TOMORROW IS GROUNDHOG DAY
Tomorrow in the U.S., Punxatawny Phil will emerge from his burrow and let us know if we will have another six weeks of winter. Why is it, do you think, that a groundhog knows all about winter's length? Here's a video:
ONLOOKERS FREE PEDESTRIAN FROM UNDER CAR
In downtown Manhattan last week, passersby freed a pedestrian trapped under an SUV. Another passerby caught it all on camera and posted the video to Twitter.
Just now at Delancey and Norfolk in the Lower East Side an accident ran over a pedestrian trapping them under an SUV. Onlookers just lifted the SUV, dragging the victim out. pic.twitter.com/uq1IHcSJ9k— help how do i change this (@colbydroscher) January 26, 2020
Hurray for the rescuers.
MTN DEW AS GOOD AS THE ORIGINAL
Yes, it is a commercial for Mtn Dew but it is a hoot to watch actor Bryan Cranston recreate the “Here's Johnny” scene from the film, The Shining.
Yes, another commercial but wait until you see this. It's for Brylcreem and it's old – released in 2009. What's amazing is that it was shot in one take, no edits and I cannot image what went in to getting it done.
Somewhere I read that it took 605 takes. I don't know if any human could stand to do that whole thing more than 600 times but whatever time it took, I sure enjoyed watching it.
50 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BUBBLE WRAP
Here is a sampling of three:
In December 2015, security officials were called to the Kirtland Air Force base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after reports of gunshots were heard. High-powered weapons and Humvees were assembled before officials determined that the “threat” had been someone on base popping Bubble Wrap.
Popping Bubble Wrap ranks among life’s greatest small pleasures...In 1992, psychology professor Kathleen Dillon conducted a study in which she found that subjects were more relaxed and less tired after a popping session. One possible reason: Humans are soothed by tactile sensations of touch, which is why some cultures favor smooth stones or "worry beads" to manipulate for comfort.
In 2004, the Museum of Modern Art accepted a donation from Sealed Air of a nearly 12-inch by 12-inch square of Bubble Wrap into their Architecture and Design collection. It went on display as part of their Humble Masterpieces collection, which also featured chopsticks and the Band-Aid.
You can read the other 47 things to know about Bubble Wrap at Mental Floss.
AMERIQUEST “DON'T JUDGE TOO QUICKLY” COMMERCIALS
This is another commercial – well, a whole bunch of them, a compilation that is laugh-out-loud- or cringe-worthy.
MONGOOSE VERSUS FOUR LIONS
Everybody loves an underdog. Take a look at this little guy.
PSILOCYBEN AND CANCER
A new study published this week found that five years after taking psilocyben, 80 percent of cancer patients were still experiencing improvement from cancer-related depression and anxiety. Here a video about one study participant:
You can read more at NBC News.
PANDAS PLAYING ON A SLIDE
I'm pretty sure I've posted this video before but it's still cute and fun.
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