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Safe Driving and Flying in 1936

Here’s an odd little instructional film about safe driving—as told via safe flying instructions—by the Jam Handy Organization, for Chevrolet:

The Jam Handy Organization was founded and run by Henry Jamison “Jam” Handy, who from the 1930s until the late 1960s produced thousands of short films, mostly in the instrucational category.

Earlier on, Handy won a  bronze-medal as part of the U.S. swim team at the 1904 Olympics. In 1924 he became one of the still rare athletes to win medals 20 years apart, when he won another bronze as part of the U.S. water polo team.  (One of his teammates that year was Johnny Weissmuller of “Tarzan” fame.) Handy is also credited with introducing the “Australian crawl” swimming stroke to the U.S.

Easter Bilby

BRI T. here, reporting from the field in Australia. Just wanted to show you two things. First, look at this tasty fella, sitting right now on our dining room table here in Sydney:

Easter Bilby

It’s an Easter bilby! An Easter marsupial!

You can imagine our surprise when we just came across this just this morning at The Guardian, posted on Friday:

Instead of rabbits to represent Easter, conservationists in Australia aim to replace the Easter bunny with the Easter bilby. This rare native marsupial is on the threatened species list, with as few as 600 of the animals left in the wild. Its habitat is being destroyed by rabbits, which were introduced to Australia and are now seen as a pest.

Millions in China Live in Caves

It’d be pretty cool to get a number like this for countries all over the world – including the U.S. and Canada:

“Like many peasants from the outskirts of Yanan, China, Ren Shouhua was born in a cave and lived there until he got a job in the city and moved into a concrete-block house.

His progression made sense as he strove to improve his life. But there’s a twist: The 46-year-old Ren plans to move back to a cave when he retires.”