ALLSTATE MAYHEM CAT COMMERCIAL
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.
LION DAD MEETS HIS CUB
Following on the cat theme, here is a lion dad at the Denver Zoo meeting his little cub for the first time.
FOLLOW-UP ON FALLS PREVENTION
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 ALEX AND RONNI SHOW
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.
WHY IS THIS CREEPY MUSIC IN SO MANY FILMS?
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.
PREHISTORIC BABY BOTTLES
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.'”
RARE SPOTTED ZEBRA BORN
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.
NEW CONSTITUTION WEBSITE
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.
CATS ARE MASTERS AT RELAXATION
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.
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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