W42ST Daily 5/04/2020

Happy Monday, everyone. The W42ST family quiz is back (inspired by own family’s weekly FaceTime get-together). This week’s theme: funny animal facts. The answers are at the bottom of this mail – no peeking!

1. What is a rhinoceros’ horn made of?

2. How long can a snail sleep for?
a) Thee weeks
b) Three months
c) Three years

3. What animal’s fingerprints are so similar to humans’ that they have sometimes been confused at a crime scene?

4. How many noses does a slug have?

5. How long does it take for a sloth to digest its food?
a) Two days
b) Two weeks
b) Two months

6. Nearly three per cent of ice in the Antarctic is made up of urine from which animal?

7. What bodily function can kangaroos not do?

8. There’s a showjumping competition in Sweden called Kaninhoppning – but what animal is doing the jumping?

9. If a shark bites you, what are the three recommended ways to escape?

10. The rules for surviving a grizzly and a black bear attack are very different. With one, you make lots of noise; with another, you play dead. Which is which?

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As we enter Mental Health Awareness Month facing a crisis caused by a toxic mix of social isolation, lack of exercise and sunlight, financial uncertainty and unemployment, and fears for the health of ourselves and our loved ones, can we learn from the lessons of 9/11? I revisit this interview with psychiatrist and artist Steven Rudin from last January and get a timely update. Read his story, and others like it, at w42st.com.

We’ve all been stuck inside for so long, we’re starting to forget what outside even looks like. So thanks to Alan, who spotted that this video of Bon Jovi was shot on his rooftop on the corner of W46th St – 10th Ave back in 2009 … or, at least, on the roof of the building that was there before a fancy new one was built. 

Indulge in some self-care
Thanks to Henry for this one … a timely coloring book to help you de-stress. Choose your pencils here.

Take care of business
The Music Business Association hosts a conversation for Mental Health Awareness Month, about how we can take care of our artists, our employees, and ourselves during this crisis. Tune in here.

Watch a literal stream
Damn, I’m missing nature so much right now. So thanks to Emily for sending this selection of LITERAL streams. Ah, that’s better. 

Learn Bhangra
Every week, local Manhattan Rotary groups lead a Monday Motivation activity. It’s free, it’s led by experienced teachers, and is intended to help communities stay connected. Tonight’s class: Let’s Get Wild Bhangra dancing with Ruchi. Change the lightbulbs here. 

Get nostalgic
Watch Lucy DeVito, Tracee Ellis Ross, Carol Kane, Natasha Lyonne, and Rosie O’Donnell perform Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the 92Y. It’s streaming tonight, and tickets are $10. See it here.

Thanks to Cera and Kristen for alerting me to a beautifully poignant insight into how we might view this moment with the benefit of hindsight. 

1. Keratin – the protein that makes up hair and nails. It’s basically a giant, pointy hairball.
2. Three years.
3. Koala.
4. Four.
5. Two weeks.
6. Penguin.
7. Fart.
8. Rabbits.
9. Punch it in the eye, in the nose, or stick your hand in the gills.
10. With a grizzly, you play dead; with a black bear, you fight. Good luck!


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