Let's begin this installment with a hopelessly chauvinistic bit of trivia. Did you know
that, many years ago in Scotland, when a new game was being invented, it was ruled
“Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden” . . . and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language?
This is hard to believe, but true. The percentage of Africa that is wilderness is 28%.
The percentage of North America that is wilderness is 38%!
Mark Twain was fascinated with new technology, so it makes sense that the first novel ever
written on a typewriter was “Tom Sawyer.” Reportedly, Twain spent over $300.00 for his
typewriter, which puts it in a league with buying a computer to do your writing today.
You might guess that states having big cities would have more residents walking to
work . . . like New York or even Illinois. Nevertheless, the State with the highest
percentage of people who walk to work is really Alaska. If you live in a cabin, on a
lake, and are a trapper . . . .
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents one of the great kings from history:
♠ Spades - King David
♥ Hearts - Charlemagne
♣ Clubs - Alexander, the Great
♦ Diamonds - Julius Caesar
Here's something to consider the next time you're parked on a bench down in Grant Park
and looking up at old Ulysses astride his horse. If a statue in the park of a person on
a horse has both front legs in the air, that person died in battle. If the horse has one
front leg in the air, that person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the
horse has all four legs on the ground, then that person just died of natural causes.
You see, there are many ways to construe the sobriquet, “He died in action.”
Here's where the better half get some revenge for our first item of the day. What do
bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
Why, they were all invented by women, of course!
Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4,
1776 . . . John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed the document on
August 2nd, but the last signature wasn't added until a full five years later.
Way back when, it was the accepted practice in Babylon some 4,000 years ago that for a
month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his new son-in-law with all the
mead he could drink. Mead is, of course, a honey beer and because their calendar was
lunar-based, this period came to be termed “the honey month,” which became corrupted over
time into what we know today as the honeymoon.
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled to
snug up the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep upon. Hence came
the phrase, “Goodnight, sleep tight!”
Now, this is a really cool idea! The next time you come home for the night and go to put your
keys away, consider this: You are holding in your hand a portable security alarm system that
can be used at home and requires no further installation . . . if the key fob for remote
ocking includes a “panic” button. Just start keeping your car keys next to your bed on the
night stand when you go to bed at night. If you think someone is trying to get into your
house, or even if you hear a noise outside your house, just press that red panic alarm on
your car key chain. Test it! It should go off from almost anywhere inside your house and
will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset the button on the key
fob chain to silence the alarm.
If your car alarm goes off loudly when someone really is trying to break into your house,
odds are the burglar or rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds of racket, all the
neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there, and no criminal in his
right mind wants that. Just be sure to try yours to make sure it works before you rely on it,
and practice how to press the alarm button again to turn it off. You can derive extra
protection in parking lots and ramps as well, by carrying your keys with your thumb on that
little red button while walking to your car . . . .
“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with pleasure.”
-- Clarence Darrow
“I didn't attend the funeral, but sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
-- Mark Twain