449 posts categorized "Interesting Stuff"

INTERESTING STUFF – 14 September 2019

TODDLER BUDDIES GREETING AFTER TWO DAYS APART

These two little guys are besties and this happened when they hadn't seen one another in two days. Dad of one of them posted it to Facebook.

THE ALEX AND RONNI SHOW

This was recorded last Tuesday, 10 September 2019, and I couldn't find a place for it until today.

A VERY PATIENT MAMA CAT WITH FIVE UNRULY KITTENS

This column has been too light on cats lately so here's a kitty video. Nothing special. They're just being kittens and I smiled all the way through it.

GIANT STRAW ANIMALS IN JAPAN

Thank TGB Reader Cathy Johnson for this item. In northern Japan since about 2008, after the fall rice harvest, people gather together and use the leftover straw to create huge straw animals at the Wara Art Festival.

And I do mean huge. Take a look:

You can read more and see additional photographs here and here.

GRIZZLY BEAR PRODUCT TESTERS

It's true, it's true. Grizzly bear product testers are a real thing in Yellowstone National Park. Take a look:

SECRET LANGUAGE OF TREES

Trees are high on the agenda in certain areas of the media these days and they should be. This TED-ED talk explains the fascinating and rich communication that takes place among trees in the forest.

GROUND SQUIRRELS, OWLS, TIGERS AND MORE

Dutch photographer Dick van Duijn specializes in wild animals. Recently, Bored Panda featured some of his work and it is marvelous.

Of course, I fell in love with this series of three quick shots:

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More of Dick Van Duijn's wildlife photos at Bored Panda and Instagram.

HELLO, BROTHER, HELLO

I've saved the best for last today. It comes from TGB reader Joan McMullen and as she said, this is a keeper.

It was published at Christmastime two years ago by Lab Ottagono in Italy. It is titled Video de Natal e Ano-Novo and features Louis Armstrong singing Hello Brother. The Youtube page says video footage is courtesy of Evian.

Let me tell you how this is going to go. You'll be a little puzzled at first but it's compelling enough to stick around for awhile and then, at about 1:15 into the video, you will start grinning. It will be a great, big, your-whole-face type of grin that will continue long after the three-and-a-half minute video ends.

Give it a try – you'll see what I mean.

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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 – 7 September 2019

CAR PARKED IN KITCHEN TO SAVE IT FROM DORIAN

As CBS News explains, as Hurricane Dorian approached,

”Jacksonville native Patrick Eldridge told CBS News he put his smart car inside his house on Tuesday morning, adding that his 'wife was impressed that 'I was right about it being able to fit into the kitchen.'”

Wife Jessica took some pictures and posted them to Facebook.

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Unfortunately, I don't know if their house and car survived. More at CBS News.

YOUTUBE DECADE

Have you heard about this yet? A new Google website called YouTube Decade:

”...the site compiles the most popular videos uploaded to YouTube on that day exactly 10 years ago,” reports Mental Floss. Since it shows you the top video in each of eight different categories — music, comedy, film and animation, entertainment, news and politics, pets and animals, sports, and gaming — the site offers an intriguing snapshot of what was going on in the world at the time.”

Here is one of the ten-year-old videos from yesterday when I was writing this:

The YouTube Decade website is here. You can read more about it at Mental Floss.

SOME REPUBLICANS ARE CANCELING STATE PRIMARIES

Yet another way the GOP and Trump are undermining democracy. Politico reports:

”Four states are poised to cancel their 2020 GOP presidential primaries and caucuses, a move that would cut off oxygen to Donald Trump’s long-shot primary challengers.

“Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to finalize the cancellations in meetings this weekend, according to three GOP officials who are familiar with the plans.

“The moves are the latest illustration of Trump’s takeover of the entire Republican Party apparatus.”

There is more to it than I've quoted. You can read it at Politico.

BAHAMAS WOMAN RESCUES 97 STREET DOGS FROM HURRICANE

As Hurricane Dorian approached Nassau, Bahamas, Chella Phillips, manager of The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas rescue, has a packed house in New Providence with nearly 100 dogs.

She posted to her Facebook page:

There is more to read at Mother Nature Network and Mental Floss.

HOW TO CONDUCT AN ORCHESTRA

The video also includes a short history of how music conductors came to be.

CHOCOLATE CROISSANT CONTROVERSY

Not long ago, I posted a video here about a contest to find the best baguette in Paris. This time it is a debate in France over whether what Americans call a chocolate croissant should be called a pain au chocolat or a chocolatine.

TIME LAPSE OF LEAVES CHANGING COLOR

They say that fall in the U.S. begins the day after Labor Day, the first Monday in September. That's not really true. In terms of science, it begins on 23 September this year.

Either way, fall colors can't be far behind. It can be so beautiful that some people drive many miles to see it up close and personal.

There is video from Vimeo that uses slow motion to show how deciduous trees change their colors. The photographer tells us:

”This is a macro time-lapse short film containing roughly 6000 pictures of leaves from 10 common Midwestern deciduous trees.

“My name is Owen Reiser. I am a 19 year old biology student and self-taught photographer with an appreciation for the smallest things in nature.”

Here are Reiser's photos of leaves changing color so we can watch it happening:

There is more information at Mental Floss.

You can see more of Reiser's photographic work at Instagram.

Also, on another Mental Floss page, there is an interactive map of the U.S. showing when peak color is expected in the lower 48.

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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 – 31 August 2019

ONE OF IRELAND'S FEW REMAINNG MATCHMAKERS

Willy Daly, the Youtube page tells us, is a professional matchmaker in County Clare, Ireland. He's been doing it for more than 50 years, as his father and grandfather did before him.

Timing is everything, he says. And a little drinking at the local pub can’t hurt.

THE STORY BEHIND A WORLD-FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH

I am willing to bet there is not a TGB reader among us who has not seen the famous Dorothea Lange 1936 photograph titled Migrant Mother that came to symbolize the Great Depression.

Find out more that you probably don't know about the photograph, its subject and her children in this video. (Sent by Jim Stone)

IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT CROSSWORD PUZZLE CLUE

For 40 years I did The New York Times crosswords puzzle on the subway every morning on my way to work. In all those years, I never tried to create one. Here's a video from The New Yorker about how clues for crosswords are developed.

TRUMP FATIGUE

In last Wednesday's New York Times, columnist Frank Bruni wrote about Trump fatigue. It began like this:

”I woke up Saturday, made my coffee, shuffled to my computer, started to glance at the news and suddenly had to stop. I couldn’t go on,” wrote Bruni.

“Trump had yet again said something untrue, once more suggested something absurd, contradicted himself, deified himself, claimed martyrdom, blamed Barack Obama, made his billionth threat and hurled his trillionth insult.”

Further, writes Bruni:

”Trump’s instinct and strategy are to conquer by overwhelming. But there’s a difference between wearing people down and wearing them out. He’s like the last seasons of House of Cards — a riveting spectacle devolved into a repellent burlesque, so unrestrained in its appetites that it devoured itself.”

I'm with Bruni in regard to both Trump and House of Cards. Read the whole column here – it's a good catharsis (unless you turn on cable news again).

TINKERING WITH INTENT

TGB Reader Erika Brekke send this video about Blair Somerville who lives in the remote town of Papatowai, on the South Island of New Zealand, the Youtube page tells us. He uses found materials and other curious objects which he re-purposes into magical moving artworks.

Take a look:

COWS JUMPING OVER ROAD MARKINGS

Here's a Twitter gif of cows who think painted road markings are fences of some kind. Such a silly giggle.

ALEX TREBEK RETURNS TO JEOPARDY!

As long as we're doing Twitter pictures, here's a Twitter video of Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek returning to work after a summer of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

The program resumes broadcasting on 9 September.

QUOTATION WITHOUT COMMENTARY

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, had this to say in his new book, Call Sign Chaos, which he wrote with Bing West and will be published next week:

“If you haven’t read hundreds of books, you are functionally illiterate, and you will be incompetent, because your personal experiences alone aren’t broad enough to sustain you...”

More at The New York Times.

THE POWER OF WORDS

In the nearly 10 years it has been online, this video has garnered about 28 million views. I posted it way back when. It's still good and it feels like it goes with the Mattis quotation above.

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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 August 2019

90-SOMETHING BOOGIE WOOGIE

Darlene Costner was the first of several TGB readers to send this video. Supposedly the two dancers are age 91 (the woman) and 94 (her partner) but I don't know where that information comes from.

Anyway, they are terrific dancers. And we should all age as well as these two.

FELINE INFIDELITY

Well, I don't know for sure that this video is about infidelity but it sure looks like it. From the South China Morning Post:

THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF THE WORLD’S SMALLEST VERSIONS OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST THINGS

Whew! That headline is a mouthful. Here is what the Youtube page tells us:

”On your next road trip, take a pit stop in Lucas, Kansas, where you can visit arguably the best roadside attraction.”

See what you think.

THE MOTHER VINE

Here is what Atlas Obscura tells us:

”Estimated to be 400 years old, the Mother Vine, located on North Carolina’s Roanoke Island, is believed to be the oldest grape vine in all of North America, planted by either Croatan Native Americans or settlers of the Lost Colony. Some have posited that it is the “mother” of all vines for scuppernong grapes, North Carolina’s state fruit.”

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And they make wine from these grapes. There is much more historical detail at Atlas Obscura and at the mother vine's website.

ZDOGG MAKES A PLEA TO IMPROVE U.S. MEDICAL SYSTEM

I've been reading and watching videos from this guy for years. He writes, he makes videos, he even raps about the U.S. medical system. Zdogg is internist Zubin Damania M.D. Who explains on his website:

”As a way to address my own 'burnout' and find a voice, I started producing videos and live shows under the pseudonym 'ZDoggMD' that have since gone epidemically viral. This launched a grassroots movement — nearly a billion views and a passionate tribe dedicated to improving healthcare for everyone.”

Here is one of his most recent videos:

THE VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT MYSTERY

Everybody likes a good mystery, right? This one has been going on for hundreds of years. As Lisa Fagan Davis writes in the Washington Post,

”The Voynich Manuscript, an early 15th-century codex that belongs to the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, presents an irresistible medieval mystery. The tome is written using an otherwise unknown collection of symbols known to those who study the codex as “Voynichese,” with what appear to be roots, prefixes and suffixes as well as repeating spelling and grammatical patterns.

“Then there are the illustrations, which include unidentifiable but detailed and realistic plants, circular zodiacal and astronomical diagrams, crowned nude women bathing in green or blue pools and other images that defy description.

“For centuries, the Voynich Manuscript has resisted interpretation, which hasn’t stopped a host of would-be readers from claiming they’ve solved it.”

In the video below, curator Bill Sherman discusses the mystery of the Voynich Manuscript.

LIONS VISIT WATERING HOLE AT NIGHT

There is nothing outstanding about this video – just a look at wild lions being themselves at night.

THE FEELING YOU'RE DOING EVERYTHING WRONG

TGB reader Jack Handley, who also contributes stories to the TGB Reader Story feature, sent this video. No wonder so many people are stressed.

THE SWEETEST THING YOU'LL SEE ALL DAY

That headline is all you need to know.

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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 – 17 August 2019

KANGAROOS IN THE SNOW

While it is high summer in the United States and other northern hemisphere countries, it is winter in Australia. One source tells me snow is an uncommon occurrence down under. Another source says it's not so rare.

Either way, here is, to me, a video of an odd occurrence, kangaroos frolicking in the snow.

PAIN CHART

There is, in physician examining rooms in the U.S., a pain chart asking the patient to choose, on a range of one to ten, how much pain he or she is having that day. I never know what number to choose because I don't know what my upper pain limit is.

This is a much more evocative and useful pain chart (she said, smiling). My friend Frank Paynter was the first of several people to send it.

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FOLLOW THE YELLOW MARBLE

Keep your eye on the yellow marble as it navigates a puzzle path of contraptions, the YouTube page tells us. The whole thing is set to Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

The creator says he went through about 300 failed recordings in a month before he got it right.

BEAR FALLS ON POLICE CAR

I'm going to break precedent (and maybe law) by publishing this entire, but very short, story here. No one should need to click around the web and back to read such a fine and funny piece of journalism.

There is no byline. It is an AP story via The Guardian. Your goal is the last sentence but don't spoil it for yourself by skipping down to the bottom. Read the whole thing – you'll appreciate the ending more.

”A patrol car was struck by a falling bear in northern California last weekend, causing the vehicle to crash and explode.

Authorities said a Humboldt county sheriff’s deputy was driving on State Route 96 on 3 August, answering a report of a drug overdose in the community of Orleans, when the bear fell or jumped onto the car, apparently from a steep embankment.

The bear smashed the hood and windshield. The patrol car hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames.

The deputy managed to escape without serious injury.

The fire was contained to about half an acre but the car was gutted.

However, the California department of transportation stated: 'Don’t worry, the bear also fled the scene.'”
Photo of the mangled police car at The Guardian.

NORTHWEST ANGLE, MINNESOTA

There is a place in Minnesota that has the feel of small town America, but if they want to get to the Northwest Angle, travelers have to leave the U.S. and go through Canada to get there.

Lee Cowan explains a geographical quirk along the northern border of the U.S. From CBS Sunday Morning.

SCIENTISTS' REACT TO STRANGE DEEP SEA CREATURE

As YouTube explains,

”Scientists on the Nautilus team ran into a mysterious creature on a recent expedition in Hawaii. The strange fish was found nearly a mile beneath the surface." From National Geographic:

WHAT IF HOUSE CATS WERE MUCH BIGGER THAN THEY ARE

Russian artist Andrey Scherbak creates fanciful “photos” showing what the world around us would be like if house cats were much larger than they are. Here are two:

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There are many more at Bored Panda and 150 of Scherbak's images at Instagram.

CREATE HAPPINESS IN WHATEVER YOU DO

All I will tell you is what TGB reader Joan McMullen said in an email when she sent a link to this video: “It's not what you think.”

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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 – 10 August 2019

RECALLING THE IMPACT OF THE EARLIEST MOVIES

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City owns the footage in the video below and reminds us that in the late 1800s, when moving pictures were new, they were amazing to see:

“'[Today], We live in an environment where there are moving images constantly around us. But in 1897, this was startling and new and completely revolutionary”...Curator Dave Kehr joins the discussion to help us look at the early film with the same awe-inspired, expanded view of the world of its first audiences,” the YouTube page tells us.

Thank TGB reader Chuck Nyren for this.

WHY DID THE SALMON CROSS THE ROAD?

TGB reader Joan McMullen, who sent this video, says this happens on the Skokomish River near Shelton, Washington, USA. When the river floods, the salmon take short cuts swimming across the road to go upstream to spawn. It happens almost every year.

A commenter on the YouTube page tell us there are signs on the road to warn people: "Danger, Drive Slowly & Carefully, Fish Crossing the Road".

WHY DO WE SWEAR?

Nothing is more satisfying when I've banged my toe into something hard than a string of invective aimed at the gods who cause these things to happen.

As The Atlantic magazine explains on the YouTube page:

”Swear words are an important part of all languages. In English, words like 'shit', 'cock' and 'bastard' can be used as a curse or an insult and, let's face it, saying them can feel good. Scientists believe swearing has a special place in our brains. This film contains strong language. Obviously."
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MILLIONS OF BOOKS TO DOWNLOAD FOR FREE

According to Vice,

”Prior to 1964, books had a 28-year copyright term. Extending it required authors or publishers to send in a separate form, and lots of people didn’t end up doing that. Thanks to the efforts of the New York Public Library, many of those public domain books are now free online.”

You can download these books at websites like Hathi, Project Gutenberg, Standard Ebooks and, often, your local public library. And you can read more about those millions of free, public domain Ebooks at Vice.

WEAVING A BRIDGE IN Q’ESWACHAKA

Here is what the YouTube page tells us about this bridge. (Inka is the same as the spelling we are more accustomed to in the U.S., Inca.

”Every year, local communities on either side of the Apurimac River Canyon use traditional Inka engineering techniques to rebuild the Q'eswachaka Bridge. The old bridge is taken down and the new bridge is built in only three days. The bridge has been rebuilt in this same location continually since the time of the Inka.

“This video is narrated by John Ochsendorf, professor of civil engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and produced by Noonday Films.”

Can you imagine doing all that every damned year?

HOW THE ANIMAL KINGDON SLEEPS

From The Atlantic:

”Sleep is universal in the animal kingdom, but each species slumbers in a different — and often mysterious — way. Some animals snooze with half their brain, while others only sleep for two hours a day (without even suffering sleep deprivation!).

WONDERFUL CAT PHOTOS

Mental Floss tells us that Walter Chandoha, who died in January at age 98, spent a lifetime, 75 years, photographing domestic cats. Here is my favorite from 1955:

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You can see more of Chandoha's cat photographs at Mental Floss. A book of his cat photos, Cats: Photographs 1942-2018, will be published on Monday, 12 August.

BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN RESCUE

TGB Reader Joan McMullen sent this video of Keller Laros removing a fish hook and line from a dolphin who apparently sought out the diver for help.

TEACHING A KID TO TELL TIME

It's an oldie but goodie from TGB reader Darlene Costner who says she thought she knew how to tell time just fine until watching this video from comedian Dave Allen explaining clocks and time to a young boy.

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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 – 3 August 2019

OLD COOTS GIVING ADVICE

As the YouTube page tells us:

”Every summer Saturday, a group of senior citizens in Salt Lake City take questions and give advice from a stand at the farmer's market. Under the banner 'Old Coots Giving Advice,' lines of locals form to glean wisdom from these old souls. Steve Hartman reports from 'On the Road.'”

Take a look, have a good laugh and thank TGB reader Ali for sending this.

GOOD NEWS: WILD TIGER POPULATION IN INDIA INCREASES

In 2006, according to an NPR report, there were only 1,411 tigers in the wild in India. In the latest census, in 2018, the population was up to 2,967 from 2,226 in 2014.

This was not an accident of nature. The government of India,

”After learning that there were a limited amount of tigers left in the world, India decided to strengthen the conservation of tigers in its country. In an effort to protect the endangered species, the National Tiger Conservation Authority was created...”

You can read more about how they did this at NPR. And here is a short, unrelated video from National Geographic about tigers.

MORE GOOD NEWS: ETHIOPIA PLANTS 350 MILLION TREES IN ONE WEEK

Yes, you read that correctly, 350 million trees in one week.

”The planting is part of a national 'green legacy' initiative to grow 4bn trees in the country this summer by encouraging every citizen to plant at least 40 seedlings,” reports The Guardian. “Public offices have reportedly been shut down in order for civil servants to take part.

“The project aims to tackle the effects of deforestation and climate change in the drought-prone country. According to the UN, Ethiopia’s forest coverage was just 4% in the 2000s, down from 35% a century earlier.”

That “4bn” in the first paragraph of the quotation, just in case anyone is unclear, means 4 BILLION trees and Ethiopia means to reach that goal in October. We in the U.S. and many other countries should be doing this too, right now, to help combat climate change.

You can read more at The Guardian, at Mother Nature Network and other places on the web.

SOME FAUNA WITH YOUR FLORA?

I have never bought packaged salad greens or any other fresh food packed in plastic. Being in an airtight container can't do anything good and it also makes the greens slimy. Here is my vindication:

The Washington Post has confirmed my conviction with this headline: “The other greens in your bagged lettuce: Frogs, snakes and lizards” - something that hadn't occurred to me:

”The first review by scientists of wild animals found by customers in prepackaged produce makes clear that frogs are the trouble, and bagged lettuce and spinach are, by and large, their preferred medium.

“While 21 of the 40 reported incursions under review involved amphibians, it is also the unfortunate case that rodents, snakes, lizards, birds and even a bat found their way into bagged lettuces, spinach and cut green beans (snakes, evidently, are partial to the latter).”

And they weren't even all dead: “eight frogs, a toad and a lizard were found alive in bagged greens.”

The paper expanded the story to include an interesting take on shaky definitions of “best by...” and “use by,,,” dates.

You can read more at the Washington Post.

THE IRISHMAN TRAILER

What I have found learned while reading about the upcoming Martin Scorcese film, The Irishman, is a new technique that is said to “de-age” old actors like the stars of this film, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Joe Pesci and others, so they can play themselves from young men into old age.

The first trailer was released this week but it sure is playing fast and loose with that de-aging process so that we don't really get a chance to see what it looks like. See what you think:

You can read a bit more at Cnet.

THE BIRDMAN OF IDAHO

The YouTube page explains

”He just might be the biggest bluebird landlord in Idaho. Al Larson has built and placed more than 350 wooden nest boxes throughout the state’s southwest. The birdwatcher started the project in the late 1970s after reading how important the shelters are to the survival of bluebirds.

“Today, at the age of 97, he is still at it. Larson monitors the little houses to record vital data about the number of eggs and nestlings. To date, Larson has helped fledge over 40,000 bluebirds.”

If you want to know more about Al and his bluebird project, there is a 30 minute documentary made when he was 91. You'll find it here.

CHIEF MOUSER OF DOWNING STREET

Because this story is set in London, we should probably call the cat by his full, official title, “Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” although his given name is simply Larry.

He lives at 10 Downing Street, adopted and brought there as a rescue cat in 2011 by then prime minister David Cameron to control the rodent population. Larry remained in residence through Teresa May's years in office and is still there for the new prime minister, Boris Johnson.

The chief mouser has his own Wikipedia page, and there is a list of five facts about Larry at Mental Floss.

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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 – 27 July 2019

MR. ROGERS MOVIE TRAILER

Because I raised no children, the TV show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, wasn't much on my radar but I watched it now and again. It was broadcast from 1968 to 2001.

Even in the earliest days of the show, I thought Mr. Rogers was an anachronism, a gentle, kindly, loving presence in the midst of a much cruder world. It felt to me that he was of another time and certainly moreso now.

His show was popular, won numerous awards and Mr. Rogers himself was named one of the 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time by TV Guide.

Now there is an upcoming feature film about Mr. Rogers who is played by Tom Hanks. Is that perfect casting, or what? Here's the trailer for the movie:

CALIFORNIA CONDORS COMEBACK

In 1987, there were only 22 wild condors left in North America. Conservationists and others stepped in to try to save the birds, breeding them in captivity and in May, they recorded the 1,000th chick born of this project.

Here is a short documentary (8 minutes or so) about the recovery of the California condor made by the Oregon Zoo and released five years ago. It's a good history of the work these did and others continue to do.

You can read more at the Washington Post.

A PERSONAL NOTE

Early last week, I received by mail the new book by the great historian, Robert Caro, titled Working.

I had read several reviews and the book came up in conversations with a number of people via email. I was thinking over whether to order it or not – there are already too many books here - then a British copy arrived via a bookseller affiliated with Amazon.

But – big but – there is no card telling me who is being so generous and the two people I actually recall emailing with about the book say they did not send it. Both the seller and Amazon, when I called, refused to tell me who sent it. Privacy issues, apparently.

So if you're reading this and you are the one who sent it, 'fess up please. I would like to send you a thank-you note.

WHEELCHAIR FOR DISABLED FISH

That headline is not a joke. A man built a flotation device that operates as a sort-of wheelchair for a goldfish. The video explains:

There is more about this at Bored Panda.

AUSTRALIA'S SCARY ANIMALS

We all know that Australia has some strange and scary animals but mostly we see the cuter ones – koalas, wombats, etc. Bored Panda published a whole bunch of photos of the awful kind of Australian animals. Here's a sample:

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Peter Tibbles, who writes the Sunday music column here and lives in Melbourne, tells me he hasn't run into many of the scary animals. You can see a lot more of them at Bored Panda.

ALTERNATIVE MATH

I may have posted this video a year or two ago but it has become more pertinent every day. This is one teacher's struggle to teach a young student and his parents the solution to a simple math problem everyone should know.

As the YouTube page asks: “See if the school and parental beliefs and attitudes remind you of someone.”

THE MAN WHO ROAD THE THUNDER

Here is an extraordinary adventure story, not in the good sense, about a U.S. Marine Corp pilot, William Rankin, who was forced to eject from his F8 Crusader 47,000 feet above Earth.

”He had a very bad day that summer of 1959 by any pilot’s standard as not only did his engine fail but his parachute deployed in the middle of the thunder storm.”

A NEW SPIN ON THE PHRASE, RESCUE DOG

I know I've seen this before but can't recall if I posted it. YouTube tells us:

”When a gust of wind blew a feather-light canoe away from the gravel bar and into the river, two dogs ran and jumped inside it. Labs will retrieve anything, but what's amazing here is that one of the dogs in the canoe takes the rope and places it over the side and into the water for the Labrador to grab ahold of.”

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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 – 20 July 2019

THEIR FIRST PRIDE DAY

Some young people took two elders to their first Pride. After he watched the video on Twitter, Chris Evans says, he was sobbing. Me too. And maybe you. Thank my friends Jim Stone and John Gear for this.

THE BEST BAGUETTE IN PARIS

It's a toss-up whether I like baguettes or croissants more but either one, if made well, is better than other breads. Well, for me, anyway.

Here is a guy who won first prize in a 2018 contest for best baguette in Paris.

DEATH WITH DIGNITY FOR ANIMALS

As The Guardian tell us,

”Alexis has a life-threatening disease. She spends her time in the wooded expanse of northern Scotland where she takes care of dozens of others who are also sick, wounded or dying.

“Some have terminal cancer, some were about to be killed because of their disabilities, some were saved from slaughterhouses. Alexis provides palliative care for animals.”

Here is a video about Alexis and a neglected sheep she takes in. It is longer than I usually post – 15 minutes - but is peaceful and loving and uplifting.

You can read an article written by Alexa about her animal hospice here, and The Guardian story is here.

WOW! A JELLYFISH LARGER THAT A HUMAN

As reported in the Washington Post,

”Lizzie Daly was diving Saturday off the coast of Cornwall in Britain when she saw something large in the distance and did a double take. Daly had seen a barrel jellyfish before but nothing of this size.

“Daly, a biologist and broadcaster, swam up to the peach-colored creature gliding through the water, as cameraman Dan Abbott captured the encounter.

“'We weren’t expecting anything,' Daly said. 'It was an absolute delight to get that experience.'”

No kidding. Take a look at the video:

You can read more about the giant jellyfish encounter here.

”MY AMERICA”

Comedian Jeff Allen shares some thoughts on how America is a lot different today than when he (not to mention you and I) was a kid.

IS THE DUNNING-KRUGER EFFECT EXPLAIN THE WIDE SUPPORT OF TRUMP?

I'm no psychologist so I can't evaluate this explanation for the widespread support (35-40 percent) for Trump by the American people but I think Psychology Today might have a handle on it.

”The [Dunning-Kruger] effect is a type of cognitive bias, where people with little expertise or ability assume they have superior expertise or ability. This overestimation occurs as a result of the fact that they don’t have enough knowledge to know they don’t have enough knowledge.

“This simple but loopy concept has been demonstrated dozens of times in well-controlled psychology studies and in a variety of contexts. However, until now, the effect had not been studied in one of the most obvious and important realms: political knowledge.

“A new study published in the journal Political Psychology carried out by the political scientist Ian Anson at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, not only found that the Dunning-Kruger effect applies to politics, but it also appears to be exacerbated when partisan identities are made more salient.

“In other words, those who score low on political knowledge tend to overestimate their expertise even more when greater emphasis is placed on political affiliation.”

The fuller explanation is clear and easily understood. You can read it here. Thank TGB reader Naomi Dagen Bloom for the tip.

BIOLOGIST REVIVES RARE SPECIES OF BUTTERFLY

TGB reader Joan McCullen sent this one. What a good story about how a beautiful blue butterfly has escaped extinction thanks to one young biologist in California.

CAT ON THE GOLF COURSE

This video has been all over the web this week and sent to me by many readers (thank you). Cats are well known to be perverse. Maybe this one thinks the point of golf is to keep the ball OUT of the hole.

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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 – 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.'”

SeahorseDeepBlue

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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EuropeHeatDogIce

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:

BloodPressurePatch2

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:

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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 – 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 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.