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Flying Mammels

The honey bee is the only bee that dies after stinging.

The only person whose birthday is a legal holiday everywhere in the U,S, is George Washington.

The only mammel that can fly is the bat.bat

The only thing named from the U.S. Patent Office is “patent leather”.

A shark is the only fish that can blink both eyes,

James Buchanan was the only bachelor President.

Maine is the only state in the U.S. which has only one syllable.

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes entirely in the U.S.

The bee is the only insect that produces food which is eaten by man.

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The Real Story Of Thanksgiving


by Susan Bates

Most of us associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast.  And that did happen – once.

The story began in 1614 when a band of English explorers sailed home to  England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had escaped.  By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived slavery in England and knew their language.  He taught them to grow corn and to fish, and negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.

But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized land, capturing strong young Natives for slaves and killing the rest.  But the Pequot Nation had not agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.

In 1637 near present day  Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside.  Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared “A Day Of Thanksgiving” because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.

Cheered by their “victory”, the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered.  Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.

Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now  Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of “thanksgiving” to celebrate victory over the heathen savages.  During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls.  Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts — where it remained on display for 24 years.

The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War — on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.

This story doesn’t have quite the same fuzzy feelings associated with it as the one where the Indians and Pilgrims are all sitting down together at the big feast.  But we need to learn our true history so it won’t ever be repeated.  Next  Thanksgiving, when you gather with your loved ones to Thank God for all your blessings, think about those people who only wanted to live their lives and raise their families.  They, also took time out to say “thank you” to Creator for all their blessings.

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Chuck Berry’s Occupation

A fly’s tastebuds are in its feet.

Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was the second manto walk on the lunar surface. His mother’s maiden was moon.

An alligator can swallow an eight pound chicken in one swallow.

Thge comic strip “Peanuts” was originally called Li’l Folks.

In 1944, Fidel Castro was Cuba’s best schoolboy athlete. He was once given a tryout by the Washington Senators baseball team.

Studies found out that most right handed people will scratch with their left hand and vice-versa.

Chuck Berry has a degree in cosmetology from Gibbs Beauty College.

Normal body temperature for a cat is 101.5 and a dog’s  is 101.

Bees flap their wings 300 times per second.

No U.S. president has been an only child.parrot

John Wayne had an 18 inch neck.

In Massachusetts, it  is against the law to drive while shaving.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

A parrot’s vocabulary is usually no more than twenty words.

On average, each American will eat 286 eggs.

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Death By Mating

The average catepillar has sixteen legs.CATEPILLAR

When Joseph Gayette in 1857, he had his name printed on each sheet.

A woodpecker can peck 20 times per second.

When Shell Oil Co. first opened its doors it was a seashell novelty shop.

The geographical center of Ohoo is Delaware- a small town 25 miles north northeast of Columbus.

Thomas Paine, the author 0f “Common Sense” and the creator of the name “United States Of America” died in obscurity June 8, 1809. Only six people came to his funeral.

Leslie King was president of the United States. As a child, when his parents divorced his stepfather adopted him and was given a new name, Gerald Ford.

Laugh and you will burn 3 1/2 calories.

In the US, the average bride is 21 years old and the groom is 23 years old.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

When asked to say a color, 3 out of 5 people will say “red”.

At 90 degree F below zero your breath will freeze and fall to the ground.

In 1915 a telephone call from New York to San Francisco cost $20.70 for the first 3 minutes.

Most people take an average of seven minutes to fall asleep.

England’s Queen Anne (1665-1714) outlived all of her seventeen children.

The tallest man in the world, Thomas Wadlow,  was 5′11″ tall.He died at 22 years old due to an infection caused by leg braces he needed to keep him on his feet.

Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it was 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the union.

A squirrel can live up to nine years. Reduce several years if it lives near a street.

In 1885 the tallest building in the world was seven stories. It housed the Home Insurance Company of Chicago.

The female praying mantis devours her male partner while mating.

In ancient Rome, it was commonplace for a woman’s bath  to be filled with donkey milk and spiced with perfumed swan’s fat.

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Saddam Hussein Received A Key To The City Of Detroit

Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.

The lifespan of a rhinoceros is generally 50 years.

41% of women apply body or hand moisturizer a minimum three times a day.

The largest ice cream sundae was made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream, was 12 feet high and had 7000 pounds of toppings on it. This was made in Anaheim, California in 1985.

The name of the award given to honor the best sites on the Internet is called “The Webby Award.”

The United States Mint once considered producing donut-shaped coins.

A Hungarian named Ladislo Biro invented the first ballpoint pen in 1938.chocolate cake

Adolf Hitler loved chocolate cake.

Many years ago, a fish was caught that was 33 inches long and seemed to be heavier than it should. When they cut the fish, fishermen found a full of bottle of ale inside it.

George Washington grew hemp in his garden.

In New York City, approximately 1,600 people are bitten by other humans annually.

In 1980, Saddam Hussein received a key to the city of Detroit.

The song “Strawberry Fields Forever” sung by the Beatles refers to an orphanage located in Liverpool.

In 1952, the first TV toy commercial aired. It was for Mr. Potato Head.

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Termite Moles

Termites are roasted and eaten like popcorn in South Africa

Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined

In 1890, Scott Paper produced the first toilet paper to be available on a roll

Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin

Over 500 million gallons of Kool-Aid drink are consumed each year

The country of Fiji is made up of 332 islands

The Sears Tower in Chicago contains enough steel to build 50,000 automobiles

A mole can dig a tunnel three hundred feet long in a single night


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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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