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INTERESTING STUFF – 13 July 2019

HUMMINGBIRDS IN SLOW MOTION

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I included a slow motion video of dogs shaking water off their coats?

Here's a slowmo of hummingbirds so we can actually see their wings.

WHY TIME SEEMS TO MOVE FASTER AS WE GET OLDER

For most of my life I've been collecting speculations on the near universal experience of time seeming to speed up as we grow older. Here's the latest sent TGB friend, Chuck Nyren.

50 FACTS FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11

On 21 July, it will be 50 years since Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon.

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Mental Floss has made a list of 50 interesting things you might not know about the first manned moon landing. Among them:

President Richard Nixon had a speech prepared in case the Apollo 11 astronauts never came home.

Your toaster is more advanced than Apollo 11’s command module computer.

Pieces of the Wright Brothers’ first aircraft were onboard Apollo 11.

You can read the other 47 facts at Mental Floss.

SANCTUARY FOR MUTTS IN COSTA RICA

As the website tells us,

”This awesome dog sanctuary for mutts was created by Lya Battle who has a passion for animals and homeless dogs in particular. It’s easy to see that these dogs think they have already gone to heaven as they run free in the lush green hills of the sanctuary.

More at Territorio de Zaguates.

BEAUTIFUL MORBID CAKES

Yes, beautiful - at least I think so. The Atlas Obscura website tells us that

”English pastry chef Annabel de Vetten crafts what may be the world’s most fantastically morbid confections. Her Birmingham studio and cooking space, the Conjurer’s Kitchen, is filled with feasts of macabre eye candy rendered with ghoulish precision.”

Here are two.

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De Vennen's nickname is “Annabel Lecter.” There are more images of "morbid" cakes and additional information at Atlas Obscura.

BIRDS OF PARADISE - PART 2

Remember last week when I posted a video of some magnificent birds of paradise?

Well, this week I ran across another video – this one of BBC program host, David Attenborough, trying to do his standup for the show while one of the birds of paradise keeps interrupting him.

WHAT ARE CLINICAL TRIALS? HOW DO THEY WORK?

Sometimes, when there is no or no useful remedy for a terrible disease, people opt for participating in a clinical trial. There is a lot to know before making that choice and the U.S. National Institute of Aging has just published a booklet that answers questions.

It is titled, Clinical Trials and Older Adults and is a free PDF download here.

Even if you don't need this information now, it might be good to file it away in case you or someone you know can use it in the future.

RONNI'S READS

There is a fascinating story at the Los Angeles Times about a man who has spent years creating a secret habitat for sea horses. A short excerpt:

”The visitor confirms that she did see Bathsheba, an 11-inch-long orange Pacific seahorse, and a grin spreads across Hanson’s broad face.

“'Isn’t she beautiful?' he says. 'She’s our supermodel.'

“If you get Hanson talking about his seahorses, he’ll tell you exactly how many times he’s seen them (997), who is dating whom, and describe their personalities with intimate familiarity. Bathsheba is stoic, Daphne a runner. Deep Blue is chill.

“He will also tell you that getting to know these strange, almost mythical beings has profoundly affected his life.

“'I swear, it has made me a better human being,' he says. 'On land I’m very C-minus, but underwater, I’m Mensa.'”

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Read the whole story here – it's fascinating.

MISPLACED MOTHERING - SO CUTE

Anyone who has been reading this Saturday post for even a short awhile knows that I have a fondness for odd or unusual animal friendships and other connections. Here is my latest find of a cat who adopted a bunch of ducklings.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 6 July 2019

MAD MAGAZINE STOPS PUBLISHING NEW MATERIAL

There must be a lot of people reading this blog who, like me, grew up with Mad Magazine. Now, it is about to be no more. As HuffPost reported:

”Newsstand circulation will come to an end after the August issue, per The Hollywood Reporter. Subscribers and comic shops will continue to receive MAD, but starting in the fall those issues will feature old material repackaged with new covers.”

However, there will be an annual end-of-year issue with all-new material, according to reports.

I haven't read Mad regularly in decades, but it's another icon of my era on Earth that is disappearing. I'm sorry to see that. More information at The Daily Beast and the Washington Post.

BAILEY, THE SEARCH AND RESCUE DOG

A terrific story about how our pet friends are so eager to help us.

HORRIBLE HEAT WAVES IN EUROPE AND THE U.S.

It's been going on for at least a week, dangerously high temperatures, some never recorded before. It's been just awful but as Bored Panda wrote:

”Europeans are dealing with the heat wave in a variety of ways, from the typical deadpan humor to more practical solutions.”

In no way making light of this terrible heat wave, here are two of those solutions each funny in its own way.

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There are more at Bored Panda, and here's a story from The New York Times about unprecedented heat in Alaska.

GOOD NEWS FOR FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE?

The journal, Science, is reporting what sounds like a logical and possible solution to dramatically reduce carbon in Earth's atmosphere. As The Los Angles Times (and other sources) report:

”By removing carbon dioxide from the air, trees are one of our strongest allies in the fight against climate change. And if we planted a whole lot more of them in just the right places, they could reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere to levels not seen in nearly 100 years, researchers say.

“After examining more than 70,000 high-quality satellite photos of trees from all over the planet, ecologists concluded that the Earth could support 900 million additional hectares of tree cover. Those trees would eliminate about two-thirds of the carbon that's in the atmosphere today as a result of human activities, according to a study in Friday's edition of the journal Science.”

Of course, there are still problems to be worked out including, undoubtedly, countries that would refuse to participate) but it's the best idea I've heard. Read more at The Los Angeles Times and a whole lot of other places online.

BIRDS OF PARADISE

As the YouTube page explains:

”After 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands, Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever.”

These are the most amazing, odd-looking birds I've ever seen – and so many different looks: “...the astounding beauty of 39 of the most exquisitely specialized animals on earth.”

The full 50-minute documentary about these birds, first broadcast in 2016, is here.

RONNI'S READS

The Rolling Stones, now in their 70s, are on tour again and raking in fabulous reviews of their show. The Washington Post published an excellent profile of Keith Richards – well worth your time if you care about the Stones.

You can read it here.

NEW DOCUMENTARY: THE CAT RESCUERS

A new documentary, The Cat Rescuers, was released in theaters around the U.S. yesterday. It is about some people in Brooklyn who care for stray and feral cats in that New York borough.

”The directors posit that as many cats live on New York City’s streets as are kept in apartments and homes,” reports Variety. That statistic means at least 500,000 abandoned and feral cats.

“Tens of thousands of them make Brooklyn their home. Since the city can’t handle the problem, hundreds of activists work with ad hoc methods to get the animals off the street...

“While the production package is merely workman-like, the commitment, honesty and heart of the main interviewees makes the material compelling.”

Here is the official trailer:

There is more information and additional videos at the film's website. You can read the entire Variety review here.

76 DUCKLINGS ALL IN A ROW

Other sources say the number is 50 or 54. Never mind that. It's a huge passel of cute baby ducks all in a row:

You can read more at the Audubon Society page.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 30 June 2019

LEAD STORY OF THE WEEK

My friend Jim Stone sent this. The Tweet speaks for itself:

SLO-MO: DOGS SHAKING OFF WATER

It has always amazed me how fast dogs can move their bodies to and fro to shake off water. This video doesn't illuminate that question but it's sure fun to watch.

HOW THEY KEEP BIG BEN ON TIME

This is very cool – the method they use to keep Parliament's Big Ben clock on time. I didn't know this before.

You can find out more about Big Ben at Mental Floss.

BLOOD PRESSURE MONITOR PATCH

Earlier this year, one of my doctors asked me to check and record my blood pressure every day for a month. What a pain in the butt. Then I read about this:

”One day soon, perhaps, you will just need a simple stick-on patch on your neck, no bigger than a postage stamp.

“That’s the goal of Sheng Xu and his team at the University of California, San Diego, who are working on a patch that can continuously measure someone’s central blood pressure—the pressure of blood coursing beyond your aorta, the artery in your heart that delivers blood to all the different parts of the body.

“It could make it a lot easier to monitor heart conditions and keep an eye on other vital organs like the liver, lungs, and brain.”

Not to mention making it a lot easier for this old lady. Here is what it looks like:

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It's a long slog before this patch passes all the necessary tests and is ready for physicians and patients, I hope it succeeds.

”The device can provide a lot more information than you can get with a standard blood pressure cuff. This information, Xu believes, can be useful for keeping an eye on patients with conditions like hypertension or a history of heart attack.”

You can find out more at MIT Technology Review.

WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG WINNER

Who knew the world's ugliest dog contest has been going on for 31 year. This year's winner is Scamp the Tramp:

”Scamp makes volunteer visits to schoolchildren and a local senior citizens centre,” reports The Guardian. The street dog from Compton was rescued by [Yvonne] Morones in 2014 after she spotted him on Pet Finder.

“'It was on the way home that I knew I made the right choice,' she said. 'There we were, two strangers in a car on the way home to a new start. Bob Marley was playing One Love and I looked over and little Scamp was bobbing his head. It was like he knew he had found his forever home.'”

Here is this year's winning moment.

RONNI'S READS

Being part way through three books this past week didn't leave much time for reading around the web. But I did find a piece from humorist Dave Barry about growing old with his dog. Here's a short excerpt:

”My dog, Lucy, turned ten around the same time I turned 70, so if you go by dog years, we're the same age. But I've noticed that Lucy seems a lot happier in her old age than I am.

“Everything makes her happy and excited. Like when it's time for her walk, I'll be like, 'Oh man, I gotta walk the dog.' But Lucy sees the leash, she's like, 'A WALK!! WHAT A GREAT IDEA!! HOW DO YOU THINK THIS STUFF UP??!!'”

You can read the entire column at cbsnews.com

PLAYER TWO – A GHOST STORY

This Saturday list of stuff could use a little culture, I think. Big Geek Daddy tells us:

“Player Two is a short film by John Wikstrom about a boy’s connection with his father through a video game. The short film is based on a comment the boy left on a YouTube video about a racing game called RalliSport Challenge he and his father used to play on their Xbox.

GIANT SOUTH AMERICAN SEA LION FEEDING WITH THE FISHERMEN

Wow – this is the largest sea lion I've ever seen. He's found an easy way to get breakfast with these soft-hearted fishermen. See how happy he looks at the end of the video.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 22 June 3019

WORLD'S WORST SHEEP DOG

From Big Geek Daddy page:

”In his defense, he doesn’t exactly look like a sheepdog and probably hasn’t been trained to be a sheepdog. Nelson is 'part' Norfolk terrier and I would guess it’s a small part.

“I think the sheep are trying to help him out at first but then realize Nelson isn’t cut out for this line of work so they chase him off the job site.”

It's good for a nice morning chuckle.

PHOTOSHOP WARS

From the Bored Panda website:

”Every now and then, a photo so ambiguous emerges, it's just begging to be featured on the subreddit r/photoshopbattles. From the President of France celebrating a football match to a sleepy 2-year-old, Bored Panda has compiled a list of before-and-after pictures from the wackiest PS battles on Reddit...”A couple of examples:

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Many more at Bored Panda.

AN INTER-ABLED COUPLE

Great Big Story explains:

”Charisma is able-bodied. Cole is quadriplegic. They’re an interabled couple. They live, love and laugh like the rest of us. But when people see them together, many assume Charisma is Cole’s nurse or caregiver. Some stare and whisper.

“Rather than retreat from public view, this Virginia pair began vlogging about their relationship, getting real about everything from intimacy to house hunting. They hope to educate people, and if they inspire other love matches, well, that’s a happy bonus.”

Take a look at this remarkable couple.

You can follow Cole and Charisma's vlog here.

JOHN OLIVER ON TRUMP IMPEACHMENT

On his HBO show, Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took on the impeachment issue. Take a look; you'll learn a lot. I did.

In addition, at The New York Review of Books Linda Greenhouse reviews five recent books about impeachment. It's worth a read.

ROSCOE THE RACCOON'S PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS

You don't need to know any more than that headline. I have no idea if Roscoe is a extra-talented raccoon but he appears to be. See what you think.

OPTICAL ILLUSIONS

Our Sunday music columnist, Peter Tibbles, sent me a couple of optical illusions which reminded me that I've been holding on to page of them.

First, here the two from Peter. How many black dots can you see?

Find out more about this here.

Here is another from Peter:

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As syfy.com explains:

”OK, no biggie, right? It’s just a bunch of alternating pairs of lines, where one pair is curved and the other zigzagged, right?

“Yeah, no. Here’s the fun bit: All those lines are smooth sine waves. In fact they’re all the same curve! There are two key differences between the lines. Look carefully at the smooth waves: The curves change shades from white to black, and the change occurs at the inflection point between them (halfway down the sloping curve). Now look at the zigzags: The shading change happens at the peaks and troughs.

Read more at syfy.com about both those optical illusions.

And here is one of my favorites. It's famous, you've probably seen it before – I've known it since I was kid. It is from Puck magazine in 1915, titled “My Wife and My Mother-in-Law”.

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CAMP AMERICA RAP

I don't know anything worth knowing about rap music. I'm totally ignorant so don't trust a word I say. On the other hand, a week ago, a new group named 93PUNX, an alternative rock/rap group fronted by Chicago artist Vic Mensa released a provocative music video, Camp America.

It sure got my attention. Daily Beast reported:

”The video depicts white children in orange jumpsuits gleefully rejoicing as they’re being tortured and held in cages, with Mensa rapping, 'We’ll be living it up, not giving a fuck / Splitting you up, then we put you in cuffs / Then we shipping you off / Yeah, you could get lost at Camp America.'

“It ends with a message in white type against a black background: 'There are over 13,000 immigrant children in U.S. custody today. What if it was your kid?'”

Take a look at the video. Lyrics are posted beneath it.

Camp America" Lyrics:

There’s a place
It’s the time of your life
No parents allowed and no playing in sight
You can laugh, until you cry, at Camp America

So much fine, you lose count of the days,
Playing hide and go seek inside of your cage
Daddy love you, so he sent you away, to Camp America

Chorus: I wanna have the best summer ever
I wanna have the best summer ever
I wanna have the best summer ever
At Camp America

It feels good, it feels great
Hey where you going, you gotta say
cant leave cant wait
to go to Camp America

Get on the floor, get on your bag,
lets have a drank on me, we’ll catch a wave,
pop a pill, don’t be sad,
you’re at camp America.

Chorus We’ll be living it up, not giving a fuck
Splitting you up, then we put you in cuffs
Then we shipping you off, yeah, you could get lost at Camp America
Take your clothes off baby, let me see what you got
We can have a good time if you’re legal or not
Its an ignorant, arrogant, terrorist, heritage
You can finally be an American

Chorus

BBC News has a detailed story about the American government trying to insist that detained children, separated from their parents do not need soap, a toothbrush or a bed, as does Daily Kos.

SAND CATS – PERMANENT KITTENS

Full-grown, they are as tiny as domestic kittens. They are the only cat to live in deserts and are native to north Africa and Middle East. Plus, they are the cutest thing.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 15 June 2019

REST IN PEACE, DR. JOHN

It's been so long that I can hardly remember a time without Dr. John, the Night Tripper in my musical life. His death last week from a heart attack at age 76 (or so) was a shocker to me. Here is a short video obituary from CBS Sunday Morning program:

Rolling Stone magazine (among many others) posted a more comprehensive obit here.

Watch this space for TGB musicologist, Peter Tibbles', column on Dr. John coming soon.

BARBARA JORDAN'S STIRRING CONSTITUTION SPEECH

It's been a bad week for our poor old U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. The president has made it abundantly clear that he not only doesn't understand the Constitution, he also couldn't care less about what it says.

Some Congressional leaders have made the right noises about the president's conviction that only he knows what's right or wrong in regard to foreign intervention in our elections. But not loud enough and not with any meaningful follow-up.

My friend Jim Stone sent this speech from another era in our history when the rule of law was under attack by a president. Texas Representative Barbara Jordan, during impeachment hearings in regard to President Richard Nixon, specified in detail the articles of impeachment and the glory that is our Constitution.

This is audio only of Jordan's full speech and it is worth every one of its 13 minutes. President Nixon resigned his office on August 9, 1974. It is widely believed that if he had not resigned, he would certainly have been impeached.

The “1971” citation at top of video is an error – Representative Jordan's speech took place in July 1974 regarding a vote on articles of impeachment.

TODAY'S CAT COLLECTION

A toddler walks off with a mother cat's kitten and she doesn't waste much time snatching back her child.

WHY DO CATS LIKE CATNIP?

Here's an explanation from one veterinarian about why so many cats love catnip.

A BUNCH OF BADASS CATS

I may have mentioned that I'm not much fond of compilation videos but cats can be fearless (jerks, sometimes too) and it's really fun to watch them being so.

MAINE BECOMES EIGHTH U.S. STATE TO LEGALIZE PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DEATH

Last Wednesday, Maine's Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill that allows physicians to prescribe medication for people with terminal diseases to end their lives. As AP reports:

”Maine’s measure will allow doctors to prescribe a fatal dose of medication to terminally ill people. It declares that obtaining or administering life-ending medication is not suicide under state law, thereby legalizing the practice often called medically assisted suicide.”

Read more here.

CHINESE WERE SMOKING POT 2500 YEARS AGO

High (pun intended) in the mountains of western China, archaeologists Yimin Yang and Meng Ren of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences examined 10 wooden braziers pulled from eight burial tombs.

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The Los Angeles Times reports that when the braziers were tested,

”...they found high levels of cannabinol, a metabolite of THC. Though the predicted THC levels would have been much lower than those in strains of cannabis cultivated today, they were still significantly higher than the levels found in typical wild cannabis plants.

“Beyond the THC levels, the braziers themselves supplied the smoking gun, Frachetti said.

“'It’s the difference between finding the residue of burnt cannabis versus finding an actual bong,' Frachetti said. 'That’s going to be the indication that these things are being deployed as smoke, and that’s what these braziers really are. They’re showing a whole technology of releasing cannabis smoke.'”

Read more at the L.A. Times.

WHY ARE THERE 96 MILLION BLACK BALLS IN AN L.A. RESERVOIR?

The reporter on this video tells us:

”I took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they're there. The first time I heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn't the reason they were introduced.”

The video is 12 minutes long and I didn't expect I would stick around to the end. But I did and enjoyed the whole thing.

WRESTLING GRIZZLY BEARS GET PUNKED

By their sister, according to the video. Thank TGB reader Simone for this surprise ending.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 8 June 2019

THE PEOPLE WHO HELP SAVE MAN'S BEST FRIEND

A week or two I posted a video of people who rescue animals from war zones. Here is another about those who rescue pets in trouble.

THE WORLD'S OLDEST LIVING LAND ANIMAL

Jonathan, a 187-year-old tortoise this video tells us, is Earth's oldest living land animal. Take a look:

Find out more at Mental Floss.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT ANTI-VAXXERS

I am about to offend some of you. There is nothing I can – or am willing - to do about that.

A week or so ago, I emailed my friend Jim mentioning that the U.S. may be about to lose its “eliminated” status as the measles outbreak continues to grow. Our conversation continued...

RONNI: I am no longer rational on the subject of anti-vaxxers. It's one thing to try to eliminate mass shootings like the most recent one in Virginia Beach. But measles? Easy peasy. Yet here we are. Grrrrrrrrr.

JIM: If only we could get the mass shooters and the anti-vaxxers together. Win-win.

If you're offended, I assume you will unsubscribe – so be it. Me? I nearly fell off my chair laughing, a good deal of it with chagrin that I did not see that joke myself.

HISTORY OF THE TOILET

As it turns out, Thomas Crapper did not invent the modern toilet (too bad for bad jokes) but he did make his name in the toilet business. Here's a short, little history of the toilet:

If you are interested in more detail about the history of the toilet (including Thomas Crapper's involvement), there is an hour-long documentary from the BBC here.

READINGS FROM RONNI

There is a growing body of long-form writing on the web, some of it quite good that would make it a disservice to only excerpt it. So I had a mini-brainstorm:

How about if, in this Saturday Interesting Stuff column, I include one or two or three such articles that I liked reading during the week and link to them from here. Then it would be up to you if you to decide to read or not. Let's try it for awhile:

These Millennials Got New Roommates. They’re Nuns
A project called Nuns and Nones moved religion-free millennials into a convent. Good things happened. Read it at The New York Times.

My Grandfather’s Secret D-Day Journal
Many of us at this blog had a family member who served in World War II. This is a grandson's discovery of a diary from D-Day. He writes:

”I knew his role in the invasion meant a great deal to him. But I never saw his haunting, heartbreaking diary until after he died.”

Read the story and the diary at the Washington Post.

If you like this idea, you are welcome to send suggestions – long-form web articles – but with no promise of inclusion. Please use the “Contact” link at the top of the page – no links in comments are allowed.

DOG TESTED, DOG APPROVED

Like me, you have probably seen the Suburu commercials starring the Barkley dog family. I ran across a treasure trove of them on YouTube this week and delighted in them all over again. Here's one:

Here's another:

There are more at YouTube:

MICK JAGGER IN REHEARSAL AFTER HEART SURGERY

Just a few weeks after heart surgery Rolling Stones lead singer, Mick Jagger, was in rehearsal for the rock group's new tour which begins on June 21 in Chicago.

Take a look:

Earlier this week, we showed you an old photo of my former husband and me with Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono. I was (am) a fan but I always felt just slightly more excited about Jagger and the Stones. God, I wish I could see them one more time before I die - just as I did the first time from row 3 at Madison Square Garden. Oh, well.

There is some more information about Jagger's heart surgery at AARP.

ILLINOIS LEGALIZES CANNABIS

The governor of Illinois. J.B. Pritzker, signed a bill this week making his state the latest to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use.

Here is a map of the current 11 U.S. states where cannabis is legal:

IllinoisLegalizesPot

You can read more at the Chicago Tribune.

Also this week, Oakland, California, became the second city, after Denver, to decriminalize magic mushrooms AKA psilocybin. You can read about that at APNews.

TASHA THE DOG PLAYS HIDE AND SEEK

Yet another doggie video this week. Can't resist 'em.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 1 June 2019

QUEEN VICTORIA ON FILM IN 1900

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is the owner of 36 reels of film from Biograph film company from the earliest years of that medium.

Among the holdings is an extremely rare bit of moving footage of England's Queen Victoria shot in 1900 (she died in 1901) She is riding in a carriage and using a parasol against the sun.

The shot of the queen is very short, a few seconds. The video below is about 11 minutes. The Victoria footage shows up about three or four times and in between is an interesting overview of the early development of film.

There is more information at Mental Floss.

TOWER OF LONDON'S BABY RAVENS

A couple of weeks ago, four baby raven chicks were born at the Tower of London. The first baby ravens in 30 years.

The ravens' presence traditionally believed to protect The Crown and the tower; a superstition holds that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.”

With that in mind in these perilous political times, thank goodness for these baby raven chicks.

YOU CAN NOW HAVE YOUR BODY COMPOSTED

Earlier this month, Washington state became the first in the United States to explicitly allow human remains to become compost.

”Washington’s new law, which takes effect in May 2020, will allow bodies to be placed in a receptacle, along with organic material like wood chips and straw, to help speed up the natural transition of human remains into soil. Farmers use a similar process to compost the bodies of livestock.”

Read more at The New York Times and elsewhere around the web.

THE BEE KEEPER OF PARIS

Remember when it was announced a few weeks ago that bees were kept on the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral and they survived the fire. There are more rooftop bees in Paris.

”Audric de Campeau is an urban beekeeper,” says the YouTube page, “who keeps hives on the rooftops of some of Paris’s most famous landmarks: the Musee d’Orsay, the Ecole Militaire, Cordon Bleu, and other iconic sites.

“Accompanied by his dog Filouche, de Campeau works tirelessly to keep his bees happy—and in return, reaps delicious local honey.”

WOMAN ARE HAPPIER WITHOUT CHILDREN OR SPOUSE

With an alert from TGB reader Mary Symmes and according to The Guardian, a new study says women are happier without a husband and children:

”Speaking at the Hay festival on Saturday, Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioural science at the London School of Economics, said the latest evidence showed that the traditional markers used to measure success did not correlate with happiness – particularly marriage and raising children.

“'Married people are happier than other population subgroups, but only when their spouse is in the room when they’re asked how happy they are. When the spouse is not present: fucking miserable,' he said.

There is more detail at The Guardian.

COMPUTER FOILS CAT

This short, short video is really funny. I'm betting you'll watch it more than once. The cat's trying to scratch but his foot is separated by the computer screen.

MEDIEVAL POINTY SHOES – WHY?

As Atlas Obscura explains:

Vanity of the rich. ”In 1463, London outlawed the shoes of its fanciest men. These dapper lords had grown ridiculous in their dapperness, and had taken to ambling streets shod in long, carrot-shaped shoes that tapered to impish tips, some as long as five inches beyond the toe.

“These shoes were called 'crakows' or 'poulaines' (a term also used to refer to the tips alone), and the court of King Edward IV eventually found them offensive enough to pass a sumptuary law prohibiting shoe tips that extended over two inches beyond the toe.”

Long pointy shoes

There are more pictures and information of the pointy-shoe fad at Atlas Obscura.

FROM WASTELAND TO RESTORATION

From the YouTube page:

”Almost 50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape.

“Today, the land has been restored to its original habitat and boasts enormous biodiversity. Bamberger's model of land stewardship is now being replicated across the region and he is considered to be a visionary in land management and water conservation.”

Take a look. It's beautiful.

VIDEO DOORBELLS AND THE LOCAL CRITTERS

Video doorbells, the TV commercials say, help keep us safe from home predators. Apparently, they also attract the local animal population. (Dear god - I had no idea a bear could open a car door as easily as you or me.)

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INTERESTING STUFF – 25 May 2019

TIME GOES BY READERS MEET IN PERSON

Three days ago or so, this email arrived in my inbox:

”I’m visiting Darlene in Tucson. You’re the one who brought us together!”

That would be Nana Royer writing the email and Darlene Costner whose names you will recognize from their many cogent comments. And here they are in the flesh – well, I guess it's electronic flesh. Great smiles.

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ANOTHER SET OF UNLIKELY ANIMAL FRIENDS

It's not just the cute and cuddly animals who find odd friendships. This time is it a lamb watching over two much larger baby rhinos.

SIMON THE BACKPACKING CAT

A charming story about a man and his cat's adventures in the wild.

Adventurer and filmmaker, JJ Yosh, resides in Boulder, Colorado with his black cat Simon. He adopted the feline two or three years ago, and they have been traveling together across land and water ever since - with Simon normally nestled in his backpack.

SUCH A GOOD IDEA, THESE LIBRARIES

In a new project, the city of Chicago is adding libraries to some new public housing projects:

”...each project includes a new branch library ('co-location' is the term of art). The libraries are devised as outward-facing hubs for the surrounding neighborhoods, already attracting a mix of toddlers, retirees, after-school teens, job-seekers, not to mention the traditional readers, nappers and borrowers of DVDs.”

Here are snapshots of two of them:

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Read more here.

WHAT MILLIONS OF BUTTERFLIES SOUND LIKE

How many butterflies does it take to make a noise in the woods? A few million. Watch (and listen!) as these monarchs put on a show at their overwintering site in Mexico.

This was filmed while leading a trip to visit the monarch migration with Atlas Obscura. The butterfly sounds begin at about 3:25. You might need to punch up your audio.

LIFETIME APPOINTMENT FOR JUDGE WHO SEEMS TO BELIEVE ABORTION CAUSES CANCER

Wendy Vitter was confirmed to a lifetime appointment as a federal judge on Thursday. Her views are so extreme that even Senator Susan Collins of Maine didn't vote for her – but every other Republican did.

According to Business Insider,

”Vitter once accused Planned Parenthood of 'killing over 150,000 females a year,' and at a 2013 conference referred to a brochure that touted false claims about abortion being linked to breast cancer, and birth control causing women to pursue violent relationships.”

Did I mention that her judgeship is a lifetime appointment?

RUBY CHOCOLATE

A new Swiss treat has is making its way the United States. It is called ruby chocolate. Here is a short explanation video:

It's for sale at Amazon (and maybe other places; I didn't check) and you can read more about it at the Washington Post.

BRAD THE DOG FINDS A HOME AFTER 7 YEARS IN A SHELTER

Brad had been at the Oahu SPCA shelter since he was a pup – so many years, they made a video for him:

At last, after seven years, a Michiganer family vacationing in Hawaii fell in love with him:

"'They instantly fell in love," shelter manager Ashley Weber tells [Mother Nature Network]. 'They expressed interest in adopting Brad and we have been in contact with them ever since working out the details and going through extensive interviewing to ensure they would be a great fit...

“Brad will also spend his weekends at a cabin in norther Michigan where he will go hiking in the forest and spend time chasing squirrels.

“Because it will be expensive getting Brad from Hawaii to Michigan, the shelter set up a fundraiser to help pay his expenses. Brad is expected to arrive in Michigan the evening of May 16 and his new family will be there to pick him up when he arrives.”

Read more a MNN.

HOW DOES A SLOTH SAY THANK YOU?

Just you watch:

Okay, maybe I'm over-anthropomorphising but why not. I especially like the sloth's slow blink.

MNN gave us some additional information:

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INTERESTING STUFF – 18 May 2019

86 YEAR OLD ACES DRIVING TEST

In Britain, the Institute of Advanced Motorists' test examines a higher level of skills than the standard practical driving exam. Mrs Bradshaw first passed in 1977 but she decided to take it again to prove she still could.

This time, she was just one mark short of a perfect score.

More at the BBC.

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS - A CAT AND CHICKS

Nothing else to see except this one still shot – but it makes me smile and maybe you too.

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There are 49 more funny animal photos at Bored Panda.

ALEX TREBEK/PANCREATIC CANCER UPDATE

Alex Trebek said Monday that the opening of the Centre for Geography and Exploration in Ottawa was the culmination of a "fantastic" two weeks, including what he hopes was his last chemotherapy session.

Take a listen.

RESCUING ZOO ANIMALS FROM WAR ZONES

Who takes care of zoo animals when was breaks out? There are people who do that. As the Youtube page explains:

”Imagine being trapped in a cage as active combat rages around you. That’s the terrifying reality for zoo animals living in war zones. Veterinarian Amir Khalil is saving as many as he can. He runs the rapid response unit of the animal rescue organization Four Paws and risks his life rushing into trouble spots around the globe, treating and evacuating shell-shocked, starving and injured animals.”

CO2 HIGHER THAN EVER BEFORE IN HUMAN HISTORY

Reports TechCrunch, among most other news sources,

”The human race has broken another record on its race to ecological collapse. Congratulations humanity!

“For the first time in human history — not recorded history, but since humans have existed on Earth — carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has topped 415 parts per million, reaching 415.26 parts per million...”

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Or, perhaps we could look at this way:

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”The properties of CO2 also mean that it adds to the greenhouse effect in a way that other emissions do not, thanks to its ability to absorb wavelengths of thermal energy that things like water vapor can’t. That’s why increases of atmospheric carbon dioxide are responsible for about two-thirds of the total energy imbalance causing Earth’s temperature to rise, according to the NOAA.

More at TechCrunch.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT “REAL ID” IS? I DIDN'T

It's important because as of 1 October 2020, you will not be allowed to fly within the United States without a “Real ID” and most people so far do not have the proper kind of ID.

The TSA has answers for a list of commonly asked questions here.

FIRST TOUR INSIDE FIRE-DAMAGED NOTRE DAME IN PARIS

A walk through parts of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

There is more information and more photographs at ABC News.

WASHINGTON BECOMES FIRST STATE TO CREATE LONG-TERM CARE PROGRAM

TGB reader John Gear sent this story about Washington state enacting the first insurance program for long term care.

”All residents will pay 58 cents on every $100 of income into the state’s trust. After state residents have paid into the fund for ten years—three if they experience a catastrophic disabling event—they’ll be able to tap $100 a day up to a lifetime cap of $36,500 when they need help with daily activities such as eating, bathing, or dressing.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill into law last Monday. You can read more at The Nation and The Olympian.

WHY OTTERS HOLD HANDS WHILE FLOATING

Well, the obvious answer is the correct one but you probably figured that out yourself. This is just an excuse to show you some really cute otters.

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INTERESTING STUFF – 11 May 2019

NYT HEALTH REPORTER EXTRAORDINAIRE, ROBERT PEAR, DIES AT 69

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For as long as I can remember I have relied on The New York Times health reporter Robert Pear to give me the best, most accurate and thorough general reporting on health issues. As his paper noted in their obituary of Pear this week, his byline appeared on more than 6,700 Times articles.

”Elisabeth Bumiller, the current Washington bureau chief, recalled that 'the phrase “We have HEALTH by Pear' was uttered hundreds of times in front-page meetings, to the relief of a generation of executive editors,” referring to the shorthand tag with which his proposed articles were named or, in newspaper parlance, slugged.

“'In his memory we are retiring the slug HEALTH,' she said, 'because it can only be by Pear.'”

There must be thousands of people like me who have relied on Robert Pear for health news and, also like me, probably have no idea where to turn now for information as smart and informed as his.

SEAGULLS TAKE OVER LONDON TRAFFIC CAM

For a couple of days last week, some seagulls spent a good deal of their time hanging on a traffic cam in London. A lot of people took photographs and the birds even seemed to pose for the camera. Here's one of the many videos:

DRUG MAKERS MUST NOW INCLUDE PRICE IN TV DRUG COMMERCIALS

If you watch cable television, you have undoubtedly seen the ubiquitous commercials for two arthritis drugs, Humira and Xeljanz. But as frequently as you've seen those adverts, they never told you the price.

Now, probably beginning in about July, advertisers will be required to include the drug's price if it is more than $35, and on these two drugs, you are in for big-time sticker shock. As The New York Times reports:

”Two dosing pens of AbbVie’s Humira, which treats rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions, have an average retail price of $5,684, according to the website GoodRx which tracks drug prices. Another frequently advertised drug, Xeljanz, a Pfizer arthritis medication, costs about $4,840 a month.”

Of course, the pharmaceutical companies can sue over the new regulation (doesn't everyone these days?) and it might never happen. But it should. And it should apply also to print and online advertising.

You can read more at STAT.

DESKTOP CLEANUP

You can tell by the gigantic monitor that this is an old, old video. But it made me laugh out loud and maybe you will too.

WHEN KIDS WERE MAILED VIA THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

Yes, you read that right – mailing children – and it was legal in the early years of the 20th century. This is an audio report from the Washington Post:

Here's the Washington Post print report.

DENVER VOTES TO DECRIMINALIZE MAGIC MUSHROOMS

The election is not certified yet, but it appears that the city of Denver has voted to decriminalize use of “magic mushrooms,” also known as psilocybin.

”Initiative 301 set to pass narrowly with 50.6 percent of the vote. The total stands at 89,320 votes in favor and 87,341 against, a margin of 1,979,” reports the Denver Post.

“The Denver Elections Division will continue accepting military and overseas ballots, but typically those numbers are small. Results will be certified May 16.”

The Post explains further:

”Last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted psilocybin 'breakthrough therapy' designation for its potential to help with treatment-resistant depression, a status that speeds up the development and review process for a medicine containing the substance.

“As written, I-301 directs police via ordinance to treat enforcement of laws against possession of psilocybin mushrooms as their lowest priority. It also bars the use of city resources or money to impose criminal penalties.”

Groups in Oregon and California are working to include a similar vote on psilocybin on the 2020 ballot. Some other states are said to be considering a vote too.

(Full disclosure: As I've reported in these pages, last December I participated in a magic mushroom guided “trip” to deal with some issues about dying associated with my pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I am now a believer. You can read that report here and here.)

THE NEW SLAM DUNKING ZOO OTTER

She's the cutest thing, Juno the rescue otter is.

For many years, Eddie the Otter was a favorite among visitors to the Oregon Zoo in Portland where he showed off his skill at slam-dunking his own basketball. It was a sad day when, at age 20, Eddie died last year.

The staff knew they needed to find another such otter and lo – Juno, a five-year-old southern sea otter turned up:

"She was rescued as a pup near Monterey Bay in California, after her mom went missing. She is a good otter, according to the person whose job it is to evaluate otters,” reports the Washington Post.

“'She’s just a sweet, awesome otter. I can’t say enough great things about her, marine life keeper Amy Hash said. 'She’s high-energy. She loves to train. She’s a happy little otter.'”

Catch up with Juno's story in this video:

NEW ARMY UNIFORM

The U.S. Army will be rolling out a new uniform next year:

”The United States Army wanted a spiffy new service uniform, one that would stand out in a tough recruiting environment and polish the Army’s image after a generation of grinding and divisive wars,” reports The New York Times.

“So it turned the clock back. Way back.

“It chose a new uniform that looks almost exactly like the old green gabardine wool field coat and khaki trousers that officers wore in World War II. Probably not by coincidence, that’s what the Army was wearing the last time the nation celebrated total victory in a major war.”

Maybe the uniform is “way back” to the reporter on the the story, but probably not to many of us who hang out at this blog. I instantly remembered my dad in an almost identical uniform during World War II.

Here he is in the early 1940s before being shipped overseas, along with the planned “new” uniforms. (Sorry I can't find a full-body shot of my father in uniform but trust me, they look the same.)

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I think the new uniforms look spiffy and terrific. You can find out more at The New York Times.

GEORGE CLOONEY PSA ON DUMB FUCKERY FOR UDUMASS

Last Monday, the United Nations released a summary of its report about the mess we humans have made of planet Earth. It is terrifying.

'That’s where George Clooney comes in,” reported Slate.

“The actor, director, and two-time Sexiest Man Alive paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live to endorse a crucial new initiative fighting “dumb fucking idiots saying dumb fucking shit.”

“It’s called United to Defeat Untruthful Misinformation and Support Science, aka UDUMASS. Peppered with bleep-outs, Clooney’s parody shill video cleverly calls out governmental ignorance without naming names.”

Here it is:

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INTERESTING STUFF – 3 MAY 2019

Almost all are animals today. Come on now, who can resist? But first, two other items.

SOUTH KOREAN GRANDMOTHERS LEARNING TO READ

”Illiterate all her life, [Ms. Hwang, who is 70 years old] remembers hiding behind a tree and weeping as she saw her friends trot off to school six decades ago.

“While other village children learned to read and write, she stayed home, tending pigs, collecting firewood and looking after younger siblings. She later raised six children of her own, sending all of them to high school or college.

Ms. Hwang is part of a South Korean experiment to fill empty classrooms by holding classes for illiterate adults.

"...local residents, desperate to save the 96-year-old school, came up with an idea: How about enrolling older villagers who wanted to learn to read and write?

"Ms. Hwang and seven other women, aged 56 to 80, stepped forward, with at least four others asking to be enrolled next year.Now they travel to and from school in a regular ol' yellow school bus".
“'They are eager to learn,' said Ms. Jo, the teacher, about her first-grade students. 'They are probably the only students here asking for more homework.'”

“Unlike other classrooms, the first graders’ classroom has a sofa and a heated mattress. During breaks, the older women sat on the warm mattress and buried their feet under blankets. They also kept a basket of candies for the second graders next door who occasionally came to visit.”

With growing confidence, due to the new skills they are gaining, one of the older students is thinking of running for president of the village women's society.

Photographs and more information at The New York Times.

THE NEW OLD PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SUCK

Lachlan Patterson is a Canadian-bred comedian, writer and actor. In this clip from his standup act, he tells us what future old people mid-40s generation - will be like.

CATS WON'T ALLOW THE DOG IN THE GARDEN

As the YouTube page says:

”Our fearless outdoor cats never let the neighbor's cute little dog enter our garden. Whenever the dog tries to sneak in, she gets chased out of the garden by our brave & awesome cats.”

EDITORIAL NOTE: From this point forward all the text in this post is bolded. It's not supposed to be. I just spent four hours trying to fix it (I'm usually good at this kind of stuff) and failed. AFTER FOUR HOURS WORKING ON IT. On the day after chemo when neither brain nor fingers are working well. Phooey. I'm done so you'll have to live with it. Sorry.

Meercat's First Birthday

Not much happens but it's all cute.

BABY POLAR SURPRISES A SEAL

Or maybe it's the other way around.

BABY BROWN BEAR FINALLY MAKES IT TO THE TOP

This is one determined baby. It's easy to feel his frustration – I run into several similar problems in other contexts every day.

A BACKYARD FULL OF 200 SHEEP

I laugh every time I watch this and I'm pretty sure you will too.

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INTERESTING STUFF – 27 April 2019

THE DOGGIE SCHOOL BUS

As the Youtube page tells us:

”Arat Montoya might just be the happiest man in the world as he gets to drive the doggie school bus. He has five acres for the dogs to run and play on while they are at his doggie daycare.”

3D CROSSWALKS

3D crosswalks are becoming almost commonplace. Here is a student explaining why she lobbied for one near her school.

You can read more about 3D crosswalks at Mental Floss.

LIVE STREAMING BACK YARD CRITTERS

Animals spotted here are WhiteTail Deer, Turkey, Mink, Chipmunks, GroundHogs, Muskrat, Rabbit, Fox, Coyote, Hawks, Herons, Turtles, Snakes, Owls, Squirrels and a whole lot of birds.

America's Got Talent Twin Magicians

French twins, magicians, on America's Got Talent 2017. This is loads of fun - thank Darlene Costner for it.

DOG LOSES 100 POUNDS

Kai the Golden Retriever was neglected by his owners and bulked up 173 Pounds before being rescued.

More at Big Geek Daddy.

SYNCHRONIZED FIREFLIES

The YouTube page explains:
”For a few short weeks each year, Elkmont Ghost Town in Smoky Mountains National Park becomes the site of the most magnificent synchronized firefly (Photinus carolinus) gathering in the world.

“Resembling an odd forest rave party, male fireflies enter the mating season by flashing their lights brightly four to right times in unison for about ten seconds, followed by a eight to twelve second darkness in which females may respond with their lights.

“Overwhelmed by the tourist onslaught in the recent years, National Park Service now restricts the number of people who visit Elkmont during the peak of firefly season.”

WATCHING A DOG MOTHER TEACH HER PUPS TO BE CALM

From the YouTube page:

”Rosalie is an experienced dog mother. This is her last litter (she just had 4). She wants to enter the puppy room in peace but her puppies are too excited. She also wants to teach them to stop drinking milk anymore.

“When the puppies are getting calm Rosalie starts taking care of them. With this behavior she teaches them that the only way to success (in this case being together with the mother) includes a calm energy level.”

THE GOOD LIFE

Yes, it is a commercial for a book but I like contemplating the lesson.

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INTERESTING STUFF – 20 April 2019

HOW OLD GUYS STAY IN SHAPE

Thank Darlene Costner for this video.

THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON'T KNOW ABOUT NOTRE DAME DE PARIS

Mental Floss has a nice list of things I mostly didn't know about the now-damaged cathedral:

All Roads Lead To Notre-Dame De Paris

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Also: Bees live on its roof and its bells were once melted down for artillery. There are more, all with explanations, at Mental Floss.

DEMENTIA VILLAGE

Dementia is a terrible and growing affliction of old age with not many good options for the large numbers who will need full-time care. For 25 years, the the Hogeweyk dementia care center in Amsterdam has been developing a non-traditional type of caring that seems to be working well.

From the Youtube page:

“How would you prefer to spend the last years of your life: in a sterile, hospital-like institution or in a village with a supermarket, pub, theater and park within easy walking distance?

“[Here is] a glimpse at what a reimagined nursing home based on freedom, meaning and social life could look like.”

AOC SPEAKS FROM THE FUTURE

One of the new and youngest members of Congress, narrates a video that asks, What if we actually pulled off a Green New Deal? What would the future look like?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez narrates a film investigating those questions.

There is more at The Intercept.

END GAME MOVIE

This Academy Award-nominated documentary, End Game, captures human nature, reports a NextAvenue story,

“...and the delicate dilemma doctors and patients face at the end of life, under the best circumstances.

“Filmed in the serene hospital rooms and corridors of the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and the recently-closed Zen Hospice Project, situated in a tastefully-appointed Victorian house, we see firsthand the inner workings of hospice and palliative care.”

This is longer that I usually link to, 40 minutes, but worth your time, I think. It is available to stream on Netflix, and you can read more at Next Avenue. Here is a trailer:

And now, our weekly collection of pet stories:

DOG RESCUED FROM OCEAN 135 MILES FROM SHORE

This story has been widely distributed so you've probably seen it. Still, it's amazing. How did she get there? My guess is the dog fell off a boat or was thrown by some awful person. Here is a video:

There is more information at the Washington Post.

ARE DOG OWNERS HAPPIER THAN CAT OWNERS?

According to a recent study, dog owners are happier than cat owners. From Mental Floss:

”The ranking goes like this: Dog owners are the likeliest group of people to consider themselves 'very happy.' People who don't own any pets came in second on the happiness spectrum, and people who own a dog and a cat rank third. Cat owners trail far behind them all, with only 18 percent reporting that they feel very happy.”

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”However...these findings don't necessarily mean that dogs are the sole source of happiness (even though pup owners might beg to differ). 'The General Social Survey data show that dog owners, for instance, are more likely to be married and own their own homes than cat owners, both factors known to affect happiness and life satisfaction,' the newspaper notes.”

You will find the full story at the Washington Post. Where do you stand on this?

KLEPTO KITTIES

I don't usually care for compilation videos but this one shows some spectacularly clever thieving kitties. Good laughs.

CAT SNEAKS IN TO NAP WITH NEIGHBOR

As the Twitter page notes:

”My Dad is recovering from an operation. Mum went out and left a door slightly ajar. My parents do not have a cat.”

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Bored Panda expanded on the story:

”...when the man awoke from a nap he was met with a mystery feline cuddler cozied up by his neck. It seems the pawed stranger had wandered in through the door and decided the recovering patient could use some extra love.”

More at Bored Panda.

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INTERESTING STUFF – 13 April 2019

EDITORIAL NOTE: It's mostly animals again today. Perhaps it's my antidote to the awful things our politicians do very day.

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RACCOONS

Raccoons always make me laugh. They made me laugh even when they were redistributing the trash at the weekend country house I once had. Here's a short compilation.

OUR CATS THINK WE'RE A MUCH LARGER CAT WITH GOOD TASTE IN FOOD

According to Dr. John Bradshaw, your feline friend likely thinks of you not as a parent, but as "a larger, non-hostile cat," reports Mother Nature Network.

”Bradshaw, a biologist at the England's University of Bristol, has studied cat behavior for 30 years, and he's constantly finding new insights into the ways cats interact with humans. For starters, it's always on their terms.”

"Cats are just as good as dogs at learning — they're just not as keen to show their owners what they've learnt," Bradshaw told Nature... https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01067-z#ref-CR1

Mother Nature Network continues:

”And when your feline friend brings you the occasional dead rodent or half-eaten insect, it's not a gift or an attempt to feed you.

“Your cat simply wants a safe place to eat his kill. When he bites into his catch, he realizes the food you provide tastes better, so he leaves the remains of the prey behind.

“So while you may think of yourself as your cat's parent, he sees you more like a large, friendly feline who's generous enough to share the canned food.”

More at Mother Nature Network.

FIRST PICTURE EVER OF A BLACK HOLE

If you missed this news, you've probably been hibernating.

”Researchers say this 'ground-breaking' discovery proves Einstein's theory of general relativity. The black hole is 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 times that of the Sun.

Here's a short video about it:

More detailed information at The New York Times, at Technology Review and just about anywhere else on the web.

HIGH DIVING GIRAFFES

I published this video for the first time when it was originally posted in 2013, and at least once or twice again since then.

I never get tired of it – so weird and wonderful and odd and convincing.

OREGON FOR PERMANENT DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME?

The state where I live, Oregon, has been dinking around about having all-year daylight savings time:

”Last week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 320, which would establish year-round daylight saving time,” reports oregonlive.com. The proposal, which has broad support from both Republicans and Democrats, now heads to the Oregon House.”

Further:

”Even if lawmakers in the Oregon House agree to the plan and Gov. Kate Brown signs off, the bill only takes effect if both California and Washington make the same decision.

“And our neighboring states are well on their way. California voters approved a daylight saving measure last November and Washington lawmakers already passed a bill that will put the issue to a vote in November 2020.

“If all three states agree to permanent daylight saving time, the region would still need to secure approval from Congress.

I had no idea this was going on. I don't think I care either way beyond the fact that I like not needing to change the remaining analog clocks I have.

STRAY DOGS ASK TEENS TO HELP SAVE THEIR FRIEND

The headline is all you need to know to enjoy this vid:

PATRICK AND GRACE – A MUTUAL RESCUE STORY

Yes, another rescue story. I'm such a sucker for these.

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INTERESTING STUFF – 6 April 2019

KITTEN ACADEMY LIVE STREAM

Is there anything better than a whole mess of baby animals. Try this – a 24/7 life stream.

There is more about the kitten academy at the youtube page.

THE GREAT GREEN WALL

TGB reader Linda Burdick sent this video – a sensationally important idea that science might be able to replicate to fit other kinds of climate in the world.

There is a fuller story at Daily Kos.

SNIFFING OUT WILDLIFE CRIME

From the Youtube page:

”At this very moment, with their noses to the ground, four-legged heroes are actively defending our planet. With keen olfactory systems and an ability to read human behavior, dogs are not only [wo]man’s best friends—they’re indefatigable allies in the fight for conservation.

“Based in Montana, Working Dogs for Conservation trains rescue dogs to sleuth out everything from illegal poaching to invasive species.”

BOSTON DYNAMICS NEWEST ROBOT

How soon will they replace all the warehouse workers? Take a look:

Here's the bad news from Technology Review:

”Although the technology is impressive, we’re still a long way from it being deployed in an actual warehouse, especially around humans. That would involve a level of complexity that robots haven’t yet mastered.

“And while the Boston Dynamics videos are always fun, they’re not quite as effortless as they seem. Each one is created with carefully pre-programmed movements and will take many, many takes to get right before it’s shared.”

A HOBBIT HOUSE IN WALES

No explanation needed. Just take a look:

PIT BULL PUPPY REACTING TO THE LION KING

From the YouTube page:

”So Hannah and I were watching the Lion King while Luna played wildly with her toys. But right as Mufasa falls to his death, she stops and turns to the TV to watch.

“To see her crying at the TV was the sweetest thing I think I’ve ever seen. She even lays down right after Simba lays with his dad.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 30 March 2019

EDITORIAL NOTE: No excuses – I just got behind on everything this week so today's Interesting Stuff is shorter than usual.

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THE DOG WHO COULDN'T CATCH

Big Geek Daddy tells us:

”Duffy the dog has a tough time catching tennis balls so his owner decided to film some of his efforts in slow motion and the result is awesome. The soundtrack for Duffy playing catch is Vincerò which opera lovers will recognize from Puccini’s opera “Turandotas” as the concluding cry of the aria 'Nessun dorma'.

“Dog lovers who don’t know anything about classical music will recognize it as a song of triumph over failure.”

PLEASE PASS THE SALT

My god, I wonder how long it took these two guys to make all this happen exactly right.

TIDY MOUSE

As Bored Panda explains:

”72-year-old British man Stephen Mckears began to question his sanity when he started noticing objects had been moved around in his shed overnight.

“And they weren’t just being randomly placed, things like clips and screws were somehow finding themselves neatly packed back into a tub as if to chastise Mr. Mckears for his untidiness. Just who was this fastidious phantom, this organized apparition?”

THE BACKPACKING CAT

Adventurer and filmmaker, JJ Yosh, resides in Boulder, Colorado with his black cat Simon. He adopted the feline 2016, and they have been traveling together across land and water ever since - with Simon normally nestled in his backpack.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 23 March 2019

EDITORIAL NOTE: Today's Interesting Stuff is two-thirds about animals. As what I call my “predicament” moves forward, I find myself settling in more frequently on nature, most particularly animals - who never, ever bore me.

DON'T LET THE OLD MAN IN

The YouTube page tells us that singer/songwriter/actor Toby Keith wrote this song, Don't Let the Old Man In, after spending time with 88-year-old actor/director Clint Eastwood. Keath asked Eastwood:

“...'what keeps you going?' and he said, 'I get up every day and don’t let the old man in.'” The scenes in the music video are from Clint’s latest movie The Mule.

BUDWEISER LOST PUPPY COMMERCIAL

Thank Darlene Costner for this melt-your-heart beer commercial. It's several years old but not the sort of thing that ever gets old.

STANDOFF BETWEEN EAGLE AND SQUIRREL

Take a look at the defiant stare-off between this little squirrel and a gigantic eagle looking for lunch. You're gonna love it.

DECORAH EAGLES NESTING LIVE

Speaking of eagles – I post this every year or two when the Decorah Eagles are nesting. You can watch them live from Iowa.

FYI: “This bald eagle nest is located near a trout hatchery in Decorah, Iowa. After two of this pair's nests were destroyed, the Raptor Resource Project team began constructing this nest with the hopes that the eagles would take it over and build upon it - and they have! Watch as they come back each year to raise another brood.”

Babies usually are born in late March or early April so this is the time to stay tuned. You can do this at explore.org. There is a second Decorah Eagles live nest here.

25 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT THE HUMAN BODY

The webpage titles this feature, 25 Amazing Facts About the Human Body.

“Amazing” seems to be overstating it but there are interesting ones too. Here are a couple to get you started:

”If they were laid end to end, all of the blood vessels in the human body would encircle the Earth four times.”

“Your tongue is made up of eight interwoven muscles, similar in structure to an elephant’s trunk or an octopus’s tentacle.”

Read all 25 at Mental Floss.

RESCUED CIRCUS LIONS RETURNED TO WILD

Mother Nature Network reports:

”What was eating Luca, Charlie and Kai? For these sister lions, it should have been obvious.

"Their lives were given to the circus.

“With around 370 square feet of steel and concrete between them — as well as a cub named Nathan — these animals knew neither direct sunlight nor fresh air. Only the roar of a circus crowd — or whoever bothered to show up for this pitiable show in the Ukrainian city of Lviv.

“It's little wonder that when the day came to open those cages — thanks to the efforts of the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation — the lions were depressed, endlessly pacing their concrete confines.”

You can read more of the lions' story here.

NEIGHBORS DISLIKE THE FLINTSTONE HOUSE

This Flintstone-inspired house has been labeled a “public nuisance” by some neighbors and others. reports:

”The town of Hillsborough, Calif., perhaps seeking to avoid becoming the next Bedrock, has sued its owner to force the removal of dinosaur statues, a sign reading “Yabba Dabba Doo” (the catchphrase of the animated television show’s prehistoric patriarch, Fred Flintstone) and other landscaping, according to a lawsuit filed last week in State Superior Court.

Nestled in a hilly community of about 11,000 in San Mateo County, where homes routinely sell for millions, this particular residence, with its curving lines, red and purple domes, multicolored mushrooms and scattered animal statues, has long attracted attention from neighbors (no, not the Rubbles). One could even say it is “a page right out of history.”

But at least in its current form, officials and some residents do not to want the home, which evokes the 1960s cartoon, in their backyard.”

More at The New York Times.

THE LANAI CAT SANCTUARY

Cats on the small Hawaiian island of Lanai have got it made – amazing weather, meals served in their own "catfurteria," and a steady influx of adoring fans ready to give them all the love and affection they could ever want.

COW BACK SCRATCHER

Wouldn't it be nice to have a human version of this? Wait until you see how happy it makes this cow.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 9 March 2019

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS AT 2AM SUNDAY

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Spring forward again. If like me you still have clocks that don't update digitally, you need turn them forward one hour on tonight.

If you feel like you just did this yesterday in reverse, you're almost right. We did it just last November. But at least we don't need to think about it again until November.

If you are interested in the history and background of daylight savings time and recent efforts to do away with it, there is more than you could ever want to know at Wikipedia.

THE BLESSINGS OF AGE

Even if you quibble with a few of these elders' attitudes about growing old, mostly they are happy with their generally quiet lives – unlike the media's urging us to join outlier old people who climb mountains and bungee jump.

Here is a short documentary by Jenny Schweitzer Bell titled, The Blessings of Age.

There is more information at The Atlantic.

THE AWESOME OPOSSUM

I don't often think about opossums (opossi?) but as this video tells us, they are a lot more interesting than I imagined.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S INSTAGRAM PHOTO CONTEST

National Geographic is probably more well-known for its stunning photography rather than the articles it illustrates. The organization just published the current winners, runners up and others from the recent contest. Here are two to whet your appetite:

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You can see the rest at Bored Panda.

MEDICARE FOR ALL

For going on two years, I have racked up about a million dollars in treatment for pancreatic cancer. And I have not paid a penny more except for a supplemental plan and the small Medicare deductible each year and Part B premium.

Everyone, not just old people (and a few others) should be free from financial worry when they are sick. Without that, in my case, there is no way I could have paid for it and I would undoubtedly be dead now.

There are some new political/policy movements to figure out how to expand Medicare to everyone. It won't happen as quickly as Congressional Democrats seem to think, but I believe this conversation period will lead to it eventually.

Comments can be read at Twitter.

NEW TWILIGHT ZONE

The original Twilight Zone TV show was broadcast from 1959 to 1964 and is still a popular choice on Netflix and other streaming service – well, it certainly is with me.

Here is the trailer for the new imagining of it:

The new program premiers on 1 April. Unfortunately for me, it will be exclusively on CBS All Access, a pay service I do not subscribe to, so I won't know if it is as well done and compelling as the original.

FLYING WITH THE BIRDS

We end today's Interesting Stuff with two videos of birds from two realms: sky and ground.

According to Big Geek Daddy,

”Christian Moullec takes us some amazing flights with his birds in this wonderful video. He has been helping birds migrate from Germany to Sweden since 1995. His efforts have raised awareness about the disappearance of migratory birds in Europe.”

DAILY LIFE OF BACKYARD BIRDS

Bored Panda tell us:

”Lisa, who goes by the name Ostdrossel on her social media, has always been fascinated by nature and birds, so when following her love to Macomb County in Michigan from Germany, she had an urge to get a little closer to the birds in her yard that are uncommon in her homeland.

“She began exploring the ways to make it possible and as a result, she has thousands of images capturing different gorgeous bird species, their funny expressions, majestic poses and sometimes crazy behavior.”

A couple of examples:

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Many more are at Bored Panda.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 2 March 2019

PAY IT FORWARD, ACTS OF KINDNESS

And oh what those acts can do. From Tom Delmore.

MOLLIE THE BEAGLE ADOPTS AN ORPHANED POSSUM

You know fro these posts that I can't get enough of interspecies friendship. Here's another.

THE GREAT ICE ORCHESTRA

You've heard of ice hotels? This is an ice orchestra. The Youtube page explains:

”Tim Linhart was sculpting ice in Colorado when he decided to try something new: creating a giant, frozen violin. When a friend jokingly asked how Tim thought his violin would sound, it sparked an idea. Why not make an entire, functional orchestra out of ice?

“That was 21 years ago. These days, Tim is based in Sweden and gathers his icy ensembles to play in cosmic igloos. Grab a seat, and best don’t forget your coat.”

A NAZI NIGHT AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

From the Youtube page:

”In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York's Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism - an event largely forgotten from U.S. history.

A Night at the Garden, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States.”

Margaret Talbot wrote about this film in The New Yorker last week.

TALKIING GARGOYLE AT DENVER AIRPORT

Laughing Squid tells us:

"When the newly-renovated airport was re-opened, management decided to take the campaign even further by perching a rather garrulous gargoyle in the middle of the brand new Jeppesen Terminal. The 243-year-old patinaed creature hilariously engaged with skeptical travelers, disbelieving tourists, curious little children and even a custodial employee or two."

Take a look:

OCTOPUS ESCAPING THROUGH A ONE-INCH HOLE

It's not that I haven't seen this before, it's that it still amazes me.

BEFORE WINTER IS OVER, MY BLIZZARD STORY

From Cop Car who blogs at Cop Car's Beat. Back in 2005, Cop Car related her 1983 big blizzard story here and I followed up with this one of mine. It seems a good time to repeat these:

”I lived in Greenwich Village, downtown, and the production office of the ABC-TV television show I worked on was at Columbus Circle, about three miles north.

“Overnight, the snow had piled up, closing in on two feet. The wind was blowing and the snow showed no signs yet of diminishing.

“Everyone else in our small office lived out of the city or on the east side where subway travel was not easily usable, but there was some work that HAD to be done (no email yet in those days or VPN networks), so it was up to me because my commute was to walk one block from my home to the subway and then one block to the office at the other end of the ride.

'I bundled up: longjohns, two or three sweaters, knee-high, fleece-lined boots, hat and - important to the story - an extra-large, bright blue parka I'd been given on a cold-weather shoot; it had a giant ABC logo on the front of it.

“Columbus Circle is well-known in New York City as a dangerously windy corner and that proved true when I climbed out of the subway there. It was blowing hard - that tiny kind of snowflake that is not quite sleet, but hurts when it hits your face.

“I wrapped my arms around a light pole while I peeked between gloved fingers to see when it might be safe to cross the street - Broadway - which lives up to its name, very broad and on that day, icy and slick.

“At last, the few cars looked far enough away that I could cross and have time to pick myself up, if I fell, before a car could slide into me.

“As I let go of the light pole to step off the invisible curb, a giant gust of wind blew me down on my back in a huge snowdrift. With all four limbs flailing in the air, I must have looked like a big, blue-clad turtle on its back.

“Now, remember the ABC logo on my parka? As I tried to right myself, I saw a camera pointed right at me. A camera with a CBS-TV logo pasted on it. The cameraman yelled through the wailing wind: 'You'll be on CBS tonight, baby.'"

WILD RED SQUIRRELS DOING SOME VERY HUMAN THINGS

From the Laughing Squid page:

”Swedish/Dutch photographer Geert Weggen has created a wonderfully whimsical photo series of surprisingly cooperative wild red squirrels performing some very human tasks such as taking photos, riding a bicycle, playing piano, having tea, riding different vehicles, rowing a boat and enjoying a nice campfire.

“Weggen stated that he became a full-time photographer in 2013 and these squirrels and birds are his specialty.”

A couple of examples:

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And here's a video of Weggen and one of the red squirrels.

More still images of Weggen and red squirrels at Laughing Squid.

HONEY BADGER RESCUES BABY FROM LEOPARD

The Mother Nature Network (MNN) page tells us

“Don't mess with mama...One hungry leopard in South Africa learned this the hard way recently as it zeroed in on a possible meal. In the tense video, the leopard begins to attack a baby honey badger until it is viciously undone by the cub's mother.

“Honey badgers are known to be fearless, but taking on an adult leopard is bold even by their standards. This clash shows how strong their maternal instincts can be.”

More at MNN.

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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.




INTERESTING STUFF – 23 February 2019

WOLF FAMILIES CARING FOR ELDERS

TGB reader Mary sent this news article about a book, The Wisdom Of Wolves, by Elli H. Radinger and published in England last Wednesday. (Kindle only available so far on Amazon.)

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I've purchased the Kindle edition but have not read it yet so I'm working on the quite excellent BBC excerpts. It's all fascinating but of course, I honed in on the information about the elders in wolf families. Some quotations to whet your appetite:

”The pups are the beloved and protected treasure of the pack. The whole family looks after them, including aunts, uncles and older brothers and sisters. Old and wounded family members are brought food and never abandoned.
”Elderly or sick wolves, too, are cared for by the pack. Old wolves are invaluable. A pack with just one elderly member has a 150 per cent better chance of winning in battles because of their experience – they will avoid a conflict they don’t think they can win.

“In a pack known as Silver in Yellowstone, a young whippersnapper had become leader but treated the old deposed head with great respect – because the old gentleman was a master in the difficult art of bison-killing.

“When they die, there is genuine grief. Cinderella, one of the females from the park’s ‘Druid’ pack, died during a hunting trip. Her partner retreated into the den where they had raised their pups and howled for the next three days.

“Six months later, his skeleton was found in an area where he had spent many months with his partner. How he’d died remained a mystery. Could it have been a broken heart?”

Of course the article and the book are about wolves of all ages and the article can be found at the Daily Mail website.

BEING 97

Reader Jack Handley sent this video of 97-year-old Herbert Fingarette, a U.S. philosopher who once published a book about death. As the video page notes, in that book

”Fingarette contemplated mortality, bringing him to a conclusion that echoed the Epicureans: in non-existence, there is nothing to fear.

“But as Being 97 makes evident, grappling with death can be quite different when the thoughts are personal rather than theoretical. Filmed during some of the final months of Fingarette’s life, the elegiac short documentary profiles the late philosopher as he reflects on life, loss, the many challenges of old age, and those lingering questions that might just be unanswerable.”

Fingrette died in 2018.

TIGGY WINKLES WILD ANIMAL HOSPITAL

Maybe I'm including this today only because the name of the place grabbed me. Note that this is a place for WILD animals. From the YouTube page:

Sprained paw? Broken wing? Tiggywinkles will get you back to roaring health. With over 10,000 animals coming through the door each year, Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital is the busiest (and cutest) in all of Europe.”

The hospital is named after the beloved Beatrix Potter children’s book character> The hospital employs around-the-clock doctors and nurses who treat injured and sick wild animals that are then released back into the wild.

50 PEOPLE TELL US THE WORST THINGS ABOUT THEIR STATES

Weather is a big topic:

AMERICANS WHO'VE NEVER MET A PERSON OF ANOTHER RACE OR RELIGION

The Atlantic reports on this phenomenon (emphasis is mine).

”In general, the proportion of Americans who seem to live in fully homogeneous communities is small: In terms of identities such as race, religion, and partisan affiliation, only one-fifth to one-quarter of people usually said they seldom or never encounter people unlike themselves.:

I'd say that's a fairly high number in a nation that likes (well, until recently) to tout its diversity. (Statue of Liberty, anyone?) According to The Atlantic report,

”They seldom or never meet people of another race. They dislike interacting with people who don’t share their political beliefs. And when they imagine the life they want for their children, they prize sameness, not difference. Education and geography seemed to make a big difference in how people think about these issues, and in some cases, so did age.”

More on the divide at The Atlantic.

MAKING SOAP THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY

In Nablus, West Bank. It looks to me to be back-breaking work. But it's interesting to watch. Take a look:

SECRET TO LONG LIFE

John Gear sent this tweet and as various conditions of elderhood pile up (it's not the conditions themselves so much as the number of them that accumulate and need to be dealt with), I can't say I disagree.

STRAY CAT COMMUTER MONITOR

Laughing Squid tells us:

”An observant, stray calico cat who fit perfectly into a curved ticket gate at a station in Tel Aviv, Israel, watched intently as commuters attempted to scan their train passes to get through.

“Surprisingly, not many people paid attention to the cat nor did they even notice that she was there.”

KITBUL – FROM PIXAR

A charming, little animated story. From YouTube page:

”Kitbull...reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.”

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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.