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INTERESTING STUFF – 3 August 2019

OLD COOTS GIVING ADVICE

As the YouTube page tells us:

”Every summer Saturday, a group of senior citizens in Salt Lake City take questions and give advice from a stand at the farmer's market. Under the banner 'Old Coots Giving Advice,' lines of locals form to glean wisdom from these old souls. Steve Hartman reports from 'On the Road.'”

Take a look, have a good laugh and thank TGB reader Ali for sending this.

GOOD NEWS: WILD TIGER POPULATION IN INDIA INCREASES

In 2006, according to an NPR report, there were only 1,411 tigers in the wild in India. In the latest census, in 2018, the population was up to 2,967 from 2,226 in 2014.

This was not an accident of nature. The government of India,

”After learning that there were a limited amount of tigers left in the world, India decided to strengthen the conservation of tigers in its country. In an effort to protect the endangered species, the National Tiger Conservation Authority was created...”

You can read more about how they did this at NPR. And here is a short, unrelated video from National Geographic about tigers.

MORE GOOD NEWS: ETHIOPIA PLANTS 350 MILLION TREES IN ONE WEEK

Yes, you read that correctly, 350 million trees in one week.

”The planting is part of a national 'green legacy' initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings,” reports The Guardian. “Public offices have reportedly been shut down in order for civil servants to take part.

“The project aims to tackle the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. According to the UN, Ethiopia’s forest coverage was just 4% in the 2000s, down from 35% a century earlier.”

That “4bn” in the first paragraph of the quotation, just in case anyone is unclear, means 4 BILLION trees and Ethiopia means to reach that goal in October. We in the U.S. and many other countries should be doing this too, right now, to help combat climate change.

You can read more at The Guardian, at Mother Nature Network and other places on the web.

SOME FAUNA WITH YOUR FLORA?

I have never bought packaged salad greens or any other fresh food packed in plastic. Being in an airtight container can't do anything good and it also makes the greens slimy. Here is my vindication:

The Washington Post has confirmed my conviction with this headline: “The other greens in your bagged lettuce: Frogs, snakes and lizards” - something that hadn't occurred to me:

”The first review by scientists of wild animals found by customers in prepackaged produce makes clear that frogs are the trouble, and bagged lettuce and spinach are, by and large, their preferred medium.

“While 21 of the 40 reported incursions under review involved amphibians, it is also the unfortunate case that rodents, snakes, lizards, birds and even a bat found their way into bagged lettuces, spinach and cut green beans (snakes, evidently, are partial to the latter).”

And they weren't even all dead: “eight frogs, a toad and a lizard were found alive in bagged greens.”

The paper expanded the story to include an interesting take on shaky definitions of “best by...” and “use by,,,” dates.

You can read more at the Washington Post.

THE IRISHMAN TRAILER

What I have found learned while reading about the upcoming Martin Scorcese film, The Irishman, is a new technique that is said to “de-age” old actors like the stars of this film, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and others, so they can play themselves from young men into old age.

The first trailer was released this week but it sure is playing fast and loose with that de-aging process so that we don't really get a chance to see what it looks like. See what you think:

You can read a bit more at Cnet.

THE BIRDMAN OF IDAHO

The YouTube page explains

”He just might be the biggest bluebird landlord in Idaho. Al Larson has built and placed more than 350 wooden nest boxes throughout the state’s southwest. The birdwatcher started the project in the late 1970s after reading how important the shelters are to the survival of bluebirds.

“Today, at the age of 97, he is still at it. Larson monitors the little houses to record vital data about the number of eggs and nestlings. To date, Larson has helped fledge over 40,000 bluebirds.”

If you want to know more about Al and his bluebird project, there is a 30 minute documentary made when he was 91. You'll find it here.

CHIEF MOUSER OF DOWNING STREET

Because this story is set in London, we should probably call the cat by his full, official title, “Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” although his given name is simply Larry.

He lives at 10 Downing Street, adopted and brought there as a rescue cat in 2011 by then prime minister David Cameron to control the rodent population. Larry remained in residence through Teresa May's years in office and is still there for the new prime minister, Boris Johnson.

The chief mouser has his own Wikipedia page, and there is a list of five facts about Larry at Mental Floss.

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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

Love The Bluebird Whisperer and Larry of 10 Downing. Thank you and TGB contributors, today and always.

Especially loved the bluebird man. . .it's worth it to watch the entire documentary (30 min.).

"De aging" ! Oh My ! ...as technology comes to the big screen!

But now on a smaller screen...
Robert DeNiro is certainly a fine and well respected actor...yet I have only rarely been a fan of the harsh roles he often played in movies.

My own favorite of his is from the 90's and was not even mentioned on IMDb. Perhaps it was a 'made for TV' movie, but it still worth seeing if you can find it. It is "STANLEY AND IRIS" with co-star Jane Fonda. It is listed as Romantic/Drama at my library and is so much more than just that, as the widowed Iris tries to teach an illiterate adult Stanley to read. One of the rare movies I would watch a second time.

That bluebird man is wonderful! What a gift.

Three cheers for Ethiopia! If we don't reverse deforestation around the world, we won't have bluebirds or tigers or even humans to talk about. Forests are the 'lungs of the earth" as well as the habitat for millions of species.

Love, love, love the generous spirit and kindness of Al Larson AKA Bluebird Man. If only more of us followed his wonderful example.

About "Ethiopia Plants 350 Million Trees..."

The Onion had the best reaction:
“I’m sure we’d do something similar if we had the resources of Ethiopia.”

It's a great thing what Ethiopia did, but a sad reflection on the rest of us...

Thanks, “localJoe” for the Onion quote. Its irony is a perfect commentary on the way we do things in our not so brave new world. Time for the rest of us to follow Ethiopia’s example and get started on the trillion trees necessary for cleaning our future air. After all, any of us—all of us—can plant a tree, can’t we? It is interesting that India, another developing country, is working to restore the native tiger population—even as the American Trump brothers kill these beautiful creatures for trophies.

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