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The Daily Catch - published on 09/20/16

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‘Hamilton’s’ Lin-Manuel Miranda and the terrifying urgency of fame – (

Lin-Manuel talks about what it was like starting Hamilton and urges us all to take risks and follow our instincts:

“Listen, here are my lessons, my takeaways from the show’s success. One, I had my idea for it during my first vacation from ‘In the Heights,’ so vacation’s important. Two, ‘Hamilton’ was an idea that everyone said was crazy and yet here we are. So it gave me a confidence in my instincts.” Confidence in instincts? Well, sure, I say. But this is not an ordinary level of success. “Hamilton” is something else entirely. “You know what? My answer to you on all of this is actually embedded in the show. I cannot worry about how the world perceives the show. I can worry about the quality of the production, the words being spoken and sung. But I have written a show where everybody is grappling with their legacy. Look at (Alexander) Hamilton’s legacy. A guy who did an enormous amount in his short lifetime. But you also saw it get buried. His enemies all succeeded him. There was a period when he was the bastard of American history.
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Heartwarming Friendship Of A 6-Year-Old Girl With Autism And Her Therapy Cat – (

The story of how a cat helped a little girl with Autism open up. (Photo Gallery in the link)

Thula, a one year old Maine Coon (a large cat bread known for its gentle demeanor) has become a strong companion for Iris. Her mother Arabella Carter-Johnson was thrilled when, after a long search to find the right pet for her daughter, Iris became attached to a Siberian that the family was cat-sitting for Christmas. This led finally to their discovery of Thula. Throughout history we’ve heard of the exceptional value of a good friend and I’m sure we all know that there is nothing more important than your friends and how you treat them.

Classical Music Mashup
– (Youtube)

This Mashup of 57 classical tunes is really brilliant. Do you recognize them all?

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A Shocking Find In a Neanderthal Cave In France – (

A cave discovered by a boy in France has found a 47,600 year old cave which used to be home to Neanderthals. The site suggests that they were far more advanced than we ever thought them to be:

Some 336 meters into the cave, the caver stumbled across something extraordinary—a vast chamber where several stalagmites had been deliberately broken. Most of the 400 pieces had been arranged into two rings—a large one between 4 and 7 metres across, and a smaller one just 2 metres wide. Others had been propped up against these donuts. Yet others had been stacked into four piles. Traces of fire were everywhere, and there was a mass of burnt bones. These weren’t natural formations, and they weren’t the work of bears. They were built by people. Recognizing the site’s value, the caver brought in archaeologist Francois Rouzaud. Using carbon-dating, Rouzaud estimated that a burnt bear bone found within the chamber was 47,600 years old, which meant that the stalagmite rings were older than any known cave painting. It also meant that they couldn’t have been the work of Homo sapiens. Their builders must have been the only early humans in the south of France at the time: Neanderthals.


*How dare you splash me hooman*
– (Youtube)

We found this too cute not to bring to your attention.

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