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08/17/2022 💥ODD FACTS💥   1 comment

  • When Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, she was condemned for two crimes: witchcraft and wearing men’s clothing.
  • Two dozen American states considered impotence legal grounds for divorce.
  • At any time, .7 percent of the world’s population is drunk.
  • The King of Diamonds in a standard card deck was designed after Julius Caesar. King of Spades for King David, King of Clubs for Alexander the Great, and King of Hearts for Charlemagne.
  • A flink is a group of 12 or more cows.

  • In a single day, one cow discharges enough methane to fill 400 one-liter bottles.
  • A standard pencil could draw a 35-mile-long line before it runs out of lead (graphite).
  • The average life span of a goldfish living in the wild is 25 years.
  • Approximately 500 pounds of Silly Putty are produced every day.
  • The Guinness World Records book is considered the most commonly stolen volume from libraries around the world. In the United States the Bible is the most shoplifted book.

And here is my quote of the day:

“It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.”

Bridgette Bardot

03/07/2022 Weird Animal Trivia   Leave a comment

Everyone seems to love animals. Here are a few facts that are interesting, and some that are a bit disgusting. Read on . . .

  • Squid have the largest eyes of any animal on earth.
  • Giraffes sleep the least of any mammal.
  • Many lipsticks contain fish scales.
  • Sharks, including hammerheads, as well as mackerels have the ability to skip sleep altogether.
  • Thirty-two pigeons, twenty-eight dogs, three horses, and one cat have received medals for bravery in wartime.
  • 99.9% of all species that have existed on the earth are now extinct.
  • An ostrich’s eye is larger than its brain.
  • Hangfish can fill a gallon sized bucket with slime in less than 1 minute.
  • Catfish have a better sense of taste than humans.
  • Cat urine glows under a black light.
  • Dogs generally prefer to eat the protein-rich poop of cats.
  • Birds do not pee.
  • Cow’s milk gives most cats a case of diarrhea.
  • Fish, jellyfish, frogs, and toads have all been known to fall out of the sky.
  • Some fish can walk.

Who knew that animals could be so bizarre? Maybe next time I’ll come up with a list of oddities from us humans. It’s likely they’ll be even stranger than the ones about animals.

NOAH’S ARK MUST HAVE BEEN A HOOT

11/09/2021 Needed, Insurance Claim Translators   Leave a comment

Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away I was required to work eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, with insurance companies. Truthfully it wasn’t much fun and after talking to literally hundreds of insurance company employees, they agreed. I was forced to read hundreds of accident reports and then pass them on to the insurance carriers. Some information contained in those reports was incredible to say the least. The following list of quotations is taken from actual submitted insurance claims concerning automobile accidents. You can read them, take your time, and try to figure out exactly what they mean. Here we go . . .

  • “I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat I found that I had a fractured skull.”
  • “Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have. The other car collided with mine without giving me warning of its intention.”
  • “I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law and headed over the embankment.”
  • “I thought my window was down, but I found it was up when I put my head through it.”
  • “The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve several times before I hit him.”
  • “I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way.”
  • “In an attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.”
  • “As I approached the intersection a sign appeared in a place where no stop sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accident.”
  • “The pedestrian had no idea which direction to run. So I ran over him.”
  • “I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the roof of my car.”
  • “The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of the way when I struck the front end.”
  • “I was thrown from my car as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by some stray cows.”
  • “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car, and vanished.”
  • “The accident was caused by me waving to the man I hit last week.”
  • “I had been shopping for a plant all day and was on my way home. As I reached an intersection a hedge sprang up, obscuring my vision, and I did not see the other car.”

I give thanks everyday that I know longer have to deal with this nonsense. The only thing worse than dealing with insurance companies is dealing with their customers.

BEWARE! THEIR EVERYWHERE

10/23/2021 Weird Facts and a Joke   Leave a comment

As you all know, I collect weird, unusual, and strange facts. Over the years my collection of weird facts has grown so large that I feel the need to share them with you just so someone other than me can enjoy them. Here are just ten of them that I’d like to pass along. It’s giving me something to do on this cold, rainy, and dreary day in Maine. I can feel winter sneaking up on me and I’m not sure I ready for the frigid cold weather and snow. Here we go . . .

  • Two 1903 paintings were sold at auction for $590,000 – the paintings were in the famous “Dogs Playing Poker” series.
  • Actor Burt Reynolds was originally cast to play Hans Solo in the first Star Wars film. He dropped out just before filming started.
  • 7% of Americans claim they never bathe at all.
  • The number of U.S. college students studying Latin is three times the number studying Arabic.
  • If you could drive to the sun at 55 mph it would take you about 193 years.
  • Everyone has his or her own unique odor identity, or “smelly fingerprint”.
  • 10% of the world’s volcanoes are in Japan. Among them, 108 have erupted in the last 10,000 years, 50 in the last 100 years, and 36 are currently active.
  • There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
  • Each domestic cow emits about 105 pounds of methane a year.
  • It takes your mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, gallbladder, pancreas and liver just to digest a glass of milk.

Now that the weird facts list has been completed, I thought you might enjoy a little humor. Being a former police officer this joke made me laugh out loud. Any cop can tell you that things like this actually do occur and they always helped to break up a slow work day. Enjoy!

There was a middle-aged guy who had just bought a Mercedes 2000 convertible.  He headed down the road, flooring it up to 80 mph and enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left. “This is great,” he thought, and floored it some more, only to hear a siren and see the flashing lights of a State Police car in his rearview mirror. “I can get away from him no problem,” thought the man, and he stepped on it again until he was flying down the road at over 100 mph. Then he thought, “What am I doing? I’m too old for this kind of thing,” so he slowed and pulled over to the side of the road to wait for the officer to catch up with him. The pursuing officer pulled in behind the Mercedes, got out, and walked up to the man. “Sir,” he said, looking at his watch, “my shift ends in 30 minutes and today is Friday the 13th. If you can give me one good reason why you were speeding that I’ve never heard before, I’ll let you go.” The fellow looked at the patrolman and said, “Last week my wife ran off with a  State Trooper and I thought you were bringing her back.”

The patrolman said, “Have a nice day.”

THERE ARE DAYS WHEN I STILL MISS POLICE WORK

10-05-2015 Journal – Fryeburg Fair Day!   Leave a comment

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The annual Fryeburg Fair began yesterday in southern Maine. It’s what amounts to a week long farm show as similarly held in many other states. My better-half and I usually visit the event mid-week in an attempt to avoid huge crowds.  We’ve never attended the opening day festivities because that would be crazy. Unfortunately this year we lost our minds and got a little crazy.

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Fryeburg is a community with an average population of approximately 3500 people.   It’s listed as the 102nd largest town in the state of Maine making it no more than a small black dot on the map.  The week of the Fair brings between 350,000-400,000 visitors to town and yesterday it felt like they all arrived at the same time. It made for a rather uncomfortable day for those of us with claustrophobia issues.

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‘Jumbo Donuts appear to be very popular.’

At 10 am the crowds were so so thick it was difficult to move around.  The entire fairgrounds was packed solid with people and the lines at almost every food vendor were unbelievably long.

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One of the most annoying problem for me was the number of people riding around on electric carts. I hate to use a broad-brush approach to people on those carts because some actually do need them but I saw quite a few that looked in a lot better shape than me cruising around, talking on their phones, and wolfing down Jumbo Donuts.  It just gives me pause.

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I avoided entering most of the buildings due to the large crowds but it was even difficult to take photographs outside.  In years past we’ve spent as much as eight hours at the fair but yesterday we left after just three and a half hours. 

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If we never learn anything else we now know that opening day should be avoided at all costs. Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying.  It was nice to get out and enjoy a beautiful sunny Fall day and the Fair food was greasy and delicious as always.  We’re actually considering a second visit later in the week when the crowds thin out a little and we can really enjoy ourselves. You can be sure of one thing, we’ll never be there again on opening day.

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‘Gridlock traffic in town as well.’

08-22-2014 Journal Entry–Fair Season Begins!   Leave a comment

This weekend began the process of harvesting and the start of Fair Season here in Maine.  My better-half, her daughter and grandson decided to attend a small fair held in the town of nearby Acton, Maine.  Compared to some of the larger fairs it left a lot to be desired but that being said it has four things everyone loves here in Maine. There was livestock (and plenty of it), there was kids rides, dozens of food booths, and of course a country and western singer. Throw in a fat guy and tree and you got Christmas.

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I totally ignored my year long weight loss program to pig out a little on funnel cakes  and french fries and it was wonderful.  I’ve been looking for a good excuse or even a bad excuse to eat something bad for me because it’s been a long, long year.  I was even followed around for a bit by this yoyo who insisted I take his picture, so I did.  Munch this, bozo.

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There was a large variety of livestock for such a small fair and if you like cows you’d have been in heaven.

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The country singer was just barely acceptable and that’s an opinion from a person who dislikes all Country and Western music.  Even my better-half, the person who hums C&W music in her sleep, wasn’t impressed. There were a few interesting animals besides just cows like alpacas and goats but I couldn’t for the life of me find a horse anywhere to photograph.  I learned that today was only the first day of the fair and the horses weren’t scheduled to make an appearance until the weekend.  Too bad for me cause I’m not coming back.

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As I walked around I came upon this sheep being sheared.  I felt sorry for the poor thing because it looked very unhappy with it’s entire situation.

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It was a gray and cloudy day with a nip in the air to remind us all that Fall is arriving a little early this year.  We had a great time nonetheless and when the grandson got tired of being pushed around in the stroller it was time to go. This final picture I snapped as we drove away. This was a member of the traffic control team who was parking cars.  No uniformed police here in Acton, he was on lunch.

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