EDITORIAL NOTE: Interesting Stuff if shorter than usual today. The week just got away from me but I hope you'll enjoy these.
72 WONDERFUL YEARS OF MARRIAGE
This is just lovely. Photographer Sujata Setia tells us on the Bored Panda page:
”Vera was only 18 when she first laid eyes on Mel at a hospital, and he himself had only recently returned from serving in World War II as a Royal Engineer...
“When I got the opportunity to run a photography masterclass in Wales, I had to visit Mel and Vera to gift them images that would showcase their eternal love.”
Here is their wedding photograph:
And here they are today:
There are 16 more photos of Vera and Mel at Bored Panda and it's worth your while to take the time to look at them.
YET ANOTHER HORRIBLE DANGER
Wild fires continue in Washington, Oregon and California. What I didn't know before now is the danger of underground fires. As the Youtube page explains:
'Dangerous fires are still burning underground. Don Tesdal, a volunteer firefighter with the Idanha-Detroit (Oregon) Fire District, was in Detroit over the weekend doing fire mop up when he came across a serious problem many might miss.”
“From above the mound it looked like a little smoke. But below it was an active fire just waiting for the chance to get out.”
WHY DOES AUTUMN HAVE TWO NAMES?
According to Atlas Obscura, all our seasonal names have complicated origins but there is only one with two names – fall and autumn.
”Autumn shows up in English first around the late 14th and early 15th centuries, though it coexisted with 'harvest' as a loose description of the season for another 200 years.
“Fall is different. It first shows up in the mid-16th century in England, primarily at first as 'the fall of the leaf,' which was shortened to just 'fall.'”
Of course there is more to it than that. If you like words, their origins and etymology, check out the story of the seasons' names at Atlas Obscura.
THE WEIRDNESS OF WATER
Good old ordinary water, right? Pollution notwithstanding, it's all over the place, the entire planet. Actually, it's all over the universe and it does not follow the known laws of chemistry. Take a look at this:
SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOO'S BABY PANDA
The Smithsonian National Zoo is keeping us up to date with new baby panda video nearly every day. Not long ago, we showed you one of the first and here is another of the baby getting its first medical checkup.
IT MUST BE PET PHOTO AWARD SEASON
I keep running across contests for funny pet and animal photos. Here's one that turned up at Bored Panda this week - The Mars Petcare Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020. Three examples:
More at Bored Panda.