Amazing Stuff

January 9, 2020 at 10:37 pm (By Amba) (, )

Ronni Bennett more modestly calls hers “Interesting Stuff” (I am more into hyperbole) and I really recommend you bookmark her blog Time Goes By and search the sidebar for “Interesting Stuff” (a weekly feature) if you’re on the lookout for great finds to post to your friends. I admit to getting this one from her. It is . . . amazing.

One more of Ronni’s great finds. You’ll cheer on the valor and perseverance of this little mouse.

BIG REVEAL: Bananas are better cold!

h/t David Gottlieb

When David texted me this video, my response was, “Not to be essentialist or anything, but somehow you just know those aren’t female kangaroos.”

To which his response was: 😂😂

Fewer Than a Third of American Voters Can Point to Iran on a Map, Survey Shows

[poll taken AFTER assassination of Soleimani]

Just 28 percent of registered voters were able to accurately label Iran on a zoomed-in map of the Middle East and Europe . . . that figure dropped to 23 percent when voters were asked to identify the country on a larger, also unlabeled, global map. A graphic showing respondents’ guesses showed that some believed Iran to be in Africa, others said it’s in France, and some thought it was in the Irish Sea. The global map even showed that some respondents think Iran is in the United States. 

It helped to be affluent, educated, and/or male—women were almost twice as dumb as men on this question.


Can’t you see I’m trying to concentrate??

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I dreamt of Rainy this morning

September 8, 2019 at 12:07 pm (By Amba) (, , )


This poem came to mind.

Rainy wasn’t “placid and self-contained”; he was goofy, obsessive, and attached. (I suspect Whitman was thinking of a cow, a stupefied human creation.) The stallion Whitman describes later in this section of the poem, with his “eyes full of sparkling wickedness,” certainly isn’t “placid.”

But the scathing description of human behavior, that I can relate both to myself (at least the first two lines) and to the world. I was so glad to see Rainy.


~ Walt Whitman

from “Song of Myself,” 32


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Just Me and Rainy, Writ Large.

June 14, 2009 at 9:31 pm (By Amba) (, , )

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