s brain were reanimated outside the body, would that person awake in what would amount to the ultimate sensory deprivation chamber, without ears, eyes, or a way to communicate? Would someone retain memories, an identity, or legal rights? Could researchers ethically dissect or dispose of such a brain?”
It is madness to contemplate this act, even on a pig or any other animal.
WHAT ARE BITCOIN AND BLOCKCHAIN?
According to The New York Times, Goldman Sachs will open a Bitcoin trading operation on the New York Stock Exchange:
”Some of the biggest names on Wall Street are warming up to Bitcoin, a virtual currency that for nearly a decade has been consigned to the unregulated fringes of the financial world...
“Many corporations and governments have expressed interest in the technology that Bitcoin introduced, particularly a form of database known as the blockchain.
“The moves by Goldman and Intercontinental Exchange, or ICE, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, mark a dramatic shift toward the mainstream for a digital token that has been known primarily for its underworld associations and status as a high-risk, speculative investment.”
Oh dear. Apparently the time has come for me to figure out what Bitcoin and blockchain are.
I've tried to understand this without much success. It's a huge puzzle. But this New York Times video gave me my first inkling that with some more work, I might just figure it out.
Clear as mud, right? Read more at The New York Times.
FAKE FOOD FOR REAL RESTAURANTS
In Japan, it's customary for restaurants to display their offerings inside their front windows. Think restaurant window shopping.
The displays come from one city only: Gujo. This ancient town is the epicenter of artificial food. The people who make the displays are real artists, but the "food" they create is not.
It may be one city in Japan, but I have seen this amazingly real-looking food in U.S. restaurant windows in several cities.
SAVING DUCKLINGS FROM CERTAIN DEATH
Is bad news the only kind there is these days? It sure feels that way but then TGB reader Joan McMullin sent this video. My god, there just keep coming and coming and coming.
(This is getting irritating. You may need to click the link in the video to watch on YouTube. If I had time, I would substitute another video but not today. I'll be more careful with my choices in the future to avoid this.)
LETTER TO MY BOSS
All of Congress, both houses, even those members who are not rabid opportunists feeding at the public trough, enrage me these days. A handful come out of their caves now and then to “bravely” denounce the president's latest stupidity or outrage, but then scurry back to hibernation bunkers.
They do nothing at all and every one of them deserves to be booted. So this email from Darlene Costner that is making the rounds gave me some relief for a few moments:
“I have enjoyed working here these past several years. You have paid me very well, given me benefits beyond belief. I have 3-4 months off per year and a pension plan that will pay my salary till the day I die and a health plan that most people can only dream about.
“Despite this I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position. During this time I will show up for work when it is convenient. In addition I fully expect to draw my full salary and all the other perks associated with my current job.
“Oh yes, if my search for this new job proves fruitless, I will be back with no loss in pay or status. Before you say anything, remember that you have no choice in the matter. I can and will do this.
Every Senator or Congressman running for President."
Try that at your job and tell me how it works out.”
ANOTHER FROM DARLENE COSTNER
A baby elephant who appears to believe he is a lapdog. Irresistible.
THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST JOB
Interviews for the world's toughest job. Yes, it's a joke, but it's a good one. Stick around for the ending.
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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