EDITORIAL NOTE: Again this week, my selections are heavy on animals. I hope you enjoy them.
YOU THINK THREE RIBS ARE GOING TO STOP JUSTICE?
That's what Bryant Johnston, long-time physical fitness trainer to 85-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a reporter after RGB fell last week and broke three ribs:
"To all the stressed out people in America," Johnson told The Cut, "remember that the justice is TAN. Now, I always use that acronym: TAN. She’s tough as nails. You think three ribs are going to stop Justice?
"We probably won’t train at least for another week or so just to give the ribs a chance to heal because the ribs are just very sensitive areas that you just gotta give them a chance to heal. And then we’ll pick back up just like we usually do, and I’ll take in account for the ribs and we’ll just kinda ease and move in a little bit easier around ‘em."
Thank god she is TAN. We need that woman on the Court.
WHAT ANIMALS DO WHEN WE'RE NOT LOOKING
Julien Tabet is a young French artist who says he likes to surprise people.
”...imagining the improbable fascinates me...,” he says. “My works deal mainly with animals for a lot of reasons. Animals are different from humans because they are so much more humble and innocent.
“But what I like the most is that they can be mysterious due to their anonymity. I love to dream up the way animals act when we aren't watching them, kind of like Toy Story.”
I think his work is magic:
HOW CONGRESS STOPPED WORKING
We may have elected a Democratic-majority House of Representatives on Tuesday but that doesn't mean Congress will suddenly function.
The Washington Post and ProPublica got together to produce a short animated video, How Congress Stopped Working, that includes some predictions about whether it will soon get better.
Warning: This is not encouraging:
ONE TOUGH LITTLE RAT CHASES OFF A SCAREDY CAT
The YouTube page tells us:
”An inquisitive cat in the Luxembourg city of Esch-sur-Alzette, saw something move across the street and immediately trotted over to investigate. Upon discovering it was a rat, the cat began the chase.
“This tough little rat, however, turned right around and instead became the chaser...nipping at the poor kittie’s heels all around the streets.”
GERMAN SHEPHERD WATCHES OVER TEENY TINY BABY QUAIL
This is so cute:
”A noble German Shepherd named Thorin,” says the YouTube page, “very gently sniffed out a bevy of baby quails who were chirping away while crawling around on a comfy shag rug. After meeting these little birds, Thorin sat down and stood guard over them, remaining completely affable even when they climbed upon him.”
A SMALL AMOUNT OF GOOD CLIMATE NEWS
I may have mentioned that I can no longer read stories about climate change. Just the headlines make me weep for our beautiful big blue marble home in space.
Then there is this from the BBC. It won't change much, but it's good to read:
”The ozone layer, which protects us from ultraviolet light, looks to be successfully healing after gaping holes were discovered in the 1980s. The Northern Hemisphere could be fully fixed by the 2030s and Antarctica by the 2060s.
“A new United Nations report says it's an example of what global agreements can achieve.”
Read the entire story at the BBC.
MERCATOR MAP ANIMATED GIF
Undoubtedly you know that maps made for a flat surface distort the size and shape of land masses. Climate data scientist and interactive mapmaker, Neil Kaye, has made an animated gif to show the differences in the size of countries between flat and globe-shaped maps.
”Because the Mercator Map distorts land size in accordance with increased distance from the Equator, countries like Greenland, Russia, Canada and the United States look so much larger than much of the rest of the world.”
Read more at Laughing Squid.
HISTORY OF CEMETERIES
A succinct little video about the way humans bury their dead has changed from the earliest days of humankind to the present.
HOW TO RID YOURSELF OF EARWORMS
Most of us get stuck with annoying earworms from time to time, a tune stuck in our brain that won't go away.
Susana Martinez-Conde, writing at Mental Floss, has five suggestions for banishing them. One of them is to listen to a “cure tune”:
”The same study also found that some subjects used competing songs, or 'cure tunes,' to control their earworms. The researchers identified 64 such tunes, with six of them named by more than one person.”
Another suggestion is to chew gum:
”Chewing might hinder the motor programming involved in speech articulation, and therefore could keep people from subvocalizing (saying the words to the songs in their heads). They found that vigorous gum-chewing did reduce the number of unwanted musical thoughts, but...”
Read the rest at Mental Floss. I have no idea of any of these work.
COMEDY WILDLIFE AWARDS
The Comedy Wildlife awards are back again this year with some of the funniest animal photography you've ever seen. A sampling of finalists:
The 2018 winners will be announced next Thursday, 15 November, in a ceremony at Foyles in Charing Cross, London.
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