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Just for Fun (Entertainment)
While I’m not one to follow many sports, I found this marble race entertaining for more than the track’s construction, which beyond elevation to produce momentum, mimics a car race track. What makes this compelling is how successfully the voiceover evokes the urgency I’ve felt watching car races. It’s a wonderful example of how tone can make a mundane moment into one filled with tension. I was rooting for the winner, but there were times when I despaired. (Via Tau Press, LTD)
Entrepreneur Daymond John offers advice about starting your own business, focused largely on the older set but with relevant tips for any new business, including self-publishing.
Interesting People (History)
Esther Pohl, an obstetrician in early 1900s Portland, Oregon, organized the media, government, and public in a successful effort to prevent a bubonic plague outbreak when it swept the West Coast port cities in 1907. She used her own experiences and scientific knowledge rather than racializing the disease as others did.
A newfound asteroid, running close to Earth, offered surprises once examined using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. While initially targeted as a potential danger, it passed far enough to pose no threat.
Live Science offered tips for managing colds and flus in 2017 that are still relevant. Many apply to protecting yourself from COVID-19 as well, but not all of them. Wearing a surgical mask will not protect you because the virus is too small, but it may keep your loved ones safe if you get infected. The other tips are general cleanliness and the like that will serve you well any year.