Archive for the ‘oddities’ Tag

10/21/2022 “Useless Info”   1 comment

Here is your daily collection of somewhat interesting useless information. Read, learn, and pass it along to friends, family and coworkers. I’m sure they’ll appreciate receiving them as much as you do receiving it from me. LOL

  • Too much coffee can kill you. A lethal dose of caffeine for the average adult is approximately 10 grams, or the equivalent of drinking between 50 and 200 cups of coffee in rapid succession.
  • The largest human cell is the female ovum. The smallest is the male sperm.
  • Mosquito repellent doesn’t repel mosquitoes. It only blocks their sensors so that they don’t know you’re there.
  • Members of the U.S. Congress are the world’s highest-paid legislators.
  • The bristled toothbrush originated in China around the year 1498. The bristles, fixed to a bamboo or bone handle, were neck hairs from Siberian boars.

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  • One of the holiest Christian holidays is named after a pagan goddess. The word Easter derives from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, who governed the vernal equinox.
  • In 1659, the Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine to be paid by anyone caught celebrating Christmas. The ban was revoked in 1681.
  • In his role as James Bond, the super spy, Sean Connery wore a toupee to hide his receding hairline.
  • Artists have more sexual partners. Researchers suggest that creative people excel at attracting mates, acting on sexual impulses, and doing more than their share of ensuring species survival because they often display “schizotypal” characteristics which are the positive side of schizophrenic personality traits.
  • Wedding rings date back thousands of years. The ancient Romans and Egyptians both believe that a vein called the vena amoria ran directly from the ring finger to the heart.

MORE INFORMATION FROM YOUR FAVORITE “SCHIZO”

10/18/2022 Mish Mosh   1 comment

Any day that starts with a visit to an Oncologist is a day that has to get better. Doctors still give me the willies even after all of my cancer related BS. I got a clean bill of health but I still have to go through their annoying little requirements each time I visit. Screw it, no more doctors talk. Let’s smile just a little with a few retro bumper stickers to get started today. Welcome back to the 60’s and 70’s.

EAT YOUR HEART OUT. I’M MARRIED.

LIFE’S TO SHORT TO FEEL GUILTY

BUMPER STICKERS ARE JUST NOT ENOUGH

I’M SO BROKE I CAN’T EVEN PAY ATTENTION

GOD IS COMING AND SHE’S PISSED OFF

Look Out Ladies – Here I come.

I think I had one or two of those on my 1973 orange Gremlin. I sure miss that car. And just for the hell of it here is a rather lengthy epithet from a fine poet in Wolverhampton, Straffordshire, England. I’m guessing this was written sometime between 1845-1855. It’s obvious that the author was no Longfellow.

Here lies the bones of Joseph Jones

Who ate while he was able.

But once o’er fed he dropt down dead,

And fell beneath the table.

When from the tomb to meet his doom

He rises amidst the sinners.

Since he must dwell in heav’n or hell

Take him – which gives the best dinners.

T.G.I.N.M,T,or W.

09/25/2022 “Miscellaneous Truths”   Leave a comment

The truth is sometimes strange and at other times ridiculous. These factoids are a little of both. They’re good for making a few bucks at bar bets on trivia night.

  • The term ” soap opera” comes from the fact that shows used to work advertisements for soap powder into the plot lines.
  • A champagne cork flying out of a bottle can travel as fast as 100 miles per hour.
  • People who fear the number 666 suffer from hexakaosioihexekontahexaphobia.
  • On November 21, 1980, 83 million Americans tuned in to watch the finale of the Dallas cliffhanger “Who Shot J.R.?” A few weeks earlier, 85.1 million Americans voted in the Reagan-Carter presidential election.
  • During a 60-year life span, an average tree will produce nearly 2 tons of leaves to be raked.

  • Dancing the tango was considered a sin in Paris during the early 1900s.
  • Those roped off areas where boxing matches take place actually used to be round, hence the term “boxing ring”.
  • Pope John XXI (1276-01277) had been in office less than a year before the ceiling on a new wing of his palace collapsed on him while he slept. He died six days later.
  • Nearly 4% of American women claim that they never wear underwear.
  • The Pentagon goes through more than 600 rolls of toilet paper every day.

TOO WEIRD TO BELIEVE? . . . WELL, BELIVE IT ANYWAY

Quote of the Day

“I have as much authority as the Pope. I just

don’t have as many people who believe it.”

George Carlin

09/20/2022 “Statistics and Odd Facts”   Leave a comment

I realize that most people have no real use for statistics and suspect they can be manipulated easily by politicians and others to suit whatever point they’re trying to make. I believe that as well but nonetheless I’m about to supply you with a few statistics and facts you may never have heard before. Here they are.

  • The number of atoms in a pound of iron is nearly 5 trillion trillion: 4,891, 500, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000.
  • Manhattan Island from end to end is less than 1,000,000 inches long.
  • Three pairs of common English rabbits were let loose in Australia, in the middle of the 19th century. Within a decade, the six rabbits multiplied into millions, menacing the country’s agriculture.
  • Coffee is the world’s second largest item of international commerce. Petroleum is first.
  • The abacus was used in the West in medieval times, and then forgotten. Interest in the accounting tool was revived when the abacus was brought to France by Lieut. Jean Victor Poncelet, when he was freed by the Russians after the Napoleons fall.

  • Drilling an oil well 5 miles deep require drilling night and day, seven days a week, for as long as 500 days.
  • In terms of the resources he will use in his lifetime and the pollution he will cause. One citizen of the United States is the equivalent of about 80 citizens of India.
  • During the next minute, 100 people will die in 240 will be born. The world’s population increases by 140 people per minute.
  • There are 2,500,000 rivets in the Eiffel Tower.
  • There are 11.5 psychiatrists per 100,000 population in the United States. In the nation’s capital, however, there are 56.1 per 100,000.

There you have. More totally useless information for you to clog your brain with. The more I find the more I continue to find.

STATISTICIANS HAVE THE BIGGEST ERASERS

09/08/2022 “Odd Facts”   Leave a comment

I had so much fun yesterday I thought I’d continue with more interesting but totally useless information. Enjoy.

  • The worlds largest pancake was cooked in England measuring 15 meters in diameter, weighed 3 tons, and contained approximately 2 million calories.
  • “Lucifer” is Latin for “light-bringer”.
  • One twenty-fifth of the energy released by an incandescent light bulb is light. The rest is heat.
  • A “rusticle” is a rust formation similar to an icicle. It occurs under water when wrought iron rusts, as on shipwrecks.
  • One ton of iron will produce a ton and a half of rust.

  • The fly of a pair of jeans is the fold of cloth over the zipper, not the zipper itself.
  • Twinkies are 68% air and 32% Twinkie stuff, which means you can pack three Twinkies in the same space taken up by only one.
  • Throughout it’s lifetime, an elephant goes through six sets of teeth. The elephant starves to death once the sixth set of teeth falls out.
  • The Spanish exclamation “Ole!” commonly heard at bullfights and flamenco dances, comes from Allah, meaning “Praise be to God”.
  • The average lifespan of an NHL hockey puck is 7 minutes. Those that don’t fly into the stands are removed because they warm up from friction and bounce on the ice. Game pucks are chilled to -10 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum performance. They are kept in a freezer in the penalty box.

BE HAPPY, IT’S ALMOST FRIDAY

08/19/2022 “TRUE FACTS”   Leave a comment

Any day is a good day to be told the truth. How’s that for words to live by? Some of these topics will definitely pique your interest. Sometimes the weirder the facts the truer the statements. See what you think.

Let’s try some sports:

  • The infamous Bill Buckner of Red Sox fame had more career hits and Ted Williams.
  • During World War II, so many NFL players were fighting in the war that the rival Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers temporarily teamed up to form the “Steagles”
  • Walter Payton once threw a touchdown pass, caught a touchdown pass, and ran for a touchdown in the same game.
  • Legend has it that Hall of Fame baseball player Wade Boggs once drank 107 beers in one day while traveling with the team.
  • The only team to score 3 touchdowns in under 1 min. in the NFL is the New England Patriots. And they’ve done it twice.

Now for little sci-fi:

  • It takes 200 million years for the sun to make one orbit around the galactic center.
  • In order for the earth to become a black hole, its entire mass would have to be compressed into a space less than an inch in diameter.
  • The sun makes up over 99% of the solar system’s entire mass.
  • Venus spends backwards and no one knows why!
  • Every planet in the solar system could fit in the space between Earth and the moon. Even if you count Pluto.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

08/07/2022 “Feet”   3 comments

I am a longtime lover of feet. When most guys were scoping out boobs and butts, I was looking for women wearing sandles. I’m not sure why or when I developed this love of feet, but it started at a very young age. Over the years it has been a wonderful addition to my dating repertoire. With that in mind here are some odd facts about feet you may not have been aware of. Read on and be converted you butt loving and boob loving men (or women). It’s all good.

  • The world’s tallest man, Robert Pershing Wadlow (8’11”) wore size 37 shoes.
  • In many Asian countries is considered the height of rudeness to let the soles of your feet face another person.
  • Your foot and ankle together contain 26 bones.
  • The Achilles tendon is the longest and strongest tendon in your foot. The tendon is named after the Greek warrior who was killed when he was hit there with an arrow.
  • The skin on the soles of your feet is .2 inches (5 mm) thick.

  • Athletes foot can cause intense itching and pain. It is a fungus that grows between your toes because it likes the dark, moist conditions found there.
  • It takes 20 muscles to hold each of your feet together and allow them to move as in dancing, running, and skipping.
  • Getting “cold feet” means you want to back down or walk away from something you had planned to do.
  • Your toes can get into lots of trouble. You could have hammer toes, claw toes, and overlapping toes, not to mention ingrown toenails. In some cases, people have been known to have their second toe a half inch or longer than the big toe (you know who you are).
  • If you have fallen arches, the arch of your foot has flattened. The entire sole of your foot is on the ground, so you don’t have a natural shock absorber system as you walk.

There you have a few oddities about feet. Most of the things I mentioned are a rarity and doesn’t do anything to disturb my foot fetish. I remain as always, a dedicated (disturbingly so) lover of women’s feet. Add to that bright red, blood red nail polish and I’m yours for the taking. LOL

EVERYONE NEEDS AT LEAST ONE INTERESTING FETISH

08/01/2022 “Strange but True”   Leave a comment

Since reading blogs slows considerably during these hot and sweaty days of Summer, I thought a short list of strange things were just what is needed today. If all of you aren’t reading much in this heat, here are a few more things you probably won’t read.

  • For passengers who may not quite get it, American Airlines once printed instructions on their snack packages. “Open packet, eat nuts.”
  • A female ferret can die from going into heat and not mating.
  • In 1900, the average white woman’s life expectancy was only 48.7 years. For women of color, the life expectancy was 33.5 years.
  • Your stomach creates a new mucus layer every two weeks.
  • Thomas Edison preferred to do his reading in Braille, and he proposed to his wife in Morse code.

  • American go through 12 billion bananas in a typical year.
  • Roses are the symbol of the Virgin Mary. Catholic “rosaries” were originally made of 165 dried and rolled rose petals.
  • Disney’s Space Mountain roller coaster was the first thrill attraction to be operated by a computer.
  • The first time an instant replay was seen on TV was during an Army-Navy football game on December 7, 1963. CBS director Tony Verna masterminded the idea.
  • Founding Father George Washington was a distant relation of King Edward I, Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Winston Churchill, and Gen. Robert E Lee.

07/21/2022 🫁Human Bodies🦴   Leave a comment

In my teens, my 20’s, my 30’s, my 40’s, and my 50’s, my main interest in human bodies mostly concerned women. These day’s I’ve been forced by Mother Nature to look at bodies from a totally different perspective. It’s not near as much fun but it will have to do. As the old familiar quote states: “when given lemons, make lemonade.” Currently I’m a ball busting, pain in the ass lemonade aficionado. Here are some factoids about the human body from my new lemonade making perspective.

  • Each square inch of human skin consists of 19 million cells, 60 years, 90 oil glands, 19 feet of blood vessels, 625 sweat glands, and 19,000 sensory cells.
  • Man has tiny bones once meant for a tail and unworkable muscles once meant to move his ears.
  • Most people by the age of 60 have lost 50% of their taste buds and 40% of their ability to smell.
  • The largest cell in the human body is the female ovum, or egg cell. It is about 1/180th of an inch in diameter. The smallest cell in the human body is the male sperm. It takes about 175,000 sperm cells to weigh as much as a single egg cell.
  • The human body consists of about 60 trillion cells, and each cell has about 10,000 times as many molecules as the Milky Way has stars.

  • Are only part of the human body that has no blood supply is the cornea. It takes its oxygen directly from the air.
  • At sea level there are 2000 pounds of air pressure on each square foot of your body area.
  • Hydrochloric acid of the human digestive process is so strong and corrosive that it easily can eat its way through the iron of an automobile body. Yet, it does not endanger the walls of the stomach, which are protected by a film of sticky mucus.
  • The daughters of a mother who is colorblind and a father who has normal vision will have normal vision. The sons will be colorblind, however.
  • The sensitivity of the human eye is so keen that on a clear, moonless night, a person standing on a mountain peak can see a match being struck as far as 50 miles away. Astronauts in orbit around the earth were actually able to see the wakes of ships.

Well, there you have it. I hope all of you enjoy your day and for those senior citizens out there:

“GO MAKE SOME LEMONADE”

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

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