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INTERESTING STUFF – 13 April 2019

EDITORIAL NOTE: It's mostly animals again today. Perhaps it's my antidote to the awful things our politicians do very day.

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RACCOONS

Raccoons always make me laugh. They made me laugh even when they were redistributing the trash at the weekend country house I once had. Here's a short compilation.

OUR CATS THINK WE'RE A MUCH LARGER CAT WITH GOOD TASTE IN FOOD

According to Dr. John Bradshaw, your feline friend likely thinks of you not as a parent, but as "a larger, non-hostile cat," reports Mother Nature Network.

”Bradshaw, a biologist at the England's University of Bristol, has studied cat behavior for 30 years, and he's constantly finding new insights into the ways cats interact with humans. For starters, it's always on their terms.”

"Cats are just as good as dogs at learning — they're just not as keen to show their owners what they've learnt," Bradshaw told Nature... https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01067-z#ref-CR1

Mother Nature Network continues:

”And when your feline friend brings you the occasional dead rodent or half-eaten insect, it's not a gift or an attempt to feed you.

“Your cat simply wants a safe place to eat his kill. When he bites into his catch, he realizes the food you provide tastes better, so he leaves the remains of the prey behind.

“So while you may think of yourself as your cat's parent, he sees you more like a large, friendly feline who's generous enough to share the canned food.”

More at Mother Nature Network.

FIRST PICTURE EVER OF A BLACK HOLE

If you missed this news, you've probably been hibernating.

”Researchers say this 'ground-breaking' discovery proves Einstein's theory of general relativity. The black hole is 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 times that of the Sun.

Here's a short video about it:

More detailed information at The New York Times, at Technology Review and just about anywhere else on the web.

HIGH DIVING GIRAFFES

I published this video for the first time when it was originally posted in 2013, and at least once or twice again since then.

I never get tired of it – so weird and wonderful and odd and convincing.

OREGON FOR PERMANENT DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME?

The state where I live, Oregon, has been dinking around about having all-year daylight savings time:

”Last week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 320, which would establish year-round daylight saving time,” reports oregonlive.com. The proposal, which has broad support from both Republicans and Democrats, now heads to the Oregon House.”

Further:

”Even if lawmakers in the Oregon House agree to the plan and Gov. Kate Brown signs off, the bill only takes effect if both California and Washington make the same decision.

“And our neighboring states are well on their way. California voters approved a daylight saving measure last November and Washington lawmakers already passed a bill that will put the issue to a vote in November 2020.

“If all three states agree to permanent daylight saving time, the region would still need to secure approval from Congress.

I had no idea this was going on. I don't think I care either way beyond the fact that I like not needing to change the remaining analog clocks I have.

STRAY DOGS ASK TEENS TO HELP SAVE THEIR FRIEND

The headline is all you need to know to enjoy this vid:

PATRICK AND GRACE – A MUTUAL RESCUE STORY

Yes, another rescue story. I'm such a sucker for these.

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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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Comments

Beautiful stories. Thank you, Ronni.

I've been viewing a number of the pictures of the black hole this week, and it's more than I can comprehend -- 55 million light years away and 6.5 times the mass of the sun! But as hard as it may be to wrap my mind around that, I have an even harder time understanding why scientists would say something like "it looks like the gates of hell." Where are these scientists from -- the Ken Ham School of Astrophysics?

I've been following you since 2004 and never saw the diving giraffes before now. Brilliant! Back in my camping days I liked to sit out at night watching the raccoons exploring the campsite. Loved the dog rescue stories, too.
Thank you, Ronni.

Daylight Savings makes no sense in a non-agrarian society and should have been abolished years ago. Arizona is not on DLS and I never have to change a clock, but I do have trouble remembering the changed time of other states when I telephone people.

I love all the other stories featured today. The rescue of a helpless animal is always heartwarming.

The enormous size of a black hole is mind-boggling; especially so when you think of how many Earths it would take to fill our Sun.

I'll take animal stories any day!

A shame Einstein couldn't have lived to see this photo.

Daylight savings or not, I wish we'd agree on one or the other and stop all the clock changing twice a year.

Yay for the rescue stories!

The giraffe film is one of the most charmingly bizarre things I've seen in a long time. I don't care if it's daylight time or standard as long as it never changes. :-) I'm one of the multitude who don't adjust well to the spring switch. The fall one is easy peasy.

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