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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Questions From Facebook

Mr. Bill Wheeler posted this on Facebook and I copied the questions and put my own answers here on my blog.   Interesting, so why don't you do the same.

Have a great day, you hear?


Four places I've lived:
     1.  Foxburg, PA
     2.  Butler, PA
     3.  Farmington, Michigan
     4.  Wilmington, N.C. and now here in Texas.

Four things I watch on TV:
     1.  The Western Channel
     2.  The Science Channel
     3.  The History Channel
     4.  And of course the News.

Four places I have visited:
     1.  Yellowstone N.P.
     2.  Glacier N.P.
     3.  West Texas
     4.  Niagara Falls

Four places I want to visit:
     1.  Been there done that now I want to stay close to home.

Four things I love to eat:
     1.  Everything except coconut and licorice.

Four favorite drinks:
     1.  Coffee
     2.  Unsweetened tea.
     4.  Cranberry Juice
     5.  Well and spring water.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Few Questions For You.

This will be kind of trivia post where I ask a trivia question and you answer it and then I will give the correct answer and you can see if you were right.

1.    Which has the most surface area, Russia or the planet Pluto?

2.    What was France still doing when Star Wars: A New Hope hit theatres?

3.     How many ants are there for every human on Earth?

4.     Now tell me, how much do all the ants on Earth weigh?

5.     What does it rain on Jupiter and Saturn.

6.     What percent of all the photos ever taken were taken in the last 12 months?

7.     What is Scotland's national animal?

8.     Which is a berry, the strawberry or the banana?

9.     How many countries separates Norway from North Korea and what are those countries?

10.    Which US state is the closest to Africa?

And how about just two more questions, since you did so well on all of the above?

11.     Are there more fake flamingos or more real ones on Earth today?

12.    Which city is further south, New York City or Rome?

1.     Russia

2.     France was still executing people by guillotine.

3.     There are 1.6 million ants for every human.

4.     The total weight of all ants on Earth equal the same as all the humans on Earth.

5.     It rains diamonds.

6.     Ten percent.

7.     The unicorn, of course (grin).  I wonder how many bottles of scotch one has to drink before he sees Scotland's national animal.

8.     The banana is a berry, the strawberry is not.

9.     There is only one country and it is Russia.

10.    Maine.

11.    There are more fake flamingos on Earth than real ones.

12.    Why sunny and balmy New York City, of course (grin).

OK, I hope you got a smile because you either knew all the answers or because you didn't and learned something.  Either way, I hope you enjoyed today's post, it was fun putting it together from the help of  http://www.lifebuzz.com/crazy-facts.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Worms' Thorofare.

I walked up the driveway on an errand and I noticed worm tracks all over the areas that were not rocky.  OK, you say worms don't have any feet so how do they leave tracks?  Well, they leave tracks the same way snakes leave tracks.  Worm tracks look like small, rounded grooves in the loose dirt.  Take a close look at the picture below and see if you can see worm tracks:

Don't forget that you can click on any picture to enlarge it.  The picture below was cropped off the bottom center of the one above.  So now you will not have to enlarge the picture above.  They were really busy going back and forth and up and down.  I wonder if they were having an "All worms' lives matter" parade.  (grin)

And this next one is cropped from the above cropped picture to give you an even closer view:

This next view shows a different and larger section that also has worm tracks.

 And upon further inspection on up the driveway a short distance I saw the worms:

And I also found this guy.  He was bigger than the other two:

Well, I hope my blog posting with all the fast and furious critters chasing the vehicles up and down my driveway, was not too much for you and didn't take your breath away.  I will try to have a slower paced posting the next time, but for now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Did You Know?

Did you know that the wild Tea Berry plant was once harvested for the wintergreen oil they made from it?  Have you ever seen wild Teaberry?  When I lived in Pennsylvania as a boy, I spent a lot of time at our family's camp in the Tionesta area and would take long hikes.  There was a lot of Teaberry growing there and I chewed on the leaves to freshen up my mouth and to help satisfy my thirst.  I was always told not to eat the berries, however.  Here is picture I got off of the website "emergencyoutdoors.com":

Also, when I was in school, we took a trip to Pittsburgh and toured the Wrigley's Chewing Gum plant.  Quite interesting, for sure.  Yes, one of their gum flavors was teaberry, which I do not believe they make anymore.  By the way, did you know that first product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum?  Now that is a little bit of history that I didn't know unil now.

I will finish up this blog in a jiffy, but first I have a few other interesting facts.  By the way, did you know that a jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.  OK then, it will take a few jiffies. . .

Now, I bet you didn't know that porcupines float in water.  I have seen a lot them but none have been in the water, so I can't say that I have seen one floating.  I wonder if they float on their back to keep huge fish from grabbing them??

I have always heard that donkeys are sure footed, but never knew why until now.  I just found out that the placement of their eyes enables them to see all four feet at all times.

OK, just one more.  A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge and a dime has only one less groove even though it is quite a bit smaller in diameter.  OK, I learned a few things putting this posting together and I hope you learned something from it, too, or just enjoyed reading it.  Now you all have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Henry McCarty

I just can't let this day go by without talking about the fellow, Henry McCarty, who was born way back on September 17, 1859, and met his demise on this day back on July 14, 1881.  I am sure you all have heard of Henry, right?  Well, in case you haven't heard of any one with that name, you may better recognize him by his nick-name of Billy the Kid.

And the next picture is of this stone placed where his life came to an end at the hand (or should I say gun) of Sheriff Pat Garrett:

Billy the Kid, born Henry McCarty; also known as William H. Bonney (September 17, 1859 – July 14, 1881)

That may be what really occurred, but the old bandit, J. Frank Dalton, on his death bed claimed to be Jesse James.  Old West history can be pretty spotty.  There were not a lot of news papers and they sometimes embellished the facts to sell more papers.  But here is a clipping from a news paper of the time with a picture of Dalton in bed:

Ok, so what do you think is the truth?  Let us know and have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Some Fun Facts

Here are some fun facts for you all to enjoy:
Cherophobia is the fear of fun.  I have known people like that.  I do not have cherophobia, I love to have fun!!

Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.  So, don't worry fellow Texans.  No matter how hot it gets, your spit will not boil away.

During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.  Just think of that the next time you dive into a pool to take a swim.

The person who invented the Frisbee was cremated and made into Frisbees after he died!  I may never touch a Frisbee again.

Hey, what do you call a baby spider??  A spiderling, of course.

Nearly three percent of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.  Guess I don't want any of that ice in my iced tea.

The testicles on an octopus are located in its head!  Some just seem to have sex on the brain all the time. . .

If you leave everything to the last minute… it will only take a minute.  Dahhhh

Mel Blanc – the voice of Bugs Bunny – was allergic to carrots.  Oh how inappropriate!!

Did you know it is dangerous to be left handed?  Yep, every year more than 2500 left-handed people are killed from using right-handed products.

How popular is McDonalds?  Well, there is a McDonalds in every continent except Antarctica.

How many bridges do you think span the Amazon River?  If your answer is that there are no bridges that cross that river, you are right?

Now, I suppose that you all knew all the above fun facts, but I learned a few things.  Now, have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Few Smiles for You.

I love humor.  It is a large part of my life.  You know, if you can't be good at anything, be funny.  OK, below is a few jokes I got off the internet.  I wanted to give credit to the web-site where I found them, but I can't find it again.

OK, this first joke points out that sometimes it pays to act dumb:

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves. “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters insteadad of the dollar bill?” The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”

Now, if I ever went to a psychiatrist, this would probably happen to me, too:

I went to the psychiatrist, and he says "You're crazy." I tell him I want a second opinion. He says, "Okay, you're ugly too!" (Rodney Dangerfield)

And to think, I am not even one in a thousand, but I am not in China:

China has a population of a billion people. One billion. That means even if you’re a one in a million kind of guy, there are still a thousand others exactly like you. (A. Whitney Brown)

Yep, ugly lasts and lasts and lasts:
A lady at a party goes up to Winston Churchill and tells him, "Sir, you are drunk." Churchill replies, "Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.

No, this was not me, I was a beautiful baby.  Well, at least that is what my mother thought:

I was so ugly when I was born, the doctor slapped my mother. (Henny Yongman).

Suspicions confirmed: 
An old woman is upset at her husband’s funeral. "You have him in a brown suit and I wanted him in a blue suit" The mortician says "We’ll take care of it, ma’am" and yells back, "Ed, switch the heads on two and four!"

Well now, that was nice of the twin on the right:
I knew these Siamese twins. They moved to England, so the other one could drive. (Steven Wright)

I don't hear as well as I used to, so I know how he feels:
My grandfather is hard of hearing. He needs to read lips. I don’t mind him reading lips, but he uses one of those yellow highlighters. (Brian Kiley)

Well, I hope you all got a chuckle or two out of the above and it helped you to have a great day, you hear?