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INTERESTING STUFF – 15 December 2018


As the Mother Nature Network (MNN) website reports:

”When Scout, a young Labrador retriever puppy from Whidbey Island, Washington, went to work digging up a new hole in his backyard, his human owner Kirk Lacewell wasn't necessarily surprised to see him emerge victorious with something in his mouth...

“After taking a few photos of the object, he passed them along to experts at the University of Washington's Burke Museum. Their conclusion? Scout's find was no less than part of a tooth from a woolly mammoth estimated to be about 13,000 years old.

Here's the whole story from a local newscast:

You can read more detail at the MNN website.


This just might be the cutest baby animal you've ever seen:

Big Geek Daddy tells us:

”The coyote pup was found by this boy and his friends when they were camping. They soon realized that as cute as this coyote was they couldn’t keep it so they released it back into the area where they found it so it could reunite with the rest of the coyote pack.”


Remember earlier this year when we were fighting hard, sending emails, signing petitions, calling legislators to preserve net neutrality? We lost the battle.

Now there will be an investigation into the fact that almost half the millions of comments opposing net neutrality were faked:

”More than 20 million comments have since appeared on the site, with the New York attorney general’s office estimating that up to 9.5 million of those were filed in people’s names without their consent,” reports Buzzfeed News.

“As part of the New York attorney general’s previously announced investigation, the agency in October issued subpoenas to 14 organizations — 11 of which are either politically conservative or related to the telecommunications industry and opposed net neutrality, and three of which supported it.

“The offices of the attorneys general of both Massachusetts and Washington, DC, are supporting the New York investigation, and also issued subpoenas.”

The FCC has refused to honor a Freedom of Information records request that would shed light on the suspicious comments. Expect more to come and read more now at Buzzfeed News.


From the Dynasties series presented by BBC Earth, an amazing clip of Red the lion who finds himself surrounded by a pack of more than 20 hyenas. His ally Tatu rushes to help. An astonishingly intense scene of life in the wild.


A terrific exhibit that features 30 sets of moving trains and 150 New York landmarks made of plant parts.


One of the few positive things that can be said about having a terminal disease is that if you don't count daily requirements such as food and bathroom tissue, you don't need or want to spend money anymore.

Nowadays, I don't read advertisements and I've unsubscribed from all the shopping newsletters that used to arrive regularly in my email inbox.

But this caught my attention:

It's silly and I can't tell you why, but I am charmed by the idea of a wooden watch. I don't care about the whiskey barrel part – I don't even understand why that would matter and most of all, I cannot imagine how anyone even thought this up.

But it just seems so cool - a watch made of wood.

Now don't anyone go thinking you should buy this for me. I don't need it, I don't want it, I haven't even worn a watch in more than a decade. I just think this one is cool.

You can find out more about it at this website.


When Andrea Gaylord arrived back at her home off Merrill Drive in Paradise, [California], she was surprised and overjoyed to see her beloved dog, Madison, survived the fire and was waiting patiently for her to return home.

Lovely story of a beloved pet's loyalty.

Find out more about Madison and his survival at Laughing Squid.

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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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All the animals... love each one. Yet, I couldn’t watch the lion and coyotes meet-up. I remain the child who covered her eyes during trapeze and other scary acts courtesy of Ringling Brothers shows at the original Madison Square Garden. And, wow, Ronni, for continuously finding the upsides of being, now. Love, appreciate, and thank you (since 2003!), endlessly.

So good to know you feel well enough to be with "TimeGoesBy" today. Always interesting, educational, and I can't get enough cuteness at my age. Thank you, Ronni !

Re: your why? I would guess the used hardwood whiskey barrels (charred or steamed and shaped) provide the straight grain you see on the face of the watch and a gentle curve for the band. My own youngest son would love having a watch made of wood....might even convince him to wear one ! :-)

By profession he is a cinematographer, but when the hours of editing in front of computers and screens wear him down, he runs for the outdoors. He loves to find and save the beautiful old wood barns and buildings in danger of destruction in the Marin, CA. area where he lives.

He is currently taking apart, board by board, by hand, so as to do no harm, a 130 y/o marvel...still owned by the original family. There seems such pride in workmanship that some of the wood is signed and dated (1884) in chalk by the carpenter. There is such beauty in the straight grain of the old growth timber used then.

Perhaps the mythic hero in us all makes him feel like the rescuer, often working alone to save it from the bulldozers or fire. Another plus in this tale is the wood is going to a young woman building an office space for her aging Dad that will look just like the one he remembers.

The little coyote is adorable. I hope he found his pack, and quickly. Too young to be alone for long.

I saw Madison on the news and was moved to tears. So many people lost so much in those fires and yet, somehow, there he was.

That watch is beautiful. I've always been attracted to wood items -- the warmth, the beautiful grains, etc. Do you remember when wooden pens were a big deal? Ballpoints with wood barrels in your choice of wood. Walnut, rosewoord, etc. I gave several as gifts.

The Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show is wonderful. Thanks for sharing that art form.
Of course, the Paradise dog, Madison waiting is remarkable.
This blog makes for a good Saturday.

I am a new subscriber to your blog. As I looked at the issue sent to me, I also looked at the pictures posted on the top. The sixth photo, from the left, is almost certainly that of a college friend of mine. How were these photos selected to be on the website...how would I be able to know definitively if this is my friend from our days at UCLA?


Every photo is of me, Ronni Bennett, dating in order from age 2 to my current age 77.

Perhaps the manufacturer of the watch made of wood is trying to imply that the watch is made of the wood of a whiskey barrel stave and perhaps wants to imply that it smells faintly of whiskey! Anyway, it's unique and I think it's lovely. Am willing to bet that it costs quite a bundle, though! LOLOL

Daily we are assaulted with horrendous news of malfeasance this time by the FCC. Time to write again to our elected representatives to push for open records. Will it never end?

Loved this post. Never thought of a coyote as cute before, but this one surely is.

Thank you for these.

Always get caught up with animal tales. As for net neutrality been following that closely and writing about it regularly. Glad you’re making all aware of all the shenanigans.

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