Archive for August, 2009

Pecan YoYo

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321


The first professional football team to sport an insignia on their helmets was the Los Angeles Rams in 1950, who hand painted yellow horns on their blue, leather helmets.


With more than 105 million pounds in 1997, Georgia is the world’s top pecan producer; Texas came in second with 90 million pounds.blog pecanclipart


According to a survey, the most popular day for eating out in the United States is one’s own birthday � 49 percent of American adults do. The worst holiday for eating out is Grandparents’ Day, with less than 5 percent participating.


In 1964 General Mills began marketing Lucky Charms cereal with pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. The marshmallow bits (technically referred to as marbits) were invented in 1963 by John Holahan. The cereal is marketed using a leprechaun character named Lucky (L.C. Leprechaun is his full name) that touts his cereal as being “Magically Delicious.” Over the years the various shapes and colors of the marshmallow bits in the cereal have undergone many changes.


The yo-yo was introduced in 1929 by Donald F. Duncan. The toy was based on a weapon used by 16th-century Filipino hunters.

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Car River

The Monongahela River flows through Monongalia County, West Virginia. While the river is actually the namesake of the county, the difference in spelling is due to a spelling error that was made in the registration process of the county.


carUntil 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a week day at 5 pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize *this* was the day of the changeover. In left hand drive countries, such as the UK, Ireland, Japan, and Australia, drivers sit on the righthand side of the car. Except for Sweden, where drivers sat on the left, as in North-America.



Canada is an Indian word meaning “BigVillage”.


All of the officers in the Confederate army were given copies of Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo, to carry with them at all times. Robert E. Lee, among others, believed that the book symbolized their cause. Both revolts were defeated.


The Dodge brothers Horace and John were Jewish, that’s why the first Dodge emblem had a star of David in it.


The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).


AM and PM stand for “Ante-Meridian” and “Post-Meridian,” respectively, and A.D. actually stands for “Anno Domini” rather than “After Death.”


You never know when opportunity is yours. Take the case of Daniel Webster, a U.S. congressman in the nineteenth century. Webster wanted more than anything else to be President of the United States. He was offered the vice-presidency by William Henry Harrison, but turned it down. Then Harrison died in office. Again Webster was offered the vice-presidency, by Zachary Taylor, but declined. Taylor died in office. Webster never did become President.

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Q-Tips

Q-Tips®.

You know this product. I bet that you wish that you had invented this little gizmo (I certainly do).

So simple in its design, yet able to accomplish so many tasks.

You can clean your ears with them. Dab them in some Elmer’s glue to join two objects together. Use them to clean delicate pieces of equipment. Get the dust out of small places. The list of possible uses goes on and on and on…

They warn you on the box not to insert these things in your ear canal, but it sure beats what the inventor’s wife used prior to his creation.

Q-Tips® were invented in the 1920’s by a Polish-born American named Leo Gerstenzang.

It seems that Leo’s lovely and beautiful wife had rigged up a different device to clean their baby’s ears at bathtime – a toothpick stuck into a piece of cotton.

Clearly, one wrong slip-up on Mom’s part meant a nice little wound to little baby Gerstenzang.

Leo decided to design a ready made cotton swab that would do the same with less risk.

At this point, he named his company the Leo Gerstenzang Infant Novelty Company to market his new creation.

While Q-Tips® appear to be a simple concept, Leo spent several years perfecting the design.

Clearly, safety was on his mind. In particular, he was concerned that the wood sticks could possibly splinter (today they are a white cardboard-like material).

Another problem was the cotton itself. He needed to get an equal amount on both ends of the swab and to design a way to keep it from falling off (don’t want it stuck in your ear).

Once he perfected his product, he needed to find a catchy name.

Lots of names must have gone through his head.

I can hear it now: Leo Gerstenzang’s Ear Sticks. How about Baby Leo’s? Or Ear Wipes?

A better name was clearly needed.

I bet that you think Q-Tips® was his choice.

You’d be wrong.

Instead, he chose the name Baby Gays.

Huh?

Yes, you read that right – Baby Gays. Certainly not a good name for the late 20th century.

In 1926, he changed the name to Q-Tips® Baby Gays.

So what did the Q stand for?

Q for Quality.

Eventually, the Baby Gays part of the name was dropped and the rest is cotton swab history.

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Smashed To Death By Love

The most played song on American radio during the twentieth century was You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling which was written by Barry Mann, Phil Spector, and Cynthia Weil.  Although recorded by different artists, the song is the only one in history to be played over 8 million times on the radio. That amounts to about 45 years if the song was played back to back!  Three songs were played 7 million times: Never My Love, Yesterday, and Stand By Me

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Charles Lindbergh achieved great fame for being the first man to fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.  What most people don’t know, however, is that two men had achieved the same goal eight years earlier!   Flying for sixteen and a half hours from June 14 to June 15, 1919, Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten-Brown had copiloted a Vichers-Vimy twin-engine plane nonstop from Newfoundland across the Atlantic to Ireland.    Lindbergh was just the first person to do it alone.


Way back on August 13, 1903, police entered the Liverpool, England home of William and Emily Shortis.  Worried friends had contacted the authorities because the couple had not been seen for several days prior.  There they found William near death.  Oddly, he was pinned under the dead body of his 224 pound wife.  Did she die during a moment of passion?  Not at all.  The coroner concluded that William was following Emily up the stairs of their home when she lost her balance and tumbled down the steps, pulling him down with her.  Emily immediately died from a blow to the head, trapping William under her body for over three days.  Sadly, William did not survive his injuries, either.

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Animal Groups Under Lincoln Memorial

All 50 states are listed on the Lincoln Memorial on the back of a five dollar bill.                                 Lincoln-Memorial

A single hair can hold the weight of a large apple.

The female praying mantis eats her partner after sex…and sometimes during sex. The female is much larger than the male and during compilation hooks her deadly arms around him and starts to nibble away. His sex drive is so strong that he can carry on even while being eaten.


A group of unicorns is called a blessing.

A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

A group of whales is called a pod.

A group of geese is called a gaggle.

A group of ravens is called a murder.

A group of larks is called an exaltation.

A group of owls is called a parliament.

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Ross Perot Owner Of Home Depot

Ken Langone was the man to secure financing for the upstart Home Depot. Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank put their trust in this man to deliver the goods. An appointment was made with Ken, Marcus and the investor at 11:30 Monday morning. The investment company was Electronic Data Systems or EDS for short with the chairman being Ross Perot. Having a 30 minute meeting with Ross doing most of the talking it was time for Ken to deliver his presentation with less than a minute remaining. Ken’s two statements turned a 30 minute meeting into a 13 hour conference.

Ross and Ken had several meetings in the following few months with each gaining the others trust more each meeting. Ross finally agreed to put up 2 million dollars to bankroll the Home Depot.

The deal consisted of Ken taking 5 percent, Bernie and Arthur 25 percent and Ross getting a whopping 70 percent of the company. A few minor details needed mending but the deal was set and ready for signatures.

Bernie liked the Cadillac that he was driving, it was on lease from a former employer, Handy Dan. It would have a great bargain for the new company to take over the lease of the car at a great price. All of the employees of EDS drove Chevrolets and Ross was one of them. He insisted Bernie turn in his Cadillac and drive a smaller car. Bernie didn’t like the idea at all.

The merger between Ross, Bernie and Arthur did not happen due to the car deal. If the deal had gone through, Ross’ 2 million dollars, 70 percent share in year 1999 value was 58 BILLION DOLLARS.

Just imagine Ross Perot with that much control of Home Depot. Would it have grown to the giant retailer of today?  Would Builders Square be on every corner? Would Michael Vick be a felon? Who would own the Atlanta Falcons? The Georgia Aquarium? Hhhmmmmm………………….

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Is Bill Gates Evil

The real name of “the” Bill Gates is William Henry Gates III. Nowadays he is known as Bill Gates (III). By converting the letters of his current name to the ASCII-values and adding his (III), you get the following:

B       66                                                                                    computer blue

I       73

L       76

L       76

G       71

A       65

T       84

E       69

S       83

I        1

I        1

I        1

————–

666 !!!
Some might ask, “How did Bill Gates get so powerful?” Coincidence? Or just the beginning of mankind’s ultimate and total enslavement???

Before you decide, consider the following:

M  S  -  D  O  S     6  .  3  1

77+83+45+68+79+83+32+54+46+50+49 = 666

W  I  N  D  O  W  S  9  5

87+73+78+68+79+87+83+57+53+1 = 666

Coincidence? You decide..

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Pac Man Toothbrush

Twentieth Century-Fox studio cut all scenes showing physical contact between America’s curly-haired darling Shirley Temple and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in “The Little Colonel” in 1934 to avoid social offense and to assure wide U.S. distribution. Pre-release showings of the film, particularly in the southern U.S., shocked audiences when the two actors touched fingers during their famous staircase dance sequence.


More People use blue toothbrushes then red ones.cat_big_grin_toothbrush


The original IBM-PCs, that had hard drives, referred to the hard drives as Winchester drives. This is due to the fact that the original Winchester drive had a model number of 3030. This is, of course, a Winchester firearm.


In 1979, Namco released Pac-Man, the most popular arcade game of all time. Over 300,000 units were sold worldwide. More than 100,000 units are sold in the United States alone. Originally named Puck Man, the game was retitled after executives saw the potential for vandals to scratch out part of the letter P on the game’s marquee, which might discourage parents from letting their children play. Pac-Man became the first video game to be popular with both males and females.


The oldest business in the United States of America is the cymbal company Zildjian which was founded in Constantinople in 1623.


Two hundred and twenty six soldiers lost their lives way back in 1850 when they crossed a suspension bridge that spanned the Maine at Angers, France.  It turns out that they were all marching in step and had caused an increased resonance (vibration) to the bridge.  Ever since, troops are ordered to rout step (march out of step) when crossing a bridge.

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Snail Kiss

The Carpenters signature song, We’ve Only Just Begun, was originally part of a television commercial for a California bank.  The music played in the background of a scene in which a newlywed couple had, of course, just begun their lives together.  Richard Carpenter saw the commercial and sculpted it into the classic song that we know today.


It’s widely known that Alexander Graham Bell beat Elisha Gray to the patent office by a mere two hours with his application to patent the telephone.  However, ten years after Bell’s patent was issued, patent examiner Zenas Wilber admitted in a sworn affadavit that he had taken a $100 bribe from Bell, had taken a loan from Bell’s patent attorney, and had given Bell the complete details of Gray’s caveat.


The Malaysian government decided to solve their disease-carrying mosquito problem by spraying the infested areas with DDT.  This worked, but the  cockroaches then devoured the dead mosquitos.  This was followed by the region’s gecko lizards consuming the roaches.  The geckos did not die from the residual poison (surprisingly), but their central nervous systems were greatly affected, causing the lizards to slow down.  Moving up the food chain, the cats ate the slow-moving lizards and started to die off in large quantities.  Of course, fewer cats means more rats, and the country’s rat population soared.  As a result, the World Health Organization was forced to step in and ban the DDT.  In an effort to restore the ecological balance, they flew in planeloads of cats to kill the rats.


Snails kiss before mating. But they only mate once in their life.


Yaks milk is pink.

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