This is a short parody of some over-dramatized wildlife films and documentaries that often don't live up to their hype.
Yes, that's Sir David Attenborough's voice, clipped from several of his animal TV programs. Enjoy.
INSIDE A HOSTESS TWINKIES FACTORY
And Cup Cakes. And Donettes.
It has probably been half a century since I last ate a Twinkie and longer for the other two. In fact, I may never have eaten a Donette. Here is what the YouTube page says:
“Created in 1930, Twinkies are America's guiltiest pleasure. Using an elaborate and incredibly efficient system of Auto Bake robots, Hostess produces roughly 500,000,000 Twinkies a year, or roughly 1,000 a minute.”
This video from Popular Mechanics shows how they are made. It didn't need to be this lengthy but I think I know how that happened: after awhile it beccomes almost mesmerizing. If you stick around long enough, you'll see there are actual humans involved at least at the end of production.
ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?
About a week ago, Washington Post columnist, Dana Milbank, published a column about how to make sure you are registered to vote, how to do that if you are not, how to get an absentee ballot and what to do about voting if you are overseas or a member of the military.
The astonishingly well done and easy-to-use website is from vote.org. Here are some direct links:
If you want just a yes or no answer to whether you are registered to vote in your state, go here.
If you want more information when you check to see if you are registered, go here. If you are properly registered, you will find links to your elected officials and to the location ballot dropboxes (well, the latter will be added soon).
You can register to vote here. If you want to go directly to your state's voter registration, scroll down the page for a link to each state.
If you are registered to vote and want an absentee ballot, go here.
If you are an American citizen overseas or a uniformed service member, go here.
There is more information in Dana Milbank's column.
OBAMA'S EULOGY FOR REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LEWIS
If you did not or could not watch it live, here is former President Barack Obama's eulogy Thursday for John Robert Lewis. It is stunning call to all of us to continue the Georgia representative's lifelong work.
Yes, it is long – about 40 minutes – but you won't notice and I suspect it will become, if it hasn't already, one of those speeches we must never forget.
ACCIDENTAL SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
If you wonder what an old woman with cancer and COPD who is in hospice does with some her time...
Ahem - here are three accidental science experiments no one asked for:
There are 37 more photos of unexpected results at Bored Panda.
IMPOSSIBLE VIDEOS TO DELIGHT US
TGB reader Joan McMullin sent this video of some impossible scenarios created by Kevin Lustgarten who says he shoots these with his phone and then edits.
MARCH TO MAY 2020 QUIETEST PERIOD IN RECORDED HISTORY
Seismologists usually deal with earthquakes, atmospheric pressure and the movements of oceans. But during the pandemic lockdown, they got to listen to those noises without much human interference:
”Humans are the third-biggest source of seismic noise,” reports MIT Technology Review of a study done during the lockdown. “Everyday urban activities like commutes, or stadiums full of fans simultaneously going wild in 'football quakes,' are strong enough to register on seismometers.
“'It’s transport, like cars, trains, traffic, buses,' says coauthor Paula Koelemeijer of the Royal Holloway University of London. 'It’s retail and recreation—not just people going shopping, but also going to parks. It’s workplaces and residences.'”
This isn't just idle curiosity. The quiet period is resulting in new scientific knowledge and help in understanding future earth changes.
”The fall-off in human noise also gave scientists a chance to listen to the earth’s inner workings more closely than ever before—without humans drowning them out. This might add to our knowledge of earthquakes, particularly small ones in urban centers that are often masked by human seismic noise.”
Read more at MIT Technology Review.
There have been several charming and heart-warming commercials from the Kiatnakin Bank in Thailand. This one was released in 2015. Never mind that it is not in English. You will have no difficulty understanding and, of course, that is part of the point.
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.
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