THE PEOPLE WHO HELP SAVE MAN'S BEST FRIEND
A week or two I posted a video of people who rescue animals from war zones. Here is another about those who rescue pets in trouble.
THE WORLD'S OLDEST LIVING LAND ANIMAL
Jonathan, a 187-year-old tortoise this video tells us, is Earth's oldest living land animal. Take a look:
Find out more at Mental Floss.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT ANTI-VAXXERS
I am about to offend some of you. There is nothing I can – or am willing - to do about that.
A week or so ago, I emailed my friend Jim mentioning that the U.S. may be about to lose its “eliminated” status as the measles outbreak continues to grow. Our conversation continued...
RONNI: I am no longer rational on the subject of anti-vaxxers. It's one thing to try to eliminate mass shootings like the most recent one in Virginia Beach. But measles? Easy peasy. Yet here we are. Grrrrrrrrr.
JIM: If only we could get the mass shooters and the anti-vaxxers together. Win-win.
If you're offended, I assume you will unsubscribe – so be it. Me? I nearly fell off my chair laughing, a good deal of it with chagrin that I did not see that joke myself.
HISTORY OF THE TOILET
As it turns out, Thomas Crapper did not invent the modern toilet (too bad for bad jokes) but he did make his name in the toilet business. Here's a short, little history of the toilet:
If you are interested in more detail about the history of the toilet (including Thomas Crapper's involvement), there is an hour-long documentary from the BBC here.
READINGS FROM RONNI
There is a growing body of long-form writing on the web, some of it quite good that would make it a disservice to only excerpt it. So I had a mini-brainstorm:
How about if, in this Saturday Interesting Stuff column, I include one or two or three such articles that I liked reading during the week and link to them from here. Then it would be up to you if you to decide to read or not. Let's try it for awhile:
These Millennials Got New Roommates. They’re Nuns
A project called Nuns and Nones moved religion-free millennials into a convent. Good things happened. Read it at The New York Times.
My Grandfather’s Secret D-Day Journal
Many of us at this blog had a family member who served in World War II. This is a grandson's discovery of a diary from D-Day. He writes:
”I knew his role in the invasion meant a great deal to him. But I never saw his haunting, heartbreaking diary until after he died.”
Read the story and the diary at the Washington Post.
If you like this idea, you are welcome to send suggestions – long-form web articles – but with no promise of inclusion. Please use the “Contact” link at the top of the page – no links in comments are allowed.
DOG TESTED, DOG APPROVED
Like me, you have probably seen the Suburu commercials starring the Barkley dog family. I ran across a treasure trove of them on YouTube this week and delighted in them all over again. Here's one:
There are more at YouTube:
MICK JAGGER IN REHEARSAL AFTER HEART SURGERY
Just a few weeks after heart surgery Rolling Stones lead singer, Mick Jagger, was in rehearsal for the rock group's new tour which begins on June 21 in Chicago.
Take a look:
Earlier this week, we showed you an old photo of my former husband and me with Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I was (am) a fan but I always felt just slightly more excited about Jagger and the Stones. God, I wish I could see them one more time before I die - just as I did the first time from row 3 at Madison Square Garden. Oh, well.
There is some more information about Jagger's heart surgery at AARP.
ILLINOIS LEGALIZES CANNABIS
The governor of Illinois. J.B. Pritzker, signed a bill this week making his state the latest to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use.
Here is a map of the current 11 U.S. states where cannabis is legal:
You can read more at the Chicago Tribune.
Also this week, Oakland, California, became the second city, after Denver, to decriminalize magic mushrooms AKA psilocybin. You can read about that at APNews.
TASHA THE DOG PLAYS HIDE AND SEEK
Yet another doggie video this week. Can't resist 'em.
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.