Archive for the ‘General Musings’ Category
Happy Sunday! As we begin the wrap-up th weekend, how about a bit of library humor? Enjoy!
A blonde stormed up to the front desk of the library and said, “I have a complaint!”
“Yes, Ma’am?” said the librarian looking up at her.
“I borrowed a book last week and it was horrible.”
Puzzled by her complaint the librarian asked, “What was wrong with it?”
“It had way too many characters and there was no plot whatsoever,” said the blonde.
The librarian nodded and said, “Ahhh. So you must be the person who took our phone book.”
Well that’s just peachy! Today’s unique facts will center on peaches. Were you aware that peaches were . . .
- members of the almond family (Real Fact #21)? — hmm, their pits do look a bit like almonds?
- also members of the rose family, along with apples and raspberries (Real Fact #422)?
- the first fruit to be eaten on the moon (Real Fact #722)?
In addition, did you know that . . .
- the game of basketball (as we enter NCAA March Madness) was first played using a soccer ball and two peach baskets (Real Fact #221)?
- the phrase “you’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving peaches to loved ones (Real Fact #1017)?
- George Washington was a successful liquor distributor, making rye whiskey, apple brandy, and peach brandy in his Mount Vernon distillery (Real Fact #1140)?
No one knows exactly how long they will live, but who doesn’t want to maximize their time in this world? Here is a list of fifty (50) ways that if put into practice, could help you extend your life (obviously any medically-related “advice” should be vetted through your personal physician).
- Consider extra vitamin D (but too much could also be bad).
- Cut back on pain pills (including over-the-counter types)
- Please go to bed (get more than six hours per night)
- But don’t always go right to sleep (ah, the benefits of sex)
- Get (or stay) hitched
- Ripeness matters (fully ripe = more benefits)
- Say yes to that extra cup (of coffee)
- Frozen is fine (fruits and veggies)
- Go green (as in tea)
- Don’t sweeten with sugar
- Eat whole grains
- Spice it up (chili peppers)
- Drink whole milk (dairy fat can be good)
- Just add water (stay hydrated)
- Be food safe (keep and store food correctly)
- Eat less (stop when you feel full)
- End the day’s eating by 9:00 PM
- Eat your veggies
- Eat like the Greeks (i.e., Mediterranean diet)
- Or live like the Amish (tend to live longer with less hospitalization)
- Drink less
- Save your pennies (higher income = live longer)
- Or move to one of these states (California, New York, Vermont)
- Ponder a ponderosa (experience a sense of awe; nature, music, art)
- Go nuts (10 grams a day)
- Find your purpose (have something to look forward to)
- Embrace your faith
- Vacation or else (take some time off)
- Consider mountain life (live in higher altitude)
- Get a friend with four legs (pet ownership)
- Keep watching lol cat videos (laughter is important)
- Get social (reduce lonliness)
- Watch your grandkids
- Try to stay out of the hospital
- Monitor yourself (don’t wait for annual checkup)
- Visit the hardware store (monitor carbon monoxide, radon, and lead levels)
- You need to read (30 minutes per day)
- Toss that rug (risk for fall)
- Practice home fire drills (know what to do in advance, have a plan)
- Find a woman doctor
- Make peace with family
- Take the stairs – every day
- Trade in ol’ Bessie (news car all have high-tech safety features)
- Beware the high-tech dash (distracted driving)
- And drive less
- Better yet, walk (exercise best prescription for long life)
- Just not in the street
- And go a little faster (exceed one meter per second)
- Get fidgety (don’t “sit” too long)
- Read the AARP Bulletin (shameless plug)
Source: AARP Bulletin, March 2017, p. 23-30.
Happy Wednesday! Congratulations, you are nearly halfway through the week. I ran across a great joke the other day . . .
EMPLOYER: We need someone who is highly responsible.
APPLICANT: In that case, I’m your man. At my last job, every time something went wrong, they told me I was responsible.
As I pondered the whole idea of responsible (and responsibility) I remembered a couple of quotations on the topic that really hit the mark:
“Responsibilities are given to him on whom trust rests. Responsibility is always a sign of trust.” (James Cash Penney)
“The price of greatness is responsibility.” (Winston Churchill)
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And Happy Friday! In honor of the patron saint of Ireland, today’s fun fact(s) will center on all things Irish. Did you know . . .
- that the average height of Irish men is 5’8″?
- that the average height of Irish women is 5’5″?
- that 90% of Irish nationals are Catholic? (Only 30% of which ever attended church.)
- that the Irish have the lowest number of UFO sightings in all of Europe (per year)?
- that 73% of all Americans cannot locate Ireland on a map?
- that only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads?
- that May is generally the driest month of the year in Ireland?
- that 57% of Irish people wear glasses or contact lenses?
- that cats now outnumber dogs (2 to 1) as the most popular pet in Ireland?
- that there is one pub for every one hundred persons in Dublin?
- that a song can top the Irish music charts if it sells 5,000 copies?
- that a book can top the Irish bestsellers list if it sells 3,000 copies?
- that the River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland or Britain?
Happy Monday! Do you know how your state got its name? Here is an informative infographic that details this very thing. Enjoy!
[Source: Today I Found Out]
Today’s fun fact comes from the category: The Bible and Religion.
Do you know how many goats there were on Noah’s Ark?
It certainly wasn’t just two. The answer lies in the “type” of animal it was. Clean versus unclean. In the King James version of the Bible, Genesis 7:2 it says: “Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female.” In the Douay-Rheims Bible (the authoritative source for Roman Catholics), the passage reads: “Of all clean beasts, take seven and seven, the male and the female.”
So, it would appear that the correct answer is: there were fourteen goats on the Ark.
Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong by Dr. Rod L. Evans.
From the book titled: oxymoronica (by Dr. Mardy Grothe), G.K. Chesterton was quoted as saying “A yawn is a silent shout.” I’ve heard that yawns were a sign of an oxygen deficiency to the brain and they generally occur during time of relaxation and drowsiness. There are several theories as to the why . . . physiological theory, evolution theory, boredom theory, brain-cooling theory . . . and who knows what other reasons may get posited at one time or another. What about the “contagious” theory? Here’s an interesting video to help explain it all. Or, if you want to read more, here’s a link to some additional information.