SETBACK FOR JEOPARDY! HOST ALEX TREBEK
Early last week, Alex Trebek gave ABC-TV's morning show, Good Morning America, an unwelcome update on his pancreatic cancer.
You can read more at the Good Morning America website.
Perhaps fittingly in relation to Alex Trebek, I ran across a lot of items this week about words and language. Here are three of them.
DICTIONARY ADDS NEW “THEY” DEFINITION
The use of the word “they” as a singular, non-binary pronoun has been gaining usage in the past few years when referencing people who do not identify as either male or female.
This week, Merriam-Webster added that definition to its dictionary, as in, “Ask each student what they want for lunch.”
THE MOST COMMONLY USED WORD ON EARTH
Can you guess what that word is? Here's a video about how it came to be.
FOUND ON THE INTERNET
...on a page with a list of 15 things that make the internet awful. This one is all too familiar and hugely irritating, she said laughing ruefully:
“Password must contain a capital letter, a number, a plot, a protagonist with some character development, and a surprise ending.”
More on that list of awful internet things here.
TGB reader Ali sent this beautiful video which was made by a college student in Scotland. As the Youtube page tells us:
Fox Fires is inspired by the Finnish folk tale of the same name. The story isn't based strictly on it, I wanted to make up a creationist fable about how the fox fires may have come to be.
“But the Fox Fires or Revontulet are what the Northern Lights are called in Finland, as the folk tale believes they are caused by a fox kicking snow up into the sky.”
WHY DOES TIME SEEM TO PASS MORE QUICKLY AS WE AGE
The nature of time has been a lifelong interest and over the years I have collected a dozen or so of “expert” explanations for why time seems to speed up as we get older. This week, TGB reader Jane Mahoney sent a video of yet another stab at the question.
The speaker in the video is neuroscientist David Eagleman who is the author of a delightful and funny little book I've mentioned in the past titled, Sum – 40 Tales From the Afterlife.
THE SWISS ART OF PAPER CUTTING
Wait until you see what this woman can do with not much more than a pair of scissors. Here's what the YouTube page says:
”It’s amazing what Anne Rosat can do with a pair of scissors. This 83-year-old artist has been depicting life in the Swiss Alps through the folk art known as papercutting for 50 years. Using scissors, paper, tweezers and glue, she crafts intricate, colorful and layered works that are uniquely hers. Rosat invites us into her home in Les Moulins, Switzerland, to show us how she tells beautiful stories with paper.
THE SEX TALK
Over our lifetime, a lot has changed and that can make “the talk” between a father and son about the birds and the bees a minefield. Comedy Central took a stab at what that might be like these days. Thank Ali for this video.
WHALE PLAYING WITH SEAGULL
This video arrived from Norma, the Assistant Musicologist via Peter Tibbles who writes the TGB Sunday Eldermusic column.
The YouTube page says this is a beluga whale. I'm not so sure – it looks like a dolphin to me. But what do I know.
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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