Archive for the ‘General Musings’ Category

The Rebuke!

September 18, 2017

Here’s the next installment of poetry generally attributed to Thomas, the sixth Earl of Harrington (circa 1730).  Enjoy!


The Rebuke

I always thought it want of sense,
And the worst kind of impudence,
In men who are for love unfit,
Yet ever are attempting it;
Since women, when they find the cheat,
Can never pardon the deceit;
And whatever face they put upon’t,
Will soon or late revenge the affront.

Not long ago a well-known rake,
Who still was lewd for lewdness’ sake:
One evening, when ’twas wearing dark,
Went out a-strolling to the park:
Where he did meet a harlot gay,
Who soared  about in hopes of prey:
The rake, well versed in such affairs,
Soon guessed her meaning by her airs,
And, going briskly up, began,
“Nor farther look, for I’m your man.”

“My man,” said she, “I know you not;
“What do you mean, you drunken sot?”
“Not know me,” said the foremost spark,
“Faith, Madam, though the night grows dark,
“Yet you may know me by this mark:”
Then in her hand he something laid,
At which the strumpet seemed afraid.

“What’s that,” said she, ‘you wicked beast?”
The fellow , tickled with the jest,
Applied his lips close to her ear,
and said “it is my p—–k, my dear.”

“Thy p——k,” she cried, in great surprise,
“A p——k, and of so small a size!
“It either is your little finger,
“Or you’re a vile Italian singer.”

Note: printed on the page following the title page was the following: “from a collection of poems that have been generally ascribed to Thomas, sixth Earl of Harrington. He was the son of Charles, the fifth Earl, and Margaret Lesslie, Countess of Rothes; and fought on the Royal side at the battle of Shirreffmuir, along with his brother John Lesslie, Earl of Rothes, and his own son, Lord Binning. These poems, according to Pinkerton, were printed about 1730, and have been reprinted in 1753, 1765, 1767, and 1777. He was also the author of Mia treatise on forest trees, which has gone through several editions. He died in 1735.” However, if these dates are correct (and I am by no means an expert historian in such matters), these poems could only have been written by either the first or second Earl of Harrington (William Stanhope and W.S. Jr.).



Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-One!

September 15, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “inventors/inventions.”  Do you know who founded the Mercedes-Benz company?

Mercedes just happened to be the name of a Daimler car company employee’s daughter (he, Emil Jellinek, name an engine and several racing cars after her); Benz refers to Karl Benz, an auto manufacturer.  In 1926, Benz merged with Daimler to become the “Mercedes-Benz” company.  The Daimler name resurfaced in 1998 when the company merged with the Chrysler Corporation to form Daimler-Chrysler.

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

A Librarian’s Alphabet!

September 14, 2017

As I was aimlessly surfing the internet the other day, I stumbled upon this humorous take on the alphabet through the eyes of a librarian.

It starts . . . “A is for Access, a large part of our creed” . . . and continues through “Z is for
Libraries. (In LC classification!)”

Here’s the entire alphabet.  Enjoy! by Denise Plourde is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.


How About a Little Scale/Perspective?!

September 13, 2017

To truly understand where and how we fit into this world, here’s an infographic that will hopefully shed some light on the scale of the earth (from the tallest mountain to the deepest ocean trench).  Enjoy!


Happy Patriots’ Day!

September 11, 2017

Happy Monday!  On this the anniversary of 9/11, what better tribute than this song by Toby Keith, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue”?

Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty!

September 8, 2017

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

  • a kangaroo can jump thirty (30) feet? (Real Fact #93)
  • a male kangaroo is called a boomer?  (Real Fact #185)
  • a female kangaroo is called a flyer? (Real Fact #186)
  • a kangaroo cannot walk backward? (Real Fact #425)
  • a red kangaroo can hop up to 44 miles per hour? (Real Fact #1253)


We Are All Endowed . . . !

September 7, 2017

According to Stephen Covey . . .

“Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.”

Let’s look at these individually, shall we?

  • Self-awareness represents our capacity for introspection and our ability to recognize our unique personality and character (individuality from everyone else).
  • Conscience represents our ability to differentiate right from wrong; an awareness of the morality of our behaviors.
  • Independent will represents our capacity to act; to act based upon some guiding principle as opposed to reacting to emotion or circumstances.
  • Creative imagination represents the ability to form mental images or concepts of things not physically present to your senses.

Let’s use these endowments to choose, respond, and change in a productive manner.

Happy Labor Day, 2017!

September 4, 2017

In addition to being Labor Day this year, September 4th has been the day of numerous significant historical events including:

  • Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire (476)
  • English astronomer Edmond Halley observes the comet named after him (1682)
  • General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during US Civil war (1862)
  • Apache Chief Geronimo surrenders ending last major US-Indian war (1886)
  • George Eastman patents the first roll-film camera & registers “Kodak” (1888)
  • English author Beatrix Potter first writes the story of Peter Rabbit for a 5 year old boy (1893)
  • First accident (collision) in London Underground: 22 people injured (1912)
  • Paavo Nurmi runs world record 2000m in 5:26.3 (1922)
  • Yanks become 1st team to win 5 consecutive championship (1953)
  • Governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, calls out National Guard to stop 9 black students from entering a Little Rock high school (1957)
  • Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America (1972)
  • Google is formally incorporated by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University (1998)
  • Mother Teresa canonised by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican (2016)
  •  . . . and many, many more.


Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Nine

September 1, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “words.”  Do you know what English word is used to describe a group of geese in flight?

If  you are thinking the correct answer iss “gaggle,” you would be wrong.  Gaggle represents a group of geese on land or in the water.  For a group of geese “in flight,” you would use the word “skein.”

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


August 30, 2017

ProgressFix_largeHappy Wednesday!  Here we are, at the middle of the week which to me seems like a perfect time to interject some humor by way of this new demotivator (courtesy of www-dot-despair-dot-com).  As always, just enough crassness to make you laugh, but with just enough veracity to make you wonder if you should be laughing.   So, as we wrap up the week and start our downhill descent into the weekend, let’s knuckle down and stave off irrelevancy!