And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

INTERESTING STUFF – 28 September 2019


Television commercials can sometimes be their own kind of art and one that has charmed me since 2011 is the Hollywood actor Dean Winters playing the Allstate “Mayhem” bad boy.

In one of the most recent commercials, Winters is a cat and the producers got a lot of the irritating and funny habits cats plague us with. Take a look:

You can find out more about Winters' career at Wikipedia.


Following on the cat theme, here is a lion dad at the Denver Zoo meeting his little cub for the first time.


Last Monday, I posted TGB's semi-annual story to remind us how to avoid falling. What I left out and always have is what to do if you do fall. I ran across these tips at the National Institute on Aging and quote it now:

”If you do fall, stay as calm as possible and follow these steps:

Take several deep breaths to try to relax. Remain still on the floor or ground for a few moments. This will help you get over the shock of falling.

“Decide if you are hurt before getting up. Getting up too quickly or in the wrong way could make an injury worse.” (PERSONAL NOTE: When I fell a few months ago, people tried to help me get up right away when I just needed to adjust to the pain and mentally check my body to see if I was all in one piece. Insist on time to do this when people try to help. They mean well but...)

“If you think you can get up safely without help, roll over onto your side. Rest again while your body and blood pressure adjust. Slowly get up on your hands and knees, and crawl to a sturdy chair.

“Put your hands on the chair seat and slide one foot forward so that it is flat on the floor. Keep the other leg bent so the knee is on the floor. From this kneeling position, slowly rise and turn your body to sit in the chair.

“If you are hurt or cannot get up on your own, ask someone for help or call 911. If you are alone, try to get into a comfortable position and wait for help to arrive.

“Carrying a mobile or portable phone with you as you move about your house could make it easier to call someone if you need assistance. An emergency response system, which lets you push a button on a special necklace or bracelet to call for help, is another option.”


The latest episode of The Alex and Ronni Show was recorded on Thursday 26 September, just after the Congressional hearing with Acting DNI Joseph Maguire ended.


You've heard this music or something very close to it a zillion times in your life whenever a movie or TV show needs to underscore an ominous situation.

The music has been around since the 13th century and VOX explains it all for us.


A study released this week in the journal Nature reports the discovery of 7,000-year-old baby bottles containing residue of non-human milk:

"'I can just imagine a little prehistoric child being given one of these with milk in it and laughing,' says the paper's lead author, archaeologist Julie Dunne of the University of Bristol, [quoted at NPR]. 'They're just fun. They're like a little toy as well.'”

Here's what the bottles look like.


The bottles, which were found in Bavaria, Germany, may also have been used for human milk, and they apparently still work in the 21st century:

"'When we gave a reconstructed one to [baby] Noah, it's very intuitive, so it fit just perfectly within a baby's cupped hands. And he loved it,' Dunne says. 'He started immediately sort of suckling from it. He was really happy, sitting there playing with it and suckling from it for ages.'”

There is more information at NPR and at the BBC.


There are more babies than usual in today's Interesting Stuff and here is another.

A rare, spotted Zebra was recently born in Kenya's Maasai Mara National reserve. From Frank Liu Photography:

There is more information and additional still photos of the baby zebra at Bored Panda.


In honor of Constitution Day last Tuesday and at a time when the U.S. founding document is being tested daily, The Library of Congress has launched a new website, Constitution Annotated.

”For over a century, the Constitution Annotated – known officially as the “Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation” – has served as the official record of the U.S. Constitution,” explains the Library of Congress page.

“Prepared by attorneys in the American Law Division of the Library’s Congressional Research Service, it explains in layman’s terms the Constitution’s origins, how it was crafted and how every provision in the Constitution has been interpreted throughout history.

You can explore it here.


We begin and end with two different kind of cats today. Nothing much goes on in the video except a cat showing us what relaxing is all about. Thank TGB reader Christi Fries for this video.

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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.


"(PERSONAL NOTE: When I fell a few months ago, people tried to help me get up right away when I just needed to adjust to the pain and mentally check my body to see if I was all in one piece. Insist on time to do this when people try to help. They mean well but...)"

Ronni, I had precisely that experience a few years ago when I took a great tumble while ice skating. One guy, I practically had to hit to get him away from me. Then I had to deal with the EMTs who were called because, obviously a woman in her late 70s fell because she had had a heart attack. (The fall was from not having well-sharpened blades.)

Yes, I agree that everyone was trying to be helpful. I really appreciated the thoughtfulness of a little girl who offered to take my skates off for me . I wasn't through skating, so declined her sweet offer. The rink manager offered to have the (rental) blades sharpened. (I think he feared a lawsuit.) The EMTs were really sweet as they took my vitals and ran me through a quick cognitive test. But that one man who was so-o-o insistent that he help me up right that minute really ticked me off.

You outdid yourself today.

Love your hair.

I have lived alone most of my life too - glad to meet a kindred spirit.

Best wishes

I, too, have always liked the Allstate "Mayhem" commercials and as a cat lover, have particularly enjoyed this latest one -- especially with a 6-month old kitten in the house now.

Getting up after a fall. It's not that easy if you fall someplace where there's nothing to pull up on, such as out walking the dog. (There are videos that show you how.) I've thought about carrying a walking stick for just that reason. At home, if I don't have my phone on me, I can call out to my Google Home device and have it call my son (they don't yet call 911). Same would be true with an Alexa device. I have several for just that reason and can be heard from anywhere in the house. No sense paying a third party to do it for me. They also answer questions, play music, etc. Really handy to have around.

As always, LOVE the cats! Normally, I'd be somewhat alarmed to see a kitty walking about outdoors since outdoors can be a hazardous place for cats (at least in my area due to coyotes and other wildlife), but the orange kitty is obviously well-supervised and cared for.

BTW, you look mah-velous!

I too really enjoyed your talk with Alex today -- not to mention the wonderful hair look!

As to the whistleblower: Rachel Maddow has the whole thing on her blog, Rachelblog -- read aloud by a woman with a great voice -- I, however, couldn't locate it, except for the tiny excerpt that Rachel played.

I did, however, find the entire text of the whistleblower complaint on Daily Kos. It is well worth reading.

Perhaps some of you heard trump's temper tantrum where he longed for the good old days when "we" knew what to do with traitors.

The man is unspeakably awful.


I noticed in the last Cat Relaxing film the cat was first checking out her whole domain to make sure there were no intruders or dangers lurking there before going to what looked like a favorite spot on a sun-warmed walk-way. Cats are many things but never not aware of their surroundings.

By the way, Elizabeth R, coyotes search for prey around dawn and again around sunset. They are rare in the full daylight around civilized parts. Too many people, I guess. We learn their tricks mighty quick in Southern California where most of us learn the hard way. I lost a much loved old cat who was beginning to go deaf. She was born from a wild mother and a friend of mine rescued her and gave her to me as a kitten, but she never got over being born feral I guess and insisted on going out, so I was forced to cut a cat door in one of my side doors so she could come and go as she pleased. I had to hand her fate to the gods. One day she just never came home. I guess a coyote just snuck up on her and she couldn't hear him. Younger cats, though, can often outsmart and out run a coyote and usually have a hidey hole they can pop into.

I've had a cat, one way or another since I was five years old, and in my 80 plus years don't recall any other one of them that had that kind of encounter. But then again, I had most of those when I lived on the East Coast and coyotes aren't seen much back there. LOLOL

What was it about this past week’s conversation you & Alex had that was so great? Is it that if one knew bupkis about your health, you looked so well, sounded so vibrant? (And yes this “do” is so perfectly flattering - color and all it’s doing!) Was it the discussion of living with another or not? (Strong introvert with spouse and 2 cats and home office, I’m desperate for time and space of my own - considering a train sleeper car sounds like heaven. Or adjoining abodes, for which one must have abundance to afford .. and then I’d feel guilty bc many can’t afford one place to live?) was it your observations of the person we thought had integrity who testified without making headway?

Or was it Alex’s question of “what does it matter - I’ll be gone” to the issues of today, a question at almost 73 I ask often as I protest, tho my answer is always yours?

Was it your enthusiasm about Greta, (and David, and Emma too) that I share and over which I kvell that she and the young N.Y. woman who alone sat at the UN with her sign are moving people to act? (As Greta influenced her mother to give up a career that required plane travel, other young ppl will tell their parents. Tho my brother and I repeatedly showed our parents, in the ‘50s, the cost savings of not smoking, and had no luck. Maybe today’s “yutes” will succeed in climate and guns.)

is it that tonight in the US begins the Days of Awe and I’m even more introspective than usual? Was it that I had more quiet time to listen?

It was just the ticket.

Thank you both for continuing to share ideas, wisdom, laughter, passion with us all.

May this new year be sweet for us all.

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