Posts Tagged ‘General Musings’

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.

Fun Fact Friday, Number Ten!

February 10, 2017

Today’s fun fact(s) concern your taste buds.

  • Did you know that there are approximately 9,000 taste buds on your tongue?  (Real Fact #452)  [Note: Encyclopedia Britannica  estimates that the average human tongue has between 2,000 and 8,000 taste buds.]
  • Did you know that children have more taste buds than adults?  (Real Fact #833)
  • Did you know that the life span of a taste bud is about ten days?  (Real Fact #62)

Taste buds are sensory organs that allow you to experience and differentiate between  sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

Happy tasting!


International Holidays for February!

February 4, 2017

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

February 1 – Spring Festival (China)
February 2 – Spring Festival (China)
February 6 – Constitution Day Holiday (Mexico)
February 6 – Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
February 11 – Foundation Day (Japan)
February 11 – Makha Bucha Day (Thailand)
February 13 – Family Day (Canada [BC])
February 13 – Makha Bucha Holiday (Thailand)
February 20 – Día de los Próceres Puertorriqueños (Puerto Rico)
February 20 – Family Day ( Canada [AB, ON, SK])
February 20 – Islander Day (Canada [PE])
February 20 – Louis Riel Day (Canada [MB])
February 20 – Heritage Day (Canada [NS])
February 23 – Motherland Defender’s Day (Russia)
February 24 – Public Holiday (Russia, in lieu of January 1st)
February 24 – Maha Shivaratri (India)
February 27 – Lunes de Carnaval (Argentina, Brazil)
February 28 – Martes de Carnaval (Argentina, Brazil)
February 28 – Día de Andalucía (Spain)

Source: Q++ Studio

Fun Fact Friday, Number Nine!

February 3, 2017

Category: Biology . . .

Do you know where most tigers live?

While the correct answer would be “in captivity,” the country that can lay claim to this distinction is the United States.  Surprised?  A century ago, India certainly would have been the correct answer; current, India only has a few thousand, while the U.S. may have more than four thousand in Texas alone.  And, according to the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, while many tigers are kept in zoos throughout the U.S., there may be as many as twelve thousand tigers being kept ILLEGALLY as pets in the U.S.  Tigers can be legally kept in the states of Delaware, Maine, Indiana, and Idaho.  Scientists estimate that there may be fewer than ten thousand tigers, in the wild, on the planet.

It’s a Lie!

February 2, 2017

Today marks the first use of a lie detector as evidence in a court of law (1935).

The instrument: the Keeler Polygraph (invented by Leonarde Keeler, Northwestern University’s School of Law’s Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, Chicago, Illinois).
The case: Wisconsin State v. Cecil Loniello and Tony Grignano.
The jurisdiction: Circuit Court of Columbia County, Portage, Wisconsin.
The judgment: both defendants were found guilty of assault.

Source: Famous First Facts, by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell

The Importance of Color!

January 22, 2017

Happy Sunday!  So, how important is the color of your “brand?”  Probably more important than you would imagine.   Here is an infographic that outlines some of the pros and cons of various colors and what they may be saying about your business.



January 18, 2017

Here is an informative video that I ran across a couple of weeks ago.  An interesting perspective to say the least.

No Bank Account?!

January 14, 2017

While I don’t remember how old I was when I did it, opening my first savings account at the bank was a big deal.  Apparently, there are many households throughout the country that do not rely on banks at all and have neither a checking nor a savings account.  Here are the state rankings showing the highest and lowest percentages of households in which no one had a checking or savings account (according to the 2015 FDIC National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked Households).

Lowest percentage
1. Vermont (1.5%)
2. New Hampshire (1.8%)
3. Maine (2.3%)
4. Hawaii (2.4%)
4. Wyoming (2.4%)
6. North Dakota (3.0%)
7. Wisconsin (3.4%)
7. Minnesota (3.4%)
9. Alaska (3.5%)
10. Idaho (3.6%)

Highest percentage
1. Louisiana (14.0%)
2. Mississippi (12.6%)
3. Alabama (12.5%)
4. Georgia (11.9%)
5. Oklahoma (11.0%)
6. Tennessee (10.8%)
7. Arkansas (9.7%)
8. Texas (9.4%)
8. New Mexico (9.4%)
10. Kentucky (9.0%)

Source: AARP Bulletin, Databank USA, January-February 2017.


Words From the Wise!

January 7, 2017

Happy Saturday!  Do you know the difference between being smart versus being wise? Here are nine (9) points of comparison (from Patrick Betdavid’s blog) to ponder (along with a most appropriate quotation).  Enjoy!

  1. Can anyone be smart?
  2. Logic versus emotion.
  3. Speed of growth creates wisdom.
  4. Does wisdom only come with age?
  5. When to open your mouth and when not to.
    “A smart person knows what to say. A wise person knows whether or not to say it.”  (Author Unknown)
  6. Know-it-all versus willing to learn and grow.
  7. Knowing versus doing.
  8. Employing knowledge versus employing judgment under pressure.
  9. What did Solomon ask of God?

Asking the Right Questions!

January 6, 2017

Happy Friday!    It’s amazing what one can discover when one asks the appropriate question(s).  Enjoy!

A man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the posh theater.  When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the man,
“Sorry, sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.”

The man groaned but did not budge.  The usher became impatient.
“Sir, if you don’t get up from there I’m going to have to call the manager.”

Again the man just groaned, which infuriated the usher who turned and march briskly back up the aisle in search of his manager.  In a few moments, both the usher and the manager returned and stood over the man.  Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move him, but with no success.  Finally, they summoned the police.

The cop surveyed the situation briefly then asked,
“All right buddy, what’s your name?”

“Sam,” the man moaned.

“Where ya from, Sam?”

With pain in his voice, Sam replied,
“the balcony.”