I remember the mad cow thing and have been surprised not to ever hearing about it again.heating above 160º, UV radiation, or alcohol can destroy a virus, it has no effect on the prions
Deer are thick in Nebraska. I live on the edge of town and ride the rural bike trails. The deer will stand within 20' of me and just watch me go by. The state as been issuing multiple permits for quite a few years. Lots of turkeys, ducks, geese, raccoons, rabbits, possums, fox and coyotes are living in the city all over the place. I live in a zoo! And enjoy seeing all the critters.
RJ commented on eye sight going down hill. My wife & I both had cataracts that got bad. We've had the eye surgery where they replace the lens with plastic. Neat trick, eyes open while they do it but all you see is blurs. The top of the line ones are made so you don't need reading glasses because they auto focus just like you real ones did. So far they have worked great. No idea how long that will last.