Tuesday, May 3, 2016



MAY 1, 2016

Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president to serve three full terms. He was actually elected to a fourth term, but died a few months after being re-elected. Prior to Roosevelt, there was an unwritten tradition, going back to George Washington who declined to serve a third term that US presidents were limited to serving just two terms. Roosevelt broke that tradition by running for third and fourth terms, but after his death, a constitutional amendment was passed which officially limited presidents to just two terms.

An orange tree may bear oranges for more than 100 years. The famous "Constable Tree," an orange tree brought to France in 1421, lived and bore fruit for 473 years.

When asked to name his favorite among all his paintings, Pablo Picasso replied,  "the next one."

In the Middle Ages, one Valentine's Day custom was for young men and women to draw names from a bowl to see who their valentine would be. They would then wear these names on their sleeves for one week. “To wear your heart on your sleeve” now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

The word “dinosaur” means “terrible lizard.”

James Polk is the only U. S. President to lose the Presidential Election in both his birth state and state of residence.

A former Fiat factory in Turin, Italy, was designed with spiraling ramps inside the building that led to a rooftop test track.

When it comes to what really matters to travelers, the United States has the rest of the world beat when it comes to its toilets. Per a survey of 100 international travel writers, the United States has, by far, the best in the world. Western Europe may have the best castles and museums, but johns finished a distant second. Scandinavia, rated separately from Western Europe, placed third. China is where bathrooms are considered the absolute worst according to the surveyed travel writers. Almost as bad are those toilets in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. The Soviet Union was also voted the worst when it comes to toilet paper.

To prevent waste, overeating, and pollution of the water, feed the fish in an aquarium twice a day an amount that takes them five minutes to completely clean up.

The lungfish can live out of water in a state of suspended animation for three years.
On May 2, 1845, a bridge in Great Yarmouth, England, collapsed when thousands gathered on it to watch a clown travel down the river in a tub pulled by geese.

One of the greatest orators of all time, - Demosthenes (384? – 322 BC. ) was once a stutterer who stubbornly trained himself to stop, reportedly by putting pebbles in his mouth and practicing speaking aloud.

Most dangerous of all avalanches, snow avalanches occur about a million times a year.
Queen Elizabeth I held England’s first official lottery 450 years ago.

India’s Goa State recently declared the Coconut Palm is no longer a tree, but a grass.

Benjamin Franklin compiled a list of more than 200 synonyms for "drunk," including cherry-merry, nimptopsical, and soaked.

Trees do not have life expectancies like humans. Some in California are believed to be four-thousand years old or more. How can trees live so long? The simple answer is that they're not as complex as people. So, as long as conditions are right, trees continue to live and grow, until something interrupts it.

Portmanteau words are descriptive word combinations, such as brunch (from breakfast and lunch), motel (from motor and hotel), and smog (from smoke and fog).
The pygmy shrew, for instance, hunts constantly and must devour the equivalent of its body weight every 24 hours just to survive. It moves so quickly to hunt food that its heart rate can go as high as 1,000 beats per minute.

Rainbow Bridge, Nature's abstract sculpture carved of solid sandstone, is the world's largest natural-rock span -- 278 feet wide and 309 feet high. Technically, it is located in Utah just north of the Arizona state line, but "Arizona Highway's Travel Arizona" book cites it as a local attraction.
Elephants communicate in sound waves below the frequency that humans can hear.
Moths - at least in the form we know them - are not responsible for damaging woolen clothing. Our wearables are attacked only by moths in the larval state, and then only by one family of moths, the Tineidae.

Strange creatures, jellyfish are comprised mostly of water-- more than 95 percent-- and have no brain, heart, or bones, and no actual eyes.

Dachshunds are the smallest breed of dog used for hunting. They are low to the ground, which allows them to enter and maneuver through tunnels easily.

New York University researchers have identified 3,000 types of bacteria on dollar bills.
Stalin, despite his popular image, was not a pipe smoker. He used the pipe only for effect at conference and public appearances. In private, he chained-smoked cigarettes.

It was the fashion among rich Egyptian women to place a large cone of scented grease on top of their heads. As the day wore on, it melted and dripped down their bodies, covering their skin with an oily, glistening sheen and bathing their clothes in fragrance.

About 24 newborn opossums can fit in a teaspoon. They are about .07 ounce at birth.

Almost half the newspapers in the world are published in the United States and Canada.

The pink sand found on the beaches of Harbour Island in the Bahamas gets its color from millions of Foraminifera, a microscopic animal with a bright pink or red shell. 

Dean’s Blue Hole off the coast of Long Island, Bahamas, plunges over 600 feet deep, making it the deepest blue hole in the world.

Between 1984 and 1992, solo synchronized swimming was  an Olympic sport.

Crocodile Tears Syndrome is a rare condition where people start to cry uncontrollably when they eat.

The U. S. Congress passed a law in 1832 requiring all American citizens to spend one day each year fasting and praying. For the most part, people ignored the law, and no effort was made to enforce the legislation.

If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. 
He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer's credibility. 
Q: “Officer --- did you see my client fleeing the scene?”
A: “No, sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.”
Q: “Officer, who provided this description?” 
A: “The officer who responded to the scene.”
Q: “A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?” 
A: “Yes, sir. With my life.” 
Q: “With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?” 
A: “Yes sir, we do!” 
Q: “And do you have a locker in the room?”  
A: “Yes, sir, I do.” 
Q: “And do you have a lock on your locker?” 
A: “Yes, sir.” 
Q: “Now, why is it, officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?” 
A: “You see, sir, we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.”  
The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter, and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year's “Best Comeback”  line -- and we think he'll win.


How dogs and men are the same:

1. Both take up too much space on the bed.
2. Both have irrational fears about vacuum cleaning.
3. Both mark their territory.
4. Neither tells you what's bothering them.
5. The smaller ones tend to be more nervous.
6. Both have an inordinate fascination with women's crotches.
7. Neither does any dishes.
8. Both fart shamelessly.
9. Neither of them notice when you get your hair cut.
10. Both like dominance games.
11. Both are suspicious of the postman.
12. Neither understands what you see in cats.

How dogs are better than men:
1. Dogs do not have problems expressing affection in public.
2. Dogs miss you when you're gone.
3. Dogs feel guilty when they've done something wrong.
4. Dogs admit when they're jealous.
5. Dogs are very direct about wanting to go out.
6. Dogs do not play games with you, except fetch (and they never laugh at how you throw).
7. You can train a dog.
8. Dogs are easy to buy for.
9. The worst social disease you can get from dogs is fleas (okay, really, the worst disease you can get from them is rabies, but there's a vaccine for it and you can kill the one that gives it to you).
10. Dogs understand what "no" means.
11. Dogs mean it when they kiss you.

They say you can't have too much of a good thing.

I wish I'd been part of that study. 

Alabama Laws.

You must have windshield wipers on your car. 
Dieting is a lot easier when you factor in recently "determined calorie counting principles". The following are calories that: DO NOT COUNT. 

CUSTOM MADE FOOD: Anything somebody made "just for you" must be eaten regardless of the calories because to do otherwise would be rude. But don't worry, because the calories don't count.

FOOD EATEN QUICKLY: If you are rushed through a meal, the entire meal doesn't count. Conversely, if you have ordered something fattening and now regret it, you can minimize its calories by gulping it down.

OTHER PEOPLE'S FOOD: A chocolate mousse that you did not order has no calories. Therefore, have your companion order dessert and you taste half of it.

INGREDIENTS IN COOKING: Chocolate chips are fattening. So are chocolate chip cookies! However, chocolate chips eaten while making chocolate chip cookies have no calories whatsoever. Therefore, make chocolate chip cookies often but don't eat them.

LEFTOVERS: An extra hamburger, a hotdog butt, half a Twinkie, anything intended for the garbage has no calories regardless of what happens to it in the kitchen.

TV FOOD: Anything eaten in front of a TV has no calories. This may have something to do with the radiation leakage, which negates not only the calories in the food but also all recollection of having eaten it. In fact, entire " no-calories dinners" are now manufactured and frozen for this purpose.

ANYTHING SMALLER THAN ONE INCH: contains no calories to speak of. For example, chocolate kisses, cubes of cheese, or maraschino cherries.

CHILDREN'S FOOD: Anything purchased, produced or intended for minors is calorie-free when eaten by adults. This category covers a wide range, beginning with a spoonful of baby tapioca-consumed for demonstration purposes-up to and including cookies baked and sent to college.

CHARITABLE FOODS: Girl Scout cookies, bake sale cookies, ice cream socials and church strawberry festivals all have a religious dispensation from calories. I heard this last Sunday.

LEFT-HANDED FOOD: If you have a drink in your right hand, anything eaten with the other hand has no calories.

AND LAST, FOOD ON FOOT: All food eaten while standing has no calories. Exactly why is not clear, but the current theory relates to gravity. The calories apparently bypass the stomach flowing directly down the legs and through the soles of the feet into the floor. Walking seems to accelerate this process, so that a frozen custard or hotdog eaten at a carnival actually has a calorie deficit. 

The Last Word from Women.

Men are like fine wine. 
They all start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd like to have dinner with.

Quick Quotes. "Oil is under $60 a barrel and you know what that means for the American consumer? Nothing." --Jay Leno

Al Gore was speaking at a pep rally in Central Park. Because when you think pep, you think Al Gore. I have to be careful about this, because Al Gore is, uh, not a dynamic speaker. Halfway through his speech, squirrels were climbing on him." --David Letterman

I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds.
People move out of the waymuch  faster  now.

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