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Pix o’ the Day

More random photos I’ve taken over the years that still make me smile.

Easter egg






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Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.

— Charles R. Swindoll


The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser men so full of doubts.

— Bertrand Russell


Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

— Thomas Henry Huxley


An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed.

— A. J. Liebling

Swindoll CR


Liebling AJ



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CASPER, WYOMING — A man arrested for public intoxication told Casper police he was a time traveler from the year 2048 who came to warn mankind of an impending alien invasion.
Bryant Johnson, who police said slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol, claimed the invasion will happen during 2018. He said Earth’s population “needs to leave as fast as possible.”

He said he was able to travel through time because the aliens filled his body with alcohol.

Johnson was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without incident.

Man from 2048

CONGHAM, ENGLAND — More than 150 garden snails took part in the World Snail Racing Championships, an annual event held in Congham since the 1960s.

The winning snail was Larry, who completed the 13-inch diameter course in two minutes, 20 seconds. Larry was entered by 41-year-old Tara Beasley, who said she found the snail in her garden the day before the race.

The competition was held in an open field on a table covered by a damp cloth. Numbered stickers were attached to the snails to differentiate the competitors.

Snail racing

SILS, SPAIN — Agents of the Spanish National Police arrested three men for rebuilding old Toyotas to look like Ferraris and selling the vehicles to unsuspecting customers online.

The investigation began earlier this year when authorities learned about a vehicle that simulated the appearance of a Ferrari F430, but was a fake. Police traced the vehicle to a workshop in Sils, where they found 14 Toyotas in various stages of transformation to Ferraris.

Police said the alleged perpetrators used fiberglass body kits and assorted decals to create the faux Ferraris. The cars were offered for sale online for 40,000 Euros ($42,000).

Faux Ferraris


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Tune o’ the Day

The early-70s pop group “Looking Glass” didn’t last long, but they left us the excellent and timeless song “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl).”

Looking Glass” was formed by four students at Rutgers University in 1969. “Brandy” was on their first album in 1972. In 1973, they followed up with a second album and the modestly successful “Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne,” but that was it. By 1974, the group disbanded.

Elliot Lurie, the group’s lead singer, tried to go solo, but never got real traction. He turned to producing music in Hollywood.

The story of Brandy‘s unrequited love is a poignant classic, especially as presented in Lurie’s unique golden tones. I can’t imagine “Brandy” sung in any other voice.

Looking Glass

Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)

By Looking Glass, 1972
Written by Elliot Lurie

There’s a port on a western bay,
And it serves a hundred ships a day
Lonely sailors pass the time away
And talk about their homes

And there’s a girl in this harbor town,
And she works layin’ whiskey down
They say
, “Brandy, fetch another round.
She serves them whiskey and wine

The sailors say, “Brandy, you’re a fine girl.
What a good wife you would be
, your eyes could steal a sailor from the sea.

Brandy wears a braided chain
Made of finest silver from the north of Spain.
A locket that bears the name
Of the man that Brandy loves

He came on a summer’s day,
Bringin’ gifts from far away
But he made it clear he couldn’t stay
No harbor was his home

The sailor said “Brandy, you’re a fine girl.
What a good wife you would be
But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea

Yeah, Brandy used to watch his eyes
When he told his sailor stories.
She could feel the ocean fall and rise
When she saw his ragin’ glory
But he had always told the truth
. Lord, he was an honest man.
And Brandy does her best to understand

At night when the bars close down,
Brandy walks through a silent town
And loves a man who’s not around
She still can hear him say

She hears him say, “Brandy, you’re a fine girl.
What a good wife you would be
But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea

“Brandy, you’re a fine girl.
What a good wife you would be
But my life, my lover, my lady is the sea.”

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The Questions…

1. A standard piano has 88 keys. How many are white, and how many are black?

2. In 1861, the U.S. government desperately needed money for the war effort against the Confederacy. What was the solution?

3. When Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride to warn that the British were coming, he did so on a borrowed horse. What do we know about that noble steed?

4. What is the most common liability claim filed against U.S. homeowners?

5. Worldwide, what food item is stolen most often?

The Answers…

1. 52 are white, 36 are black.

2. The solution was the Revenue Act of 1861, which established a tax on personal income and created the Internal Revenue Service to collect it.

3. The horse was Brown Beauty, a reportedly fine animal borrowed for the occasion from John Larkin, a church deacon. After the ride, a party of redcoats detained and questioned Revere. They let him go, but confiscated Brown Beauty.

4. Dog bites. They account for about one-third of all claims. Homeowners insurance usually covers dog bites, up to the policy limit. The industry pays about $30,000 per dog bite claim.

5. Cheese. About four percent of the cheese stocked in stores is pilfered.




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Quotes o’ the Day

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance.

— Thomas Sowell


We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.


Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

— Amelia Earhart


Not that you lied to me, but that I no longer believe you, has shaken me.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

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