Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
“Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
Almonds are members of the peach family.
The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
“Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”
There are only four words in the English language which end in”-dous” tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconio
sis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is
ioses, its plural.
The longest place-name still in use is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipu
ngahoronukupokaiwenuakitanatahu, a New Zealand hill.
Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, “L.A.”
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.
Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book ‘The Naked Lunch’.
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, “therein” the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
John Larroquette of “Night Court” and “The John Larroquette Show” was the narrator of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
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”
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up.The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it’s mouth.Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways.The following sentence contains them all “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic.”
Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of lore when the engines were pulled by horses.The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight
Thursday, August 21, 2008
My husband has pointed out to me that clearly a squirrel is one of my power animals in life. My freezer and current frenzy concurs with his assessment. I have been gathering, storing, and freezing all my favorites for the impending winter months. I don't have a big freezer but I do have two refrigerators. I use the one downstairs to hold stuff that I rotate upstairs. Eating as much of veggies that we do in this household, it has come in handy. I buy on sale, use the green bags www.reusablebags.com/store/evertfres
h-green-bags-pack-medium-p-27.html to store veggies and fruit in, and use the two refrigerators to hold it all. But now I am filling up both freezers - ie every time I thaw out "something" it is a food that is taking up valuable berry storage space. So okay - I am a bit obsessed...
This summer I have been collecting my fruit for the winter. I do a smoothie and yogurt with fruit every day. Normally I do a fair amount of canning of foods. This year I haven't done any canning since I am still working thru last years jellies/jams/salsa/pickles/etc. This year I have been focused on the important things. I bought a couple big halibut and salmon and packaged them up in serving sizes. And then there is my fruit! I bought 30 pounds of blueberries and packaged it up (and gave 10 pounds to neighbors so I had room for other berries). I have several quarts of strawberries and raspberries. My girlfriend stocked me up with rhubarb. My obsession with bing cherries lasted until they went beyond 4 bucks a pound. I have probably 15 plus pounds pitted and frozen. And then there is the blackberries.
I grew up with wild blackberries. These tiny little blackberries that made the sweetest blackberry pies. When I grew up, I didn't have birthday cake. I had blackberry pie. The wild blackberries are really hard to find anymore (ie non existent). What you can find is the big "local" blackberries that grow like an invasive weed around here. Some of them can get as big as your thumb - those would be the ones my family gasped at when I walked in the door with them. I bought them and they all fell over that I actually PAID money for blackberries. Hey - they were thumb size!!
Every day I walk Abe, I pick my blackberries in the neighborhood. He has learned to be patient and watches me (what the heck is this crazy lady doing???). I am seen carousing the neighborhood packing one poop bag and one bag for blackberries - and never shall the twain meet! 10 minutes of time and I can pick two quarts easily. Did I mention I use to pick berries for a living when I was a teenager? Mad skills come in handy!
So I am running out of room - okay so I am OUT of room in both my freezers. I am in negotiations with my son's freezer currently...and my neighbors. Yes I know...I need berry AA groups. But just think of the wonderful berry concoctions I will be making come winter. The pies, the cobblers, the smoothies, the nightly yogurt...the ice cream and omg, the occasional blackberry margarita. You think I am that nuts?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
On the beach Abe and I walk daily, we have several sets of eagles who nest in the trees along the edge. One day we were walking along and I see what I think are dogs in the distance. As we get closer, I see that the dogs are a pair of eagles. One was a bald eagle and the other was a golden eagle. HUGE birds! Were they intimidated by Abe - oh heck no! They didn't fly off until we were really close to them (of course I didn't have my camera with me that day). When my godson was here, we watched a bald eagle chase down a seagull who had a fish in his beak. He knocked into the seagull who dropped the fish, swooped down and picked up the fish in front of us. Definitely an awe inspiring sight to see a bald eagle in action that close. Loving the beach life!
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