Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Seven!

May 25, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “literature.”  Do you know . . . who was the first person to say or write “ignorance is bliss”?

It would have been the first person to misquote the poet Thomas Gray.  Gray, in his “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College,” wrote “where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.”

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



May 24, 2018

Oxymorons (defined as “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction”) can be used as descriptions that can totally refute or topple conventional ways of thinking.  Here are a few examples using the word “sentimentality” (defined as “the quality of being excessively or extravagantly sentimental”).

“Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment.”  (Norman Mailer)

“Sentimentality, the ostentatious parading of excessive and spurious emotion, is the mark of dishonesty, the inability to feel.”  (James Baldwin)

“Sentimentality is the failure of feeling.”  (Wallace Stevens)

Source: oxymoronica by Dr. Martha Grode


Amazing Adjectives, Number Thirty-Four!

May 23, 2018

Here is a word from the Latin otiosis, meaning “at leisure, unemployed; out of public affairs.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“Many of the men and women seen smoking behind the student center are not students at all, but otiose dropouts with nothing better to do.”

“You are wrong to think an action of the kind I have been discussing is otiose, rather than helpful to our cause.”


\ oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee- \, adjective;

1.  being at leisure; idle; indolent.
2.  ineffective or futile.
3.  superfluous or useless.

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

Some Early Week Humor!

May 22, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  Everybody likes “light bulb” jokes, right? (e.g., how many x does it take to change a light bulb?)  So today, we’ll examine this from the social work discipline.

Question: How many social workers does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: One. But the light has to want to change.

Or, how about any one of these alternative answers:

  • “The light bulb doesn’t need changing, it’s the system that needs to change.”
  • None. Social workers never change anything.
  • None. They empower it to change itself!
  • None. The light bulb is not burnt out, it’s just differently lit.
  • None. They set up a team to write a paper on coping with darkness.
  • Two. One to change the bulb and another to put your kids into care.
  • Five. One to screw it in, three to form the support group, and one to help with placement.


The Joy of Limericks!

May 21, 2018

Happy Monday!  Let’s get the work week off to a humerous start.  When someone mentions “limericks” my minds drifts to the seemy side of the genre (usually not fit to be repeated in public).  However, I ran across a few “cleaner” limericks the other day and thought them worthy of a share.  Enjoy!

There was a young lady named Bright,
Who traveled much faster than light,
She started one day
In the relative way,
And returned on the previous night.


When Daddy and Mum got quite plastered,
And their shame had been thoroughly mastered,
They told their boy, Harry:
‘Son, we never did marry.
But don’t tell the neighbors, you bastard.’


There was an old party of Lyme,
Who married three wives at a time,
When asked ‘Why the third?’
He replied, ‘One’s absurd,
And bigamy, sir, is a crime.’


There was a young man who said ‘Damn!
It appears to me now that I am
Just a being that moves
In predestined grooves,
Not a taxi, or bus, but a tram.’


There was a faith-healer of Deal,
Who said, ‘Although pain isn’t real,
If I sit on a pin
And it punctures my skin,
I dislike what I fancy I feel.’


A young schizophrenic named Struther,
When told of the death of his brother,
Said, ‘Yes, it’s too bad
But I can’t feel too sad —
After all, I still have each other.’

Source: Comic Poems, selected and edited by Peter Washington

Time for a Quiche!

May 20, 2018

Happy Sunday!  Being a lover of all things bacon, I have long been a fan of Quiche Lorraine.  Well, did you know that today is National Quiche Lorraine Day?  I guess that means I will have to make this for dinner tonight, alas, the sacrifices we make day in and day out.  lol

And, if you are needing the recipe, here is the recipe I posted a couple of years ago.

Tulsa International Mayfest 2018!

May 19, 2018

MayfestHappy Saturday one and all!  The Tulsa International Mayfest began earlier this week (Thursday) and I sure hope you make time to attend (you still have today and tomorrow).  In its 45th year, Mayfest takes place in downtown Tulsa and is “a family-oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual, art lovers.”  In addition to awesome art, there are food vendors and more than 100 musicians performing on four separate stages/venues.  There are even fun activities for the whole family. So come on down to Mayfest this weekend and take in the arts!  At this event, I always fall in love with more paintings than I can afford to purchase, but such is the life of an avid art collector (who finds himself in a target-rich environment).

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Six!

May 18, 2018

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

  • flamingos turn pink from eating shrimp? (Real Fact #11)
  • flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down? (Real Fact #751)
  • a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance?  (Real Fact #995)
  • there are more fake flamingos than there are real flamingos?  (Real Fact #1242)


Life With Anxiety!

May 17, 2018

May is National Mental Health month.   And, while we are already half way through the month, here is a great infographic on anxiety (courtesy of Mental Health America, B4Stage4).


Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

May 16, 2018

So many wonderful words in the English language . . . The defendant, George, is a mendacious piece of work for pleading not guilty to a crime I know he committed.


\ men-dey-shuh s \, adjective;

1.  telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful
2.  false or untrue
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and