Get the Right Flowers!

May 13, 2017

Mother’s Day is tomorrow!  If you have not yet picked out a gift, or if you are planning on getting her flowers, then here is an infographic that is right up your alley and timely to boot!  Of course, you may already know what your Mother’s favorite flower is (and can you ever really go wrong with roses?), but this infographic will outline the symbolic meaning behind different types of flowers.  Of course this could also come in handy for those “non-Mother” events in your life requiring the gift of flowers.  Enjoy!

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Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Three!

May 12, 2017

This week’s fact comes under the category of “Science.”  Do you happen to know the source of the bubbles in champagne?  No, it is not carbon dioxide.

The short answer: dirt, dust, or lint!

The longer answer: carbon dioxide molecules would evaporate without something causing the bubbles to form.  This something was originally believed to be the slight imperfections with the very glass itself.  However, it has since been discovered that the bubbles form on microscopic particles of dust/dirt within the glass which act as condensation nuclei for the dissolved carbon dioxide.

Who knew!  Even straight out of the dishwasher, my glasses are filthy!

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

A Lesson on Materialism!

May 11, 2017

One day, there was this lawyer who had just bought a new car, and he was eager to show it off to his colleagues, when all of a sudden an eighteen-wheeler came out of nowhere and took of the driver’s side door with him standing right there.

“NOOO!” he screamed, because he knew that no matter how good a mechanic tried to fix it, it never would be the same.

Finally, a cop came by, and the lawyer ran up to him yelling: “MY JAGUAR DOOR WAS JUST RUINED BY SOME FOOLISH DRIVER!”

“You are a lawyer aren’t you?” asked the policeman.

“Yes, I am, but what does this have to do with my car?” the lawyer asked.

“HA! You lawyers are always so materialistic. All you care about is your possessions. I bet you didn’t even notice that your left arm is missing did you?” the cop said.

The lawyer looked down at his side and exclaimed “MY ROLEX!”

How Farcical!

May 10, 2017

Most people would define “farce” as an absurd event and may even go so far as to use words like  buffoonery or horseplay; events such as these would including crudeness and highly ludicrous or improbable situations.  Here are some of my favorite quotations on the topic of farce . . . (Source:  The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone)

“A genre that’s nearer to tragedy in its essence than comedy is.”  (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

“Tragedy with the trousers down.”  (Brian Rix)

Additionally, I found some additional quotations that are equally amusing . . .

“Life is the farce which everyone has to perform.”  (Arthur Rimbaud)

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.”  (Karl Marx)

“The farce is finished. I go to seek a vast perhaps.”  (Francois Rabelais)

“Farce treats the improbably as probable and the impossible as possible.”  (George Pierce Baker)

“There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.”  (Mark Twain)

Amazing Adjectives, Number Sixteen!

May 9, 2017

Here is another word that I have never actually run across in any book I have read to date, but you just never know when you will encounter a new word or two.  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“I will never again buy a house that is cursed with a declivitous driveway, no matter how attractive the price.”

declivitous

\ dih-kliv-i-tuh s \, adjective;

 1.  having a somewhat steep downward slope.

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

At Graduating Time!

May 8, 2017

Tonight marks the evening of our spring semester graduation ceremony.  To honor our graduates, here is a poem that I discovered several years ago.

At Graduating Time

The graduates are going forth —
God bless them every one! —
To run this hard and stubborn world
Just as it should be run;
But much I fear they’ll find that facts
Don’t always track with dreams;
And running this old world is not
As easy as it seems.

The graduate is prone to think
His wisdom is complete.
He’s but to ask — the world will lay
It’s trophies at his feet.
But school day done and work begun,
He learns to his regret
The college of experience
He has not mastered yet.

The world has garlands and applause
At graduating time;
But may forget him the next day
When he attempts to climb.
Life is a battle where each one
Must seek and hold his own.
He who wold rise above the clouds
Must scale the heights alone.

This is the rule of life today,
As it has ever been:
The world bestows its smile on those
Who have the strength to win.
Beneath all outward semblances
It looks for merit true.
It little cares how much you know,
But asks, what can you do?

Unknown

Source: Days and Deeds: a Book Verse for Children’s Reading and Speaking compiled by Burton E. Stevenson and Elizabeth B. Stevenson

How About Some Cannons?!

May 7, 2017

On this, the birthday of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (in 1840), join me in listening to one of my favorite Tchaikovsky orchestral pieces (not counting any of the songs from the Nutcracker, of course).

And, if this has whet your appetite for more Tchaikovsky, then how about spending a little more than an hour-and-a-half of of your day with some of Tchaikovsky’s best works? Enjoy!

Tulsa Police Officers’ Memorial, 2017!

May 6, 2017

The first Saturday of May is the day that the Tulsa Police Department honors its fallen. This year marks the 100th year Anniversary of Tulsa’s first line of duty death (Sgt. John Herrod who died November 9, 1917, as the result of a gunshot wound when his pistol accidentally fell out of its holster).  Here is a touching version of “Amazing Grace” . . . rest in piece, brothers and sisters.   We will never forget.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Two!

May 5, 2017

Did you know that the largest pyramid in the world in not located in Egypt?  Do you know which country in the has the most pyramids?  Again, it would not be Egypt (the country “known” for its pyramids).

The world’s largest pyramid is actually in Mexico (Real Fact #174)!  (Happy Cinco de Mayo!)  The Great Pyramid of Cholula, also known as Tlachihualtepetl, represents a huge complex located in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.  This pyramid is 63 miles south-east of Mexico City and stands nearly 180 feet tall with a 1,300′ x 1,300′ base.

Source: http://www.snapple.com/real-facts/

And, the country of Sudan has 220 pyramids still in existence, nearly three-times tEgypt Monument Pyramids Giza Archeologyhe number of pyramids in Egypt.  Egypt only has about eighty (80) pyramids, but includes one of the largest and best preserved: the Great Pyramid of Giza which is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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May the Fourth Be With You!

May 4, 2017

Happy 4th day of May!  And for all of you Star Wars fans out there, what better way to feed your enthusiasm than some of the original theme songs . . . enjoy, and May the 4th be with you!