" Round and around she goes, where she stops, no body knows "
June 2008 Phoenix probe lands on Mars,
amazing major discovery, Water on Mars.
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Comments made in the year 1955:
"Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls."
"I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now."
"I'm just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business."
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
Remember, there is no way you can look as bad as that person on your drivers license.
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
11. Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Humpty Dumpty was pushed!
If you don't send this to at least 8 people.... who gives a flip??
Have a Great Day!!!!
|Remember the Good Old Days, Hah!|
" If Woman Ruled the World "
|How the Tax
|This is a VERY simple way to understand
the tax laws. Read on -
Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this.
The first four men -- the poorest -- would pay nothing; the fifth would pay $1, the sixth would pay $3, the seventh $7, the eighth $12, the ninth $18,and the tenth man -- the richest -- would pay $59.
That's what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement -- until one day, the owner threw them a curve (in tax language a tax cut).
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20." So now dinner for the ten only cost $80.00.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six -- the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share?"
The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, Then the fifth man and The sixth man would end up being PAID to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
And so the fifth man paid nothing, the sixth pitched in $2, the seventh paid $5, the eighth paid $9, the ninth paid $12, leaving the tenth man with a bill of $52 instead of his earlier $59. Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.
But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man, but he, pointing to the tenth. "But he got $7!". "Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man, "I only saved a dollar, too, ........It's unfair that he got seven times more than me!".
That's true!" shouted the seventh man, why should he get $7 back when I got only $2?" The wealthy get all the breaks!". Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night he didn't show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered, a little late what was very important. They were FIFTY-TWO DOLLARS short of paying the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college instructors, is how the tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore.
Partition your hard drive ?
Click here and find out why. http://partition.radified.com/partitioning_2.htm
Keep your computer clean inside.
Your computer fans suck in dust which accumulates every ware inside your case. This causes overheating and could cause component frailer. A least once a year or sooner if you have your case open every so often like me, CLEAN IT OUT,( Be sure the computer power is off. )
Either use canned air to blow it out or
purchase a vacuum cleaner attachment kit to use off of your house
vacuum. I have a Dirt Devil kit I purchased a few years ago or you
can get one from
Cyberguys.com, see below.
Should I buy from them or not ?.
If your not sure of the reliability of an on line merchant, one of the places you can turn for reports from others who have bought from them is, , give them a try, could save you some grief and money.
It was a normal day in Sharon Springs, KS when a Union Pacific crew boarded
a loaded coal train to head on the long trek back to Salina.
Just a few miles into the trip a wheel bearing becomes overheated and melts off letting the truck support drop down and grind on top of the rail creating white hot molten metal droppings to spew downward on the rail.
Now, Check out the pictures in order below.
|Don't throw away those old computers ..........they do have a use after all !!!.|
|If you take a look at the following .gif, let me tell you ... it is not animated. Your eyes are making it move. To test this, stare at one spot for a couple seconds and everything will stop moving. Or look at the black center of each circle and it will stop moving. But move your eyes to the next black center and the previous will move after you take your eyes away from it.... Weird|
HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITHOUT KNOWING THESE THINGS? :)
Many years ago, in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was
ruled "Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden"....and thus the word GOLF
entered into the English language.
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were
Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
( now get this...) The percentage of North America that is wilderness:38%
The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $6,400
The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910.
The youngest pope was 11 years old.
The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the
air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air
the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse
has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John
Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the
last signature wasn't added until 5
Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace
Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name
Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until
would find the letter "A"? A. One thousand
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and
laser printers all have in common? A. All invented by women.
Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
Q. Which day are there more collect calls than any other day of the
year? A. Father's Day
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes the mattress
tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase.........
"goodnight, sleep tight."
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month
after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with
the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their
calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey
month...which we know today as the honeymoon.
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts.. So in old
England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them
"Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down. It's where we get the
phrase "mind your P's and Q's"
Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked
into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a
refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the
phrase inspired by this practice.
At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
YEAR OF 1902
This ought to boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year
is 1902 ... one hundred years ago ... what a difference a
century makes! Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1902:
The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.
Only 14 Percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven
There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles
of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more
heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million
residents, California was only the
21st-most populous state in the Union. The tallest structure
in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents an hour.
The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and
$4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per
More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at
Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college
education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of
which were condemned in the press and by the government as
Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a
dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used
borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering
the country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
4. Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New
Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been
There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
One in ten U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only
6 percent of all Americans had graduated high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the
counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist,
"Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a
perfect guardian of health."
18 percent of households in the U.S. had at least one
full-time servant or domestic.
There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
Just think what it will be like in another 100 years.......Regards,
Improve system performance with round cables. Flat cables block air, round style improves air flow.
Get them from Cyberguys.
About a month before Windows XP came
out I pre ordered a copy so on October 25th 2001( the release date )
I had mine.
First off I would like to say that Microsoft finally got their act together the program is undoubtedly the best O.S. to date ( except for 2000, but which will not handle all hardware items ).The program starts faster, runs better, and shuts down smoother than any before. I have had a few of my programs ( graphic types ) have locked up when pushed to the limit , but XP tells you there is a problem when this happens and shuts down the program and goes back to the desktop not crashing the whole system.
Remember it takes 128mb.of RAM for Windows XP to run properly , that's just Windows, so you need more for your programs to run. It's best to have 256mb. or 512 or more ( I have 1gb. ). As cheap as RAM is now buy all you can as your computer will run much better without having to got to virtual memory ( using your hard drive ).
Now the bad stuff: In my case I had to upgrade Symantec System Works, Roxio CD Creator, Partition Magic and new drivers for my WACOM Graphire tablet. I had to buy a new web cam and scanner as the ones I had were no longer supported by the manufacturers ( to old ). So the $99.99 upgrade for the Home Edition is just a starting point.
Other than that GO FOR IT and have fun
January 25th 2002 / After using XP for three months I can say without a doubt that using my computer is finally a complete pleasure.
Update: June 19th 2002 still runs smooth as silk.
Update: October 2002. Windows XP is still the best but not infallible . Corruption caused by programs can still cause trouble and lead to reformatting your drive and reinstalling Windows. This is why I am a firm believer in drive partitioning, put your O.S. on the primary partition and programs on the logical partition. This way even though you have to reinstall the programs to link to the registry again your data files ( which you should back up anyway ) are not lost)
This comes from a Canadian newspaper. The Good Neighbor.
Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto. The editorial was by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian Television commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:
This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas 10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes?
Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon-not once, but several times-and safely home again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them and old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble, Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those.
" Stand proud, Americans".
Fred's Tip: If you
plan on building your system from scratch, remember the most important component
is the Mother Board.
Don't compromise and buy " Jippo Joe's" el cheapo version at you local hot shot computer show.
Buy a name brand board Microstar,Abit,Asus etc.. Boards have come down in price in the last year and they really aren't that expensive compared to everything else you'll need. 3/19/99
Catalog those disks
This shareware program is fantastic, it has a very reasonable registration fee. If you have many ZIP disks or CD's to keep track of the contents, read on.
Advanced Disk Catalog (ADC) is an easy to use tool with explorer-like interface which allows you to catalog the drives:
floppy disks, hard drives (including network ones), optical disks, CD-ROMs, ZIP disks and other media.
With ADC you are able to:
- Organize volumes, folders and files into categories; - Add comment to each file, folder and disk;
- Analyze ZIP, ARJ, RAR and CAB archives; - Search for files/folders using file name or your own comments (with wildcards), limiting the search results by date, size and category; - Search for files in archives; - Update volume information (with saving comments and categories); - Generate the reports which can be imported from the programs like Microsoft Excel;
- Search for duplicated files;- Import descriptions from files like "file_id.diz", "files.bbs", "description" etc.;
- Extract description from executable modules (EXE, DLL etc.); - Compare catalogued disk with actual (new files, changed files, modified files); - ... and more.
To find out more go to:
I finally gave in on 5-19-98.
Ever since June of 1996 when I first assembled my Web site with Hot Dog's 16 bit program and read over and over again about HTML tags and how to use them ( still haven't mastered it all), I was a firm believer that the only way to write HTML tags was to manually enter them. When FrontPage 97 came out I tried a timed demo and didn't like it , mainly because you could look at the HTML tags but couldn't change them, thereby loosing control of the Web page as far as I was concerned.
Well! FrontPage 98 has changed that, there are three modes in the Editor, #1 is Normal view where you enter everything as it will appear and the program writes the HTML tags for you , #2 is HTML view, where you can enter or change the HTML tags to your liking, and #3 is Preview where you see your pages as they will be on the Web.
There are many things FrontPage will do much easier and faster saving time, with it's Web Bots, and Active Elements . Just be sure that your ISP supports FrontPage extensions ( ask him) these are the goodies that run the Active Elements.( a FrontPage assembled site will still work on a conventional server, but the active elements will not function).
FrontPage also has bundled with it a very good graphics program called " Image Composer " by Micro Soft for making Sprites, which are free floating graphics. I think FrontPage is a good buy being similar programs that compare to it cost two to three times more.
Update: June 1999
Upgraded to Front Page 2000, well worth the money. A few new goodies added, also an option to set the program
not to override any HTML tags that you manually enter,
after all who's smarter you or the program ??( the program is ).
May 2001 ~ Front Page 2002. getting better.
October 2003 ~
Front Page 2003 ( incorporated some of Dream Weaver's
You'll never put your
troubles behind you if your afraid to turn your back on them.
Remember when setting up your Web page use a color
scheme that allows easy reading for everybody. Say if you use a black
background, don't use maroon or dark blue for your text. Use white or yellow
etc. so it stands out, in the case of my home page I have always had a
yellow/orange or white background with black, dark red or dark blue text.
If I ever change the background ( which I due ever so often) I keep the same
color set up which saves having to change the HTML font color tags.
the heck is it ? " Real Mean In laws " ? ", NO it's " Repetitive Motion Injury
". So you say " So What ", well you can get it, I DID in the shoulder. Everyone
uses a Mouse ( in my case a track ball ) some times I will be at my computer
three or four hours non stop with my arm extended ( bad news). I found out your
arm should hang just about straight down with your fore arm at a 90 degree angle
but not reaching out which puts undo strain on your wrist ( Carpal Tunnel ), arm
or shoulder. Also every 30 minutes or so you should get up and stretch your arms
forward, up, and back or just walk around a minute or two. The pain in my arm
got so bad that I couldn't reach backwards.
I did two things, and after about three or four days was back to normal. I have a timer program with came with my trackball program that pops up every thirty minutes and says " Time To Stretch " and I do, also I mounted my trackball on a adjustable MOUSE CRADLE ( there are all types made ), the one I got is made by a company called " Ring King " model 76545. It mounts under your computer desk or table and slides out. Can be adjusted in and out, back and forth or up and down, and makes using your mouse device a pleasure.
If your interested, I purchased it from a company here in Sacramento called " Cyberguys " they are a mail order company dealing in all sorts of computer goodies and ( lucky for me a 20 min. drive ) they have a Web site. Also you can order their catalog ( its free ) . I have added a picture of the " Mouse Cradle " and you can click on it for the " Cyberguys " link. Good mousing, " That goes for you to Mickey ".
Spring 1998 Update: I believe " Cyberguys " no longer handle this item, although I have seen it in adds for the same cradle from other company's.
Now that you have the latest MS Internet Explorer do you notice that the load
time of your home site and using the Explorer as a viewer with your HTML code
editor is slower and slower and slower. Do not fret , if you go into the
explorer View / Options / Navigation and set the " History "number of days to 0
(zero) it will really speed up the load time. Of course you won't have thousands
of sites that you visited in file taking up megabytes of space, but so what.
Also every so often check out the history directory to see if it needs cleaning
Be sure to dump the " Cookies ",( and the crumbs ) your not running a bakery anyway.
Note: To dump " Cookies " use Windows file manager so if you want to leave a " Cookie " such as
" Real Audio Time Cast " otherwise you will have to sign on again the next time you enter.
Also be sure to check the Temporary Internet Files and clean it up and go into View / Options / Advanced / Temporary File / Settings and put it at 1 %, ( that's as low as it goes }.
The above information really improved my system ( 486DX4-100) after trial and error. If you have a faster set up it will be more.
TIP: To allow graphics to load faster on your page be sure to include width and height @< IMG SRC=" name.gif " ALT=" text only " WIDTH=nn HEIGHT=nn > , this way the computer doesn't have to calculate the size to load the picture, it already knows.
If you would like more good sound files of all types, try
EARchives Main Menu
Also any of you DR. Who aficionados try,
" The Vortex ", Dr.Who links from all four corners of the web
SAVE THE DOCTOR
" Star Trek Next Generation ", try these links.
Star Trek Continuum
Star Trek © Paramount Pictures
For surprise " CLICK " Picard or Riker
~~ Song playing
" Passport " ~~
Click on the " Alchemy " graphic panel below, for GIF Construction Set for Windows, an easy to use application for creating transparent GIF files, multiple image GIF files, creating and editing GIF comment blocks, adding text to GIF images and much more. GIF Construction Set makes a superb fully-compliant GIF viewer and GIF helper for web browsers.GIF Construction Set is available in both sixteen- and 32-bit versions. This is what is needed to create animations ( also needed a drawing program like" Paint Shop Pro " ( see links page ) and some patience.)
Attention All Pigs
Now that I've got your attention...(ha ha)...this is an interesting fact for all of us. During your lifetime, you will eat 60,000 pounds of food, which is the weight of six elephants OR the weight of 110 NASCAR autos! Now that's a lot of grub.
TIPS FOR A LIFETIME
1--Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips
2--Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle-perfect shaped pancakes every time.
3---To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
4---To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.
5---Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan-the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.
6---To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
7---To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove-top-skillet will be much easier to clean now
8---Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-
9---When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead-no white mess on the outside of the cake.
11---Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator-it will keep for weeks.
12---Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.
13---Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.
14---When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corns natural sweetness.
15---To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh-if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
16---Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
17---Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
18---If you have problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
19---Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
20---To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area for instant relief.
21---Use air-freshener to clean mirrors: It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
22 --- tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter,then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
23--- If your VCR has a year setting on it, which most do, you will not be able to use the programmed recording feature after 12/31/99. Don't throw it away. Instead set it for the year 1972 as the days are the same as the year 2000. The manufacturers won't tell you. They want you to buy a newY2k VCR.
24----NOW Look what you can do with Alka Seltzer: Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.
25--- Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
26--- Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
27-- Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
28--Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three
Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar
Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
Pass these along to all your friends.
Military Specs Live Forever
The US Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England, and the US railroads were built by English expatriates.
Why did the English people build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
Why did " they " use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.
Okay! Why did the wagons use that odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing the wagons would break on some of the old, long distance roads, because that's the spacing of the old wheel ruts.
So who built these old rutted roads? The first long distance roads in Europe were built by Imperial Rome for the benefit of their legions. The roads have been used ever since. And the ruts? The initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagons, were first made by Roman war chariots. Since the chariots were made for or by Imperial Rome they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
Thus, we have the answer to the original question. The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches derives from the original specification (Military Spec) for an Imperial Roman army war chariot; which goes to show Military Specs. and Bureaucracies live forever.
So, the next time you are handed a specification and
wonder what horse's ass came up with it, you may be exactly right. Because the
Imperial Roman chariots were made to be just wide enough to accommodate the
back-ends of two war horses.
Famous Last Words
" Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." --Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." --Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." --The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.
"But what ... is it good for?" --Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the micro chip.
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." --Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977.
"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us." --Western Union internal memo, 1876.
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" --David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible." --A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" --H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927.
"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper." --Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."
"A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make." --Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." --Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." --Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this." --Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Note pads.
"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we' we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'" --Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.
"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." --1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.
"You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training." --Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem by inventing Nautilus.
"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy." --Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." --Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." --Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
"Everything that can be invented has been invented." --Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction". --Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872.
"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon". --Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.
"640K ought to be enough for anybody." -- Bill
Amusing Irrelevant Facts
known goldfish lived to 41 years of age. Its name was Fred.
first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.
couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be
In 1983, a
Japanese artist made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of toast.
In 1984, a
Canadian farmer began renting ad space on his cows.
person laughs about 15 times a day.
person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.
The condom -
made originally of linen - was invented in the early 1500s.
first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.
Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn't give her coffee.
Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.
bank teller loses about $250 every year.
has a unique tongue print.
beat faster than men's.
Only 55% of
all Americans know that the sun is a star.
car horns honk in the key of F.
About 70% of
Americans who go to college do it just to make more money. [The rest are
avoiding reality for four more years.]
had a morbid fear of ferns.
contains fish scales.
banned by public schools in San Diego.
best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis
27% of U.S.
male college students believe life is " a meaningless existential hell."
was afraid of the dark.
" Kemo Sabe "
means " soggy shrub " in Navaho.
I Never Knew That !
Rene Descartes came up with the theory of coordinate geometry by looking at a fly walk across a tiled ceiling.
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
Ballroom dancing is a major at Brigham Young University.
Some biblical scholars believe that Aramaic (the language of the ancient Bible) did not contain an easy way to say " many things " and used a term which has come down to us as 40. This means that when the bible -- in many places -- refers to " 40 days, " they meant many days.
Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression " to get fired."
Canada is an Indian word meaning " Big Village ".
There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
" I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
The term " the whole 9 yards " came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got " the whole 9 yards."
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.
The most common first name in the world is Mohammed. The most common last name is Lee.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard's fish was named Livingston.
The 'y' in signs reading " ye olde.." is properly pronounced with a'th' sound, not 'y'. The " th " sound does not exist in Latin, so ancient Roman occupied (present day) England use the rune " thorn " to represent " th "sounds.
With the advent of the printing press the character from the Roman alphabet which closest resembled thorn was the lower case " y ".
The word " samba " means " to rub navels together ".
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
The little bags of netting for gas lanterns (called 'mantles') are radioactive--so much so that they will set off an alarm at a nuclear reactor.
Each unit on the Richter Scale is equivalent to a power factor of about 32. So a 6 is 32 times more powerful than a 5. Though it goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction (2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided).
Cinderella's slippers were originally made out of fur. The story was changed in the 1600s by a translator.
It was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway, when the prince tried to follow her.
Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. 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.
Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
Dr. Seuss pronounced " Seuss" such that it rhymed with " rejoice ".
In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said " Play it again, Sam." Sherlock Holmes never said " Elementary, my dear Watson." Captain Kirk never said " Beam me up, Scotty," but he did say, " Beam me up, Mr. Scott ".
Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's " Its A Wonderful Life ".
The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war. A portion of the flag is blue, while the other is red. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in war time.
Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
The " huddle " in football was formed due to a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.
Goethe couldn't stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.
If you are locked in a completely sealed room, you will die of carbon dioxide poisoning first before you will die of oxygen deprivation.
Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.
The term, " It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye " is from Ancient Rome. The only rule during wrestling matches was, " No eye gouging." Everything else was allowed, but the only way to be disqualified is to poke someone's eye out.
Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister.
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed, and continue living.
The phrase " rule of thumb " is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland's baby daughter, Ruth.
Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the great-great-grandson of Mormon leader Brigham Young.
Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of linen.
Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected
because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.
Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
American car horns beep in the tone of F.
No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.
Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.
Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."
Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer.
Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser.
Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public.
Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.
Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.
Pearls melt in vinegar.
It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
Average life span of a major league baseball: seven pitches.
A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
Richard Milhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second? William Jefferson Clinton.
Courtesy of: ACDFunnies
1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?
2) Which country makes Panama hats?
3) From which animal do we get catgut?
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?
7) What was King George VI's first name?
8) What color is a purple finch?
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?
10) How long did the Thirty Years War last?
1) 116 years, from 1337 to 1453.
3) Sheep and horses.
4) November. The Russian calendar was 13 days behind ours.
5) Squirrel fir.
6) The Latin name was Insularia Canaria - Island of the Dogs.
7) Albert. When he came to the throne in 1936 he respected the wish of
Queen Victoria that no future king should ever be called Albert.
8) Distinctively crimson.
9) New Zealand.
10) Thirty years, of course. From 1618 to 1648.
Remember When ??
Close your eyes.....And go back in time.... Before the Internet or the
MAC, Before semi-automatics and crack Before SEGA or Super Nintendo...
> >I'm talking about hide and seek at dusk.
> >The Good Humor man,
> >Red light, green light.
> >The corner store.
> >Hopscotch, butterscotch, doubledutch, jacks, kickball, dodgeball.
> >Mother May I?
> >Red Rover and Roly Poly
> >Hula Hoops
> >Running through the sprinkler
> >The smell of the sun and licking salty lips.... Wax lips and mustaches
> >An ice cream cone on a warm summer night
> >Chocolate or vanilla or strawberry or maybe butter pecan.
> >A cherry coke from the fountain at the corner drug store
> >Watching Saturday Morning cartoons...
> >short commercials
> >Fat Albert, Road Runner, He-Man, The Three Stooges, and Bugs, Or staying
> >up for Gunsmoke
> >or back further, listening to Superman on the radio
> >When around the corner seemed far away,
> >And going downtown seemed like going somewhere.
> >A million mosquito bites.
> >Sticky fingers.
> >Cops and Robbers, Cowboys and Indians, Zorro.
> >Climbing trees,
> >Building igloos out of snow banks
> >Walking to school, no matter what the weather. Running till you were out
> >of breath
> >Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
> >Jumping on the bed. Pillow fights
> >Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
> >Being tired from playing.... Remember that?
> >The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
> >War was a card game.
> >Water balloons were the ultimate weapon.
> >Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle.
> >I'm not finished just yet..
> >Eating Kool-aid powder
> >Remember when...
> >there were two types of sneakers for girls and boys (Keds & PF Flyers)
> >and the only time you wore them at school, was for "gym."
> >It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
> >When nobody owned a purebred dog.
> >When a quarter was a decent allowance, and another quarter a miracle.
> >When milk went up one cent and everyone talked about it for weeks?
> >When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.
> >When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
> >without asking, for free, every time. And, you didn't pay for air. And,
> >you got trading stamps to boot!
> >When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside
> >the box.
> >When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.
> >When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up, if you even had one.
> >When your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.
> >It was magic when dad would "remove" his thumb.
> >When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a
> >real restaurant with your parents.
> >When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.
> >When all of your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had
> >their hair done.
> >When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him or use him to
> >carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
> >When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed ..and did!
> >When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the
> >fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.
> >Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because of
> >drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
> >Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! and some of us
> >are still afraid of them!!!
> >Didn't that feel good.. just to go back and say, Yeah, I remember that!
> >Remember when............
> >Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo."
> >Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!" "Race issue"
> >meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
> >Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly."
> >The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
> >It was unbelievable that dodgeball wasn't an Olympic event.
> >Having a weapon in school, meant being caught with a slingshot.
> >Nobody was prettier than Mom.
> >Scrapes and bruises were kissed and made better.
> >Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin.
> >Ice cream was considered a basic food group.
> >Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
> >Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare."
> >Older siblings were the worst tormentors, but also the fiercest
> >If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!!
> >Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up"
> >I DOUBLE DOG DARE YA!!!
And if your really old like I am, there was RADIO: Which called for the total use of your imagination.
The Lone Ranger ~ The Green Hornet ~ A Carlton E. Morris adventure thriller , I Love a Mystery ~ Shafter Parker and The Big Show ~ The Phantom ~ and others I have forgotten.
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