LIFE LESSONS FROM 100-YEAR-OLDS
Here is what the Youtube page tells us about this 2016 video:
BABY BARN OWL HEARS THUNDER FOR THE FIRST TIME
This is the cutest thing. The YouTube page tells us:
”This barn owl chick has never heard thunder before. At just two-and-a-half months old, the young owl is only just learning about the world when a deafening thunderstorm passes overhead. This owl only took its first flight two weeks before this moment and is still using the nest for shelter.”
DANBURY CT. TO NAME SEWER PLANT AFTER COMEDIAN JOHN OLIVER
The Guardian reports that the government of Danbury, Connecticut is going to rename a sewer plant after the host of the HBO program, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver. The brouhaha came about when the
“...British-born comic explored racial disparities in the jury selection process, citing problems in Hartford and New Britain.
“'If you’re going to forget a town in Connecticut,' he said, 'why not forget Danbury? Because, and this is true, fuck Danbury!'”
Soon thereafter, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced the renaming:
“'We are going to rename it the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant,' the Republican mayor said. 'Why? Because it’s full of crap just like you, John.'”
MONKEY TEASES YOUNG TIGERS
TGB reader Joan McMullen sent this video of a monkey giving a young tiger a hard time. I wish the video quality were better but it's still fun to watch.
ARE GROWN PEOPLE REALLY THIS STUPID?
I thought there was only one person in the United States who is this stupid but apparently not.
”Public health officials are warning Texans not to drink bleach after the North Texas Poison Center fielded 46 calls within the last month related to people drinking bleach,” reports Insider and other news outlets...
“The Texas Poison Center Network also said in a statement it's seen a 71% uptick in calls involving bleach products, and a 63% uptick in calls involving other household cleaners.”
Most of the cases did not result in serious injury and several of the 46 calls referred to the coronavirus. To be clear, bleach does not and cannot prevent, treat or cure COVID-19.
GEORGE CONWAY IN NEW TRUMP DOCUMENTARY
We learned this week that Lincoln Project co-founder is leaving that post at the same time his wife, Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, is leaving her White House job.
Simultaneously, or close enough, on Tuesday 1 September, a new documentary titled, Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump will be released on all digital/streaming and cable video-on-demand platforms. Here is a clip from the film with George Conway:
Beginning 1 September, you can rent the film for $5.99. If you watch on cable or satellite, you will not incur a charge now; it will be added to your next bill.
You can find out more about the film here.
NATIONAL ZOO PANDA CAM
The Smithsonian National Zoo announced on their webpage,
“Mei Xiang picked the cub up immediately and began cradling and caring for it. The panda team heard the cub vocalize and glimpsed the cub for the first time briefly immediately after the birth.”
Here is a video of the amazingly tiny panda when Mei Xiang went out for a moment for a drink of water.
You can get the latest panda news and follow the cub's growth on the National Zoo Panda Cam.
Almost always I leave the music chores at this blog to the inimitable Peter Tibbles who publishes here on Sundays. But this turned up, Cheryl Crow and Willie Nelson with a song that seems perfect for our time.Crow said in Rolling Stone magazine:
“'I wrote the song, “Lonely Alone,” with Willie in mind...It’s was written as kind of a barside cowboy noir with romantic Spanish inflections, but the song has taken on new meaning during these times. I hope people find the same comfort in this song that I have always found in Willie.'”
This recording is from Crow's most recent album, “Threads” released last year and posted to YouTube last week.
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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