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EDITORIAL NOTE: Today's Interesting Stuff is two-thirds about animals. As what I call my “predicament” moves forward, I find myself settling in more frequently on nature, most particularly animals - who never, ever bore me.


The YouTube page tells us that singer/songwriter/actor Toby Keith wrote this song, Don't Let the Old Man In, after spending time with 88-year-old actor/director Clint Eastwood. Keath asked Eastwood:

“...'what keeps you going?' and he said, 'I get up every day and don’t let the old man in.'” The scenes in the music video are from Clint’s latest movie The Mule.


Thank Darlene Costner for this melt-your-heart beer commercial. It's several years old but not the sort of thing that ever gets old.


Take a look at the defiant stare-off between this little squirrel and a gigantic eagle looking for lunch. You're gonna love it.


Speaking of eagles – I post this every year or two when the Decorah Eagles are nesting. You can watch them live from Iowa.

FYI: “This bald eagle nest is located near a trout hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. After two of this pair's nests were destroyed, the Raptor Resource Project team began constructing this nest with the hopes that the eagles would take it over and build upon it - and they have! Watch as they come back each year to raise another brood.”

Babies usually are born in late March or early April so this is the time to stay tuned. You can do this at explore.org. There is a second Decorah Eagles live nest here.


The webpage titles this feature, 25 Amazing Facts About the Human Body.

“Amazing” seems to be overstating it but there are interesting ones too. Here are a couple to get you started:

”If they were laid end to end, all of the blood vessels in the human body would encircle the Earth four times.”

“Your tongue is made up of eight interwoven muscles, similar in structure to an elephant’s trunk or an octopus’s tentacle.”

Read all 25 at Mental Floss.


Mother Nature Network reports:

”What was eating Luca, Charlie and Kai? For these sister lions, it should have been obvious.

"Their lives were given to the circus.

“With around 370 square feet of steel and concrete between them — as well as a cub named Nathan — these animals knew neither direct sunlight nor fresh air. Only the roar of a circus crowd — or whoever bothered to show up for this pitiable show in the Ukrainian city of Lviv.

“It's little wonder that when the day came to open those cages — thanks to the efforts of the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation — the lions were depressed, endlessly pacing their concrete confines.”

You can read more of the lions' story here.


This Flintstone-inspired house has been labeled a “public nuisance” by some neighbors and others. reports:

”The town of Hillsborough, Calif., perhaps seeking to avoid becoming the next Bedrock, has sued its owner to force the removal of dinosaur statues, a sign reading “Yabba Dabba Doo” (the catchphrase of the animated television show’s prehistoric patriarch, Fred Flintstone) and other landscaping, according to a lawsuit filed last week in State Superior Court.

Nestled in a hilly community of about 11,000 in San Mateo County, where homes routinely sell for millions, this particular residence, with its curving lines, red and purple domes, multicolored mushrooms and scattered animal statues, has long attracted attention from neighbors (no, not the Rubbles). One could even say it is “a page right out of history.”

But at least in its current form, officials and some residents do not to want the home, which evokes the 1960s cartoon, in their backyard.”

More at The New York Times.


Cats on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai have got it made – amazing weather, meals served in their own "catfurteria," and a steady influx of adoring fans ready to give them all the love and affection they could ever want.


Wouldn't it be nice to have a human version of this? Wait until you see how happy it makes this cow.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.


I enjoy the percentage of animal videos. Oh my gosh, I'm such a sap! I've seen the Budweiser commercial, and I STILL teared up.

Yes! Would love a scratcher, custom-made human style. Also something similar to cover and scrub body with suds, head to toe in the shower.

I drive by the Flintstone house once per week. It's been there for so many decades now and sold several times, each owner painting it earthy or wild colors. The recent iterations expand beyond that, but from the freeway, it's a different angle and farther away, so all you clearly see are the animals, which are big. My thinking is the neighbors with a view of this doth protest.

Always love the reminder and enjoyment of life's less complicated and conflicting animal kingdom. Thanks, Ronni

Some days the only smile available is while watching animal videos. Your shared ones are more enjoyable, because I'm smiling along with Ronnie's coffee club. Shared smiles are warmer. Thank you.

"Don't let the old man in". Does this imply that we should deny old age? Or is it just that we must pretend we are young till we die (hopefully in old age)?
I guess it just means we shouldn't give in to the weaknesses of old age?

But I'm (mostly) enjoying old age - less responsibility, more time for what I want to do, and no guilt for enjoying that either!

Bring on the animals! Can never have too many. And I need that back scratcher thing for my cat. He'd love it. Wouldn't mind one for myself either.S

And "Don't let the old man in." Loved the song. And it's such great advice!

LOVE the cat videos. So glad the big cats are out of "jail". I couldn't be happier that circuses involving animals are fast disappearing. It's a dreadful life for animals, especially large ones that need space. It's terrific to see the feral cats of Lanai being cared for. I love cats and would have more if we had the physical and financial ability to care for them.

We had 3 until last November when we lost our little 18 Y/O fluff ball to cancer. We're not sure about adopting another cat at our ages (89 and 82). Change is traumatic for older kitties, especially being surrendered to a shelter (or, far worse, abandoned!) when long-time cat-parents die. We've made arrangements for the care of our current 2 senior kitties if we die first or become seriously disabled, but it may not be fair to adopt another kitty. Still, so many senior cats need homes. It's a dilemma. . .

Funny how much animals remind us that the natural order is the way life has always been, and that small graces as we all go along are the things that create beauty and love along the way.

I also drive by the Flintstone house now and then, and really like the current version. The dinosaurs are (I think) made in nearby Half Moon Bay.

SUCH gifts! I just opened this email and am so thankful to you for all these wonderful life affirming clips.

I think I wrote that almost 10 days ago now, a dear friend was diagnosed w/ H1N1 and put on life support. She rallied! She was able to breathe on her own and in imitation of crabby old lady, demanded so much of everyone in the hospital. And then she died. The day after another friend died of myeloma...two dear friends in 25 hours. I have not functioned well.

A funeral for Chris who died of flu but one I can't get to; perhaps a memorial for Bev who died of myeloma later in the Spring.

And so many grieving people for two remarkable women .. one in her 50s and one 72.

Life and death do not make sense. At all.

To each of us something better.

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