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09-20-2016 Journal – Jim Croce Remembered!   Leave a comment

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I’ve had the pleasure over the years of listening to and sometimes enjoying many styles of music.  I have eclectic tastes ranging from opera to blues to jazz but by far many of my most favorite singers have been the balladeers such as Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, and of course, Jim Croce.

Both Harry Chapin and Jim Croce died before their time which was a great loss to me and remains so to this day. It’s been 43 years sine Croce was killed in a plane crash in Louisiana and 35 years since Chapin died in 1981 in a car accident.

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Here’s a short blurb on Croce’s death.  He’ll always remain on my IPod and continue to make me smile when I listen to his music.

“On Thursday, September 20, 1973, during Croce’s Life and Times tour and the day before his ABC single “I Got a Name” was released, Croce, Muehleisen, and five others died when their chartered Beechcraft E18S crashed into a tree, while taking off from the Natchitoches Regional Airport in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Others killed in the crash were pilot Robert N. Elliott, musician Maury Muehleisen, comedian George Stevens, manager and booking agent Kenneth D. Cortose, and road manager Dennis Rast. Croce had just completed a concert at Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches and was flying to Sherman, Texas, for a concert at Austin College. The plane crashed an hour after the concert. Jim Croce was 30 years old.”

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R.I.P. JIM

YOU’RE STILL MISSED

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03-13-2016 Journal–More “#+/@!” Trivia!   Leave a comment

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I’ve been infected with that same disease I get every year at this time. It always seems to take me by surprise which I don’t really understand.  It’s a deceptive little virus that kind of sneaks up on me . . . it’s called Spring Fever. All I really give a damn about is getting out of the house, standing in fresh air, feeling the sun on my face, and being able to walk along a beach.  Is it any wonder why I can’t seem to concentrate on anything else?

I’ve been doing a lot of internet surfing and perusing through my collection of books recently and have happened upon a huge steaming pile of ridiculously stupid trivia that anyone in their right mind could care less about. That’s the reason I decided to share it with you.

These tidbits are in no particular order of importance, just a whole lot of true nonsense.

  • Odds of being killed in a tornado – 1 in 2 million.
  • You use more calories eating celery than there are in the celery itself.
  • Odds of being killed by falling out of bed – 1 in 2 million.
  • It only takes 7 pounds of pressure to rip your ear off.
  • On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds Big Mac bun.

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Did you ever think you’d see the day when someone would count the seeds on a Big Mac, then put that info on the Net where I could find it and pass it on to you.  It must be fate.

  • In the past year your hair will most likely have grown 12 cm and your nail about 4 cm.
  • There are 1 million ants for every person in the world.
  • Odds of being killed by a dog – 1 in 700,000.
  • World population has grown by around 76,570,430 since your last birthday. In the time it takes you to read this another five babies will have been born.
  • 13 people are killed each year by vending machine’s falling on them.

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Stay alert when you assaulting your next vending machine. They’ll get you if your not careful.

  • Odds of being killed by poisoning – 1 in 86,000.
  • 314 Americans had buttock lift surgery in 1994.
  • If you counted 24 hours a day, you would be over 31,000 years old when you reach one trillion.
  • Odds of being killed in a car crash – 1 in 5,000.
  • There are more than 1,000 chemicals in a cup of coffee.

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This should help all of you to really enjoy that next hot cup of morning chemicals.

  • If you played all of the Beatles’ singles and albums that came out between 1962 and 1970 back to back, it would only last for 10 hours and 33 minutes.
  • Odds of dying while in the bath tub – 1 in 1 million.
  • Experts at Intel say that microprocessor speed will double every 18 months for at least 10 years.
  • The Apollo 11 only had 20 seconds of fuel when it landed.
  • Odds of being killed in a plane crash -1 in 25 million.

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I guess all the propaganda we’ve heard for years about the safety of air travel is true.  The odds are certainly better than those for car accident deaths.

  • Driving 55 miles (88 km) per hour instead of 65 miles (105 km) per hour increases your car mileage by about 15%.
  • The average person flexes the joints in their finger 24 million times during a lifetime.
  • 1/3 of all cancers are sun related.
  • If we had the same mortality rate now as in 1900, more than half the people in the world today would not be alive.
  • Airbags explode at 200 miles per hour.

Let’s hope none of us have to experience an airbag situation.  They can keep you alive during a collision and then break your damn neck at the same time.

Twenty-nine more useless facts you can use to win bar bets.