86 YEAR OLD ACES DRIVING TEST
In Britain, the Institute of Advanced Motorists' test examines a higher level of skills than the standard practical driving exam. Mrs Bradshaw first passed in 1977 but she decided to take it again to prove she still could.
This time, she was just one mark short of a perfect score.
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS - A CAT AND CHICKS
Nothing else to see except this one still shot – but it makes me smile and maybe you too.
There are 49 more funny animal photos at Bored Panda.
ALEX TREBEK/PANCREATIC CANCER UPDATE
Alex Trebek said Monday that the opening of the Centre for Geography and Exploration in Ottawa was the culmination of a "fantastic" two weeks, including what he hopes was his last chemotherapy session.
Take a listen.
RESCUING ZOO ANIMALS FROM WAR ZONES
Who takes care of zoo animals when was breaks out? There are people who do that. As the Youtube page explains:
”Imagine being trapped in a cage as active combat rages around you. That’s the terrifying reality for zoo animals living in war zones. Veterinarian Amir Khalil is saving as many as he can. He runs the rapid response unit of the animal rescue organization Four Paws and risks his life rushing into trouble spots around the globe, treating and evacuating shell-shocked, starving and injured animals.”
CO2 HIGHER THAN EVER BEFORE IN HUMAN HISTORY
Reports TechCrunch, among most other news sources,
”The human race has broken another record on its race to ecological collapse. Congratulations humanity!
“For the first time in human history — not recorded history, but since humans have existed on Earth — carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has topped 415 parts per million, reaching 415.26 parts per million...”
Or, perhaps we could look at this way:
”The properties of CO2 also mean that it adds to the greenhouse effect in a way that other emissions do not, thanks to its ability to absorb wavelengths of thermal energy that things like water vapor can’t. That’s why increases of atmospheric carbon dioxide are responsible for about two-thirds of the total energy imbalance causing Earth’s temperature to rise, according to the NOAA.
More at TechCrunch.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT “REAL ID” IS? I DIDN'T
It's important because as of 1 October 2020, you will not be allowed to fly within the United States without a “Real ID” and most people so far do not have the proper kind of ID.
The TSA has answers for a list of commonly asked questions here.
FIRST TOUR INSIDE FIRE-DAMAGED NOTRE DAME IN PARIS
A walk through parts of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
There is more information and more photographs at ABC News.
WASHINGTON BECOMES FIRST STATE TO CREATE LONG-TERM CARE PROGRAM
TGB reader John Gear sent this story about Washington state enacting the first insurance program for long term care.
”All residents will pay 58 cents on every $100 of income into the state’s trust. After state residents have paid into the fund for ten years—three if they experience a catastrophic disabling event—they’ll be able to tap $100 a day up to a lifetime cap of $36,500 when they need help with daily activities such as eating, bathing, or dressing.”
WHY OTTERS HOLD HANDS WHILE FLOATING
Well, the obvious answer is the correct one but you probably figured that out yourself. This is just an excuse to show you some really cute otters.
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