Tuesday, February 25, 2014


NOTE: I did not realize it until reading another post about her anniversary and checking on my out of curiosity...  this is my 2,000 post.  I stared on Aug. 20, 2006 and am so surprised I am still here.   Anyways, carry on...

Are you aware that a new world record has been set for the HIGH JUMP from a KNEELING position?

The record (0.757 meters) – remember this is from a KNEELING position – was set recently on a beach near Montpelier in Southern France.

The photograph below was taken a split second before the jump – but it gives you an idea as to how it was achieved.

The athletic capability of some people never fails to amaze me.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Plethora Of Useless Information – Or Is It

Okay, Peeps.  It’s useless information time.  Regardless of what Oscar proclaimed, there is plenty of useless stuff to know.  To prove it, below are some facts good only for Trivial Pursuit games and drunken conversations at parties.

Note taking is encouraged…

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the New Year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man. (Which makes me wonder about the first banana and who decided to replant it?  Where did it come from and how did it end up in the exact place it needed to be to let a man-like thing replant it?  And why did the man-like thing think of doing so?)

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density. (Yet an airplane can take off in a shorter distance in colder weather???)

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications paid $25 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday. (The copyright has been bought and sold many time, but TW bought the owning company, Birch Tree Ltd, in 1998.)

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun.

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers. That is why it is found in some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go.  The first sense lost is sight.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per 100 grams (.22 pounds).

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters (9.3 miles).

Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down. (I claim bullshit on this one.  I have never seen a marching Army change random steps when crossing a bridge.)

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For every extra kilogram (2.2 lbs) carried on a space flight, 530 kg (1,168.5 lbs) of excess fuel is needed at lift-off.

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

WAIT!!!  If you can use this information for games and inebriated conversations then it isn’t useless, is it?  What a conundrum!

Anyway, regardless of ‘is it’ or ‘ain’t it’, go play your game or drink you drink. 

You’re welcome.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cars That Never Made It

They were pure fantasy on wheels, machines designed to make the heart race and the mind ask, “What If?”

These 1950’s concept cars were automotive art built to attract public attention, test wild engineering ideas and give motorists a fleeting glimpse down the highway of tomorrow.

Notice the license plate on the last car!

1957 Chrysler Diablo

1956 Buick Centurion II

1954 Ford La Tosca

1951 Buick LeSabre

1959 GM Firebird III

1955 Lincoln Futura

1951Buick XP-300

1955 Ford Mystere

1959 Cadillac Cyclone

1954 Oldsmobile Rocket F88

1958 Ford X-2000

1953 Cadillac Ghia Coupe

1955 Lincoln Indianapolis

1957 Mercury D524 (This car was never shown to the public)

1956 Packard Predictor

1952 Chrysler D'Elegance

1954 De Soto Adventurer II

1953 Ford X-100

1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket

1956 Pontiac Club De Mer

Ahh Yes... Jetsons indeed.