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INTERESTING STUFF – 23 August 2019

90-SOMETHING BOOGIE WOOGIE

Darlene Costner was the first of several TGB readers to send this video. Supposedly the two dancers are age 91 (the woman) and 94 (her partner) but I don't know where that information comes from.

Anyway, they are terrific dancers. And we should all age as well as these two.

FELINE INFIDELITY

Well, I don't know for sure that this video is about infidelity but it sure looks like it. From the South China Morning Post:

THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF THE WORLD’S SMALLEST VERSIONS OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST THINGS

Whew! That headline is a mouthful. Here is what the Youtube page tells us:

”On your next road trip, take a pit stop in Lucas, Kansas, where you can visit arguably the best roadside attraction.”

See what you think.

THE MOTHER VINE

Here is what Atlas Obscura tells us:

”Estimated to be 400 years old, the Mother Vine, located on North Carolina’s Roanoke Island, is believed to be the oldest grape vine in all of North America, planted by either Croatan Native Americans or settlers of the Lost Colony. Some have posited that it is the “mother” of all vines for scuppernong grapes, North Carolina’s state fruit.”

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And they make wine from these grapes. There is much more historical detail at Atlas Obscura and at the mother vine's website.

ZDOGG MAKES A PLEA TO IMPROVE U.S. MEDICAL SYSTEM

I've been reading and watching videos from this guy for years. He writes, he makes videos, he even raps about the U.S. medical system. Zdogg is internist Zubin Damania M.D. Who explains on his website:

”As a way to address my own 'burnout' and find a voice, I started producing videos and live shows under the pseudonym 'ZDoggMD' that have since gone epidemically viral. This launched a grassroots movement — nearly a billion views and a passionate tribe dedicated to improving healthcare for everyone.”

Here is one of his most recent videos:

THE VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT MYSTERY

Everybody likes a good mystery, right? This one has been going on for hundreds of years. As Lisa Fagan Davis writes in the Washington Post,

”The Voynich Manuscript, an early 15th-century codex that belongs to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, presents an irresistible medieval mystery. The tome is written using an otherwise unknown collection of symbols known to those who study the codex as “Voynichese,” with what appear to be roots, prefixes and suffixes as well as repeating spelling and grammatical patterns.

“Then there are the illustrations, which include unidentifiable but detailed and realistic plants, circular zodiacal and astronomical diagrams, crowned nude women bathing in green or blue pools and other images that defy description.

“For centuries, the Voynich Manuscript has resisted interpretation, which hasn’t stopped a host of would-be readers from claiming they’ve solved it.”

In the video below, curator Bill Sherman discusses the mystery of the Voynich Manuscript.

LIONS VISIT WATERING HOLE AT NIGHT

There is nothing outstanding about this video – just a look at wild lions being themselves at night.

THE FEELING YOU'RE DOING EVERYTHING WRONG

TGB reader Jack Handley, who also contributes stories to the TGB Reader Story feature, sent this video. No wonder so many people are stressed.

THE SWEETEST THING YOU'LL SEE ALL DAY

That headline is all you need to know.

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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.



Comments

Loved your collection today, from the active 90-year-olds to the love affair between the retriever and kitten. As an old nurse, especially like ZDogg and subscribed. Great choices!

I agree your Saturday post was outstanding from the first to the last one.
A wonderful way to begin my day!
M

You might enjoy Henry the Colorado Dog (can be found by goolging that) and his buddy Baloo, another dog/cat combo. Videos are available on youtube and I follow them on Instagram. They are sweet, snuggly companions who accompany their owners on grand adventures and are photographed in wonderful places, Baloo often riding on Henry.

I can relate to never feeling like I'm doing anything right! Funny & sad too

Hope you don't mind; I reposted a few for my FB friends.

Loved it all! Thanks!

Yikes! I'm not even 83 yet and I couldn't begin to do all that, but then dancing was never my thing even 50 years ago. As usual, love the cats!

The physician's video offers a sad commentary on the state of health "care" in the U.S. today. At my last appointment, my new young doctor spent most of the appointment figuring out which boxes to check on the computer so that my prescriptions could be filled and she didn't run afoul of the government or the insurer. As a lowly patient I felt like I was interfering with the relationship between the doctor and the computer. Is that a great system or what?!

OMG, never thought I'd fall for a doctor.

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