Saturday, January 22, 2011
(From AAA Magazine)
I thought these were pretty interesting:
1. Walt Disney considered St. Louis, MO, as the site for Walt Disney World. But when local beer magnate August Busch, Jr. reportedly told Walt he'd have to serve beer in the Magic Kingdom, Disney turned his focus to Orlando.
2. To keep prices low as he bought up some 28,000 acres of Florida swampland, Disney hid his identity by creating dummy corporations, such as M.T.Lott Real Estate Investments. The average price Disney paid: $196 per acre. Weeks after his identity leaked out, nearby land prices jumped more than 500 percent.
3. The Contemporary Resort, one of the resort's two original hotels, was built in a contemporary way: Each of the 500-plus rooms was build off-site before being lifted by crane and slid into place like a drawer into a cabinet.
4. Walt Disney World spans 40 square miles-nearly twice the size of Manhattan. (You can sure get your exercise walking around there!)
5. There are 27 official Walt Disney World hotels, offering 24,742 rooms. If you stayed in a different room each night, it would take more than 67 years to stay in them all.
6. Cast members must stay true to their characters, so women portraying Snow White and Ariel the Mermaid aren't allowed to have tan lines. Why? Snow White must look "snow white" and mermaids-of course!-don't have tans.
7. Behind the fantasy, the reality: The folks at Disney World Laundry wash 285,000 pounds of laundry daily.
8. On the Jungle Cruise, a band of headhunters burst forth shouting tribal chants. Hidden in the audio mix, you can hear one warrier yell, "I love disco!"-a phrase added by a prankster sound engineer and never erased.
9. Many US Presidents have visited the park, but on Nov. 17, 1973-at the height of Watergate-Richard M. Nixon made history there. Addressing a conference of newspaper editors, he deliver his most infamous line: "I am not a crook."
10. Vacationing at Walt Disney World in December, 1974, a guest at the Polynesian Resort received some papers to sign. The guest? John Lennon. The papers? The documents that officially dissolved The Beatles. (A truly sad day in history, in my opinion.)
11. You cannot buy gum anywhere at Walt Disney World. Why not? It's too tempting for guests to leave a wad behind as litter.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Borrowed from Marilyn vos Savant's column in Parade magazine
Some of my readers' questions would confound the Oracle of Delphi! Here's a selection of recent unanswerable ones worth pondering anyway:
As I travel the highways, I notice signs that read "Deer Crossing." How do the deer know to cross at those signs? -from a reader in Ovilla, TX
Why are the 3 Musketeers always depicted with swords? Why not muskets? -Burbank, CA
Why do the eyes of life-size cardboard figures of people appear to watch and follow you as you pass by? -Tyler, TX
I've heard that the Earth's magnetic poles are reversing. Will the strip in my credit card still work? Will my refrigerator repel my magnets? -Portland, ME
Why don't eggs taste like chicken? -St. Louis, MO
Do I have more of a chance of catching a cold if I am chewing gum and blowing bubbles? In other words, can airborne germs be caught by my bubble and then ingested after it has deflated and the gum is back in my mouth? -Saddle Brook, NJ
(My comment on this one-I wonder if this person stayed up late to think of this question?)
The city of Toledo, OH is urging its residents to lose weight to the tune of one million pounds. With that much weight exiting our planet from such a small location, could it alter the Earth's orbit around the Sun? -Swanton, OH
(My comment on this one-Truly, how do they think of these questions?)
In movies, when someone gets out of a car at night, why doesn't the dome light ever go on? -Sebring, FL
I notice that global warming increased after daylight saving time started in 1974. Well, duh! More daylight is going to make the world hotter, isn't it? -Altadena, CA
If a person on television held up a mirror facing a camera, could someone at home see his reflection in it? -Colorado Springs, CO
I hope you all enjoyed these as much as I did!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Yes, you CAN enjoy parties without gaining weight.
Follow the 300-calorie rule.
Don't restrict yourself unreasonably. Instead, eat a little of what you love. One good rule of thumb: Allow yourself up to 300 extra calories only on days you have special events. You may gain a pound or two, but not the five or ten you might otherwise.
Have a party strategy.
If it's not a 300-extra-calorie day, first fill up on diet drinks. At the buffet, look over everything before choosing, then take moderate portions of the three or four foods you love best. And limit yourself to one alcoholic drink.
Don't let one slip-up throw you.
If you eat an extra cupcake, you probably won't gain weight. But if you say to yourself, "I can't believe I did that! I might as well eat whatever I want today and start my diet again tomorrow," you could gain two pounds overnight. Think of it this way: If you made a mistake and went through a red light, would you continue to go through red lights for the rest of the day? Of course not.
Don't write off exercise.
Take every chance you can to get it. Walk up the stairs. Get off the elevator two floors early. Park far away from stores. It all adds up!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others;
For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness;
And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
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