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06/11/2022 “Artists?”   2 comments

I’ve always considered myself something of an artist. Most artists lack a certain amount of self-confidence about their works and don’t even understand why. I know I do. Other people view artists entirely different than the artists themselves. It’s something I’ve been trying to figure out for most of my life and no matter how much I create I always have doubts about my abilities. Even the people close to me don’t get it at all. It’s frustrating to say the least and I’ll probably never figure it out. Every artist I’ve ever known suffers through the same nonsense in one way or another. Here are a few quotes about art and artists from some of the greats of history.

  • “All art is subversive.” Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
  • “An artist must have his measuring tools not in the hand, but in the eye.” Michaelangelo (1475-1564)
  • “The more I become decomposed, the more sick and fragile I am, the more I become an artist.” Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)”
  • “Today, as you know, I am famous and very rich. But when I’m alone with myself, I haven’t the courage to consider myself an artist, in the great and ancient sense of the word . . . I’m only a public entertainer, who understands his age.” Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

It makes me feel better about myself when I hear doubts voiced by great artist like Picasso. I can put my doubts to rest for now but without question they’ll return as soon as my next project begins.


(Oscar Wilde 1854-1900)

08-26-2015 Journal–Take a Good Look at Yourself!   2 comments


The crappy weather continues here in Maine giving me an overabundance of reading time.   Recently I picked up a small book at a local church flea market for $.50 and as I began reading it I thought it would make an interesting discussion for the blog.

Half the fun of living your life is examining the hell out of it as you get older and hopefully smarter.  I know I’ve second guessed virtually every decision I’ve ever made in my life.  I always seem to have a better answer now than I had with the original decision.  Things I thought as a teenager and in my early twenties sound so stupid now it’s a little scary. 

This book’s all about difficult questions designed to make us think about ourselves and our decision making capabilities. There are no right or wrong answers but they will challenge your common sense and good=headedness.


I’ll list 10 questions with my own answers below. If you’re interested after that then take a few minutes and jot down your own answers. I recommend that you do it together with your partner, significant other, or spouse. I’m sure that regardless of the answers they’re sure to spark a few interesting discussions about your differences.  Lets get started:

1.   If you could spend one year of your life in perfect happiness but afterward would remember nothing of the experience would you do so? If not, why not?

a. I think I’d pass on this one. If I couldn’t remember the happiness then it never really happened and what’s the point.

2.   If a new medicine were developed that would cure arthritis but cause a fatal reaction in 1% of those who took it, would you want it to be released to the public?

a. If I’ve done my math correctly that means that out of every million people treated, 10,000 would die.  That’s insanity and a big no from me.

3.   Would you accept $1,000,000 to leave the country and never set foot in it again?

a. That would be a big “Hell No”.

4.   Would you be willing to become extremely ugly physically if it meant you would live for 1,000 years at any physical age you chose?

a. No thank you. To me a thousand years of being terribly ugly would be worse than dying.

5.   If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one ability or quality, what would it be?

a.  I’d want the ability to speak and understand every language on earth.

6.   Would you accept twenty years of extraordinary happiness and fulfillment if it meant you would die at the end of the period?

a. No thank you.

7.   If the person you were engaged to marry had an accident and became a paraplegic, would you go through with the marriage or back out of it?

a. I must have loved that person very much or wouldn’t have wanted a marriage. It’s a commitment I’d honor completely.

8.   Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as your dinner guest?, as your close friend? , and as your lover?

a. Dinner Guest:  Any wounded veteran; Close Friend: Bill Gates; Lover: Rachael Hendrix.  The Close Friend and Lover could change at a moments notice because friends and lovers come and go.  The Dinner Guest would remain the same permanently.

9.   A good friend pulls off a well-conceived practical joke that plays on one of your foibles and makes you look ridiculous. How would you react?

a. I’d be a little embarrassed at first, laugh a little for a few minutes, and then begin planning some good old down-home REVENGE.

10. For $20,000 would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using deodorant? Assume you could not explain your reasons to anyone.

a. No how, no way . . . . but I might reconsider it for $100,000.


08-18-2015 Journal – Presidential Trivia!   Leave a comment


I’m not feeling too domestic today so gardens, food, and computers are off the menu.  I’ve been paging though my library of interesting but useless facts and factoids.  At first I couldn’t decide whether to supply all of you with unusual information about sex but I think I’ll save that for another day. Since I consider myself a patriotic citizen it was only logical (Thanks Mr. Spock) that I find as many odd and unusual facts about some of our great and no so great presidents.


With Obama on his way out (Yeah!)(Finally!) and the presidential election looming I felt we needed to reconnect with our American roots.  Lets start if off with ten quick questions about some of our past presidents.  I’ll list the questions first and the answers will be found at the end of this post.


1.   How many bathrooms are in the White House?

2.   What was the Secret Service’s code name for Barbara Bush?

3.   What did Woodrow Wilson, Americas 28th president, denounce as a symbol of “the arrogance of wealth”?

4.   President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva D’Aquino in 1977. Who was she?

5.  President Lydon Johnson called his pet beagles Him and Her; what did President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, name His and Hers?

6.  What president was ticketed for speeding in Washington, D.C., while he was in office?

7.  What did President John F. Kennedy commission Pierre Salinger to do on the eve of signing the Cuban Trade Embargo?

8.  How many tons of jelly beans were purchased by the White House during the presidency of Ronald Reagan?

9.  What did President Franklin D. Roosevelt have printed on the White House matchbooks?

10. Which American president was the first to have a telephone on his desk in the White House? th

I found a few of the question interesting but the answers were even better. I’m sending this bonus trivia story along because it’s just do damn strange.

"On his way home from Harvard one day, Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of President Abraham Lincoln, fell off the platform while waiting for his train. He was saved from possible death by Edwin Booth, the actor, and brother of John Wilkes Booth – the man who, only a few weeks later, assassinated President Lincoln.”



1.   34

2.   Tranquility

3.   The Automobile

4.  Tokyo Rose, the seductive-voiced Japanese radio propagandist during World War II.

5.   The pistols they kept under their pillows.

6.   Ulysses S. Grant, in his horse and buggy. He was fined $5.00.

7.   Buy and stockpile 1,500 Havana cigars.

8.   12 Tons

9.   “Stolen from the White House”

10. Herbert Hoover, in 1929. Previous presidents used an enclosed phone booth in the hallway outside the Oval Office.


07-20-2014 I Have Questions, Do You Have Answers!   Leave a comment


Socrates is famous for this quote, "The unexamined life is not worth living."  With that thought in mind I’d like to ask  you ten questions.  These questions  will concern your values, your beliefs and your life in general. To answer them truthfully will require that you examine your belief system when faced with difficult situations and ethical dilemmas.  You may be surprised just how much personal reflection it requires and how many interesting discussions it may initiate to answer them.

I’m putting forward these ten questions to start our discussion and more will follow if there’s an interest.  I’ll answer each question myself as truthfully as I possibly can and I hope you’ll do the same. If you wish, please send me an anonymous email or comment with your answers. I’m sure they’d be of interest to us all.

Q1.   Do you believe in God? If not, do you think you might pray if you were in a life-threatening situation?
A.   I’m not a believer and one of the reasons is that I’ve been in life threatening situations a few times and there was no praying going on.

Q2.   If you found yourself attracted to a person of a different race, how would your behavior  differ from what it would be with someone of your own race?
A.   Not one bit.

Q3.   Would you be willing to give up television for  five years if a benefactor would provide for 1,000 starving children in some poor country?
A.   No.

Q4.   Would you add one year to your life if it meant taking a year from someone else? Would it make a difference if you personally knew the person whose life you’d shortened?
A.   No, I wouldn’t do it regardless of who it was.

Q5.   Would you be willing to murder an innocent person to end world hunger?
A.   No.

Q6.   If you could prevent either an earthquake in Costa Rica that would kill 10,000 people, a crash at a local airport that would kill 100 people, or an auto accident that would kill a friend or family member, which would you choose?
A.   The earthquake, of course.

Q7.   You are given a $1,000,000 to donate anonymously to charity. How would you do it?
A.   $500,000.00 to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and another $500,000.00 to the Wounded Warrior Fund.

Q8.   If 100 people your age were questioned, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than your own?
A.   20

Q9.  If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, would you do it? And next, who would you pick?
A.   No-one, I’m comfortable  in my own skin.

Q10. Does the fact that you’ve never done something increase or decrease it’s appeal to you?
A.   A definite increase, I’d love the challenge.

Did they make you think a little? I hate to admit it but they did for me. 


02-06-2014 Stupid Questions = Stupid Answers   Leave a comment

All of my life I’ve been curious about things.  I suppose that was the trait that drew me to a career in investigations.  I hate having unanswered questions and when I find one it makes me a little crazy.  They stick with me until I can resolve the question with a logical answer.  I’ve also found over the years that there are thousands of questions that have no logical answers,  Some people might call them stupid but that doesn’t change the fact that they need to be answered.

Over time I’ve reviewed lists from others and made lists of my own with questions that no one  can or will answer.  Here’s a small collection of a few of them that will get you thinking a bit.  If you have answers let me know but  I’m willing to bet you won’t be any more successful than I’ve been.

Here goes nothing . . . . .

    • What’s another word for synonym?
    • Where are Preparations A through G?
    • Whose cruel idea was it for the word “lisp” to have an “s” in it?
    • Why are there flotation devices under airplane seats instead of parachutes?
    • Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
    • Why are toe nail clippers bigger than finger nail clippers?
    • Why do most cars have speedometers that go up to at least 130?
    • Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?
    • Why is it that when a person tells you there’s over a million stars in the universe you believe them, but if someone tells you there’s wet paint somewhere, you have to touch it to make sure?
    • Why is it good to be a Daddy’s girl, but bad to be a Momma’s boy?

  • Is it possible for someone to be a closet claustrophobic?
  • Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
  • Why do people who only eat natural foods drink decaffeinated coffee?
  • Why is a women’s prison called a penal colony?
  • You know that little indestructible black box that is used on planes, why can’t they make the whole plane out of the same material?
  • Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM’s? And secondly, way is it placed where the driver can reach it?
  • If you google “Google” will your computer get stuck in a loop?
  • Why do the walk signs only stay green long enough to allow pedestrians  to get to the middle of the street?
  • Why do people say heads up when you should duck?
  • What do you say when someone says you’re in denial, but you’re not?

  • Why do the numbers on a phone go one way and the numbers on the calculator go the other?
  • Why do British people never sound British when they sing?
  • Why is the name of the phobia for the fear of long words Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia?
  • What ever happened to an E grade? We have A,B,C,D,F but no E.
  • Why do people never say “it’s only a game” when they’re winning?
  • Did Adam and Eve have navels?
  • Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you?
    But when you take him in a car, he sticks his head out the window!
  • How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?
  • How come you press harder on a remote control when you know the battery is dead?
  • How is it possible to have a civil war?

  • If a chronic liar tells you he is a chronic liar do you believe him?
  • If an orange is orange, why isn’t a lime called a green or a lemon called a yellow?
  • If nothing ever sticks to Teflon, how do they make Teflon stick to the pan?
  • If superglue is so good, why doesn’t it stick to the side of the tube?
  • If you can’t drink and drive, why do you need a driver’s license to buy liquor, and why do bars have parking lots?
  • Why do hotdogs come in packs of 8 when hotdog rolls come in packs of 10?
  • Why don’t you ever see baby pigeons?
  • What happens if you get scared half-to-death twice?
  • What happens when you call a 1-800 number collect?
  • What should you do when you see an endangered animal that is eating an endangered plant?

All interesting questions but very few answers that make any sense at all.  Life can be so challenging at times.

10-04-2013   Leave a comment

I’m a huge fan of both the Cooking and Food channels. Being a huge fan of food makes it almost a requirement. Without a large assortment of food the human race would cease to exist in short order (no pun intended). 

I’ve been a cook for most of my life and to this day maintain a large handwritten recipe book with family recipes and many of my own that I use on a regular basis. Nothing fascinates me more than finding a new dish that I’ve never experienced and attempting to remake it “my way” and then share it with friends.

Needless to say everyone who enjoys cooking thinks their family recipes are the best and that their mothers and grandmothers are the final word on anything food related. I fall into that category myself not so much with my mother’s cooking which was only so-so but with my grandmothers which was sooooo good.

I thought today I’d present you with a short trivia challenge on food and cooking related items. As with any other subject there’s thousands of trivia items available to stump and puzzles us all when it comes to food. Here are 10 that I found somewhat interesting and I hope you do as well. The answers will be posted tomorrow so you can check and see how you’ve done. Have fun with it and then go eat a sandwich.

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1.  In which American city is the greatest amount of ketchup consumed?

2.  Who said: “Never eat more than you can lift”?

3.  What was the first commercially manufactured breakfast cereal?

4.  How many pounds of dry saffron does an acre of crocus plants yield?

5.  Under federal food labeling regulations, how much caffeine must be removed from coffee for it to be called decaffeinated?

6.  What are the five most frequently consumed fruits in the United States?

7.  What snack food commercial was pulled off the air in 1970 because of complaints from an outraged ethnic group?

8.  What popular lunch and snack food did an unidentified St. Louis doctor develop in 1890 for patients requiring an easily digested form of protein?

9.  What do Eskimos use to prevent their food from freezing?

10. What eating utensil was first brought to America in 1630 by Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop, who carried it around with him in a specially made, velvet-lined leather case?

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I selected these questions because I felt they could be answered easily if you just think about them for a moment.  I could be wrong so check back tomorrow.

08-20-2013   Leave a comment

I love supplying all of you with tons of useless trivia but today I think I’ll change things up a little.  I’ll be asking the questions and hopefully some of you will supply the correct answers.

We’ve all been raised sitting in front of the television and I don’t see that lessening any time soon.  With the addition of smartphones and tablets it should increase every year for the foreseeable future.

With that in mind I’m supply you with twenty trivia questions concerning television over the last fifty years.  Let’s see just how well you can do with them.  I’ll supply the answers tomorrow and you can see just how well or how badly you’ve done. Lets begin.

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  1. What are the names of the two old codgers who wisecrack from their box seats on the Muppet Show?
  2. What was Johnny Carson’s famous reply when a reporter asked what he would his epithet to be?
  3. What 1949 television program was the very first coast-to-coast network show?
  4. Who played Beau Maverick on the TV western comedy series Maverick?
  5. What were the only words spoken by Clarabell the clown on the Howdy Doody Show?
  6. What was the address of Big Birds nest on TV’s Sesame Street?
  7. What popular stand-up comic turned down the role of Trapper John McIntyre in the TV sitcom M*A*S*H before Wayne Rogers signed on for the part?
  8. How many opening monologues did Johnny Carson deliver during his 30 years as host of the Tonight Show?
  9. What role did Art Carney play in Jackie Gleason’s very first Honeymooners sketch?

10.  Who was the first mystery guest to appear on the TV quiz show What’s My Line in 1950?

11.  What TV sitcom family lived at 1313 Mockingbird Lane?

12.  What was the theme song Jack Benny played off-key on his violin?

13.  What character actress provides the voice of mother Marge on TVs animated sitcom The Simpsons?

14.  What car did TVs Archie Bunker recall fondly in “Those Were the Days”, the theme song of the sitcom All in the Family?

15.  On what TV show did Robert Guillaume first portray the sharp-witted, sharp-tongued butler Benson?

16.  Who played Kato, the faithful Philippine valet-chauffeur, on the TV show The Green Hornet?

17.  Who portrayed Arnold Ziffel on Green Acres, the late 1960s TV sitcom that starred Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor?

18.  How many cases did Perry Mason lose in the nine seasons Raymond Burr appeared on TV as the ace defensive lawyer?

19.  What were the names of the three sons in the TV sitcom My Three Sons, which featured Fred Mc Murray as widower Steve Douglas?

20. What is the meaning of kemo sabe the words Tonto used to address the Lone Ranger?

Bonus Question (Worth 2 Points): What actress’s unpublished home telephone number did comedienne Joan Rivers give out on national TV in 1986 when she was hosting The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers?

So how do you think you did? I won’t tell you my score because it sucked.  I thought I knew a lot but once again I may have been mistaken.  The answers will follow tomorrow.

01-11-2013   Leave a comment

I received this test from a friend recently but wasn’t completely happy with the way it was formatted. I added a number of questions and kept the number of answer choices to just four instead of the five or six in the original version. Do you consider yourself a true “Baby Boomer”?  Here’s your chance to prove it. Get a paper and pencil handy to record your answers because if you’re a true “Boomer” you won’t be able to remember them anyway.  Here are 25  relatively easy questions which you should be able to answer and which the younger generations  may have some difficulty with.   And no cheating!

1. What’s the quicker picker-upper?

A. Maxwell House Coffee

B. Bounty paper towels

C. United Airlines

D. None of the above.

2. What builds strong bodies 12 ways?

A. Flintstone vitamins

B. Wonder Bread

C. Milk

D. Cod Liver Oil3. Before he was Muhammed Ali, he was…

A. Sugar Ray Robinson

B. Rudolph Valentino

C. Fabian

D. Cassius Clay


4. Look ma….. No cavities! A. Pepsodent

A. Pepsodent

B. Crest

C. Ipana

D. Johnson’s Tooth Powder

5. Pogo, the comic strip character said, ‘We have met the enemy and…..

A. It’s you.

B. He is us.

C. He’s really me and you.

D. He surrendered.


6. Good night, David . . .

A. Good night, Chet 

B. Good night, Irene

C. Good night, Gracie

D. Good night, Steve


7. You’ll wonder where the yellow went…

A. When you use Tide.

B. When you clean your tub. 

C. If you buy a soft water tank. 

D. When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.


8. Before he was the Skipper’s Little Buddy, Bob Denver was Dobie’s friend…

A. Randy Goodman

B. Steve Reeves…

C. Maynard G. Krebs.

D. Corky B. Dorkus 

9. Sometimes you feel like a nut — sometimes you don’t.

A. Snickers

B. Milky Way

C. Almond Joy & Mounds

D. $1000 Dollar Bar


10. Liar, liar…

A. On the wire.

B. Jump up higher.

C. Pants on fire.

D. Join the choir

11. Meanwhile, back in Metropolis, Superman fights a never ending battle

for truth, justice and….

A. Lois Lane.

B. World peace.

C. Red tights.

D. The American way.


12. Hey kids! What time is it?

A. It’s time for Yogi Bear

B. It’s Howdy Doody Time

C. It’s time for Romper Room

D. The Mighty Mouse Hour


13. Lions and tigers and bears..! …

A. Oh, no

B. Gee whiz

C. I’m scared

D. Oh my

14. It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!

A. Old Spice

B. Chiffon Margarine

C. Vitalis Hair Tonic

D. Top Brass

15. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone…. 

A. Over 40.

B. Wearing a uniform.

C. Over 30.

D. You don’t know.

16. NFL quarterback who appeared in a television commercial wearing women’s pantyhose…  

A. Kenny Stabler

B. Joe Namath

C. Roger Staubach

D. Steve Young


17. Brylcream… 

A. Smear it on.

B. Tame that cowlick.

C. It’s a dream.

D. A little dab’ll do ya.


18. Where’s the beef?

A. Burger King

B. McDonalds

C. Jack in the Box

D. Wendy’s

19. I found my thrill…

A. In Blueberry muffins.

B. Down at the mill.

C. With a man named Bill.

D. On Blueberry Hill.


20. Before Robin Williams, Peter Pan was played by…

A. Mary Martin.

B. Doris Day.

C. Errol Flynn.

D. Sally Fields.


21.  Name the Beatles…

A. John, Steve, George, Ringo

B. John, Paul, Stacey, Ringo

C. Jay, Paul, George, Ringo

D. John, Paul, George, Ringo


22. I wonder, wonder, who.

A. Was it you? 

B. Who wrote the book of love? 

C. Who I am? 

D. Really loved you. 


23. I’m strong to the finish…

A. Cause I eats my broccoli. 

B. Cause I eats me spinach.  

C. And don’t you forget it. 

D. Cause Olive Oyl loves me. 


24. When it’s least expected, you’re elected, you’re the star today.

A. Smile, you’re on Star Search.  

B. Smile, we’re watching you. 

C. Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.  

D. Smile, you’re on TV.


25. What do M & M’s do?

A. Make your tummy happy.

B. Melt in your mouth, not in your pocket.. 

C. Melt your heart. 

D. Melt in your mouth, not in your hand. 


Well, how do you think you did?  I’ll post all of the answers in the next day or so and you can check your scores.  Not to brag but I answered correct on all but one question on my first try so I’m now an officially verified “Boomer”. Have fun with it. 

Posted January 12, 2013 by Every Useless Thing in Humor, Useless Crap

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