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.”
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. More at The New York Times. 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. Wouldn't it be nice to have a human version of this? Wait until you see how happy it makes this cow.
”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.”
THE LANAI CAT SANCTUARY
COW BACK SCRATCHER
More at The New York Times.
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.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a human version of this? Wait until you see how happy it makes this cow.
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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