Archive for June, 2009

Dumb Laws

In California, it is illegal to peel an orange in your hotel room.

In West Virginia, no children may attend school with their breath smelling of “wild onions”.

us mapIn Mobile, Alabama, it is illegal to howl at ladies inside the city limits.

In Chicago, it is illegal to go fishing while wearing pajamas.

In Oklahoma, a law has been passed making it illegal to take a bite out of someone else’s hamburger. The state also says that it is a crime to have the hind legs of a farm animal in your boots.

In Connecticut, it is illegal to walk across a street on your hands.

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Silver Potato

In 1946 the first TV commercial for a toy was aired, Mr Potato Head.

imtv clipartA normal raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour.

The face of a penny can hold 30 drops of water.

The company Kodak is the largest user of silver.

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Random Thoughts

If ‘Con’ is the opposite of ‘pro’, then what is the opposite of progress?

Why do we wait until a pig is dead to cure it?

How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn’t grow in it?

Why is lemonade made with mostly artificial ingredients, but dish washing liquid contains real lemons?

Why do we put suits in garment bags, and garments in suitcases?

When signmakers go on strike, is anything painted on their signs?

Why is a package sent by land carrier called a shipment, while a package sent by ship is called cargo?

Where do forest rangers go to get away?

Why do we call them apartments when they are attached to eachother?

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What’s the difference between the Sun-dried and Golden varieties?

We all know what they are.  Dried out grapes.

No big secret here.

But what is the difference between the Golden and Sun-Dried varieties?

Is color what you are thinking?

Well, that’s pretty obvious – the golden ones are, well, golden. The sun-dried types are typically dark brown to black.

I’m talking about what makes them different.

It turns out that both types of raisins are usually made from the same exact grapes – Thompson Seedless – the same seedless ones that you buy in the supermarket.

The real difference is in the processing.

But first, a little background: Grapes have been used for human consumption for many centuries, long before the birth of Christ.

They were of particular value in the Middle East. After all, the desert is a hot place. Grapes dry out and give a nice tasty raisin. The raisins would keep indefinitely without spoiling, making them a choice food among the wanderers of the day.

Of course these grapes, and therefore the raisins, had seeds in them. The seedless type weren’t a part of nature in those days.

No matter what type of raisin you consume, they start out with about 78% water content. After drying, the water content is reduced to around 15%. Go too far and you have a hard rock!

It takes between four and five pounds of grapes to make one pound of raisins.

Now to answer the question: What is the difference between the Golden and Sun Dried raisins?

Not much.

The Sun Dried are seedless grapes that are placed on paper trays and allowed to – you guessed it – dry in the sun! This process takes 2-3 weeks and produces the dark raisins that we are all familiar with.

To make the Golden variety, they bathe the grapes in warm water and place them in wood trays. Warm air is then blown through the grapes to dry them quickly. This process is called the “Spa Treatment” and takes about 24 hours.

Unfortunately, the Spa Treatment can also produce dark raisins, so a bit of modern technology is used.

The raisins are treated with sulfur dioxide prior to drying to preserve the golden color.

So you have a choice – tasty golden raisins that have been chemically treated or the less tasty sun dried ones that have avoided man’s magic potions.

What is your choice- sundried or golden?

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Shaggy Mice

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
Houdini’s real name was Ehrich Weiss.
Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.
Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.
John Wilkes Booth’s brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln’s son.

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Are The Gates Really Golden

Since opening on May 27, 1937, The Golden Gate Bridge has been a very popular destination for people who want to end their lives.

The first confirmed jumper was Harold Wobber, a World War I veteran. On Aug. 7, 1937, Wobber turned to a stranger he had befriended earlier and while walking together across the bridge, he turned to the man and said, “This is as far as I go” and leaped over the railing.

Close to 1300 people have jumped off the bridge. This is only the number of confirmed jumps or bodies being found. Due to foggy conditions and a strong current, it is entirely possible to leap off the bridge without a trace.

For the last 10 years, it has been running on average two dozen fatalities a year. The jump is fatal 98 percent of the time.

According to the Marin County Coroner:

More than 85 percent of people who jump from the bridge are Bay Area residents.
- Northern California residents account for more than 92% of the suicide jumps.
- Average jumper’s age: 42. (Youngest: 14-year-old girl; oldest: 84-year-old man)
- Men outnumber women almost 3 to 1.
- Caucasians account for 83 percent of all fatalities.
- San Francisco and Marin counties had the highest number of deaths, followed by Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.

    One last interesting note, nearly every person to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge has done so from the bay side, not the ocean side. The ocean side is considered too cold and impersonal.

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Speed Racer

On the television series “Speed Racer”  , what is the true name of  Racer X and what is his relation to Speed Racer?

Answer: Rex, he was a brother dressed in disguise.

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Please Enjoy

Two Braves at SunsetNo words today, just enjoy the picture.

Photographer unknown.

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293 Ways

1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer.

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

Elephants are the only land mammals that can’t jump.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

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Al Capone’s Toothbrush

  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

  • In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

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

  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twerp.
  • In 10 minutes, a hurricane expends more energy than all of the nuclear weapons in the world combined.
  • All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.
  • Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

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