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07/14/2022 “Miscellaneous Oddities”   Leave a comment

It’s 7am and I’m sitting here drinking my coffee and staring out the window. It’s a sky full or gray and dark clouds and a light annoying rain. I get to top that off with another annoying doctors visit later in the day. How did I ever manage to stay alive this long before I had all these experts making me pay for the privilege?

I feel better now that I’ve gotten that whine out of the way. I think todays post should consist of a general list of interesting oddities. It’s just what the doctor ordered (no pun intended). Enjoy . . .

  • In the 10th century, the Grand Viser of Persia, carried 117,000 books with him as he traveled. It took 400 camels to carry all of the volumes.
  • Sportscaster Foster Hewitt is credited with being the first person to say, “He shoots! He scores!” It happened at a hockey game between 1931 and 1935.
  • In 1985, 300 people who were alive in 1910 gathered to watch Haley’s Comet make its first return to Earth in 75 years.
  • In 1967, the town of St. Paul, Alberta, built the world’s first UFO landing pad as a project to mark Canada’s 100th birthday.

  • A typical child laughs 26.67 times more per day than the typical adult.
  • Vatican City claims the honor of having both the lowest divorce rate and the lowest birth rate of anywhere in the world.
  • The first snowboard was called a “snurfer” and was made with two skis attached together.
  • The “Spirit of Ecstasy” is the name of the sculpture on the hood ornament of a Rolls-Royce.
  • Each of your nostril’s registers smell differently. Your right nostril detects the more pleasant smells, but your left one is more accurate.
  • It has been reported in Ripley’s Believe It or Not that the toe tag from the corpse of Lee Harvey Oswald, President Kennedy’s alleged assassin, sold at auction for $9500.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“It is an open question whether any behavior

based on fear of eternal punishment can be

regarded as ethical or should be regarded

as merely cowardly.”

Margaret Mead

03/16/2022 “Wisdom of the Ages”   Leave a comment

I’ve been on a kick of late concerning presidents, being presidential, and making timely and effective decisions. It’s easy for me to sit here in my home and criticize because I’ve never been in a position with that amount of power and the ability to use at will. It doesn’t change the fact that I think Biden is totally useless as a president, and he may even be the nicest guy in the world, but he is not presidential. So rather than criticize Biden and his ilk today I’m going to list a number of statements made by former presidents about the job, the responsibilities, and the difficulties. It certainly cleared my head on some misconceptions after reading them and I hope it will do the same for you.

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS

“I can tell you this: no man who ever held the office of President would congratulate a friend on obtaining it. Make no mistake about it, the four most miserable years of my life where my four years in the Presidency.”

DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER

“Oh, That lovely title, ex-President.

ANDREW JACKSON

“I can say with truth mine is a situation of dignified slavery.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON

“The Presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.”

JOHN F. KENNEDY

“A President certainly must have . . . character, judgment, vigor, intellectual curiosity, a sense of history, and a strong sense of the future.”

RICHARD M. NIXON

“When the President does it, that means that it’s not illegal.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

“One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment . . . If it doesn’t turn out right, we can modify it as we go along.”

HARRY S. TRUMAN

“Always, if you ever pray, pray for me now. I don’t know if you fellas ever had a load of hay fall on you, but when they told me yesterday what happened, I felt like the moon, the stars and all the planets had fallen on me. I got the most terrible job a man ever had.”

ANYONE OUT THERE CRAZY ENOUGH TO APPLY FOR THAT JOB?

11/03/2021 Adapting to Change   Leave a comment

Life to me is nothing more than a series of connections of actions and words between individuals. What I do or say on any given day has some effect on others. They in turn take actions and say things prompted by what I’ve said or done. Therefore my actions and words will ripple through great numbers of people allowing me the ability to indirectly create change. That’s one of the many reasons I enjoy blogging. On most days the majority of citizens feel disenfranchised by the system because they believe they cannot effect change. Many people fear change but I don’t. I’ll keep writing and voicing my opinions and they will be read by others, not just in the United States, but worldwide. My records indicate that the things I’ve written have been read in over eighty countries. It’s the best solution I can offer as I try to effect change. What blogs offer is considerably more interesting than what Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram are supplying us with. Find some blogs you can relate to and get involved.

  • “When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were home.” – Thornton Wilder
  • “You cannot change anyone, but you can be the reason someone changes.” – Roy T. Bennett 
  • “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu
  • “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people. – Jim Rohn
  • “You can’t just keep doing what works one time, everything around you is changing. To succeed, stay out in front of change.” – Sam Walton (Walmart)
  • “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

I’VE NOTHING MORE TO ADD

09/18/2021 Kennedy & Lincoln   Leave a comment

I’ve collected a large amount of miscellaneous information over the years and have saved only a small percentage of it. I only keep things that are interesting to me and a little unusual. Many of you may have seen the following information in the past in one form or another but many have not. Since it’s a lazy day here in Maine I’m sending this along for your amusement and also because of my inability to motivate myself this morning. These facts are truly strange and go well beyond the level of coincidence. Read on and enjoy some gruesome American history.

  • Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
  • John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
  • Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860.
  • John F. Kennedy was elected president in 1960.
  • The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contains seven letters.
  • Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
  • Both wives lost children while living in the White House.
  • Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
  • Both Presidents were shot in the head.
  • Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.
  • Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.
  • Both were assassinated by Southerners.
  • Both successors were named Johnson.
  • Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
  • Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
  • John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
  • Both assassins were known by their three names.
  • Both names were composed of 15 letters.
  • Lincoln was shot at the theater named Ford.
  • Kennedy was shot in a car called Lincoln.
  • Booth ran from a theater and was caught in a warehouse.
  • Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
  • Booth and Oswald were both assassinated before their trials.

And here’s the kicker

  • A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
  • A week before Kennedy was shot, he was in Marilyn Monroe.

THAT LUCKY BASTARD

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