What would you do with your life if money was no object? An amazing lecture from the late Alan Watts. Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and proponent of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. He moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York, received a master’s degree in theology, and became an Episcopal priest. In 1950, he left the ministry, moved to California, and joined the faculty of the American Academy of Asian Studies. Watts wrote more than 25 books and articles on subjects important to Eastern and Western religion, introducing the then-burgeoning youth culture to The Way of Zen (1957), one of the first bestselling books on Buddhism. His legacy has been kept alive by his son, Mark Watts, and by many of his recorded talks and lectures that have found new life on the Internet, like this one about money!
Did you know lions could open car doors? Sisters visiting their parents, while serving a mission in South Africa, found out for themselves and recorded on video an experience of a lifetime.
“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen is still probably ringing in your head somewhere! It was one of the most parodied song anywhere 3 years ago in 2012, had over 650 million views, Justin Bieber helped launch it, and now he’s back towards the end of Carly Rae’s latest video “I Really Like You” that stars Tom Hanks!
Harrison Ford talking to the Santa Monica Airport control tower just moments after he’d taken off. Listen … you hear him report engine failure and request an emergency return to the airport.
Harrison Ford’s vintage yellow fighter plane that crashed mid-afternoon on an L.A. golf course next to Santa Monica Airport where Ford keeps some of his planes to fly. The 72-year-old actor was the only person on board. An eyewitness, who identified himself as a plane enthusiast, was on the scene of the crash and told PEOPLE: “He had engine failure during take-off from the Santa Monica Airport. He was on the west side of the golf course and tried to get back to the airport, so he started going east, but then he clipped a tree and fell on the east side of the golf course. During takeoff, the engine blew. You could hear it go silent, and then he banked to the left, clipped the tree and fell on the number 8 tee.” An employee at the golf course (Penmar Golf Course) said, “There was blood all over his face … two very fine doctors who were playing a round of golf treated him initially”, as well as others who witnessed the crash. His six-passenger plane took a hard landing in Lincoln, Nebraska, in the summer of 2000, but the actor was not hurt. Ford also crash-landed a helicopter in October 1999 while he was practicing emergency landings with a flight instructor. Harrison’s son Ben tweeted a couple of hours after Ford was reported in fair to moderate condition, “At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is.”
Everyone knows or has met a weasel in their lifetime, but very few have been photographed on the back of a flying woodpecker! But as the photographer of the now famous weasel on a woodpecker picture, Martin Le-May and his wife, Ann, realized as they watched the photo flight unfold in an east London park on Monday that the weasel was trying to eat the bird, but the woodpecker took off in flight, eventually landing & in a struggle tossing the weasel off, and both went their separate ways, one still flying and the weasel still hungry!
So this coming weekend is that dreaded weekend that we lose that precious hour of sleep on Saturday night by the time we wake up Sunday! Where did all this start? I had always heard it was Ben Franklin who came up with this clock changing idea, but it turns out it was actually proposed by a guy who wanted to spend more time adding to his insect collection. If that’s the case, we’re still trying to work the bugs out twice a year resetting our body clocks for the week after it happens both times! And does it really save that much energy, are there more accidents when it happens in the days after, and what states or countries ignore this entire practice of resetting our clocks anyway? All the answers are here on this video!
There are so many so-called facts, stories, anecdotes, rumors, and just plain hearsay about what is perceived as scientific gospel that just isn’t true from dogs and bats to the sun and the stars! Find out what’s reality & what’s fiction with Hank Green’s weekly report, this time focused on science! Who knows, maybe a few of those answers that were marked wrong on your 9th grade science test just might be right in hindsight:)
Host Dakota Johnson discusses starring in Fifty Shades of Grey and how she was conceived the night mom Melanie Griffith hosted SNL in 1988, because her dad Don Johnson was there too.
Buzzfeed’s got your back with 7 meals to cure your hangover by Monday morning!
Leonard Nimoy, the Hollywood actor who, true to Mr. Spock’s words, had a long and prosperous career as the supremely logical and cerebral science officer Mr. Spock from Star Trek, has died. He was 83. Nimoy was rushed to UCLA Medical Center just over a week ago following a 911 call for severe chest pains due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Nimoy blamed on his smoking earlier in life. “I quit smoking 30 years ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. He urged his fans to “quit now!!” As he always did, Nimoy signed off with the acronym LLAP, short for “Live Long and Prosper,” his Star Trek character’s most celebrated phrase. Nimoy died Friday at 8:40 a.m. at his home in Bel Air. His granddaughter, Dani, said on Twitter that the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy made his debut as the somber Spock on NBC’s Star Trek, which debuted on Sept. 8, 1966. He went on to play or voice the half-Vulcan, half-human on live-action shows, cartoons, films, video games, etc. all the way through J.J. Abrams’ movie sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), an amazing span of nearly 50 years!
“Fifty Shades Of Grey” star Dakota Johnson hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend, February 28th, and parodies herself asking her mom Melanie Griffith to please watch Dakota’s movie! Check out the actual ABC-TV interview below that prompted this whole discussion!
As many moms probably already know, mothers & daughters seemed to have a heightened tension that builds between them, especially during the daughter’s teen years. I remember talking in studio with Lisa Marie Presley about the riff between her & her mom Priscilla Presley when Lisa was younger, but has now been resolved, plus difficult times for Brooke Shields & her mom, as well as Rumer Willis with her mother, Demi Moore, and Jamie Lee Curtis difficulties with her mom, actress Janet Leigh. And now during the Oscar red carpet, Dakota Johnson and Melanie Griffith did a live interview and Johnson had to be bleeped by ABC. She seemed to get mad at her mother over her movie, 50 Shades of Grey.