SOME SOLEMNITY IS IN ORDER
Let's take a moment to acknowledge that we in the United States took on a historic and solemn civic event this week, the impeachment trial of President Donald John Trump.
On Thursday, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, swore in all the Senate members with a special oath just for impeachment trials. Here is the moment:
“...you will do impartial justice” is the key phrase the senators swore to. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stated publicly for many weeks that he will not be impartial, that he is coordinating the president's defense with the White House.
Did you know there is no penalty for not doing impartial justice? I didn't until now. So the point of taking an oath is...?
TWINS BORN IN DIFFERENT DECADES
Well, isn't this fun. The Indy Channel, in Indiana, tells us
”Joslyn Grace Guilen Tello was born at 11:37 p.m. on December 31, 2019 at Ascension St. Vincent Carmel and her twin brother, Jaxon DeWayne Mills Tello, was born at 12:07 a.m. on January 1, 2020.”
Let's go to the video tape:
And for the rest of their lives, the twins will be explaining their separate birthdays.
I'll bet you never heard of this endangered animal before. It has a few more scary or icky names, devil dog, snot otter and lasagna lizard. The YouTube page tells us it
”...is one of the largest salamanders on Earth, growing to nearly 2 feet in length. Sadly, humans have been tampering with their natural habitat, and hellbenders are disappearing from streams in the Cherokee National Forest. Nolan, along with a team of researchers at Tennessee State University, are working on relocating the hellbenders to new streams.
If they weren't so slimy, they'd be cute little buggers.
A TINY WELSH TOWN WITH LOTS OF BOOKSHOPS
The YouTube page tells us that
”Hay-on-Wye was once declared an independent kingdom of books by the man who appointed himself its king. The United Kingdom's mecca for bibliophiles is less than one square mile in size, but it’s packed with independent booksellers curating all kinds of used and antique reading material.
“Today, the area doesn't just provide a safe haven for books—the books actually help to preserve their home.”
THE 10 MOST CHECKED-OUT BOOKS FROM THE NYC PUBLIC LIBRARY
While we are talking about books, here's an interesting item. The New York Public Library, the largest library system in the United States, just issued its list of the most checked-out books during its 125 years of existence. Here are the top three:
• The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (485,583 checkouts)
• The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (469,650)
• 1984 by George Orwell (441,770)
It would be interesting to know how many of those 441,770 checkouts for 1984 have happened since The Trump administration began.
WORLD'S BIGGEST SUSHI
And the smallest too. Take a look at this video about Hiromu Inagaki, who serves super-sized sushi at the Umewaka Restaurant in Anjo City, Japan.
Anyone who hangs out with cats knows something about this kind of behavior. As a member of the cat's staff labeled the photo, “Locked My Cat In The Bathroom While I Made A Meal Because He Was Being - - - Annoying. Revenge Was Had.”
There are 49 more petty revenge examples at Bored Panda – not all it is about cats.
IF SINGULAR THEY BECOMES STANDARD...
After the lively discussion pro and con on Monday's post about the new-ish use of the pronoun “they” and its derivatives in the singular, I couldn't resist this.
Because I run this joint on the web and can do what I want with it, here is a marvelously funny comment from TGB reader George Gates that beautifully illustrates how confusing, obfuscating and messy this new usage can (and undoubtedly will) be.
”My university professional son recently asked me, as they periodically does, to edit their updated resume and cover letter. They were replete with them's, their's and they's in reference to singular antecedents.
“When I corrected them for them, they objected and politely educated their dad that they was out of step with their emerging norms in their university environment there. They was adamant about them.
“Not wishing to seem obtuse, I acceded to them and left them there as they had been written by them. They was happier that their language-stickler dad had seen the error of their outdated ways, and appreciated them for their openmindedness, thanking them then and there.
“They were relieved by their son's understanding and patience with their ignorance. Also flabbergasted, gobsmacked and discombobulated (all sadly underused words!) by the entire experience.”
PEOPLE VERSUS WINTER
During four winters in Maine, I personally experienced several of these person-versus-winter mishaps. You may have done so too.
In the six years since it was posted to YouTube, the video has racked up more than 11 million views.
A PENGUIN'S LEAP OF FAITH
She (he?) is brave, resourceful and cute.
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