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Friday Musings and Assortment

Friday, May 17, 2013



I am going to try something a little bit new to me - beginning today, I will be counting my calories down instead of up. I will start with 1300 calories per day (2000 on Saturdays and Sundays) and subtract as I eat rather than starting at "0" and counting up. I have the feeling that this might work better for me since I find myself often going a little (or sometimes a lot) over my calories when I have a range like 1200 to 1500 daily. We'll see...I'll let you know how it's going in a week or so.

Now on to the usual stuff:

A husband and wife were asleep late one night when someone knocked on their door. The husband said grumpily, “I’m not getting out of bed at this time of night.” But soon they heard a louder knock.
“Please go answer it,” the wife said. So he dragged himself downstairs and opened the door to find a drunk man standing there.
The drunk man slurred, “Can you give me a push?”
“No, get out of here. It’s the middle of the night,” the husband said, slamming the door. When he got back in bed, his wife said, “That wasn’t very nice. Think how you would feel if your car had broken down and you needed help.”
“But the guy was drunk,” the husband countered.
“He needs your help!” the wife insisted.
Grudgingly, the husband went back downstairs and opened the door, but he didn’t see the stranger. So he shouted, “Do you still want a push?”
He heard a voice cry out, “Yes, please!”
Still unable to see the drunk man, he asked, “Where are you?”
“I’m over here,” the stranger replied, “on your swing set.”
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What was the title of the grueling weeklong U.S. bicycle race sponsored by celebrity entrepreneur Donald Trump?

The Tour de Trump. Held in 1989 and 1990, the race attracted top cycling teams from around the world.
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“Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?”

Sesame Street producer Jon Stone wanted the show’s theme song to build momentum and excitement—exactly what an opening song should do. “Running happily, tumbling, playing along the way, but always intent on getting to Sesame Street,” is how Stone put it in his memoir. He liked the catchy, toy-piano-driven singsong melody that Joe Raposo and cowriter Bruce Hart came up with but hated their lyrics—he thought they were trite and full of clichés (“Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away”), with references he felt would be dated, like “everything’s A-OK,” which Stone derided as “astronaut slang.” Nevertheless, he gave in and used it. Result: It’s been the theme song for the show’s entire run from 1969 to 2013 and counting.
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In 1982, the LAPD retired badge #714, Sgt. Joe Friday’s badge on Dragnet.
(That's pretty cool, I think!!)

  
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YMWONG22 6/5/2013 4:47AM

  Great way to measure weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIMDAB 5/17/2013 10:44AM

    emoticon Loved the scale--We MUST get the word out!

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CAT609 5/17/2013 7:23AM

    Awesome! Thanks!

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RIDLEYRIDER 5/17/2013 7:03AM

  I like the 'counting down' idea. Let us know how it works!

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Thursday Assortment

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Why did the boy get detention at Mime School?

He talked in class.
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What famous funnyman, as a struggling young comic, had a recurring role on the TV sitcom Benson until he was fired after three episodes?

Jerry Seinfeld, in 1980. He played Frankie, a mail boy who was always trying to sell jokes. Seinfeld says he learned he had been fired when he showed up for a read-through and found there was no script for him.
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THE SHOW MUST GO ON

After seven seasons in the lead role of Columbo, actor Peter Falk was commanding $250,000 an episode … but he wanted to make only four episodes a year. Unable to justify the expense, NBC canceled Columbo in 1977. A year later, however, the network changed its mind. By that time, neither Falk nor any of the original Columbo producers were interested, so NBC came up with Mrs. Columbo, based around Columbo’s wife, an amateur sleuth. (Mrs. Columbo had never been seen on Columbo, or mentioned by her first name.) When Mrs. Columbo debuted, she was given the name Kate (and was portrayed by Kate Mulgrew). After five episodes in spring 1979, all tenuous Columbo connections were dropped—Kate had divorced Mr. Columbo (never seen on Mrs. Columbo) and readopted her maiden name of Callahan, and the show was retitled Kate Loves a Mystery. That version lasted eight episodes.
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Yee-haw! In the 1959–60 season, there were 26 westerns on prime-time TV.

  
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YMWONG22 6/5/2013 4:01AM

  Love the mime class joke. emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 5/16/2013 12:55PM

    good stuff, thanks

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CAT609 5/16/2013 7:11AM

    Interesting! Thanks!

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Wednesday Assortment

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A bishop was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room when a nun ran out of an exam room, sobbing hysterically. The bishop stormed into the room and demanded to know what the doctor had said to her.
“I told her she was pregnant,” the doctor admitted.
“That can’t be true!” yelled the bishop. “Why would you ever say something like that?”
“Well,” the doctor replied, “it sure did cure her hiccups!”
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What two names out of the 10 proposed by Thomas Jefferson in 1784 were given to states carved out of the Northwest Territory?

Illinois and Michigan, which Jefferson had proposed as Illinoia and Michigania. One other name among those he proposed was used—Washington—but not in the Northwest Territory. Jefferson’s other suggestions were Assenisippis, Cheronesus, Metropotamia, Pelipsia, Polypotamia, Saratoga, and Sylvania. In all, six states were formed from the Northwest Territory: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
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WEIRD TV MERCHANDISE

Laverne & Shirley secretary play set

This toy was for little girls and boys who wanted to play “office”—it included miniature plastic imitations of a calculator, stapler, bookshelf, notepad, and adding machine. While that doesn’t sound terribly exciting, it also didn’t make any sense—neither Laverne nor Shirley ever worked as a secretary. (It’s also not historically accurate: Laverne & Shirley took place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, about a decade before calculators became commercially available.)
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TV’s Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) wore a coonskin cap; the real one never did.

  
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YMWONG22 5/31/2013 6:17AM

  Thanks for sharing this here. Good to know.
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FRANCES-AGAPE 5/15/2013 10:58PM

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Good Grief !
GLAD most of those state names
were shelved - too WACKY !

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I LOVED L & S !
At least UNTIL they changed
decades & moved to LA !
YEP - DUMB toy

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For some reason, I preferred
Daniel Boone over D Crockett,
although both were the same actor

Have a Thrilling Thursday !

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! PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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CAT609 5/15/2013 6:56AM

    Awesome!

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NANCYRUBIO 5/15/2013 6:40AM

    If only I could remember everything, you would make me smarter everyday.

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Tuesday Assortment

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jim and Tim were both studying philosophy in college. One day they decided to have lunch at a deli. When the waiter came over, Jim ordered himself a chicken sandwich and an egg salad sandwich. After the waiter left, Tim asked Jim, “Why did you order so much food?”
“It’s an experiment,” Jim said. “I wanted to see which comes first, the chicken or the egg.”
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What actor has been “honored” more often than any other at Hollywood’s annual Golden Raspberry Awards, which poke fun at the worst in film?

Sylvester Stallone, with 30 Razzie nominations and 10 “wins.” In 2000, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation named him the winner of a special Worst Actor of the Century award.
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In 2006, Hungary’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Transport hosted a contest to name a new cable bridge in Budapest. Voting took place online, so Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report pleaded with his viewers to get Hungary to name the bridge after him. In the end, Colbert garnered 17 million votes—14 million more than the 3 million votes for second-place finisher Miklós Zrínyi, a 17th-century Hungarian folk hero (and around 7 million more than the entire population of Hungary). Hungarian officials decided to ignore the results of the contest altogether and call it the Megyeri Bridge (combining the names of the districts the bridge connects).
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Tax on one of the “free” cars Oprah gave away to her audience in 2004: $7,000.

  
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YMWONG22 5/29/2013 3:27AM

  Love the chicken and egg joke. emoticon
Thanks for the facts and laughs.
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WARRIORFIT1 5/15/2013 9:47PM

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Chicken-egg going into THE Joke File

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Poor Stalone - he probably
cried all the way to the BANK !
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Am not a regular Colbert viewer,
but have liked the ones I've seen.
But.. DUMB antic.
Still, who would have thought
so many dufuses would actually vote !!!


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HGTV has annual house contests.
This year's - with land, furniture,
year's gardening, etc - is worth
about a Million.
I started to enter, but
GOOD GRIEF!
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Who could pay the upkeep
BESIDES the taxes - income, property



Have a Wonderful Wednesday !

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! PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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JIMDAB 5/14/2013 1:08PM

    The Colbert Bridge???!?!!!! ha!

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NANCYRUBIO 5/14/2013 8:25AM

    Great joke--I agree with the Razzies-keep your cars Oprah. For $7000, I 'll pick out my own car.

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TWEETYKC00 5/14/2013 8:09AM

    Good stuff!

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CAT609 5/14/2013 7:22AM

    Very interesting!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 5/14/2013 7:20AM

    Thanks

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LANNIEMANUEL 5/14/2013 6:47AM

    i love these blogs

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SANDICANE 5/14/2013 6:41AM

    Thanks for the Monday tid bits!

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Monday Assortment

Monday, May 13, 2013

Customer: There are smoke and flames coming from my computer.

Tech support: Uh, hang up, unplug the computer from the wall, and call the local fire department.

Customer: That’s not the problem. I need to know how to do a backup. Fastest possible method.

-actual tech support call
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How much oxygen—percentage-wise—is in the air we inhale? How much is in the air we exhale?

Inhale, about 21 percent; exhale, about 16 percent.
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ALL IN THE FAMILY

Actress Whitney Blake (best known for playing Mrs. Baxter on the 1950s sitcom Hazel) became a TV writer in the 1970s. Her biggest success: cocreating the CBS sitcom One Day at a Time. She based it on her own experiences as a divorced single mother raising a teenage daughter. (Blake’s daughter: future Family Ties star Meredith Baxter.)
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Conan O’Brien’s mother helped found and develop the Peace Corps.

  
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WARRIORFIT1 5/15/2013 9:48PM

    Interesting! :)

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FRANCES-AGAPE 5/13/2013 11:34PM

    emoticon WOW !

What Cool trivia !

I remember Hazel.
Or maybe the reruns

Neat about Baxter's mom


Hope you had a Marvelous Monday
Have a Terrific Tuesday !

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! PEACE, LOVE and BLESSINGS !

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TWEETYKC00 5/13/2013 9:25AM

    cool, thanks

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NANCYRUBIO 5/13/2013 7:50AM

    Wow! Lots of interesting facts.

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CAT609 5/13/2013 7:09AM

    Awesome!

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LANNIEMANUEL 5/13/2013 6:43AM

    love this

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