DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS
In case you forgot – I almost did – Daylight Savings Time ends tonight when you should turn back your clocks one hour. TURN BACK not forward.
Your computer, smart phone and maybe some other appliances will adjust themselves. If you're like me, you have way too many analogue clocks that need to be changed by hand.
SHOULD CHANGING YOUR AGE BE LEGAL?
TGB reader, Tom Delmore, sent this story from Aeon written by Joona Räsänen, a bioethicist from the University of Norway. He posits that people should be able to legally change their age.
One example he gave is of a man who thought taking 20 years off his age would help him out on dating websites.
”Age change should be allowed when the following three conditions are met,” explains Räsänen. First, the person is at risk of being discriminated against because of age. Second, the person’s body and mind are in better shape than would be expected based on the person’s chronological age (that is, the person is biologically younger than he is chronologically). Third, the person does not feel that his legal age is befitting.”
There is more to Räsänen's argument than what I have quoted. You can read it here.
For the record, I think there is more than enough ad hoc jiggering around with age by people who believe they look younger than they are. They rarely do and we don't need anymore confusion in our world.
NEW SUFFRAGETTE SCULPTURE FOR NEW YORK CITY
Did you know that “Central Park is home to 23 statues of real men (and one real dog), but there are no sculptures of important women from history?” that there are statues of only fictional women like Juliet from Shakespeare's play?
That will end next year when a new statue of suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and abolitionist/women's rights activist Sojourner Truth will be installed in the park. Take a look:
And it doesn't end there. According to Michele Debczak writing in Mental Floss, activists are pushing for more women's statues.
This year, Virginia unveiled a monument consisting of 12 historic women, and in 2020, construction will begin of a statue of journalist Nellie Bly on New York City's Roosevelt Island.”
ALEX TREBEK PSA
As you know from past mentions here, Jeopardy! host, Alex Trebek, is being treated for pancreatic cancer. In a PSA (public service announcement) recently recorded, Trebek is raising awareness of early symptoms:
“I wished I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced prior to my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer,” he says in the PSA.”
Here is the video but be aware that his list of additional symptoms is not definitive. Mine were mostly different from his. Here's the PSA:
Read more at USA Today.
MAKING HOLOCAUST RECORDS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE
As the YouTube page explains:
”Allan Brauner is a Holocaust researcher. His late mother Margaret Brauner, who lived from 1924 to 2017, was a Holocaust survivor. He discovered her name, the number tattooed on her arm and her signature on a list of female prisoners held at Auschwitz by the Nazis.
“There are 227 names on the list, and Brauner has made it his personal journey to uncover the stories of all those who experienced the Holocaust alongside his mother.
“The largest archives in the world on the victims of Nazi persecution, the [Arolsen Archives] houses 30 million documents. Ancestry formed a partnership with the Arolsen Archives to make these records widely available and searchable online, for free.“
Here's the video.The searchable archive is at ancestry.com.
SCAMS AND OLD PEOPLE
Most of what is printed about scams in relation to age is that old people are more susceptible to them than younger people. Well, not so fast.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released it's annual report, “Protecting Older Consumers 2018-2019.” Here is the news:
”People 60 and older are the least likely to report losing money to scams. But when they do, their losses are larger than younger people's. 'What’s more, consumers in that age group spotted fraud and reported it before losing any money at nearly twice the rate of people between 20 and 59.'”
So I guess we are not as dumb as some people want to portray us. Read more at the FTC.
LIVING UNDERGROUND IN AUSTRALIA
In the past, I have posted a different video of Coober Pedy, Australia, a town where most of the people work in opal mining and most of them live underground.
It's a mystery to me why I'm so fascinated with this town but I am and maybe you are too. Take a look:
There are a lot of video about Coober Pedy. Just type the name into youtube and you'll get a long list.
PENNSYLVANIA GHOST TOWN
It's called Centralia. It once held a thousand people but now, only five remain.
”An underground coal fire turned Centralia, Pennsylvania into a ghost town. Centralia, Pennsylvania was nearly entirely evacuated following a coal mine fire, burning beneath the town since 1962. And it still burns. Take a look at the town with some before and after views.
CATS VERSUS AN INVISIBLE WALL
A whole bunch of cats trying to figure out a new phenomenon in their midst.
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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