Posts Tagged ‘Miscellaneous’

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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Useless Facts

More useless facts for inquiring minds.


— Martin Van Buren, the eighth U.S. President (serving 1837-1841) was the first president to be born an American citizen. All presidents before him were born as English subjects.

— The word “chortle” was coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking Glass as a combination of “chuckle” and “snort.”

— In 1974, the German band Kraftwerk (avant-garde and electropop music) released “Autobahn,” the longest non-classical song ever recorded. The 22-minute song simulates a drive on the Autobahn (Germany’s interstate highway system), featuring the cacophony of high-speed traffic, the tuning of a car radio, the monotonous stretches, etc.

— The Riddler, one of Batman’s evil foes, is known for leaving riddles as clues to his crimes. He first appeared in comic books in 1948. His real name was Edward Nigma. (“E. Nigma,” get it?)


— TV stars Dick Van Dyke and Julia Louis-Dreyfus both have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and both of their ceremonies were botched for the same reason. When Van Dyke was honored, the name on his star was misspelled as Vandyke. On Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ star, her name was misspelled as Julia Luis Dreyfus. Corrections were made.

— Bald eagles reuse their nests each year and continually expand them by adding new material. The largest known nest, found near St. Petersburg, Florida, was nine feet in diameter and 20 feet deep and weighed three tons.

— Henry Ford never had a driver’s license.

— In Japanese culture, napping in the office, on a bus, or elsewhere in public is called inemuri, which translates as “sleeping on duty.” Inemuri isn’t considered bad or embarrassing, but evidence that you are conscientious and hard-working.


— The first known use of the name Jessica was in 1596, when Shakespeare used it as the name of Shylock’s daughter in The Merchant of Venice. For the next few centuries, virtually no daughters anywhere were named Jessica. Then, in the early 1900s, the name became popular. Weird.

— A century ago, the Vanderbilt family was the wealthiest in the country, and Cornelius Vanderbilt was the richest dude in America. Times have changed. The most notable Vanderbilts today are Anderson Cooper, his mother Gloria, and Anderson’s cousin, actor Timothy Olyphant.

The Vanderbilt family symbol is an acorn. The family motto is, “From the acorn grows the mighty oak.”

— Your fingernails grow four times faster than your toenails.

— The common coffee cup sleeve, typically made of cardboard, evolved from a Turkish gadget developed in the 13th-century called a zarf. Zarfs were made of metal, wood, or bone and sometimes were elaborately decorated. They served the same purpose as today: protecting the fingers from a hot cup.



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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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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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Useless Facts

More useless facts for inquiring minds.


— According to NASA, 100 tons of material from space strikes the Earth every day. About once a month, an asteroid the size of a golf cart lands somewhere on the planet.

— In 1886, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s wrote his first short story about master sleuth Sherlock Holmes. In that original story, the main characters were “Sherringford Holmes” and his sidekick “Dr. Ormond Sacker.”

— When photographers set up cameras in the wild to capture images of tigers, cheetahs, snow leopards, etc., they often mark the location with the fragrance Obsession for Men by Calvin Klein. A study at the Bronx Zoo found that big cats are more attracted to Obsession than to any other scent tested.

— The only insect that can turn its head is the praying mantis.

Praying mantis

— Clarence Thomas became a Supreme Court Justice in 1991, and he quickly established a reputation for reticence; he rarely speaks or asks questions during oral arguments. In February 2016, Thomas asked a question during a court session for the first time since February 2006.

— The tongue is the only muscle in the body that is attached at only one end.

— In 1953, the National Hurricane Center began using female names to identify Atlantic tropical storms. Previously, storms were named using the phonetic alphabet (Able, Baker, Charlie). In 1979, the naming system was modified again to include male names in the mix. The first “male” storm was Hurricane Bob, which formed in the Gulf of Mexico in July 1979.

— Displayed in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California is a portrait of Reagan made out of 10,000 jelly beans.

Jelly beans

— The first American movie to show a toilet and feature the sound of a toilet flushing was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho in 1960.

— As Christopher Columbus approached Haiti on his first voyage in 1493, he claimed that he saw three mermaids surface near the Niña. The ship’s journal reported, “The Admiral said he quite distinctly saw three mermaids, which rose well out of the sea, but they were not so beautiful as they are said to be, for their faces had some masculine traits.” Historians say he probably saw manatees.

— James Madison, the fourth U.S. President (served 1809-1817) was 5′ 4” tall and weighed 98 pounds.

— Dogs are able to perform the familiar full body shake because their skin hangs loose. In a four-second shake, a wet dog can eliminate up to 70 percent of the water in its fur.

Dog Shaking Off Water


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