Posts Tagged ‘General Musings’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Sixteen!

March 24, 2017

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)?


Are You Responsible?!

March 22, 2017

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)

Origins of State Names!

March 13, 2017

Happy Monday!  Do you know how your state got its name?  Here is an informative infographic that details this very thing.  Enjoy!

How All 50 U.S. States Got Their Names[Source: Today I Found Out]


March 9, 2017

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.

Giving Money as a Gift!

March 8, 2017

Yes, when it comes to giving or receiving gifts, money (cash) is rarely a bad option.  The “how” you give then becomes a bit more important.  Obviously the simple insertion of cash into an envelope or card is the quickest and easiest method, but with a little creativity, you can certainly wow or amaze anyone (especially young children) with these creations . . . money origami!  Fold them up, then wrap them up in a box.  Too labor intensive for you?  That’s okay, it was just a thought!  Enjoy!  Check out some more Money Origami videos (courtesy of YouTube).

For the Pun of It!

March 5, 2017

I haven’t tortured you with any puns lately, so here are few for entertainment purposes (groaning is allowed).

  • Don’t spell part backwards. It’s a trap.
  • When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar.
  • I can’t believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off.
  • How did I escape Iraq? Iran.
  • I’d tell you a chemistry joke but I know I wouldn’t get a reaction.
  • Why was Cinderella thrown off the basketball team? She ran away from the ball.
  • Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink.
  • I’m glad I know sign language, it’s pretty handy.
  • A friend of mine tried to annoy me with bird puns, but I soon realized that toucan play at that game.
  • eBay is so useless. I tried to look up lighters and all they had was 13,749 matches.
  • A courtroom artist was arrested today for an unknown reason… details are sketchy.
  • What was Forrest Gump’s email password? “1forrest1”
  • Why did the bee get married? Because he found his honey.
  • What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic
  • My math teacher called me average. How mean!
  • Last time I got caught stealing a calendar I got 12 months.
  • Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
  • Claustrophobic people are more productive thinking out of the box.
  • Q: What do you call a cow with a twitch? A: “Beef Jerky!”
  • The future, the present and the past walked into a bar. Things got a little tense.

That’s probably enough, for now . . . enjoy the rest of your weekend!

International Holidays for March!

March 2, 2017

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

March 1 – Ash Wednesday (Brazil)
March 1 – Sam Il Jul (South Korea)
March 1 – Dia de las Islas Baleares (Spain)
March 1 – Republic Day (Switzerland)
March 6 – Labour Day (Australia)
March 8 – Women’s Day (Russia)
March 12 – Dolapurnima/Doljatra/Holika Dahan/Holi (India)
March 12 – Purim Bank Holiday (Israel)
March 13 – Adelaide Cup Day (Australia [SA])
March 13 – Labour Day (Australia [VIC])
March 13 – Canberra Day (Australia [ACT])
March 13 – Eight Hours Day (Australia [TAS])
March 13 – Holi/Dhuleti (India)
March 13 – Dolapurnima/Doljatra/Holika Dahan/Holi (India)
March 13 – Purim Bank Holiday (Israel)
March 13 – Provincial Anniversary Day (New Zealand)
March 14 – Holi/Dhuleti (India)
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day (Ireland)
March 19 – St. Joseph’s Day (Switzerland)
March 20 – Vernal Equinox (Japan)
March 20 – Benito Juarez Day (Mexico)
March 20 – Provincial Anniversary Day (New Zealand)
March 20 – St. Joseph’s Day (Spain)
March 21 – Human Rights’ Day (South Africa)
March 22 – Bihar Day (India)
March 22 – Emancipation Day (Puerto Rico)
March 23 – Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh (India)
March 23 – Death of Sardar Bhagat Singh (India)
March 24 – Truth and Justice Day (Argentina)
March 28 – Gudi Padva/Ugadi/Chetti Chand/21st Navratra (India)
March 29 – Gudi Padva/Ugadi/Chetti Chand/21st Navratra (India)
March 29 – Telugu New Year (India)
March 30 – Sarhul (India)



February 26, 2017

cautioniceberg_largeLife is unpredictable and just when you think things are cruising along without a hitch, something always surfaces as a gentle reminder that you really aren’t in as much control of the situation as you’d like.  Not to worry, nothing has happened to me lately, but rest assured, something will one of these days.  All you can do is hope for the best and deal with the adversity as best you can.  Exercise “caution” at every turn (and stay alert for the threat(s).  Here is a wonderful demotivator (courtesy of to help reinforce this idea.  Enjoy!

Everything Happens for a Reason!

February 25, 2017

I recently read a book entitled: Everything Happens for a Reason: Finding the True Meaning of the Events in Our Lives by Mira Kirshenbaum.  The author offers us a list of ten basic “reasons” that things happen; Ms. Kirshenbaum posits one underlying principle behind these reasons: “the good that comes out of the bad things that happen to you is to help you become your best most authentic self.”  The reasons:

  1. To help you feel at home in the world.
  2. To help you totally accept yourself.
  3. To show you that you can let go of fear.
  4. To bring you to the place where you can feel forgiveness.
  5. To help you uncover your true hidden talent.
  6. To give you what you need to find true love.
  7. To help you become stronger.
  8. To help you discover the play in life.
  9. To show you how to live with a sense of mission
  10. To help you become a truly good person.

I really do believe that things happen for a reason and this book has provided a framework for this that I can get my head around to help make sense of the why!

Source: Everything Happens for a Reason by Mira Kirshenbaum

Fun Fact Friday, Number Twelve!

February 24, 2017

Happy Friday!  Are you ready for the weekend?  Our fun fact today is in the category of quotations.  Do you know which American politician said “I was recently on a  tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn’t study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people”?

If you guessed former Vice President Dan Quayle you would be incorrect.  However, the quotation was attributed to him by Representative Claudine Schneider (Rhode Island) as she was making fun of him in a joke.

Have a great weekend!

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