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INTERESTING STUFF – 2 May 2020

EDITORIAL NOTE: Usually I like to have a variety of items in Interesting Stuff on Saturdays but this week a lot of virus-related material turned up. I suppose it makes sense – that is what seems to be on all our minds. At least what we have here today is an assortment within the virus genre. I hope you enjoy.

TWIN DIES 100 YEARS AFTER HIS BROTHER DIED IN 1918 PANDEMIC

My online friend Chuck Nyren sent this item about Philip Kahn, a 100-year old who died of the caronavirus. What makes it news is that with his death, history came around full circle: the 1918 flu killed his twin brother when they were just a few months old.

Here's a video from NBC:

You can read more at The New York Times. I just love it when nature, history or life itself ties up a story in such a nice, neat bow.

PETS CRASH IN-HOME NEWS BROADCASTS

It's happened so frequently now that it is almost a commonplace for pets to crash their TV-star owners when they are broadcasting from home.

This one happened with Tampa Bay weatherman, Paul Dellegatto and his dog, Brody. (How is it, with that name, his pet is not a cat?)

CORONAVIRUS COMEDY

Matt Wuerker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and founding staff member at Politico. On Mondays, he posts a new Punchlines - a video taking a look at the week's political comedy from newspapers, magazines, late night talk shows and various online sources. This one appeared last Monday.

The cartoons go by quickly so you may need to hit pause to read them.

You will find more Matt Wuerker videos here.

HOW THE MONA LISA BECAME SO FAMOUS

Actually, the title on the YouTube video asks instead how the Mona Lisa became so overrated. I'm not qualified to discuss that difference but the video is interesting.

STEP RIGHT UP FOLKS AND GET YOUR OFFICIAL

...White House COVID-19 merch. In this case, it's a COVID-19 commemorative coin available at the unofficial White House Gift Shop:

WHcoin

Lucky you, it's currently discounted at US$100 from US$125. Some have reported that the coin is first-daughter Ivanka's bright idea. You'll find it on this website.

BRAD PITT ON SNL AS DR. ANTHONY FAUCI

On Saturday Night Live last week, actor Brad Pitt made a surprise visit as Dr. Anthony Fauci. Take a look:

Dr. Fauci once told a reporter that he would like Brad Pitt to play in on Saturday Night Live and after the show, Huffpost reported that the doctor was thrilled with Pitt's performance:

”As for Pitt’s jokes, Fauci commented: 'Everything he said on Saturday is what’s going on. He did a pretty good job of putting everything together.'”

I thought so too. Thank TGB reader Trudi Kappel for making sure I saw this.

THIS IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT SPENDS HIS TIME ON

...when he should be working on the pandemic.

From the beginning of his tenure in the White House, Trump has frequently attacked journalists and tried to intimidate them into repeating his lies.

That behavior has accelerated since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's a response from the Washington Post's media critic, Erik Wemple. It is important for a free press to pay attention to this.

RUSSIAN BALLET AT HOME

Like about half the people on the planet, Russia's professional ballet dancers are stuck at home. Bolshoi veteran Ivan Vasiliev made this video to remind fans to stay home but also remind them that ballet is still around.

More at the Washington Post.

TALKATIVE BABY OTTER

This is the cutest thing. The Youtube page tells us that the otter's owner is Mako and the otter's name is Sakura.

There are many more photos of Sakura at Mako's Twitter feed which, he says, is updated daily.

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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.

Comments

I like the dancers . . . that's exactly what my wife and I have been doing while we've been home.

Thank you for my morning happiness.

I think I have whiplash from shaking my head in disbelief at that godforsaken 'commemorative' coin. I want to say more but I'm honestly tongue-tied.

Erik Wemple's video was very educational - and scary at the same time.

love, love, love, love that Bolshoi bit. Love the Bolshoi at any time, but when I've receiving all kinds of jokey, smiley stuff, this was a major delight.

That baby otter is just about as cute as kittens! And I was surprised at Brad Pitt's ability to morph into Dr. Fauci, who is a real hero in this country. Thanks for the fun.

Brad Pitt made my day. I was so pleased, at the end of his piece, that he took the time to thank Dr. Fauci (who happens to be one of my heroes in this madness) and all the other medical heroes who are saving the day, with no help of the president.

The coin goes right up there with the letter, with his signature, I received explaining why I received that "stimulus money" a month after the money was in the bank. Ludicrous.

I honestly thought the coin was a joke. And then I checked. Unbelievable. The man has NEVER spoken about all the American dead, but he, and his, are profiting from those deaths, never doubt it. There’s an election coming up, folks, and we mustn’t go on like this.

Per Snopes:

"WhiteHouseGiftShop.com is not the official gift shop of the White House, and these commemorative coins were not officially sanctioned by the United States government"

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