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INTERESTING STUFF – 1 February 2020


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:


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.

Hurray for the rescuers.


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.


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.


This is another commercial – well, a whole bunch of them, a compilation that is laugh-out-loud- or cringe-worthy.


Everybody loves an underdog. Take a look at this little guy.


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.


I'm pretty sure I've posted this video before but it's still cute and fun.

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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.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” at the top of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog.


Great way to start a Saturday! Thanks, Ronni.

Re the bubble wrap story: I live in Albuquerque where gunshots are all too common, so this event amused me rather than surprised me. That's life in the Duke City, sez my 12-year-old granddaughter who still likes to pop bubble wrap....

I wish I could find a way to take psilocybin!

I live near Albuquerque, and I had never heard that story; apparently never made the local paper!

Bubble wrap is cheap; therapy is expensive. You choose.

I have a tee-shirt that has this on it.

Back in 1987, my husband was in a ship in the Med that was involved in the Libya incident--planes from his ship were the ones involved. My best friend's husband was also in the Med on another ship, and they were both due back on a certain date. She got a call that the entire battle group to which her husband's ship was attached had been delayed indefinitely returning to port because of the Libya stuff; I also got a call saying the same thing about my husband's battle group.

We met at her house, got out all the bubble wrap we could find, and proceeded to stomp on the stuff until all of our frustrations were gone and we were laughing.

Bubble wrap is cheat; therapy is expensive. You choose.

Oh those ads, and the pandas and more good psilocybin news, other good things as well. Thanks Ronni!

I must be an old crank - aged out from having been a young crank. I've never received the least bit of soothing or amusement from bubble wrap. And...I've always been annoyed by the noise others made while pursuing their passion: popping bubble wrap. Of course, I also cringe when with my husband while he is waiting to make a turn. The noise from turn signals drives me bonkers. Hunky Husband, sometimes, remembers my abhorrence of the noise and turns the darned thing off if we are in a "turn, only" lane. OTOH, he starts signaling 1/4 mile from where he intends to turn. *"

Sliding pandas - fun!

Really did laugh out loud at the "don't judge too quickly" commercials and ended it with warm smiles at the Pandas. Even better than bubble wrap. Thank you Ronnie.

Just when I thought I couldn't love Bryan Cranston any more....

I think the "Don't judge too quickly" commercials bordered on genius, had a smile on my face throughout--but that last one (the woman fixing her running makeup in that glass) almost made me do a spit-take on my laptop screen!

And lastly, those sliding Pandas have me thisclose to turning vegan; I know we don't eat pandas (at least, I hope) and cows aren't as cute but why am I okay eating one animal & not the other?

Always great stuff, thank you Ronni :)

Crazy for Bryan Cranston in all of his television incarnations. Incredibly versatile actor who looks to be having a great time with each of his roles. Remember which character he was in Seinfeld?

The "DJTQ" commercials made my eyes leak a lot. And oh, those pandas.

Maybe I'll just ditto Doug M, including thank you.

I agree with Susan. We’re always being told about the amazing benefits of psilocybens (“magic mushrooms”) but we never seem to learn how to get them. Ronni, since you have actually used psilocybens, maybe you could provide some practical advice for those of us who don’t have your connections but could benefit from this treatment.

Lots of interesting stuff. I esp. like the Brylcreem ad.

The ads are soooooo funny!! and I love the lions and the mongoose!

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