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GEORGE WASHINGTON'S TEETH
Maybe like me, you've heard all your life that George Washington's false teeth were made of wood. Well, that would be wrong, according to this Atlas Obscura video.
The story is more complicated than that and I'll leave it to this curator from the New York Academy of Medicine to explain.
UPDATE ON ALEX TREBEK'S CANCER TREATMENT
You will recall that Jeopardy! host, Alex Trebek has been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer for more than a year.
I've come to feel a kinship with anyone who lives with pancreatic cancer and anyway, who doesn't like Alex Trebek. Here's the update:
The book he mentions, a memoir, is titled The Answer Is...Reflections on My Life and will be published next Tuesday.
TEENS HEARING DOLLY PARTON FOR THE FIRST TIME
The reaction of these two kids listening to Dolly Parton singing Jolene for the first time apparently is a surprise – enough of one to get more than 1,700,000 views in just a month.
NEW ONLINE COLLECTION OF HISTORIC NEW YORK CITY MAPS
The Brooklyn Historical Society just published nearly 1500 maps of New York City – all its boroughs and Long Island - going back to the 17th century. The New York Times reports,
”The collection, which is sourced from the historical society’s archives, includes maps from 1562 to 2015 — including transit maps, topographical maps, cultural maps and nautical charts, as well as plans for Central Park and Prospect Park.
“The project, which required that damaged and fragile maps be repaired, took two and a half years. More maps will be added in the coming months, said Maggie Schreiner, the manager of archives and special collections at the historical society.”
You will find the online collection at the Brooklyn Historical Society website.
SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ALERT
Heads up, folks. According to CNBC and others, President Donald Trump has told Senate Republicans that he will not sign a new virus stimulus package unless it includes a payroll tax cut. That means, of course, cuts to the Social Security and Medicare deductions.
"However, his past calls for going this route to help people during the continuing economic crisis have been met with opposition from both Republicans and Democrats...
"While it’s uncertain whether a payroll tax cut or suspension will make it into the next stimulus package out of Congress, or exactly how it would look, Trump has suggested in the past that the entire payroll tax should be suspended for the rest of the year."
Both programs already face shortfalls in the next few years and some experts say those shortfalls may happen even sooner due to the poor economy caused by the coronavirus.
SPOTTED IN LONDON, U.K
And offered without comment – sent by TGB reader John Starbuck.
“A JABBA THE HUTT OF PRIVILEGE”
Can you guess who that headline is talking about. I lost track of how many people sent this item but even after a dozen readings, I keep going back – for its craft and its truth.
The writer is Nate White, described an “articulate and witty writer from England.” The story, titled British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read, is published on the blog, journal of a grumpy old man. Here is an excerpt:
”Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers. And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.
“There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface. Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront. Well, we don’t.”
Now go read the whole thing – it's not that long - you won't be sorry.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT RACISM
TGB reader, Mary Evans Young sent this video that is more than pertinent in our new era of Black Lives Matter. As Phil Vischer of Holy Post website explains on the YouTube page:
”Three years ago my brother Rob and I co-taught a class that discussed issues of racial injustice. That class turned into a popular podcast episode, which we've now turned into this video. Why are people still angry? Let's take a look at race in America...”
HOW CATS TOOK OVER THE INTERNET, OUR HOMES, OUR LIVES
I missed this when it appeared on The New Yorker website a couple of years ago.
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