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DOG ARRIVES HOME THREE WEEKS AFTER TORNADO
There is so much pain and sadness surrounding the spate of tornados across the U.S. that it’s a relief to find a few happy endings. This dog, Mason, arrived home three weeks after the tornado hit his home. Somehow he did it with two broken legs. Watch.
You can read more here.
THE REAL SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT
Law & Order: SVU has been on television for about 11 years so most of us, even those who are not fans, have probably seen it at least a few times. Last week, Newsweek published a profile of the NYPD unit and some of the real-life SVU cops:
“Over long years and hundreds of cases, compartmentalizing emotions is tough. ‘There’s very few people who can do this job, who should do this job, who want to do this job,’ says 54-year-old Alan Sandomir, one of the two lead detectives looking into the maid’s allegations against Strauss-Kahn. Sandomir has been on the Special Victims squad for 16 years, and on the police force for 27…
“Sandomir is one of those detectives who can’t get enough. ‘Doing this job is truly fighting the good fight, he says. If you want victims, witnesses, informants, blood, semen, saliva, video — if you want to be Dick Tracy, this is the squad to be in.’”
The story is a terrific inside look at what we think we know from television.
TWO OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE
A couple of days ago, Senator Bernie Sander (I-Vt) presented Willie Nelson with the 2011 Vermont Free Spirit Award.
“Willie Nelson has been a great supporter of family farmers in Vermont,” said Sanders. “Willie Nelson is an American hero. In addition to being one of the great entertainers of our time, he has been a leading supporter of family farmers in Vermont and across the nation.”
It’s nice to see two of my favorite people together. Read more here.
No one planned this when the city was being laid out, but twice a year, the sun lines up with the Manhattan street grid and last Wednesday night, there was a perfect sunset for the phenomenon. Ryan Simmons of Huffington Post shot this time lapse video. Gorgeous.
GREATEST TV SERIES EVER?
The Guardian UK asked its television writers to name the best ever television drama series and then published the top 50 last week. The Sopranos came in first, Grange Hill was in 50th place.
Since The Guardian is a British newspaper, some of the series are unfamiliar to me but scattered in the middle are Mad Men, The West Wing, The Prisoner and Twilight Zone among others.
You can see the complete list here.
TAKING THE ONION SERIOUSLY
We all know there are stupid people in the world, but geez. Someone named Hudson Hongo has started a website titled, Literally Unbelievable, wherein he posts people’s Facebook responses to stories from the satirical newspaper, The Onion, that they have taken seriously. A sample:
Maybe that’s too small for you to read. You can see more here. The current “story” gaining a lot of misplaced credulity reports that Prince William and Kate Middleton are divorcing. My first thought is that some people should not be allowed to vote.
HOW TO DIE IN OREGON
Since I live in Oregon, the publicity last week surrounding the screening of this documentary on HBO caught my attention. Since 1994, the state has had a “death with dignity” law which allows eligible adults to use life-ending medicine with a physician’s prescription.
Since I don’t subscribe to HBO, I haven’t seen it, but the reviews have been excellent. Here is the trailer.
DOLLAR BILL ORIGAMI
My old friend JoAnn Goldberg sent along this story about Won Park, an origami master who uses only dollar bills. Here is a sample of his intricate work:
You can see more here. The headline on that story says he lives in a garbage truck:
Because it is so professionally designed, I was suspicious and sure enough, it’s not a garbage truck at all, but a propriety vehicle home manufactured by the UNICAT company. Which doesn’t make Park’s origami any less amazing.