Monday, April 27, 2015


A sad note--a dear, sweet man passed away Wednesday.  He was Errol, our contractor, handyman & most of all, our very close friend.  He was a great cook & specialized in New Orleans style food, which he was kind enough to share with us.  We thawed out some of his marvelous gumbo for dinner in his honor.  You may be familiar with his wife's blogs. She is Inger & she posts at http://desertcanyonliving.blogspot.com.  She could use your support right now.  

(For Part 1, click here.)

If you toss a penny 10000 times, it will not be heads 5000 times, but more like 4950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

The official term for the pincer-like claw of a crab, lobster, or scorpion is a "chela."

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.  It is a pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust.  The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural. 

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. 

Salvador Dali, eccentric painter, bought a large castle in Spain for his wife. In one of the rooms, there stood a rather ugly, old-fashioned radiator, so his wife asked him if he would paint a screen for it. He did. The screen depicted in realistic detail the radiator it was hiding.

The American League of Physical Culture, the first nudist organization in the United States, was founded on December 4, 1929.

The full name of the Barbie doll is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Tuna swim at a steady rate of 9 miles per hour for an indefinite period of time - and they never stop moving. Estimates indicate that a 15-year-old tuna travels one million miles in its lifetime.

Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that snails can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer. 

Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean McBricker. 

The characters Bert & Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop & Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It’s A Wonderful Life." 

It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up. The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of its mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again. 

A can of Diet Coke will float in water,  A can of regular Coke will sink.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb. 

Sir Isaac Newton is credited with the invention of the pet door. Legend has it that while he was studying light & color prisms in his attic, his cat kept pushing the door open & ruining his experiments. In the name of science, he cut a small hole in the door & covered it with a flap of felt so she could come & go at will.

There’s a special penis sleeve built into space suits. NASA had to change the names of the sizes from small, medium, & large to large, gigantic, & humongous because astronauts kept only choosing large & the sleeves kept slipping off. 

OK, you knew all of those, but I bet you didn’t know:

How the Big Bird suit worked:

How ice cream cones are made:

How a beanstalk grows:

What actually happens when you put on sunscreen:

How camouflage gets on a helmet:

Why Michael Jackson was able to defy gravity:

What dogs do when they drink water:

How coins get sorted inside a machine:

The way braces change your teeth:

How a trumpet makes that beautiful music:

The way pretzels are tied en masse:

How filming with a green screen works:

 What actually happens when you put a key in a door:

How exactly all that stuff gets into a Pop-Tart:

What it looks like when you swallow:

How hay bales get wrapped:

How paper clips turn into paper clips:

 What it looks like in a stadium when everyone
throws toilet paper at the same time:

That when you pour soy sauce on a dead cuttlefish
it acts like a zombie:

And how terrifying the human face is when it’s forming in the womb:

But did you know this astounding medical science fact 
about the human body that will still baffle at least 10% of the population?

Oh, you knew all that?
Then never mind!!


Life is like shaving--no matter how well men do it today, they still have to do it again tomorrow----fishducky