Showing posts from May, 2011

Mind Scrambler: An Airy puzzle.

I've been drawn by the artists these days, and of old; Yet I'm seen only when all around me is cold.

For most of the time you just live and ignore me; Then you gasp for me, stop for me, mutter below me.

You might say, in surprise, I've been taken away, But it's true I've been with you, at least 'til today.

When I leave you, you leave too!

What am I?

Answer: Your Breath

Trivia: Keeping Hostess in business.


QUOTE: "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need."

HINT: (1918-1992), American spiritual teacher, author, and philosopher.


Twinkies were invented in 1930, at the beginning of the Great Depression by James A. Dewar, a plant manager at Continental Baking Company (Hostess’ parent company).


Dewar had a hard time coming up with a name for his new snack until he drove past a billboard for the Twinkle Toes Shoes factory in St. Louis. A friend suggested the name “Twinkle Fingers”, and Dewar shortened it to Twinkies.


The original Twinkies filling was a banana-flavored creme. However, during World War II, there was a shortage of banana, so the filling was switched to vanilla.


There are 17 Hostess baker…


The hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast of our nation were devastating. It did not spare the houses of worship in and around the area. One of the local television stations in South Louisiana aired an interview with a woman from New Orleans. The interviewer was a woman from a Boston affiliate. She asked the woman how such total and complete devastation of the churches in the area had affected their lives? Without hesitation, the woman replied, "I don't know about all those other people, But we haven't gone to Churches in years. We gits our chicken from Popeye's".

The look on the interviewer's face was priceless. They're out there, they live among us, AND THEY VOTE.

Quotes: "They will envy you for your success..."

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I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.--Mark Twain

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.--Martin Luther King, Jr.

First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.--Dietrich Bonhoeffer

**--- MYSTERY QUOTE ---**
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. See at the bottom for the answer.

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Logic and critical thinking are the hallmarks of a free society, while rote memorization and repetition are the dictator's counterfeit.--Michael Rivero, of WhatReallyH…

Random Facts: 05/28/11

Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant on earth, growing as fast as 47.6 inches in a 24-hour period. Giant pandas can consume, on average, 40 pounds of fresh bamboo leaves per day.


52% of all Icelanders own a vibrator. In Japan, the age of consent is 13.


Twenty-eight million Americans use indoor tanning booths every year. In the last thirty years, the per capita rate in America for melanoma has increased by 100%.


The average Pixar film makes twice the money invested into it domestically and five times that amount on a global scale! None of their movies has garnered less than $150 million in the U.S. Walt Disney only attended one year of high school.


Heat waves are one of the most lethal types of weather phenomena, claiming an average of 1,000 lives in America's fifteen largest cities each year. The 1988 heat wave and drought across the eastern United States cost the country $61.6 billion in damages and caused an estima…

Trivia: Farewell, Oprah!

QUOTE: “Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

HINT: (1913-1960), French author, journalist, and key philosopher of the 20th-century.


Oprah's mother, Vernita Lee, was a housemaid, and her father, Vernon Winfrey, was a coal miner and a barber before becoming a city councilman.


Oprah first name was supposed to be Orpah, after Ruth's sister-in-law in the Bible, but it was misspelled Oprah on her birth certificate, and the name stuck.


At the age of 16, Oprah went to live with her father in Nashville, TN. She became an honor student, joined drama club, and won an oratorical contest.


Oprah was the first African-American celebrity to land on the cover of Vogue, in the October 1998 i…

Quotes: "It's never too late..."

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It's never too late to be what you might have been.--TS Elliott

Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.--Joan Rivers

Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.--Senator Barack Obama in 2006

We must raise the debt ceiling immediately.--President Barack Obama in 2011

**--- MYSTERY QUOTE ---**
Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice. See at the bottom for the answer

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For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government.... I never had any thought that when I s…

Trivia: 05/28/11: East Coast Tourist Traps.

QUOTE: "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought."

HINT: (1893-1986), Hungarian physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937.

In Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, you will find the site of the
country's largest collection of life-sized troll sculptures. You can take a "Troll Stroll" down The Trollway, where you'll see these troll sculptures carved into trees along the town's main drag.

The northern Wisconsin town of Mercer is home to the world's largest loon. A 16-foot-tall, 2,000-pound fiberglass water-fowl has stood on the lawn of the chamber of commerce since 1981. (and here i thought they were talking about Jesse Ventura but he lives in Minnesota.)

In Havre de Grace, Maryland, you'll find the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, home of the country's largest collection of wooden duck decoys, most carved between 1930 and 1990.

The Sock Capital of th…

Mind Scrambler: 05/28/11

I am a protector. I sit on a bridge. One person can see right through me, while others wonder what I hide.

What am I?

ANSWER: Sunglasses (they sit on the bridge of your nose.)

Randy Savage Passes Away

Trivia: Accidental inventions...

QUOTE: "Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level." HINT: (1927-), American psychologist, television personality and advice columnist, publishing a daily syndicated newspaper column since 1960.


Viagra: This drug was accidentally created when Pfizer chemists were developing a pill to treat cardiovascular ailments. However, when it was tried out on test subjects, something came up (literally). The pill, later named Viagra and approved by the FDA in 1998, proved a bust in terms of treating heart disease, but its unexpected side effect opened the doors for a brand-new industry.


Corn Flakes: In 1894, while employed by the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg tried to find a way to provide a palatable and inexpensive meal to feed his charges. When he accidentally left some boil…

When A Soldier Comes Home.

When a soldier comes home, he finds it hard.... listen to his son whine about being bored. keep a straight face when people complain about potholes.

to be tolerant of people who complain about the hassle of getting ready for work. be understanding when a co-worker complains about a bad night's sleep. be silent when people pray to God for a new car. control his panic when his wife tells him he needs to drive slower. be compassionate when a businessman expresses a fear of flying. keep from laughing when anxious parents say they're afraid to send their kids off to summer camp. keep from ridiculing someone who complains about hot weather. control his frustration when a colleague gripes about his coffee being cold. remain calm when his daughter complains about having to walk the dog. be civil to people who complain about their jobs. just walk away when someone says they only get two weeks of vacation a year. …

Trivia: All Hail the Queen!

QUOTE: “We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist.

HINT: (1819-1901), monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.


Queen Victoria is the longest serving British monarch ever at 63 years, seven months. Her reign ended upon her death in 1901.


The monarch married Prince Albert of Germany on February 10, 1840. He was her first cousin and was one of the only socially acceptable suitors in the world. She could not marry anyone of even a slightly lower social status.


Victoria and Albert had nine children. Most of them married into Europe's royal family. She is still known as the Grandmother of Europe.


Victoria was the only daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent, fourth son of George III. Her father died almost immediately after her birth thus she became heir to th…

Quotes: "An unjust law is no law at all."

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Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.--Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I have spent many years of my life in opposition and I rather like the role!--Eleanor Roosevelt

An unjust law is no law at all.--St. Augustine of Hippo, "On Free Choice Of The Will"

**--- MYSTERY QUOTE ---**
Individual commitment to a group effort-that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. See at the bottom for the answer

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Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals, and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.--Les Brown

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.--Marilyn Monroe

Individual commitment to a gr…

A Great Book on Understanding Women

I finally got the book that will help you understand women better.
Let me know if you need a copy or if you want to borrow it!

Simple but true..

Hi Lord, its me. We are getting older and things are getting bad here. Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high. I know some have taken you out of our schools, government & even Christmas, but Lord I'm asking you to come back and re-bless America. We really need you! There are more of us who want you than those who don't! Thank You Lord, I Love you.

The Polish Divorce

A Polish man moved to the USA and married an American girl. Although his English was far from perfect, they got along very well. One day he rushed into a lawyer's office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce for him. The lawyer said that getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, And asked him the following questions:

Have you any grounds?

Yes, an acre and half and nice little home.

No, I mean what is the foundation of this case?

It made of concrete.

I don't think you understand. Does either of you have a real grudge?

No, we have carport, and not need one.

I mean what are your relations like?

All my relations still in Poland ..

Is there any infidelity in your marriage?

We have hi-fidelity stereo and good DVD player.

Does your wife beat you up?

No, I always up before her.

Why do you want this divorce?

She going to kill me.

What makes you think that?

I got proof.

What kind of proof?

She going to poison me. She buy a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I can read Engl…

Quotes: "You can tell more about a person..."


*---- Quotes For The Week ----*
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.--John Durham, Internet pioneer

It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human makeup, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.--Victor Frankl, Psychoanalyst

Even when the sky appears at its darkest, the sun shines ever upon you, love surrounds you, and the pure Light within you will guide your way home. So trust the process of your life unfolding, and know with certainty, through the peaks and valleys of your journey, that your soul rests safe and secure in the arms of Spirit.--Dan Millman


**--- MYSTERY QUOTE ---**
I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.

See at the bottom for the answer


Trivia: 05/03/11 Royal Facts


EDITOR'S NOTE: This was e-mailed to me prior the royal wedding. I am just now getting around to posting it.

QUOTE: "Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that."

HINT: (1945-), Australian poet, cartoonist and cultural commentator.


During the Royal Wedding ceremony, royals sat on the right and commoners on the left. All the women in Westminster Abbey donned hats to show their respect. And, the bride won't throw her bouquet to bunch of single ladies. Instead, she'll lay it at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, which the Queen Mum did back in 1923.


Kate will follow in Princess Diana's footsteps and leave out "obey" in her wedding vows. Instead, she said she will "love, comfort, honor and keep" William. Princess Di did the s…

Mind Scrambler: Leaving Home

A man leaves home and, after making three left turns, he ends up back at home, and finds two masked men waiting for him.

What is happening?

ANSWER: The man is a baseball player who has hit an in-the-park home-run.

Random Facts: 05/03/11

In the summer, the amount of water pouring over Niagra Falls each second could fill 13,000 bathtubs. A dairy cow produces about 100,000 glasses of milk in it's lifetime.

If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. You are more likely to be struck by lightning than to be eaten by a shark. You are more likely to be infected by flesh eating bacteria than you are to be struck by lightning.

The major change from the Phoenician alphabet to the Greek one of the eighth century was the addition of five letters to represent the vowel sounds. Today's geometry is based on the ideas of ancient Greeks Pythagoras and Euclid.

Domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans. One in three dog owners say they have talked to their pets
on the phone.

The term film noir, French for "black film", first applied to Hollywood films by French critic…

Trivia: 05/03/11 Bubble Magic

QUOTE: "Never mistake motion for action."

HINT: (1899-1961), American author and journalist.


A bubble, like a balloon, is a very thin skin surrounding a volume of air. The rubber skin of the balloon is elastic and stretches when inflated.


If you blow a bubble and close the opening by flipping the wand over, the tension in the bubble skin tries to shrink the bubble into a shape with the smallest possible surface area for the volume of air it contains.


Since bubbles always try to minimize surface area, two bubbles will merge to share a common wall. If the bubbles are the same size as the bubbles to the left, this wall will be flat. If the bubbles are different sized, the smaller bubble, which always has a higher internal pressure, will bulge into the larger bubble.


If you ever try to blow bu…

Oil surprise

OIL---you better be sitting down when you read this!! You "will" pay $5 a gallon + again and you won't complain loud enough to make a difference, RIGHT! Here's an astonishing read. Important and verifiable information:

About 6 months ago, the writer was watching a news program on oil and one of the Forbes Bros. Was the guest. The host said to Forbes, "I am going to ask you a direct question and I would like a direct answer; how much oil does the U.S. Have in the ground?" Forbes did not miss a beat, he said, "more than all the Middle East put together." Please read below. The U.S. Geological Service issued a report in April 2008 that only scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big. It was a revised report (hadn't been updated since 1995) on how much oil was in this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota, western South Dakota, and extreme eastern Montana ..... Check THIS out:
The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since…


**A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!" His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means? The son replied, "I do know!" "Okay," said his father. "What does the Bible mean?" "That's easy, Daddy..." the young boy replied excitedly," It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'


There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country. "Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk. "Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.


"Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning."


A minister parked his c…

Creation Explained

A little girl asked her Mom, "How did the human race appear?"
The Mom answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children,
and so was all mankind made.."

Two days later the girl asked her Dad the same question.
The Dad answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved."

The confused girl returned to her mother and said, "Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?" The mother answered, "Well, Dear, it's very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.."