Time flies: an image 30 years in the making

Below, a remarkable juxtaposition: snapshots of a father and son watching the very first space shuttle launch, and the very last. Details here. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words

Discovered this morning on a friend’s Facebook page …click to enlarge. [Read more...]

iPhone, circa 1950

Looking for a swanky dock for your smartphone?  Look no further. The LA Times spotlighted retro iPhone holders recently.  There’s a whole line of these docks designed by Scott Freeland, for sale at this link. And that’ s just for starters. Check out this unusual gallery. [Read more...]

Want to live forever?

It may not be quite as far-fetched as it sounds. Just take a look at this attention-grabbing lead from Reuters: If Aubrey de Grey’s predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than [Read More...]

The last Army draftee retires

And we turn another page in history. From the Boston Globe: He didn’t join the Army willingly, but as Command Sergeant Major Jeff Mellinger prepares to retire, he is grateful he found his calling. Mellinger, 58, was drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, and the Army believes he is the last draftee to retire, [Read More...]

The dance of life

As a July 4th prelude, how about a little George M. Cohan? These two cats weren’t exactly in their prime when they did this, but you’d never know it.  (Bob Hope was 52, James Cagney 56.)  Here’s an exuberant celebration of talent, tenacity, and pure terpsichorean joy.  It’s a reminder that, in the great dance [Read More...]

Praying for some tasty waves

A popular ritual on the West Coast is moving east, with the blessing of surf boards for the summer season. Details, from CNN: Some New York surfboards and boogie boards got a splash of holy water before hitting the waves Sunday. St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk held its first ever blessing of [Read More...]

Catholic Charities cancels event at local Hooters

Really? Yeah.  You can’t make this stuff up: A benefit for the homeless at the Downtown St. Louis Hooters restaurant drew fire and was ultimately shot down Tuesday.  The St. Patrick’s Center’s  “Dine or Donate” event was set for Thursday night. St. Patrick’s Center cancelled the event after receiving what a spokeswoman said were a [Read More...]

Leading cause of death: Chris Matthews

Actually, it’s television in general.  But I’m sure he has something to do with it. Glenn Beck, too, for that matter. Details: No one ever claimed that watching TV was healthy, but doctors are only now discovering just how bad it can be. Evidence from a spate of recent studies suggests that the more TV [Read More...]

Making a little history: meet the world's shortest man

The folks who keep track of these things set out to measure him recently.  Check out the video below.  I have to say, there’s something endearing and sweet about his smile.  This is a guy who doesn’t seem perturbed by the challenge God has given him. Details: Weighing 11 pounds and standing just under 2 [Read More...]


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