Archive for October, 2009
The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
There were approximately 2,228 people on board the Titanic when it sank. Of this, only 706 people survived.
An elephant can live up to the age of seventy, or in some cases even more.
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
Elephants can’t jump. Every other mammal can.
The name “cranberry” comes from German and Dutch settlers. The berry was intially called “crane berry.” The reason it was called this was because when the flowers bloom, the petals of the flowers twist backwards and look very much like the head of a crane. Eventually the name was shortened down to be “cranberry.”
In New Mexico, over eleven thousand people have visited a tortilla chip that appeared to have the face of Jesus Christ burned into it.
On average, the ratio of yellow kernels to white kernals in a bag of popcorn is
The first toilet stall in a public washroom is the least likely to be used. It is also the cleanest.
LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 8:
People of northwestern Montana have been advised to be on the lookout for drunken bears. Black bears and grizzlies have been congregating along the tracks of the Burlington Northern railroad tracks, where a train carrying hundreds of tons of corn derailed some time ago. The corn has fermented, and the aroma is attracting the bears. “The bears are actually intoxicated up there,” said wildlife biologist Loren Hicks. And a grizzly with a hangover can be cross as a bear.
Sunday, November 29, 1992
An investigation by the Dallas Morning News revealed the city’s public schools employ at least 185 people who have been convicted of felonies, including two convicted murderers.
In response, the school superintendent promised that the city would begin periodic records checks.
A co-worker of mine fielded phone calls from his Alumni Association every three months for about five years, ostensibly checking to see that his records were up to date, and coincidentally asking if he’d like to donate to the Alumni Association. Once, when checking his records, the employee asked, “Is xxx-xxxx your current phone number?
Seeing his opportunity, he answered no, and made up a new phone number. He hasn’t heard from them since.
On Saturday last, I had dinner at a local Chinese restaurant. My fortune read:
“You will gain admiration from your pears.”
Comice? Bartlett? Canned? I don’t grow or eat them, anyway.
One night, a few co-workers at the computer data centre where I work stayed late and we all started to get hungry. We decided to order in food by phone, but our boss thought that, since we work with computers, it would be more appropriate to order by Internet. After we contacted a fast food chain’s web site and spent a long time registering as new customers for the delivery service, a message appeared on the screeen: “Thank you for your business. You will be able to order food in three days.”
Gus Kramer faces an unusual challenge in his race for county assessor: His opponents would rather see a dead man elected.
Kramer’s only rival in the Contra Costa County race, Dan Hallissy, died of a heart attack April 10 — too late for anyone else to run.
But Hallissy’s name will remain on the ballot for the June 7 nonpartisan primary. And the incumbent assessor is working to get him elected.
Voters should have “a chance to elect an honest, experienced person to this office,” said assessor John Biasotti.
A Hallissy victory would force a special election next March, open to any candidate.
U.S. Representative Bill Baker, a Republican, also is backing the posthumous effort. His spokesman said voters should have a choice.
Kramer, who briefly stopped campaigning to mark Hallissy’s death, decried the effort as a “classical case of cronyism.” He said his opponents “want the taxpayer to blow $800,000,” about the cost of a special election.
Kramer also bristled at the charge he’s unfit for the job, citing his experience as city clerk for Martinez and as a real estate agent for the county’s Public Works Department.
The assessor’s office is responsible for estimating property values in the 830,000-person county, 30 miles east of San Francisco. The job pays $84,000 a year.
Jethro Tull is not the name of the rock singer/flautist responsible for such songs as “Aqualung” and “Thick as a Brick”. Jethro Tull is the name of the band. The singer is Ian Anderson. The original Jethro Tull was an English horticulturalist who invented the seed drill.
In the early days of silent films, there was blatant thievery. Unscrupulous film companies would steal the film print, reshoot a scene or two, and release it as a new production. To combat this, the Biograph company put the company’s trademark initials AB somewhere in every scene — on a door, a wall, or window.
Ever think you’re hearing something in a song, but they’re really singing something else? The word for mis-heard lyrics is ‘mondegreen,’ and it comes from a folk song in the ’50’s. The singer was actually singing “They slew the Earl of Morray and laid him on the green,” but this came off sounding like ‘They slew the Earl of Morray and Lady Mondegreen.’
The 80s song “Rosanna” from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette, the actress.
Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.
The only member of the band ZZ Top to not have a beard has the last name Beard.
The only social fraternity founded during the Civil War was Theta Xi fraternity, at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 1864.
The Hudson River along the island of Manhattan flows in either direction depending upon the tide.
Several buildings in Manhattan have their own zip code! The World Trade Center has several.
The “heat” of peppers is rated on the Scoville scale.
Ketchup was once used as a medicine in the United States. In the 1830s it was sold as Dr. Miles’s Compound Extract of Tomato.
Ben and Jerry’s send the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor: Mint Oreo.
According to the ceremonial customs of Orthodox Judaism, it is officially sundown when you cannot tell the difference between a black thread and a red one.
In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10 because then the hands of the watch frame the brand name on the watch face.
Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man, woman, and child in the world.
At McDonalds in New Zealand, they serve apricot pies instead of cherry ones.
Pickled herrings were invented in 1375.
The earliest document in Latin in a woman’s handwriting (it is from the first century A.D.) is an invitation to a birthday party.
A family of six died in Oregon during WW II as a result of a Japanese balloon bomb.
The world’s second largest pipe organ is located at the Organ Grinder on 82nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon.
Jet lag was once called boat lag, back before jets existed.
Meet Yoda, a household pet born with an extra pair of ears.
Chicago, Illinois, couple Valerie and Ted Rock took the cat in two years ago after they visited a local bar, where a group of drinkers were handing the animal around and making fun of him.
Since being adopted by the Rocks and after getting his picture posted on the Internet, the two-year-old feline has become an international media celebrity.
The Rocks have received calls from Good Morning America, Fox News and The Tyra Banks Show. The moggy’s mugshot has graced the pages of the London Guardian and British tabloids.
Despite his strange appearance, Yoda – named after the pointy-eared Star Wars character (pictured below) – is a perfectly normal and affectionate cat and a delight to have around.
His extra ears are thought to be the result of a genetic mutation.
But Yoda’s owners are keeping a close watch on their much-loved pet. They are concerned he could be catnapped because he is so different.
These are some of the strange, weird and wacky stories of 2005:
A taxi driver in Dallas, Texas, was prosecuted for sprinkling dried faeces on pastries in a grocery shop. Customers had complained that the fresh-baked items smelled and tasted like manure.
A 29-year-old woman in the UK admitted that she had not washed her hair in 11 years.
A traffic warden slapped a parking ticket on a car which had its dead driver slumped at the wheel outside a shopping mall in Sydney, Australia. The warden failed to notice the man inside and issued the parking fine two days before the body was discovered.
Odd fish with human faces caused a sensation in South Korea. They were actually mutants born of carp and leather carp – but they looked really scary and spooky.
A straying couple in Jordan both started sizzling affairs in cyberspace. But the bad news for both is they found out they were married to each other.
A British bank had to apologise to a customer after they sent him a debit card bearing the name “Mr Dick Head”. Very embarrassingly for the card owner, he did not spot the mistake until he tried to buy something at a supermarket.
A parcel that vibrated and made strange noises sparked off a bomb alert in a German post office. Workers contacted the owner, who was forced to explain the contents – they turned out to be an inflatable sex doll.
A cat chewed the toes off the right foot of an elderly woman with senile dementia while she was asleep at a home for the aged in Japan. Workers found the 88-year-old woman bleeding from her feet, with all the toes missing from her right foot. Paw prints of a cat were found on the floor of the room.
A giant 13-foot (3.9m) python exploded after attacking and attempting to eat an alligator. Rangers in the Everglades National Park, Florida, found the snake lying dead with the 6-foot (1.6m) alligator protruding from its middle.
Dog lovers mourned the death of Sam, the world’s ugliest dog. Sam became a celebrity after winning an ugly pet contest in the US twice. When Sam died, its owner said: “I don’t think there’ll ever be another Sam. Some people might think that’s a good thing.”
A sparrow nearly ruined a world record attempt at dominoes when it flew in through an exhibition centre window and knocked down 23,000 tiles. Organisers shot the little bird, causing an outcry. As a tribute, the bird’s body will be displayed in a museum.
A court in Ontario acquitted a man of sexual assault charges because he suffered from “Sexsomnia” and was, as he claimed, asleep at the time of the incident.
She may be small, a mere 17 inches and weighing only 60 pounds. But she is all horse.
Born as a dwarf to a miniature horse, Thumbelina is officially the world’s smallest horse.
She may never aspire to be a champion show-jumper – she is so tiny she would find it hard to jump over a bucket.
But these things matter little to the feisty Thumbelina, who has been officially recognized as the world’s smallest horse.
That title was conferred on her in 2006 when the five-year-old entered the Guinness Book of Records.
The real-life My Little Pony was born on an American farm to a couple who specialize in breeding miniature horses.
Normally these horses weight about 250lb and rise to a height of 34 inches when they are fully grown.
But from the day she was born it was clear that tiny Thumbelina would never grow to that size.
She weighed in at only 8lb – the size of a new-born baby – when she was born. Eventually she grew to just 60lb.
Her amazing size has been explained as dwarfism. This makes her a miniature of a miniature.
She may be a mini-horse, but small means beautiful as far as her owners, the Goessling family in Goose Creek farm in St. Louis, are concerned.
She likes to hang out with the cocker spaniels rather than the other horses on their 150-acre farm.
“When she was born, she was so small we thought she wasn’t going to make it. She looked very ill. We feared the worse.
“Because her legs are proportionally smaller than her body and her head, she has to wear orthopaedic fittings to straighten them out a lot of the time.
“But we love her and wouldn’t want her any other way,” said Michael Goessling, whose parents Kay and Paul bred the miniature horses.
She only measures up to the shins of the normal-sized horses in the paddock.
Michael’s parents have bred hundreds of miniature horses, but they have never had one as small as Thumbelina. She has become something of a celebrity in her home town in America.
She lives on a cup of grain and a handful of hay, served twice a day.
She is expected to live to the age of 17 years because of her size – normal horses live for about 35 years.
“She was just a complete fluke and we call her a mini mini. She is too precious to sell. I think my parents would sell me before they part with Thumbelina. She has that special Wow factor, which you only get when you see how small she really is,” said Michael.
While she has the ability to get pregnant and give birth, the Goessling family have decided not to allow this to happen.
There could be complications during the pregnancy, they believe, so it is better to avoid the risks. And also they don‘t feel it is right that the gene which creates dwarfism in horses be carried on through future generations.
Crayola is a French word that means “Oily chalk.”
Every year, Burger King restaurants prepare over 950,000 pounds of bacon for their breakfast customers .
Isaac Newton used to be a member of parliament .
Dumbest Dog: Afghan hound .
At just four years old Mozart was able to learn a piece of music in half an hour .
It would take twenty new mid-size cars to generate the same amount of pollution that a mid-size 1960’s car did.
The honey badger can withstand hundreds of bee stings that would otherwise kill another animal .
There are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year .
Black pepper is the most popular spice in the world .
In Greece, the climate is so warm that many of the cinemas do not even have roofs .
The word “moose” comes from the native Algonquian Indian word meaning “twig eater.”
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill .
An armadillo can walk under water .
There are over one hundred billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars .
Elizabeth Goose, who lived in Massachusetts in the late 1600’s, is credited by some with the nursery rhymes read to us as children. However, most of those rhymes existed before her time in the form of satirical poems and drinking songs. Some were based on actual events or characters. Charles Perrault, a Frenchman, published a collection of these rhymes in 1697 and an illustration accompanying the text showed an old woman telling stories, with the words “Mother Goose” appearing behind her. The book was eventually published in England and the United States and more rhymes were added with each new publication. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that a relative of Mrs. Goose claimed the stories originated with Elizabeth.
Back in 1956 recording artist Johnny Mathis was forced to make the decision between trying out for the United States Olympic team (his specialty was track) or recording his first album for Columbia Records. He chose the latter and went on to become the eighth biggest selling album artist of all time. His 1958 album, Johnny’s Greatest Hits, was the first Greatest Hits album ever marketed, spending three weeks at #1 and 490 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Pop Album chart (that’s almost 9 ½ years!).
Everyone knows that spinach is loaded in iron and makes you stronger – Just look what it has done for Popeye’s career. Well, Popeye was wrong. So were all of those parents that stuffed it down their kids’ throats. In reality, spinach has no more iron in it than any other vegetable. This spinach misconception dates back to the 1950’s when a food analyst made an error while calculating the iron in spinach. His decimal place was off by one place, suggesting that spinach had ten times as much iron content than it really did.
At a glance, the Celsius scale makes more sense than the Fahrenheit scale for temperature measuring. But its creator, Anders Celsius, was an oddball scientist. When he first developed his scale, he made freezing 100 degrees and boiling 0 degrees, or upside down. No one dared point this out to him, so fellow scientists waited until Celsius died to change the scale.
The first full moon to occur on the winter solstice, Dec. 22, commonly called the first day of winter, happened in 1999. Since a full moon on the winter solstice occurred in conjunction with a lunar perigee (point in the moon’s orbit that is closest to Earth), the moon appeared about 14% larger than it does at apogee (the point in it’s elliptical orbit that is farthest from the Earth). Since the Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun at that time of the year than in the summer, sunlight striking the moon was about 7% stronger making it brighter. Also, this was the closest perigee of the Moon of the year since the moon’s orbit is constantly deforming. In places where the weather was clear and there was a snow cover, even car headlights were superfluous.
1) Ralph Nader chair
“Yes, that’s right. Ralph Nader, perennial Green Party candidate for the U.S. presidency MAY have sat in this very chair! It was used in his Washington, DC campaign headquarters until I purchased it on Craiglist several months ago. It has a nice red, commie upholstery and a sleek black plastic backing. The wheels don’t function well, but that is a small price to pay for state control of the means of production.”
2) I want some orange juice
“I’ll give you $2 + cost if you’ll deliver me some orange juice with receipt. I’m too lazy to get it myself. I live right by University Drive in Elon. Thank you.”
3) Seeking adult drunk clown for 30th birthday party
“We need an Adult Drunk Clown who is good at getting drunk and stupid. No need to do any clown tricks, just hang out and drink a shit load. We will be hopping around to different bars and want a clown to tag a long and drink heavely. He doesn’t even need to socialize with anyone, just drink.”
4) Duck mask
“Full head rubber mask, old, has discoloration on white feather part from age, storage. Hey I got it on my big head, so it works that way.”
5) Woman to sit in my bath tub full of noodles, wearing a bathing suit
“I will pay you $1 to sit in my bathtub full of noodles while you wear a one piece bathing suit. I will not be home, nor will anyone else while you do this. I will leave the key for you, and you will sit at your leisure. DO NOT bring any sauce. I will season the pasta after I return home prior to dinner.”
6) Wanted: Pony
“My kid is having a birthday coming up soon, and there’ll be a lot of children around, so I figured I’d better get a pony. If you do have a pony you could sell, please contact me, and then immediately start putting barbeque sauce in it’s bedding or add some Lawry’s to it’s salt lick – I like to marinade it early and long, so that the flavor is at it’s peak by the time I take possession.”
7) I have a huge bathroom
“I am a female in my mid 60’s and I am looking for a room mate. Times are tight and I need some extra money. I am willing to rent out my bathroom in my 1 bedroom east village home. My bathroom is large. You can easily put a twin air mattress in there. I only ask that when I need to use the bathroom, you or your air mattress are not in it. I do ask that when you are in the apartment, you confine yourself to the bathroom. I do not feel comfortable with a stranger walking around my living room. This might change as I get to know you better.”
“Because of this terrible economy, I’m having to shut down my business. I have OVER 1300 Pope hats (replicas) that I REALLY need to get rid of. The pope hats came from China and are a little too small for most adult heads and are also irritating to the skin, so you would need to have long hair or wear a smaller hat underneath (just like the REAL POPE). Dogs do not like to wear these pope hats, but maybe a large cat or maybe a nice dog would wear one.”
9) Need someone to hide easter eggs in my apartment when im not home
“I need someone to hide easter eggs in my apt when i am not there ! They are small and filled with candy! I would like to find them myself on sunday! I am willing to pay! Serious inquiries only!”
10) Free couch, if you can bend time and/or space
“I have a free couch for anyone who can get it back out of my room. It’s a comfy couch, cool stripe velvet in great shape, impossibly uncomfortable sleeper, but otherwise easily worth $50-75 bucks in Craigslist land. So why am I listing in for free? Because I am pretty sure it is physically impossible to remove this thing from my second story bedroom down the narrow hallway, down the narrower staircase and out the front door of my little Victorian duplex.”
11) I took your purse and felt a connection
“Tuesday night around 11:30. On 53rd btw 1st and 2nd. You came out of the subway and I followed you. You looked over your shoulder, saw me and started walking faster. I ran up, grabbed your arm, took your purse and ran away. I’ve done many a snatch-and-grab but no one has ever stuck in my mind like you. There was a quick moment when our eyes met that I felt something strong. I think you felt it too. If I wasn’t so shy (or so committing a crime) I would have asked your name. I, of course, later got your name from your drivers license. So Jennifer if you’d like to get together for a drink sometime get back to me.”
12) Looking for bridesmaids
“So, my fiancee and I are getting married in June. He has 8 groomsmen lined up and I only have one bridesmaid. So, I need some girls who are attractive and around my age to stand up in my wedding. You can be single or taken. It doesn’t matter….you just have to be hot. But, not hotter then me. Email me for more information. The wedding will be in Madison and you won’t have to pay for a thing.”
13) Do you have a small, incontinent dog?
“Or perhaps you work for a small dog rescue of some sort. Either way, I have a package of small doggy diapers. I don’t want to throw them out coz they are pretty expensive. (as someone with a small, incontnent dog would already know). Please don’t try to put them on a cat. It won’t work. Trust me.”
14) My teeth
“I left my Dentures in your Silverado last night. I gave you my number but did not get yours. Please call me asap. I need my teeth. We met in the parking lot of Margarita Jones. Get back to me asap please. Thank you.”
15) Disgruntled American seeks Canadian for political asylum, maybe more
“Are you a lonely, possibly desperate Canadian woman aged 18-50? Tired of trying to find a good man among your flannel clad, Labatt’s drinking, moose hunting country men? Willing to take in an American who is fed up with his country? Then I’m the guy for you! Maybe you’re a bit overweight or suffer from “Lifelong Ugly Duckling” syndrome. I don’t care.”
16) Autographed copy of Plato’s Republic
“1st edition of The Republic signed by its author. There is of course a reasonable amount of wear and tear, (light highlighting and underlining, dog-eared pages, back cover missing, etc.), but it is in overall good condition considering its age.”
17) Ferocious attack kitten
“This destructive kitty has been trained as a proud warrior and will fiercely defend your house, even against you. Has a very soft and furry belly, like a teddy bear – however he will bite your face if you try to touch it. For the love of God, someone please take this thing out of my house.”
18) Free – international ketchup packet collection
“This is a collection of ketchup packets from around the world. approximately 25 countries are represented here, including japan, finland, estonia, greenland, brazil, and portugal. none of the packets have been opened and they are labeled with their home country. Collection comes in decorative box with ducks on it.”
19) Personal texting assistant
“I get 40 – 50 texts an hour, I cant handle my workload plus texting responsibilities. My phone gets too full and needs deleted every couple hours. This is a full time position and you must be where ever I am at, because my phone is always with me. Serious inquiries only.”
20) 300 stuffed penguins
“I’m going through a pretty weird time in my life right now–having just gone through a break-up and graduated college and temporarily living in my parents’ house before I move out for good in in the fall, though I remain unemployed because my philosophy degree is at *such* a premium–and sifting through my room (which has become a strange amalgam of my adolescence and burgeoning adulthood), it’s been brought to my attention that I probably won’t “catch a man” or have anyone believe I’m about to turn 23 with 300 penguins and a bunch of purple furniture around, that looking at my current room one might think some sort of 13-year-old with developmental issues is living here.”
The first ever “World Summit on Toilets” was held in Singapore in November 2001.
Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana.
Researchers have developed odourless socks. The sock fabric is made by attaching molecules that contain chlorine called halamines to textile fibers.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower, also designed the inner structure of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour.
In the 1985 Boise, Idaho mayoral election, there were four write-in votes for Mr. Potato Head.
MS-DOS was originally calle QDOS and was bought of the author by Microsoft for a small fee. The rest is history.
Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
The Roman emperor Commodus was at one time going to change the name of Rome to Colonia Commodiana.
The state of Alaska has almost twice as many caribou as people.
Another way to say “every 9 years” is Novennial.
In the spring of 1975, a baby in Detroit fell 14 stories and landed on Joseph Figlock, who was walking below. A few years later it happened again. Figlock and both babies survived.
Close to fifty percent of Internet shoppers spend over five hours a week online.
Los Angeles is the most polluted city in the USA.