TIME LAPSE OF LAST WEEK'S SNOW IN BOULDER
There was some heavy weather in the U.S. over the Thanksgiving holiday. My friend Stan James sent this short, time-lapse, Reddit video of a backyard in Boulder, Colorado, a few days ago.
(Click the image twice to replay.)
THE WORLD IS RUNNING OUT OF – WAIT FOR IT - SAND?
The BBC is reporting that people are dying in disputes over sand. Sand? Are they kidding? Apparently not:
Trivial though it may seem, sand is a critical ingredient of our lives. It is the primary raw material that modern cities are made from,” says the BBC report. “The concrete used to construct shopping malls, offices, and apartment blocks, along with the asphalt we use to build roads connecting them, are largely just sand and gravel glued together.
“The glass in every window, windshield, and smart phone screen is made of melted-down sand. And even the silicon chips inside our phones and computers – along with virtually every other piece of electronic equipment in your home – are made from sand.”
They also explain that desert sand does not work.
”The sand we need is the more angular stuff found in the beds, banks, and floodplains of rivers, as well as in lakes and on the seashore. The demand for that material is so intense that around the world, riverbeds and beaches are being stripped bare, and farmlands and forests torn up to get at the precious grains.”
Read more at the BBC.
CONSTRUCTION WORKER TRAPPED ON A BURNING BUILDING
TGB reader Joan McMullen sent this video of a construction worker trapped on a fiercely burning building. From 2013:
COFFEE AROUND THE WORLD
Coffee is my morning lifeline. Without it, it can be hours before I am fully functional. Here is a survey of how coffee is served in five areas of the world:
LEONARD COHEN ON PREPARING TO DIE
Shortly before his death in 2016, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen spoke with The New Yorker editor David Remnick. This excerpt was published to YouTube by the magazine a couple of weeks ago.
FUNNY CAT PHOTOS
There is a whole bunch of fun and funny cat photos in an article at Bored Panda. Here are two:
There are plenty more at Bored Panda to lighten your day.
A COTTON CANDY LOBSTER
A fisherman caught this cotton candy lobster near Casco Bay in Maine recently. Isn't he – she? - beautiful:
You can read more at Mental Floss.
ROADSIDE AMERICA MUSEUM
I suspect there are several such museums scattered on the roads of the United States. This one is jampacked with nostalgic items that many TGB readers will recognize from your childhoods.
E.T. CHRISTMAS COMMERCIAL
Thank all 6,000 TGB readers who sent in this commercial. Okay, not 6,000, not even close. But a lot of you, too many to mention.
It pains me to promote this company that has caused me grief with every phone call I've needed to make to them over the years, but wow – what an excellently crafted update of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 37 years after its original release.
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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