Friday, July 29, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Tense situation at New Mexico junior high school
See the full AP article on this at the MSNBC web site. I heard the retelling of this story on the radio yesterday on one of those Paul Harvey type of programs. Fortunately this one was a happy if not funny ending. I think the giant burrito could have still been considered a bomb though especially for whoever ate the thing. Can you imagine the explosion after consuming that much meat and beans wrapped in a giant tortilla. Things that make you go hmmm...mahhahaha. : )
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
With all the comments yesterday about the liger and whether it was real or not, I decided to do some checking and do a new post about it. I am usually pretty skeptical about things I get forwarded to me in emails, but I didn't even think twice about this one for some reason. I checked the urban legends authority website snopes.com and the pictures and the liger named Hercules is true. See this site for yourself. Here is another site at truthorfiction.com. I didn't even think about the connection with the scene from Napoleon Dynamite. No skills in magic were mentioned regarding this real liger though. As a matter of fact, when Shannon mentioned Napoleon in her first comment, I just thought she was being funny referring to my previous post of the oatmel packet trivia about the real Napoleon having ailurophobia, a fear of cats. Then when others mentioned the movie, I recalled the scene where he was drawing the picture. What's the deal with this movie anyway. We finally rented it to find out and I have to admit I don't really get it. I mean it is funny and there are some good lines, but I don't always relate things to it like some people do. GOSH! I think that people who do are a bunch of freakin' idiots! Yesssssssssssss. : ) For more trivia about the movie check this out on Wikipedia.
Anyway, regarding urban legends, why do some people start these. I can understand a rumor that is maybe about something that the facts just aren't straight. But, some of them are intentionally deceitful. For what purpose? Like the one a lady in our church forwarded to us the other day about Dr. James Dobson requesting Christians to take action against a petition sent to the FCC for banning the gospel or any mention of Jesus on the airwaves, etc. I have seen this one several times before and it is false. All that I can say about these people is that they are a bunch of freakin' idiots, GOSH! I guess they do whatever they feel like they wanna do.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
What's a Liger?
A really big cat. I got this in my email yesterday. This cat is huge!
This is what was said regarding this monstrous animal in the email forwarded to me:
Part lion, part tiger Hercules stands 10ft tall on his back legs. Called a liger, in reference to his crossbreed parentage, he is the largest of all the cat species. On a typical day he will devour 20lb of meat, usually beef or chicken, and is capable of eating 100lb at a single setting. At just three years old, he already weighs half a ton. He is the accidental result of two enormous big cats living close together at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in Miami, Florida, and already dwarfs both his parents. "Ligers are not something we planned on having," said institute owner Dr Bhagavan Antle. "We have lions and tigers living together in large enclosures and at first we had no idea how well one of the lion boys was getting along with a tiger girl, then lo and behold we had a liger." 50mph runner... Not only that, but he likes to swim, a feat unheard of among water-fearing lions. In the wild it is virtually impossible for lions and tigers to mate. Not only are they enemies likely to kill one another, but most lions are in Africa and most tigers in Asia. But incredible though he is, Hercules is not unique. Ligers have been bred in captivity, deliberately and accidentally, since shortly before World War II. Today there are believed to be a handful of ligers around the world and a similar number of tigons, the product of a tiger father and lion mother. Tigons are smaller than ligers and take on more physical characteristics of the tiger.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
More food related questions
Why do they use artificial lemon juice in most of those bottled lemon juices and yet they use real lemon juice in dish soap?
If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat? Along the same line of thinking, if a cannibal ate a clown, would it taste funny?
Why is there neither pine nor apple in pineapple? And what's the deal with Grapenuts? They're neither grape nor nuts.
Have you ever wondered why does pizza come in a square box? For some interesting trivia on the history of the pizza box see this site.
How about those little tables they sometimes put in the box so the pizza for sure won't get squashed? They are perfect for a little girl's dollhouse don't you think?
If you sued a parsley farmer could you garnish his wages?
And my final one doesn't have anything to do with food, but I thought it was hilarious at the risk of being somewhat offensive. If quizzes are quizzical then what are tests?
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Food related questions
Here are some thoughts to ponder.
Do illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?
If corn oil comes from corn and olive oil comes from olives, where the heck does baby oil come from?
Why is there an expiration date on sour cream? Does old sour cream go good?
If instant oatmeal is instant, then why does it take 1 to 2 minutes to cook in the microwave? I know I should have included this one with my series of posts last week.
If you're in France and you order toast, do you get toast or French toast?
And finally, if Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that Acme crap, why didn't he just buy dinner?
Actually this is not final, I found some more I will post tomorrow.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
If you go to a nice restaurant and spend mucho bucks for a great meal, don't you want to eat it slow and savor each bite and enjoy the experience? Even worse is when someone like your wife, your mother or mother in-law, or some friends who have invited you over for dinner spend all day slaving in the kitchen to prepare a great meal and then someone scarfs it down in 10 minutes. We have some friends who have invited us over for dinner several times and their family eats so fast they are done before we even cut our first bite of meat and get butter on our bread. The wife is a great cook and spends alot of time in the kitchen. They probably have great meals every day but they don't seem appreciated. My wife also knows one of those "skinny" people who are in great shape that I referred to earlier who said that they don't enjoy eating and that if they didn't have to eat to survive they probably wouldn't eat. Whaaaat!? Gag me with a beater (covered with chocolate icing). I think God not only supplies us with our daily bread, but he has given us plenty to enjoy tasting. Maybe not to the excess that we often indulge in. Everything in moderation, right? What do you think?
One of those foods we love to indulge in is a juicy hamburger. Have you ever wondered why do we call it a hamburger when it is made from beef? Hmmm. If you are really interested, check out this site.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
How old do you think Chuck Norris is?
Monday, July 18, 2005
The local farmers love it too I am sure. We don't get much rain so most of the farming done around here depends totally on irrigation water. When you think of a field on a farm do you usually think of a square plot of land? For most farmers around here that use irrigation water, they plant their fields in circles with the huge irrigation sprinklers going around. It is quite a different looking site to see from the air when coming in on a plane.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Seagulls in the desert?
We don't have too many pigeons around but they can be similar to seagulls in creating a mess and begging for food etc. I heard or read something interesting the other day about pigeons that made me go hmmm. Have you ever seen a baby pigeon or a baby seagull for that matter? It's like they come out as adults, ready to scavenge for whatever they can find and then poop it all over.
Here are a few bird-related one liners:
When your pet bird sees you reading the newspaper, does he wonder why you're just sitting there, staring at carpeting?
If dove season means you can shoot dove, and quail season means you can shoot quail, what is the tourist season?
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Things you can learn from a packet of instant oatmeal # 7
For those praying for Austin, this was on Cindy's site this morning:
the most recent information I have on Austin: His mother, who has been fighting a very bad bacterial infection for some time now, was admitted to the hospital yesterday because of the infection. I don't have any details, but I can only imagine how she feels being in the hospital while her 3 year old son, Austin, is in open heart surgery. They started the surgery at 8:00 or 8:30 this morning and I'll update you all when I hear something. Thank you all for your prayers for this family.
So continue to pray for him and his family and check her site for more updates and also for more prayer requests of hers.
On to the oatmeal trivia, can you believe that our sun is so big that more than one million earths can fit inside it?
I like to have sweetened tea, both iced and hot. How about you? Tibetans, Mongolians, and people in parts of western China put salt in their tea instead of sugar.
The famous American poet, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), published only seven poems during her lifetime. Volumes of her work were discovered after her death.
In 1914, movie theaters became so popular that ushers in New York theaters were trained by West Point graduates to move masses of people through small spaces.
It is amazing how much influence marketers and advertising has on our lives, but did you know that they have even invented words that we use all the time. American advertising agencies have invented the words glamorize, sanitize, motorize, vitalize, finalize, and customize.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Pray for Austin
Things you can learn from a packet of instant oatmeal # 6
Let's take a trip to the carnival. Josephine Clofullia (they probably just called her Jo), the most famous bearded lady of all time, and an attraction in P.T. Barnum's side show in the nineteenth century, had a beard six inches long when she was only sixteen.
The tallest man ever seen was an American named Robert Wadlow. He reached a height of 8 feet 11 inches. You might remember this fact from the Guinness Book of World Records. Here's more from Guinness about Mr. Wadlow. His greatest recorded weight was 491 lb. on his 21st birthday. His shoe size was 37AA (18.5 in. long) and his hands measured 12.75 in. from the wrist to the tip ofthe middle finger. His arm span was 9 ft. 5.75 in. and his peak daily foodconsumption was 8,000 calories. At the age of nine, he was able to carry his father, Harold F. Wadlow, who stood 5 ft. 11 in. and weighed 170 lb., up the stairs of the family home.
Can you believe that an American named Arnold Bly was able to inscribe the Lord's Prayer on a grain of rice and to write legibly on a strand of hair.
Did you know the U.S. coastline - Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico - involves 25 of the 48 mainland states.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Things you can learn from a packet of instant oatmeal # 5
Mother's Day was started by a West Virginia woman, Anna Jarvis, in 1907. In 1914, it was established as a national observance by president Chester... I mean Woodrow Wilson.
Did you know that King Henry III of France, Louis XIV of France, and Napoleon all suffered from ailurophobia which is more commonly known as fear of cats.
What letters should you call out when playing Wheel of Fortune? When you buy a vowel, you may want to consider that one out of every eight letters used in English is an e. Want proof, out of the 83 letters I used in the previous sentence there were 11 e's not counting the last one.
Monday, July 11, 2005
Things you can learn from a packet of instant oatmeal # 4
On the subject of shots, did you know that the theory of immunization, and of smallpox immunization in particular, was known to Chinese doctors more than seven hundred years before its discovery in 1796 by the English physician, Edward Jenner.
How about this little tidbit for the next time you are playing Monopoly. The space on which a player has the greatest chance of landing is Illinois Avenue.
For those individuals who are married and are having financial difficulty (there must be some connection there), a wedding ring cannot be seized by creditors no matter how much a bankrupt person owes.
Can you believe, there is only one state in the United States named after a president-Washington. That is amazing especially with all the streets, buildings, airports, etc. that are named after presidents. I guess there won't be another any time soon either, huh?
Friday, July 08, 2005
Things you can learn from a packet of instant oatmeal # 3
Or was it? Maybe you can't believe everything you read on a packet of instant oatmeal. I always thought it was named for the great baseball player Babe Ruth didn't you? Well maybe it was. By the way, Grover Cleveland was the 22nd president from 1885-1889 and the 24th from 1893-1897, the only president to leave the White House and return for a second term four years later. He also was the only president married in the White House. There are several other inconsistencies regarding dates that I found looking into this. One site said that baby Ruth Cleveland was actually born in New York City after Cleveland was defeated following his first term. Also, she died in 1904 from diphtheria which was well before the Curtiss Candy Company reintroduced this candy bar in 1921 with this name which was the same year that Babe Ruth was a nationally famous baseball star for the New York Yankees after being sold by the Red Sox in 1920. Check out more on this topic at this site . It sounds like this may have been the candy company's "official" explanation for the name regarding the president's daughter since they didn't have the full approval of Babe Ruth and actually may have fabricated this story when they were challenged by a competitor who did have the approval of Babe Ruth to use his name. Interesting.
I didn't do any extra research on this next one from the packet of oatmeal, so you can believe it or not I guess.
Still looking at American history, did you know that Paul Revere, famous American patriot, was once court martialed for cowardice, but was later cleared of all counts.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Things you can learn from a packet of instant oatmeal # 2
Added notes from wikipedia: The population of this city is about one million, La Paz is situated in the Andes mountains and atop a nearby plateau is the city of El Alto, where the international airport is located. La Paz is the largest city in Bolivia and is the administrative capital.
So, this is a major city and I'm sure has a lot of visitors that have to get acclimated to the thin air.
While we are in South America, did you know that a bridge built in Lima, Peru in 1610 was made of mortar that was mixed not with water but with the whites of 10,000 eggs. Called the Bridge of Eggs, it is still standing.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Things you can learn from a packet of instant oatmeal # 1
Did you know that in 1910, when it was announced that Halley's Comet would once again pass the earth, hysteria broke out in Europe. People thought the comet heralded catastrophe.
Did you know that bees create their own air conditioning for their hives. When they flap their wings it creates a cross draft within the hive and pulls the hot air out while drawing cool air in.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Dead and Buried... on a Golf Course
Friday, July 01, 2005
cleave (v.) 1. To adhere or cling. 2. To be faithful.
In Genesis 2:24 and Matthew 19:5 the use of this word "cleave" is probably most familiar, but I always thought of it as just the event of leaving your father and mother and joining with (cleave to) your wife. I never thought of the additional meaning of the second definition "to be faithful". I guess this is probably one of those verbs that implies a continued process, not just a one time occurrence.
Matthew 19:6 goes on to say: So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. I guess it could say what God has cleaved, let not man cleave, but that would be too confusing.
Are you continuing to cleave to your wife or husband?