THE FOREST MAN OF INDIA
Majuli, the largest river island in the world, may disappear in 20 years or so due to soil erosion. Nevertheless, since 1979, when Jadav Payeng, then 16, has made it his life’s mission to save Majuli by planting trees.
The forest is now larger than New York City's Central Park and home to Bengal tigers, rhinoceros and even a herd of more than 100 elephants that visits each year. The film won a passel of awards in 2014.
More information, photographs and maps at Bored Panda.
BIG PHARMA LOBBYING CONGRESS TO REVERSE PART D LEGISLATION
Remember on Wednesday when I mentioned that the Medicare Part D donut hole will close a year earlier than planned, in 2019? Now, wealthy pharmaceutical companies have been spending millions to lobby Congress to roll back that legislation.
As AARP explains:
”So far, no legislation has been introduced that would overturn the donut hole changes, but when lawmakers return to Washington next month, they will have to appropriate money to keep the government running, and big drug companies hope to get a reversal attached to that legislation.”
Here's a short video about what you and I can do.
Yes, I know many of you boycott AARP and the organization is partly responsible for the donut hole to begin with by supporting the Part D legislation with that provision - that only benefits pharmacutical companies - when it was working its way through Congress. But this time, they are on the right side of the issue.
NYPL LENDING ACCOUTREMENTS FOR JOB INTERVIEWS
Lending libraries are branching out. TGB reader doctafil who blogs at Jive Chalkin, sent this item about job seekers who don't own the right clothes for an interview:
”...in New York City, the public library is opening its closet to anyone who needs to borrow fancier accessories—like ties.
“The New York Public Library’s Grow Up work accessories collection, located at the Riverside Library on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, allows library card holders to borrow ties, briefcases, and handbags for three-week periods....
“There are already similar "tie-braries" in Queens, New York and in Philadelphia, but it appears that those don't also offer accessories like purses and briefcases.”
You can read more at Mental Floss.
JOHN OLIVER EXPLAINS ASTROTURFING
It seems that everywhere we turn these days, political, corporate and other advocates are using fake experts, fake crowds and more not-quite-honorable means to convince us of lies they want us to believe.
On the most recent episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight last Sunday, host John Oliver explained how astroturfing works. I found some of this truly shocking.
THINGS THAT ARE A LOT BIGGER THAN YOU THOUGHT
People who work at Bored Panda must have a wonderful time chasing down odd and interesting items for us. This one is a list of 20 things that are much bigger that you thought:
How Many Earths Could Fit in the Sun:
Geez - all this time I thought wombats were about the size of koalas. There are a lot more surprising big things at Bored Panda.
STARVING DOG RESCUED FROM DESERTED ISLAND
A man on a cruise spotted a dog stranded on a deserted island and knew he had to save her. Here is their story which has totted up more than two million views in under two weeks:
BROWN BEAR LIVE CAM
There are live cams all over the world that we can watch on the internet. One of the best sources with many choices is explore.org.
The Brooks Falls cameras in Alaska's Katmai National Park show us one of the best places on Earth to see bears fishing with their young:
”You'll see the most bear action on this cam in July and August, but keep an eye out for bald eagles and gulls flying overhead...and, if you're lucky, maybe even a wolf or moose!”
There are other bear cams and cams for a load of other animals at explore.org.
THE WEIRD NAMES FOR GROUPS OF ANIMALS
Most of us have heard that a bunch of crows are called a “murder of crows” and a “pride of lions” is common. But did you know any of these:
A prickle of porcupines
A scold of jaybirds
An army of frogs
A shiver of sharks
An audience of squid?
SOME GIRLS ARE HARD TO IMPRESS
This has been around the internet for a long time but I haven't seen it in several years. It's a male cockatoo, apparently an Elvis Presley fan, doing a magnificent dance for the lady cockatoo beside him to the tune of Don't Be Cruel.
Darlene Costner sent along the video for us and this time I found myself thinking the lady cockatoo should be named Melania.
Watch closely at about :46 seconds in when she holds off the male with a foot, looking a whole lot like the first lady flicking off the president's hand when he tried to hold hers.
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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