Fun Fact Friday, Number 163!

January 24, 2020

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “world history.”  Do you know . . . in what war was napalm first used?

It was actually not Vietnam.  Rather, napalm was first used in World War II.  On March 9, 1945, General Curtis LeMay ordered U.S. bomber to drop nearly two thousand tons of napalm bombs on Tokyo.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

Artist Documentary: Helen Howerton!

January 23, 2020

“Helen’s Room.”  Here is the next installment of the artist documentaries that were produced by students from the Jenks High School Documentary Film Class under the tutelage of their instructor, Clifton Raphael, in partnership with artists from both the Tulsa Artists Guild and Tulsa’s Alpha Rho Tau (a civic art association).  This posts features the artist Helen Howerton.  Enjoy!


Amazing Adjectives, Number Sixty-Two!

January 22, 2020

Here is a word from the Latin stupefaciens, present participle of infinitive stupefacere, meaning “to stun, astound”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“By the time he had sipped enough of the liquor to realize it was stupefacient, he knew he had already begun to lapse into happy unconsciousness.”


\ stoo-puhfey-shuh nt, styoo- \, adjective;

  1. stupefying; producing stupor.
    a drug or agent that produces stupor.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and

Two Chickens!

January 21, 2020

One day at the library, the librarian was lonely . . . there was no one to help.
Then two chickens came through door screeching “bouk, bouk.”

The librarian quickly got up and gave them each five books.
The two chickens left satisfied

Just a few minutes later, the same two chickens came through the door with no books screeching “bouk, bouk.”
The librarian once again jumps up and gives each chicken 15 books this time.
The chickens leave satisfied once again.

Then, for the third time, the chickens return screeching “bouk, bouk.”  But this time, the librarian is suspicious  and only gives each chicken one book because they have still not returned the other books.

As the chickens leave the library, the librarian slowly follows behind to see where all of the books have been going.

The chickens come to a stop and start throwing the books into a pond where some frogs grab the books and throw them behind their backs croaking “red-it, red-it.”

Source: unknown

College Basketball 2020, Week Eleven!

January 20, 2020

Michigan State played in only one game this week: a home game against Wisconsin.  The Spartans led from wire to wire to remain atop the Big Ten.    The Big Ten conference continues to have five (5) teams in the AP top-25: Michigan State [#15], Maryland [#17], Michigan [#19], Ohio State [#21], and Illinois [#24].  And, following the Auburn losses to Florida as well as Alabama this week, there is now just a single undefeated team in college basketball: San Diego State, who is currently ranked #7.  The proliferation of upsets and close call (near upset) basketball games this year among the ranked teams continues to wreak havoc in the rankings as teams are shuffled up, down, and out of the rankings at unprecedented levels.  March is coming . . . but the Madness has been ongoing all season!

Next up for the Spartans: a couple of road games, @ Indiana (Thursday) and @ Minnesota (Sunday).  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Duke (#3) losing to unranked Clemson.
Duke (#3) losing to Louisville (#11) by six (6) points.
Auburn (#4) losing to unranked Florida.
Auburn (#4) losing to unranked Alabama.
Butler (#5) losing to Seton Hall (#18).
Butler (#5) losing to unranked Depaul.
Oregon (#8) losing to unranked Washington State.
Kentucky (#10) losing to unranked South Carolina by three (3) points.
West Virginia (#12) losing to unranked Kansas State.
Wichita State (#16) losing to unranked Temple.
Wichita State (#16) losing to unranked Houston.
Maryland (#17) losing to unranked Wisconsin by two (2) points.
Michigan (#19) losing to unranked Iowa.
Colorado (#20) losing to unranked Arizona.
Ohio State (#21) losing to unranked Penn State.
Creighton (#25) losing to unranked Georgetown by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Oregon (#8) defeating unranked Washington by three (3) points.
Florida State (#9) defeating unranked Virginia by four (4) points.
Florida State (#9) defeating unranked Miami by four (4) points.
Louisville (#13) defeating unranked Pittsburgh by five (5) points in overtime.
Dayton (#13) defeating unranked Saint Louis by two (2) points.
Villanova (#14) defeating unranked by four (4) points in overtime.
Villanova (#14) defeating unranked UConn by six (6) points.
Seton Hall (#18) defeating unranked St. John’s by three (3) points.
Illinois (#24) defeating unranked Northwestern by four (4) points.
Creighton (#25) defeating unranked Providence by four (4) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:


January 19, 2020

Now that we are well into the winter season, here is a poem by Walter De La Mare entitled “Winter.”

Green Mistletoe!
Oh, I remember now
A dell of snow,
Frost on the bough;
None there but I:
Snow, snow, and a wintry sky.

None there but I,
And footprints one by one,
Where I had run;
Where shrill and powdery
A robin sat in the tree.

And he whistled sweet;
And I in the crusted snow
With snow-clubbed feet
Jigged to and fro,
Till, from the day,
The rose-light ebbed away.

And the robin flew
Into the air, the air,
The white mist through;
And small and rare
The night-frost fell
In the calm and misty dell.

And the dusk gathered low,
And the silver moon and stars
On the frozen snow
Drew taper bars,
Kindled winking fires
In the hooded briers.

And the sprawling Bear
Growled deep in the sky;
And Orion’s hair
Streamed sparkling by:
But the North sighed low,
“Snow, snow, more snow!”

(Note: this poem is in the public domain)

The Winter Blues!

January 18, 2020

So, here we are, smack dab in the middle of the season we call “winter.” Shorter days with less sunlight and colder weather with more precipitation (snow, rain, ice?) can wreak havoc on your emotions and mood. Here is an infographic with information and tips that may help you get through winter . . .


Fun Fact Friday, Number 162!

January 17, 2020

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about the moon.  Did you know that . . .

  • when the moon is directly overhead, you weigh slightly less? (Real Fact #98)
  • the weight of the moon is 81 billion tons? (Real Fact #353)
  • if there are two full moons in a month, the second one is called a blue moon?  (Real Fact #445)
  • the peach was the first fruit to be eaten on the moon?  (Real Fact #722)
  • a full moon is nine times brighter than a half moon. (Real Fact 735)
  • the Saturn V moon rocket consumed 15 tons of fuel per second? (Real Fact #913)
  • a manned rocket can reach the moon in less time than it took a stagecoach to travel the length of England? (Real Fact #914)
  • Buzz Aldrin was one of the first men on the moon. His mother’s maiden name was also Moon?  (Real Fact #920)
  • a soup can full of neutron star material would have more mass than the Moon?  (Real Fact #1005)
  • Mercury and Venus are the only planets in our solar system with no moon?  (Real Fact #1260)
  • golf is the only sport to be played on the moon?  (Real Fact 1376)
  • Australia is wider than the moon?  (Real Fact #1464)


Kitchen Intel, Number Eleven!

January 16, 2020

Here are some tips and tricks for honey:

  • keep the honey jar closed and warm (room temperature).  If your honey crystallizes, put the jar in warm water until the crystals dissolve.
  • use a wide rubber band around the lid to easily open the jar.
  • you can soften honey by microwaving (but proceed with caution).
    • don’t put a jar with a metal ring in your microwave.
    • always loosen the cap when microwaving.
  • measuring sticky ingredients: measure oil first then your honey (or maple syrup, or corn syrup, or molasses, etc.).  The oil will prevent the syrupy ingredient from sticking.
  • substitute honey for sugar (with minor modifications)
    • use 1 part honey for every 1-1/4 part sugar.
    • reduce liquid by 1/4 cup.
    • add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for each 1 cup of honey.
    • reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent overbrowning.

Source: How to Break an Egg, by the editors, contributors, and readers of Fine Cooking magazine, p. 51-52, Jane Charlton, Verna Poole, Lisa Jung, Bernard Roth, and Kate Brick.


January 15, 2020

See if you can make sense of this . . . “…triple-towered sable; on a chief party per bend gules and azure, dexter three crowns in bend of the first, sinister a decrescent argent.”


\ dih-kresuh nt \, adjective;

  1. diminishing; decreasing.
  2. waning, as the moon.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and