Posts Tagged ‘General Musings’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Three!

July 21, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “time.”  If it is noon in Pensacola, Florida, what time is it in Fargo, North Dakota?

Believe it or not, it would be “noon” in Fargo, North Dakota.   Despite the more that 1,500 miles separating these two cities, they both reside within the central time zone of the United States.  That’s one huge time zone!

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

Fun Fact Friday, Number Thirty-Two!

July 14, 2017

They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” . . . but were you aware that . . .

  • smelling apples (and/or bananas) can help you lose weight? (Real Fact #109)
  • each year the average American eats about fifteen pounds of apples? (Real Fact #273)
  • apples are a member of the rose family? (Real Fact #422)
  • fresh apples float because about 25% of their volume is air?  (Real Fact #720)
  • in ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a woman was considered a marriage proposal? (Real Fact #816)


Summer Travel Plans?!

July 13, 2017

Now that summer is well underway, have you scheduled your summer travel plans?  If you have, great!  If you haven’t and are looking for some ideas, here is an infographic detailing the 2017 travel trends.


My Humblest Apologies!

July 9, 2017

How hard is it to offer an apology when an honest mistake is made?  Not very hard at all, and yet so many people are challenged (or refuse) to do so.  I would have to say that it would be best for all concerned (in the long run) to just swallow your pride, apologize, get over it, and move on.  Life is too short to have to endure the ill-feelings that are sure to result from not having done so.  Here are a few of my favorite quotations regarding an apology.

Apology has been defined as . . .
“Egotism the wrong side out.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)

“The only thing that will allow you to get the last word in with a woman.”  (Danny Cummins)

“An apology? Bah! Disgusting! Cowardly! Beneath the dignity of any gentleman, however wrong he might be.”  (Steve Martin)

Source: The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.

International Holidays for July!

July 1, 2017

Here is an updated list of some selective holidays for July from around the World.

July 1 – Canada Day (Canada)
July 1 – HKSAR Establishment Day (Hong Kong)
July 4 – Independence Day (United States, Puerto Rico)
July 5 – Guru Hargobind Ji’s Jayanti (India)
July 8 – Asarnha Bucha Day (Thailand)
July 9 – Nunavut Day (Canada)
July 9 – Independence Day (Argentina)
July 9 – Khao Phansa (Thailand)
July 10 – Bonalu (India)
July 10 – Asarnha Bucha Holiday (Thailand)
July 10 – Khao Phansa Holiday (Thailand)
July 13 – Martyr’s Day (India)
July 14 – Quatorze Juilliet (France)
July 17 – Marine Day (Japan)
July 25 – Constitution Day (Puerto Rico)
July 25 – Santiago Aposto / Dia de Gallicia (Spain)
July 26 – Hariyali Teej (India)
July 28 – Dia de las Instituciones (Spain)
July 28 – Birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Thailand)
July 31 – Martyrdom Day of Shahid Udham Singh (India)


Advice From . . . !

June 28, 2017

If you are looking for a creative gift idea, check out the Your True Nature website and their “Advice from . . . ” series of inspirational items.  I was recently gifted one of these laminated bookmarks (thanks again, Dee) and I will certainly be visiting this website on a more regular basis for many of my gift-giving ideas.

The bookmark I selected: Advice from a Golden Eagle

  • Spread Your Wings
  • Have a Clear Vision
  • Soar to New Heights
  • Keep a Keen Perspective
  • Swoop Down On Opportunities
  • Live Large
  • Make Golden Memories


Your True Nature:
Dig deep, Stand true,
Reach for the light
and Enjoy the view.
Drink lots of water,
Go out on a limb,
and Be true to
your true nature.


Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Nine!

June 23, 2017

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “names.”  Do you know from which animal the Canary Islands got their name?

Nope, it was not the canary birds.  Rather, they derived their name from a now extinct race of large dog (Canis in Latin) that freely roamed the island.

On the flip side, the canary bird is so named because they actually did come from the Canary Islands.

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


June 22, 2017

I’m not the most traveled person in the world (nor am I the least traveled), and certainly I have had my share of frustrating experiences during the course of my travels, but rarely have the issues been up in the air.  Yes, there have been “minor” bouts of turbulence (the violent, unpredictable bursts of air that cause the plane to dip and dive wildly), but all in all, I have not had any serious turbulence in all of my years of flying.

Here are some interesting facts that perhaps you didn’t know about turbulence.

  • It is the most dangerous for the airline employees.
  • Pilots usually decelerate to a “turbulence penetration speed.”  At slower speeds, you are less likely to sustain damage from the shaking that can occur.
  • Jet streams, while helpful at your back can cause turbulence when hitting head-on.
  • All of the math has been done, and turbulence alone will not cause the plane to go down.
  • Turbulence in unpredictable, you just never know when it will hit.
  • Technology has been developed that can detect conditions for turbulence on the fly (the Light Detection and Radar tool (LIDAR) usually installed in the nose of the craft).
  • The industry continues to work on even newer technologies to assist in the understanding of air flows.
  • Turbulence is particularly bad in North America (we can thank the Rocky Mountains for effecting our jet streams).
  • Best solution: fly above the turbulence, but to do this you must pass through the tropopause which can in itself cause turbulence.
  • Give larger aircraft a wide berth — they can create their own “wake turbulence.”
  • Turbulence is not a safety issue; it is so normal and harmless that is is considered more of a convenience issue.
  • Planes are designed to endure way more than what occasional turbulence can deliver (i.e., the wings will NOT fall off from turbulence).

So, relax, it may scare the living daylights out of you, but on any properly functioning airplane, turbulence will not kill you.


Time for a Vacation?!

June 14, 2017

Now that summer is upon us and we’re knee deep into vacation season, this post (courtesy of OnlineHealth) is for all of you workaholics out there (yes, I’m probably one of them as well) to give you some pointers on how to get away from work and relax when on vacation.  Good luck!


Fun Fact Friday, Number Twenty-Seven!

June 9, 2017

Today’s fact is under the category of astronomy.  Do you know which planet in our solar system has the highest mean surface temperature?

If you guessed “Mercury” (based solely on the fact that it is the planet closest to our sun), you would have guessed incorrectly.  The planet with the highest mean surface temperature is actually Venus, whose gases (mostly carbon dioxide) actually trap the heat making its surface hotter than Mercury.  Who knew?

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