MEDIEVAL HELP DESK
This video is old, posted to the web 12 years ago, but the Youtube page tells us it's even older:
”...from the show Øystein og jeg on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) in 2001. With Øystein Backe (helper) and Rune Gokstad (desperate monk). Written by Knut Nærum.”
Funny how it doesn't seem all that dated.
SHOULD IT BE LEGAL TO CHANGE YOUR AGE?
Remember last week when I featured a story about a guy who wanted to legally shave 20 years off his age? My internet friend Chuck Nyren took issue with the man:
”How stupid is that? wrote Chuck. “Even if you look pretty good for being in your late sixties, you’ll automatically look like shit if you smile and tell people you’re forty-two.
“They’ll feel sorry for you, think how pathetic. You’ll be the most wizened, creepy, broken-down forty-two-year-old in the world. They’ll run away, maybe be sick the rest of the day just thinking about it.
But - what if you legally changed your age to ninety-two? That would actually make sense. People will be in shock, admire you, ask how you do it, want your secret. They’ll walk away amazed, in awe.
There is more of Chuck's rebuttal at Mediium.
DYING IS NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK
Says palliative care physician and author Kathryn Mannix. Her description of a person's last hours or minutes closely matches what I saw in my mother as I sat with her when she died.
THE SCOURGE OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC
Certainly you've seen the photos and videos of plastic-clogged oceans that are killing marine life and adding to climate change.
Just last year, my town banned plastic grocery bags. I'm not sure how much that helps when plastic bags are still in the produce department and deli items are packed in plastic containers but I guess it is a start.
There are 10 countries in the world, however, where single-use plastics are all but gone or getting there on a fast track. France leads the way:
”The country took its first step toward a plastic-free future in 2015 by giving plastic bags the boot. The following year, it became the first nation to outlaw plastic cups, plates, and cutlery.
“By 2020, French folks will say au revoir to plastic straws, coffee stirrers, and cotton swabs, too. France’s progress has even inspired the entire EU to propose legislation that would ban single-use plastics across the union by 2021, and make all plastic packaging recyclable by 2030.”
Zimbabwe, Australia, Tunisia, Peru, Rwanda and the U.K. among other countries all have regulations in place to rid themselves of single-use plastics within a few years from now.
The U.S. has a long way to go to catch up. Read more at Great Big Story including links to shop for alternatives to single use plastics.
THOUSANDS OF GEESE CROSS THE ROAD
They keep coming and coming and coming and coming. Watch for the few grownups waddling along among the baby geese.
MOBILE PHONES PREDICTED IN 1953
In April 1953, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph president, Mark R. Sullivan, predicted the coming of the mobile phone.
Snopes confirmed the story which appeared in at least four newspapers. He was remarkably accurate as this newspaper clipping shows:
WHERE DID THE AMPERSAND COME FROM
The & is much older than I thought and was once included as part of the British alphabet. Take a look:
FAVORITE PHRASE OF THE WEEK
On 29 October, when House Democrats issued the rules that will be used to manage the public impeachment inquiry, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), a member of House Democratic leadership, told VICE News,
"If they want to make it into a goat rodeo, we’re not going to give them the rope to do that.”
Goat rodeo? Ha! I've waited a lifetime for such a great phrase. It will be so useful in such sentences as, “The goat rodeo that spends its time trying to make the president's lies seem true.”
TO BE OF SERVICE
Monday 11 November is Veterans Day. Mother Nature Network (MNN) tells us about a new documentary film featuring military members and their service dogs:
To Be of Service follows several American veterans of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam and the dogs that help them cope with PTSD. The film was directed by Josh Aronson, known for the Oscar-nominated documentary Sound and Fury about deaf families.
Here is the trailer:
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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